Toaster proves they do make 'em like they used to

Toaster from Haier toasts bread and bagels in a classic stainless-steel housing.

Classic-looking toaster in a durable die-cast metal housing. Amazon via Haier

Toasters have always been a focus of attention in the kitchen. In fact, they seem to symbolize it more than any other appliance. Sure, the refrigerator or oven might seem like more obvious choices, but in the end it's the toaster that best represents the warmth of the kitchen.

But don't take my word for it. Toasters come in endless shapes and sizes. From a toaster with a built-in egg poacher , to a toaster stuck on the side of a microwave , there really doesn't seem to be any end to toaster combinations (or apparently, movie tie-ins; I'm looking at you, Star Wars toaster).

Which all makes plain the fact that sometimes it's best to think simple. This Die-Cast Stainless-Steel 2-Slice Toaster from Haier fits the bill just perfectly. It has the basic toast-making capabilities one would expect from a toaster: removable crumb tray, automatic shut-off, and aseven-setting toast-shade selector. Ultimately however, it's the design that defines this toaster.

The 850-watt toaster, constructed from a durable die-cast metal housing, displays a simple elegance that harks back to a different era. Unlike those other modern appliances cluttering up your kitchen counter, this toaster provides a time-tested breakfast staple and a reflection from the past.

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