Our old toaster finally gave up last month and after a week of not having one really missed it and went straight back to Argos. I have bought quite a few items in the Argos value range and have always found them to be really good quality. I paid £9.00 for this 4 slice toaster which is loads cheaper than other four slice toasters. I do prefer white toasters rather then stainless steel as I find them much easier to keep clean. You can see straight away if there are any marks on them and I will use a kitchen wipe or wet kitchen roll for a quick wipe over, and being white it doesn't leave any smears. This 1250 watt model is quite a basic toaster but at the end of the day it does what it is meant to do, which is to toast bread. It doesn't have a defrost button which some of the dearer models do but to be honest I don't think I would use this often as I have toasted bread which is frozen or semi frozen and it has toasted fine. It does have a crumb tray which is removable to empty and which slides out from underneath the toaster. It is quite light so it is easy to move around in the kitchen or if you put it away after use and it also cools down quickly. If you like huge doorsteps of bread they probably wouldn't fit in the slots but for thick or medium slices it is fine. I have found that the bread does cook quite evenly and I don't have to turn the bread round half way through cooking, unless it is a very long piece of bread which does not go all the way down. You set the round dial to the required selection for toasting which is 1-7. I will usually set it to 5 for white bread and 4 for brown bread as I like this more lightly toasted. My husband prefers his toast a bit browner so he will set it to 6 when he uses it. There is a lever which you press down to start toasting and a stop button if you need to stop it before the set time for any reason. If you don't press the stop button the toast will pop up when it is done. I think this is a very good value four slice toaster which is suitable for families (or for people like me who like three slices of toast!) At less than a tenner even if it only lasts you twelve months you will have got your moneys worth out of it.
I have found this to be a really great value toaster. I chose this one because I was looking for a cheap toaster after I broke the last one (which was from the Wilko bargain range). I had some Argos vouchers, and this toaster looked to be the best option, I think it retails at around £9.99 which I thought was a fair deal. This is a very basic looking toaster, which is fine by me. It fits fairly thick slices of bread in, without getting jammed which is how I broke the last one. I found the cord to be long enough, and the white colour of the toaster should fit any kitchen colour scheme. I find that this product toasts very well! I haven't had any burnt slices so far, which is all I really require! It's great to have a four slice toaster, it saves a little time if you are making food for a few people. I would definitely recommend this toaster if you are on a budget, and want a good product that works well. I guess this would be the perfect toaster for student houses! I would purchase other items from this range in the future.
A great little toaster from argos which fits nearly all my university student needs. I picked this up in store for £6.99, really pleased because it's hard to find 4 slice toasters that cheap. It's all white in colour, which honestly looks a little cheap, but then again, it is cheap. Wider than your normal toaster, it has two slots into which you fit two slices of bread each. It is powered by the mains but has a short cord so you need to place it close to a power outlet, has one temperature dial and a push button that pops the toast in. It also has a cancel button. The knob turns from 1 - 6. I would advise against 6 unless you want charcoal for breakfast. The bread space isn't large, and sliced bagels fit very snugly, to the point it's pretty hard to pull it out again. However normal bread is toasted easily, depending on your preference. It does take a few times to work out which setting to put it on to get exactly what you want, and sometimes, for example if your doing a second batch straight away, you need to lower the temperature. It has a crumb tray, however mine is stuck and so i can't open it to get the crumbs out, but this isn't a real problem, i just tend to tip it upside down into the bin. The toaster has lasted a year and is still going, and i am honestly so impressed. One of the best value for money buys i've ever made.
