Since I was going with a POP of red in my kitchen, this toaster complimented the other metallic red items I purchased. However, it wasn't the quality we were looking for in a new item. The red paint was chipping off were the lever to push down was located. I returned it and requested that someone look at it carefully before sending the new one to us. I did go to a local store to look at their toaster. It appears that most of them are all made of the same plastic. That is why I did an exchange with Overstock as opposed to a refund. I do love the design of it.