We bought this toaster as it was silver and matched the rest of our kitchen appliances - it also had the rather cool looking blue LED lights to tell you how your bread was doing - great for an impatient person like me who needs to know these things. Compared with other toasters, at around £35 this seemed like it was fairly decent value and from a (trusted) maker we have all heard of. The slider at the bottom gives you the option to select the length of time it 'toasts' for, allowing perfect results from crumpets to bagels - or at least that's what the box said...
We bought ours from Argos, plugged it in and set the slider to about 4 and a half minutes in order to toast some crumpets. We thought they smelled 'done' before the timer went off (and all the blue lights had gone out), so we attempted to retrieve them. At this point it should be noted that the toasting slots are very deep and, despite pulling the lever up at the side up, the crumpets were still below the surface of the toaster (ie impossible to get out), so after a few 'pings' of the lever (to fire them out of the top) we managed to 'catch' our crumpets - or what was left of them. They were absolutely cremated.
We assumed that we had set the timer wrong, so to test the theory we set it to '1' - and placed some normal white bread in. Sure enough, after about 3 minutes it became clear that the timer wasn't working as the toast had not appeared - so we took it back to Argos and got a replacement.
Unfortuantely the second one we got was even worse! On only the fifth occassion of use, the toaster went *BANG*(which made my wife jump) and a puff of smoke came out of the side. The lever on the side then refused to lock in place, meaning no more toast. We gave up at this point and asked for our money back.
I don't think we were particularly taxing the toaster with our choices of bread related products - so this was very disappointing to say the least. Though whether it was the actual toaster or Argos to blame, we are not sure. Either way, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and we now use the oven grill for toasting, which hopefully won't blow up.
I wrote a review recently on the Breville style illuminated jug kettle which we received as a wedding present. Well, since we were really starting from scratch we also needed a toaster, and so added this Breville Style 4 slice toaster PT47 to our wedding list as well, which would match our kettle. I cannot recall the price at the time, but you can currently pick one up on the likes of amazon for around £33, which I think it pretty good value given that it does hold 4 slices at a time.
In line with the kettle that we bought, this toaster has an illuminated light system counting down 5 lights until your toast is ready to pop. On the front of the toaster there are also buttons for cancelling the toast and making it pop up before completion, a defrost button as well as a reheat button. At the bottom of the toaster there is removable crumb tray as well, which is obviously very handy. The push down handle at the side also allows you to lift your toast higher up to make it easier to lift it out. I find this particulary useful when I am toasting baps of bagels, and they are harder to get out of the slots, this button lifts it up to allow you to reach them without having to start getting out utensils, which can always be hazaradous.
Now, although there are 3 buttons on the toaster, I have to admit that there are 2 that we have never used. If I have to defroat bread, I tend to use the microwave defrost, however it certainly appears easy enough to do so on this toaster and so it is simply a matter of me remembering to use the defrost button on the front of the product. Again, I have never used the reheat button, but according to the instructions that came with the toaster, this button allows you reheat the toast without it being toasted further. Again, we have not had need of using this, but it is a useful extra. The only one of the three buttons that I have used is the cancel button. My husband likes his bread toasted until it is quite brown, whereas I prefer it not to be so crunchy and so when I am making toast I tend to use the cancel to pop up the toast earlier, and that it where the 5 light indicator comes in really useful, as I know exactly when to put up my bread (when there is only one light left) to get it exactly as I like it.
Like any toaster, crumbs should not be allowed to build up, and with this toaster, removing the crumb tray to clear is easy given that it is spring loaded. Reloading it into the bottom of the toaster is also straightforward.
All in all, we have had this toaster for over 4 years now, and we have never had any problems whatsoever with it. Having the capacity to put 4 slices of bread into it is great in my opinion, and the slots are wide enough for the likes of bagels and baps, as wellas toasta bags. The light indicator is a nice little feature that allows me to get the bread toasted to my liking but there is obviously a control setting as well that can be changed to suit your taste for toast. I would happily purchase this toaster again should anything happen this existing one, as firstly it looks attractive on the kitchen shelf, especially alongside the matching kettle, it does what it meant to do, it is easy to clear any crumbs, and it toasts up to 4 slices of bread. What more would I want from a toaster for £33?!
I needed a replacement toaster, and when I seen this one on sale I decided to purchase it as it looked to be a very good model for the price it was on offer at.
