** Please the toaster that I am reviewing here is different to the one listed by Dooyoo, another member has reviewed this toaster and was advised to post their review here so I have done the same**.
The Asda TA8120 2 slice toaster that I am reviewing here was originally purchased by me a few years back upon moving into a new property. That very same evening however a friend brought us a toaster as a house warming gift meaning our cheap but still brand new toaster got resigned to a shelf in a dark corner of the garage. It wasn't until 18 months later and having to move house again that we actually got this toaster out and used it. Despite my initial reservations due to the toaster being stored in a cold, damp garage for such a long time, it worked upon first plugging it in and was the toaster we used for around a year or so until we finally got round to replacing it a few months back.
Specification and Price:-
* Price - £10
* Power Rating - 850W - 1000W dependant on setting.
* Capacity - 2 Slice
* De-frost and Reheat functions
* Removable Crumb Tray
* Manual Cancel Button
Appearance and Build Quality:-
Admittedly this toaster is not the prettiest available as it is entirely encased in white plastic and is very basic by ways of design which I feel is the main aspect that lets this toaster down as it could easily have looked a little more stylish allowing it to look good alongside other small appliances in the kitchen. As with the looks the build quality reflects the price paid for the toaster with the cooking time dial feeling as though it may fall off in use (it hasn't yet) due to it feeling poorly assembled. Also the lever to lower the bread into the toaster travels quite a way before actually having any affect, whilst this isn't a problem when putting bread into the toaster once it pops up as toast it always needs lifting the last bit to enable the toast to be removed without burnt fingers.
The internals of this toaster look a lot more solid and of a much higher quality than what they are encased inside of, and look on par with any other toaster I have owned before. Even after being in storage for 18 months and then in use for a year the internals are still in good condition which is something I was not really expecting from a product as cheap as this.
Despite my first impressions of this toaster being a product that wouldn't last long at all, or indeed function all that well as it is cheaply built, I am pleased to report that in use it has actually proved me completely wrong. It is as simple and as obvious to use as any other toaster and has standard sized slots that accept any size of sliced bread available from the supermarket, not just the supermarket value loaves which can be a problem with some basic economy model toasters.
On the side of the toaster are three buttons with a light next to each one to show it is in use with the main power light being next to the cancel button which makes it really easy to use. The tricky bit with this toaster is setting the cooking time using the dial to get a decent slice of toast. This is because once over number 3 or 4 the resulting toast is pretty much guaranteed to be black and possibly smoking, this just leaves quite a small section of the dial to play about with to get satisfactory toast but it is possible, and once set will brown toast evenly and consistently on both sides and in both slots.
The de-frost function is common place on pretty much all toasters and simply lengthens the cooking time to accommodate for the fact that frozen bread is used. With this toaster I have found that the defrost function leaves toast slightly under-done, which means re-adjusting the hard to set dial or putting the toast back down to brown some more and risk forgetting and burning it which is quite inconvenient as I quite often end up having to use frozen bread to make toast.
Last but not least the re-heat function which I have found to be quite hit and miss on this toaster and is something I haven't actually used since not long after removing the toaster from the box. Sometimes after repressing the re-heat button the toast would come out as I expected, being slightly darker in colour and warm enough to melt butter on, however quite often it would be burnt and in the verge of inedible.
The only real grumble that I have with this toaster is the fact that the outside gets quite hot whilst it is in use, albeit not much of a problem I have moved it on more than one occasion to find the sides still warm and would have had to put it down a lot quicker if I hadn't eaten my toast first. One of the features I looked for in a new toaster was a cool-wall due to the fact we have a toddler now getting interested in baking and the like, and I consider even 1 less potential hot surface a plus, as we all know even under tight supervision children will make every effort to touch what they are not supposed to.
