Toasters

We pulled the lever on dozens of toasters to find the winners.
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1) Rowenta Jasper Morrison Toaster $150, amazon.com UPSIDE Compact; audible alert; dishwasher-safe crumb tray; vents on top for warming baked goods. DOWNSIDE Expensive.

2) Hamilton Beach SmartToast $40, target.com for stores UPSIDE Four toasting slots with separate controls for each pair; smudge-proof chrome exterior. DOWNSIDE Extra-hot exterior during use; no cord storage.

3) Krups FEM2B $75, krupsusa.com UPSIDE Sturdy; manual bread-lifting lever (toast stays warm until removed); vents on top for warming baked goods. DOWNSIDE Smudge-prone stainless steel surface; inconsistent browning; short cord.

4) Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster $30, cuisinart.com UPSIDE Compact; special settings for defrosting and reheating. DOWNSIDE Short cord; awkward rear crumb tray.

5) KitchenAid KMTT400 $130, kitchenaid.com UPSIDE Four toasting slots with separate controls for each pair; dishwasher-safe crumb tray; special setting for reheating. DOWNSIDE Expensive; smudge-prone stainless steel surface; awkward rear crumb tray.

USE YOUR TOASTER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

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*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in March 2008.