I was doubtful when I started out researching the KitchenAid KMT4116CU. You see, Sarah and I have this basic Toastmaster toaster from like 12 years ago. Sure, it’s terrible, we need a new one, but not for one second did I think we’d spend boatload on a toaster. It’s just toast, or so I thought.
Perhaps we are neglecting our palettes a bit. Maybe there are “levels” to this toast thing, and just maybe, like coffee, toast too is nuanced.
Why cheap toasters suck…
Before I could even consider spending a bunch of money on a toaster, I had to understand why the cheap toasters were no good. Research enlightened me. Cheap toasters are bad for so many reasons: slow to toast, uneven browning, not durable, faulty heat elements, small slot openings, and inaccurate browning range dial (have you ever had to run a toast cycle twice for the same bread?).
I’ve read all sorts of reviews for many of the cheaper, run-of-the-mill toasters, and it’s the same thing over and over again. Cheap toasters are unreliable pieces of junk.
Perfectly browned toast.
What makes the KitchenAid KMT4116CU worth the money?
This KitchenAid toaster isn’t your run of the mill, basic toaster, but is it worth spending almost a bunch of money on? Well, the KitchenAid KMT4116CU has nice convenient features, durability, and it does everything that your cheap toaster can’t do, and, it looks good doing it.
It has 2 long slots that are 1.5 inches wide. Each slot is long enough to fit 2 standard slices of toast. These larger slots give you more flexibility over the type of toast that you can choose.
The “keep warm” feature keeps your toast ready to melt butter or spread for up to three minutes after it’s finished. For people that freeze bread, the “defrost” setting will come in handy.
The cheaper toasters have inaccurate shade dials. But the KitchenAid KMT4116CU has 7 individual shade options. This lets you accurately choose your perfect toast setting every time. You can also choose from bagel, defrost, and keep warm settings.
This toaster is convenient as well, it has a removable crumb tray, it is easy to clean, and its cord can be stored underneath the base.
The high lift lever is another convenient feature: it allows you to check on the progress of your toast without turning off the heating elements.
Looks and Size
This is one good-looking machine. Unlike the boxy looking standard toasters, this one has contours. This appliance stands out, and will probably get you some compliments. On the other hand, its size, 7.7 x 16.5 x 8 inches, is going to take up a bit of real estate on your countertop.
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