Product Type: Delonghi toasters
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Look the part....doesn't play the part 100%
DeLonghi CTO4003 Icona
Member Name: Charlotte6483
DeLonghi CTO4003 Icona
Advantages: Makes a nice slice of toast at first use. Looks very chic
Disadvantages: Very pricey. No outstanding features compared to other brands. Tempremental
When me and My husband got married, we didn't yet have a home together. So we decided to have a traditional gift list so that we could start building up items for our new home together.
As well as generously being gifted with items from our gift list, some guests gave us vouchers to spend in some of the bigger department stores, so after we got settled into our new home, we set out to buy some more gadgets for our home.
I am someone who enjoys luxury items, especially for the home, and my husband often has to bring me back to reality when it comes to purchasing what should be 'basic' items for the home.
Needless to say, when I started looking at DeLonghi products for the kitchen, My husband though I had lost the plot, seeing the price tags that these products held!
But I had desperately lusted over the DeLonghi Icona toaster and kettle for so long. I thought it them the ultimate luxury items in kitchen ware, they just have such a sleek, classic look to them!
My husband is very practical, and to him, it didn't matter how the DeLonghi Icona looked in the kitchen, it was merely a toaster, and a basic white one from the supermarket would have done him!
I never ended up getting the co-ordinating kettle, but I seriously dug my heels in with reagards to the toaster. I didn't want a basic white toaster...I wanted this beautiful creation, in stylish black. And I have to say, I was not disappointed with its appearance when it arrived at our home, it really did look the part in our new kitchen. Chic and Italian!
The Toaster comes with four little buttons on one side, the purposes of which are 'Bagel' 'Reheat' 'Defrost' and 'cancel'. So to be fair they are very basic settings which even your cheapest of toasters come with. I thought the Bagel setting sounded different, but I have toasted bagels both on this setting and without, and I found it toasted the same both ways, so I don't really understand the point of this button.
The toaster also come with a dial on the other side which says 'toast colour' and allows you to opt from 1 to 6, depending how well done you like your toast. So basically, it is a glorified timer, which does make a difference to how your toast comes out, I like mine golden brown and turning the dial to just over 3 usually does it to my preference. However, if you are putting more toast in straight after your first few slices, you have to make sure you re-fiddle with the dial, otherwise you end up with over done toast. So again, it is really only as good as it's cheaper competition.
The most frustrating thing I have found with this product is that once you have done your first few slices of toast, and try to put in more straight after, the catch won't stay down and stick, so you end up having to keep pushing it down very firmly, until you get it to hold...which can take a while sometimes and get you rather angry!!
The toaster does come with a tray that slides out from the back with ease, which catches any crumbs, so you can easily dispose of the bulk of the mess. And with a little wipe over , the toaster, always comes up lovely and clean, so cleaning in general is very easy with this product.
So, overall, even though it is a quick toaster, and I do get lovely golden brown toast, most of the time, I do think it is extremely over priced for all its little faults and the fact it really doesn't perform any better than the basic options out there. If anything, it probably under performs, in comparison to some other makes.
My husband would no doubt say, 'I told you so!'
And yes it does look the part in my kitchen, but going back, I certainly wouldn't make the same decision again. I think I was expecting a total miracle of a toaster fro the price I paid, as so was left a little disappointed!
This product retails from :
£49.99 on Amazon depending on the colour, with free delivery for a 2 slice toaster
If you prefer a four slice toaster you are can currently get this model in four slice for
£53.14 down from £74.99 on Amazon with free delivery!
So if you think its worth it, I would grab one now, while you can at least call it more of a bargain.
Summary: Not worth the price tag
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