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Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster review

The Dash Clear View is a unique and inexpensive toaster which performed well in all our tests.

Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster review
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Our Verdict

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

For

  • The viewing glass allows you to view the bread as it toasts
  • Slide-out crumb tray
  • 7 browning levels

Against

  • This toaster has only one slot

The Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster 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 Dash Clear View performed well in our performance tests on evenness and consistency, as well as on toasting frozen bread and bagels. Similiar to the Breville Smart Toaster, the Dash Clear View did well on all tests, making it one of the best toasters we reviewed.

Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster: Main features 

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.

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Dash Clear View image: This toaster has a unique clear viewing glass.

Dash Clear View image: This toaster has a unique clear viewing glass.
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Dash Clear View image: This toaster comes with standard features for premium toasters, such as a bagel and a defrost setting.

Dash Clear View image: This toaster comes with standard features for premium toasters, such as a bagel and a defrost setting.
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Dash Clear View image: The slots are long enough to easily fit two slices of bread.

Dash Clear View image: The slots are long enough to easily fit two slices of bread.
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Dash Clear View image: Due to the length of this toaster, it feels awkward to pull down the side lever.

Dash Clear View image: Due to the length of this toaster, it feels awkward to pull down the side lever.
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Dash Clear View image: This toaster does not have a high lift design, so you may have to reach in to pull out short pieces of bread.

Dash Clear View image: This toaster does not have a high lift design, so you may have to reach in to pull out short pieces of bread.
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Dash Clear View image: This Dash toaster has a unique design and produces quality toast.

Dash Clear View image: This Dash toaster has a unique design and produces quality toast.
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Dash Clear View image: The toast came out nicely done in our testing.

Dash Clear View image: The toast came out nicely done in our testing.

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.

Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster

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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.

Should you buy the Dash Clear View DVTS501RD toaster?

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.