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Various Artist: Review: Revolution Cooking InstaGlo R270 Toaster

My Cuisinart toaster has performed beautifully for the last 10 years. Only recently have I wondered whether it’s showing signs of age, perhaps not toasting quite as efficiently as it used to. At least for the moment, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed by toasting one more time on a short cycle.

Perhaps my Cuisinart’s potential impending decline caused me to linger when I recently came across a “smart toaster” with some groovy-sounding bells and whistles: promises of faster toasting, a new heating-element design, and what the manufacturer calls “smart toasting algorithms.”

I was particularly interested in that speedier toast-making. Toast aficionados tend to like it when slices are done to their preferred level of doneness on the outside but still moist and chewy on the inside, not a nasty slice that breaks in half when they take a bite. Speed could certainly help achieve that perfect balance.

Instead of the dials, levers, and buttons commonly found on most toasters, Revolution Cooking’s two-slot toasters are controlled by a touchscreen and—brace yourself—come with a 350- to 400-dollar price tag, which is pretty bonkers considering the competing top-rated two-slot toasters cost between 30 and 100 bucks.

The touchscreen on the front of the toaster asks you to select the type of bread, whether it’s fresh or frozen, and how dark you want it. There’s also a toggle switch for gluten-free breads.

Photograph: Revolution Cooking

Touchscreen toasting is an interesting changeroo. On the Revolution, that screen is cleverly situated on one of the toaster’s two narrowest faces. This arrangement lets you set the toaster narrow side forward, thus keeping it from taking up too much counter width. You choose from settings like bread, bagel, instant waffles, toaster pastry (à la Pop-Tarts), or English muffins, then the desired level of “toastiness.” The two-slot R270 I looked at has all of these options, which come on its more basic R180, plus individual bread-specific settings like sourdough, multigrain cinnamon swirl, and a gluten-free option.

It sounded fun. Who doesn’t want the best for their toast? Unfortunately, I had a hell of a time with the basics … like getting the $400 toaster to toast well. Just getting strong and consistent results from store-bought loaves of white bread and sourdough—the meat and potatoes of most toast, if you will—was a bit beyond the Revolution’s abilities.

Toast Test

I tried bagels.

Photograph: Joe Ray

When you choose what you’re toasting and the desired doneness level, the Revolution’s screen shows what your toast should look like when it’s done. I had some Franz sourdough at home, and whether on the bread or sourdough setting, it never really came out looking like the image on the screen. Typically, it was underdone (especially if using frozen bread and the frozen setting) and uneven. Worse, the toaster often left the bottom half-inch of a slice untoasted, and it frequently had trouble getting one of the bottom corners done. If I toasted again on its shortest cycle to fix any of these problems, my toast usually came out burnt.

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