The Argos Value Range is something my husband and I say with irony, as I find it rarely to be of any value - this toaster included! -- Price & Availability -- The toaster is available from Argos stores and online (£4.99 delivery charge applies) for the £9 - £9.50 mark (it tends to vary). -- Looks -- It's a very basic looking, four slice toaster, styled in white plastic with a short (too short, in my opinion) cord and fused plug. It is a 'cool wall' toaster, so if you leave a plastic packet of bread next to it, it won't melt onto the toaster, or burn your hands. It's very basic looking, but looks clean and functional. -- Use -- It's very easy to use, though it does come with a short user guide. Simply use the dial to the right of the toaster to select your preferred toast browning stage and insert your bread, pulling the lever down on the side. I find that the cord is indeed too short for my kitchen, you literally have to have the toaster right next to the plug which is irritating. On the first few uses the toaster smells strongly of burning plastic but this does go, and it doesn't seem to affect the taste of the toast. The problem for me is that with a regular sliced loaf, the top of each slice is rounded. But this toaster will only toast the 'square' of the bread, leaving a bit of uncooked bread at the top. So I had to half cook my bread, then pop it up, turn it over and pop it back down again just to get an evenly (or as even as it was ever going to get) browned piece of toast. A huge hassle! -- Recommend? -- Overall I cannot recommend this toaster. I purchased it when I first moved into my current home as a bit of a 'get me by' appliance (ie, I didn't really expect it to last, and intended to replace it with a better toaster when it went). To be fair to it, it never did go, but this may be more to do with me getting utterly fed up of it and replacing it after a few weeks with a much better Kenwood toaster, than it being of any particular decent quality. For £10 I wouldn't say this was ultra cheap, you can get toasters (albeit two slice) for around £4 these days, if this toaster had been cheaper maybe I would have been fairer on it. But as it stands, you can get far far better toasters for only £15 or so, so the saving here just isn't worth it at all. If you are going to uni and need a cheap toaster, buy a cheap two slice because you'd never get to your lectures in time with this toaster making your breakfast! Or, if you prefer, just eat bread and butter, cut out the middle man (or useless toaster, in this case). A waste of nearly a tenner, and once again, Argos Value excels itself in hypocrisy ;) take my advice, if you're a toast fan, avoid this niggly, irritating, flipping waste of space toaster!
I usually use my trusted grill for toasting, but as my grill and oven are in one, it was becoming more and more difficult to use the oven to its full capability so i decided to invest in a 'cheapie toaster'. I had at a look at argos online, and reserved myself a cheeky little value toaster at a mear £6.97. The beauty of reserving online is that you also know that the store will definately have the item before trundling around the different stores. I made my way to Argos and collected my toaster in the bright blue cardboard packaing with 'value range' on it and got it home to inspect. As most toasters are, it is a gloss white in colour, and as you can see from the pictures, is a 2 slice side by side toaster and oblong in shape. There is also the capacity to store the cord underneath the toaster itself, great for me who keeps it in the cupboard when i am not using it. It claims that it is cool to the touch and i have to agree, although hot at the top of the toaster, to the sides it does stay relatively cool. The toaster itself is quite lightweight and is around 30cm in legnth. There is a variable browning function, numbered 1 upwards, and i have to say that this variable indeed, and if you do happen to burn your toast, which i do often, there is a cancel button, phew! There is a largish button to the right hand side that needs to be pushed down to start the bread a toasting, and those with manual dexterity problems shouldnt have a problem with this as i find it quite easy to do. Now the toast itself i find is quite variable. I like by bread large and thick, and quite often end up with only have my toast toasted. If you were to toast a little danish slice or something similar you will be fine, but i find the larger slices of bread not as well toasted. Also toasting crumpets and things, will need a knife to fish them out after cooking as although they are pressed in ok, they dont want to bounce out as easily. What should i expect for £7 though. It has remained clean, i have had this product for over a year and it has remained problem and fault free. It does there for toast, exactly what it should do!