As I was handed the box I was a bit shocked as I hadn't expected it be nearly as big as it is. I would say it is very near to being double the size of my previous toaster, but this is due to it being able to toast two slice of bread in each side at the same time.
The design of the actual toaser is very nice, silver in colour, with light blue lights showing how long the toast has left before it will come out. The handle is at the side, and I find this to be a bit tricky to work as you really have to push it down to get it to click in place and it takes a bit of getting used to at first.
The overall toasting abilities of this toaster are the best. I find that half my toast comes out pale, with the other half being black, so I wouldnt really recommend this toaster to anyone because of this.
Overall nice design, but not particularly good at its supposed task.
After moving into our new house my husband and I decided it was only fitting to treat our new kitchen to some new appliances. After scouring catalogues and electrical stores we decided upon the breville PT47. It holds four slices of bread making breakfast time quicker in a very hectic household. The heat setting can be varied from 1 to 6 for those of us who prefer our toast at different levels of brown and crunch but we have discovered that if you need to use the toaster more than once in one sitting that all the slices come out burnt no matter what heat setting you have selected.
There are vertical blue lights that run down the front of the toaster which are used to indicate the remaining time - these are quite asthetically pleasing but I cant say they offer much practical use.
The best thing about this paticular model is the fact that the handle cannot be depressed without the appliance being plugged in an switched on which is very useful if, like me you can be a bit absent minded in the morning. However I do not feel this is a feature unique to the Breville toaster.
Other features include a toast reheat button, a bread defrost button and a crumb catcher.
I wouldn't buy this product again.
I bought the black version of this four slice toaster (PT49) when I first moved into our house just over twelve months ago. We have a black worktop and I wanted black accessories to match. I bought a lovely black shiny kettle, a black bread bin, black tea, coffee and sugar pots and a ....grey toaster! It is supposed to be black but when put against other black products it actually looks more of a grey colour.
It is less bulky than some other four slice toasters which is what drew me to this product over other toasters, and is longer and slimmer rather than the square ones which are shorter and deeper. It therefore sits quite neatly on the worktop, not jutting out too much. It fits two slices of toast side by side in the front and the same again in the back. The slots for the toast are quite wide and easily fit in the thickness of two slices of bread together like a sandwich (if using a toasty bag).
There is a crumb tray to the left hand side of the toaster which effectively collects crumbs and is kept in place with a spring action mechanism (when pressed in the tray is released). There are three buttons at the bottom of the toaster, one for defrosting frozen bread, one for reheating toast (without additional toasting) and one to cancel toasting. There is also a variable browning control which slides from left to right, from 1-6. When the toaster is in use the toaster lights up with five vertical blue dots and the lights disappear one by one letting you know how long until the toast is ready. There is a handle at the right hand side which lowers the bread for toasting.
Both front and back slots are lowered at the same time as opposed to some other toasters which have two separate sections. As my husband prefers his toast more well-done than I do this just means he has to put his back in for a bit longer once mine is ready.
As nice as this toaster is to look at, I was very disappointed with the toasting function (the main point of a toaster)! It browns one side of the toast well leaving the other side of the toast barely touched. This seems to be the same no matter where you put the toast, whether in the front or back slots. Therefore the blue lights are only useful to tell you when the bread is half way through toasting, so toasting can be cancelled, the bread turned around and started again. You then have to keep an eye on it until it is half way through toasting again to be able to cancel it, otherwise the toast burns. Therefore you can't just put your bread in and return when it has popped up, you have to watch it all the time. It also means the variable browning control isn't much use as the toast cannot be left until it pops up on its own anyway
All in all I am very disappointed with this toaster. I am not sure whether all toasters in this model work the same or whether it is just mine which doesn't toast evenly. It does look very nice on my worktop (even though it is not quite black) and the lights during toasting are a nice feature but that's about all it is good for.
This contemporary silver toaster with stainless steel trim looks great in any kitchen and boasts a variety of clever features. Its concealed illuminators in the toaster body let you know where the toasting cycle is up to and the high lift facility enables easy toast removal. The handy reheat facility allows you to reheat toast without additional toasting. Breville is a leading brand in small electrical appliances including Kettles Toasters Juicers and Sandwich Toasters led by innovation and design as well as a determination to provide great looking high quality products. Toasting status indicator lights shine through the body Illuminated control buttons Defrost cancel & reheat settings Long variable width bread slot High lift facility Variable browning Removable crumb tray Cord storage & non slip feet Silver finish with stainless steel trim