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A common problem it would seem across the nation is trying to feed the family (or vultures, whichever you prefer) with a 2-slice toaster. Finally fighting with a 10 year old over who gets to use it first got too much and the family decided to upgrade.
Our kitchen follows a remarkably strict black and chrome theme, and our kettle and microwave are both Breville. This seemed an obvious choice to everyone.
The little lighting up blue buttons, the variable width, twin crumb trays, this is packed with features to impress. That is, if you are a sad person like me that gets easily impressed by toasters. On the front it has a stop and defrost button, and a reheat button which i've never really found a use for. I generally eat my toast, eliminating the need to reheat! There are also browning controls on the front which are a little skewy at times, ive had both dials set to the same number and two of my slices have been decidedly darker than their counterparts. you can also lift the toast higher to get it out without burning your fingers, or risking a shock trying to poke it out with a knife.
It fits in to our kitchen a treat, and at £35 is an excellent addition to any kitchen. I got it in a sainsburys sale for £20 but as far as I know it can also be found in tesco, argos, and amazon.
**and the battle begins........**
..... *Thump THUMP THUMP, like a heard of flippin elephants - cue my two beloved teenagers, Missy Moo and Mr Monster, racing downstairs arguing over who's using the bathroom first and who's using the toaster first. Same old, same old!! .......Spot on 8 am, Monday to Friday, let the battle commence! Weekends got a break from it, (on a morning at least)!
16 years and 13 years and scuffles over the toaster - it beggars belief! The day I received my 4 slice Brev as a Christmas present, was a day of great happiness! Give me anything that's going to make life with battling teenagers a little less stressful and I'm one happy bunny!
**2 Slicer or 4 Slicer?**
That flippin 2 slicer - If Breadcrumbs weren't flying everywhere I was spending half my time tipping it upside down to free it of crumbs. Add to that the time spent trying to prize out stuck crumpets or burnt tea cakes, and let's not forget the smoke alarm going off every 5 minutes. Standing on a chair flapping a tea towel at the smoke alarm due to the toast burning is now fortunately a thing of the past!
A 2 slice toaster is fine for a couple/small family that don't consume a lot of toast at the same time, but for those that are big toast lovers, or those with large families, a 4 slicer really is so much more less of a stress and saves on time if you're often in a rush.
Breville is a hugely successful reputable company that's one of the leading brands for kitchen appliances. They produce high quality products that are very well designed, reliable and good looking.
Having already purchased several Brev products over the years, the choice for my family that bought it for me was probably based upon the fact I have other Brev products out on display in my kitchen. Wise choice! Thank you Mum!
Well it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, which I first thought when saw the size of it. Im' a bit of a strange one for appliances being clumpy looking and taking up too much space, but I was pleased to find my Brev sits tidily and in no way shape or form makes the worktop look cluttered. ' Brev' as I like to call him sits tidily alongside the breadbin and kettle sporting a rather snazzy and professional look. With a shiny steel finish to its front and black sides, back and bottom, Brev blends in perfectly with out other black and silver appliances. Phew!
Boasting 4 extra wide slots, gone are the days of stuck hot cross buns. Yay! These wide slots are perfect for your own home cut extra thick bread *drools*. Not good for those dieting, as since I've had this toaster I tend to now buy uncut loaves and cut MASSIVE chunks of bread for the toaster. What I love about the extra wide slots is the fact that crumpets, bagels, tea cakes and so on slip in easily, with plenty of room either side. Nothing has got stuck so far! Joy!
Each double slot is individually controlled allowing for slices of toast to be browned/toasted to onces personal preference. This is fab for us because my daughter likes her toast barely toasted, and my son and partner like their toast very well done. Setting these controls is all very well and good until moi wants toast and as i've popped it in I suddenly remember the pre-sets and have to adjust them. I like my toast on a medium setting which is different to the others in our family.
The controls also illuminate blue which is very pleasing to the eye.
**The controls are**:
(x2 of each)
*Cancel button - Cancels and ejects the toast (useful for me due to the reason just mentioned)
*Defrost button - Perfect for those that bulk buy bread and freeze it. Pop your frozen bread straight in and extra time is programmed to allow the bread to toast.
