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OK so lets start on the pros: it's pretty cheap. I wanted a retro toaster to sit with my other 50s style kitchen equipment. The Dualit equivalent costs £135, while this was £29.95 and having already spent a fortune on a Kitchen Aid Food Processor I thought I might be on to something. So, the Dualit matches its cream enamel with shiny stainless steel, while the Breville combination is one of (similar looking) enamel with drab grey plastic... it only has to make (a couple of slices of) toast, right?
It generally functions fairly effectively, however unfortunately the temperature knob has a rather unfortunate habit of being knocked out of place. Boo. And so out pops your finest charcoal, rather than your beautifully golden toast. It's fairly quick at producing the charcoal though.....
The other major disadvantage is the fact that it seems to take up an inordinately large surface area for something that produces only two slices of toast. In our small kitchen this is becoming a bit of an irritation, as well as failing to serve our growing family particularly well. But it really is just fine for the money. And we probably will get the Dualit one day in its four slice rendition....
I happened to 'win' this product in a raffle, although it seems like its caused me more harm than good. I had figured, cool, a free toaster, as my toaster at the time was pretty old. in truth i can understand why anyone would buy this. Firstly there are tonnes or 4 slice toasters on the market. they are the same size and you gain nothing from a 2 slice. On a not truly significant level, the 'pop' was pretty poor. one of my friends toasters fires the bread right up so you can catch it if you so desire. this one doesnt pop at all, and barely makes a sound so you wont notice its popped if your busy! also, for a toaster, the least you would expect is for it to turn toast into bread right? well this toaster is truly pathetic. Once, it finished, and produces merely warm bread. Another day, having turned the dial slightly higher thinking it might get closer to toast, and it produced something that looked like a roof tile it was so burnt!
The Breville VTT006 is a great small and compact toaster, Ive had this product for a few weeks now after buying it for myself at xmas due to the previous one breaking down, (not the same model). The toaster itself is modern looking, nd i picked this up in a sale down my local highstreet, around £19 reduced from £30 which i considered a bargain, as they were flying off the shelf. The toaster does come in black aswell as the white which is shown in the image, it has various settings which allow you to toast bread and other items as much as you choose. I have had one slight issue where the handle was jamming when i wanted it to release, which caused a few burnt pieces of toast, however ive since sorted the issue out and its working perfectly again, all good however i was nearly at the point of returing it to my local store. its still under guarentee so something to fall back on.
Short name: Breville VTT006