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
£5 Toaster? Sold!
Member Name: Bailey2011
Advantages: Very cheap, Durable, Effective
Disadvantages: Very basic functions
Life is tough when you're a student and if you can save money then you do whatever it takes and that included my wonderful £5 Toaster from Asda. nearly 4 years on I'm still using this little toaster and it is as good now as it ever was.
£5 for a toaster...must be really bad quality right?
Wrong. Yes it's basic, it's made out of a grey/silver plastic, has 2 slots, a crumb tray, reheat and defrost settings, a cancel option and a 7 point dial for toast which ranges from warm bread through to burnt to a crisp. It does the job.
Two slots for toast is plenty for me and the other half as we rarely have breakfast at the same time so we don't have to fight for use of equipment in the morning and we can take our time making it. The slots aren't adjustable and there isn't a lift option to help you get those small slices of bread but with a bit of effort, the lever does nudge up a tiny bit which I find is usually enough to get hold of them. The crumb tray is a straight forward metal sheet with a curved, grip shape handle which is sympathetic to the toaster's overall design and it slides out and back in with minimal fuss. The handle is on the right hand side of the toaster bottom.
How well will my toast cook?
Well that depends how you like it I suppose! There are 7 settings ranging from a quick one minute up to a mammoth 7 minute toast (I'm about 3 minutes) and the 3 minute setting gives your toast a nice, even golden brown colour to it without cooking the bread in the middle. Inadvertently I have left it on a 7 minute setting and well...the smell of burnt toats took about two days to clear!
Can I use any bread?
I wouldn't. The slots of the toaster while being quite wide are only comfortably wide enough for thick sliced bread that you would buy in the supermarket. You can toast waffles, bagels, pop tarts and easily use toaster pockets if required and your food won't get stuck. Sliced bloomer bread may fit but it depends if you want a doorstop slice or not.
Can I take bread out of the freezer and put it in the toaster?
Yes you can. I have never had to use this setting my self so I can't guarantee it's reliability but on the front of the toaster to the left of the dial there are 3 buttons and there is a defrost option so you don't need to let your bread defrost all day before you have that toast you're craving.
Argh my toast is cold, can it reheat without burning?
Funny you should ask that because there is a reheat button next to the defrost setting that will indeed heat up cold toast (without spreads on of course!) which I have found is ideal if making a larger round of toast so that your butter will melt into it just as it has the last slice you made.
I've used the wrong setting, what can I do?
Fear not, the cancel button will save you here. If you are a bit forgetful like me and just pop your bread in and walk of to realise that you didn't adjust the time, just press the cancel button and your toast will pop straight out.
If the toaster is so cheap, I bet it looks rubbish doesn't it?
Beauty is in the ey of the beholder and to be honest, I've seen worse toasters that cost ten times what this bad boy does. The top of the toaster is a long rectangle with curved edges that slopes down on the right to allow the lever to blend seamlessly into the toaster's aesthetic. The plastic could look better but in a fairly neutral grey/silver colour it is sympathetic to most kitchen decor and there are matching appliances like the bargain kettle (review to follow).
So do you think I should get one?
Absolutely! If you want a toaster that toasts and does it well and if you want a toaster that will last no matter how you decorate or how many times you move then this one is definitely the one for you.
Summary: A bargain basement toaster which could outlats the duracell bunny
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