On my birthday last year I asked my Dad if I could have a lime green kettle and/or toaster. He took me shopping so I could choose my own, we weren't particularly going to try BHS but we walked past it and thought we may as well give it a go. I'm glad we did as they were selling this toaster in several colors including lime green, as well as kettles in matching colours.
I don't use a toaster much if I'm honest, but I thought I should get one, and I wanted the kettle and toaster to match!
Anyway I was happy to get this particular toaster without looking at it too much, as long as it had basic functionality this was fine with me - the lime green colour had already sold it to me.
Even better was the fact that the toaster was half price! It was £20 instead of £40 which I thought seemed a decent price. I thought £40 would have been a little steep.
The toaster is fairly small and neat and fits two slices of bread in it. It is silver down the sides and the front and back are coloured lime green. It is also available in other colours such as blue and red and the cream model pictured.
One side features the pull down lever for making the bread go into the toaster and the toaster heat up. There is also a control for turning the heat setting up and down, and a few buttons for various controls such as defrost and cancel.
I usually leave the setting on medium and it toasts things perfectly. Some bread doesn't quite fit in and needs turning halfway through but I find this with most toasters.
I like the fact that this toaster can be easily wiped clean (I often find cake mix on it when I've been baking!) and also the fact that it looks pretty in my kitchen!
Around six months ago I picked up the BHS Essentials red kettle on impulse when it was in the sale. When I went to pay for it, the lady at the counter asked if I knew that the matching toaster was on offer. I'm not normally a sucker for a deal but I loved the kettle so went back to pick up the toaster too! It was £20 reduced from £40, a deal I can see is still available on their website.
The toaster is a two slice appliance and it comes in a range of colours; lime green, silver, cream, purple and black and the lovely red that I opted for. As I mentioned, there is a matching kettle which again can be bought in these colours. It's very modern looking with rounded edges and a stylish combination of metallic red and shiny silver on the sides. As with any other toaster, there is a lever on the side which lowers the bread to toast it. It's silver and again fairly attractive and unlike my last toaster, the lever is quite strong and robust. The bread slots are quite wide which is useful as it can toast different types of bread, not just sliced bread.
There are three buttons next to the lever; cancel, reheat and defrost. The defrost function works quite well unlike other toasters which I have felt do not make any difference to frozen bread. The cancel button is responsive and to be honest, I've never used the reheat button! There are 7 time settings on it and I generally stick to 4 which toasts the bread to a nice dark brown colour. I generally stand over my toaster while bread is in it and pop the bread up to have a look after a couple of minutes to check that it isn't burnt, however there is no need to do this with the toaster.
As I mentioned, it's very attractive to look at and in my opinion represents excellent value, but there is one aspect that could be improved with this toaster. While the slots for bread are wide enough for different types of bread, when I toast current teacakes or crumpets, I find that they do not pop up high enough to easily remove them from the toaster. I find myself using utensils to get things out and by the time I have, the bread is cold! A high lift lever would be useful but I've only seen these on much more expensive toasters.
The toaster has a crumb tray underneath which is very easy to remove, it just slides out. It's easy to throw away the crumbs, wipe off and replace. The toaster itself looks very smart and is not prone to getting dirty. I give it a wipe down occasionally but even now after 6 months it looks brand new.
It's an attractive toaster and really adds a bit of colour to the kitchen but more than that it's reliable, sturdy and excellent value for money. I recommend it to anyone, especially to buy alongside the kettle. 5 out of 5 
My boyfriend is well aware of my love of everything purple so when we were sorting out stuff for our flat he went out and bought me this toaster and the matching kettle in metallic purple as a surprise gift. He got them for £25 each (from BHS obviously) which I thought was great, especially considering similar designs I'd been looking at were all over the £50 mark.
The toaster looks like the picture above except that it's purple rather than white and the control panel is black plastic like the base. The purple, just like the kettle, is a lovely deep shade with a metallic finish. It looks really great and fits into our modern kitchen really nicely.
