8/10 - "If you're looking for a better toaster, this is better. If you love toasted Bagels, you need this."
The Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster is one of the latest toasters in the Frigidaire line of products. It is impressive not only in term of its efficiency in doing what it was designed to do, but also in terms of its design. Compared to more classic toasters and the toasters of other competing brands, the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster is definitely sporting a more sleek and modern design. Performance-wise, the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster also performs quite well even when stacked against most of its competitors such as the Cuisinart CPT-440 and the KitchenAid KMT422.
The Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster sports a boxy stainless steel exterior that features some notable high-end features such as an LCD display, which shows the current “darkness setting” or heat intensity of the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster. Surrounding the LCD screen are two buttons to adjust the darkness setting, which also finish off the minimalist design of the toaster. A button is also available to cancel the toasting process. Countdown timers are displayed for each side and the displays can be easily read in many light settings thanks to a light blue contrasting back light.
Settings allow for seven distinct darkness settings, under a massive 1400 watts, which are adjustable through buttons on the side of the toaster. The innovative toaster also has settings for specific types of bread such as a setting for bagels. The Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster also features automatic defrosting and reheating settings.
The Frigidaire toaster is produced using high quality parts, meaning the toaster is designed to last long, which duly justifies its $100 price tag. Toasters are known to be some of the most dispensable of appliances, but Frigidaire promises Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster is very durable and will surely last for a very long time despite heavy usage, hence the ‘professional’ tag.
But this is where a careful overview shows one downside that may be important to some. Compared to most traditional toasters, it does take up more counter space, but the advertised wide slots are indeed wide, but not much longer than those same toasters you already have at home. This is great for a medium to large sized kitchen, and really fantastic on bagels and thicker bread slices, but don’t expect to cram slices larger than 6 inches. The product is designed for the majority, as I have rarely brought home a store bough sliced loaf larger than my toaster slot, but the Wide Slot name can be misleading. If you carefully examine even just a picture of the toaster, you can quickly see the width is much larger, facilitating bagels and thick bread slices, but remains traditionally sized in length.
The Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster is definitely worth the $100 its price tag commands. Most toasters easily break and having a efficient, durable toaster is important for any kitchen. The sleek, modern design of the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster fits perfectly in any kitchen setup that has just under a square foot of counter space for it.
The seven “darkness settings” on this toaster allow users to toast their bread according to their preference. The Wide Slots are wonderful for bagels as well as re-heating and defrosting bread without nuking it. But just remember that they are wider not longer slots. Compared to competitor’s toasters, the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots Toaster is considerably more improved in almost all aspects, but a cheaper toaster can do fairly well unless you’re a toast aficionado.