Product Type: Breville toasters
Newest Review: ... a little domineering. Also, the cable is quite short. I think this is a tricky one, because everyone has different kitchens and different ... more
We won't be raising any toasts for this! (sorry)
Member Name: isobelj
Advantages: Attractive, good performer
Disadvantages: Difficult to clean, too big, not the best value for money
This toaster was a gift from my mum. It serves its purpose, but we wouldn't have chosen it ourselves, nor would I buy it again.
In terms of appearance it's quite attractive. It's chrome on the top and on the front, with black plastic sides. There are three buttons on the front, one to cancel the toasting, one to reheat cold toast and one for frozen bread. There's also a dial to alter the time setting. When the toaster is in use, the buttons glow blue which looks very modern and stylish.
The main problem we have with this toaster is that for a two slicer it's really very bulky. It's 15.2x15.2x7.6cm, which in our small kitchen, with very little work surface space, looks a little domineering. Also, the cable is quite short. I think this is a tricky one, because everyone has different kitchens and different needs. Some people want plenty of cable so they can reach a power point from wherever they are, and others want a little cable so it doesn't get in the way of anything. The length of this one is fine for me.
Using the toaster is really easy. The toasting slots are large so that most slices of bread would fit in. They're quite wide so you can toast bread buns, hot cross buns, bagels and so on but you do have to be careful as the outsides can get burnt very easily. I'd recommend using the grill for that. With normal bread, it toasts pretty evenly and it doesn't take too long, which can be really annoying. When I want toast, I don't want to wait for it! The toaster is cool to the touch when in use, so you don't have to worry about burning yourself, or about little fingers getting burnt. If you've put something small in the toaster, you can use the lever to push the slot up higher, making it easier to retrieve the contents.
Cleaning the toaster is fairly easy, but you do have to keep up to it because the chrome frontage shows up fingerprints really easily. You can just buff up the chrome with a soft cloth or use some glass cleaner to really get a shine. There's a removable crumb tray in the bottom that is easy to pull out and empty. The annoying thing is that - as you can see from the picture - there's a groove all the way around the chrome section at the top. This part gets really clogged up with crumbs and that's quite fiddly to clean. It looks really messy as well so I feel like every time there's a crumb in there I have to mess about getting it out. That gets quite time-consuming and annoying!
The RRP is £49.99, and there's not a chance I'd pay that. However it's nowhere near that price online so it seems to be permanently on special offer! It's between £19 and £30 online, which is a bit more reasonable. I think if you don't mind the size, the length of the cable or the cleaning issues, it is a nice looking toaster and it definitely does its job. However I think it's easy enough to find a toaster in this price range that performs as well but doesn't have the problems this one does. For that reason I'm giving it three stars.
Summary: You can get better for the same price
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