Cleaning and maintenance:-
The outside of this Asda toaster is easy enough to clean with either water or kitchen cleaner on a damp cloth and a wipe down with a clean cloth afterwards. Being white this toaster doesn't get as grubby as quickly as I thought and despite being plastic it has returned to a shiny clean finish every time. Whilst the basic design lets this toaster down in the build quality stakes it definitely makes it a lot easier to clean.
The crumb tray is easy to remove and clean in the dish-washer or by hand however it is very shallow which means it can be difficult to remove it without making a mess if has been left for too long as the crumbs easily fall off the edges as it is removed. So long as the crumb tray is removed on a weekly basis cleaning and maintenance of this toaster is a doddle requiring minimal amounts of time to keep it in good condition.
Despite my first impressions of this toaster I have been pleasantly surprised as whilst the build quality feels poor, I cannot fault this toaster in terms of functionality, especially given the fact that I purchased it at an economy price. This toaster has served our household well and it is only the fact that we finally got round to purchasing a 4 slice toaster that we have once again resigned this toaster to storage as a spare just in case our new one lets us down.
Despite having a couple of issues with this toaster in terms of the build quality, the fact that it was still in one piece after a year of not so careful use and still functioning as well as it ever had is well worth some sort of praise in itself. Given the price and deceptive reliability I feel that it is reasonable to give this product 4/5 stars as it achieves what it is supposed to, and I feel it provides pretty decent value for money at just £10.
Our Asda toaster is a bit of an odd shape I always said, from the first day we bought it, but my other half says she likes it as it is unusual. The model we have is in white but this particular one also comes in grey or silver. It is more tapered at the top and speads out like a skirt towards the bottom. Sorry, this is my best way of describing how it looks. It looks rather large and bulky but it does make great toast.
We bought it about 18 months ago direct from Asda online and we paid £9.90 for the two slice version. There is a larger version (four slice) if you prefer but if you opt for this model it will cost you slightly more at £15. There are only three of us in our house and we don't eat that much bread so we opted for the smaller one.
It has six heat settings, including defrost, which I personally find very useful as I often make toast with frozen bread. The slots are also nice and large and allow me to get in there real door stop sized slices of bread which I like to cut myself. The slices never get jammed like they can with some other toasters - this one's slots are perfect for either large or small slices of bread.
The buttons are easy to use and the lever for pushing down the bread into the body of the toaster is easy to operate and slides without any real effort at all.
As with most toasters, the only downside is keeping it clean and crumb free. The crumb tray is at the bottom of the toaster and is removable. However, it always seems to me that no matter if you think you have managed to remove every last crumb from the tray, another one will inevitably manage to escape.
All in all this is a quality product from Asda which I am happy to recommend as it makes smashing toast and cheese toasties.
*Please note I am reviewing model TA8120 - I put in a suggestion as the toaster is not the one in the picture above but dooyoo have told me the review has to go here - the link to the image of the toaster is http://direct.asda.com/ASDA-Toaster---White/001557218,default,pd.html - thanks*
The Asda TA8120 is a toaster which can accommodate 2 slices of bread. It is currently available in white, silver and grey colours.
This toaster has a few key features :
*6 heat settings - conveniently located around a dial. Basically to decide how dark you would like your toast.
*Defrost button - for those mornings when you have forgot to take a loaf out the freezer.
*Reheat button - for when you get sidetracked and the toast goes cold.
*Removable crumb tray - to easily get rid of those loose crumbs.
The TA8120 can be bought from www.asda.com or instore. Regardless of colour chosen, you will pay £9.96 for this toaster. A 4 slice version is available for £15.00.
Most households have a toaster (except my parents but they are crazy!). I personally see it as an essential product as there is nothing worse than waiting 10mins for the grill to heat up and half cook your bread! Prior to moving into our current flat last August, we had an expensive 4 slice toaster. It broke during our move so on a visit to Asda to stock up on bits and pieces, I had to buy a new toaster.
