Good looking but poor quality and totally unacceptable manufacturer service. One pop-up failed after less than 2 months. Took toaster to De Longhi's approved repairer where it has stayed for 3 months. De Longhi's "Customer Experience" Department refused to replace, refund or even extend warranty.
In a house full of my brother's friends, toast is constantly being made for the teenage boys who never seem to get filled up. As a result of this, we've gone through plenty of toasters and when we saw this one than could toast 4 pieces of bread in one go, it seems like the right choice.
How does it work?
The toaster is like two melded into one. You still have the decision of toasting 2 pieces without wasting electricity as there are two levers for two sections. In each sections you get a time to adjust how long you toast the bread for, three button which are reheat, eject and defrost and a lever to pull the bread into the toaster. To toast the bread all you have to do it use the lever and put the timer on. When needing to defrost of reheat you just press one of the buttons one the bread is inside.
Does it work well?
It's average. It toasts the bread but not very fast. In fact you will be waiting around for a while. The timer doesn't seem to be very reliable and have never really trusted leaving it down to this and just use the eject button instead. The defrost button works pretty well as well as the reheat button however.
What does it look like?
It has a metallic silver shell with the rest of the buttons levers being the same colour. It looks quite modern for my modern kitchen so although its not the fastest toasters it looks good. The toaster can also come in different colours. Most of these are pale pinks and blue for a Laura Ashley look.
We brought this for £60 from a local shop a while back but looking around now seems to be around £50 when brought online.
Its not eh best toaster out there but its suits me fine. The two sections come in very good handy and even though slow, looks good and reheats and defrosts very well.
I'm not a big toaster 'fanatic' so I only brought this product as its modern look suited my kitchen and because it could toast 4 pieces of bread at the same time. I didn't take much notice to power or how long it took to actually toast and if I did, I think I would have carried on looking for another one.
***About The Toaster***
This toaster is basically two toasters stuck together as on the left side there is the 2 slots attached to the handle which is pushed down in order for it to begin toasting . It has 4 knobs underneath. These give you the option of defrosting, stop/cancelling, reheating and to adjust the toast colour. On the other side, its exactly the same.
The reheat option, in my opinion, is pretty awful. Once the toast pops up again, it doesn't really feel heated up at all and you have to keep popping it down a few more time to get it close to warm. However, the defrosting option works pretty well. Its rarely used in my house but when it is, I don't really need to complain. Its fairly slow but it gets the job done without toasting parts of it when the other parts are still frozen like some defrosting toasters do.
The option to change the toast colour is on a turning knob which lets you choose from 1 ( pretty much warm bread) to 6 (black, burnt and inedible). Its basically a timer so when you put it on 4 for example, the bread will pop up atomically on this colour. However, the colour never seems to be the same so most of the time you have to keep pop it to yourself to check it.
The toasting itself is very slow. I'm always surprised how quickly it takes for friends to make toast at their house as I'm so used to standing around for ages waiting for mine to go slightly golden. However, it gets the job done in the end.
I have seen the Delonghi CT04A toaster in two colours which are silver ( the one I purchased) and a very light green. The silver version of the Delonghi is very modern looking which suited my kitchen at the time as I had silver and white appliances then. However, now I'm beginning to realise that its very chunky and takes up a large part of my side. I know that it is capable of taking 4 bits of bread but the chunkiness looks unnecessarily big compared to other ones I have seen.
I got this a couple of years ago in a kitchen shop for around £60 but have looked around on amazon and similar sites and have seen that the price has dropped to about £40-£50.
I would say that this product isn't worth spending so much money on. Its slow and takes up to much space for that kind of price. Its definitely not something you should jump at the chance to buy unless its on sale for a MUCH lower price.
Thanks for reading!
When I got my new kitchen put in I really wanted to get all my appliances in a cream to match it and found this stylish toaster.
The style is very american which looks great. It is a bulky toaster and can toast 4 pieces of bread at a time, the toasting is always even on both sides. The toasting time relatively short.
I love that there are two seperate leavers and settings so you can do different things at once with the toaster.
The dials are easy to use and very simple. Although they are working fine to this point (around 6 months after the initial purchase) they do seem a little flimsy.
I have had no bad experiences with this toaster and it has been used daily for 6 months with no problems at all. It is a great addition to my kitchen and is as functional and simple as it is stylish.
This toaster is very sheek and stylish. Also practically, you can fit 4 slices in at a time, even thick uncut bread! All thickness and sizes of bread, crumpets, muffins etc toasted to perfection, it is literally impossible to burn with this.
It has the look of a 1950's kitchen which is appealing. Far superior to any other toaster I have owned. Sadly the kettle that goes with this is not so stylish.
I paid £49.99 for this product, but have since seen it for much less. Have owned for 4 years and never had any problems. £49.99 did seem a lot for a toaster at the time but the style won me over and it would seem that paying the extra has won me a good long lasting quality product. I would definitely recommend to a friend or buy as a present for someone without hesitation. Buy it now, treat yourself!
I was very excited when I spotted this beautiful duck-egg blue toaster on sale and simply had to have one as it matched my kettle perfectly. Unfortunately my excitement was short lived as I returned home with my purchase (and a fresh loaf of bread to try it out). The first toaster was faulty so I dutifully drove all the way back to the shop (45 minute drive) and exchanged it for another one. To start off with it worked well, but as time went by it became less and less effective. I am now at the point (4 months later) where I need to turn the dials to the highest setting, wait for the bread to pop out and then put it in for another while before it turns into actual toast (instead of warm bread).
But on the other hand it is beautiful with its Retro styling, and chrome dials and levers. It has the advantage of having reheat, cancel and defrost buttons (which all work well), as well as handy trays for cleaning out any unwanted crumbs at the bottom of the toaster. As far as toasters go the Delonghi is quite bulky but not very heavy, and is priced at around £40.
I LOVE this toaster! It is so stylish and the colour is just fab. I spent a while looking through the internet to try and find a duck egg blue rather than a baby blue and when i eventually found the matching kettle i was thrilled. This is one seriously trendy looking toaster and I always receive compliments about it from friends.
Aside from the funky, retro colour, as a product I have no complaints. It has 4 toast slots (so no cold scrambled eggs for me...OH always used to get the first two slices!) and you can use the funky dial to chose your level of toasting. There is also a cancel button, reheat button and defrost button on the same side. The only downside I would say is that when toasting crumpets or muffins, you have to flik the handle back up and be prepared to catch it quickly!
The surface of the toaster is easily cleaned with a cloth and a cruimb tray that's easily removeable.
I bought mine for £44 but it does range in price depending where you buy it. I think Argos was selling them for £49.99 for a while but even at that price i would say it is well worth it.
A great little trend-setter... now all my kitchen accessories are in this duck egg blue!
Bringing colour back to the kitchen, the gorgeous Classic collection in lush smooth cream and dreamy retro, yet bang up to date blue / Short name: DeLonghi CT04A