"The Kitchen Aid Long Slot Toaster is designed with the user in mind"
The Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster is one of the most stylish and practical toasters you could think about purchasing and can accommodate a variety of different breads to give you as many options as you could possibly want. With the goal of being able to toast breads of all different shapes as sizes, owning this long slot toaster means that you never have to shop for smaller bread again. Coming in three different, yet equally attractive colour options, the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster is sure to fit in nicely in a variety of different kitchen environments. And at a price of around $70-140, this is definitely a toaster worth considering for your home.
It’s hard to imagine that there are too many toasters on the market quite as attractive as the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster. With an easy on the eye stainless steel design that comes in empire red, onyx black or contour silver colours, the Long Slot is a truly aesthetically pleasing piece of kit. And at a weight of just 6.2 pounds with dimensions of 7.7 x 16.5 x 8 inches, the toaster is lightweight and can blend in nicely to any kitchen environment. The primary selling point of the product is its 2 extra-long slots, which can manage to fit up to four standard slices of bread at once. The long slots, that happen to be 1 ½ inches wide, also allow for breads of all shapes and sizes to be toasted using this toaster, giving you more freedom in what breads you can buy for your toaster. Not only that, but the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster can also be used to toast other foods such as bagels and English muffins, all thanks to its unique and convenient design. Some may take issue with the fact that the toaster’s controls and lever are situated on different sides of the appliance, though this should not cause too much of an issue depending on where your toaster is located within your kitchen.
When it comes to special functions, the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster is designed with enough features to make using the toaster much more of a pleasurable experience, though there is nothing that will necessarily blow your socks off. The feet for grip situated on the bottom of the toaster are a nice touch that add to the beautiful aesthetics of the toaster. There are LED light indicators situated on all main function buttons that help make setting the toaster to the mode that you want it much easier, and the knob dials are all clear and very easy to follow.
In terms of actual toasting, the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster is powered by 1800W and has its own shade control options that allow you to choose between seven different shades of toast. While this feature is extremely useful in that it allows you to select whatever shade of toast you want, some users of the toaster have argued that the toasting quality is somewhat inconsistent on the Long Slot. However, this may vary based on the type of bread used, since the toaster is designed in order to fit in a variety of different breads of all sizes. On the whole, the quality of toasting is decent; while there are certainly toasters out there that will toast all over the bread better than the Long Slot, there are definitely many products out there that are worse at toasting bread than this.
The Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster also has three other function buttons that broaden the number of things you can do with it. When set to the bagel function, the Long Slot can toast other foods such as bagels and muffins. Furthermore, the toasters ability to toast bagels might just exceed its ability in regular toasting, which is not to criticise the job it does in toasting normal bread. You are unlikely to find many toasters that do such a terrific job in toasting, and credit must be given to the Long Slot for that. Also featured on this toaster is a defrost function, which unfortunately is not quite as effective as the bagel feature, and probably shouldn’t be your main port of call for defrosting your food. However, a more impressive and convenient feature of this toaster is the ‘keep warm’ function, which can help prevent you from burning your hand once your toast has finished but allows it to stay very warm while the toaster begins to cool down. Given the size of the slots in this toaster, KitchenAid have done their utmost to prevent any issues regarding burning from occurring. That is also why the toaster is fitted with an extra high life level that makes it much easier to life toast from the slots; helping to ensure that your hand cannot be burned. It’s attention to detail such as these features that help toasters such as the Kitchen Aid Long Slot stand out from the rest of the other toasters.
Ease of Use
The Kitchen Aid Long Slot Toaster is designed with the user in mind, making it a toaster that is relatively easy and convenient to use. The Long Slots high lift lever makes getting toast out of it extremely simple with almost no effort at all. When compared with other similar toasters, the Long Slot toasts bread at quite a fast rate, but this can also depend on what level of shading you decide to opt for with your bread. While this toaster does do its job quite fast, there is no timer situated anywhere, making it harder for you to know when your toast is actually done. While this is not too much of a concern, features such as a timer can just make products like this so much easier to use. One feature that is appreciated is the removable crumb tray situated near the bottom of the toaster, which easily slides in and out of place, making cleaning the toaster an easy, stress-free process. There is nothing too complex about working the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster; the dials are all easily managed; the functions are all clearly visible and precautions are taken to ensure that you do not burn any part of your hand. You cannot ask for much more than that in terms of convenience.
Overall, the Kitchen Aid Long Slot toaster is a perfect option for somebody that is looking to use a toaster in order to make use of a variety of different types of bread. The extra long slots allow for much bigger sizes of bread to be used, and the toaster is generally very easy to use and operate. The main drawback of the Long Slot is the somewhat average quality of toast reported by many users of the appliance. Despite its attractive design and convenience, a toaster that can have problems in toasting bread can be difficult to spend top dollar on. At $70-140, we’re looking at a mid-range toaster that you can definitely find value for money in, although there are many other products that can provide a better toasting experience.