We didn't have much money to fork out for a toaster but I didn't want the cheapest option which was the Smart price toaster at under a fiver. I spotted this model and decided it was a decent price. I bought the white one as the rest of my appliances are white so it fits in. It came neatly boxed with excess padding. 15months since my purchase, this toaster is still going strong and I very pleased with its performance. It came with a usermanual which really isn't required.
Ok so this isn't the most the stylish toaster but I don't think it looks cheap. It is pretty standard in appearance, not too bulky and fairly light weight. It sits neatly on my worktop next to the kettle and doesn't look out of place or unsightly. The wire isn't very long at all but is quite thick and doesn't curl up. I have my toaster near to a plug socket anyway but this may be an issue for some. The toaster has a smooth, shiny white appearance and is easy to wipe over to remove any grubby marks.
The buttons are conveniently located on the side of the toaster and are big enough to press in without hitting the wrong button. The dial is easy to turn and even 15months on, the markings have not faded away. The slots are actually quite wide. I normally use Warburtons Toastie loaf and the slices are quite thick. They fit comfortably in the slot but the depth isn't brilliant. I tend to turn the bread on its side and this works well and cooks it evenly. The slots can accommodate other things such as pancakes muffins and grips the contents tightly inside.
The lever works well and allows the bread to be pushed right down into the toaster. It also raises up well to ensure you don't need to get your fingers burnt trying to remove something from the toaster! The settings on the toaster are sufficient for my families needs. I like my toast only slightly browned whilst my fiance and son prefer theirs well cooked but not burnt. I really don't see the need to use all 6 settings as the top 2 settings basically cremate your bread! I tend to keep mine at the 3rd setting and pop my bread in.
I'm not in the habit of timing how long my toast takes to cook but I did so last night to give a rough idea. A toastie loaf bit of bread took 3minutes to cook to a browned, nicely crispy standard on setting 3. The bread cooks evenly and tastes good but this is also dependant on which brand you use! A smaller size bit of bread cooks quicker and I find I need to keep an eye on more and hit the cancel button around 2min 30secs after I put it in to the toaster. I can go and get ready or see to my son whilst the toast is cooking and have never had any smoking issues from the toaster! I occasionally bump the setting up to 4 for my son and fiance and this browns the bread a bit more and turns it more crispy. Setting 1 mearly heats up the bread.
The sides and front of the toaster remain cool whilst in use but you can feel the heat coming from the open slots. I have used this toaster to defrost bread as I tend to buy 2 loaves a week and store one in the freezer for midweek usage. The toaster takes a bit longer to defrost and cook the bread from frozen but this isn't too much of an inconvenience. Personally I do prefer to leave the loaf to thaw overnight and then toast from there. The reheat button is a good addition as I sometimes get side tracked in the mornings and end up with freezing cold toast. This option doesn't cook the bread further but does warm it to an edible standard!
*Looking A Bit Crumby..*
The crumb tray is neatly slotted in the base of the toaster and can be slid out with ease. Emptying this is a messy business as the tray is quite flimsy and doesn't have raised edges so any crumbs fall off and create a mess on my worktop before they reach the bin! Emptying the tray doesn't remove all the crumbs which is irritating as it means having to unplug the toaster and shake it out over the sink or into the bin to loosen any extra crumbs. I use our toaster at least once a day and tend to empty it every 2 days.
Other than the messy removal of crumbs, I cannot really fault this toaster. It is priced well, cooks my toast the way i like it and has the extra features. It doesn't sing and dance and all I needed it for was to cook toast and it does this with complete ease. I don't see any point in spending more as this toaster is no better nor worse than the more expensive Morphy Richards one I previously owned. It is very simple to use and I do feel it would be a worth while addition in any kitchen and is ideal if on a budget.
Thanks for reading x
I have had my asda toaster ever since I moved in to my new house when I separated from my husband back in April 2009. At the time I was looking to get set up for my son and I with all the essentials as cheaply as possible for the most part and so I purchased the asda toaster which from memory cost around five or six pounds. At the time I felt that it would do until I had more free money to replace it but over two years later it is still working and I have yet to replace it! Here is my review!
