When my old toaster finally died, I searched for a replacement for quite a while. The Waring Pro 4 slice toaster met my power and feature requirements. I have not been disappointed. This toaster provides an even toast of the thickest slices across all 4 slots. While it is not what I call fast, it is well within the expected speed performance for a consumer toaster. I have been very happy with this toaster. Toasting Evenness My experience has been very positive in regards to the evenness of the toasting. Each slice is relatively consistent across all 4 slots and the depth and degree of toast is acceptably even on flat bread. Safety The toaster side remain cool to the touch as expected. As a word of caution: during the start-up procedures, you are asked to run the toaster at full power to burn off residual manufacturing oils. There is a lot of heat generated above the toaster during this procedure (or anytime it is run on all 4 slots at full power) and the placement of the toaster needs to be considered. I had mine under some overhead shelves and notice they were becoming quite hot, so I slid the toaster forward to prevent and damage to paint, etc. Ease of Cleaning The crumb trays are a bit lacking in this toaster. I would suggest moving the toaster over the sink or garbage can before emptying or you will probably have crumbs all over the counter. Durability So far, I have had no problems with the durability of this toaster. I have had it for over a year and it is holding up well. Design The toaster looks nice and fits in well with an array of other designs. My only criticism would be the very touchy dials. It is quite easy to accidentally turn this dials while cleaning, moving or just being in the vicinity of this toaster. This will lose your preferred toast-level... so make a mental note of it's position. Also, to cancel a toasting session, the dial must be turned all the way to the left, again, losing the toast-level.