I Need a New Toaster
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 on my back porch, I headed for the office and logged in to Amazon.com.
There were plenty of options ranging from $16 cheapies to units priced at well over $200. The Nostalgia RT0S200 caught my eye. It was reasonably priced and quite attractive in a 1950s retro style.
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. A green and white variation is also available.
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 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.
- Brand: Nostalgia
- Name: Retro 2-Slice Toaster
- Model: RTOS200
- Weight: 1.36 kilograms (3 pounds)
- Color: Retro red (or retro green)
- 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
Nostalgia Electric is trademarked by Nostalgia Products Group, LLC. This company was formed in 2008 and is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
This toaster features bold, in-your-face type styling. The front is composed of white plastic, which contrasts effectively with the deep metallic red or green 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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
© 2020 Walter Shillington