*Browning control - is labelled from numbers 1-6, with 1 being barely browned, to 6 being well done. Personally I find 3-4 most suited to those that like their toast, not too soft, and not too hard.
*Re-Heat button - Does exactly as it says and re-heats. This is idea for me who pops bread in the toaster whilst trying to sort several other things at the same time. I can't count the number of times the toast has popped up and i've left it too long and had to lob it due to it being cold and hard. Re-heating is a fab option because it doesn't re-cook and burn it like my old toaster would have, it just warms it up so its fresh enough to butter again.
*High Lift Loading handle - This feature for the loading handle enables you to life the toast high, thus saving yourself from sticking your fingers in and burning yourself on the inside thats piping hot. I find this feature fab for hoisting crumpets that have sunken deep inside as they were always a pain in the butt to rescue. Similarly you can use this feature to lower bread/crumpets etc in.
*Removal Crumb Tray - For collecting crumbs and allowing easy removal. Yay! Gone are my days of turning my old two slice toaster upside down creating a sandstorm of crumbs on the floor that my son would have huge fun making more of a mess of.
*Cord Storage/Non Slip Feet
**For Best results/Be aware of**
*Thicker bread takes longer to toast than thinner, so just control accordingly. It may take a few attempts with the settings to perfect your toast to your own taste.
*Sultanas and bits of dried fruit from a fruity loaf or tea cake can sometimes get stuck - be aware of burning
*Switch the toaster off before cleaning and don't try to place it all in the sink. I'm sure most people know this but my teenage lad almost killed Brev and us lot with it lol
After purchasing a 'gift pack' toaster and kettle which soon went bust we needed to get a reliable toaster which wouldn't cause our electricity to 'trip'.
I've always had a thing for shiny kitchen appliances and wanted something that would do more than two rounds of toast in one go if needed ideally with the option of doing only two rounds if needed.
After checking the usual websites for bargains I came across this toaster on the Asda website in the sales for £25.00. Bargain I thought considering the price on other websites.
Once it arrived I was like a big kid opening the box to reveal a large shiny toaster.
It ticks all the boxes for me, it looks great and you can indeed do two or four rounds of toast if needed. And as with most if not all toasters these days you can use frozen bread to make toast too without the added problem of defrosting it.
I've used my toaster to make toasted sandwiches in those 'bags' and it works a treat which I believe is down to the wide nature of the toaster slots. I have even toasted my crumpets in this beauty and they came out nice.
No burnt toast or problems with the electrics-well done Breville!
I would happily pay the higher price tag for this item and have recommended it to all my friends and family as it's a lovely toaster and looks great too. Easy to clean which is an added bonus.
Having already purchased a Breville panini press, deep fat fryer and kettle I felt I was happy with performance of the Breville brand and when Mr H decreed that we needed a toaster we went online to our favourite web site Amazon and started to browse for toasters. After a short while we came across the breville VTT206 4 slice toaster. After reading about its toasting abilities and feeling suitably impressed by its polished steel finish and glowing blue buttons we clicked it into our cart and were soon £32.49 lighter in the bank account.
The toaster came well packaged in a rather large box, it was easy to remove packaging (all the packaging was card, so thumbs up Breville for recyclability) and admire our latest addition to the H family kitchen. I promptly cleared a spot for it quite close to the bread bin, but away from any flammable items that I don't accidentally want to toast, to ensure high speed toasting of a busy morning. The toaster has a highly polished stainless steel front and top and black textured plastic sides, back and bottom. I have to admit it is quite a stylish looking item. The layout of the buttons, cancel button x2, reheat button x2, defrost button x2, browning control knob x2 and loading handle x2 on the front is symmetrical and functional without being fussy. I was worried that the 4 slice toaster might look like two 2 slice toasters glued together (you know what I mean) but happily for me it does not. The four slots on top are very large, (I could toast my hand if I so desired, yes I put my hand in the slots, the toaster was unplugged at the time but I still do not recommend doing this) and can easily accommodate home sliced bread, crumpets, bagels, tea cakes etc.