The cord is not that long, less than 1 metre, so you do have to have it quite close to the socket, which isn't that great in our kitchen where the sockets are all in awkward places, but we manage with it. The control panel is on the same side as the cord which for us means that the controls are up against the wall and we have to pick the whole thing up to see the controls which is a bit annoying.
The toaster is easy to operate with simple buttons and a lever on the control panel. It has 7 time settings so you have a lot of options for how brown you want your toast, I usually have it on the third or fourth setting depending on the bread, above that to me is just burnt.
It also has a cancel button, so you can stop it in the middle of toasting if you need to. There are also reheat and defrost buttons on there which are self-explanatory, and a 'bagel' setting. I did wonder what the bagel setting did differently and it turns out it just toasts one side instead of both.
The main issue I have with the toaster is that there doesn't seem to be any way to clean it or get the crumbs out of it other than standing there shaking it for ages over the sink, and of course this still doesn't get rid of all the crumbs, which means it can't be very hygienic, that's a worry for me.
Everything considered I don't think I'd buy another one of these toasters despite how much I love the look of it, whcih is a shame as the kettle was great for the money!
I recently moved into a new flat and although it was furnished, I need to buy all the small electricals like kettles, toasters and microwaves. I wanted to buy a good one that would look lovely but not cost the world. On a recent trip to BHS, I saw and fell in love with the BHS Essentials Toaster.
About the product
The product is described as being easy to use. It has 6 different temperature settings, variable bread slots, and it can be used to defrost, reheat or toast things. It has a high lift lever for removing smaller items and a removable crumb tray. It has a variable browning control otherwise known as a timer! It comes with a little instruction booklet which would tell you anything you needed to know about this item.
The toaster looks absolutely beautiful. I chose the pearlescent white colour and it is so classy and stylish. It has an ever so subtle shimmer to it which has a slight metallic finish and it look gorgeous. The main body of the toaster is made of silver metal and there are slots for two pieces of bread. The base of the toaster is made out of a black plastic. There are four buttons on the size of the toaster which are well labelled and pretty self explanatory. It has one which says cancel, one for bagels, one for reheating something and one to defrost something. There is a nob in the middle of the buttons with numbers around it which allows you to select how many minutes you want to use the toaster for. It has a black lever to push your bread down into the toaster and you can lift it up a little higher to push smaller things like crumpets to the top.
The product comes in many different colours so there should be something to suit everyone. You can choose between colours such as black, purple, white, cream, green and orange. For every toaster, there is also a matching kettle and the set look lovely together in my kitchen.
At full price this toaster would have cost me £40 but at the moment it is currently on a half price sale for £20 at BHS. It can also be bought from their online website.
The toaster is completely simple to use. The buttons are self explanatory so you don't need to read the instruction manual to figure out what everything does. I have used it for making both crumpets and toast. The timer button makes it easy for you to make the perfect piece of toast and it toasts the bread nicely on both sides. The slots are quite big and fit even larger slices of bread which I found a lot of toaster don't. When making crumpets, it cooks them really nicely, making them crunchy without burning them.
Although it does have a lever to move smaller items to the top of the toaster, I have found that crumpets don't quite reach the top which make them a bit difficult to remove from the toaster. It performs well and it is quick to do the job. The crumb tray does a good job of catching all the crumbs so there's no mess around the toaster. The toaster is also easy to clean by removing and emptying the crumb tray. I haven't used the reheat, bagel or defrost function so I can't comment on these.
All in all, this is a lovely toaster which is simple and easy to use. It does what you would expect from a toaster which is to toast this well and the buttons are easy to understand and self explanatory. It doesn't make a mess and it is easy to clean. The product looks really lovely on display in my kitchen and it looks like it cost a lot more than what I paid for it. The only negative in my eyes is that it doesn't move smaller items like crumpets high enough in the toaster to remove them easily. Other than that then I would happily recommend this product.