I never thought I’d review these, but these turn out to be pretty hot now! And I can personally attest to the fact that seeing your toast brown bit by bit is a very meditative experience. Now, do you need a toaster with clear walls? Probably not. But if you want one, which one do would you get? Let’s find out.
I looked at the toasters available today and decided to review only two. I wanted to include more here but I can’t do so in good faith. They are either not dependable enough, or not backed by a warranty, or just plain bad. So here goes: the Dash glass toaster versus the Magimix glass toaster.
What is the same?
Like with compact toasters, these two toasters are the same in their basics. In terms of modes, you get the usual Defrost (add extra couple of seconds to defrost frozen bread), Reheat (warm your bread without browning it) and Bagel (one side is toasted, the other is warmed up) on both. And in terms of shade settings, you get the same 7 settings.
The slots are wide enough to fit in bagels, toast, waffles or a split croissant.
What is different about glass toasters?
Here is where it gets interesting. Glass toasters have two walls that are made of tempered glass (they are pretty safe shatter-wise, so no worries). To keep your fingers safe, and also for insulation, they have two glass panels on each wall — one on the inside and one on the outside. The inner one ejects through the bottom for cleanup, although after several months of daily use there seems to be almost no need to clean it.
It looks wonderful, but it also has another benefit: you will know the shade before you burn your toast. Just check it through the window.
Both the Dash and Magimix have glass walls, and they are both very capable toasters. There are a couple of quirks that set them aside, but ultimately it all comes down to preference and your willingness to spend extra on the premium model.
- MORE THAN TOAST: Defrost, Reheat, and Bagel one-touch buttons allow you to diversify your breakfast. Extra wide slot makes toasting bagels, specialty breads, waffles, and other baked goods a snap.
- SEE THROUGH WINDOW: 7 browning levels and the clear view window allow for that perfect toast with every use; plus, the auto-shut off feature prevents overheating.
- QUICK + EASY: The crumb tray and glass window slide out for quick and easy clean up. The outer surfaces all wipe-clean.
- PERFECT GIFT: The perfect wedding or new home gift. Its small size takes up little counter space, and its sleek design and trendy color options will match any kitchen décor (add to your registry now!).
- WARRANTY: Backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty, the Dash Clear View Toaster includes recipe book and recipe database access (all non-electric parts are easily wiped clean).
The Dash looks great on the counter and toasting is quick and reliable. There is just one problem: it throws toast! So much so that some people even recommend tying a small piece of wood or cork to the lever so that when the Dash is finished, it stops a bit lower than at the top, preventing it from shooting at you. If you can live with that, it’s a great toaster for the price point, though not as reliable as some of my recommendations of non-see-through options.
- Retro looks
- Easy controls
- Great color options
- Mediocre warranty
- The toast will come flying!
- Durable stainless steel with glossy red finish
- Four preprogrammed heat settings include Toast, Bagel, Reheat, and Defrost
- Extra-wide slots accommodate the thickest bagels and toast
- Unique viewing window to easily see the readiness of your bread
- Manufacturer's three year warranty
This is the option for those that want the extra oomph. Toasting is great: it has four (quartz) heating elements, two at the top and two at the bottom. It is very sturdy and well-built, and it looks terrific on the counter, plus it comes with a three-year warranty. Oh, and it does not try to sling anything at you.
- Very well built
- Toasting is great
- Better warranty
You might be asking yourself: why would I compare toasters with such price discrepancy? First, if you’re already here, you probably value the look and how it will fit on the counter more than looking for the quickest toaster or the best crunch on your toast. So price is also a smaller consideration. Second, I always try to give options — no two people are the same, after all. So I hope I was helpful.
It’s your choice now – do you get the price-efficient underdog or the classy premium option? I hope you have a terrific experience with your toaster either way.