I use a toaster in our house quite often and have bought quite a few over the years. I would say that in general I usually buy whichever one my budget will allow at the time. This is actually the second one of these that I have bought as the previous one went to my sons flat along with numerous other pots, pans and general household items!
I have had stainless steel toasters but do prefer white ones as I find them easier to clean and think they look better on my dark coloured worktop. I think that you can see marks on them much easier than darker ones and so are more hygienic as they are probably wiped over more.
I haven't got the receipt for this but I know it was less than £5 and as I had previously had one knew it was okay and did the job. It has quite basic features but has everything I need to make toast with. It does not have a defrost function as some of the more expensive ones do but when I have had this function I can't really say that I used it much. It has a removable crumb tray which is easy to slide in and out (when I remember to do it!)
You wouldn't be able to toast doorsteps of bread which you cut yourself but it is fine for medium and normal thick sliced loaves. I find that it cooks very evenly and unlike some toasters I don't have to take it out half way and turn it round. There is a round dial for you to choose your toasting time, 1 being barely browned and 6 being quite well done, I usually use 5 if I'm using white bread and 4 for brown bread as I don't like this toasted so much. My husband likes his a bit darker so will usually use 6 when he uses it. There is a lever on the side to move the bread down and a stop button if you want to remove it at any time before it pops up.
All in all this is a good little toaster and for less than a fiver if it lasts you six months it is probably worth it. It is quite small so is great if you haven't got much space on your worktops or wouldn't take up to much space in your cupboards if you put it away after use. It is also light so you easily move it around the kitchen and the outer seems to stay quite cool so you could pick it up soon after using.
At the end of the day I don't need an all singing all dancing toaster, just one which will toast my bread which this value toaster does quickly with no fuss.
Being Students, my household and I were after the cheapest toaster we could find for our kitchen. The Argos toaster fitted the bill at a mere £4.85! Now we weren't expecting the world of this toaster, we weren't expecting it to be particularly quick, energy efficient or have many settings, but we certainly didn't expect it to mysteriously stop working after a week...and we certainly didn't expect its replacement to do the same. In the end we got a refund and went for a slightly more expensive one and have had no problems since. But here is a little review of a few bits in the short and precious time we did have with each one!
A bog standard, shiny white toaster. Fortunately most of our kitchen appliances were white so it fit in a treat, however I would imagine if you've gone for a different colour range the white plastic would look very cheap and tacky. Well, in truth, it would look like a toaster for under a fiver!!
The toaster had your standard 5 settings for length of time in the toaster. From what I gathered in the short testing time I had there wasn't much difference between each one. Toast seemed to work well on a low setting, turned over, and then set on a low setting again. The toaster had no extendable raising for getting things out of the toaster. But yet again for under a fiver I wouldn't expect it to. It was the most basic toaster you could buy, reflecting its price in every way.
It was a shame most bread was way too tall to fit in the toaster, but the old flipping it over halfway worked a treat. The toaster was actually remarkably efficient for its price, it was far quicker on a low setting than the top setting on our new one. No complaints in the actual toasting department. There is also a 4 slice value taster option for slightly more, if you were still looking at buying one of these then I'd go with the 4 slice one, it will make breakfast times a hell of a lot quicker if there are more than two people vying to use it!
As outlined in the intro two of these toasters just gave up on us, both times in under 10 days. We wondered whether it was our electricity or the fuse but both seemed fine (the new toaster is going alone well after 10 months) so it really was a mystery. The workers in Argos didn't seem overly surprised when we took the second one back, as if it had happened various times before. It was a shame as the toaster was amply good enough for our needs if it (or should I say they!) hadn't of broken.
Wouldn't be recommending this to anyone anytime soon. If you can guarantee it will work then as a toaster it was just fine, but if you don't fancy a weekly or monthly trip back to Argos to get a replacement I would spend a bit more and get something of quality. Of course this is only my opinion and it seems many work just fine, we may have got unlucky, but two is more than a coincidence for my liking. I've given it an overall 2 stars with a 4 for processing/quality as it toasted well but only a 1 for reliability as two broke, I think that's fair enough!
