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Pros / The viewing glass allows you to view the bread as it toasts.

Cons / This toaster has only one slot.

 Verdict / The unique design is appealing, and though it does only have one slot, this toaster still effectively toasts bread at an affordable price.

The Dash Clear View performed quite well. In our performance tests on evenness and consistency, as well as on toasting frozen bread and bagels, it’s average score was 92 percent, which is slightly above the overall average of 90 percent.

This machine uses a different heating element than other toasters. Rather than thin wires stretched alongside the wall, this toaster has two large elements on the bottom of each side. This design allows the bread to toast evenly and with minimal bar marks. The only area where this unit performed below average was with bagels. The bagels we toasted had large visible bar marks, but this issue could be addressed by increasing the power level.

This toaster has the most innovative design among the toasters we reviewed. While most toasters are enclosed by a solid case, this one has a large glass panel on the front. You can actually see your bread getting darker by the second. However, before you buy this toaster solely for the glass, consider that the novelty may wear off. In fact, once the toaster becomes familiar, you won't need to check the toast. You’ll eventually determine the ideal toasting setting for your bread and won’t really need to check the toast as it cooks anymore. Although intriguing, the design does come with a few disadvantages. This toaster takes substantial counter space with its long width. One and a half feet to be exact. Another disadvantage is its awkward crumb tray. It’s long instead of wide, and it’s accessed from the left side. If the toaster is next to a wall or other objects, you need to move the unit in order to pull out the long tray. The tray also does not pull out as smoothly as the trays on other toasters we tested.

This toaster only has one slot. However, the slot is long enough to fit two slices of standard white bread. If you plan on toasting two long slices at a single time, such as sourdough, then a 2-slice or 4-slice toaster will be quicker.

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  • Evenness Score
  • Exterior Temperature
  • Cord Length
  • Warranty
  1. The quality of toasting evenness.
    Higher is better
  2. 6  Dash Clear View
    95.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 98.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    85.8 %

Summary

The Dash Clear is an unusual and eye-catching toaster due to its front viewing glass design. Although this design comes with a few disadvantages, it proved to have a better-than-average toasting performance in our testing. Consider this toaster as an interesting conversation piece in your kitchen, as it lets you watch your bread toast as you drink your morning cup of coffee

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Dimensions

Weight (pounds)
4.4
Depth (inches)
8
Width (inches)
18
Height (inches)
5.8

Safety

Exterior Temperature (Fahrenheit)
92.6
Automatic Shut-Off
High Lift
Stop/Eject

Help & Support

Warranty
1 Year
Phone/Email
Online User Manual

Design

Removable Crumb Tray
Back
Color Options
4
Cord Length (feet)
3.4
Hideaway Cord
Slots
1
Slot Width (inches)
1.5
Slot Length (inches)
10.5
Slot Depth (inches)
4.0
Lowering System
Manual

Performance

Evenness Score
95%
Consistency Score
99%
Frozen Score
93%
Bagel Score
80%
Time to Done (minutes:seconds)
2:15
Ease of Use Score
84%
Number of Shade Settings
7
Adjustable Settings
Reheat

Features

Dual Control
Digital Display
Progress Indicator
Lift and Look
Illuminated Buttons
Audio Alert