==How it looks==
The toaster came packaged in a cardboard box which showed a picture of the toaster on the front and its design looked quite simple and basic. I am not really worried about packaging for the most part and in cases such as this where it is only going to be thrown away I am even less worried.
Inside the cardboard box was the toaster itself which is also very simple looking in its design. The toaster is white plastic with a slightly curved look to it and for those who love all their kitchen equipment to look trendy and cool this will not be for you at all but for me it was fine as a lot of my kitchen equipment is white anyway. The toaster features a dial on the front which you can use to change how brown the toast is going to be and on this particular toaster you can choose from one to seven. The toaster also has three small buttons on the front which are used if you wish to put the toaster on a defrost setting, a reheat setting or indeed cancel the toast cooking. There is the usual push down lever on the side of the toaster which you push to lower the bread in to the toaster and which will start the toaster working. There is space for two slices of bread to be toasted at once with this toaster.
The toaster doesn't feature a particularly long cable to plug it in to the wall socket but this isn't an issue for me as where I wanted to place it I had a socket anyway but it is certainly something to be mindful of.
As I mentioned earlier when I first bought this toaster I was literally thinking that in a few months I would need to be replacing it as I couldn't see it lasting very long at all, over two years down the track the toaster is still working fine and for just a few pounds I am amazed really as I use the toaster most days of the week.
I find that although the toaster looks very basic in its design it is actually perfectly good at doing the job it is required to do. My son likes to have toast for breakfast quite a few days of the week and so we have it set on to a number three setting which just leaves the toast a golden brown colour. I cannot stand burnt toast at all-and when I say burnt if there is any black at all I have to start again as I can't stomach it and I find that this setting provides us with a nice coloured toast. I do find that if I cook myself some toast straight after making my son's that mine is a darker colour which I presume is because the toaster is still hot from making his. I don't know if this is something that happens with all toasters to be honest.
I don't really use the reheat button on the toaster but I have used the defrost button to cook frozen bread and it works well to be honest but this isn't something that I do very often. The cancel button ensures that the toast pops up straight away if you have set it on to a second cycle for whatever reason.
I also use the toaster to toast crumpets and bagels. I find that the crumpets usually need to put through on a higher setting or on a number three setting twice which obviously does take a while longer to cook, perhaps a few minutes but I am not usually in a major rush for them anyway so I don't mind this at all. I like the fact that the toaster is quite versatile in this way despite being a very cheap product.
As I mentioned the toaster only toasts two slices of bread at once which isn't usually a problem in my house as it is just my son and I. However, sometimes if I am doing something and toast for lunch it can be a bit frustrating waiting for the second lot of toast if everything else is finished! This is a really minor issue though to be honest but I would certainly say if there are more of you in your family or you like a lot of toast in a morning to look at a larger capacity toaster.
One thing I have noticed with the toaster is that literally every time you move it masses of crumbs come shooting out of the bottom which obviously requires cleaning most days. It would be nice if the toaster had a crumb tray but for such a small price I realise I am expecting too much.
I really have to recommend this toaster if you are looking for something cheap yet functional because mine has lasted me wonderfully and I would probably replace the product like for like should it break at any point as I have had a good experience with it.
Thank you for reading my review!
This 2 slice toaster from ASDA is very basic, what you would expect for less than £5...I must admit I would usually hit up Tesco for my 'value' appliance needs, but a friend of mine recommended ASDA because there basic toaster is a bit cheaper...if you look after the pennies the pounds look after themselves so I took his advice. I have been using this toaster on a regular basis for around 4 months
DESIGN, The toaster is a curved, white plastic design with simple controls. It has a slider on the right hand side that is used for popping down the bread, this then automatically pops up depending on the time set by the dial on the front. It doesn't have the widest slots so if you're looking to toast thick cut or large slices of 'home made' bread then this might not be a viable option, this was a bit of a disappointment as I love home made bread and crumpets, which also wont fit without some squashing. The power cable is a decent length for those who want it further from a socket. Another major let down, that to be fair is applicable to all white appliances, it does get dirty and stained easily.
