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Dualit 2 + 1 Combi Toaster
Member Name: MarkyM81
Dualit 2 + 1 Combi Toaster
Date: 08/08/11, updated on 08/08/11 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Looks good, does its job without fuss.
I have had this toaster for over ten years now and it was a sound investment. I originally purchased it after looking at reviews and deciding that I would like a toaster that would not be thrown away at the end of its life. Dualit toasters may be expensive but with that price you get a stylish and extremely well designed appliance. The original price paid was around £135 but I see that the newer model which as far as I can tell is still exactly the same design, now sells for around the £150 mark but ive seen them for alot cheaper if you hunt around. This is understandable with the rise in cost of many items over the last ten years and I would still say it is worth the investment.
It is very simple, a dial which you twist to an estimated toast time, around 2 minutes for normal white bread. There is a double switch with two lines or one line, indicating which slots are turned on, the double toaster or the sandwich slot, all very good for saving electricity. Waste crumbs are collected in the bottom catching tray which is easily pulled out and cleaned. You also get a little handle that pops the toast up to retrieve it and a very handy sandwich cage that can be used in all sorts of interesting ways. Defrosting Naan bread and toasting large things like buns, this is possible because of the oversized sandwich slot at the end. I admire its simple design because that means there are less working pieces to go wrong. It does what it's supposed to do with out any fuss, no extra buttons or over complications as is found with other toasters in this price bracket, just toast!
In the ten years of usage the toaster has had its fair share of wear; as a result two of the elements have needed replacing. Replacement parts were cheap and easy to find on eBay and easily fitted with a few simple tools. In this case I changed the two heating elements using a small 8mm spanner and a Philips head screwdriver. This can also be done by your local toaster mechanic but I found it very easy even with my limited toaster knowledge. It is perhaps not advisable if you are not all that confident in your abilities because, as with all electrical appliances, it may create health and safety issues.
All in all I would recommend this toaster for a quality for price option, they are not cheap but they pay for it in the long run. They are easy to clean and look very good in anyone's kitchen; you will also notice that they are used in more industrial settings such as cafes and greasy spoons proving that they are also the choice of the professionals. I think if I was to replace this toaster I would probably opt for a few more toast slots for mass toast making.
Summary: A design icon of toasting brilliance.
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