Product Type: Asda toasters
Newest Review: ... is good. To set it going you just put the bread into the slots (obviously) and then push down the lever at the side until it clicks in... more
Member Name: cha97mw
Advantages: cheap, nice enough appearance, different heat controls make it easy to use.
Disadvantages: only 2 slots, stays hot once used, so lower the heat setting if batch cooking to avoid burning toast
I have owned quite a lot of toasters in the past decade, some expensive with clever functions, some plain, some very cheap. They tend to get a lot of use and then stop working in some way.
The latest one is this Asda model, which has been on the go for just over a year with pleasing results. Before we bought this one, we had gone without for a little while and been using the grill to make toast, as my husband was after a dualit toaster. (Seeing the price of the brand, he will have a long wait.) I didn't want to buy yet another cheap toaster that wasn't fit for the job, but we had been struggling along trying to toast on the grill for 4 people, and we were also planning on redoing the kitchen and having no cooker at all for a while, so I bit the bullet and went for this version so I could have basic cooking facilities for a warm meal while the work was being carried out. It was a good job I did as we were without a kitchen in the end for 7 weeks last January/December, and this was a god send.
I really can't remember how much we paid at the time. Asda seem to charge weird prices that end in 96 or 97p for this sort of item. It was definitely less than £10 and was the cheapest model at the time on the shelf as I wasn't expecting it to last that long.
In terms of appearance, I am quite happy with the grey/silver colour of the toaster. It doesn't look as nice as the stainless steel ones, and is obviously a cheap toaster, but it looks nicer than the white plastic ones, and doesn't get really hot which is a god send when you have kids tall enough to reach the kitchen surfaces. It can be too easy to accidentally burn yourself on a hot surface when you brush past it, so the plastic being a good insulator is a bonus to me.
It is a simple effective design, which is another good thing, as in the past, I find problems have occured when the toaster is too clever and has too many features. It has 2 slots which are wide enough to take a crumpet or a standard slice of bread. I have found that toastie bread can stick out the top still as it is too tall, but if you cancel the programme half way through then turn it round, you get it all toasted eventually. The slide mechanism for lowering the bread works well without sticking, and holds the bread firmly while it is toasted. The slots are really a little deep for crumpets as they tend to slope to one side when you try and remove them, but you can get it to release your food with a slight tilt to the toaster.
Other controls are a defrost button, a cancel button which immediately turns the toaster off and pops up the toast, a reheat button for a quick blast of heat to rewarm (not often used in a house of boys) and a dial with 7 settings to control the length of the toasting session. I prefer the lower settings myself for a lighter toasting, 2 for a piece of fruit loaf, 4 or 5 for a slice of toast, and perhaps 7 for a crumpet. If you are cooking for more than yourself though, just watch out as if you cook the first lot on 5, the next lot will then be burned if they go in for that length of time, as the heating elements get back to temperature a lot quicker than they did the 1st time. Nothing worse than black carbon covered toast.
Making toast can be really messy, but as with most modern toasters, there is a crumb tray at the bottom which can be slid out fully for easily transferring the pesky crumbs to the bin. I tend to do this regularly in our house, as a build up can be bad if they catch fire (I had this happen to me as a teenager so it can happen) or could also be attractive to rodents if living in a student house for example. Also, the sooner it is emptied, the less chance you spill them everywhere trying to carefully remove them from the machine.
Overall, I have been very pleased with this cheap toaster. It has met the needs of my family, and has lasted a lot longer than I thought for the price paid. I would definitely reinvest in a similar cheap model if this one broke at any point in the future.
Summary: Ideal for getting food to the kids in a non-fuss manner.
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