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      07.08.2013 16:09
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      great family toaster, good range of settings, easy use and cleaning

      I bought this toaster quite a few years ago, soo after I moved into my new house as I had thrown away my old toaster before moving. This is probably the best toaster I've ever had. It is so reliable and I've never had any problems.

      The toaster doesn't come with anything apart from the plug attached and some instructions, and it is very simple to use. It is a 2 slice toaster with extra wide slots for food items like crumpets or toasties. It has a removable crumb tray which is useful for cleaning and maintenance.

      The toaster has a cancel button which is very useful for tired mornings! The toaster also has a defrost button for defrosting bread from the freezer, which I use all the time because we don't eat all of our bread at once so we freeze half of the loaf to preserve it. This option toasts the bread at the same time as defrosting it which is good because you don't have to perform the two functions separately. It also has a reheat button which reheats the toast you have toasted earlier. I quite like this setting as it does not make your toast more toasted, it just warms it up, which is good for 'forgotten toast'.

      The toaster has 6 toast settings, and if you're like me and don't like toast overly toasted, I would suggest using the lower settings, as putting it on the highest setting (6) pretty much burns it. I don't really understand why they would have that setting, I mean who eats burnt toast? Each to their own I suppose...

      Overall, this toaster is very good and the range of options available for it are great. You can toast a range of things including toast, toasties/toaster sandwiches, crumpets, breakfast muffins, thick bread, etc... If you have a larger family I would recommend getting the 4 setting toaster but otherwise I would get the 4 slice toaster. Otherwise this toaster serves a normal sized family perfectly, and has lasted us for a number of years. Its easy to use and clean and settings are easy to change. Definitely recommend!

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      29.10.2010 19:17
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      On reflection, maybe we will get a new one and I can relocate this to the workshop!

      Visually appealing in an attractive silver finish, this toaster certainly looks the part. We have had it for a few years now and unlike some cheaper toasters it has survived everyday wear and there are no chips, cracks or rusty bits, so 10 out of 10 for its durability and tough finish.

      Of course it isn't enough to sit there and look pretty (that's the toaster, not me). It has to be able to toast bread and by and large it does the job well. There are two slots and they are nice and deep to accommodate thicker slices or your own doorstep wedges, BUT the slots are not wide enough to accommodate a tall slice of bread such as Warburton's. This can be frustrating although it is a minor annoyance. You either have to put it in vertically and have the top 1" untoasted or wedge it in sideways and stand over it so that it doesn't get stuck and burn. If the bread is frozen it's easier.

      Another thing which bugs me somewhat is that if you are using a slice of bread from an uncut loaf (oh - you know what I mean!) it toasts a lot quicker than shop bought sliced bread, so you have to artificially interrupt the timed toasting process or end up with a burnt frazzle. Struggles with crumpets too, now I come to think of it.

      It has the usual controls down the side allowing you to select from various shades of brown and it has a defrost button. I only use the middle button which pops the toast up for you. The toaster comes with a decent amount of flex. The crumb tray is easy to access and keep clean.

      All in all, it does the job and we have no plans to ditch it at this stage, but the reality is that it looks better than it toasts, so only a 3 out of 5 for me.

      I love toast.

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        25.05.2010 16:28

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        Good toaster that toasts.

        This DeLonghi toaster looks stylish and lovely on my worktop. It has cook one side feature, which is great for beginning cheese on toast or pizza toast before topping and transferring to the grill. It also has a defrost function which, if I'm honest, I've never used. My husband bought this, I didn't hold out much hope of it being any good, my husband has a history of buying things for looks rather than performance, and hid our old one in the back of the cupboard. I was surprised when this toaster worked and is still working a year on, maybe I should bin the old one now? The problem I've found with this, and most other toasters, is that the slots aren't long enough or deep enough for Warburton's bread so you either have to cut off the crusts before you toast or turn the bread round partway, unless you like your bread half toasted and half not. Or just not buy Warby's bread. Having to turn the bread around half way defeats the purpose of a toaster to me, you may as well use the grill. For non-Warby's bread and teacakes, crumpets, potato cakes etc it's great.

