I've had this Cookworks toaster for roughly 3 years now and I've moved house with it a couple of times too, so I'd say that it's durable. I like a product that does what it's meant to properly and lasts a long time and this toaster fits the bill for my husband and I.
This is a simple to use toaster and it's also compact size-wise. It has 6 settings on the side so you can toast for different times, and a cancel button for if you get impatient and just want your toast ;) - Though it doesn't take exceptionally long to toast bread anyway. My in laws have a fancy express toaster at their house that we used for about 6 weeks while staying there, but although it browned the bed quickly it also made it dry and crispy- so I really missed our Cookworks toaster then!
If you buy fancy bread you might not like it as it's designed only for loaf bread- thick-sliced bread is the biggest it can take- we do buy ciabatta and other breads but we stick them in the grill or oven anyway, so that has never been a hassle for us.
I think I paid about £8 for it new, and I've never had any problems with it, so I'd say it was a real bargain! A toast to Cookworks!
Upon moving in the middle of the last year I required a whole host of new kitchen appliances and needed them quickly. The local shop stocked only the cookwork range which are an affordable, value and quality brand. I though had never heard of them before and was a bit sceptical in purchasing. Alongside the kettle the only toaster they had in stock was the KT800 and thus that's what I have owned and used for the past few months and my opinions are mixed.
First things first, out of the box it is, as with all toasters, simply plug in and use. No assembling or setting up, just straight plug and play. This is a small toaster so can fit into the smallest kitchens easily and doesn't consume much page, similarly if you are storing it in a cupboard it is not going to take too much of your storage space. Its very very light as well meaning getting in and out of storage won't be a problem.
The one downside to this toaster which I did not realise upon buying was the fact that it does not have "wide slots" meaning it is only suitable for the small sizes of loaves of bread. You can of course cut it the larger slices down but then it doesn't toast properly as the edges burn. Nevertheless be aware unless the cookwork toaster you are buying states in the features it has "wide slots" it wont.
Although not such a nuisance it is annoying and if I would have known that I wouldn't not have purchase it.
The performance though has been fine. The settings are finely balanced and after playing around a bit I have found the perfect setting for my toast. It has the options to reheat and defrost as standard which both work excellently.
All in all its performed very well. It's a very quick toaster and heats up quickly giving you toast as it should be, fast and warm. It has had no issues, always worked first time and it a hassle free toaster that always produces high quality toast. Its not noisy, nor ugly sitting nicely on any kitchen work surface. Also for the price it offers and affordable usually well under £10.
I would recommend it as long as people are aware it does not offer the wide slots and of course is only a 2 slice toaster.
Good value, good performance!
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