Just before Christmas the toaster at work stopped working.Now having a few different gadgets at work we decided that we would get a cheap one as we have a panini machine and grill that gets used more frequently.I was given a budget of £20 and told to see what i could find.
**Price and where to get**
I ended up getting this one down to convenience. I was in the shop anyway at at £9 it fitted well into budget. This can also be purchased from asda direct but would have a delivery charge. Or they have a newish collect plus service where you can pick it up at a location more convenient to you.
I wasn't expecting it to be that great if im honest.I have had a few smart price electrical items in the past and they have been rubbish.
This is fine in that i can fit in whole slices of bought bread if i put them in sideways but it doesn't fit in home made bread as well
The defrost button is handy as i freeze a lot of bread. It has enough different heating settings,i tend to like my toast light brown so have never had any problems with any toaster to be honest.
Slices Qty -2
Toasters & Grills Features
Adjustable browning control, defrost, lift function, reheat, long toaster slot size, cancel button, self-centering toaster slots, anti-jam mechanism
Material - plastic. I was surprised at how nice this looked. I'm not a fan of white plastic as i think it can look cheap but this is okay.
Power -Max Power Consumption -950 W
Voltage -230 V
**Dimensions & Weight**
1.22 kg This was about the same size and weight as the old toaster so this is pretty standard.
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year,but don't forget you have longer under your consumer rights.
I recently had to replace my toaster, my original toaster was part of a set matching the kettle and toaster etc. I couldn't find another the same anymore and decided for how much I actually used the toaster to pick up the Asda Smartprice 2 slice toaster why I was doing my shopping.
I didn't really expect much to be honest for the price of £4.99, but worth a try at that price.
I've had the toaster about 8 weeks now and have to say it seems to have been used more than the previous toaster in the 12 months I had it! Its simple to use, not loads of settings or buttons to press before actually getting your bread toasted :p The simple dial on the side is to change how long the toast is down for from setting 1 being the least time to 6 being the most.
The toaster does have a removable crumb tray to make cleaning easier, which most other value brands ive noticed don't. Although this is a good thing it does tend to drop crumbs out everywhere.
It toasts well and even, as well as even on both sides. For £4.99 I was shocked at how well it actually toasted, doesn't take a long time either. The toaster benefits from a "cool wall" which is useful when you have little hands reaching up on to the worktops to see what your doing.
The only downside I have found is most brands of bread are too "tall" for the toaster, so I either chop the crusts off or switch it upside down half way through. It is a bit of a hassle but for £4.99 its nothing major to complain about. Smartprice bread fits in perfect. The same goes for crumpets, branded crumpets dont fit in well and stop the toaster from popping in and causes some difficulty in getting it back out! This problem doesn't occur on cheaper brands of crumpets though.
I personally think it would make a great toaster for students/first home etc. It's not for you if you want something that looks great and stylish.
Dimensions: (WxDxH in cm) H115 x W13 x D18cm
Model Number: TXT-024C
Number of Slices: 2
Length of Parts Guarantee (Years:) 1 Year
Power (watts): 750 Watts
Removable Crumb Tray
Overall I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something that just does the job its suppose too. It isn't very stylish or nice to look at really but does serve its purpose well.
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Asda smart price toaster
I was looking for a few new matching kitchen appliances when I was moving to my new home, I had already bought the asda microwave and kettle so thought this little toaster would do the job as the other previous products I had bought from asda had been by reliable. I got this for around £6 and in the colour black as this was colour of rest of my appliances.
The toaster is very basic and allows you to do the main things you would need from a toaster such as a 1-5 toasting setting to set up, a defrost setting in case your bread etc is frozen and a stop button to allow you to pop your toast up at anytime. You can only fit 2 slices of toast in at a time which could be seen as a negative but I only make one bit of toast at a time anyway. There is a tray that collects crumbs underneath which makes it easy to clean although I think this does not collect all the crumbs as I'm still usually cleaning some away.
The toaster does the job for a great price so would recommend to anyone who is just looking for bits and nothing too fancy.
The Asda toaster is a neat little kitchen appliance and is a good value product in my opinion.
