A toaster is a necessity in every household. There are many brands and sizes to choose from. I chose the Hamilton Beach 22450 Cool Touch Two- Slice Toaster purely because of the cost. I thought for sure that this toaster would perform and do the job, after all I had never heard of a bad toaster! From the moment I brought this thing I had problems. Crumbs would always and I mean ALWAYS be all of the counter and I would have to wipe extensively underneath every day. However, this is a minor complaint compared to the way the toaster performed! There was no in between when it came to the darkness of my toast. The toast was either always burnt or it was never cooked enough. I tried over and over to adjust the lightness/darkness and always got the same results. After having this toaster a short time I ditched it. In hindsight I should have gotten the more expensive toaster, but the price was right for my budget at the time. Please save yourself the trouble and buy another toaster.