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Old 12-03-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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I wish I had my grandparent's old toaster. I don't know what the brand was, but it had a slide knob timer, like a kitchen timer, but a slide rather than a dial. You could get perfect results every time, because it relied on a clock mechanism rather than dissimilar metal heat expansion to determine when the correct cooking amount was achieved. As the heat was constant, varying the cooking time determined how light or dark you toast would be. And it cooked both sides of the bread evenly. I haven't seen another toaster like it.

I too am dissatisfied with today's toasters. Toaster ovens work better, but use more energy. It seems so simple to me. I wish there was a toaster sold with a clockwork timing mechanism available now.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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I'm with you, Kayelle. We love our toaster oven. It toasts the bread evenly and can toast 4 slices of bread at once. More, if I use both racks. Crumbs aren't a problem because there's a slide-out tray in the bottom that makes quick work of any crumbs that may happen.
I have had toasters that the crumb tray slides out, but stops. You can't pull it out all the way. You have to wipe the tray out while still attached to the toaster. I want to be able to take it out and wash it. Like the one on my toaster oven.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #13
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I have my great-aunt's Sunbeam. It is ancient, but the best toaster I've ever had. I love it.
I had one of those. Like so many things in my kitchen, it managed to walk out my door and into the door of one of my kids. I can't tell you how many times over fifty years I have had to refurnish my kitchen while my kids were furnishing theirs. And I still am doing it. Spike has my sewing machine, 12" Shun chef's knife, large whilte mixing bowl to my old Sunbeam stand mixer, my Depression batter bowl, and too many other things to mention. My daughter has my large stock pot, a set of very sharp steak knives, set of pretty glass salad bowls, etc. My youngest son has my silver condiment tray, my crystal cut glass sugar and creamer set, etc.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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Sunbeam do make good toasters
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #15
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Haven't had a toaster in over 20 years. Toaster oven has given good service during that time. We just don't toast a lot of commercially sliced bread.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:44 PM   #16
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We have a Tefal 4 slice toaster with a crumb tray sitting in the cupboard, and has done for years now...as I said, we use the grill under the oven...does a great job
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:55 PM   #17
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My grandparents had a "Flopper Toaster" like this that sat on their breakfast table. I loved watching them make toast with it. Now that was a toaster!

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #18
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My grandparents had a "Flopper Toaster" like this that sat on their breakfast table. I loved watching them make toast with it. Now that was a toaster!
We used that type of toaster when my family rented various older cabins on Lake of the Woods when I was a kid. As I recall, you had to toast each side separately, but it made great toast!
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #19
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Yep Dawg, you had to turn the bread over. I can almost smell Grandma's home made bread toasting. They loved their homemade orange marmalade on the toast...me not so much as a little kid.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:12 PM   #20
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I love my toaster- it can accommodate thick or thin slices, toasts really evenly, and my favorite feature: the bagel setting. I love having a bagel that is beautifully toasted on one side and soft and chewy on the other. My only gripe, is that since only one side is heating it takes longer to toast. So I crank it all the way up, toast my bagel perfectly, then forget it on the highest setting and burn the toast the next time I use it. It would be nice if it automatically accounted for the fact that it takes longer to toast on the bagel setting. It also has a frozen toast and frozen bagel setting, which I've used before for a toaster strudel. Worked great.
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