I haven't been the biggest fan of the Argos value range as they seem to be made for make shift situations where you don't need the product for the years or even months to come as. However, this toaster proved to me how handy the Argos range can really be.
My Russell Hobbs toaster died after two years of great service, I was not in the mood to go and buy a fancy toaster as I had bigger priorities. But I cant last a week without toast. So, I went to my local Argos branch and took a look at the catalogue to be amazed by the price of this small toaster which I immediately bought for about 4 pounds!!!!!
When I got this toaster out of the box I realised how much of a bargain this was, as the simple and low profile design easily blends in with the rest of the white kitchen appliances. But what amazed me the most was the quality of the toasting as the bread comes out golden, nice and crispy on mode number 3 (to be honest I was expecting something much worse considering the price).
All there is to this toaster is the mode dial which controls how toasted you want your bread and the classical stop button the stop toasting immediately. THAT IS IT!!!! Sometimes simplicity is great.
After 6 months of using this toaster almost daily the only problem I have encountered is that I am needing to put the mode higher every 1-2 months as the toaster seems to be getting slightly weaker.But for the price I cant complain.
I bought this toaster in the run up to Christmas, with some Argos vouchers my husband and I had received from a family member as a thank you gift. Our current toaster (I say "current" because we haven't given up hope on it yet) has been a bit temperamental, and as my husband hasn't had time to look at it yet, being busy in work, we decided to buy a temporary one we could use in the meantime. This one was from Argos, and cost us the mighty sum of £4.97.
==Design and Features==
Obviously being less than a fiver, the toaster is fairly low on "features" as such. It is a very basic two-slice toaster, being white in colour and fairly lightweight. Lets just say, you're not going to be proud to have this on your kitchen worktop when friends come to visit. It has seven heat settings, a cancel function, non-slip feet (allegedly, but I'll come to that later), and a cool touch function. As you'd expect for the price, this toaster is the most basic of toasters, offering very little other than to toast your bread. It can't toast from frozen, it doesn't fit bagels or crumpets, and it's so light you can pick it up with one hand. I'm not going to beat around the bush but will get straight to the point with the pros and cons of using this toaster.
· The toaster is light to lift, so this makes it easy to store it in a cupboard and bring it out when you need it. This is useful if you're short on space (or in our case, want to hide it because it looks really tacky in your kitchen)
· It isn't cluttered with features, so the most technophobe person would be able to figure out how to use it
· The outside of the toaster doesn't get hot in use
· It has a cancel function, although this is mainly used to turn the bread round due to the size of the slots (see below)
· The toaster is quite flimsy in use, and although the feet are supposed to be non-slip the toaster does move around the worktop if you accidentally touch it
· The slots are quite small, which means if you're toasting an average sized piece of bread, the top won't be toasted. This means you have to turn it round halfway through the toasting to ensure it toasts evenly
· The slots don't fit anything wide such as crumpets or bagels without getting stuck
· Although there are seven heat settings on the toaster, we have found that the settings are very sensitive to being changed, so anything less than the number 6 gives hot floppy pale bread, and anything higher than 6 burns it to a crisp
· The toaster behaves differently once it's warmed up. There have been occasions when we've toasted two rounds of bread, one after the other, on exactly the same setting, and the first round has come out ok and the second round has come out completely burnt. This requires a bit of guesswork and fiddling with the heat settings in between toasting
· The lead is quite short, although I have found this to be the case with most toasters
· You can't defrost bread or toast from frozen, but I guess that's asking a lot for the price!
