Product Type: Delonghi toasters
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Toasting in Style!
Member Name: hanmillie
Advantages: Retro look, browning options, independent operation on either side of the toaster
Disadvantages: Slightly flimsy push down levers, can be tricky to wipe clean
Our kitchen, though compact in size, does look better and more 'lived' in when a few appliances dot the kitchen work surfaces and therefore we were after a toaster which fitted our colour scheme and looked at home next to our other appliances. Cream was the order of the day to fit in with our neutral palette. After doing the rounds on a variety of toasters and umming and aahing over the more expensive Dualit appliances, our eyes settled on the De'Longhi CTO4E Classic toaster and we immediately fell in love with this retro looking appliance. Being one to generally put looks over performance it was a win-win for me and so we bought this toaster home with us to fill the now empty corner space left behind by our older model.
This product is a 4 slice toaster which is matt cream in colour and features chrome coloured accessories which work together to give this appliance a retro look. The body of the toaster is metal in construction and yet rather than having a smooth finish the body is slightly textured giving it a rough feel when touched. Either side of the toaster the De'Longhi logo is stuck in silver text giving it a quality look. On the front of the toaster body are the levers with which to push bread down into the body of the toaster and these, although chrome in colour, are made out of plastic and feel slightly flimsy to the touch. The overall effect does somewhat cheapen the overall look of the toaster in my opinion.
Six chrome buttons on the front of the toaster serve as functions with which to 'defrost', 'stop/cancel' and 'reheat' the bread inside and these are accompanied with four LED indicator lights which glow orange when on. Finally and my favourite feature of this toaster model is the two round silver knobs on the front of the toaster which allow the heat settings on either side of the toaster to be independently set by simply turning the knobs clockwise to increase the temperature. These knobs are the 'brown' settings for the bread and therefore allow the user to cook the bread for as long or as little as they prefer.
Along with having an attractive look this toaster also features a number of practical features and these include the following:-
* Two slide out crumb trays to make the toaster easy to clean.
* Non slip feet.
* Self centring slots for an even toast.
* The ability to high rise the toasted bread making it easy to remove from the toaster.
~Setting up and Use~
As with many appliances, this toaster comes presented in a rectangular cardboard box which when opened houses the toaster sandwiched between polystyrene with which to protect the body of the appliance. Once I had taken all the packaging off the toaster it was helpful to me that everything was ready to go, with the exception of the electric plug which was neatly wrapped up and secured with a cable tie. In addition the plug of the toaster was housed in a plastic sheath which simply required removing prior to plugging in at the mains. This toaster fitted neatly into the small corner of my kitchen where it would be 'housed' and the cable was short enough that any additional length could be neatly wrapped underneath the body of the toaster thereby making it invisible from above.
Relishing the idea of toast after a week without the option to have any, my partner and I eagerly slotted four pieces of bread into the toaster to see how it would perform. This action was, in itself, easy to do by simply turning the knob to the desired 'brownness', slotting two slices of bread on either side of the toaster and pushing the silver lever down on either side to toast the bread. The orange indicator lights glowed on either side of the machine to show that the toaster was on, and then within a matter of minutes a quiet click indicated that the toast had completed cooking. To get the toast out, we simply pushed the levers up as far as they would go preventing us from getting burnt fingers by reaching down into the body of the machine.
As I like my toast slightly browned and my husband likes it very brown it was helpful being able to select our preferred toast 'style'. We were not disappointed with the results either, my toast having been set midway in the scale came out an anaemic shade of brown whilst my husbands whilst taking slightly longer to cook on the top end of the scale, came out an even medium brown colour on either side of the toast.
We have since used our toaster for defrosting bread and cooking crumpets and haven't been disappointed. However the crumpets do require cooking on the hottest setting should you like, as I do, the crumpets to come out slightly browned and hot enough to make the butter melt into them. My only criticism in using this product is the lever action, which although raises a standard size piece of bread high enough to avoid burnt fingers, does not work with smaller items such as crumpets. It would have therefore been helpful to have a couple of grills or something similar to slot on the top of the toaster for this purpose.
Being cream in colour, this toaster does have a tendency to attract brown crumbs and therefore looks dirty more quickly than a darker shade would. I therefore resort to wiping down the body of my machine around once a week. What should be a very easy procedure is made more difficult by the fact that the body is slightly textured in feel, thereby making any bits of fluff or dust cling to the body of the toaster in an infuriating manner. This aside the crumb trays work well at being able to clean out the insides of the toaster by simply clicking open, throwing the contents in the bin and re-slotting.
~Price and Availability~
We bought our toaster just before Christmas form our local Homebase store and paid £59.99 for it. A quick look online reveals that it can currently be bought from a number of retailers including Amazon for as little as £49.78 and Argos for £69.99 therefore making it worthwhile shopping around in my opinion. Although slightly expensive, I do think that the look and sturdy feel of this toaster more than justifies the initial cost.
In my experience, this is a good quality toaster which delivers evenly cooked toast every time. I love the look of this toaster with the chrome accessories and subtle details, the browning options and the way in which either side of the toaster can be operated independently. I dislike the cheap feel to the front levers on the toaster and the way in which the rough texture makes dust cling to the body of the machine. As a consequence, this toaster scores a very good four stars from me.
I would recommend this toaster and will continue to enjoy looking at and using mine as it sits in the corner of my kitchen.
I hope this review has been of some assistance and thanks for reading! x
Summary: A highly attractive and useful kitchen appliance
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