I always thought a toaster was a toaster until I needed a new one! My poor old 'trusty' had given up on the world and left me with only bread for breakfast and thats an absolute crime when there is marmalade lurking in the cupboard. Hubby only likes lightly toasted bread whilst I am keen on that just burnt look, for the tastiest toast smothered in lovely butter (guaranteed to add pounds to the hips the way I do it).
I took a little time to compare all the options for toasters at Debenhams and even took a wander to Argos and House of Frazer, not much difference in price to be fair so I bought from Debenhams as it was easier to compare with the larger selection in my local store. I knew I wanted to control the colour of the toast to please both me and 'he who should be obeyed' and this seemed ideal with the twin control knobs situated at the front.
The toaster looks bigger than average, lets be honest if is! Its a 4 slice machine with wider slots and sits around 8 inches high by 12 inches wide, looking lovely in a matt finished silver effect. The handles for the slots are on the front above the dials for browning and you can toast either 2 pieces at a time (1 if thats all you need) or 4, seperate handles for each section. The slots, as I said, are wider for thicker bread, crumpets, muffins or even tea cakes and this takes away the need to start prising out thick toast that has stuck whilst it continues to burn causing the fire alarm it swing into action!
If you do decide to toast muffins in the machine, they may well sit lower into the toaster and when it automatically pops up on completion, you could well struggle to get these out. The handle for the insertion of items into the toaster also lifts these items higher if required and is brilliant for the shorter muffins etc. There is a frozen bread setting, which i have to say is fabulous as I dont tend to se all the loaf in the time before it will go mouldy so I grab bread for toast from the freezer as and when i need it. Now, for some reason, this toaster seems to make better toast with the frozen bread, almost gives it a newly baked taste which i have to say I love. There are 2 seperate crumb trays for convenience and the cord seems a little longer than my last toaster so it doesnt have to sit directly under the plug.
The feet for the toaster are non slip and although i like this idea, I dont recall chasing my other one round the kitchen ledge so maybe a good selling point but for me served very little purpose. There is also a self centring lie about the toaster slots which means that when you put your bread or muffin in there, it will centre itself and toast evenly, very useful and actually works well. The stop button (cancel) has proven quite handy as for some reason, muffins need a lot less time than my average piece of bread to toast and if you should forget to turn the browning indicator down, your mufffin will be cremated and inedible!
With the 1600 watts that this big toaster posseses, you can be assured you will not be growing a beard waiting for your breakfast each morning, its quick! I have found the browning controls to move easily so you need to check these each time you insert your bread, maybe they knock with movement but to me they seems to never be the same twice. The matt finish to this machine is lovely and as with anything matt, it seems to not show finger marks etc its easy to clean and always look good. I love this toaster and would recommend the brand to anyone interested in purchasiing a new one, it really looks professional and more than that, it makes great toast......
I have had this toaster now for around 1 year and it never lets me down, there is no compromise on quality of toasting and all parts are solid and remain intact. Brilliant
I bought this toaster around 4 years ago and had it for around 2 years before replacing it with our current toaster, the very similar Russell Hobbs model.
This toaster was around £40 new and that was discounted from Argos. For £40 I not only expect it to toast but also do other things as well. The dials on the front allow you to select the degree of toastiness you want your toast to be. This is great as my partner likes his toast much more well done than mine. As you can have 2 slices at different toastiness this was ideal for us. The other buttons allow you to defrost bread and cancel.
Although this toaster looks on the picture to be heavy and solid metal it doesn't actually deliver in real life. It is made of thin stainless steel that almost looks like plastic and even the press down levels are plasticy and not of very good quality.
After around 9 months of having this toaster the buttons and outer area of the toaster had scratches on and generally it looked a little worn and scruffy. Because of this we decided to look into buying another, it took us around another year to find one we liked. This was due to the fact this one had looked so different on the picture to in real life.
I think this is a good toaster if you are just looking for something to toast bread in. If you want a toaster that stands on your worktop and looks stylish and expensive this probably isn't the toaster for you.
Overall, I think this would put us off buying delonghi products again unless we saw them in real life.
One of the most gorgeous toasters I have ever owned! I love the retro feel to bits, the two dials on the front of it looks amazing along with the chrome levers and buttons. I've got mine in a light matt baby blue colour and it was just the thing to fit into my retro inspired cupcake kitchen.
I'd originally seen this costing almost £70 in a big department store but thought that was excessive for what is at the end of the day just a toaster. But when doing some shopping for our new place in T J Hughes I spotted it for about £27 and so I had to have it. So definitely have a look in there before anywhere else as its still £60 with postage from Wilkinson plus or £54 from Amazon with postage!
