This is a great toaster! It was economical and has lasted in our house for at least 10 years (yikes!) We don't use it very often, maybe once a month, but it always toasts our bread quickly and consistently. It is a very durable product that has made it through four moves. We usually store it in the pantry, and bring it out when we need to use it. It is easy to clean with the hinged bottom. The exterior is a very neutral white, although it does not match our decor, it does not look out of place if it is out. The slots are a great size and fit bagals and smaller items too. We never have a problem fitting anything too big or too small into it. We usually leave it on the same setting to toast pastries (i.e. poptarts) and bread. and get great results. The only downfall is that it is only a two slice toaster, so when we are making lots of toast (when we have guests over) it tends to take a lot longer.