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BHS Essentials Classic 2 Slice Toaster

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  • not all bread fits
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      13.10.2014 19:35
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      a little toaster

      I like the design of this toaster, I think it seems a lot higher priced than it really is, along with the look of it undoubtedly rivals the more costly brands like Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards. It's only the front and back panels which are coloured, the rest of it is plastic that is black or silver metal. The emerald green is a really nice rich metallic shade which fits in well with my kitchen.

      It's super easy to use, simply pop in your bread, turn the dial according to how dark you enjoy your toast, and pull the lever down.
      It's 7 options for dark also contains a different setting for toasting bagels if you do not like both sides, which is not bad. I've never had need to use this, although there's also a defrost setting.

      I discover this toasts my bread quite evenly but generally one side comes out a fair bit darker than the other. Additionally a number of the large loaves including Warburtons do not quite fit in correctly so there is a bit at the very highest part of the bread that doesn't get toasted. Saying all that however, it does function nicely the greater part of that time period!
      Cleaning it is not truly difficult, there's a crumb tray at the bottom that pulls out for cleaning, and also the rest just wants wiped down with a moist cloth. I have had mine and I have never had any real problems with it, it still works good and does what there 's a toaster supposed to do.


      Recommended?
      Yes, I would recommend this if you are on a budget and need a trendy option. However, if money isn't an item, I'd go for a more expensive brand which mightn't have the niggly problems that this one does.

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        14.09.2014 22:37
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        • "generally works well"
        • "easy to clean"
        • "looks fab"

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        • "sometimes the lever doesn't stay down"
        • "small loaves can get stuck"
        • "not all bread fits"

        Good for the price

        The BHS Essentials 2 slice toaster is available in a wide range of colour options, but the options available do change and I'm not sure the emerald green one is available any more. It's priced at £19.99.


        My thoughts
        I love the look of this toaster, I think it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is, and the look of it definitely rivals the more expensive brands like Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards. It's just the front and back panels that are coloured, the rest of it is silver metal or black plastic. The emerald green is a really nice rich metallic shade which fits in well with my kitchen.

        It's very easy to use, simply pop in your bread, turn the dial depending on how dark you like your toast, and pull down the lever. Sometimes I do find I have to press the lever down a few times before it stays down, but I'm not sure if this is an issue with all of these toasters or just a fault with mine!
        It has 7 options for how dark to make your toast, and it has a separate setting for toasting bagels which is good if you don't like both sides of your bagel toasted. There's also a defrost setting, but I've never had need to use this.

        I find this toasts my bread quite evenly but often one side comes out a fair bit darker than the other. If I'm using a smaller loaf the bread can catch on the top of the inside of the toaster when it pops back up, and gets a bit squashed and sometimes can get a bit stuck as well. Also some of the large loaves such as Warburtons don't quite fit in properly so there's a bit at the top of the bread that doesn't get toasted. Saying all that though, it does work well the vast majority of the time!
        Cleaning it is really easy, there's a crumb tray at the bottom that pulls out for cleaning, and the rest just needs wiped down with a damp cloth. I've had mine over 2 years now and I've never had any real issues with it, it still works fine and does what a toaster's supposed to do.


        Recommended?
        Yes, I would recommend this if you're on a budget and want a stylish option. However, if money isn't an object, I'd go for a more expensive brand which might not have the niggly problems that this one does.

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        14.01.2014 22:29
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        Cute little toaster

        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!

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        09.07.2013 11:17
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        A fantastic little toaster

        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 

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          13.04.2013 21:57
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          A lovely looking toaster with practicality issues

          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!

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          08.03.2013 19:02
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          A classy looking toaster which is simple to use and toasts things well

          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.

          Appearance
          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.

          Other colours
          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.

          Price
          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.

          My experience
          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.

          Conclusion
          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.

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