The browning control knob is numbered 1 through 6. 1 is quite anaemic floppy toast and 6 is a charcoaled mothers day breakfast in bed effort. I find that a setting of 4 cooks my toast perfectly (2 slices of thick cut seeded wholemeal bread).
The cancel button does exactly what it says and stops the toasting process and ejects the toast,
The high lift feature of the loading handles allows you to lift the toast higher than the top of the machine by pushing the handle up, there by eliminating the chance of burning your fingers. The loading handles are also used in the usual way to lower bread into the toaster.
The defrost button allows you to toast bread from frozen by giving extra time to the toasting cycle.
The re-heat function also does exactly what it says and gives your toast a warm through if this is pressed when you lower the already toasted toast into the toaster.(Try saying that ten times fast) Handy if you don't get chance to grab the toast as soon as it is toasted.
~~The Toast Test~~
I set my desired level of toasting using the browning control knob. I placed two slices of my lovely seeded thick wholemeal bread into one half of the toaster, other types and thicknesses of bread will require a different setting according to your own taste in toast. I then lowered my bread into the toaster using the loading handle and waited eagerly for the resultant toast. Up it popped, disappointingly it did not jump Wallace and Gromit style into the air. I was happy with the toastyness of my toast but if you're unhappy you can lower it again for another round of toasting or discard and start again if to toasted, remembering to adjust the browning control knob accordingly. I then buttered my toast and proceeded to munch. I found the toast to be nice and crunchy and hot with an evenly toasted surface front and back.
~~Hints and Toast Tips~~
For single slice toasting use a lower setting on the browning control knob otherwise your toast could be over toasted.
If the toaster jams turn off at the mains and unplug, allow toaster to cool down and carefully ease the bread out of the toaster. Never use a knife or other implement as you could damage the elements or yourself.
For dryer bread use a lower setting on the heating control knob.
Thicker cut slices take longer to toast and thinner ones take less time.
Try to remove any loose raisins from tea cakes etc as these have a tendency to get stuck in the toaster or can just burn.
~~Cleaning and Maintenance~~
Always switch the toaster off before cleaning, never immerse in water to clean, use a clean damp cloth on the outside and then dry thoroughly. Do not use abrasive cleaners as it will scratch the shiny finish.
The crumbs are easily removed by sliding the crumb trays out from the bottom of the toaster and replaced once the crumbs have been tipped away. It is recommended that you do not use your toaster with out the crumb trays.
Four slot four slices polished stainless steel toaster.
Dual chrome-plated variable browning controls and variable width slots for thick and thin bread slices.
Features include reheat, defrost, mid-cycle cancel and extra-high lift for easy toast removal.
Fitted with twin removable crumb trays for easy cleaning, non-slip base and cord storage.
Blue illuminated buttons for easy use and stylish sloped breading slots.
This is a fantastic toaster and what I have come to expect from the Breville brand. Even though it is a four slice toaster it is just as happy toasting two or even one. I got it at the fantastic price of £32.49 delivered and its currently retailing on Amazon between £28.99 and £41.68 excluding delivery depending on what retailer you purchase from. I have seen it priced at £80.00 and while it is a fantastic toaster there is no way I think its worth £80.00.
Thank you for reading X
Having bought a new kitchen I decided I must have a gleaming new toaster and kettle (to be reviewed later) to sit on my stylish new worktop. I was looking for stainless steel and black and came across the Breville polished stainless steel 4 slice toaster in Argos.
As shown in the picture, it's polished stainless steel at the front with a black plastic casing at the sides and back. At the front it's got two sliding loading handles, one for each pair of bread slots. The loading handles have a high lift feature to help lift the finished bread out. This is ideal as I have often risked life and limb by poking a knife in my old toaster to try and prise out slices of jammed in bread, so breakfast time will now be a lot less dangerous in our house.
The toaster is 27cm wide, 22 cm high, and 28cm deep (including loading handles).
The bread slots are nice and wide, which is great for thick crusts or things like bagels and pikelets. Each pair of slots have their own controls: a cancel button, a reheat button, a defrost button and a browning control dial, so you can just use one set of slots at a time if you like.