DAY-TO-DAY, I am the only one who eats toast in my house so the 2 slots are fine, but for anyone who wants more at once then again I would consider another toaster. It does take quite a while to heat up from cold and then when it's hot the toast burns if left on the same setting so that is worth keeping an eye on...I have mine set at about 4, but that's just how I like it. All of the moveable parts seem sturdy enough so I hope the reliability will be ok. For those who like there toast well done, when cooking from cold, you might require a couple of cycles. It produces effectively toasted slices, after a bit of tinkering with the time dial.
IN SUMMARY, I like this toaster for the price, it is very basic but does the job well. It isn't the prettiest or the most modern toaster around but it also doesn't cost upwards of £50 which they often do. For a single person, only person who eats toast or student I think this is ideal. The slots could be bigger but for thin or medium sliced it works well.
This may not be the creme de la creme of toaster but for the small cost you're paying you wouldn't be expecting anything amazing but could still be surprised.
As you can see it can cook only 1 or 2 pieces of bread at any given time, the twisty switch controls the time the bread will cook for, hopefully until it becomes toast. the buttons make the toast pop up with the pull down lever on the side like most toasters.
Being ASDA's value toaster it doesn't cook the bread in record time but it heats up eventually and you wouldn't notice any disappointing times.
The size of the toaster itself is medium/small and with its smooth white design and coloring made itself at home by the kettle. I was able to fit in waffles and crumpets without too much effort but if have a loaf you need to be careful not to cut it too thickly as it seems to only handle the thinner pre-sliced bread.
This toaster being as simple as it is seems to have little to go wrong with it and as such mine survived for quite a while, but if it were to break it wouldn't be hard to just buy another one being so cheap.
This is a good value toaster from asda.
The design is very simple but also quite stylish and modern, and wouldn't look out of place in most kitchens. It is all white and smooth design, with not too many fancy buttons to make it look over complicated.
The quality of the toaster itself is quite good and it toasts bread quite well, with several different temperature levels to choose from, you can easily find the right level for your taste.
The toaster is quite small and large slices of can be slightly larger than the slot so it might have to be pushed in, but this causes the edges to burn as they are too close to the heaters.
I use it for making toasties using toaster bags that you can buy cheap which it works quite well for but you need to buy thinly sliced bread otherwise i won't fit with using 2 slices of bread to make a sandwich, so if you like thick bread you may want a bigger toaser.
It only has a few buttons on it one of which defrost which is good it you keep a lot of bread in the freezer which I do and find it comes out better than defrosting it in the microwave, where it sometimes comes out less soft, but in the toaster while not perfect, is a good improvement.
The lead for the plug is quite small so that is can easily reach a plug, assuming you place it relatively near a plug, but isn't too long so that you have a lot of wire getting in the way of your kitchen work top.
Overall this is a very basic product and if you use larger or thicker sliced bread then you might want to buy something larger, otherwise is you are just looking for something cheap and simple this fits your need perfectly.
A toaster for less than a fiver? There must be some mistake. Well actually no, the price tag of four pounds and fifty pence is correct and you can buy a working toaster for this price from Asda. I think this even rivals the Tesco version which is a few pounds dearer. Naturally, we had to have one at this price, deciding if it was truly awful it would be palmed off onto some unsuspecting relative in the near future.
The shape of the toaster is slender and sophisticated and it looks rather like a kettle crossed with a swan. I can imagine it fitting into almost any kitchen thanks to the simple colour scheme. I would have rather had one in silver or gold, but this is fine. I do find white toasters get dirty very quickly though and this was one of the drawbacks.
