Described by at least one reviewer as "the best thing since sliced bread," the West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W isn't just a toaster, it's a highly versatile appliance that can also cook eggs and warm pre-cooked meats. Owners say it's easy to use and very consistent. It can cook two scrambled eggs at a time, poach two eggs, or hard or soft boil up to eight. It's bulky though, so make sure you have room for it.
Complete breakfast. Consumer reviewers rave about how easy it is to make a complete breakfast with the West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W. It consistently browns toast while cooking eggs and/or warming up pre-cooked meat. Setting the toast lightness/darkness takes a simple turn of a dial.
The TEM4500W has bagel, defrost, egg and egg/toast settings. Its wide slots, which are not self-centering, enable the toaster to cook a variety of breads. When cooking toast and eggs, the TEM4500W keeps the toast warm until the eggs are done. The toaster turns itself off, and the toast pops up when the egg is done. It has a one-year warranty.
Two sets of toasting controls. The West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W gets a few complaints for ease of cleaning. Some say the eggs stick in the poaching trays or that fats from the meat drip down into the heating elements, which are hard to clean. The steaming, poaching and warming trays and lid can be washed in a dishwasher's top rack. The slide-out crumb tray is easy to clean but a little difficult to access because it is in the back of the appliance. The controls are easy to use and access. The TEM4500W has a high-carriage bread lifter to make it easy to remove smaller breads.
Large for a toaster. The West Bend TEM4500W is made of black plastic with metal accents. It is sturdy and attractive, but large compared to other toasters because of the additional egg/meat cooker. Quite a few reviewers are taken aback by its size. However, there is a smaller, two-slice model that may be more appropriate for smaller spaces. Still, most say it's worth the counter space it takes up to have such a versatile appliance. A hide-away cord area is located on the bottom of the appliance.
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TopTenReviews.com gives the West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W its top rating in a comparison of Top Ten toasters. It liked this toaster so much it gave it the TopTenReviews Gold award for taking a mundane appliance and making breakfast exciting again, according to its website.
Review: 2013 Best Toaster Comparisons and Reviews, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, Not dated
The West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W is one of five toasters named a Best Pick, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Arlen notes that the quality is high and meat-warming, what seems like a silly feature, is a nice perk for the rushed.
Review: Best Toaster, Jerry Arlen, April 16, 2013
The West Bend TEM4500W Egg and Muffin Toaster -- the four-slice and the two-slice -- is the top-rated toaster on Amazon.com in hundreds of reviews. Owners rave about being able to cook a full breakfast quickly and easily with one appliance. Some say they are eating healthier and saving money by avoiding fast-food breakfasts.
Review: West Bend TEM4500W Egg and Muffin Toaster, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The West Bend Egg and Muffin Toaster TEM4500W receives about a dozen five-star reviews and a lone one-star review from consumer reviewers, indicating that the negative experience is outside the norm. Most reviewers rave about it, even those who say they were skeptics now love this appliance for a fast meal.
Review: West Bend 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster, Black, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013