There are also two crumb trays which slide out easily at the back. I have started off with all good intentions of emptying these frequently, as I must admit emptying bread slots does not feature high on my list of Important Things To Do Each Day. According to the instructions excess crumbs are not only unhygienic, they could also catch fire! Yikes! Who knew toasters were so hazardous?
~Using the Toaster~
This is the first time I've had a four slice toaster, as previously I didn't have enough worktop space. Now I've got a newly revamped kitchen with more worktop space, I decided a four slice toaster was going to be a lot easier than doing two slices for my husband, then two slices for me, by which time the toaster would be already hot and mine would be overdone.
I often use the defrost button as I tend to use bread straight out of the freezer. In case you've never used a defrost function on a toaster, all you have to do is press the loading handle down to start it toasting, then press the defrost button, and this will toast it for a bit longer to allow for it being frozen. It works like a dream and my bread comes out lightly browned and crispy. The reheat button is also handy if I've wandered off and forgotten about it, as all I have to do is pop the toast back down and press the button to give the toast a quick blast to heat it up. The manual warns not to use the reheat button with buttered toast. I thought that went without saying, but you never know...
An especially funky attribute of this toaster is that the buttons light up a really lovely blue when you press them, so I can see at a glance whether I've remembered to press the defrost button. These match the glowing blue light on the matching kettle. I'm a big fan of things that light up as it means I can see what they're up to even if the kitchen's noisy and I miss hearing the toast pop up or the kettle finish boiling.
From a safety aspect the side and front walls of this toaster don't get hot, so are safe if you accidentally brush against them. It does throw up a fair bit of heat above though, so be careful if you want to place it under a wall cupboard.
The instruction manual suggests cleaning the toaster with a clean damp cloth and drying thoroughly. It also warns against using hard, abrasive or caustic cleaners. I wipe it over with a paper towel lightly dampened with diluted Flash, which brings it up gleaming.
Overall this is the best toaster I've ever had for efficiency and stylish appearance. I've been using it for three months and I've no complaints about it whatsoever and would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't have a bun warming rack, which is something I do like on a toaster, but that's only a minor quibble.
It's currently on sale at £59.99 at Argos, but I didn't pay that much as it was on offer at the time.
After a few months of having a toaster that was faulty, I got fed up of burning the toast as I got side tracked in the kitchen. So I finally decided that it was about time to buy a new one.
I decided to opt for a 4 slice toaster and I came across this Breville polished stainless steel 4 slice toaster on Amazon. I had some Amazon vouchers and decided to put these towards my purchase. This toaster is like having two individual two slice toasters as each is individually controlled.
This toaster is great as it has variable browning controls and the slots of the toaster can be adjusted for the width of the bread as everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to their toast. Each two slots of the toaster have their own adjustable controls so that you can create the perfect toast for you and others at the same time.
There are some wonderful other features on this toaster which include reheat to warm the toast through without burning it, defrost for that bread that has just come out of the freezer, mid-cycle cancel, so you can cancel if your item is burning. There is also the extra-high lift feature for easy removal of smaller items such as crumpets or bagels, this makes sure that you do not burn your fingers.
The toaster is easy to wipe clean and there are also two separate crumb trays, so that you can easily clean the toaster and remove those unwanted crumbs. I think that the reheat feature is one of the best on it as I do not like cold toast as I like the butter to melt on my toast as soon as it has been applied.
This toaster looks great and sits perfectly on your kitchen side so that is ready to use when you need it. If you have to make a lot of toast in the morning this as a four slice toaster makes it easier if you are in a rush.
The only disadvantage I have found is that if you buy a large farmhouse loaf some of the bigger slices do not fit into the toaster, but it is great for the standard size loaf.
The toast tastes perfect and there are also a range of kettles that are designed to match this toaster. This was well worth the £32.50 price tag that it has, you will not be disappointed with your purchase.
I want toast: Breville VTT206
I rediscover Beans on toast as they are cheap delicious and very easy to make. The only problem I normally have is getting the toast ready when you are with two people. My previous toast only had two slots and it was also a pain in the arse to get the toast ready at the same time. So I decided it was time to buy a four slot toaster but didn't want to spend to much money on it. The answer? The Breville VTT206 for around 40 pounds!