It can hold a couple of slices of bread, as long as you do not go for extra thick and crusty loaves, as these will not fit. he gaps for the bread are sufficient without being generous and would allow for thinly or medium sliced loaves. You will struggle to force anything fatter into this toaster, though you could get away with pikelets.
The features are easy to use and the dial slides with ease too, allowing you to adjust the level of heat. The dial only has a few settings though and you cannot get much variation here, so you might either have undercooked or overcooked toast!
The quality of the toast turned out alright when we used it it and there was no need for a second toasting session. Bread toasts within a few minutes and comes out crispy and cooked. I have no complaints with the timing or the quality, but where this model falls down is the ability to only do two pieces at once. Making this ideal for a student or single person, but not for a household who might like to eat at the same time.
It's fair to say that we have been shopping on a budget of late and there have been a few purchases that we have scrimped on, where possible. We purchased this toaster from Asda at just under £5 and decided that even if it was rubbish it'd do us for now and I could always upgrade to a better one in a few months time and just to give this to someone else who was starting out.
The toaster is nothing special in design, small, white, functional. There is a knob to turn to adjust the darkness of the bread with different numbers depending on how well cooked you like your toast. There is a small button to press to cancel the cooking and pop up your toast and there is the small slide down bar which allows you to press it down and start the toasting.
The main bugbear that I have with this toaster, as I expected I would, is that it doesn't toast larger pieces of bread. There is really only two loaves that we have found, so far, that are the ideal size for this loaf, one is a Smartprice loaf (irony!) and one is a Sainsburys square cut loaf. Everything else has either a large uncooked piece at the top of the bread or just doesn't fit in the toaster at all. We have been setting this to heat setting 2 (2nd lowest) and then turning the toast round once it's finished the first toasting session. This works well when it's the first time the toaster has been used but once you are toasting the 2nd lot of bread for the other persons breakfast it ends up getting overdone as the toaster is warmed up a lot faster.
I have found that this toaster cooks faster and faster the longer it's been used for and while this might be something that toasters usually do I can't say I've noticed it before and it means that when we do a cooked breakfast one person gets half cooked toast and the other gets half burnt toast which is just frustrating!
The functions of the toaster work, at least, in that the cancel button works and the plug goes in to the wall and works but overall this toaster is poor quality and does a very bad job of it's sole function, toasting bread. I have been really dissatisfied with the quality of the toaster and the fact that I either cut my pieces of bread down, creating waste, or buy small, average tasting, loaves and yet still have to turn them is just annoying to me. I will be buying a new toaster in the next few weeks and I doubt I'll bother to give this one away as, frankly, it's absolutely rubbish and barely toasts a piece of bread, regardless of size.
£5, obviously, is a very cheap price to pay and I was expecting a few snags because of the cheap price but it's just so annoying making toast in this toaster that I've taken to using the grill of my oven and wasting more time just to get a more controllable result and to be able to use the seeded bread that I prefer.
The flex on this toaster is small so I have to keep it near the plug socket but it does have a crumb tray that works quite effectively and let's me keep it clean. Not that I'll be using it anymore anyway!
I have a memory of working near Chelsea football ground once and being stuck in a traffic jam near there on the way home. There was a little shop next to the car that seemed to sell nothing but posh toasters in different colours and some of these toasters were probably going for more than my car was worth! I can't say that I would ever pay an awful lot for a toaster myself but they are useful to have and toast in the toaster always seems to be nicer than toast done under the grill for some reason. The Asda smart price two slice toaster can be purchased for under a fiver at the moment and is adequate for your toasting needs without denting your finances in any way. A more expensive toaster is liable to last longer and you might prefer a toaster that enables you to put more bread in but this is fine for the average household.
The toaster has a timer and a stop button and you probably don't need to be Einstein or Stephen Hawking to work out how to use it. It's a toaster not a nuclear device! This will do your toast in about 4 minutes although I do prefer my toast to be well done, just on the cusp of starting to go very dark brown and burn. If you prefer your toast be be less crisp you won't need to wait so long. I haven't had any problems with this since I bought it but obviously I can't comment on how long it might last as it is still a relatively new addition to my kitchen.
