Several years ago I received as a gift a Cuisinart 'Heat Surround' toaster. It had one toasting slot, 2-inch by 11-inch. Browning control, but not bagel or defrost or frozen or warming options. It was wonderful! Everything toasted beautifully, including bagels and long slices of french bread. Unfortunately, I didn't realize just how wonderful it was until one heating element burned out and rather than having it repaired I disposed of it, thinking I could easily find a satisfactory replacement. How wrong I was! In the last month I've bought 3 toasters, returned 2 and am living unhappily with number 3 (an Oster and the only long slot I could find). None of the 3 will allow a regular slice of bread to drop fully into the slot, which is not deep enough. Forget a slice of rye, which is oval and won't fit either horizontally or vertically. French bread, not a chance. The Oster long slot will take a wide piece of bread but, like the others, some sticks out the top and has to be flipped and toasted twice.
I use a toaster a lot. I realize life is short and filled with problems more important than a decent toaster, but starting each morning with this minor frustration is becoming more annoying every day. I am willing to fork out whatever is necessary to find what I want - a toaster with a long slot and deep enough to toast a piece of bread from top to bottom. Any additional features are optional.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!