=== Price ===
My family have been using this reliable toaster for about 3 years now. We bought it too long ago for me to remember how much we paid but we always go for the best value for money brand at the time of purchase. I believe it was on extra special offer at Tesco when we needed a replacement, so we just popped it into our supermarket trolley. The current price is around £20-£25, so if you find it at nearer £20 you will have a good deal.
=== Pros and Cons ===
This is a two slot toaster which is fine in our small household, usually catering for only 2 people, but larger families may need a 4 slot version.
We usually use Warburton's or Tesco's pre-sliced long-life bread in it, which fits nicely. (We have freshly baked rolls in our packed lunches.) However, if you want to cut your own extra thick bread slices, the "variable width" slots may not be wide enough for them.
The crumb tray is easy to slide out of the base of the toaster for cleaning. It needs emptying daily in our house, to stop it overflowing. Other than that a quick wipe over the outside with a soft damp cloth has kept it clean.
It has a variable browning control with settings from 1 to 6. Although we have different tastes on how brown we like our toast, we leave it on setting 2. Setting 2 used once suits me and setting 2 used twice suits hubby. Although this system works for us, I appreciate that others might find it a bit weird, and so adjust the setting to whatever matches their needs best. If you only want to toast 1 slice of bread, you will need to adjust the setting downwards. If you want more than 2 slices, cater for those who like the lightest coloured toast first, or turn to setting down for later batches so that it does not brown too much.
It also has buttons for manual pop-up to allow users to cancel the toasting process, re-heat to bring cooled toast up to temperature again and defrost to allow extra cooking time from frozen.
Blue lights let you know what function it is preforming.
The loading handle can be lifted above the starting position. This "high-lift" feature makes it easy to remove toasted items, even if they are quite small.
I think that this is a good-looking polished stainless steel toaster with its black sides and distinctive sloped slots. Even more appealing to me, has been its reliability and durability.
I recommend this two-slice toaster to small households, as we have found it reliable, durable and good value for money.
I have owned my Breville VTT001 toaster for over three years now, being attracted to it because of its appearance - the toaster has a black plastic heat proof side and a highly polished stainless steel top and front. The toaster can accommodate two slices of toast which is fine for just my daughter and myself.
The toaster itself has only a few controls - there's a knob which gives you a choice of six browning levels, the lever you depress to start toasting, a cancel button, a defrost button and a button to keep toast warm once it's been browned.
The toaster is simplicity itself to use and I usually set the browner knob to level 4 which I find produces a nicely browned, but not burned slice of toast. When the toaster is at work a lovely blue light is illuminated so you can see at a glance that it's toasting your bread. Once it's toasted, the toast pops up and the light goes off.
The toaster is designed with a so called "extra high lift" which Breville claim makes it easier to remove smaller items from the toaster but I must admit I haven't actually found this to be the case. Smaller items, or items which don't pop up when the toasting cycle has finished, still need to be removed using either my fingers or a knife.
I do like the speed at which this toasts - the elements seem to heat up quickly and I can have a nicely browned slice of toast in a couple of minutes. The slot width can be adjusted but I actually wish they were able to go a little wider as this would enable me to make better toasted sandwiches using my Toastabags. As it is they only really work with this toaster if I use pretty thinly sliced bread.
The defrost button is a nice touch but one I rarely use however the warm setting is useful and I have found this easy and effective when I need to keep toast warm.
Cleaning the toaster is simplicity itself. The crumb tray is located at the bottom rear of the toaster and pulls out easily. It is quite small and not particularly deep so it should be emptied regularly and given a quick wash. The stainless steel just needs a quick wipe to keep shiny.
The toaster is very lightweight, coming in at just over 2 kilos and measures 29.7 cm wide x 18.6 cm deep x 23.1 cm in height. The toaster is ideal if you have small children as the feet are non slip, the black sides stay cool and the underside of the toaster enables you to store the cable safely and keep the cord short on your work surface.
Overall I can highly recommend the Breville VTT001 - for under £25 you get a toaster that is easy to use, looks good and works well.