One flaw with toaster is the size. You will not be able to put doorsteps from uncut loaves into this as it will be too small. You will have to use the grill for this. Crumpets will also be too big although I find that crumpets are just as nice under the grill personally. I am not a toast fanatic and tend to have the occasional piece when I'm feeling peckish rather than have it every morning or live on it. If you are in a big family where everybody wants toast in the morning then you will need a bigger toaster to get everyone to work and school on time with toast inside them.
As long as you are aware of its limitations and don't expect it to last forever, then for only £5 this is not a bad little toaster for people on a tight budget.
I think you can rely on Asda for some really good basic kitchen and electrical equipment that might not look expensive (and isn´t!) but does an excellent job. If you´re on a budget, or just don´t think something needs to cost a lot of money, this kind of product is great.
It´s less than a fiver in superstores and does a great job of what´s really a simple task - do you need to spend a lot of money when this does the job fine? Of course, the looks aren´t great - it´s a plain white design with simple dials and handles, and won´t look like a designer item, but I like the way it works.
It can fit two slices of toast, and they don´t need to be too thin - it´s easy to fit thickish slices in. You can set the heat on the side, but I find somewhere in the middle of the dial to do a good, brown but not burnt slice, so I don´t really change this. You push down the toast with the lever at the side and it pops up when ready, which it seems to judge quite well.
All in all, I really like this toaster, and think it fits well into my kitchen. It´s small and compact enough to blend in, and although it´s not expensive, I still like the simple design. I like the way Asda´s budget products still look pretty good. Ultimately, I might buy a more expensive one, as this is quite plasticky, but for a cheap buy, I think it´s great.
Asda White Toaster
I am not one to spend hundreds of pounds on something as simple as a toaster, especially when only one person in the house uses it a lot, so when our old one was on its way out we picked up this simple white toaster from Asda for only £4.50.
The toaster, as I said, is a basic white model with a two slice toasting area. Unlike most plain white kitchen appliances, though, this one does not look cheap and boring with its taller, upright look with the dial on the front and lever on the side. The toast slots are a good size enabling you to put two average sizes slices of bread in without any hassle with an easy to remove crumb tray underneath which is certainly a bonus as our old (slightly more expensive) one did not have this feature so it saves us turning the toaster upside-down and banging it hard!
There are six settings on the toaster depending on how burnt you want your toast, and if you change your mind after putting the toast down then simply push the small button to make the toast pop up before the time runs out. Another nifty bonus we didn't have on our old one!
For less than £5.00 I was dubious about what it would be like, though it just goes to show that price isn't everything. This is a great little toaster for a great little price. No complaints here!
So now that I'm a student again, I have to be very careful with my money and moving into a new flat meant having to buy quite a lot of new things. Living with two other people that I didn't know beforehand meant that we had to decide who already had what and what else we were going to need. I decided that I would buy the toaster because the other two had already brought a lot with them seeing as they are second years and already had so much.
I'm really not one for paying more than I need to for anything and living across the road for a massive Asda superstore meant that it was going to be the first place I looked for a toaster. I know Asda do their own range of electrical items at really good prices so I was determined to hunt one down and hope that other students hadn't already got there before me.
After spending quite a while looking for the toasters, I found the one I wanted. The Asda smart price two slice toaster is currently priced at £4.52 which if you think about it, is less than a pack of 20 cigarettes. Even though I have only had this toaster for a month, it has seen a fair amount of use so far. On the side of the toaster is a timer so that you can cook your product to a certain darkness and there is also a stop button so that you can cancel toasting before the time is up. I always turn the timer to as long as possible and check a couple of times throughout cooking.
