This inexpensive little toaster will be ok temporarily,but we are going to replace it soon. It works pretty good but it has one major flaw,the cord is in the front instead of the back and the cord just doesn't hang right. We have to move the coffeemaker over kind of far from it so the cord doesn't get in the way. Very inconvenient for me! The price was perfect for a family on a budget and the design is nice,it does look good on the kitchen counter. Toasting Evenness It makes very evenly browned toast,although you do need you adjust it a little until you find the right setting for you taste in darkness or lightness. Safety So fa the safety of this product seems fine. We just bought it a few days ago but we have been using it and it seems good. Ease of Cleaning It seems like it will be pretty easy to clean. The crumb tray slides out but you can't remove it which would really make it a lot easier to clean. Durability I don't know how durable it will be because we haven't had it very long yet. We aren't going to keep it very long anyway though. Design I do think that the design is very nice,very sleek and modern. It looks very nice on the counter.