Product Type: Brabantia in Homeware
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Brabantia Roll Top Bread Bin
Member Name: yackers1
Brabantia Roll Top Bread Bin
Advantages: Available in black, well made, good quality
Disadvantages: Looks unfinished in places
Whilst looking for a black bread bin for our new kitchen (it had to be black and no other colour was suitable) we stumbled across a Brabantia bread bin in a local department store. It was the only black bread bin in that particular shop so it was put in the basket. I had never heard of Brabantia before but a bread bin is a bread bin right?
There are many different styles and sizes of Brabantia bread bins, although the black one we bought is the roll top variety and measuring 173mm x 447mm x 260mm this bread bin is large enough to accommodate all but the largest loaves. It won't accommodate a French stick (unless it is cut up that is) but I have yet to find a bread bin that will, although I am sure someone will set me straight on this point.
The bin is made out of thick aluminium and is of good quality. It doesn't bend or contort under normal use, unlike other metal bread bins I have owned, however it would be quite easy to disfigure it if you are a bit heavy handed, however under normal use you shouldn't have any problems with it.
I find the weak point of many bread bins to be the hinge that holds the door. With age and use some of the hinges wear out quickly and allow the door to fall open (revealing the bread to the elements), with the roll top designs, or means you have to physically hold the door up when getting the bread out, with the fall front designs. Both scenarios are most annoying. I have to say that I have not experienced any such issues with this bread bin and the hinge is still tight and requires a bit of force to get the door open and closed again.
If the bread is left uncovered and placed straight in the bin it will go hard and stale in a day or son, although I find this is the case with most bread bins since none of them offer an air tight seal that is 100% efficient. The way around this is to put the bread in a bag, squeeze the air out and wrap it up tightly before putting it in the bread bin. The bread will keep for a few days like this. I should point out that we only buy the 'fresh' loaves that go off quicker than the artificial packed bread as there are far fewer preservatives in it. Unfortunately I cannot comment on how long the more artificial bread would last in this bread bin.
This bread bin is far from perfect and I have got a couple of issues with it. The first issue I have is there aren't any non-slip feet on the bottom of the bin, meaning the whole of the bottom of the bread bin is resting on the work top which could potentially scratch or mark it. In addition, my work top is quite slippery and I found the bin would move around when opening or closing the door, or if it was accidentally nudged. I have cured the problem with a bit of non-slip matting and this works exceptionally well but I think the manufacturers should have put non-slip feet on the bread bin in the first instance.
The second issue I have is with the finish. Overall, the matt black finish is very good, looks stylish and compliments my kitchen perfectly. However, there are pin heads that have been left in the brushed silver colour. No other part of the bread bin is chrome or silver in colour so why were these left? Why weren't they painted to match the rest of the bin? This point may be a bit anal, but it just looks unfinished and given the cost of this bread bin it is poor in this respect.
We paid £19.99 for our bread bin, which I thought was quite expensive, and this is meant to be one of the cheaper bread bins in the Brabantia range. Despite the relatively high price I am satisfied with this product and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is large enough for our needs, the quality of the aluminium is very good, it is sturdy and durable and it is black, although I wouldn't recommend it over and above other bread bins. I have to admit that we wanted a black bread bin and this was the first one we saw and subsequently bought it. We didn't shop around for alternatives or better prices, therefore we didn't get the best product at the best price and took the 'lazy' shoppers option which I now regret, especially given that I have recently seen a larger and better made black bread bin in John Lewis for less money.
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