So far I have toasted different thicknesses of breads and crumpets. If you are using any regular sized loaf of bread, you will find that the bread is too big for the slots and you will have to turn them over half way through cooking. I don't really mind doing this though as I check how my toast is doing half way through anyway. A half sized loaf of bread is the perfect size though. Thickness of bread is also a slight problem anything above thick, like Warburton's extra thick, wont fit in the slots and it will end up getting stuck if you try. The same can be said for crumpets which are far too thick for the slots, leaving me to dig parts of them out afterwards.
As for cooking time, somewhere between 3-4 seems to do the trick nicely for me, giving me toast that is neither black nor undercooked. My toast ends up nicely brown on this setting and is always lovely and hot. I can't imagine what having a toaster on the 1 setting would do apart from maybe just warm the bread up a little bit.
Overall, this toaster is just OK but I wasn't expecting anything amazing for under £5. So long as I don't buy extra thick bread or crumpets everything will be OK and I'll carry on using this toaster.
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On an extremely tight budget and requiring a new toaster after the last one went to 'the great big toaster graveyard in the sky', I was thrilled to find a toaster selling for less than £5! In my view, the toaster has features that I wouldn't have expected for such a low price, or maybe such features have become the norm: I remember when there was no such thing as a cool walled toaster!
This toaster is of a white plastic design that varies slightly from the image shown, it is more rectangular and chunky in appearance, but is still very lightweight. I'd suggest that despite its size, the weight means it would be very handy for taking away when caravanning etc. The thoughtful designers have even included two hooks under the toaster which you can wind the fairly lengthy power cord around!
As I have already alluded to, the toaster is cool walled, meaning there won't be any nasty burns if you accidentally touch the side, but I think the nicest feature is the removable crumb tray, although it is so thin that I don't think it would survive any amount of mishandling. The toaster has 7 browning settings and, I'm not sure whether this feature is peculiar to my toaster or not, but as you increase the browning setting, the resistance on the dial tends to increase. It almost seems like a safeguard from setting the toaster at the practically useless setting of '7' which, I must confess, all toasters seem to have. Even with a frozen slice of extra thick bread, the toaster did not need to be set any higher than 5 1/2, and for a thin piece of bread at room temperature, 3 1/2 more than did the trick. The 'stop' button is rather small, but with the lack of any other buttons on this particular model, this isn't really much of an issue. The general build quality of the toaster is relatively sturdy, but you can depress the side walls and a hefty whack would probably cause some damage to the item.
All in all, for toasting bread, I am extremely happy with my purchase, and I still wonder why I have spent so much money in the past on other more expensive toasters which, in all reality, do exactly the same thing!
As I am sure many of you will appreciate, when you move into a new house you have to buy new stuff, so your money has to stretch... When I moved in with my boyfriend earlier this year we made a conscious effort to get as much as we could for our money. A new toaster was definitely on the list, the old one had all but blown up and after the 4th fuse change I had virtually demanded a new one. So off we popped to Asda and in the home section we spotted this basic (and cheap) white toaster. At £5.99 it seemed like a real bargain, so how did it fare in practice?
When I took this toaster out of the box I noticed that it had a thin instruction booklet inside, I didn't bother reading this, because let's be honest, you just have to plug the things in.
There are 7 different heat setting on the toaster. I normally set it at three because I find that that when I toast my bread there is always a little piece sticking out of the top, so I have to turn it over and toast again (again I do this on level 3). This is a little annoying, but for £5.99 I'm not complaining.
The toaster itself is a bright white colour and I do find that it seems to attract dirt and general kitchen grease, but it's easy to clean so this isn't too much of a gripe. The only real issue I have is that rogue crumbs seem to get everywhere and I feel like I'm constantly cleaning them up off my worktop.
The toaster also has reheat and defrost buttons, which is unusual considering this product is so cheap. I've never actually used these functions and to be honest I don't think I ever would. But these functions are there if you want them!
You can only toast two pieces of bread at one time in this toaster, so I wouldn't recommend it to a family. However it suits us fine, we haven't had any problems with it and I think it's worth the price tag... four stars.