I purchased this Breville TT24 from Argos for £49.99 but if you search around I'm sure that you could purchase it for a lot less than I paid for it.
Plugging the toaster in is a complete pleasure because having done so, the Breville logo at the top centre of the unit lights up with a satisfying blue glow and the circular digital browning control button lights up the number 1 with a cool greenish/yellowy light. Combine this with its deliciously sleek silver colour and you have a toaster that is almost as pleasing to look at as it is to actually use!!
This is quite a large four slice toaster, made from brushed stainless steel which will require a lot of kitchen table top space. Surprisingly, I found this unit very easy to keep clean with just a quick wipe of the top and sides with a damp cloth bringing up the gorgeous sleek finish to its former glory.
This toaster can toast four slices of bread in one go. It is almost as if it is a two slice toaster that has been joined to another two slice toaster, because the left and right hand sides of the unit are a mirror image of each other.
The two 'opposing' sides of the toaster allows you to control the toast, and its various settings, independently of each other, which means, for example, you could have frozen toast defrosting in the left hand side while browning toast on the right (or vice versa).
This particular toaster has motorised bread carriages which are controlled digitally by the simple press of a button. Just pop in your slices of bread (various thickness accommodated due to the adjustable carriage rack), adjust the amount of browning you require, which is done digitally by the circular wheel at the front of the unit. Simply press the little button situated at 3 o'clock on the wheel, and a pleasing greenish coloured numbering system of 1-9 allows you to adjust the time you want to allow the bread to brown (1 being the lowest, 9 the highest). You then simply push down on the carriage button (after adjusting the settings to your satisfaction) which activates the carriage mechanism, which in turn lowers the toast into the belly of the toaster. When it reaches its resting place it triggers an electrical connection which heats the metal meshing on each side of the bread, which then browns the bread according to your previous settings.
The long carriage switch has five red lights on it and as the bread is toasting these lights go out one by one, and when the final light goes out that triggers the carriage to switch off the electric and raise the toast to the surface with a loud and clear 'beeping' as it does so, which is a great feature as you can hear this beeping from almost anywhere in the house and saves you from constantly being in the kitchen, keeping an eye on the toast for fear of it burning!
As well as the variable browning controls as stated above, the Breville TT24 also has various other settings such as frozen bread settings and a reheat facility.
Another good feature of this toaster is the fact that it has non-slip feet which is vital, especially if you have young children running around the kitchen. Due to its quite heavy bulk and the non-slip feet it would be almost impossible for a youngster to inadvertently knock it from its purchase.
The are a couple of downsides to this unit. Firstly, are the removable crumb trays. There are two of them, situated directly underneath and to the front of the Breville. One for the right side two-slice toaster, and one for the left. Sliding them out is easy peasy Lionel squeezy, but unfortunately, trying to get them back in can be extremely fiddly and time consuming. Getting them to match the sliding panels to slide them back in can be annoyingly difficult.
The second downside is that the top of the toaster can get very hot, although pleasingly, the sides only get a little warm. (so little fingers BEWARE!)
Aside from these two slight negatives I found this unit aesthetically very pleasing and a complete pleasure to use. Easy to control the various settings, and the bread itself toasted to complete perfection!
....seriously this will blow your head off. The toaster for the 24th centuary, this is the sexiest little toaster known to man!!!!!!!
This is the most entertaining toaster I have ever seen in my life (not that I spend too much time checking out toasters). Its fully digital (none of this manual malarky) just pop your bread in, press the button and watch it decend down into the belly of the machine! Pure Magic! Better than that, you can decide how to treat your bread. setting one for a light sensual warming of the bread (I like to call this my south of France setting) or Setting 9 for an all out balls to the wall roasting (T'gypt setting)
Most importantly if like me, you hate waiting to "take it in turns" to use the toaster.......problem solved, because this bad boy has 4 slots!!!!! Thats right, 4 slots, so no more arguments over who gets their toast first. Infact now I think about it, this toaster could very well save some marriages out there as well as preventing the well known "Toast sweats"!
