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Out of the box, didn't work
on November 14, 2012
First thing I noticed was the cord is really, really short. You have to put this right up against a plug with the plug on its right. Second thing I noticed is the lifter would not stay down. The only way to toast anything was to stand there and hold the lever down the whole time. Well, that sucks. So I am returning it for a replacement. Let's see if the second one works. My husband made jokes about how it says "durable" all over the box and in several places, the box brags about how much it was tested to prove its durability.
The instructions say the lifter will not stay down if it is not plugged in, so this is an added feature which boomeranged. It won't stay down plugged in, either.
Later: the replacement toaster stays down and toasts very well, so I added another star. If it keeps working, I will add more.
Well, it's been a month or more now, and I am still ambivalent about the toaster, so not changing my vote. It does English muffins really well. Bagels, it leaves them too soft, even though it has a bagel button, which I don't know what that does. Sometimes it throws the English muffin all the way out of the toaster, and sometimes I have to get a plastic fork and lift them out of the well.
Later still: I am deleting a star because the right slot doesn't pop up anymore. This is malfunctioning quicker than it should.