As I have toast for breakfast every day, I was looking for something simple and reliable, and of course in the right price bracket. I settled for the Breville 2 slice toaster (with a kettle as well, which I really must also review).
To be honest, it meets the basic requirements. However, after about 2 weeks, I was using the toaster, and there was an almighty bang, and I lost all power in the kitchen. After some investigation, are retriggering of fuses, I found that it was the toaster that had exploded!!
So, I returned it to the place of purchase and got a replacement - yes another Breville - which to be fair, hasn't exploded, so maybe that was a one-off fault with that specific one.
Apart from this incident, its fine....it toasts my bread for breakfast, and it has some basic adjustable settings. The only other grumble I have is that it does make a mess, and I'm constantly having to wipe away crumbs from the worktop.
But, if you're looking for a low price, simple toaster, then this would meet your needs - as long as you don't mind cleaning crumbs regularly.
To toast or not to toast?
Well in my case to toast. I, like my daughter like to start our day with some toast so a toaster in our household is an absolute kitchen essential. I have had this toaster for at least 3 years using it every morning and more with no problems with its mechanics.
The styling is good and modern with the slanted top in chrome it is easy to use and clean off any crumbs from the top with a damp cloth.
However, I would next time not buy this toaster for several reasons.
Firstly I would buy a four slice toaster as I find the two slots a little restrictive.
Secondly I would buy a toaster that will toast other things like crumpets easily of which this is not one as the return mechanism or pop up action is not good.
Thirdly I would choose a model without a dial to adjust the toasting time as I find it is easily 'knocked' out of position and will burn my lovely golden slice to something I could draw with.
And lastly I would choose a toaster I can toast a taller slice in at once without having to stop it half way through and rotate the slice.
I would choose a toaster that is a little more high tech next time but saying that, there are some useful features I can praise. One of the buttons is a useful defrost setting you can use whilst toasting and there is also a stop button for emergencies. Unfortunately that is all I can praise.
It is a pain to de crumb the bottom and I have in the past found myself tipping the toaster itself over my sink to clean it properly, not good!.
6.5 / 10
ok so its not the most amazing toaster, but i live in a house with four people, we range from those that want warmed bread to those that want charcoal.
And this works for us, its quick so we can each get our morning feed before work, and its easy to change the temprature on so we each get our toast exactly as we like it.
Its also great for defrosting bread, theres a little button that helps defrost, which is great as you can use this button whilst the bread is actually being toasted, unlike the previous toaster we had were we had to defrost the bread, then toast it.
This toaster is excellent value for money, I would be breville again, its lasted the test of time, its used at least 4 times a day and weve had it for nearly a year.
I think when this breaks we may advance to the four slice toaster though!
Do not buy this appliance. Yes it was reasonably cheap for a two slice toaster but more false economy. Its very difficult to clean and the crumbs are not all caught in the tray at the bottom.
It does not matter where you turn the dial to tell how much you want it toasted, it does what it likes! I set it to how I like my toast, which it manages to do, then seems to overtoast or undertoast the next time i use it. The only way I can get round this is to cook it bit by bit to ensure it does not burn.
The most annoying thing about this appliance is that the crumbs fall over the top panel where the bread is inserted and into the cracks between the metal top part and the plastic sides and stay there - you can't get them out. I have tipped it upside down but it still does not get rid of them!
Really I think this is a design fault with the appliance, the sides and top panel should be flush to prevent this.
The good point is that it is quite compact and would be suitable for a smaller kitchen or one with reduced bench space. It is even small enough to designate a space in a cupboard when not in use (once its cooled, obviously). The exact dimensions are height 23.1 x width 29.7 x depth 18.6cm and you can eject the toast before the time is up.
It is ideal if you just want something to make do but please do not buy this as a permanent appliance.
The Breville VTT001 Stainless Steel Toaster has a unique stylish design and features a frozen bread setting and a high-lift facility to ease removing the bread from the toaster once done. 2 Slice High lift facility Illuminated cancel reheat and defrost buttons Removable crumb tray Cord storage Non-slip feet Poloshed stainless steel finish