I bought this toaster for our office as we often work early in the morning so it is used often for our morning toast. As I run the tea fund it is up to me to decide what to buy and as our old toaster was smelling a bit dodgy I picked this toaster up from a small electrical store near to where I work which was on offer for £15 which I thought was a very good price. I know this model is a few years old but at the end of the day I wasn't after the latest all singing all dancing model for the office, just one that we could use on a daily basis and was reliable.
It has two slots which are wide enough for thick bread, crumpets and also teacakes which are a favourite of mine. There is a high lift feature which lifts whatever you are toasting up very high so you never have to put your fingers anywhere near to the actual toaster which is always a bonus. It works equally well with any thickness of bread as the grip changes to whatever you put in there and it always toasts evenly.
It is stainless steel and looks very neat and stylish and measures 19cm tall, 30cm wide and18.5cm deep. It has a control panel at the front of the toaster which includes the settings which range from 1 to 9 displayed in digital form, so everyone should be able to get their perfect shade of toast. Personally I will set it to 4 or 5 for toast and 3 for teacakes as I like them very lightly toasted. One of my colleague at work likes her toast very dark so will set it to 7 or 8 and finds this perfect for her. The only thing is with lots of people using different settings you need to check before you use it as you could be disappointed if you forget and then don't watch the toaster closely.
There is also a defrost button for those times when you forget to take your bread out of the freezer and a reheat button which I find that I often use at work as obviously I still have to answer the phone and other queries. I find that this crisps the toast up if it has gone a bit soggy if it has been left for a while before buttering it. It has a large removable crumb tray which is easily slid out from underneath and which I find needs empting every few weeks. It also has a cancel button if you change your mind when you have started toasting and it has a non slip base for extra safety.
As it is stainless steel it does attract finger marks but it is easy to wipe over and we always keep a tub of wipes in the kitchen area so one of us will wipe it over regularly so it always looks shiny and clean. It came with an instruction booklet and a twelve month guarantee and is a reliable and stylish looking toaster which you can pick up online from Amazon and other online sites for around £20. It is a great two slice toaster and has been very reliable and it always toasts bread very evenly and thoroughly. A highly recommended toaster which won't break the bank
Had this for over a year now and still works like new.
Looks >>>> Looks incredibly smart for the price, the finishing material, picks up fingerprints quite easily though, and is quite hard to keep looking new. Ours after a year of good use has also picked up quite a few light surface scratches, which to impede on the look a bit, but nothing catastrophic.
Usability >>>> The led display is much more precise and easier to use than an old fashioned slider type toaster. With our old toaster used to burn many a slices of bread after using it for crumpets as you couldn't see any noticeable change, but with this it's pretty blatant red '9' on the front. It also features the ability to move the toaster that little bit further out of the toaster, very handy and avoids the use of shoving implements in it to remove bread.
The defrost feature works well, as well as the reheat feature, both doing their jobs perfectly without constant attendance to make sure no bread is incinerated.
The led countdown feature is very handy, for some reason, you wouldn't think so, but you do quite often find yourself checking it. Basically an oven timer for bread.
It also has a crumb collector which easily slides in and out to reduce the risk of burning stored crumbs.
Only negative is if your only cooking one slice it gets a bit hotter in the middle as you cant specify that you only want to cook one slice. Not a big deal, but one side is normally a bit more done than the other.
If your cooking 2 it's fine and cooks perfectly.
5 seems to be the perfect setting for me at the moment, just right. 9 works well for crumpets, or 1 for a top up. Works quite quickly as well.
Another small negative is its hard to remove crumbs that get stuck in this gap at the top of the toaster, where the materials join.
Overall, perfect toaster. 9/10
I tend to waffle on now and again in my reviews so I'm going to keep this short, simple and to the point. We've had our Breville for a while now and I must say that it is still going strong despite heavy usage (we are a household of toast lovers!)
The design is sleek, stylish yet compact. The compactness is great as we have a tiny kitchen and really lack space. I love the gadgety little display, it's clear to see what setting your toast is on, the only downside to this is that whenever you turn it off and then back on it goes back to the default setting of five. But then again, I could be being picky. The slots you put your bread in are of a good size, this is brilliant for those who like their toast thick! A cancel function is also included to stop any toast from err...toasting? This toaster comes with a very nifty device to lift toast out, simply raise up the handle/lever at the side.
