Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 31
Rated 5 out of 5 by bpaw simple is good
I purchased this toaster to repace a fancy 4 slice model that had all kinds of features. The fancy 4 slice model didn't toast worth a darn. I didn't like the 4 slice toaster (quite a bit more money too) and wanted a smaller 2 slice for more counter space. This little gem does what a toaster is suppose to do...toast, and it does it well.
Rated 2 out of 5 by HPres An everyday product with deficiences
On 11/08/09, when my old two slice toaster called it quits, I decided that I needed to rush to the store to purchase a replacement. I found the Hamilton Beach Cool-Touch 2 Slice Toaster at Walmart and purchased it because of its simplicity and price. Almost immediately I became aware of its defects. The power cord is too short. It is connected below the settings dial instead of at the rear of the toaster. The settings dial, although it can be rotated from 1-5 either toasts too light or too dark. I have burnt several pieces of waffles and bagels. The push down lever, once pushed down to toast, can only be raised if the power cord is disconnected from the electric outlet. With my old toaster you could push the lever up to remove the toast rather than disconnet the power cord from the electric outlet.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rubysmaudie Great toaster
Toasts to perfection, easy to use and clean. Also toasts bagels with no problem.
Rated 1 out of 5 by BurlCoShopper Bargain not a bargain
Cord is poorly positioned; often under a corner leg. No quick release, forces you to pull the plug. Once dial is set for higher shading, cannot be reset lower to eject toast quickly. Heating elements heated unevenly. Misses the mark.
Rated 2 out of 5 by geaser Bad engineering
Power cord is at wrong end of toaster reducing the distance it can get from the outlet. Inorder to keep cord out of way you have to place it under the toaster.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shopping325 Great Value
It is a great value for the money. It matches very well with our other stainless steel appliances. We have enjoyed using it.
Rated 1 out of 5 by 123momOFtwo DO NOT BUY-H.B. (2 Slice) Toaster
This is the worst toaster ever! I bought this toaster to replace one that I had for 15 years. I made toast for my family for breakfast this morning and it was really awful. The toast is burnt at the top and not even started to turn brown at the bottom of the slice of bread. I adjusted the knob and it got worse. The cord too short because it is on the wrong side of the toaster. It is in the front instead of the back. I like the way it looks. It is the only good thing about this toaster.
Rated 5 out of 5 by CJanelleN It's a Toaster
It's a toaster..... and it toasts bread, bagels, waffles, etc. It does it's job, I'm satisfied.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Christine412 Don't Buy!
This toaster worked fine the first two times I used it. After that it has been hit or miss. The toaster literally works every other time it is used. In order to make the toast you have to stand there and hold the lever. When it does work there is no Cancel button if you feel the toast has been in too long. I went with this toaster because it was a little more expensive and looked better than others in the store. Now I am wishing I would've gone with a cheaper model that actually works.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Chloe1130 DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT
This had to be one of the worst purchases I ever made. The only reason I didn't return it is I wanted to give it a fair chance and I must either have the patience of a saint or the determination to not give up until I get it right. The toaster wins....I give up!!
I bought a newer model than the one pictured, it does have a cancel button which I used once.
First try: A bagel.....After 3 tries set at #4 as reccommended, the bagel was still white and totally dried out.
Second try: Bagel..... Same as above, white and dry, but set at #5.
Third through eighth tries: English Muffins...Same as for bagels, it never did toast, it just dehydrated the English Muffins. I tried various settings from 1 to 5 and none worked to expectations.
Try #9: White bread....success, sort of. I set it on 5 and watched it closely. I used the cancel button when I thought it was golden brown and I had guessed correctly. So far so good, until I tried to butter it and it crumbled like a potato chip. The bread was totally dried out.
Tenth and final try: Thin sliced Rye bread: I should have learned my lesson before I even tried. The Kingsford Charcoal company would have been proud of me for creating the perfect briquettes.
I'm sure I've tried it too many times and I've kept it too long to attempt to return it; therefore it's destined for the dump.
