Product Type: Asda toasters
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A Decent Toaster For Under A Tenner
Asda White Toaster
Member Name: angelboouk
Asda White Toaster
Advantages: price, lasts well, makes toast! wide slots
Disadvantages: a bugger to clean!
*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/001557 218,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
Summary: satisfied :)
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