“ Brand: Morphy Richards / Type: Bread Bin „
I bought this for the simple reason that I had the accents kettle and toaster in red and I wanted the bread bin to match. I bought it off the internet where I paid £30 without actually seeing it in the flesh as I assumed being part of the same range it would be the same good quality and vivid colour.
When the bread bin arrived I was a tiny bit disappointed as it just looks a little bit cheaper than the kettle and toaster and although it is good I think for the money it could have been better.
I have to say it does look good in my kitchen but the red colour is slightly different to my kettle and toaster. It isn't glaringly obvious but when I put them side to side I could notice it. Unless they were right next to each other though you wouldn't be able to tell and it really does look good in my kitchen.
My biggest problem is that it just feels a bit flimsy. It is made of metal and I expected it to be much sturdier but even just opening and closing the bread bin I can notice the lid is a bit wobbly. I also wouldn't like to drop anything heavy on it as I already have managed to put a little dent on it which isn't that big but the shiny metal does make it noticeable.
It is a fairly good size and can put a whole loaf of bread in it with no problems but once a full loaf is in it there isn't much room for anything else so don't plan on having bread plus crumpets, muffins etc in it all at the same time.
I also have to say it does nothing to help keep bread fresh due to the fact that it lets so much air in so it is basically just somewhere to keep bread out of the way and not something that will stop it going stale.
The recommended retail price for this is £39.99 which I think is far too expensive and way over priced. It looks good but it is fairly cheaply made especially in comparison to the kettle and toaster in the accents range and I expected a bit better from Morphy Richards. If you can get this for less than £20 then I would recommend it if you are looking for a red bread bin for your kitchen but just make sure and not to pay full price for it as it just isn't worth it.
For the past year or so, money permitting, I've been upgrading my kitchen accessories so that they all match. Now this may seem a slightly OCD confession to make and I would agree to a certain extent but it began when I bought the Morphy Richards 'Accents' Kettle and Toaster when I got my first home by myself and could make my own choices to suit my own tastes. Taken immediately by the red colouring and overall good quality of the items I liked the striking look they gave to my kitchen, figuring therefore that it would be a '"splendid" (ahem) idea to have everything looking the same I was a man on a mission to replace whatever I could for more products in the accents range where possible and other 'red' items where not. I'm the first to admit that this was a very clever marketing move by Morphy Richards and luckily for them I was gullible/stupid/sensible (you can make your own mind up) enough to get suckered in by the range of matching products, their Accents Bread Bin was the last item I needed to complete my unnecessary but had-to-get accessory upgrade so I bought one.
So, it's a bread bin. I don't really need to explain the idea behind it as I'm sure almost every kitchen will have one. Mine is as shown above, the roll-top cover is a deep metallic red in colour which contrasts against the matt-silver finish of the actual bread bin itself. It's not a massive bread bin in comparison to some and mine measures in at a worktop-friendly 39 x 27 x 19cm, realistically you can fit a standard sized loaf into it with a bit of room to spare which is ideal for me as I live alone, anyone with a bigger bread-munching family than mine might find it a little too small to cope with anything more than a single loaf so I'd advise looking for something a little larger if you need to store 2 loaves or more at any one time. For a singleton or couple I'd say it's an ideal size though and if you're like me and only really interested in its colour then it doesn't really matter how big it actually is as it's being bought for another reason as well as storing bread.
It matches the other 'Accents' red products perfectly and fits in my kitchen with my other red accessories, which obviously is what I wanted when I bought it. I do like the red used in this range, it's a very deep, blood red and contrasts my black tiles and worktops really well and as it is quite a dark colour I find that it's very easy to maintain and fingerprints, blemishes etc don't show. It's easy to keep clean by just wiping over with a damp cloth and though prone to streaks if left to dry by itself I would recommend giving it the once over with a piece of kitchen roll just to buff it up to remove any wipe-marks. As a matching accessory it's perfect I think and I do really rate it on how it looks, it's a shame therefore that it doesn't get the same amount of enthusiasm from me when it comes to how it has been constructed and how it actually copes with the job of being an actual place for storing bread.
The main problem with it is that it's incredibly flimsy, the roll top cover in particular is very, very thin and whilst the moving mechanism is smooth and does lift up and down the bolts that hold it in place don't actually sit square. To look at it face on it's a little bit wonky, which, OCD confession time again, does my head in and when I go to get my bread out I have to realign the cover so it sits straight. The body of the bread bin is a little better in feel but not really the quality I was expecting truth be told and though it's fine for what it is I don't think it's an accessory that's going to stand the test of time. The quandary I've got with it is that it matches everything else in my kitchen so I don't want to get rid of it or have to send it back but compared to some of the other products in the Accents range by Morphy Richards I do think that this one is probably the most disappointing and unless it's being bought to complete a look - as it was for me - I wouldn't really recommend this one to other people. It is a shame really that this was the last thing I needed to get to have everything matching and for the price I paid I do think that it's an expensive disappointment that should have been a whole let better than it actually is.
For the £23.00 I paid for mine, buying it from amazon as I did, I don't think it's worth the money and anyone who would want to buy this for it's primary function, i.e a bread bin, will be in for a shock. Compared to the boring, non-matching beige bread bin I had before I think I've actually downgraded rather than upgraded but it matches everything else and I did finally get the look I wanted to achieve. I can live with mine, faults and all but it wouldn't be something I'd recommend to other people unless they absolutely must have matching accessories and already have items in the red Accents range.
3 stars from me as a rating, it looks the part but is just too flimsy and probably a bit too small for an average sized household. As a bread bin it should get 2 but I'm being generous because it does match everything else in the same range. Shallow? yep, I agree.
Thanks for reading my review.