It is right on trend at the moment as goes well with all the pastel coloured kitchen accessories that are out at the moment.
The dial allows you to twist the chrome knobs on the front to set how well toasted you want your bread, choose from 6 settings. There are two of these knobs, so if your making toast for two this is handy if you have different tastes. The toaster is a little like two toasters stuck together side by side with two slots each in this sense.
Although these dials are handy and look good they are very easily wiggled or knocked on to a different setting when cleaning or just moving stuff around the worktop so I tend to always set it every time I use it or I can end up with black toast if I'm not watching it.
The toaster has got extra wide slots for thick slices of bread and crumpets etc... which is great as i love a crumpet! it also has 3 buttons on each side to defrost, cancel and reheat which are handy and again you can set each side to a different setting.
As for cleaning it is not too bad because the matt finish does not show up fingerprints, but it does have a slightly rough texture so does need a bit of a scrub when you get sticky stains on it, also the crumb tray is pretty difficult to remove and there are two of these also. So it is best to do this over the sink or they go flying every where and make a mess.
I'd recommend this toaster as it looks so good has lots of useful features (although a roll/croissant warmer would be a bonus) and works well and looks Ace
I'm not sure if this toaster is still available in the baby blue colour currently but is is still up on Amazon but as currently unavailable:
It is available in cream at Wilkinson's labelled as DeLonghi Argento 4 Slice Toaster Cream CT04E on there plus website but the link is massive so if you just search toaster it comes up:
And it is available in silver and stainless steel.
The blue,cream and silver are all mat and have the same texture so great for not showing up fingerprints. But I'm not so sure about the Stainless steel version as i have not seen that one in person.
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DeLonghi 4 slot Toaster ~
Model ~ CT04 Argento ~ 1600w
I have had my DeLonghi toaster for a good 3-4 years now and as it has never let me down I felt justified in giving it a review.
Looks ~ This is quite a 'boxy' looking toaster that is quite large in comparison to most on the market, measuring in at approximately 11" x 11" and by about 8" in height. It is quite square but with slightly rounded off corners and is quite attractive in appearance. It has 4 slots for toasting, with the toasting slots being about 15cm in length allowing most large slices of bread to be toasted.
It comes in a lovely brushed silver exterior with what appear to be, shiny steel knobs and wing like levers, for pushing the toast down, .... I say appear to look like steel as they are in fact plastic. This toaster is now available in cream (model number CT04E) too.
Functions ~ The four slots are separated into two sections which are both independent of each other, in other words you may have two slots working on cooking toast to well done and the other two can be independently toasting on very light.
The two 'wing like' levers at the top of each side push the bread down to toast but also they can be lifted when the toast is done to allow you easier access to your toast, without you burning your fingers.
There are 2 dials on the front of each side, inside little glass screens that have 'toast colour' written inside them, and the numbers from 1 - 6 indicating the degree of browning required, with 1 being very lightly toasted and 6 being almost burned. Under the screen there are 3 very small buttons on each side of the toaster ....
The first being a defrost button for defrosting frozen products.
The second, a stop/cancel button,(self explanatory).
The third being a one side toasting button which is useful for toasting bagels or crumpets on one side only.
At the base of the toaster there are also separate crumb trays which can be pulled out very easily and independently to remove all the crumbs.
Opinion ~ This is the best toaster I have owned and have had it for over 3 years now. It allows you to toast lots of bread at the same time at different browning levels. My hubby likes his very well done (no.5), whereas I like mine very lightly toasted (no.3). It is wide enough to take such products as bagels, crumpets and pop tarts etc, easily, although these products are not so easy to extract once the toasting is complete. The levers that lift the toast out doesn't lift high enough to be able to reach them easily without getting your fingers burned and you have to use some sort of tool to help (once the toaster is unplugged of course)! It toasts very evenly on both sides of the bread and quickly.
It looks good in the brushed silver and is very easy to just wipe clean with a damp cloth. Mine is over 3 years old and looks as good as it did when it was new, and it has never let me down or needed any kind of repair.
All in all it does exactly what it is supposed to do, I am very happy with it and I can highly recommend it. Had it been easier to access the likes of the crumpets etc, I would have rated this toaster as 5/5, however due to that being a slight problem I have deducted a point.
This now retails at a cost of anything from £43.50 up to £70.00 so it really does pay to shop around if you are interested in buying this particular toaster.
For more DeLonghi products and specifications visit: www.delonghi.co.uk
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