==Would I recommend?==
Obviously if you're willing to spend a little bit more on a toaster, you'll get a much more satisfactory product. However, if you're looking for something to use as a temporary measure, or perhaps as back-up for those times you have family staying and your usual toaster can't keep up with demand, this does the job if you're willing to play around with the settings. It's very lightweight so is easy to lift in and out of a cupboard, which makes it ideal for anyone with arthritis or muscular issues. However, I honestly couldn't recommend this as a main toaster, as I think you could probably get something much better for around £10, which is still a reasonable price.
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I bought one of these toasters, after my ex husband left me and took 99% of all my worldly goods from my flat! Nice chap...I wonder if I can do a review on him, I could list pro's and con's so others don't suffer the same grief that I had with him.....might be worth looking into lol
Anyway, I bought this toaster as I had to stock up on lots of items in a short space of time and had very little funds with which to do it. The toaster cost a little over £4, was a plain white model and looked slightly less box shaped than the version in the picture. It has a pop up button and the slide to push your toast down with a dial to choose how toasted you want your bread. You also have the removable tray underneath to empty crumbs from.
Overall this toaster served me very well, I used it almost daily for a little over 3 years before replacing it with a Morphy Richards metallic purple one. I didn't replace it because there was anything wrong with it, it never played up or broke. For £4 it was a very reliable product, kind of like an old faithful Ford. I just wanted a change of colour. I haven't thrown it away; it still sits in my conservatory, all sad and abandoned. I don't want to throw it in case my new one goes wrong.
For the price I paid, I didn't expect it to last as long as it did, I didn't expect it to be problem free either but surprisingly it was. There was no hit and miss with the toast, the dial toasted it as you would expect, it wasn't temperamental and burnt the odd slice when it felt like it. It is a bit plain but you get what you pay for. No complaints at all.
We are never short of toasters in my house, almost every christmas we are bought some household appliance that we don't need, already have or just won't use. So why I wondered do we now have a cheapo toaster in a box in our living room?? My parents decided to buy a caravan and my mother got excited and started buying things for the inside already and as I suspected.. they never even went away in the caravan and so they toaster sat in it's ugly cheapo white box in the kitchen ( yes it was banished from the living room)
This of course is from Argo and was just over £5. Despite not needing it my mother decided she was going to use it anyway,she could of just taken it back! since it was out and I wanted some toast. I used it too. Not that I am stuck up, but in our kitchen this is hugely out of place, it's pure white and looks tacky beyond belief. It looks as if it is made out of rubbish cheap material and overall this looks completely cheapo and nasty!
However it isn't. What ever material this is made out of it actually sturdy and durable considering the amount of times I have dropped this. This has up to 6 browning settings which are all quite good but number 6 is burnt toast, why anyone would use the burnt toast option I don't know but I have this on 2 and a half and it lightly browns the bread and gives it a bit of a crisp and thats more than good enough for me.
There is a little tray that isn't even as big as a slice of bread, this is to catch the crumbs,it does a pretty bad job of this because it isn't big enough but there are never loads of crumbs anyway. This is easy to wipe down, and because it is white you dont' notice any water marks from a cloth but this does stain easily, I burnt toast once and all the top is now brown, lovely!
It's safe to say that this toaster is ok but it should stick to caravans but not kitchens!
The toaster is very simple looking but more attractive than the one in the photograph. It has a more curved design but has retained its pure white colour and does not stand out as being a very cheap toaster. There is only one button on the side to force your toast to pop up and a dial to adjust the browning of your toast.
The browning dial works and every setting makes differently browned toast, number one makes it very light almost with no change in colour at all and it doesn't crisp the bread very much. The top setting does not burn your toast but makes it very dark and too crunchy because it takes away all the moisture from the bread. The eject button is effective and instantly stops the toast from cooking.
WHAT I THINK
We only bought this when our toaster malfunctioned, it was a toaster that cost £50 and didn't perform well so I thought I would try the other end of the market. I bought the Tesco Value toaster only because I was in Tesco but if I was in Sainsbury's I would have bought their equivalent.