Breakfast time in a house with three childrne can be quite hectic, especially on busy mornings, and I was getting fed up of spending half my morning stood by the toaster doing two slices of toast at a time. Having a quick browse throught the Argos ctatalogue, I spotted this nice and cheap four slice toaster. At less than £7 for a toaster, you dont really expect much for your money, but I am fairly particular with how I like my toast! Personally, I am a 'warm bread' type of toast eater! It can only be slightly browned, otherwise its burnt! My husband prefers his well done, to almost blackened! There are no airs and graces with this toaster, dont expect a wide variety of functions or buttons... theres one slide button to pop your toast down with, one control knob, and a cancel button, and thats it. The knob control goes from 1-6 - 1 being barely warm, 6 being burnt! The toaster itself is a plain white toaster, obviously slightly longer than your 2 slice toaster, but no wider! We can easily fit 4 slices of presliced bread in with no problems, although when my husband sliced some of his fresh bakery bread and tried to fit 4 slices in, he found the bread was too wide and he couldnt fit them in. I have my toast setting at 3, and this setting is perfect, its not still bread, but its not well done crispy toast! Its the perfect setting for my golden slices! My husband has his set at 5 and this gives him a nice dark toast, and we set the kids to have theirs at 4 so its just in between! One of the problems I have always found with previous toasters is that I would have to stand constantly watching the toast and use the cancel button before it got too well done for my liking, as the settings were never low enough for what I wanted, but this one is great for providing a wide variety of settings. The power cord isnt very long, especially as its attached to the toaster at the same end as the controls, which means I have to have it turned round with the cord trailing down the side of the toaster, otherwise I would either have to have the controls against the wall, or have to keep moving the toaster around, so I have it left at the side of the kitchen unit right by the plug socket. If there is one flaw with this toaster I would say that it is that the cord should be attached at the other end of the toaster. There is also a removable crumb catching tray underneath the unit to prevent lots of messy crumbs hitting your surface! We have had this toaster just over 2 years now, and for the price I was paying, I didnt think I would get a good toaster, let alone one that lasted this long. I have already decided that if this toaster does ever pack up (well, when because lets face it, nothing is designed to last forever nowadays!) as long as Argos have this one in the catalogue, I will purchase another one.
When my daughter started in university last September, we needed to get her the usual range of kitchen products and essentials to ensure that she would be able to survive on her own. Along with the Argos Value Range Cordless Kettle that we bought for her (see my separate review), we also bought her this Argos Value Range Toaster as well. They do have a 2 slice version of this, but we opted for the 4 slice version which was only just over £2 more expensive. This 4 slice version comes in at £6.97. The design is basically all white, so it will fit in nicely with any kitchen design. The slide button is down the middle of one side with the heater rotary button (going from 1 to 4) located on the side next to it. Next to this there is also a cancel function in the form of a button which will cancel the current toasting operation to pop the toast up. All 3 of these controls are in white, so neatly disguised into the overall white design of the toaster. The top panel covering the toasting slots is a sort of chrome to cover the 2 elongated slots which are long enough to get 2 pieces of bread in each. In use, what is it like? Well, we did buy it a few months ago so that we could try it out for a month or so before my daughter went to university. Out of the box, it does look good. But the first issue we found with it is that whilst it accepts plain medium sliced bread easily, anything a little thicker, like crumpets or thicker slices, will not fit in easily, and if we did manage to get it in, very often we found that it was difficult to get it out of the slot again. So the range of bread types that it would take becomes extremely limited. OK if you just want to toast your standard ready medium sliced loafs, but if you buy the unsliced bread to cut it yourself, or use thick sliced bread, you are really going to struggle. Once you get the bread slices into it, it does seem to toast the bread very well, giving a fairly even brown toasting across the slice. But again we had an issue in that the slot didn't seem to be that deep, where if your slice was a little on the tall side and not totally square, the top bit didn't get toasted properly and you ended up trying to turn the slice over midway through the toasting process. So then you ended up with the ends of the bread only being partially toasted. After trying the toaster for a few days, we all decided that there were just too many issues going against this toaster to make it practical and worthwhile. OK, it is cheap and an absolute bargain for a 4 slice toaster, but then you become very restricted on the type of bread that it will toast because if it is too thick or too tall, it's no good. In the end, we took it back to Argos to get a full refund and paid a little more to get a better model. It is unfortunate because we found the Argos Value Cordless Kettle that matches this toaster to be excellent, and can't really recommend that enough. But for the sake of a slightly wider and deeper slot, this toaster has been spoiled. So if you are a standard medium slice type of person who consistently uses perfectly square medium bread slices, then this is the toaster for you where you can grab an absolute bargain. For the rest of us who like a thicker or taller slice in a toaster where you can toast all over in one go, give this Argos Value one a miss.