I have had mine a couple of years now. I do use it daily!
You can decide how brown you would like your toast with a 1-5 setting.
There is a second button function of simply turning to defrost and toast bread.
You can over-ride your toasting at get it to pop out at any time.
Simple, basic white unit.
A metal feature that adjusts to the thickness of the bread when toasting.
Crumb try - collects underneath the base and easy to clean out.
I feel it may not be the best for a family as you can only do two slices at a time. Also thicker sliced bread, crumpets/ bagels or other items are not as easy to toast. Although I normally manage fine.
I would like it to toast quicker, as I am always starving.
Compact toaster, sits quietly waiting to do its job! Had mine for ages and is working fine. Bargain price and not cheap looking in my view. I like the defrost option as I do freeze bread.
I would recommend it.
*** The back story ***
For weeks on end I live away from my home and family, staying in hospital staff accommodation. I have relocated from one, barely furnished staff quarters to another well-equipped one.
I bought this ASDA 2-slice toaster just over a year ago when I discovered that one was not provided in the hospital flat. There are obviously many, many different toasters on the market these days. However I did not find it difficult to select one for purchase as my number one criteria was price. I paid just under £4 for this toaster.
*** The ASDA 2-slice Toaster ***
This is a plain-looking, white plastic-coated two-slice automatic pop-up toaster. While it is quite a small toaster, the two areas in which the bread is placed are a decent size.
There are five heat settings, selected through using a dial. There is also a button for "frozen" and one that switches off the cooking elements and pops the toast up. There is also a "reheat" button and a "frozen" button, neither of which I have used.
Like most electric toasters, this one as a large lever-button that when depressed lowers the toast and switches the heating elements on.
Finally, there is a crumb tray in the base, it has non-slip "feet" and a short electric flex.
*** My experiences and thoughts ***
This toaster was a planned purchase that I have been using two - three times a week for over a year. It does everything that you would expect a simple toaster to do. I usually cook two slices at a time, although I have occasionally toasted four thin slices of bread simultaneously.
I usually toast my bread from frozen. This item toasts evenly and consistently. The only time I have burned toast is when I have left failed to account for the fact that I am using fresh bread and not frozen.
It is easy to wipe clean on the outside. Occasionally I tip the (unplugged) toaster upside down over my bin and give it a good shake. I also clean out the crumb collector when I remember....every few months. The crumb tray slides in and out very easily.
*** Recommended? ***
I definitely recommend this toaster, although I must admit that I do feel bad about just how inexpensive modern-day items can be.
I bought this toaster when I first moved house and just wanted a simple, cheap and cheerful one as I don't toast bread very often.
In terms of appearance the white plastic exterior of the toaster does look cheap, but hey with Smart Price you are not paying for style.
The appliance toasted my bread just fine, on the highest setting bread turns a medium brown, so if you like your toast a little burnt you would need to toast it a second time. However, as others have mentioned thick slices of bread do not fit well into this toaster.
There is a pull out tray at the bottom which is supposed to collect the crumbs nevertheless I seemed to always find a pile of crumbs underneath the toaster that had managed to escape through the gaps!
A few months down the line the pop up mechanism started to falter and would only pop up halfway; not a huge issue for me as it was still possible to get the toast out without too much difficulty. One day I popped my bread in and left the toaster to it, only to come back ten minutes later to a kitchen so full of smoke that I struggled to breathe - the toaster had not only failed to pop the toast out but had continued to heat it until it was nothing more than slices of charcoal. Luckily there was only smoke and no fire, but even still the risk had still been there, so I would advise that you do not leave your toaster unsupervised!!
I bought this toaster when I moved away from home to university. As a student, I wanted something cheap but that worked effectively. I paid £4 for this toaster about 4 months ago. The toaster has 2 slots for your bread but they are not the widest slots i've ever seen, meaning if you like to buy really thick bread, it may get stuck. They are also not very long, therefore if you buy big loaves of bread, you may have to cut the crusts off to allow the bread to fit into the toaster.
