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I've always loved my toast ever since I was a kid. I just like the variety of things I can spread on it therefore I eat quite a lot of it. Everyday for breakfast I have to have a couple of slices. Me and my boyfriend had a cheap Asda toaster previously but it was only a 2 slice toaster, we wanted something that we could cook 4 slices with at the same time so one of us wasn't waiting around for our breakfast while the other was scoffing there's.
We had just bought a stainless steel style kettle, so thought we might get a similar style toaster to match. I originally had the Breville VTT116 which looks exactly the same as this one, but the buttons didn't light up, unfortunately it broke, and I was given the VTT090 as a replacement toaster from Comet which was apparently the same price. I wasn't complaining as it was just the same as my old one.
- - - Features - - -
4 Slots so you can toast 4 slices of bread at once.
Browning control sliders let you choose how well done you want your toast.
Buttons on the front of the toaster, for reheating toast, defrosting frozen bread or cancelling the cycle.
Buttons light up so you can see them easily.
Easy to clean twin removable crumb trays to decrease mess.
High lift for smaller items like pancakes or crumpets.
- - - My Experience - - -
My original Breville toaster (VTT116) lasted for a year, and I've had this model now since before Christmas. It's exactly the same as my other toaster, apart from the buttons on the front light up. The toaster is in a brushed stainless steel colour with black plastic around the sides and back. I would have preferred it to be stainless steel all around but I'm not going to complain too much, as it does match the rest of the items in my kitchen.
The graphics on the cancel cycle buttons have started to wear off just like my last toaster, but the lights still work perfectly and I know what the button means anyway so it doesn't really bother me, they'r just wearing off due to over use this may not happen to you. As I said before, I'm a bit of a toast fiend. The warm through option is really good as I tend to forget sometimes that my toast is on so I press the button to give it a quick blast through of heat to warm it back up to it's original heat, and it does so without burning the toast. I've only used the defrost button once or twice as I rarely freeze bread, but this would be a great option for a single person as they don't eat too much bread, so could just use a couple of slices at a time from the freezer straight into the toaster.
The width of the slots is great for us, it's especially good for fresh bread which we tend to like pretty thick. We're talking door wedge thick, and it doesn't get stuck like in cheaper toasters that are made for skinny bread. The thickness is also good for things like crumpets, and for potato waffles. A member on here a long time ago suggested I cook some in the toaster, which I thought would be a load of tosh, but turns out it cooks them in around 10 minutes in your toaster and they taste great!
The best thing about the toaster for my boyfriend and I, is that we get to cook our breakfast at the same time, nobody has to wait around whilst the other is feeding their face, and we can set the browning control to have our toast how we like it individually. I prefer my toast pretty well done like it's on the verge of being burnt, and my boyfriend like's his to resemble slightly tanned bread. The browning control goes from 1-6 which in my eyes is warm bread - cremated bread.
I'm hoping this toaster lasts a bit longer than my previous one did, I wouldn't go back to a cheap skinny bread toaster now, I love my thick toast too much.
- - - Overall - - -
I'd recommend this toaster to big family's, or couples like my boyfriend and I who like to have their toast cooked to their individual tastes. Being able to set the browning control means you won't have over cooked or burnt toast, unless you really want it (stick the browning to 6). The option to reheat through toast that's been left in the toaster is also a great feature, as many people who are busy and may forget their toast is there can simply heat it through again without having to make fresh toast again, and it doesn't burn the toast when it reheats it!
It may seem a little pricey at just under £40 but I think it's really worth it. The quality of the toaster itself and the toast it creates is great. With lots of extra features and the ability to fit uber thick bread, what more could you want?
This is a very big almost commercial looking toaster but I really liked the look of it and it fits into my kitchen perfectly as this as well as all my other appliances are chrome and black, it also has non slip feet to stop it moving around when in use.
It has the capability of toasting four slices of toast at the same time but it comes in two halves (although not literally, it is joined) so you can also use it as a two slice toaster as well, which is a great feature as it must save energy. The slots for toasting are really quite wide my husband likes to cut his bread very thick and it still fits in easily.
There are six controls on this toaster three on each side for each pair of toasting slots, they are for reheating, defrosting and popping up the toast early. I have used all of these features regularly and they all work well. The fact that each side is controlled separately is great if you like your toast done differently to other members in the house hold.
There are seven settings for your toast. When the toaster is in use the buttons on the front light up.
There are two crumb trays which catch the majority of the crumbs, one for each side which are located in the back so they can't be seen and they are very easy to remove and empty.
The toaster is well priced at around £28 and in my opinion looks like a more expensive model than it is.
This review is also on ciao.
This toaster matches our Breville kettle (VKJ348) and makes for a really stylish set in our kitchen. The stainless steel surround looks great and is easy to clean.
Whilst the toaster has four slices available, these are split into two sets of two, which don't both have to be used at once and allow you to give different settings to each set of two. There is a really useful frozen option which I know many toasters have these days but this is very functional and works great to extend the length of the toasting just right. We have used it plenty because you can keep your loaf of toast bread frozen and just take out a few slices when you want them, so your loaf doesn't deteriorate in the meantime.
Our toaster is normally set to the 3½ setting, right in the middle of the dial. This gives a lovely light brown toast that we prefer and I couldn't ask for it any better at this setting. I would say that if the toaster is used again in the same slots for more toast, the toast tends to be browner which I imagine is because it has "warmed up" from the first toasting. We just have to remember to turn the dial down a bit to get the toast that we prefer.
There is also a "warm up" button where you can just lightly warm the toast, which we haven't really used but would be great if you like you butter melted or your toast warm just before you eat it.
Brought this toaster simply because it co-ordinated with my Breville kettle but was more than happy with my choice! It toasts evenly and has a lot of settings that are useful for veryday family living such as the reheat and defrost modes (the defrost one is used nearly every day!). The option to toast just 2 rather than 4 slices all at once also means you ca save energy unlike some other 4 slice toaster which heat the whole toaster regardless of the number of slices you've put in. The only disadvantage is it seems to create a lot of crumbs and you need to keep adjusting the settings depending on the thickness of slice and whether you have one or two slices in as it can be very sensitive and prefers to under toast rather than burn! That said, I'm still happy with it and would recommend it to anyone with a family.
This is a great looking toaster that I bought for about £28 - half price at Sainsburys. The toaster is quite substantial, it sits well on the counter and doesn't slide around when you press down the lever as some other toasters do. There are four toasting slots which are paired. There are seperate contols for each pair of slots which means the toaster can be set up for his and her toasting preferences and then left.
When you turn on the toaster you know it is on as the lights in the buttons on the front panel light up. There are 3 buttons for each pair of slots which are for cancelling the toasting, a 'reheat' function and a 'defrost' function. The buttons feel quite sturdy and don't feel like they are going to fall off. There are two crumb trays which come out of the back and therefore don't affect the styling of the front of the toaster.
The only feature the toaster doesn't have is a heating rack on the top. This isn't a major drama for me though because the toasting slots are quite wide and I have a separate gas grill for anything bigger!
Overall I think that this is a functional great looking toaster, but it is quite big!
Short name: Breville VTT090