Product Type: Delonghi toasters
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Retro chic toaster, with some good features to boot
DeLonghi CTO4003 Icona
Member Name: lankmarka
DeLonghi CTO4003 Icona
Advantages: Individual controls, large slots, classy styling, no crumbs!
Disadvantages: Relatively expensive
OK, it's going to be difficult to write a review on a toaster - especially one that cost me about £70 - without sounding a tad materialistic. And maybe a bit sad. But let's face it - you're looking at this toaster because it's red, and you want it to go with your red kitchen appliances! So you've already established you like how it looks - the classy glossy-red finish, the retro styling, mmm... - but can you really justify spending the price, especially when the supermarkets are knocking out 4-slice toasters for a fraction of the price.
Well, I'm here to tell you that, aside from the aesthetics, it actually is a very good toaster...
Firstly, it has good-sized slots. Not just height (nothing worse than bread poking out the top, requiring a mid-point turnaround), but also width. If you like your chunky doorstep toast, it's not a problem here.
Secondly - it's energy efficient! Kind of. I don't know about watt usage or anything, but the very fact that each half has its own controls means you don't have to waste energy heating the elements of all four slots when you only want two slices. This is often the case with other 4-slicers.
Thirdly - personal browing! By that, I mean each half has its own controls, so you and yours can leave them set to your preferred brownage levels.
Finally - no crumbs! there are no holes in the bottom for crumbs to fall out, keeping your worktop clean. This was a real bugbear for me with previous toasters, so this alone would have sold it for me.
OK, there's no getting around the fact that you're paying through the nose for something because of how it looks. But at least now you can kind of justify it to yourself. Happy toasting!
Summary: Not just a pretty face - this is a well-built, well thought-out toaster!
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