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The Bella Pro Series 2-Slice Digital Touchscreen Toaster has a powerful 1000-watt toasting system and 7 setting shade control designed for consistent toasting, every time. The extra wide slots can accommodate standard sliced bread, bagels and Texas style toast. High lift lever to easily access smaller breads with anti jam and auto shut off features for extra safety. Durable Black Stainless Steel exterior with digital touchscreen interface and LED display countdown timer adds style to any kitchen. Removable crumb tray and convenient cord wrap for easy storage.
Extra-wide and self-centering slots
Accommodate standard sliced bread, bagels, and Texas style toast.
Lets you make plenty of toast for the family.
Digital touchscreen interface
Choose between the Bagel, Defrost, or Reheat presets and watch the LED display countdown timer begin.
Allows you to stop toasting at the touch of a button.
7-setting shade control
Produces consistent toasting, every time.
High lift lever
Makes it easy to access smaller breads.
Anti jam feature
Prevents food pieces from becoming stuck in the toaster.
For safe operation.
Removable crumb tray
Offers quick and easy cleanup.
1000W of power
Delivers thorough toasting results.
Black stainless steel finish
Durable black stainless steel exterior adds style to any kitchen.
Bella Pro Series 2-Slice Digital Touchscreen Toaster - Black Stainless Steel
Cool display, great performance, ave build quality
A toaster that looks like it's designed for the modern kitchen...this one aches to resemble a "smart" appliance with its slick touch-screen and digital readout, but those farkles are mostly just for show. Underneath, there's a decent toaster with quick heating, simple (if somewhat misleading at times) controls, but with relatively "thin" build quality.
First, for the good stuff--it's a toaster, it does what it should and does it pretty quickly. There are basically 4 settings--Toast, Bagel, Defrost, and Reheat, with a dial featuring settings 1-7 that gives you a rough idea of browning/crisping/toasting level. The bottom has slots for cord wrapping to keep a long electrical pigtail off your countertop and a hidden, slide-out rear crumb drawer makes cleanup of long-term accumulation a snap. The push-down/high-lift lever feels solid enough and works to activate the toaster easily or manually raises your bread, muffins, Pop-Tarts or bagels another inch or so--enough to grab the edges without ripping off the ends. The slots are W-I-D-E and easily accommodate thick bagels or chunky sections of a home-made bread loaf. The colorway has a nice, modern appearance with a stainless steel finish on the sides, chrome up top, chrome accents on the browning dial and lifter knob, and white LEDs and white lettering against a black touch-screen display. I've tried to provide a few images of the toasting levels in this review--honestly, anything above Setting 4 and your bread is probably going to be a charcoal briquette. Setting 2 was perfect for the way I like my bagels (sorry, wasn't going high enough to torch my everything bagels just for show). The "Reheat" setting at the bottom end of the dial control provides an additional 40 seconds of heating...it's designed to do so without additional browning and we found that to be true. The Defrost button is used for frozen items while the Bagel setting is obviously for thicker bagels and muffins (though the TIME the items actually spend browning, which is displayed in big numbers on the touch screen, is the same regardless of which button you press, so I can only assume that pressing the DEFROST or BAGEL buttons changes the temperature of the heating elements). The CANCEL button obviously cancels any job in the toaster at the time and immediately shoots the toast or bagels up to the top--sadly, the Bella Pro doesn't offer enough exit velocity to arc your bread out onto a nearby plate--maybe on the next release?! :-)
There are a few areas where things fall maybe just a bit short from where we had hoped. First, the size and thickness of the toaster is just a tad deceptive as it would have you believe you're going to be hoisting a small cinder-block onto your countertop; but it's incredibly light, almost a little TOO light--it's not necessarily cheap-feeling so much as it's just "thin"...it's not clear how much punishment it will take in your kitchen over the years ahead. The touch screen buttons worked mostly okay for us, but we had a little trouble on more than one occasion finding the sweet spot to activate the BAGEL button or CANCEL to stop a toasting job. Overall, the touch-sensitive button area seems pretty small and tightly spaced--the controls could maybe use just a bit more real-estate on the touch screen to provide a little more reassuring action. The stainless