I think 40 pounds for a toaster isn't that much money and especially for a four slot toaster. I wanted to have a good one and after reading some reviews I was confident that this was the right deciding. I ordered mine on Amazon and within a few days I had my brand new toaster.
The toaster is made of stainless steel and have several controls to prepare your bread just the way you want it. You can adjust the toaster on how toasted you want you bread. I like mine well done but certainly not black and luckily this toaster doesn't burn my bread. With mine previous one I always had to be careful and I had to check the bread several times. You also have a defrost button which is easy if you keep your bread in the freezer. Further on you have a reheat button and a button to cancel the toasting.
It also has a removal tray to collect all the crumbs of the bread which makes it easier to clean. With the toaster you also get a instruction book with all safety instructions but you don't really need any instructions because it's very easy to use.
I have been using this toaster for a couple of months now and I'm very satisfied. I takes around 2 minutes for my bread to be ready and I just love the fact that you can toast four slices at the same time. I normally don't eat alone so it's certainly handy and quicker to make toast on beans with this toaster.
Toast is such a basic thing but everyone likes it different, some people, my wife included, like their toast to be little more than warm bread, others like it burnt to a crisp and then the normal folk like me, just like it normal. Add to this the different shapes and sizes that breads come in these days and a toaster now has to be a very versatile thing.
The Breville VTT206, is a very, very versatile toaster, it has four slots so it can toast four slices at the same time and as well as being able to toast it can defrost and re-heat, although i wouldn't recommend re-heating toast but this can be useful for waffles and crumpets.
The slots on this toaster are way wider than those on other toasters and therefore if like me you enjoy thick slices of bread from uncut loafs then you can fit them in no trouble and unlike some toasters with wider slots, it doesn't cause thicker slices to burn.
There is of course the option to change the toasting time on this and two slots can toast for longer or shorter than the other if you are making four slices but for people who like their toast different ways.
There is also a cancel button so you can pop the toast manually to check if it has reached your desired level rather than guess at the setting you need although once you have used it a few times you will know what you need to set it to, to get what you like.
Costing us only £39.99 from Amazon about 3 months ago we feel we have made a very good choice of toaster and would certainly recommend it to others.
Imagine my distress when one morning I head to the kitchen to prepare toast for my two very hungry boys, place in 4 slices of bread and suddenly *poof* smoke rises from the toaster and yet there is no sign of the bread being cooked at all. A sudden realisation washes over me... the toaster has broken.
So I head off to the internet to find myself another. A 4 slice toaster is a minimum requirement in my household and after a little searching I set my heart upom the Breville VTT206.
=== About Breville ===
Breville is the creater of the first sandwich toaster (how did we ever live without toasted sandwiches) and was founded in Australia in 1932.
They specialise in making small kitchen appliances and produce the Antony Worrall Thompson kitchen range.
=== The Breville VTT206 4 slice toaster ===
The VTT206 comes in polished stainless steel and is slightly slanted giving it a classy and modern look.
Able to toast 4 slices at one time with 4 variable width slots, meaning buns & bagels are equally catered for. There are controls for each pair of slots therefore if you only wish to toast 2 items you do not need to have all 4 slots heating.
The toaster has a time control dial for each pair of slots so that you can turn the toaster up or down depending on whats being toasted, how fresh your bread is and how brown you want them to come out.
3 buttons are available for each pair of slots giving a Cancel option (pop up early) the ability to Defrost and reheat.
You can also lift the levers as a 'High Lift' feature for those stubborn slices that sit too low in the toaster.
The toaster also contains cord storage, non slip feet, Lit controls and a removable crumb tray (invaluable for cleaning).
The toaster costs around £35 but prices do vary so shopping around is recommended. I picked mine up for £29.99 from Amazon.
=== My Opinion ===
As you would hope from a toaster it toasts bread nicely (in face it toasts up to 4 slices of bread very nicely). The length of the slots are more generous than the cheap 4 slice toaster I previously owned and I have found most breads fit fine.
The reheat facility is very handy if you get distracted during your cooking as there is nothing worst than cold toast.
The High Lift facility is very helpful when toasting smaller items and has saved me from burning my fingers (or sticking inanimate objects into the slots to pry out the bread) on several occassions.