The toast is very nice, I've got my favourite setting and so has my husband but the browning control is easy to use so it doesn't take any time to adjust it back again. I do not like the way dust collects in the gap around the dial because I have to use something sharp to clean it, simple wiping over is not enough for this area.
There are rubber feet on each corner of the toaster and that is good because it stops the toaster moving. The electrical cord is very short and has started to go yellow very quickly. I can clean it with a scouring pad but I think it will become stained soon and that will spoil the clean line of the toaster.
The toaster costs £5.59 from Tesco.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought the Argos Value Toaster as I was moving into a student house and didn't want anything expensive, just a simple, cheap toaster would do the job, and at around £5 this was perfect.
I bought it almost a year ago now and for the first few months I thought it was brilliant value for money.
Completely simple and white design means that it will fit into almost everyones kitchens, and it holds two slices of bread at any time.
The toaster has 7 levels of toasting which can be changed by simply turning a knob, and also has the usual 'stop' button to stop it and have the toast popped up at any time. What more could you need!
My only problem with this toaster started about 7 or 8 months after I first bought it. Sometimes it would not toast the bread properly on first go, so after turning the knob to the next level for my next piece of bread, I found that it came out almost black! It had become a little temperamental to say the least. For the price though, I guess I shouldn't have expected it to last any longer than this.
Overall a great toaster, but not if you are planning to use it for years to come, it WILL need to be replaced.
There are two things I can't live without - Toast and Argos.
I've moved house a lot over the years and its always hit and miss as to what the house will be kitted out with. With my most current place we were pretty lucky in that it came with pretty much everything, save for a few kitchen essential - such as a toaster. I'm not one to wan't to pay much for a toaster, despite a few years ago having a big posh one that I LOVED, as generally it does a very functional job - so one from a value range is fine for me.
Que me queuing in Argos early last year when we finally got round to picking up a toaster. I choose Argos for most of my household essentials for two reasons - location and price. They tend, in my experience, to have a good priced range and there is usually a couple in every town I've lived in with one just around the corner from where I live now. So, it was a no brainer when I need a toaster I saved myself time and money and wen't down the road and picked one up from Argos.
There were a few cheap models in the catalouge, but I just went for this one, the cheapest. At only £5 its a bit of a bargain for something every respectable kitchen needs, and in the range sits below its more expensive and bigger counterpart at £9. The big difference between the two being the model I have at £5 can toast 2 slices at once and the £9 can toast four. I chose the £5 model as I'm usually just making toast for myself and two slices is enough for me.
The toaster is a typical value range. Plain white plastic and minimal function and fuss. It simply plugs into the mains and with the magic of heat turns bread into toast - with a simple little dial ranging fro 1-7 so you can choose just how much magic is applied. Now, I've had a few toasters over the years and I've found when I get the setting to my liking it rarely changes - for me on this its on 5. Now, off point a little bit - 5 seems to toast bread perfectly fine, unless you just enjoy eating warm bread whats the point of settings 1-3? I can understand some strange people like their toast a bit darker so I can forgive settings 6-7 (and this does almost burn on 7), but I presume numbers 1-3 are there just for the sake of it. Please let me know if you have ever used settings 1-3, and I'll stand corrected.
Just adjacent to the dial is a little cancel button. The toaster is automatic as you'd expect. Put the toast in and push the handle down then when its toasted to whichever setting its on, it pops up. The cancel button will do just that and stop the toaster and ping it back up.
The quality of the toast is fine, but with thicker things like bagels and muffins as the slots are quite thin it struggles and often gets a bit stuck. Anything other than toast I usually have to push them in a bit to get them to fit and to get them out the level needs a little assistance to help them out. I have found though despite this clear poor fit, thicker things still toast fine. The only problem comes however if you are busy doing something else while its toasting like watching Jeremy Kyle or playing Boggle or anything, its up-to you - and it pings and you don't take the food out right away the heat will keep cooking them and then you risk burnt toast. And no one wants burned toast.