One of the two functions present on the toaster is an eject button for those times when you select the wrong number on the dial, and that dreaded smoke rises from the toaster. As just mentioned, the toaster also has a dial allowing you to choose how brown you want your toast. It is numbered from 1 to 6. 1 is lightly toasted, and 5 is pretty much burnt.
One downside to the toaster was that the first time I used it, it produced a burnt plastic smell, but when I used it the second time, this smell had gone. The packaging that the toaster comes in is very basic, which is what you expect when buying a smartprice product. The toaster itself is white with modern curved edges, which I quite like. The toaster is also easy to clean, if the outside attracts dirt, then you can just give it a quick wipe over with a wet cloth. I've been using my toaster for 4 months and there are hardly any crumbs that have collected in the bottom. To get rid of the crumbs on the inside of the toaster, simply unplug it, tip it upside down over the bin. This has always done the trick for me.
Overall, this toaster has proved to be really good value for money, I didn't want a fancy toaster, I simply wanted a product that does what it says on the box, which this does. It even looks reasonably good so will slot into most kitchens well.
I was a little unsure about the quality of a toaster for this price and me being on a low budget, I had no choice but to opt in for this. Unfortunately the problems started the moment I unwrapped the packaging.
The first thing you should know is, the picture on the front is very misleading, it clearly shows bread slots easily big enough for medium/thick slice farm house and in actual fact, I had to deliberately start buying thinner bread.
The thick bread touched the sides of the grill on the inside of the toaster which caused problems getting it in without indenting the bread, and getting it out again, without scraping black stuff all over the toast.
Then the next problem is the heater in this, which decides to cook toast however it feels on the day, not how you like it. So somedays id put it on for a minute and it would burn then the next day and it wouldn't cook through. Very frustrating.
The final problem is the flimsy handle on the side of the toaster which has needed a very firm hand to push down and clip in place before now, and when it does clip in place, it still has a lot of play in the clip, where it jiggles around a bit.
The only good thing I can say about this toaster is the price. You really do get what you pay for here, and whilst it was good money I don't really feel like it was a good buy. So by this I mean I would gladly spend an extra fiver and get a better one. Budget isn't always best.
It's a poor quality toaster and if it does not work as a toaster because it won't cook toast properly then it's pointless. Not recommended I'm afraid.
My old toaster had seen better days and while shopping i though id try the 2 slice smart price toaster at a bargain £4.49. Now, i mentioned in my last review about the differences in quality of smart price equipment and although i couldnt speak highly enough of the hot chocolate, i have actually returned this product less than a week after buying it.
Reading other reviews, i seem to be in a minority when i say it is not worth the money. Now i know it is a budget brand, but it should still do what it says on the tin?! I will explain more a little later on.
The toaster can be found with the other electrical items and onlne and it is advertised at a good price. Your receipt is your guarentee so dont lose it (you might need it ;)) It is in a cardboard box with the famous colouring and logo of smart price and a picture of the toaster and its features are on the box too.
Inside it is very well packaged and time has been spent to ensure minimal damage obtainment through transit. Once i had relieved the toaster of all its armourey i wanted some crumpets!!
I plugged the toaster in and had a look a the basic elements. A cancel button, and the dial in increasing numbers depending on how brown you like your products toasted. The toaster is white, rectangular in shape with a little ergonomic shaping around the dial and push button end. Apart from the toasting element itself, it is entirely plastic to the eye and looks a lower end product. Still, i thought, if it toasts it will be fine. PLease be weary that the first few times you use the product it will smell like you have burnt fabric or something, a very pungent aroma initially (the product burning for the first time i understand). I set the dial to 4 and waited......and waited.......and waited. what i hadnt realised is that it had finished. I hadnt heard the 'pop' and the button was only half way up without any sight of my crumpets. I had to manually lift the button to the top and pull them out with my fingers..ouch!
Thought i would give it the benefit of the doubt and began making my husband some toast the following morning. We love kingsmill in our house, and this is not an uncommon bread or size slice. Putting it in the toaster,realised that only about 2/3 of the bread was going to toast! Well the idea of a toaster is to make my life easier and i dont fancy having to turn it upside down and toast it twice, the grill is quicker.
