Most white goods (electrical) are not made to last. The companies operate a silent nod agreement that it's better to make stuff that lasts no longer than five years and make the money on the warranty and the constant business of buying replacement stuff than building something sturdy. You name it, it wears out just after your warranty expires, a right old racket. If reputable brands don't want to get involved in this con and they make a washing machine that lasts thirty years then they only sell one every twenty years to that person and so have no choice but to fall in line. Light bulbs used to last forever because they were made to last but now bulbs are all manner of shapes and sizes, eco and green, barely lasting 6 months. And don't get me started on plastic kettles! Toasters, on the other hand, are bred to last, if you can excuse the pun!
The first electric toaster was invented by Alan MacMasters in Edinburgh in 1893. It was really tricky to find a metal for an element that would heat up and not disintegrate or melt, or electrocute the user, solved in 1905 by a young engineer named Albert Marsh, who designed an alloy of nickel and chromium, which came to be known as Nichrome. The toaster as we know it is barely one hundred years old, quite surprisingly, considering Leonardo da Vinci invented the helicopter in 1756. The smarter of you will have twigged that the pop up toaster, invented in 1925, of course, doesn't actually know the toast is done but simply works on a timer, but the older your toaster the more useless the timer in as you keep having to force the bread back in again to get your favorite toast color.
The Breville VTT236 has a rather military look about it, slate matt grey with two efficient slots in the top of the plastic and metal oblong shaped like a stealth boat. I can imagine this in a secret military facility making the boffins toast although the Breville technology not quite up to that setting. The slots are long so you may be able to stuff two of those small slices of toasting bred in each one but not regular size you wont, even though it claims to be a four bred toaster. They can deal with all sizes of thickness (so you can fit Northern bread in!) although the Wharburton thick was a squeeze, like trying to get some of those older celebrities that go out in the first two weeks of Strictly into their sequin numbers.
It has a simple three buttons (illuminated) and one manual eject thing next to the timer if it doesn't 'pop' on queue. One button has to be pressed for defrosting bread and another for reheat. Yes, you can thaw out your bread to make a sandwich with his baby! It's rather good for crumpets I must say. The reheat button basically makes your toast warm again without burning it.
It has a nice removable crumb tray which should be emptied regularly as that stuff can catch fire or smolder and damage the insides if left. It has a button that is supposed to be set to brown your toast how you like it but in my experience everyone is impatient and press the manual eject when it looks ok, which you can do with this one. Its most welcome feature is it lifts the toast well clear of the filament when it's done so you don't risk a burn. Some of them can be real hot potatoes.
Its heavy enough with a non slip bottom not to be launched across the kitchen by your toddlers and easy to clean (tip it upside down over the waste bin) and no external heating of the carriage. One loose wire in their and the metal bits become conductors folks!
At around £20 on Amazon it's cheap at the price and looks durable. The only negative would be the lead isn't that long and you can't get four big fat slices of bread in and so not the ideal family toaster. But for twenty quid who cares.
This Breville 4 Slice Toaster in a silver finish has stylish looks complement your modern kitchen / It has 2 slots that toast 4 slices at a time so perfect for busy mornings / It's packed with features to make your toast just the way you like it.4 slice / 2 slotVariable width toasting slotsDefrost reheat & mid-cycle cancel functionsVariable browning controlHigh lift facilityIlluminated controlsRemovable crumb trayCord storage & non-slip feet / Short name: Breville VTT236