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The Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Toaster proves a sturdy and dependable machine for predictable toasting. The $100 price point is steep, but click through to see how spending a little extra can make toast lovers particularly happy.

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The slots are nice and wide. All toasters boast of "wide slots," but this one actually justifies it, giving a full 1 7/16 inch of clearance from grate to grate. That's significantly more than the comparably priced Cuisinart CPT-440, which only gives 1 1/8 inch of usable space.

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The sides stay cool as you cook. The top gets quite hot, but the front, back and sides all stay below 140 degrees Farenheight (at which temperature you'll burn yourself) after a single use.

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The presets surround a simple LED.

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You can select your darkness setting from 1-7 using the arrow keys. The presets light up when you press them.

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Once everything's set, toast away! The Frigidaire gave consistent, even toast every time.

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A timer will count down your wait time.

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The process always resulted in edge-to-edge browning. The darkness settings also reliably produce a variety of doneness levels.

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The Frigidaire even browned the bagel well, given the uneven surface.

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The defrost setting didn't disappoint.

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If breakfast breads are important to you, having a toaster than can give you consistently great results might just be worth the splurge.

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