A 4 slice toaster costing under 7.00 pounds, is that to good to be true? Well, yes, it sort of is, as this very cheap toaster from Argos proved to be a major disappointment, and not really a good bargain given the lousy quality! My favorite bread to enjoy in the morning, is a Norwegian whole wheat bread that one can buy at some stores across the U.K, but this is a very heavy and thick bread, and when I tried to toast it in this toaster, I quickly understood that I wouldn`t be able to, as the slices of bread simply wouldn`t fit, as the slots are way too small in my opinion, as they would benefit from being at least a bit bigger, as bagels and other bakery won`t fit in it either! Wanting to test it more properly, I went to the store and bought some thin sliced bread, and all though I was able to fit them into the toaster, I wasn`t at all impressed by the poor quality of the finished result, as the bread had been toasted very unevenly and not at all golden and crisp as a good toaster should do, this toaster toasted some part of the bread very much and some part of it almost not at all! Yes, this is a ver basic toaster, and with few features, such as a cancel button and choice of browning, this toaster didn`t at all impress me, as the design of it is extremely basic and flat out boring as well! On the bright side, this toaster doesn`t get warm on the outside while working, and that`s a good thing come to think of safety, but seeing as the toaster is pretty much useless on all other factors, I wouldn`t recommend it one bit! A lousy toaster!
Some people may think that at £6.97, this toaster is good value for money, but I would disagree. The toaster is very simple and therefore easy to set up and use. Its range of functions is very limited (as you would expect) and includes: + Cancel function + Variable browning (a dial at the side which increases or decreases the length of time the bread s being toasted) + Cord storage + Cool touch (I am still not sure what this refers to, but it is in the product description) The toaster looks extremely basic. It is white and boxy and I can imagine it wouldn't appeal to many people on the basis of its looks alone. Sadly, its performance does little to recommend it either. I love toasting thick bread, but unfortunately, this will not fit in the toaster! Bagels and crumpets also are too wide to be toasted properly and are only removed with a struggle. For me, a toaster needs to be able to cope with a variety of different toastees so this toaster is a failure in my book. With the medium bread that does fit in the toaster, I have found that it is toasted rather unevenly. If it is more rectangular than square, the top of the slice will not be toasted at all which is very annoying as you have to turn it around half way through the toasting process. In its favour, the toaster seems to be very durable. We have had it for two years and it gets used every day, sometimes several times, but it is still going strong. Although the toaster is cheap, I would dispute that it is 'value' as I do not think it does all that a toaster should do.
As newly-weds in 2009 we received plenty of gifts from people - the one thing we didn't get was a toaster! My husband's aunt gave us some Argos vouchers and so we decided to spend these on a few things for our first flat. One of the many things we got with our vouchers was this Value Toaster. And two years later it's still running! It's the kind of product you expect to only last a few months, then replace, as it's so cheap (in price, £5 when we got ours). Now, with a Value toaster you don't expect it to have any settings and although it doesn't boast loads it gets the job done - which is toasting bread! The settings: You can adjust the temperature of the toaster, which is good because I like quite my toasted very crispy and my husband likes it barely toasted! There is also an option to cancel the toast mid-toast. Now as I said it doesn't boast a lot of settings, but it's a toaster and for a Value one I can't imagine expecting anything too fancy. So that's it - if you're looking for a toaster for a decent price that you'll get a lot of wear from then this is it !
With September now in full swing and universities starting term again soon, I have recently moved house and so new appliances are needed for the house, one of course was the classic toaster. Because I'm not a big toast eater I didn't want to spend too much on a toaster when I wouldn't get value for money so I turned to the Argos Value Range. This range of appliances for the home are very good for students and those on low incomes who don't need top end products for every day needs. I bought my toaster from the Preston store, it came in the standard Argos Value packaging and was fastened securely so that it wasn't damaged with knocks on the way home. When I got back to the house, I turned to the scissors to deal with the hardwaring packaging and saw that the toaster was snuggly packed inside. I have only ever had the standard two slice toaster and as there's three others in the house I thought that the four sliced would be more time effective and I was right! Since this appliance has entered our kitchen it's become a popular item. As mentioned the toaster itself is the standard white, there are a range of settings available for those who prefer different browning levels. I prefer my toast very lightly toasted and after some trial and error I found that the way to achieve this was to end the time earlier than what was on the timer. This could be the same for other settings but so far no toast has yet to be burnt so it's a case of testing it for your own preferences. You change settings through the easy to use dial that's on the right hand side of the toaster, on this side there's also the slider that loads the bread into the machine. Thin slices of bread work best with this toaster, thicker slices tend to need work in getting out and apparently using a knife to get bread out of a toaster isn't safe so I'd go with thin bread just to be safe, especially if younger children are at that age where they make their own toast. There's not much cleaning needed either for this appliance. There's a tray at the bottom which can be removed and cleaned and the surfaces can easily be wiped down for any smudges that it might get. Overall: Price: £6.97 Available from: Most good Argos stores Good toaster for the price. Looses a star because of being unable to handle thick bread. 4/5