Cleaning wise, it doesn't have a removable tray like more expensive models so the only way to get rid of crumbs is to turn it upside down and shake them out. This is mess - 99% of the crumbs will end up somewhere you were not planning on sending them.
The more I talk about this toaster, the more I realize its a bit of a pain. Not easy to clean and you have to listen for it ping as to not burn your bagels, making toasting a bit of a chore. I used to have a much more expensive toaster with crumb tray and wider slots now comparing that one to this, this one seems much more 'pay for what you get'
Although its done me well, many a fine morning it has toasted bread to a satisfactory enough level as to serve as a Marmite serving device (I pile on Marmite to almost dangerous levels, it would't be fair to say I simply have toast with Marmite, I have Marmite with toast) I have had to put more effort into the usually simple task of toasting than I thought.
As a cheap toaster - it does the job which is all I wan't from a toaster, but the slots can be a bit thin and its not easy to clean so, if like me, you can forgive these due to its minor price tag - its a thumbs up.
Despite it being cheap however, and it looking and feeling flimsy - its worked fine with regular use, about 3-4 times a week - so if nothing, it durable enough.
I personally would not buy a 2 slice toaster for the simple reason, that I have a family of 4 who normally have 2 slices each and the 2 slice toaster would take a while longer than a 4 slice toaster. However, without getting into too much detail we ended up on tempery accomidation and there sat on the kitchen table was this Argos Value Range 2 Slice Toaster. Luckily for us it was brand new, it came in all its origional packaging, and box.
As you can see from the picture the toaster is pretty basic. It is white in colour with matching whitte buttons, white dial and white sides.The toaster has a dial on the side for you to be able to adjust the heat settings and also a cancle button that you can press and your toast will pop up out of the toaster. It is very light in weight and feels cheap and flimsy, but for £5.29 (in the Argos cataulgue summer/spring 2012) you cant really complain, especially me as we were lucky enough to get a roof over our heads never mind a toaster. You can find this on the Argos website at www.argos.co.uk when the page is loaded type in Argos Value Range Toaster and you will see the 2 slice picture of the product, click on it and you will also see a few other reviews on there also.
This Argos Value Range toaster holds 2 slices of bread. It claims to be simple, convenient and easy-to-use, with a fuss guaranteed. The toaster is 800 watts, and has seven toast settings with variable browning. It also has non slip feet along with cool touch to cool it down after use.
In the morning when I am making everybodys breakfast before school and work, I like us to all sit at the table and spend some quality time in the morning as a family before everyone sets off for the day.I knew that this toaster would take me twice as long as it only holds 2 slice of bread instead of the usual4 slice, but I didnt think that it would take me so long that possability of us sitting and having breakfast together would be inpossible. You can test out the different settings but I've found that anytime, if you don't keep your eye on it, it will burn your toast. It also only toasts half of it so you need to wait a little while, hit the cancel button, turn the toast upside down and put back into the toaster for it to toast the other side. For the prices this toaster is decent, it does what you ask of it - turns bread into toast! However, there are a few downsides which let it down and would make me want to spent that bit extra on my next purchase when we move into our new place. The width of the spaces for the bread are quite small, so you can't put anything like bagels in there without a struggle, even some really thick breads, you might get it in but make sure you can get it back out! Your best bet is to stick to a medium cut bread. With taller slices of bread the top half of your toast will go completely untoasted unless you turn it around half way through as the toaster is not wide enough to put the bread in lying on its side. Apart from it taking a while for half cooked toast the biggest problem with this toaster was the ammount of bread that got burnt. The toaster will pop the bread up which is half toasted so you pop it back down and seconds later it is setting the fire alarm off. Trying to adjuist the dial didn't make much differance at all, to be honest with you I couldn't see any difference at all.
