Review of the Nostalgia Retro 2-Slice Toaster

Updated on July 14, 2020
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Walter Shillington writes about products he is familiar with. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.

Nostalgia RTOS200 Retro Toaster
Nostalgia RTOS200 Retro Toaster | Source

For the tenth time, I shoved the lever down, lowering the bread into the bowels of my toaster. But, once again, as I released my grip, the two slices popped right back up.

I couldn’t blame the appliance. If I’d bothered to empty the crumb tray more often, I would not be in this predicament. Twice a year just wasn’t good enough.

Okay, I'd killed my toaster. Lesson learned. After hiding the appliance’s still gleaming carcass in my back porch, I headed for the office and logged in to Amazon.com.

There were plenty of options ranging from sixteen-dollar cheapies to units priced at well over two-hundred dollars. The Nostalgia RT0S200 caught my eye. It was reasonably priced and quite attractive in a 1950s retro style.

Description

This toaster weighs in at three pounds. It is 6.5 inches across, 7.5 inches high, and 10.5 inches deep.

Two bagel-sized slots pierce the stainless-steel upper surface. The main body of this unit is composed of red plastic, although the front is colored white.

Retro decals and shiny plastic racing stripes add contrast and color to the design. The front of this toaster includes a lever, a rotating timing dial, and buttons used to defrost, toast bagels, and to cancel operations.

The power cord is three feet long and can be wrapped around the bottom of the unit when a shorter length is more desirable.

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Retro toaster. Note the racing stripes and plastic decal.Retro toasterControl panel of Nostalgia RTOS200 Retro Toaster.  Three LEDs work in conjunction with the defrost, bagel, and cancel buttons.Retro toasterPower cord can be shortened
Retro toaster. Note the racing stripes and plastic decal.
Retro toaster. Note the racing stripes and plastic decal. | Source
Retro toaster
Retro toaster | Source
Control panel of Nostalgia RTOS200 Retro Toaster.  Three LEDs work in conjunction with the defrost, bagel, and cancel buttons.
Control panel of Nostalgia RTOS200 Retro Toaster. Three LEDs work in conjunction with the defrost, bagel, and cancel buttons. | Source
Retro toaster
Retro toaster | Source
Power cord can be shortened
Power cord can be shortened | Source

Specifications

  • Brand: Nostalgia
  • Name: Retro 2-Slice Toaster
  • Model: RTOS200
  • Weight: 1.36 kilograms (3 pounds)
  • Color: Retro red
  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 26.7 x 19 centimeters (6.5 x 10.5 x 7.5 inches)
  • Capacity: Two large toasting slots for bread, English muffins, and bagel halves
  • Power input: 120VAC
  • Power: 900 Watts
  • Features: Auto Shut Off and Removable Crumb Tray

The Manufacturer

Nostalgia Electric is trademarked by Nostalgia Products Group, LLC. This company was formed in 2008 and is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Crumb tray can be easily removed for cleaning
Crumb tray can be easily removed for cleaning | Source
Crumb tray
Crumb tray | Source

Visual Appeal

This toaster features bold, in your face type styling. The front is composed of white plastic, which contrasts effectively with the deep metallic red-colored sides. Racing stripes and a plastic decal add a retro touch. Tiny red LEDs will illuminate when the defrost, bagel, or cancel buttons are pressed,

Durability

The Nostalgia RTOS200 appears to be well constructed and has proved trouble-free over the time I have owned this toaster. Initially, I was worried that heat transference might discolor the plastic covering of this device, but the temperature of the toaster’s sides and front do not rise beyond a gentle warmth.

Operation

This appliance operates in the same manner as any bagel capable toaster. Bread is toasted by inserting it into the slots and depressing the front-mounted lever. Cooking time is adjusted by turning a dial. Defrost or bagel mode may be selected by pushing the appropriate button, and toast can be ejected at any time by pressing the cancel button.

An easily removable crumb tray is located at the bottom. As I have recently discovered, this tray should be emptied at regular intervals.

Retro toaster
Retro toaster | Source
Retro toaster
Retro toaster | Source

Performance

I was quickly able to select the appropriate dial position to produce lightly toasted bagels, bread, and English muffins. When toasting bagels, I often forget to press the bagel button, but it does not appear to make a difference. The defrost button was not tested.

Overall Impression

If you are primarily concerned with value, this appliance is not for you. Toasters of similar quality and performance can be purchased for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this device from Nostalgia.

When I stumble, bleary-eyed, into the kitchen for my first coffee of the morning, however, this gaudy little toaster never fails to bring a smile to my lips. For this reason, I’ve never regretted the purchase. The Nostalgia RTOS200 is recommended.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Walter Shillington

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