The toaster has a lovely look and although I'm not sure why you need illuminated buttons they do make it look prettier when in use.
=== In Conclusion ===
A very good buy, does everything a toaster should whilst looking good.
I'll start off by saying this is probably the best toaster I've ever owned.
The ability to put in four slices of bread rather than two for toasting is always a nice addition, especially if you live with others. This can prevent an argument in the morning when two people need their toast before they rush to work at the same time. These toasting slots are quite wide, too, which is a bonus for me as I find it irritating when thin-slot toasters don't allow you to place thick-sliced bread in them. It also means toaster bags can fit in them, which are good for people on the go.
A nifty feature is that each of the double slots are operated individually, so you can toast each of your slices in different individual ways. As always, you need to figure out how each number toasts your bread, but it only takes a few goes until you set it to your liking.
I also like to think this toaster is a well-designed one aesthetically. The silver and black is simple but it works well, plus most kitchen appliances are the same so, if you've bought similar-coloured products as I have, this toaster will fit right in in your kitchen symmetry-wise.
The cheapest you can apparently get it at now is £35, which isn't all that expensive (though I did get it £10 cheaper, so maybe hold out to buy it later and it might drop down in price). Still, even at £35, this toaster is well worth it.
I recently bought this Breville VTT206 toaster online at Amazon.co.uk and was lucky enough to get it for the discounted price of £20, I have seen this on sale in shops for over £30 so managed to get a real bargain buy.
The toaster is made of stainless steel on the front and top, the sides are made of a strong grey type case which really looks good at 2 tone instead of all being in shinny steel.
The best part about the toaster is that it has 4 functional compartments which will benefit a family when lots of toast is needed. You can control when the seperate compartments have finished the toast and also the timing and heat which it generates for the seperate piesces of bread/toast.
You can cook the toast from frozen and the toaster will also take different thickness of bread and produce the perfect piece of toast to meet your desire.
You will find that there is a crumb tray which will gather all the crumbs over time, be careful when pulling this out and emptying it, i have had a few problems in the past and caused a lot of mess.
I would highly recommend the toaster to all as it has so many selling points and especially for the price I paid, If you are looking for ease in the kitchen then this really is a good item for you.
I will mention though that I think my toaster is brilliant but I have to be careful with one of the compartments as it sometimes sticks causing the toast to be a little too brown and crunchy.
Well i have been using this Breville toaster for 6 months now and it has performed perfectly, producing even and perfectly toasted toast, on every occasion thus far (may seem ridiculous, but thats pretty much what i bought the toaster for!)
The VTT206 has 4 wide slots, with two sets of controls (on for each pair of toaster arts) which means that not only can you toast 4 slices at a time, but you can set each side to different browning stages, and leave it to its business without having to pop up and test every time. Also, the dual controls mean that you needn't worry about energy waste when youre only toasting for yourself, so even if you live alone, if you intend to have guests, or like to have a toasting BINGE every now and again, your ability to toast efficiently is not compromised!
As with any toaster, you need to toast a few slices to work out which number works for you, (i use 3, for medium tasted toast... y'know when its not white, but not charcoal... a good toast colour.)
This is an aesthetically pleasing toaster, witha classic look that is equally at home in a modern black and white granite based kitchen as it is in a traditional wood tone kitchen.
NOW availible for under £30?! snap one up now!
I have owned the Breville VTT206 toaster for about six weeks now. I will only be rating it on my experience so far and will update the review regarding it's longevity in about a year. I needed a bigger toaster so that the whole family could sit down to soup and toast without having to up and down to the toaster a million times during the meal. It took a little research but I settled on this one because I managed to get it at half the original price.
The Breville VTT206 is a toaster with four slots. It is finished in Chrome, the top and front panels and Black Plastic, but it isn't cheap looking plastic it's posh plastic that looks tasteful and elegant, surrounding the chrome on the back and the sides. It has two levers for activating the toaster and three buttons, cancel, defrost and reheat, and a dial to set the browning control. When the bread is toasting the cancel button lights up with a lovely electric blue colour, a light press cancels the toasting cycle and lifts the bread. It looks very lovely on my worktop and goes delightfully with all my other Chrome gadgets and accessories.