We went back to our old toaster and returned the product. This toaster is basic and does toast smaller items. I would say great for teacakes and crumpets, but i dont recommend leaving it as you may have the same problem i had. Likewise, if we ate a lot of danish bread or the small sliced bread it would be ideal but we dont im afraid. I hope that our toaster is a one off, well with regard to the half popping up mechanism anyway. Im not sure there is a lot i can say other than if you have this toaster choose your bread wisely.
In conclusion, a cheap and basic product that may suit as a starter toaster, but i wouldnt expect miracles.
Apologies if i sound like a moaning old goat, but i wantd to share some of the issues i had. Fingers crossed i bought a dodgy one.
Thank you for reading.
We bought the Asda smart price toaster,when moving homes.In the hopes that it would last us though the big spending period of moving,until we could afford a newer modern model.
We didn't eat toast much back then so it was literally to bide us though.
The simple 2 slice toaster was only £4.49 fro our local Asda supermarket.
And has the simple leaver on the side to slide the bread up and down,It also has a handy stop button to flick the toast of and up when you think its done.It has a handy 6 setting turning switch,so its easy to control the temperature of the heat so you can have toast done the way you want it.Its also small too so fits lovely in my cupboard.And its easily cleaned,as its plain white(still like new).It also has a handy removable tray.to help clean out the crumbs under it.
We have found this toaster has done the job we intended it to do for for the duration we have had it.It toasts the bread OK.sometimes depending on the branding of the bread it can get stuck,due to the slits being a bit thin.And also we find (depending on the bread also) it can sometime only toast 3/4 of the bread.but this is easily solved but stopping it half way and turning the bread.
We now have a 10 month old boy who loves his toast in the mornings.and he has been having this now for many months,And the Asda smart price toaster is still doing a remarkable job for its value.
I would recommend this toaster to all.as its great value for money,at under £5.And it doe the job its there for
The Asda smartprice toaster is a bargain at just £4.49 you really can't complain. I will let you know the little pitfalls first to get them out of the way. When new it does make your bread smell a little plastic but it tastes fine. We bought a cheap loaf of bread and toasted off a few slices first that really helped. It also is fairly small; toasting two slices at a time and with most brands of bread you have to pop it on a low setting first and then turn the toast upside down to toast again. It would never fit a waffle or pancake in the slot as it's very narrow. I would never recommend leaving this product while it's in operation as it can be a little fast to toast, and if like ours your smoke alarm is right outside the kitchen it may set it off.
Ok on to the positives, it does make nice toast is easy to use with a pop up button for manual use if you want it slightly more done. It has 6 settings so plenty to choose from. We don't use this toaster that much but for the price and our needs it's been a great little buy.
This toaster is a fairly new addition to my kitchen, in fact it does not live in my kitchen at all and was bought two months ago to replace the toaster I used in my outhouse which had unfortunately been affected by damp. Knowing any other toaster in this area was likely to suffer the same problem I was loathe to buy an expensive toaster, instead opting for one that cost just £4.50 on Asda.
It is a very basic two slice toaster, the only functions to tell you about being that there is a dial so that you can brown your toast to your specific requirements and a button for ejecting your toast early. The dial is accurate with a visible difference between the settings; number one leaving the bread a creamy shade and number six, to all intents and purposes, will cremate your toast.
I have noticed that the slots are not terribly wide, a problem if you regularly use bread brands which are larger than average such as Warburtons. This has not caused me a problem as I use the smaller loaves of bread with small square slices, but a recent purchase of Hovis bread left me having to cut off the crusts just to fit them in the toaster. Incidentally the slots will also not hold extra thick bread, it is fine for the thickness of ready sliced bread but you will be stumped should you try and toast a doorstep sized piece of uncut loaf!
The internal mechanism of the toaster is a little jerky, sometimes the toasting rack does not slot into place first time and I will have to use more force to press down the operating lever - this is a minor problem, however, and you simply need to remember that this is not an expensive toaster and will therefore not be as smooth and efficient as a branded product.
