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Kitchen Gourmet Toaster Is Nothing Special

Reviewing: Kitchen Gourmet 2 Slice Toaster  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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We were given this toaster when the one we had died. It’s functional, but I can’t say very much else for it.

The GE Toaster that I reviewed last year has apparently died. Why, oh, why won’t anyone make a toaster that will last any more? Of course, that one lasted one month past the warranty. It cost $25, so that’s about $12 a year to make toast.

This one is a plain white toaster with slots for two slices from Kitchen Gourmet. It has no adjustments except a dial for light or dark. That might be considered adequate, but it is very difficult to force the lever up if you discover that you need to pop the toast early. I guess you could unplug the toaster to retrieve the toast before it burned. The paperwork says that you can force the lever up to eject the toast. But you have to really hold on to the toaster and use considerable effort, and this can't be good for the mechanism... it just feels wrong.

Although it was a gift, the box is marked $9.99 so if it lasts a year we will end up spending less to make toast than last time. I suppose that should make me happy. I see that this one also has a 2-year warranty, so maybe it will last that long.

The whole thing is very cheaply made. The metal is amazingly thin. It does wipe clean rather easily, and the white finish doesn’t show every little spot the way the stainless steel of the other one did.

I also see in the paperwork that Kitchen Gourmet is a trademark of Walgreens, so that is probably where it was purchased.