Product Type: Brabantia gadgets
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Brabantia Food Warmer
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Brabantia Food Warmer
Advantages: Keeps food hot, snuff out lever, cool grip handles
Disadvantages: Expensive outlay
In the last year, myself and a group of friends have been hosting 'Come Dine With Me' parties. Every 6 weeks or so we would all head over to whoevers turn it was, have a party (and lots and lots of wine) and we were meant to score each other, but to be honest this didn't really happen. We didn't set a budget for food which we should have done, as I went a tad over the top for mine as mine was the first and I ending up buying new La Creuset mini dishes to serve on the plates (I did individual pies in each dish), and I invested in two food warmers for the centre of the table to keep the veggies warm.
I figured when I bought them (I bought two) that they were slightly extravagant purchases but they would look fab on the table and keep the food warm too. Little did I know how much use I would inevitably get out of them! Coming in at around £30 each (this is the price now, although I managed to get mine for £24 each by complete fluke as they were on a promotional offer at the time), they aren't the cheapest item, and perhaps had I not been having a dinner party for 6 with all kinds of various dishes to keep warm, that I may have actually only bought the one. As a family of four, when I have used these since I have only used one at a time, however when I have family over for Sunday lunch, etc, the one on its own isn't quite big enough.
When I had previously seen these on sale before I bought them, I couldn't think of why you would want the expense of this type of thing (and I love my kitchen and the gadgets that go in it!), however since owning them, it really is so versatile and I have had so many uses out of it! I used it only at the weekend when my girls had friends to sleep over. They are so slow at eating that I put their pizza's, garlic bread etc on the warmers. Their friends thought it was fab and of course the food stayed perfectly warm so they enjoyed it more and I didn't have to worry too much about them nattering away and the food getting cold (even though to be fair it was only pizza!). Other times they come in handy are for buffets. We were on holiday for a week over Christmas so we didn't really entertain but in the past for birthdays etc, I have got these out and put any hot food for the buffet on the plates. Not only do people comment on them, but they keep food warmer for longer so people can pick and nibble as they wish. It's surprising how much heat the aluminium plate holds from the tea lights and they definitely work!
Being made by Brabantia, you have a certain expectation of quality and design and they don't disappoint. Brabantia, in my opinion are high quality and usually a premium price. For what you get for the price of £24 or even £30 I think the price is just right. The quality is excellent and they are very well made. Design wise, they are the best they could be, you can't really talk about design for a food warmer, but they still do it well! The aluminium grill is easily removed and you simply place tea lights into the two set holders under the grill. The candles heat the grill which in turn keeps your food warm. Rather than having to faff around to blow out the tea lights once you have finished, you can flick two levers at the sides of the food warmer and they work to snuff out the wick of the candle. Oooo errrr! Also at the edges are cooling handles with grips, allowing you to move and transport the warmers once the plate has become hot, without worrying about burning your hands.
At just over a kg, they are light enough that once they have plates and food on top they aren't too heavy that they are unmanageable.
Coming with a ten year guarantee you really can't go wrong.
Summary: 5 stars