It took a few trials to get to grips with the different browning levels, obviously bread takes less time to toast than a crumpet or a potato cake and more time than a tea-cake and on top of that everyone has their own preferences. The second round of toast needs to be on for less time as the toaster is already hot then and your bread will toast faster. Being my Fathers Daughter I didn't really bother with reading the instructions, after all it's a toaster, how hard can it be?
The toaster slots are extra wide so you can cut a huge chunk of bread to toast without it getting stuck in the toaster or having to cram it in. The lift up thing, with the levers makes it a lot easier to get smaller things like hot cross buns out. There are two levers because each lever operates two slots at a time so you can save electricity by not having all four slots on if toasting two things.
The packaging it come in is a large cardboard box, but not with an excess of space in it with it being just slightly larger than the toaster itself. The toaster is protected in the box by a thin transparent plastic bag and moulded cardboard surrounds, which are very sturdy and would stand up to knocks to the box as well as polystyrene would but with the added advantage of being biodegradable making probably 98% of the packaging recyclable.
All in all a very good toaster, we probably use it an average of twice a day cooking at least two rounds of toast or something similar. Well worth the money I paid for it! If you have more than two in your household buy it, we have five full time residents and a load of other people in bursts and spurts so it's really useful for us.
I have had this toaster a while now and it still looks and works as good as new. I paid £39.99 for mine but it can now be bought on Amazon for around £28.00.
The toaster has 4 wide slots and two sets of controls, each set controlling two slots independently, so you can toast 2 slices of bread at one setting and the other 2 at another if peoples preference to how they like their toast is differs.
The toaster is made of stainless steel with illuminated controls, it has variable browning controls, which you soon get used to just try it a couple of times and adjust accordingly, I tend to use the lower settings as I like lightly toasted bread. There is a defrost button, so you can toast frozen bread straight from the freezer and the bread will be gently warmed before toasting. There is also a reheat button that will warm the toast back up if you have left it to go cold, and a cancel button to stop it toasting if you are interrupted during toasting.
There is also a high lift facility, this is very useful if you are toasting crumpets, or potato cakes that tend to disappear down the toaster, you can lift the baskets up so that the item can be retrieved without burning yourself.
There is a removable crumb tray, easily removed for cleaning that catches the crumbs pretty efficiently and the toaster has none slip feet. It is easy to clean; I just use a damp cloth with a little washing up liquid, and polish with kitchen towel.
All in all this is a very decent toaster for the money, with nice wide slots that can toast thick bread, crumpets or warm potato cakes. Once you get the settings sorted out it will make the perfect toast every time.
Would I recommend this toaster, yes I would it does everything a toaster should do as well as looking attractive with its silver face and top and black sides.
This toaster is dependant on how much toast you eat, and how many people live in your house. In my house, there is quite a few of us, and we all love our toast, so this toaster was first choice when our last one broke.
The main features that were attractive to me was the fact that it had room for 4 slices of bread to be toasted at once, but not only that, you have the choice to only use 2 of the slices at once, so if you are only making toast for one person, you save on the electric. It has a removable crumb tray, so it saves the hassle of cleaning under the toaster every few days, and it's easy to remove and clean. There are also non slip feet on the toaster, so that's just an extra feature that was a bonus to us.
I purchased this toaster for about £40 from Curry's, as that seems to be my first port of call for electrical items, but since then I have seen them for a lot cheaper. Very.com is selling them for about £30 now I think. Breville is also a reliable brand, but none the less, there are still quite good guarantees in case the do happen to break, depending on where you purchase them from.
Extra information that may be of use to you is the variable brown setting that the toaster has, because everyone is different in how they like their toast, as well as the wider slots for the bread, which is useful for thicker bread or crumpets! Also the design of the toaster is also a bonus, as it looks very sleek and futuristic in my opinion, and it fitted just nicely into my kitchen.
The only problems people might find is that the toaster is slightly bigger than some, so may struggle to find space in their kitchen, or they find they don't use all the slots if they are in a smaller family.
Short name: Breville VTT206