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KitchenAid KMT4116CU 4 Slice Long Slot Toaster with High Lift Lever, Contour Silver
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- Long Slot Design with Extra Wide 1.5 Inch Slots
- High Lift Lever / Easy-to-Clean, Removable Crumb Tray
- Simple Start to Finish Toasting
- 7 Shade Settings with Bagel, Defrost, Reheat and Keep Warm
- Under Base Cord Storage
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KitchenAid Toaster with High Lift Lever
Make a statement on your counter with the newly designed KitchenAid Toaster.
Long Slot Design
Allows for a variety of shapes and sizes of artisan breads. Available on KMT4116.
Handle bagels, English muffins, and thick breads like sourdough easily. Slots are 1 1/2 inches wide to accommodate whatever you're toasting.
High Lift Lever
To easily remove smaller slices of bread and to see toasting progress at any time.
7 Shade Settings with Bagel, Defrost, Reheat and Keep Warm
Toast items to your desired shade or use the Keep Warm function to keep bread warm for up to 3 minutes after toasting.
|4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with High Lift Lever||2-Slice Slot Toaster with High Lift Lever||4-Slice Toaster with Manual High-Lift Lever||2-Slice Toaster with Manual High-Lift Lever|
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|Shade Control||7 settings||7 settings||5 settings||5 settings|
|Under Base Cord Storage||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Available Colors||Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black||Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black||Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black||Contour Silver, Empire Red, Onyx Black|
Simple Start to Finish Toasting
Toaster automatically cycles through each selected function.
Peek & See
Easily check on toasting progress without stopping the toasting process.
Removable Crumb Tray
Located along the entire bottom of the toaster, slides out for easy cleaning.
Offers durability and extraordinary style, with smudge resistant painted metal housing for easy clean up.
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|Item Dimensions||16.5 x 7.7 x 8 in||16 x 6.5 x 7.5 in||8.75 x 16.25 x 8.5 in||7.7 x 14.9 x 7.5 in||15.5 x 8.1 x 8.2 in||7.8 x 17.2 x 6.9 in|
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Make a statement on your counter with the newly designed KitchenAid 4-Slice Toaster, which accommodates a variety of shapes and sizes of Artisan breads. This toaster features 7 shade settings, including Bagel, Defrost, Reheat and Keep Warm. A high lift lever is convenient for removing smaller slices of bread or to check toasting progress at any time.
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So you need a long slot toaster that is a single element so it can take a combination of very small pieces of bread (the ends) and long pieces (the middle). And everything else. As I looked around in stores I realized they are phasing this type out. I had an old Cuisinart for 10+ years and it was gradually failing and Cuisinart no longer offer this type. So after some searching I assembled a list of five models but only the Breville and Kitchen Aid had controls on the front. The rest have them on the right (at the end) and I don't think that is efficient for many counter tops especially mine and that is all that matters. Then it turns out the Breville has four elements, so your sourdough comes out with a nice stripe in the middle. Quelle horreur. Several of the end-control ones have that issue as well.
So that leaves you with exactly one choice - the Kitchen Aid KMT4116CU. See I told you I would save you time.
So .... you may ask ... how was the toast? The toaster works reasonably well after about four days and we've tried a number of different breads and slice sizes. One concern is that it would get too hot, the sides get warm but you won't get burned. The top is a little hotter but I touched it after a running it for a while and you won't get burned.
Then there is the much cited issue of the beep that you can't turn off. Yes it beeps (only once), but it's not that loud at least on the one I got. I happen to have a Kitchen Aid kettle, and that is actually louder. It is quieter than my digital timer and the alarms on both the microwave and oven. I don't think you will wake anyone any more than walking around the house.
The controls are easy to use, probably better than my last one. The element seems to have mostly even heat, the build quality is generally reasonable. It has various heat settings like defrost, bagel, reheat that seem to work. It has 7 darkness settings, and you need about a 6+ for some dense frozen breads, 3-4 for medium breads. Not like some toasters where 2 is bread and 3 is charcoal. The center of the bread does not seem to get too dried out. The only thing that would be nice is an option to turn off one side when you are only using one slot (the last one had that). But it's minor.
As with all things in life your mileage may vary but I'm keeping this toaster.
What I love:
1 - large slots that accommodate large slices from my home made boules
2 - finally a toaster that heats hot enough to toast fast, get good color, and not dry out bread in the middle
3 - push button quick pop in case it's suddenly done
4 - no useless gadgetry, like digital displays, "a little more," etc.
5 - lift-and-look lever
6 - simple, sleek design
1 - seems to toast the edges faster than the middle of the slices
2 - one side of toast is darker than the other
Pictures show front and back of same piece of toast.
Unfortunately, despite the beautiful exterior feel and appearance of this toaster, the performance was not up to my expectations. It took me a few tries of failed toasting (uneven toast and burned edges) to investigate the problem a little further and find out why the toaster wasn't performing well. The reason for this is that the internal toasting wiring components in the middle of the toaster, which hold the toasting elements, are not flat; they appear warped. Either because of design flaw, manufacturing defect, or shipping damage, the internal toasting wiring components are wave-like, which leaves some of the toasting elements closer to the bread than others. This creates an uneven toast on perfectly machine-sliced bread. I have included a picture showing the problem as well as a piece of toast showing the results of this issue I found. It's hard to tell, but maybe I got a defective unit or it's shipping damage (seems unlikely as there was a cardboard shipping insert which I removed before use)? Each of the toaster's panels which hold the toasting elements are uneven/warped, but the middle elements more so than the side panels.
Unfortunately, even though I love the appearance and weighty feel of this toaster, it all comes down to the fact the results are inconsistent. The knob on the front as well as the three buttons (bagel, keep warm, and reheat) are nice, the fact that it doesn't toast evenly cannot warrant more than 3-stars.
Update: Since I wrote this review, I have tried to straighten out the middle toasting element panel by sticking my hands in the toaster and pressing it flat to counteract the uneven metal. The toasting element panel is made of thin metal and I think I improved it a little, but it's not as flat and even as I would like it. The even-ness of the toasting seems to have improved a little. I think that the problem I have experienced is from the way that the panel is attached to the toaster's other components. The toasting panel has tabs which fit into slots on the top and bottom of the toaster, however, I don't think this was very thoughtfully designed.
Update #2: After continuing to use this toaster (because it's convenient for longer breads), I have found another reason for the uneven toasting, in addition to the element problem I discussed before. The cages, which hold the bread, are too wide for most commercially sliced bread. This causes the bread to warp in the presence of heat, which causes the edges to curl in and toast faster (and burn) than the center of the bread. To make this toaster better, KitchenAid needs to find a way to have adjustable cages, which hold the bread just tight enough to keep it from curly, yet are adaptable to larger breads, like bagels. The cages are problematic as they are.