Get the toaster off the counter

With its retractable cord, the Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster is easier to store than its counterparts.

The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster
The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Black & Decker

I don't have a lot of counter space in my kitchen. My toaster spends most of its time on a shelf. If it's not toasting, it's put away. I don't mind this arrangement, but I think toasters could be a little easier to store. The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster seems to have a similar thought behind its design. Not only is it an attractive toaster--stainless steel with black accents--but it's square enough that it won't take up a disproportionate section of the shelf, and its cord retracts so you don't even have to think about trying to get it wound up.

The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster has two sets of independent controls, as well as a bagel setting, letting you toast to your heart's content. The toaster can also defrost and reheat, and it offers an auto-eject removable crumb tray that allows for easy cleanup (a must if you're moving your toaster back and forth from a shelf). Black & Decker also makes the 2-Slice model: it's about half the size of the 4-Slice Toaster but has the same control system, retractable cord, and other features. The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster is $39.99.

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    Thursday Bram is a freelance journalist of over five years experience. She has worked in real estate and property management, learning the hard way the difference between the appliances that people like and the appliances that actually work in a home. Thursday currently lives in Maryland.

     

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