As with some other kit from Argos, I bought this for the kitchen at university last year. It lasted the whole year, which was the main thing, and it did work pretty well. Bread went in the toaster and toast came out so I was pleased with the toaster! For just £7.00, you can't really go wrong with this 4 slice toaster. It doesn't compare to the rip off Dualit one we have at home in terms of durability and quality but it does the job. It has two trays to fit 4 slices of bread in, and it is double the size of the 2 slice toaster, which I considered getting. This is much more useful if more people are wanting toast at the same time! It has a very simple design but it does look a bit cheap as it's all white. The toaster works well with the use of heat settings on a clearly labelled wheel. There is also a little button, which enables you to cancel the toasting so your toast will pop up prior to the end time. This was good as it gave me and others some control over toasting when we wanted to keep stuff in for longer. The toaster fits normal medium sliced bread very well but I think it may struggle slightly with thick bread and it certainly cannot fit sliced bagels in or anything like that. Each tray is just about long enough for two pieces of normal sized bread or they may have some trouble popping out! The crumbs dissapear to the bottom of the toaster and there is no tray to get them out, which isn't the most hygienic or best design but it's what you get for £7.00. There is a handle, which feels a tiny bit flimsy, which is used to lower the toast in. You must push it down quite sharply until it 'locks in' and then the toaster will begin. The sides of the toaster stay cool when it's on, so it isn't of much hazard unless you leave toast in there to burn. The power cord is of a reasonable length and plugs into the mains. It came wrapped around the toaster in a special way, so it's good to package up and this makes it slightly more portable. I found myself using quite high settings to get my toast a bit brown with this, which was fine as it still managed it in one go. I'd say this toaster is worth getting - especially for those of you heading off to university this year - check out the argos value range as some of it may be worth getting. Thanks for reading! :)
This basic toaster only cost about 7 or 8 quid if I remember right! I am starting to like the fact that, at last, shops are actually beginning to put 'affordable' items on to their shelves. I have noticed this in the last five years or so. Most household items have always been priced (for me anyway) at a figure where I give a little "hmmmm..." and grudgingly open the wallet. One of the facts behind this is that we, in Britain, are importing more and more goods from countries where the items can be made much cheaper than they can here. Nowadays it seems you can get the items you need in the home for a reasonable price - I know we all have different ideas for pricing, i.e. what is and isn't expensive, but this is just my opinion. I am a firm believer in the saying "you get what you pay for". Now that is a double edged sword. In the case of this toaster, what you get is a toaster. Nothing fancy, no frills, no robust build, no space age design, no futuristic design, no hark-back-to-the-past, so called retro design. It is just a simple white design with none of the curves or flowing shapes of a well-designed piece of well, um, design I suppose. This is a 4 slice toaster, so it least it has something a little extra going for it, in that most cheap toasters will only do two slices at a time. Ideal for a small family trying to get the rounds of toast buttered and marmaladed-off quickly in the mornings, so that everyone can get to work or school on time. Being a basic toaster, it only has basic control: a control to vary the colour of your toast, which at the end of the day is probably just a timer, and you can also tell it to stop toasting at your will. I actually dislike these controls. You set it to one setting and someone else comes along and puts it to another - result being burnt toast for your good self. I am quite happy with an even more basic toaster that is factory set to toast an average slice of bread for an average time to give an average colour, crispness and so on everything else that is average about toast. So, not much in the way of functions, but hey, it is only a toaster after all - it saves waiting for the grill on your cooker to heat up, then constantly keeping an eye on the grill for your toast not to burn. Looking at it from the grill point of view, it must also be a lot more efficient. So, I would imagine splashing out on a whole 7 or 8 quid is, in the long run going to save you on electricity bills, due to the efficiency of the toaster compared to a cooker's grill. If I was selling this to someone, I wouldn't be able to give a long (or even short-) winded spiel on what gadgets and functions it has. for it really has none. No, I would say to people it is cheap and it does what it is meant to do. Personally I like that sort of straightforward honesty from a salesperson anyway. I am liking this because of its simplicity and cheapness, it is affordable by all. There really is no need for an expensive toaster, all you need is toast. Now this review is actually an update - the original was written just under a year ago. I am glad to report the toaster is still operational. This brings me back to the double edged sword thing about getting what you pay for. You can pay through the nose (or at least you used to) for quality, which would last. Or you can pay the minimum price for something that is hopefully functional, and will hopfully last. We all know though in this day and age nothing is built to last - this is deliberate on two counts - firstly, the consumer wants instant gratification, cheaply if possible, secondly if you don't build it to last (or make it repairable), then the consumer will need to spend again for a new one. In the case of this toaster, I am happy to say it is still with us. This isn't going to win any awards for design, then again neither is my kitchen, so it shouldn't look out of place. This is a good, honest, simple, "does what it says on the packet" product. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone on a restricted budget.