My toast has always popped up when it should, I have found this Asda toaster to be rather slow when using the higher settings but as it pops up with a loud clatter there is little chance of missing it! Should you feel your toast is ready before the toaster has finished you can manually raise it up using the small button located next to the browning dial, this button has thus far been responsive and immediately upon pressing it my toast has popped up.
For the very reasonable price, I think this toaster is fantastic. It has an attractive and modern appearance that I think belies the 'budget buy' price, and as far as basic toasters go this one has been reliable. The narrow slots mean you will be unable to toast thicker items such as crumpets or bagels; in fact just yesterday I charred an English muffin as, while it was slim enough to fit the slot, the cut edge was too close to the heating element inside the toaster.
Overall, however, I am more than happy with my Smart Price toaster - much more so than a Value kettle I purchased recently which was not only exceedingly poor quality, but also potentially dangerous. True, I prefer my rather more expensive toaster in the kitchen for my day to day toasting needs as I know it will comfortably hold anything I care to throw at it - including my beloved Toaster Bags which are unfortunately too bulky for this Asda toaster to cope with. For my purposes, a quick piece of toast whilst busy in the outhouse, it has proved to be an outstanding bargain and I'm sure the same would be true for many people.
When me toaster went on the blink I knew I had to buy a cheap basic one to replace it as my son ONLY eats toast ( he has Asd).
I went for the Asda smart price toaster because my mum had one and said it has done her well. When browsing the home small appliances in Asda I was amazed how cheap but stylish everything looked , since buying the smart price toaster i have bought other things and i'm very please with the quality for such a small price.
The Asda smart price toaster cost £4.89.
The packaging is a bit naff , toaster comes boxed in the white and green value colours with smart price on it. Inside their is a small instructions booklet to read.
The toaster is nice and compact in size, i liked the white colour because it looks new and fresh in my kitchen also the shape is modern with curved edges.
This is a two slice toaster and the slots at the top are a good size, my son is even fussy what bread he has, an we get the warburtons bread blue packet the slices are large and fit well inside the slots of the toaster as i always had to cut an inch of the end of the bread so i could put it in my old toaster very pleased with this basic.
The leaver on the end of the toaster is easy to push down and takes the bread down and pops up when ready.
Timer on the toaster is a turning knob with number on it so you can choose the toasting time, ours is always set at number four and toast comes out golden brown in colour perfect.
I like this toaster , the price for one and the fact i have had this for 9 months now and still looks like new. It doesn't get too dirty on the outside but if it does a damp cloth cleans it up. As for the crumbs their is a removable crumb catcher tray that pulls out to empty.
This is a good buy and I highly recommend this simple but sweet smart price toaster.
Around 6 months ago my trusty M & S toaster went bang, well more fizzle after approximately 5 years of use. I didn't want to spend a small fortune on a new one, so shopped around for the cheapest decent looking one I could find.
Tesco had little to offer at the time, their Vale products were quite expensive but have now come down quite a lot in price.
A quick trip to Asda later and I spotted the Asda Smart Price Toaster. The one I purchased is black, not white as pictured above. Even better, as my kitchen is predominantly black, so it matches!
It is exactly the same toaster apart from the colour TA8120B, the addition of the B in the catalogue number I assume represents black!
I paid £9.97 for the toaster although on the website they are currently for sale for £9.96.
The toaster is well packaged and is sold in a cardboard box depicting the toaster, with a few simple instructions for use on the side. Surprisingly, the box doesn't look cheap and nasty, had I been bought this as a gift, I would have expected it to cost more!
It is a no frills toaster, quite a simple design but it does everything I expect a toaster to do.
It has two slots, these are automatically variable depending on the thickness of the bread being used. Once the bread is placed in the toaster, a lever at the front is depressed in order to lower the bread.
The browning of the toast is controlled by a dial underneath the lever on the front. It has 7 settings, the user must adjust according to preference. I don't like mine too dark so it remains in between numbers four and five.
There are three small buttons to the left of the dial. The upper button is the defrost setting, meaning that bread can be toasted from frozen.
The button below this is to re-heat. Quite handy, as I'm always forgetting about my toast when the children are around and tend to get round to eating it half an hour after it was originally toasted!
