All started out well and we were enjoying 4 slices rather than 2 for the first time, the only problem we had in the early days was that the heat controls did not seem have any setting between cold and thermonuclear, despite the range of numbers on the dial, however we worked around this by setting it on low and pushing the toast down twice.
After a while one side would not pop up so the toast got burnt. You had to turn it off at the mains and get the toast out with a fork, then force the popper up.
I tried it again the next day and one side of the element glowed extremely brightly while the other didn't work at all and the popper would not pop meaning it just stayed on. Fearing that one of the kids would use it and it might catch fire, I disconnected it and contacted Breville.
On the up side, they were brilliant. Due to my laziness in actually contacting them after it had gone wrong the warranty had just expired, however they were great and offered me a replacement at a significantly reduced price from their on line catalogue - delivered free in a few days. I went for a simple 2 slice this time - see my other review - which so far has been fine.
Not much point me trying to extol the virtues of the 4 slice, however I can say that Breville's customer service was excellent!
The Breville Café Series Toaster (TT33) is a pretty swanky toaster and this is reflected in the price (currently £87.81 from Amazon). However, you get what you pay for and in this case you're paying for a top quality toaster.
It is die cast with a brushed stainless steel finish, so it scores top marks in the looks department. However, I'm not the kind of person that appreciates a product simply for its looks, as it has to function well and do the job it was designed for. So can this impressive looking toaster actually make decent toast? Hell yeah!
It can toast 4 slices of bread and the bread slots are extra long and you can vary the width (1.5 inches wide max), so you can insert really thick bread without any problems at all. This is fantastic, as we tend to buy un-sliced loaves of bread as it's nicer than pre-sliced and we like to slice our bread pretty thick (well usually it's because we can't cut straight and it ends up a wedge shape!). With cheaper toasters the slots tend to be much narrower, so you have trouble getting the bread in and then it usually gets stuck and results in burnt toast, which is horrible. Well, I can't remember the last time I had to stand over the kitchen sink scraping off the burnt bits of my toast, as this toaster is fabulous.
The slots are also self centering, which means the bread will always be held in the centre of the slot, regardless of the thickness. This means your bread will be evenly toasted, which is great as cheaper toasters always toast one side more than the other and you have to turn the bread round halfway through, which is a pain in the backside. With the Breville I can pop my bread in, go off and make my cup of tea and a few minutes later return to find perfectly browned toast. The only problem I face is deciding whether to top it with jam, honey or perhaps a savoury spread like Marmite.
The toaster also has a high lift mechanism, which means when your toast (or crumpets, bagels or English muffins) are done you can raise the lever and your baked goods will gloriously ascend from the toaster so that you can remove them without burning your fingers.
This toaster has an electronic browning control, so you can choose from between 1 (warmed up bread) to 6 (close to cremation). I normally go for setting number 3, which results in nicely browned toast. I have noticed that different types of bread toast at different rates and pre-sliced bread doesn't toast as fast as bread we've sliced ourselves, so it's a bit of trial and error to get the right "toastiness". There is also a frozen setting, so you can toast bread straight from frozen, which is handy as we always store extra bread in the freezer and sometimes forget to take it out before we need it.
As with most toasters there is a cancel button so that you can pop your toast up when you want to. But unlike most toasters, this one also has a crumpet setting, which emits heat from the centre element to cook the tops of your crumpets perfectly. This means that you have to insert your crumpets into the slots a certain way and this is shown in the operating manual. I personally don't like crumpets, but I have tried bagels using this function and it's very good.
The toaster measures 34.5cm wide x 20cm tall x 24cm deep, so it does take up a fair amount of worktop space. The levers and controls are located on the front of the toaster and so is the very effective removable crumb tray, so everything is easily accessible.
Yes, nearly £90 is a hell of a lot of money to pay for a toaster, but if you want something that looks fantastic and makes brilliant toast, then this is the baby for you. It feels really well built, so I trust that it will last a long time and I think it's better to buy one decent toaster, rather than 3 or 4 substandard ones.
I love toast. There I've said it. I was on the hunt for a new 4-slot toaster to match my shiny new kitchen BUT it had to look good, work well and not drop crumbs everywhere every time you move the thing! It had to cope with thick and thin bread plus the occasional crumpet or waffle.