If your looking for a basic toaster and dont mind spending a white at the toaster for £5.29 this toaster is yours. However this toaster really is not for or my family at all. I would not recommend the toaster at all and for the reasons stated as above I would rate this toaster a 1 out of 5. I hope that my review was of some use to you, thank you for taking the time to read it.
I bought this toaster when we were staying in a rented holiday home in London over New Year and the toaster broke. We didn't want to spend loads of money on a toaster as we only needed it to last two weeks when we were down there - and so we opted for the Argos Value Range 2 Slice Toaster. It was bought directly from the Argos High Street shop and it cost just £4.99 - which is really fantastic value in my opinion! I have never found a toaster that is so cheap, and while it's basic, it works and so that's fine in my book.
The first thing to note is that the toaster does look and IS very basic. The toaster is just plain white without any patterns or design - and there really isn't anything about it which stands out. It does look cheap, but it also wouldn't stand out in any kitchen. There are no gadgets and gizmos on it, it's just a toaster, nothing more and nothing less.
It holds two slices of bread at any one time. However, the slots for the bread are on the small side and really are only suitable for sliced bread rather than anything like muffins or crumpets. If you buy bread that needs slicing, I have to say that the bread needs to be sliced fairly thinly in order to fit in, which is fine by me because I tend to buy ready sliced bread anyway. However, if you want to toast anything other than sliced bread then this really isn't the toaster for you. There is a lever to lower the bread into the toaster - which works smoothly.
There is a dial so you can say how toasted you want the bread - from 1-7. I found that having the setting on 5 leaves you with nicely golden brown toast, but on 7 the toast was invariably burnt! It automatically pops up once the cycle is completed, but there is a "cancel" button on it should you want the toast to pop up before the end of the timer.
I have to say that for a very cheap toaster, this worked really well. It's not brilliant or a must have kitchen item, but it has a place. I think it would be great for students branching out of their own for the first time - or for anyone who is just starting out.
I bought this toaster after moving into student accomodation back in 2008(there wasn't a toaster), it cost me about £4 and i did get some stick as it's a very small toaster and i lived in a flat with 9 other people. It soon turned out to be one of the best toasters i've ever used, ok it was only big enough to fit warburtons bread in properly but i love warburtons so that wasn't an issue for me. It's very basic, just a plain white toaster with a heat setting, eject button and the slider but it produced perfect toast every time(to anyones taste, not just my own). Thank to that great wee toaster beans on toast became a firm fallback at the flat and when i moved out again it was perfect for when times were hard.
This toaster is really small, i'm not just saying this it is literally tiny, thankfully there are loafs on the market that will fit it easily such as warburtons toasty bread but be prepared to stand and turn the toast so it cooks evenly if you have a different preferance in bread.
I bought this toaster two years ago when my old faithful toaster finally packed in, i was a bit tight for money as i was on maternity leave at the time and my wages were terrible. I needed a toaster as we are a family who eats toast on a daily bases. My husband searched on line for a cheap toaster and found the argos value range toaster for under £5.00. I was not very keen on the design but i was talked into buying it.
We reserved it at our local argos shop and collected it later that day. It came in a card board box and had a very basic design on it, i was not impressed but when i took it out of the box i warmed to my new toaster. I no longer own the toaster as i recently had a new kitchen fitted and bought a red gloss toaster, I did hand it down to my younger brother who just bought his first flat, he says its still going strong.
The toaster is white in colour and looks quite plain in design, has no stylish features about it what so ever but on the upside it looks very clean and tidy. The cable length is good and i could sit it on any worktop space in my kitchen without worrying about it having to reach the plug socket.
It is a two slice toaster and is suitable for a small family but the way my husband eats toast i should have bought the four slice toaster! I was slightly disappointed that you need to use small slices of bread and recommend using no bigger than medium slices or it will get stuck trying to remove it. I also toast pancakes in it as they fit in perfectly but need to use a knife to remove them.