The lowest button is to cancel whatever the toaster is doing. Press it and the bread/toast pops up.
Each button has a small light next to it, this illuminates red when the buttons are depressed indicating that the facility is in use.
The toaster is quite easy to clean although being black it tends to show smudges and finger marks more than a white one would do. It has a removable crumb tray which I seem to be forever emptying, if I don't do this every couple of days the crumbs tend to spill onto the counter. It could therefore probably be improved by making the tray a little deeper.
So how does it toast? I have to admit, it certainly isn't as good as my last toaster. I had thought that one toaster would toast the same as any other, producing the same result! Unfortunately it doesn't. I have tried toasting on various settings but the finished product always seems to come out quite hard and brittle.
This obviously isn't the case with the lowest settings but then the bread is barely toasted.
I also find that when toasting only one piece of toast I have to be careful. As the individual piece of bread is not protected from the heat by another piece of bread it toasts more quickly on the offending side. When toasting only one piece of bread, I cancel mid cycle and turn the bread over so that it toasts more evenly.
This problem would however occur with any toaster that does not have individual pull down levers for each slice of bread.
I would say this toaster produces toast that is best eaten with something on it, eg beans, spaghetti etc. Something with a sauce as opposed to eggs, bacon etc.
It's ok for the price but when this breaks I will definitely spend a bit more. I think that you get what you pay for - as I paid less than £10, I am quite happy!
Not so long back I owned a toaster from Asda (Please see my review on Asda White Toaster on this site if interested). Although it wasn't anything amazing I used it daily and we got by until it blew it up and died on me. At the time I had a flatmate who then bought a posh toaster and we were back firing on all cylinders. Then my flatmate moved out and once again I was left with no toaster and so out came my Step Fathers credit card and off we went shopping. He bought me so much new stuff that when I spotted this toaster only costing £9.97 and looking rather nice and what I had in mind to own we opted for it and I'm mighty glad I did!
The toaster comes in a box which clearly shows us a photograph of the toaster and we are told that it is Asda White toaster (TA8120) and that it has variable browning control, that you can toast from frozen, that it has a removable crumb tray and has variable width slots. Contact details for Asda are also stated on the box and inside the toaster is well packaged in a foam like substance and there is an instruction booklet.
The Toaster Itself:
The toaster itself is white plastic and not too heavy and is of a decent size and of course toasts two slices of bread a time. To one end of the toaster there is a small sort of control pad consisting of buttons and a dial. From the top of that you have a defrost button so when you push that in the red light next to the button comes on, under that a reheat button and a cancel button is under that with a small red light there indicating when the toaster is on. The dial is numbered one to five with one being lightly toasted to five being really brown and rather well done. The crumb tray is situated to the under rear end of the toaster and that simply slides in and out with a white handle to grab and the tray being stainless steel though not too big and then to the top of the toaster you have a stainless steal area to pop your bread into and then back to where the control panel is a lever to push down to secure the bread in place which pops safely back up when toast is produced.
Style wise this Is a nice, plain and simple design. Although a basic toaster it doesn't scream cheap and it isn't branded on the toaster either!
The little legs to the bottom of the toaster keep it in place and this really does take different width slices of bread but only really standard in overall size otherwise you will need to toast bread a while and then turn it upside down to ensure even toasting which is rather annoying.
Its easy to use and wipe clean and the controls are really simple to use. I like my toast lightly toasted so I pop it on to 2 on the dial and it goes lovely and golden. If I want to reheat it because I've been delayed from eating it I simply then hit the reheat button which gives it about a minute and half extra to warm it up and the defrost button gives it an extra about three minutes before going on to toasting which again is adequate. The cancel button gets hit only when I haven't realised I've nudged the dial over by mistake to get my toast out fast and really, well this does everything I personally need from a toaster. Style wise I like it and although not the speediest of toasters it does the job and does it well...and quietly. The only negative with this is that the power lead is rather short so I need to be rather near a plug socket....apart from that at £9.97 this offers great value for money.
Only available from Asda stores and from Argosdirect.com