I like the versatility of a stand mixer that converts to a hand mixer, however, where it engages and disengages from the stand is plastic, not metal. I know that after a number of times it is removed and replaced from the stand, the clips will eventually break off and I won't be able to use it as a stand mixer. I bought this to replace one I used to have that was metal. I do like the variable speeds since you really can tell a difference in each progression. Also, the bowl, various attachments and 2 different positions for the bowl placement are all positives!
A toaster is a simple appliance, and this one checks off all the necessary features. There are no frills here, it performs well, and comes at a good price, to boot. 1. Slot Size I can fit any normal piece of bread and most bagels and buns (cut in half, of course). If you're toasting huge slices of bread they may get a little cramped, but the metal guides within the slots will keep any bread from burning. 2. Speed It takes about as long as you'd expect to get the right level of doneness. As with any toaster, it will take longer to perform as it gets older. But I know what I'll get out of it, and that's all I need. 3. Ease of Use The shade selector knob is easy enough, and it's nice that the Cancel button is front and center. I haven't used the Frozen or Bagel functions yet. Instead I use common sense to set the proper amount of toasting time for whatever I'm making. 4. Cord The cord is short, as it is with any appliance (they're required legally to be that short). And it does come out of the front of the toaster, but you can always wrap it around the cord wrap underneath to have it come out the back. 5. Crumb Tray The crumb tray drops down rather than sliding out all the way. I prefer the latter, but this toaster is light enough and easy to move around so the drop-down style isn't a setback. It's easy to clean off.
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