Product Type: Cookworks toasters
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Just a very slight bit browned off this Cookworks 4 slice toaster
Cookworks 4-Slice Toaster
Member Name: Ash2508
Cookworks 4-Slice Toaster
Date: 18/11/12, updated on 18/11/12 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Stays cool outside, has high lift, defrost, reheat settings, crumbs tray
Disadvantages: Cancel button light stopped coming on. We got replacement toaster. Needs turning up to "5" to toast.
We bought this 4 slice Cookworks KT223 toaster from Argos. It has some great features for the price we paid, of £16.99. We have also seen it cheaper than that, at £14.99 elsewhere, including in another review I found of this toaster.
This toaster only seems to come in white, which was fine with us as our kettle is white so it was a good match, yet this perhaps wouldn't be much good for those who want it in another colour to match other appliances or decor.
It is a four slice toaster, with individual settings for each 2 slice half of the toaster. There are Defrost, Cancel, and Reheat buttons, at the top on both the left half and the right half of this toaster, which light up - in a nice warm orange colour - when one has pushed the lever down which starts the bread toasting.
Perhaps we were unlucky, but the Cancel button on the original toaster we purchased stopped lighting up after about two weeks. As it was still under warranty, we took it back and got a replacement. It did occur to us that if this kept happening within warranty we could keep taking it back, and we would always have a newish toaster!!
There is a high lift feature on both halves, to lift the toast up so it can be got out of the toaster easily once it has finished toasting. This works fairly well.
The Defrost button is for when you want to defrost frozen bread slices. It works well, although it does not leave you with a nice moist slice of bread for making a sandwich but instead a rather dry sided one.
The Cancel button cancels the toasting and pops the lever and the bread back up. This works very efficiently.
The Reheat button is for moments such as those when you forget about the toast and it has popped up and then gone cold, or it has popped up before the rest of what you are cooking is ready for it. So you can use Reheat to heat it up again, without burning it. I think this is an extremely handy feature - and (looking sheepish) I myself use it quite a bit and it works well.
There are neat little crumbs trays on the bottom of the back side of the toaster, one for each 2 slice half. This collects the crumbs and ensures the counter is not always covered in toast crumbs. It is easy to empty out and put back in place.
Grades of toasting range from 1 to 7 and are on easy to turn knobs, one towards the bottom of each 2 slice half of the toaster. I find that I have to turn the knob right up to at least 5 to get a decent browning of the toast. Our previous toaster only needed to be turned up to 3 to get this degree of browning.
It toasts both thick and thin slices, although I have had a bit of difficulty fitting taller slices in but they do squish in.
In summary, this is a nice cheap toaster with plenty of good features, however long it lasts. At the price we bought it for it is cheap enough to not worry if it doesn't last, and there is a one year guarantee to cover this which is quite a good long period of guarantee for something that has the wear and tear of a toaster and is so cheap in the first place. Yet in saying this there is both the inconvenience of having to take it back to get a replacement as well as the fact that this increases the amount of usage of the planet's resources.
I hope you found this review helpful! :-)
Summary: Nice cheap toaster with lots of helpful settings, but with a few things which may brown you off.
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