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When you like food as much as we do in this household of four, you need a bread bin that is bigger than the norm. It can be hard I've discovered to find anything up to the task of storing all our wraps, muffins, assorted home made goodies and bread. When our previous big capacity bin, a Nigella Lawson porcelain one, gave up the ghost a while back, after a long search I found this beast of a bin - at 21.5cm high, 42.5cm wide and a whole 35.8cm deep it looked like it would be big enough on paper. After owning it for a while I'm happy to say that it has proved to be an excellent, albeit expensive buy - given that it has a ten year guarantee and is solidly made with lots of good points I'm really pleased I bought it.
The main feature of this bin is that it has a lift, as opposed to a roll back lid. This gives the bin a sleek appearance for such a big item (for comparison the Brabantia roll top bin is 17cm deep, so half as deep as this one). The lid claims to be fingerprint proof - and in my experience lives up to this description. It's easily lifted slightly to grab a smaller item or opened fully to stow within the body of the bin and it can be left fully open without fear of it falling down thanks to the internal hinges. As the lid folds in on itself as you open you don't need any extra height above it so it can fit comfortably on a work top under a cupboard - clearly it does take up a fair amount of work top though, not a problem in our house but something to consider. When you are opening the bin, the hinges are not encased and so in theory they can get stuck on items inside; in practice because this is so huge inside I have found this unlikely to happen. I like the fact as well that the whole of the body is made of what appears to be a very good quality stainless steel, and the base is solid plastic so will not scratch your work surface.
This unit is not airtight, not really a problem for me as most of what I store I don't need to be sealed, just out of sight, something which this achieves well stopping my work top being cluttered with food items. The plastic base has a few ridges on the inside, presumably for air flow. The whole thing is easily and quickly cleaned and has a very aesthetically pleasing finish, apart from the Brabantia badge right on the middle of the lid which, in all honesty I could have lived without.
For our needs then, this bin is pretty well perfect and I'm sure it will last for years as it is so well made. Currently it's holding two small loaves of bread, some rolls, some wraps and some left over popcorn - and there's plenty more room should we need it. It's definitely an item designed with a family rather than a couple in mind, as I said at the start there aren't many bread bins of this size on the market so if you need a larger bin this has to be a contender - it's available in both a matt finish (the one I own as per the photo) or also a brilliant steel. Before you rush to the shops and buy one, I do however have to point out the Achilles heel of this item and the reason I've deducted a star despite the fact that it ticks all the right boxes for me- the price. I paid £59.99 for this from Achica, before Quidco, however it's priced at anything from £75-£120 (the rrp) elsewhere at time of writing. That's undeniably very expensive for an everyday item, however nicely made. That said this bin is excellent, so if you are prepared, as I was, to see it as an investment item it's still worth consideration - I would recommend looking at the photos of the bin in action on the amazon link above which give a good idea as to what it is like. Recommended - just make sure you shop around or you may find you are eating nothing but dry toast until pay day!