T-fal 874600 Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster with Bagel Function, Black
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- 2-slice toaster with slanted design and extra-wide, self-adjusting slots for even toasting
- 6 electronic browning-control settings from light to dark "
- Bagel, Reheat, and Cancel functions; Anti-jam function; High-lift lever for easy removal of bread
- Crumb-door for easy cleaning; Safe-to-touch exterior; Cord storage on base of the unit; Carrying handle
- 1-year limited warranty
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Enjoy 2 crispy toasts browned to your preference thanks to the T-fal 8746002 Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster. Its 6 different browning settings enable a precise and adjustable browning control. The T-fal Classic Avante Toaster features a Bagel function that toasts the outside and gently warms the inside - the way a bagel should be toasted. Its slanted design provides an effortless viewing of bread while toasting and a safe and easy removal of toast. For more convenience, the T-fal 8746002 Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster also features a high lift lever to remove easily your toasts and a crumb-door for an easy cleaning.
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UPDATE: 5/2013--We have been using this toaster for about 2 years now. The toasting has become very uneven and the toaster is burning the edges of the bread before the center is fully toasted, even on a low setting the edges still burn. I like the mechanics of the toaster: the stop button, the lifting lever and the angled top but the actual heating coils are no longer working properly.
Well, I think I now know what the problem is. It's NOT that the slots are too shallow (as you might suspect from the product picture). They're plenty deep enough. It's that they're too SHORT -- at least, they are if you're buying bread that's around 5 inches wide or so. We buy that sort of bread, and when you depress the lever, the slices stick at the ends, so that they don't go all the way down into the slot, which means the top of the slice doesn't get toasted properly.
However, this is easy to fix: you just have to poke the slices down into the toaster. They go down quite readily (so long as your bread isn't much wider than 5 inches), and since you don't have to poke them very far, and you're doing this right after depressing the lever when the elements are only just heating up, there's no real chance of burning yourself.
Other than this quirk, I'm very happy with the toaster. It does the job very well, on bread and on bagels. It's a good toaster for the price. But be aware that if you do buy the wider kind of bread, you'll have to poke your slices down into the slots!
When we first got the toaster, I noticed that every other stripe of the heating element wasn't turning red. I couldn't find any mention of this, or any photos of the heating element in action, so I contacted the company. The curt response I got from a customer service representative was along the lines of "If it's toasting the bread, it's working." That's akin to your car dealer telling you that as long as your car is moving, it's doing what it's supposed to do. I have better things to do, so I let the matter drop, noting to myself to avoid their customer service in the future.
Down on the family farm, we have a toaster that is over 100 years old and still working. That's not likely to happen with a T-fal. This is strictly a yuppie toaster, if the term "yuppie" is still in use. Buy it if you have lots of cash and you're going to toss it after a few years when you refresh your kitchen. Don't buy it for its features, planning to keep it for many years. Don't buy it if you're going to give it more than light, occasional use. In spite of what some have said about it's being solidly built, I took ours apart when it stopped working after five years, and I can tell you that the working parts are made from all the same lightweight, stamped steel that every other plastic toaster is these days. The problem with ours is in the circuit board (why does a toaster need an electronic control, anyway?), so it will go in the trash. I think I'll replace it with the cheapest toaster I can find, then watch the yard sales for one of those chrome, GE toasters of the 1960s that did a fine job of toasting bread and last forever. This appliance is very expensive, compared to most of its competition, yet it provides very little value, beyond style.