Product Type: Delonghi toasters
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DeLonghi CT04 Stainless Steel
Member Name: elliesmom2010
DeLonghi CT04 Stainless Steel
Advantages: Everything ..... see review
Disadvantages: Can be a little difficult to remove crumpets etc.
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
Thank you for reading my review, which may also be posted on Ciao.
Summary: A great toaster that does exactly what it is supposed to do.
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