==Overview== Not at any time in my life did I envisage thinking it would be OK to spend £60 on a toaster. However, when my new kitchen was fitted in black and cream, suddenly the £5 toaster from Argos just didn't seem to fit in to the beautifully sophisticated kitchen so I decided it was time to find a new toaster (and kettle). It is surprising how difficult it is to find a black toaster for the kitchen, there are a few out there but very few that I liked (or could justify the price of - it seems £60 for a toaster is a bargain in some places!). Anyway, I decided upon this silver and black DeLonghi toaster. ==Key Features and Positive Points== First of all, the toaster has four slots of variable width for toasting four slices of bread at once should you wish to. This comes in very handy as our old toaster had two slots and for the two of us we ended up waiting for the toast to be done in two batches - no huge issue but I prefer this with 4 slots. The variable width for toasting means you can get the super thick bread in the toaster without too much trouble - again a huge bonus as I love thick, buttered toast. There are also two dials on the front of this toaster so you can control how brown/black you want your toast to come out. We usually have it set to about 3 which is a light brown but having the dual settings is handy because when I have crumpets, I set it to 8 but can toast my husbands bread in the other side which is still set to 3. I find this particularly useful and time saving. You can change the dial after you have put the bread etc. into the toaster which is also helpful if you change your mind. On the front there are four buttons to control what happens inside the toaster. I don't use these regularly except for the 'defrost' button which is very useful when you have forgotten to take bread out of the freezer (happens regularly to me). The toast is defrosted in the toaster before being toasted and keeps the bread nice and fresh (unlike if you defrost in a microwave and then toast). There is a reheat button too which I never use but I guess it is to use in case you have forgotten your toast and it has gone cold. The other button is 'cancel' which is quite useful. The old toaster didn't have one of those so we had to switch it off at the wall plug to get the toast out early. I much prefer this option to cancel! Other "features" include non-slip feet which I guess is fairly useful so that the toaster doesn't move around too much. It also has a crumb tray which collects crumbs for you. ==Negative Points== I do love the look of this toaster and am not disappointed by spending £60 as it fits into my kitchen really nicely and looks classy. As mentioned above, I like the cancel buttons and the dials for browning the toast, both of those features are really helpful. There are however some negative points. First of all, the spring in the toaster which springs the bread out when it is done is quite forceful and for smaller pieces of bread or when toasting rolls, they do have a tendency to spring OUT of the toaster completely (not always). This is quite frustrating as the toaster is next to the sink which is occasionally filled with water......it is not fun to see your breakfast floating in a bowl of bubbles! I have to keep a real eye on the toaster to make sure that doesn't happen. The "crumb tray" does indeed collect crumbs but when you pull it out to empty the tray, the tray is stuck into the toaster so well that inevitably the crumbs are spilled everywhere when you pull the tray out which is quite frustrating. Apart from these two things, there is very little else detrimental to say about the toaster. ==Overall== Despite my grumbles, I would buy another one of these toasters. We have had it two years and have not had a problem with it yet (touch wood!). The price is expensive but it does look very beautiful in my kitchen with it's little friend the matching kettle! I am not disappointed in buying it nor do I feel as though I have been ripped off as I am pleased with how it looks. I would recommend this - just don't situate your toaster next to a sink! :)
Well this is a superb toaster in looks but in reality is it a superb toaster in quality? I love toasters, I love toast and after redecorating i decided my retro red one just didn't cut it. So after much perusal of toasters i decided that with my very hungry brood of 5(we all love toast) that this four slice, 6 heat setting , individual set slice toaster was just the ticket. It stands out on any shelf in any shop and it looks lovely sat in my kitchen! It is black and silver with an array of settings on the front(which turn out to be really easy to use) which just scream quality and expense. So you can imagine my disappointment when it arrived that it felt quite lightweight. Almost flimsy inside and i was petrified if one of the kids got their heavy hands on it it would be a very short lived toaster. It features are the basics and a couple of added features to boot - the thing that swung it for me was the ability to have each section on a different setting(no more popping up early for my youngest and re toasting for my eldest~)- this feature does work and work well. The heat settings are actually all different, so rather than 1 being just like 4 which is actually just like 6 there are 6 very individual heat settings with different results. The defrost works without making your toast go hard(as with some cheaper brands it does) I only paid £35.00 for this which i later learned was a bargain as it still sells for about £50.00. Is it worth £35.00 - yes, is it worth £50.00 plus- i personally don't think so. One more thing to note is isn't the easiest thing to keep clean, every fingerprint shows up and it does take regular cleaning(after every use) to keep up the appearence. All in all a good toaster which is perfect for a family where people have different toast tastes. A lovely design which incorporates a classic retro design with a hint of the modern.
In my quest to match my kitchen utensils to my new stylish kitchen one of the key items to buy was a toaster and the model I ended up buying was DeLonghi CTO4003.OB. This retails at around £60, I had a few vouchers etc so ended up paying £39.99 in cash, using £20 of vouchers. Therefore this a very expensive toaster from a brand known not only for quality but ofr producing more "high end" market goods. Now, the past 4 toasters I have owned never even came to that much between them so paying out £40 cash for a toaster was something I did after much thought, but I wanted my new kitchen to look nice and this is just a gorgeous piece of equipment. It is part retro, part modern and just caught my eye when browsing as it stood right out as something I had not really seen before. Ideally I wanted a four slice toaster, as we eat a lot of toast and theres nothing worse than waiting time and time again for a two slice toaster, so it more than matched that criteria. Again it came down to the looks. Is it worth the money? Of course! As with all toasters this is very light and the insides feel very loose inside. This would not survive much of a drop as the plastic feels thing and I must admit although worth it for the look you cannot really feel where your money has gone on this. Then again, it has survived a few months now without a hitch so at least it does what it is advertised to do. Be warned though, if you felt it without knowing the price you would assume it was cheap. How does it perform? Very well indeed! It toasts very fast and the range of temperature settings are easy to control and there is actually a difference. I have found in cheaper toasters you tend to get the same toast on most of the "settings" but here you can feel the control at your fingertips and it works oh so well. The usual settings are there such as defrost and do not be put off by all knobs on the front. It is a doddle to use. A great little feature here is you can have each toasting slot on a different setting, this is ideal for some households like mine where we all like our toast different. It means one slot can be cooking until golden, another till almost burnt and another till its barely toast at all! This works a treat and means less hassle all round. Anything to make life easier in the kitchen... So despite the issue over the pricing here and the fact it feels flimsy, it looks great, works great and feels stylish. Also on CIAO