Update! We replaced with the same model, this time in purple. They were out of red.
Frankly, the toaster market is insane with technological innovations. There are models that slowly lower your toast into the chamber, any number of digital displays, warming buttons, angled slots (which if they don’t actually launch onto the plate… well that’s just a missed opportunity!) and any number of additional innovations to the act of browning bread that trying to satirize the product is ultimately futile.
Most expensive model we “considered?” $140. And when I say considered I mean Deb continued to talk to the salesperson while I faked an aneurism.
Final cost of the same model. $29.
There, story is complete. You can sleep at night again without worrying.