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        01.07.2009 15:17
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        Looks lovely, tastes lovely.

        The review I'm writing is about the cream version of this toaster, I also have the matching kettle which I have reviewed recently.

        Unlike the kettle, I have been very pleased with the overall performance of this toaster.

        **The look
        It has a very stylish matt cream finish with silver buttons and handle. It goes beautifully with my kitchen which is also mainly cream, I think coloured toasters and kettles are just a bit more funky than their silver counterparts.

        **The size
        I think it is slightly larger than average for a 2 slice toaster, approx 6" deep, 11" wide and 8" high, so may take up a little bit more room but it does make it look good and chunky, it has a pleasing rounded shape. Very nicely designed.

        **The features
        On the side there is a handle to lower bread into toaster mechanism, a gauge with knob to choose colour and three buttons. The first button is a Defrost option, the second is a Stop/cancel button and the third is to Reheat.

        The first and third buttons have a red light above to let you know they have been selected.

        I wasn't sure whether I would use the defrost or reheat buttons (surely it just does the same toasting thing!) but actually they are quite handy if like me you reheat your toast only to forget until it's burnt.

        **The performance
        It toasts evenly and consistently, I have absolutely no complaints with the performance of this toaster. I have used to defrost and reheat with excellent results. The stop button is swift and prevents the need to pull up the handle.

        **The verdict
        Pricewise, this toaster is quite expensive at around £45.00 but I have found it to be reliable and stylish, hopefully it will continue to perform to this level and make it worth it's inital outlay. The only slight down side I can think of is that it doesn't have a crumb tray like some models do - so more cleaning for me!

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          05.01.2008 22:03
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          Looks great but there are better toasters out there

          This toaster has been sitting happily in our kitchen now for about 12 months and Im pleased to say it has er.....toasted stuff. Thats not to be derogatory, it just that it does its job pretty well without being spectacular.

          ****looks*****
          Well weve got the matching kettle so thats a plus and they look very sleek and silver next to each other. I noticed another reviewer didnt like the large Delonghi brand name stamped across the side bit I think it loks quite nifty in an industrial sort of way. The silver is just sprayed on paint which looks a bit naff close up but from a distance it looks pretty good. The curved top looks very modern and the buttons and dials at the end dont distract.
          ****features*****
          The toaster has 2 wide slots that can take a range of thicknesses. There is a 'browning' dial, a warming setting and an eject button (I nevver use it, just whack up the lever). Nothing special. At the base there is the underused crumb tray which is generally overflowing and spills toast dust every time I move the toaster. Not its fault. Lazy toast eater to blame. its not like the tray isn't big enough!

          ****the toast****
          Hmmmmm. Is there a toaster which browns evenly all over to an exact specified shade. I dont think so and this certainly aint it. Rarely do you get a perfect piece of toast. Both sides are uneven and certainly, one side is always done more than another.
          The thing that really bugs me is...well you remember the nice wide slots taking a range of thicknessess......they don't take a range of heights. When you stand Warburtons up in the slot, the top isn't done at all for about the top 2cm. When you lie the bread sideways in the slot it has to be squished in and ends up bent so it doesnt pop up. This leads to electrocution as you try to get the stuck toast out with a knife.
          Well that makes it sound a bit rubbish doesn't it. It IS. Its a bit good as well though.
          If you want a good looking toaster and don't mind paying around £30 get it. If you want good toast, dont!!!

          Personally, good enough to be a good and a recommend, but only because the wife values looks over final product. Which is why she married me ;-)

          originally posted on Ciao by myself (dhillcrest)

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            27.09.2006 13:18
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            Rather a nice little pop up.

            Just about everyone loves a pop-up in the kitchen. They are as conventional in our society as the electric kettle. The pop-up wins the day when in competition with a good grilling. On safety grounds alone, who wants to burn the house down? Setting off the smoke alarm is a small price to pay for burnt toast.

