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New toaster has clear appeal

The Kalorik 2-Slice Glass Panel Long Slot Toaster has tempered-glass sides allowing users to monitor toasting progress.

The Kalorik 2-Slice Glass Panel Long Slot Toaster features a clear viewing window that challenges the traditional design of toasters.
The Kalorik 2-Slice Glass Panel Long Slot Toaster features a clear viewing window that challenges the traditional design of toasters. Chef's Catalog

The toaster has an iconic design. For simply being a rectangular box with rounded corners, the kitchen appliance is still instantly recognizable for what it is. However, regardless of the ubiquitous nature of the toaster -- or perhaps because of it -- it is clear that the stainless-steel commonality of the past is in danger of fading away.

The Kalorik 2-Slice Glass Panel Long Slot Toaster ($99.95) gives kitchen countertops everywhere a clear view into the future of toasting. Featuring a clear glass side that allows for full viewing of the toasting action, the toaster offers insight into what's to come. Not the first toaster to ditch classic stainless steel for transparent panels, the new Kalorik toaster validates the previously covered Magimix as a new alternative to an everyday appliance.

All the features that we have come to expect from toasters are present and accounted for, including bagel, reheat, and defrost settings as well as a shade selector dial and removable crumb tray. However, it is the redesign of the toaster that matters here. (For another example of toaster reimagining, check out this fun Turkish toaster that uses a sliding tray mechanism.) Regardless of how one toasts his or her bread in the morning, it may soon be a day when the classic stainless-steel box looks as archaic as a rotary-dial phone does today.