You also have the ability to defrost frozen bread, it's literally a matter of putting your bread in and pressing the defrost button. When the light goes out you can toast as normal, simples! There's even an option to reheat cold toast, again pop your toast in and press the reheat button and voila! Warm and crispy toast is yours!
Then there's the crumb tray, as we all know toast can be a messy thing but this collects all crumbs. It's easy to remove and there are no nooks or crannys for the crumbs to get trapped in.
The surface of the toaster is easy to wipe clean too. Really this is a great toaster for the price, infact it's a great toaster all round. It toasts my bread quickly and to perfection each morning without fail. The King of Toasters in my opinion, I would certainly recommend it to all. I can't fault it in any way.
There are some purchases that people seem to take for granted, things like kettles, microwaves and toasters are household items that you've not had to do without. However, if you're in the process of moving somewhere new, it's likely that you'll need to start again from the ground up, buying all the essentials from a set of kitchen knives to a hob. People also take for granted the prices of these day to day objects, unfortunately if you've got a lot to buy the costs soon mount up and you'll be hunting for a bargain around every corner.
This is how the Breville TT48 Toaster came into my life. Always keen to sniff out a bargain I found it selling from Tesco for £29.99. There are undoubtedly cheaper toasters on the market, however, the sleek stainless steel finish, coupled with a reputable brand like Breville had me as putty in their hands.
We only wanted a toaster that would cope with 2 pieces of toast at once without burning it - not much to ask is it? This Breville has come to be the perfect choice for our relatively simple needs, as well as providing us with an abundance of other features superfluous to our wants.
Usually I'd mention the setting up process, however, this is only a toaster and most of you will know that it's a simple plug 'n' go appliance. If you are of a slightly nervous disposition and you'd like to read the manual beforehand, there are some simple, well laid-out instructions, coupled with some suitably placed diagrams all to aid you in installing your new appliance, avoiding any unnecessary or unwanted explosions.
The toaster is incredibly simple to use, with the control panel being situated at the front, all in one nice, easy to read panel. Here you'll find all your standard controls like the browning setting, which ranges from 1-9 (1 being the lightest option, whereas 9 will likely result in a piece of toast resembling something that's been dipped in a bucket of marmite). Other controls include, the premature pop-up button, the defrost button and the reheat button.
The variation in heat settings is very effective. The default setting is 5, which gives you a nicely toasted, if somewhat burnt piece of toast (I guess some people like it that way!). I, personally opt for setting number 3 which results in an ever so lightly crispy piece of toast, just the way I like it. If you do happen to set you toast on to high a setting, fear not. The pop-up button will enable you to evacuate your toast from the area, without the need for the fire brigade to be called upon, because, lets face it, nobody wants that do we, after all, who's going to rescue your 89 year old neighbours cat if you're already occupying their valuable time? The pop-up button (I don't know if that's the correct name, it just seems logical to me) is clearly located at the front of the toaster as a simple clear button. The toast immediately appears once pressed and the toaster will stop toasting without delay.
The buttons are all easily pressed and, fortunately do not stick like previous models I've encountered. If you're someone who freezes their bread, you're in luck here as this toaster has a defrost button. Simply pop your bread in and hit the defrost button. The defrost option, rarely takes more than a minute and when it's over you simply proceed to toast your bread as usual. This isn't an option we use regularly, very rarely infact, however, for some people this could be a vital function and a very useful one at that. One of my favourite necessary, yet unnecessary options is the reheat button. Has your toast ever popped up and by the time you've buttered the first piece, the second piece is already cold? Fear not my toasticularly challenged friends, as I have just the answer. Simply place the piece of toast (sans the butter of course) back into the toaster and press the reheat button. This button reheats, yet, does not toast the bread anymore, meaning it comes out in exactly the same condition it went in as, just a little bit warmer. The process, again takes only around a minute and works fantastically well.