There is however a downside!
1) You will start showing people your toaster when they come round. This is weired and you may lose valuable friends.
2) You could start talking to your toaster, I called it sexy infront of my girlfriend and I think she was more than a little jealous (she hid it well!)
3) You will need to buy a new kitchen just to accomodate this beast, this cheeky little bleeder is NOT small
That said, I implore you to consider parting with £50 for this sexy little beast, if for nothing else than the look on your friends face when they see this thing illuminating your kitchen.
(now how many times did I say toast instead of bread?)
I bought this toaster for £29.99 from Boyes. My previous Kenwood, which I had had for 7 years packed up.
I have limited sight so find the digital display and buttons easier to use than the traditional dials you find on most toasters. I have learned where each of the buttons is without being able to see them.
The old Kenwood toaster I used to have sometimes jammed as the toast was trying to pop up. So far this has not happened with this toaster and I've had it for over a year.
I haven't used the bun rack that fits easily on to the top of the toaster so cannot comment on how well buns and croissants are warmed but, so far, the toast has always been cooked to my liking.
This is effectively 2 two-slice toasters joined together. Each side has independent controls allowing you to prepare 2 sets of toast at once. Each side also has the usual frozen bread and reheat settings.
The motorised bread tray is good for people suffering from conditions such as arthritis in their hands as a simple press of the button starts or stops the browning cycle.
The 2 sides also each have their own crumb tray that can easily be removed from the bottom of the toaster for emptying.
The one gripe I do have is that there is no high rise facility so you may have to be careful when getting the toast out.
All-in-all this is a very good and stylish toaster made even better if, like me, you can get it for a fair bit less than the normal price of around £49.99.
A lovely looking toaster, which is that little bit different. Motorised so does it all for you, and even has lights that count down to tell you when your toast will be done. Also beeps when your bread has finished toasting, so no need to watch it like a hawk! the only issue we have found is as we generally only use 2 slices the right side is now running slower than left due to over use. Alround a fantastic toaster and is worth the extra money for something a bit different.
This toaster is very attractive. My partner describes it as 'looking like a little space ship'. It is totally motorised so you down even have to push down a lever to push the toast down, you just have to press a button and the toast goes down on its own. The toaster also bleeps to let you know that it is finished. There is a setting on each side from 1 - 9 which lets you decide exactly how cooked you want your toast and even if you have four slices in you can have two slices cooked on one setting and two cooked on a different setting.
There is a removable rack that easily fits on to the top of the toaster - this is perfect for evenly heating croissants etc. The crumb trays at the bottom are easily removable and there is one crumb tray for each side, these are very easy to clean.
The features that this toaster has are:
Digital display and toasting status indicator which allows you to see if it is nearly ready,
Extra long variable width toasting slots,
Frozen bread setting and mid-cycle cancel as well as a re-heat setting to just simple warm pre-cooked toast instead of cooking it.
We bought this toaster from the Littlewoods catalogue about 9 months ago for £60 however it is now available from Argos for £49.99. Please read my Breville kettle review for details of the matching kettle!
I would definitely recommend this toaster if your sick of having burnt toast or is your sick of putting toast in and forgetting about it and coming back later to find that it has gone cold
The Brushed Stainless Steel Lightning Toaster with Motorised Carriages has to be seen to be believed / This advanced toaster boasts motorised toasting slots / simply press the 'on' button and the bread is automatically lowered into the toasting slots and toasted / Your perfect slice of toast is automatically raised out of the toasting slot when ready / This smart toaster also features Toasting Status Indicator Lights which illuminate during toasting and then switch off one by one from top to bottom to show the toast is ready / Other features include: Integral bun warming rack; frozen button; reheat button; cancel button; browning control; digital display and removable crumb trays / Short name: Breville TT24