When moving into our first house, we needed a cheap and cheerful toaster. I paid around £15 for this in Argos and nearly 3 years on we still have it. It came with a 1 year manufacturer guarantee, but never had to use this. Although the toaster does need upgrading soon as our family has got bigger, a 2 slice toaster doesn't really work well with a family of 4.
It's a stainless steel toaster and matches and other cookworks stuff such as my kettle and toastie maker.
Setting it up was easy, you take it out of the box, plug in and you can start toasting. It's a stainless steel and black toaster, and does look quite nice especially for the price.
The toaster is a 2 slice toaster, with 6 different toasting settings. I normally have this on the 3rd setting which makes my toast a lovely golden brown, but with 6 settings there's enough choice to product your perfect toast however you like it.
It has cancel, defrost and reheat function. I haven't used the reheat or defrost settings as I don't freeze bread, but the cancel button is great, I've found it very useful for if the toast need slightly longer, if the bread is very fresh.
It also has a variable width function suitably for bread, pitta crumpets etc.
Cleaning the toaster is very easy, I just use a wet wipe to wipe over the stainless steel and black parts and it comes up brand new looking again. It also has a removable crumb tray at the bottom of the toaster, it's very easy to pull this out, remove the crumbs in the bin and pop it back in for next time.
You have to pull down a lever at the side to start cooking your toast and once it's finished you can hold the lever up and it makes whatever was toasting pop up even more, so pittas and crumpets can be reached more easily.
The cord for the kettle is a good length aswell you don't need the toaster right next to the plug socket, which is great if you don't want it there. I don't leave the toaster plugged in, but if you do or don't, there is a little base underneath the toaster where you can wrap the remainder of the plug wire so you are not left with plug wires everywhere.
It's a great little cheap and cheerfully toaster perfect for if it's just you or maybe a partner, I wouldn't recommend this for a family though.
We bought this when we moved house - it came in a combi set with a matching toaster and I think we literally popped into Argos, found the cheapest deal and bought it - it was simply to last our 'settling in period'..... Fast forward two years and this kettle and toaster still have pride of place on my kitchen side.
Incredibly easy to set up - take out and plug in, these have been a hit from the start. Whilst both basic, they are both well made and long lasting, having stood the test of time in my household being used at least twice daily. Am very impressed with both - the stainless steel part cleans up beautifully and the plastic is unscratched and looks new. Looks stylish too, not a £10 set deal!
The toaster has a dial setting to shorten/lengthen toasting time, and a middle setting produces a perfectly toasted slice of toast. It also has a cancel button (can be a teeny bit sticky sometimes, but nothing a quick tap doesn't immediately resolve) and a pull down start mechanism. The push up part also goes up high enough so any small pittas etc... can easily be reached or popped out without the usual dangerous poking around.
Really long cord, too long for me, but has a great wind up storage area underneath so not a problem at all. As for noise - well toasters are not necessarily known for their noise (!) - but one point I'd mention is when the toast pops up it has a cheap springy sound accompany it - really not even worth mentioning as a flaw though! Crumb tray is useful too - basic, easy to pull out and clean design - pretty standard.
The fact that we bought this set as a cheap set up set, and we are still totally happy with quality, ease of use, and results over two years later speaks for itself! Would definitely recommend - in fact I recently saw Argos doing it for less than half price so next time you pop in pick one up. Handy, and cheap enough to keep stored away should your toaster break, or you need a spare. Wish I had bought the 4-slice toaster - think this maybe a purchase that happens soon.
for a simple toaster i would say it does its job it toasts bread to make toast an enjoyable snack or breakfast that everyone nearly enough loves. so if thats what your after then yes i would say it is a good toaster . you simply set your temperature using the dial-low number for lightly done-high number for charcoled push down and wait for the toast to pop up.also you can push the toast up yourself to check its status in case you worry about your toast burning like myself. a problem i have come across though is that when the toast pops up sometimes it flys out of the toaster on to the floor in a mad rage wjich isnt good. also sometimes if you put it on a middle temperature the toast burns-which believe me ypoull be able to smell. basically my suggesti would be if you can want a simple toaster that has a few problems buy it if you dont then maybe try somethng a bit more high tech ps-it has a crumb tray which is good and easy enough to clean
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