            Pop-up toasters come in many shapes and sizes, slim ones, fat ones, long ones and even tiny ones. Choosing the right one that fits the job can be an extensive task.

            One fine Christmas a couple of years ago I got the strangest present, a new toaster for my new kitchen. It took all the worry and the research of review reading out of the equation. Here it was shiny and wrapped and oh so pretty and so much nicer than the one that wouldn’t die with brown patterns on the side. Shudder at the thought but thank you anyway Aunty Maggie, it was unbreakable (sadly).

            The DeLonghi Pop Up is a rather simple but classy little number. It is as shiny as a Cyberman’s helmet in its polished matt stainless steel coat which is specially designed to avoid greasy fingerprint marks after use. It has a kind of retro look with elegant curves and won’t look an eyesore on any worksurface. There are no digital settings just a simple slide down mechanism and a couple of knobs to fiddle with.

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            The absence of any complexities makes this toaster simple to use. Unsurprisingly, it toasts. You can toast one or two slices of bread at once. You can toast other things too of course, waffles, pancakes, teacakes, brown bread, white bread, grainy bread and home made bread to name but a few.

            Another useful feature which is new to me is the crumb tray; shame on me for just discovering this after two years. Previously I had had a little look but could find no evidence of one and found that tipping it up dislodged all the crumbs at the bottom anyway. On closer inspection, I noted a small lip at the base of the toaster. With a little tug, a thin metal tray comes out, covered in crumbs. How novel. I don’t need to do a bi-annual tip it up and shake it all about anymore.

            The control knob on the toaster determines the degree of toasting you wish to submit your food to. It is a shiny knob located at the base of the pop up. You simply turn it clockwise and set it anywhere between 0 and 6. The higher the setting, the more likely you are to charcoal your breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner.

            By the way, did you know that if you are toasting brown bread it will toast faster than white bread so you should adjust your knob accordingly? (Thank you Hammy Hammond for this useful piece of knowledge transmitted via your Brainiac programme).

            In addition to the main control knob, there are three teeny weeny shiny knobs. The middle one is the cancel button. I’m going to have to go and check the other two knobs now…excuse me a moment whilst I give them an inspection….

            Ah yes, the left hand teeny know is a defrost button. I suppose that could come in handy, I’ve always turned the knob a bit higher when inserting frozen bread. The right hand teeny knob is a reheat button. I didn’t know about that one either. I suppose that could be handy too if the phone rings mid toasting and you prefer yours hot.

            Drawbacks
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            This toaster has two slots. If you need a four slice toaster, this probably won’t be the one for you. The slots are multi width enabling you to toast thin or thick bread. However, they do not seem to be wide enough to take anything domed, a teacake split in two for example. You have to slice it into three to get a big one to fit.

            Another slight drawback is that the toaster is not suitable for toasting mini pancakes. You will burn your fingers trying to remove them. Believe me, I have had several burnt digits. Oh and talking of hot things, being stainless steel, this toaster gets really hot on the outside when in use and immediately afterwards. It is not recommended that it be used anywhere in reach of small children as just touching the outside of the toaster can give you a burn.

            If you are wishing to toast huge slices of bread, as with most toasters, you will find the sticky-out bit remains untoasted.

            What do I think?
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            This is a handsome pop up and I am fond of it. It retails for around £35 so it is not the cheapest on the market. It is very reliable and gives a good degree of control over the level of toastiness you require. To date, I have yet to set the smoke alarm off with it; that has to be a plus point. The matt finish also looks good without highlighting greasy fingerprints. The shortcomings of the toaster are outweighed by the style and performance. I would recommend but not with a full 5 stars because it gets hot on the outside and if you are unaware that someone has just used the toaster you can get a nasty surprise. Tzzzzz.

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            The stunning Argento stainless steel range from DeLonghi offers three high performance toasters, with a choice of 2 or 4 slice toasting / Their exclusive matt silver finish, and good looks are instantly appealing and their performance is unparalleled / The Argento features variable slot width, manual lift system, and high lift function so that it's easy to reach smaller items / Short name: DeLonghi CT02