I had been looking at Dualit toasters as I wanted a large 4-slot vaguely commercial looking toaster. Plus Dualit toasters seemed to be the "in thing" at the time. Well I looked at them... but couldn't bring myself to spend £150 on a toaster. So the TT33 ticked all the boxes - stylish, affordable, big and solid looking. It had the added advantage of matching my new kettle too!
I've owned it for over 6 months now and used it at least daily. It toasts bread beautifully - crispy but not burnt. It also doesn't burn subsequent slices of toast. The high-lift holder is really useful and the crumb tray is easy to clean and doesn't drop crumbs as my previous toaster did. It even copes well with my fresh waffles which probably should be grilled. I was worried that it would be hot to the touch but I haven't noticed it at all in day to day operation.
Eating toast is a comfort food for me, some people like to eat crisps and chocolate and I like to eat toast and there is simply nothing better than having a nice thick slice of toast dripping in butter to make you feel better. So it is essential that I have a decent toaster that cooks nice toast to the right amount of browning, not too burnt and not too undercooked and it needs to accept different sized slices of toast, whether they are quite thin or big huge slabs of bread.
The Breville TT33 is a 4 sliced metal toaster and retails in the region of £60-£80 depending on where you buy it from. Breville for me are a good kitchen brand and you definitely get value for money and there are many reasons why I chose to spend £79.99 on a toaster when I know you can buy them from as little as £9.99 but I saw this toaster in Comet and it ticked all of my must have boxes and I decided to splash out a little and get myself something I would be totally happy with.
Firstly as I have already said, I wanted a toaster which was designed to take different thicknesses in bread rather than one generic toaster which takes one thickness of bread and to toast it you have to cram it in as best you can hoping that you don't set your kitchen on fire. So this toaster has what is called a variable width slot and that ticked my must have box. The second feature that I like to have on my toaster is the high lifting facility because if you are toasting slightly thicker slices of bread they often don't pop up as high as thinner slices of bread and you end up burning your fingers in the process of rescuing your toast, whereas with the high lifting facility it pops the toast up at a higher lever for you to grab it.
Now this toaster also comes with a variable browning control button which is a really good thing to have. If you are living with someone who likes to have their toast burnt to the point of cremation and you like your toast brown but not burnt then this button could save you many arguments because you simply set it to either cremate the toast, which also saves you having to put the toast back into the toaster numerous times to get it just right and if you don't want it burnt then you can set it to the level you do like to get your perfect toast. You can also with this toaster cook your toast from frozen, so if you are one of those people who always keeps a loaf of bread in the freezer for emergencies (yep that is me too) and you suddenly need some toast, you don't have to wait for the loaf of bread to defrost, you can just put it into the toaster and cook it. If you are mid-way trough cooking your toast and someone comes to the door or you need to go out and you don't want to risk burning your house down there is a cancel button so that you can cancel cooking your toast mid-cycle and then re-cook it once you come back, the second you do cancel your toast being cooked it does pop up immediately. When you are ready to eat your toast there is a re-heat function which is a lifesaver at times and if your toast has gone cold you can also use this function to warm it up.
The final function to mention is the crumb tray, one of the biggest headaches I had with my last toaster was the crumbs which collected in the bottom of each of the slots that often lead to the burning smell every time I used to use the toaster and hadn't remembered to empty it, with the Breville TT33 there is a crumb tray which is slotted at the bottom of the toaster and to empty it you simply remove it by pulling it out from the toaster and empty the contents into the bin. It is really easy to do and it does capture 99% of the crumbs.
I am really pleased that I bought this toaster, it is multi-functional and really easy to use and is definitely worth spending the money on and I highly recommend it.
The Breville TT33 Cafe Series 4 Slice Toaster is part of the co-ordinating line of high quality high durability kitchen appliances from Breville / It's sleek and modern look complement the most exclusive kitchens and create a professional look with great style / Can be used as 2 or four slice Coolwall Cancel frozen and reheat settings Variable Width Brushed stainless steel Crumb tray High lift facility Variable browning control / Short name: Breville TT33