Here's a toaster that actually looks good on your counter! It has a brushed finish, making it easy to clean and keep clean looking. It has nice wide openings for bagels or other pastry. The settings are very functional. "Cancel" pops your toast or bagel out. I like this, because you don't have to force the handle up. It also has a "bagel" and "defrost" mode, which work well. The toasting level control is accurate and easy to use. Toasting Evenness It's easy and accurate to set the toasting level you prefer. Safety I have experienced no problems regarding safety. Ease of Cleaning The brushed finish eliminates finger prints and scratch marks. The wide openings mean fewer pieces of food get left behind in the toaster. Durability I've only had mine for less than a year, so I can't comment too much on it's durability. It did withstand a move, though, with no problems. Design It's clean and modern looking, and the wide openings make it very functional.