I shall start this review by saying that I rent my house from my mum (this is relevant I promise) and before I moved in she replaced several of the household appliances that were a bit past their best. As a result we ended up with this toaster and I think the reasons for her choosing it were twofold 1) It was cheap and 2) It's white, as is the rest of our kitchen. The toaster itself is made of simple white plastic with a dial on the side to adjust cooking, a cancel button and a lever to pull the bread down. So is this toaster any good? There's no point denying it - most of us are looking for ways to save money and like a good bargain so we may consider products in the so called value ranges of various shops. Yes this toaster works, no it hasn't broken down (had it for over a year) but no I wouldn't recommend it. Why? Well there's a few reasons - none of which are good enough to make me chuck it and buy another, but they would stop me from replacing it with the same model. First of all the toaster isn't deep enough and by this I mean when you place the bread in it and depress the lever to start the cooking process - an inch or two of the bread is left poking out of the top and obviously doesn't get cooked. This means that you have to turn the bread around part way through cooking and inevitably the middle gets more cooked than the rest. Secondly there is no crumb tray - an unavoidable part of toast is crumbs and many toasters make these easy to dispose of by having a removable crumb tray. As this toaster lacks one you have to resort to upending it over the sink and giving it a whack on the base which isn't ideal. Thirdly the dial for cooking could be clearer as the strength is indicated by a small white triangle and considering that the whole toaster is white, people with eyesight problems may well struggle to see what it is on and end up burning their toast. Finally the slots for the bread are very thin which means you may struggle fitting thick presliced bread in them, don't even think about cutting your own bread and you won't be able to use it for crumpets and the like. There are however a couple of plus sides - the white plastic is easy to wipe clean and the power cable is of a decent length (my nearest power socket is behind the microwave and this is long enough to reach behind it). Price wise this toaster can be purchased for the price of just £6.97 or £4.47 for the 2 slice version which is very cheap. For that price I suppose you can't really expect miracles and this isn't a terrible toaster, just not a particularly good one. Either way when it finally comes to buying a new one I will be looking at other cheaper options on the market and I suggest that others do to before deciding whether or not to go with this one.
IF YOU ENJOY SETTING YOUR FIRE ALARM OFF EVERYTIME YOU USE YOUR TOASTER ! WELL THIS IS THIS TOASTER FOR YOU . THE WORST TOASTER OF ALL TIME YOU CAN ONLY FIT THIN SLICED BREAD IN IN IT ANY OTHER IT WONT FIT .PLEASE DONT BUY THIS TOASTER BECAUSE I BOUGHT ONE IN THE SUMMER FROM ARGOS FOR £ 5.99 THINKING IT WAS A BARGAIN . NOW I WOULD NOT WANT ONE EVEN IF THEY WERE GIVING THEM AWAY FOR FREE OVERALL CRAP!. NO WONDER ARGOS ARE NOT SELLING SELLING THEM IN THIS SEASONS CATOLOGE BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE BANNED .WORST TOASTER ON THE PLANET .MY RATING WOULD BE 0-100000000 OUT OF 10 . IF YOUR REALLY DESPERATE FOR A TOASTER COME ROUND TO MY PLACE AND I WILL DO YOUR TOAST UNDER MY GRILL ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE AND IF THATS NOT GOOD ENOUGH I WILL EVEN THROW IN SOME JAM AND BUTTER FOR FREE!