Rated 2 out of 5 by psjguy24 HB Toaster
I'm disappointed with this product since the spring that makes the bagels pop up is too weak...it has to be raised with a fork. My parents who the toaster was for and sent to unfortunately refuse to return it to their local store.
Rated 2 out of 5 by PamT Who makes a good toaster?
I can't tell you how disappointing it is to try to find a good toaster nowadays. Although this toaster was inexpensive, it looked great and accommodated large bread slices from the bread machine. It is true what a previous review stated, the cord is awkwardly placed. The down lever is cheaply made and so is the toast level button. I think I used this toaster a maximum of a dozen times and already the down lever is broken, apparently the spring has detached and the lever will not stay down. Unfortunately I do not have the box or the receipt to return it. What a waste of money this was. Buyer beware! By the way, I've seen this exact toaster under the Proctor-Silex brand, so I'd beware of that one too.
Rated 4 out of 5 by gretchie good buy for basics
This toaster has been a good buy for what I need. The only issue that I have noticed is that it is hard to pop the toast up manually you have to push on the knob pretty hard and then the toast comes flying out. The slots are nice and wide, a bagel or wide bread would fit great no concern there. I am very happy with this toaster.
Rated 3 out of 5 by VladimirOPI Nondescript
Was somewhat shocked by the vision of some greenish electronic part in the slot where the lever slides. That looks somewhat sloppy. The performance is ok. The toast slots could be wider. Used only a couple times since purchase (i.e. a few weeks ago)
Rated 3 out of 5 by dmack1026 Product works ok. Not top of the line, but for the price it fits in.
Rated 3 out of 5 by APlusOnlineShopper A Basic, No Frills Toaster
This is a basic toaster that works pretty well. My only real complaint is that the bottom crumb tray is hard to unsnap and has actually cut my thumb a few times.
Rated 2 out of 5 by kitadog1 Don't buy this product
As others have said, the cord is in the front, a very bad design. This one was only used about four times before a small piece of plastic broke. The plastic part was the catch that holds the bread lifter down while it is toasting. While it looks nice, it is just not built well.
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeachyJ good
Serves the purpose & it was cheap. Doesn't look awful either.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mardigras Does Exactly What it's Supposed to
We bought this toaster mainly because I got hooked on the "Hamilton Beach" brand name 2 wks. ago when I purchased a little, one serving blender to make my protein shakes in. It had over 130 wonderful reviews for an item that cost less than $20. You blend your shakes and are able to take the blending container right off of the base and take it with you. It has a 'sippy top' and fits into the car's cup holder.
So, tonight, we needed a new toaster and right to the 'Hamilton Beach' name brand. We're only in need of a 2 slice toaster but one with wide enough slots to toast english muffins and bagels. This one does both and was the least expensive toaster, to top it off! It also matches our kitchen of black and stainless steel appliances.
Rated 5 out of 5 by SHOPPINGFIENE Super Duper Product
It makes really good toast. Believe me!!
Rated 1 out of 5 It broke after three weeks...
This toaster had three things going for it - it was inexpensive, it was cool to the touch, and it was small, even for a two slicer. Unfortunately, the latch holding down the toaster plates broke after three weeks, making the toaster inoperable. I used it once or twice a day, and I did not handle it roughly. No excuse for the breakage. I won't be buying this model again.
Rated 5 out of 5 by bluejay6537 Like my new toaster
Yes, it has a little quirk, it has a shorter cord, which is under the dial for setting how light/dark you want your toast. Weird? yeah, but about the only thing on it that I found "off". I saw the one reviewer saying how when the handle is pressed down that it cannot be stopped or pressed back up unless unplugged. There is a "cancel" button right next to the setting dial for how light/dark you want your toast, or whatever else it is that is in the toaster. Press the cancel button and the bread/waffle/bagel pops right up.
My old toaster wouldn't toast bread evenly. Top would be dark, almost burnt, while the bottom not toasted at all. With this toaster, it's even. I'm totally satisfied with it. :)
Rated 5 out of 5 by pinkkgirl7 Looks great, love the stainless, perfect toaster for an apartment or anyone on a budget.