finish is a fingerprint magnet to be sure (picture attached after just a few uses), and because it's so light, you almost can't operate it without putting your hands on the toaster itself so it's hard to keep it looking nice without extra effort after almost every use. The top is also very "thin feeling" with that chromed metal getting awfully hot immediately after toasting--while this is true of most toasters, because this one works so well/quickly, the top tends to stay a bit hotter for a bit longer than our last unit. Sadly, the silk-screen lettering on the buttons feels chintzy and we can already see a few spots where a couple of letters in the CANCEL button are starting to wear off after just a week of use. Finally, the timer readout really IS nice because it displays the time left on the current job so you ALWAYS know if you have enough time to grab the juice or butter before the job is finished. But the continuous dial creates a sense of precision that isn't there...Setting 3 is 2:00, Setting 4 is 2:25...but setting 3 1/2 is still 2:00, but sometimes it's 2:25 depending on where the dial lands, but it's never 2:14, or 2:21, for example. It's not a big deal to be sure, but it makes me wonder why they bothered with a dial at all given that you can't adjust the cooking time exactly to your liking anyway...just give us full touch screen controls for each of the cooking levels and then the only thing cluttering up the front would be the toast lever/lifter knob.
Still, these issues aside, we like the toaster well enough to keep it--it looks nice and matches the style of our other more modern kitchen appliances and the toasting performance is pretty darned good. The digital readout is a nice touch over other toasters that lack any kind of display, though honestly the touch-screen buttons really don't add anything to the functionality, and in some ways even make it a little clumsier and less responsive to use than physical buttons would. Definitely give it a spin for the cooking/toasting performance, but I don't think the touch-screen controls are a big enough selling factor to warrant a purchase on their own.
This toaster is simply the best and here's why: it looks sleek and cute, while it does the job exceptionally.
The turn knob for selecting the level for toasting is so easy to use, but just be careful because it's powerful. Start on a lower setting to get s good feel of how each setting will toast your food.
Also this is AMAZING with bagels! The slots are super wide and deep for bagels and even frozen french toast which is what I did.
The added bonus is that it looks so good in my kitchen as well. Modern looking and doesn't take up too much space --- such a winner.
The toaster is great and makes the perfect set of toast and bagels. I love the frozen option to heat frozen bread and I LOVE the bottom tray that pulls out to clean the bottom of the toaster. I recommend this to everyone because it so sleek and easy to use.
I've only ever owned one other toaster, so I don't have a lot to compare to. However, this toaster is far better than our old one.
The Bella Pro Series is a nice improvement. The digital countdown time is nice. Once you know your personal setting that you like best, you can dial it in and verify that it's the same each time.
This toaster also has three buttons. Cancel, defrost and bagel. Cancel stops the toasting immediately, defrost adds a little extra time as does the bagel button. I don't freeze bread, so I can't speak to how well the defrost button works. I have used the bagel button for english muffins as recommended by the user manual and it toasted them perfectly.
This toaster does a great job of centering the bread for even heating. Our old one always pulled the bread to one side. It also heats evenly across the entire slice of bread, there are no uneven spots.
The lift feature is nice as some pieces of bread will sit low enough that you would burn your fingers trying to grab them. However, this toaster is light and when you pull up on the lever is usually ends up lifting the entire toaster. A little more weight would help this. The removable crumb tray is nice and pretty much standard on all toasters.
My one complaint is that they call it a touch screen. That's a bit of a stretch. It's really push button as you are not interacting with a screen. Other than that, it works great.
This toaster looks really good when it’s clean the stainless steel might get dirty a little faster but nothing a good wiping can’t take care of. I usually put bread and bagel in but nothing as far as reheating I don’t use the defrosting function. The buttons are easy to see the digital light is strong and its easy to clean with removable chrome tray. That part is the best helps keep the bottom area free from nasty old food. Looks good and works great I like it.