It has 7 toaster settings depending on how brown you like your toast, i like my toast to be a golden colour so our toaster is usually set on setting 3 and have perfect toast every time. The toaster has a cancel feature, i only use this if i need to check on my toast or stop it from browning to much. To set the settings you just turn the dial to your chosen setting.
The toaster has a handle like most toasters that you have to push down to start cooking toast, i would recommend that you hold the handle down for a few seconds until it catches or it pops straight back at you but my husband says that he never has that problem and i must not be doing it right!
It has non slip feet or gripper slippers as i like to call it, it stops it from sliding along any surface and i do not like it when toasters move on surfaces as crumbs always come out the bottom of the machine. Its very easy to clean i just use hot soapy water or a damp cloth, i try not to rub or wipe to hard because from previous experience i have wiped of the sticker settings.
I owned it for a year and handed it down to my brother, its lasting well and we have certainly had our moneys worth from this toaster. I am no longer a value range snob as i now own several value range items including argos value fryer.
If you read my Argos kettle review you will know that the majority of mine and my OH items were destroyed/damaged from are previous flat so we had to buy a whole new bunch of stuff for our new place, Argos and Wilkinson's were the first places we decided to look.
To go with the kettle we decided to get the toaster, it matched the kettle in looks and like the kettle did not look that bad considering the price of it.
We payed around £5.00 for the toaster, once again it was a bargain!
As you can see from above the design is extremely simple, a white colour everywhere, a dial on the side to control your toast and there is also a button to cancel your toast if its getting to brown for you!
Once again I decided to list down the features incase your interested to know what it has:
Argos Value Range 2-Slice Toaster - White.
7 toast settings.
As you can see it contains a good few points, okay so it is not as amazing as other toasters but still, no complaining for £5.00.
The toaster holds two pieces of bread, but I found you cant use extremely large slices of bread because the toaster is not the biggest in the whole world, the spaces for the bread is also very thin so no thick slices or waffles or anything, cos other wise your going to end up with FIRE! and nobody wants that!
I have used this 100 of times and can honestly say there hasn't really been any problems, as long as I keep an eye on it and dont wonder off my toast always turns out grand and if it does start getting a bit too brown I turn it down and pop it back in or just press the cancel button and my toast pops right up and is ready to eat.
It usually takes around a minute or two for my toast to be done, I like it just over brown but not too overdone!
Its a very basic toaster but for the price and when your poor you cant really complain.
Maintaining it is quite simple, if there is any crumbs stuck in there just twist it upside down, shake away the excess into the sink.
Over all, great bargain!
I decided to purchase the Argos value toaster as I didn't want to pay out a lot and this was one of the cheapest I could find. I only got the value one though because there was no toaster in the student accommodation where I was living with 5 other people which meant everyone would use it as it was a shared kitchen and I left it behind when I left as there wasn't enough room in the car for all my stuff.
Now this toaster was really good as it does do its job I have cooked both muffins and toast in it and they always turn out well. You do have to watch the bread though just to make sure it doesn't burn if you have it on a high heat which is what I always have it on as I don't like waiting for bread toast so it only took just over a minute to toast whereas someone in the flat did always turn it down to 3 and I find that takes about 2 minutes to toast. The heat dial does go from one to 5 I would recommend to have it onto 5 but I do pop it up before it pops up itself it depends on how you like your toast done.
One thing that i did find is the plastic that covers the metal bit underneath handle did come off but you could clip it back on which was a bit of a faff so i generally just pushed the metal bit down instead, the toaster still worked just as good. I will definitely buy this toaster again in a few weeks when I return to university as it was a really good buy which I didn't expect from the value range at under under £5.
It is easy to clean as all you have to do is give it a slight shake and the crumbs that have not already fallen will fall out. The plastic outer layer doesn't really get dirty but if it does just wipe it with a slight damp cloth when the toaster is turned off.
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