The slots in which you insert your bread (there's a euphemism there somewhere) are relatively wide, to suit people who perhaps use the thick sliced bread and the bread pops up high enough for you to be able to pick it up easily, without burning your hands from the heat below. The toaster also allows for the heating of tea cakes, scones and crumpets. The crumb tray is easily accessible from the left side of the toaster and slides out easily. It collects all the crumbs and the lifted edges on all sides eliminate the risk of them sliding off and onto the floor as you make your way to the bin.
Overall this has been an excellent buy that has served us well. With super fast toasting times, some nifty features that really do work and a toaster that encompasses a range of browning options to suit even the most pedantic of toast lovers, this was money well spent.
We received this toaster as an engagement present along with two other toasters. 3 years on and we are still using this toaster and gave the other two away. The surface is easy clean and is presentable in any kitchen. I am confident with the breville brand and have many other appliances in this brand, and therefore I was relatively confident with its ability to impress!
There are several settings for the toast, but I usually stick to 4 or 5, and they can be changed using the digital display, which is easy to read. There is also a cancel button which instantly releases the toast/bread and stops the heat.
Negative aspects include the crumb catcher, which does not catch all of the crumbs, and when you move the toaster some crumbs fall out the bottom. Although I have found this problem with previous toasters. Also, although the surface is easy to wip clean, often there are smear marks left on the front which take some effort to remove.
Other than these issues, the toaster is great! Although I did not pay for my toaster, they are now relatively cheap and are still not outdated even since I received mine 3 years ago!
When our shiny plastic toast monster slowly began to display signs of madness by burning all the bread offered to it in all manner of exotic ways we realised that it had to go. I like my toast for sure, but I've never really understood the need to splash out a large sum on a piece of kit that is basically required to do just one thing, so with thrift in mind I went looking for, and found, a replacement. For a modest outlay of £24.99 I took possession of a toaster that has quickly proved to be a gem.
On first examination the Breville TT48 is an attractive appliance. It has an all-over stainless steel finish that would happily grace even the most flashy modern kitchen and all its functions are controlled from a simple push-button digital panel on the front.
But let's cut to the chase: Does it make good toast? The answer is a loud and resounding "YES". It also does it very quickly and simply. The browning control runs from 1 (very light) to 9 (very dark), with the default setting being 5. Bread of whatever thickness and size browns evenly and gently and it's a simple task to adjust the setting to suit your own personal taste. There is also a 'Cancel' button to stop any operation.
The wide and roomy slots are particularly useful for those of us who like to toast thick slices of bread and they can also easily accommodate muffins and scones. These latter are easily removed by using the 'High Lift' feature.
Toasting frozen bread is simplicity itself: Just put the frozen slice in the slot, turn on the toaster, press the 'Defrost' button and wait for the light to go out. When it does simply toast as normal. The TT48 will also reheat cold toast without burning it: Put in your cold slice, turn on the machine then press the 'Reheat' button. Your toast will pop up warm and crispy.
The wide slots and clean design mean that all crumbs will fall to the bottom into the tray for easy removal. There are no awkward corners to trap those stubborn crumbs that smoke the place out when you switch on. The stainless steel outside surface is easily restored to a shiny finish with a simple wipe of a cloth.
Another useful feature comes in the easy-to-follow instruction booklet: It contains a very useful list of handy hints to help you make perfect toast. That Holy Grail of culinary practice is now within your grasp! The TT48 also comes with a twelve-month guarantee.
I bought ours over the counter but savings can be made by buying online. After a quick web-surf I soon found a price of £18.99 quoted, and that included a guaranteed five-day delivery.
The Breville TT48 is an excellent toaster that is great value for money and an appliance that will satisfy all but the most intensive kitchen needs. I heartily recommend it.
Who knew a toaster could offer so much! Toast defrost and reheat with ease with the Breville TT48 2-Slice Polished Stainless Steel Toaster / This cleverly designed appliance features a digital display and is loaded with innovative functions that allow you to take traditional "toasting" to a new level / Use the defrost setting to take the chill off your bread without burning it / The handy reheat setting allows you to reheat cooled toast without toasting it further and ruining that perfect crispiness / Finally use the variable browning control to find the perfect toast setting for every member of your household / Ordinary toasters are sure to be a thing of the past! Digital display LED toasting cycle indicator Electronic variable browning control Bagel & defrost setting Reheat facility Mid-cycle cancel feature Removable crumb tray / Short name: Breville TT48