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      17.07.2012 15:46

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      Good value for money, toasts well but only certain types of bread

      I have had this toaster for the last 3 years or so and must say that it has been a good buy as it has not yet let me down. It is still toasting well even after all this time. There are a couple of things that I should mention though... Firstly, two of the little plastic light covers fell out after about three months of owning it, so this spoilt its appearance. Secondly, if you like toasted teacakes the toaster is not ideal as the slots are quite narrow, I would end up squashing the teacakes before popping them in, but sometimes they would not end up popping back up. Slices of Warburtons bread (the large loafs) would not fit in is as the slots are not long enough, so I would end up having to cut the end crusts off! So really it does sound like a lot of work to get certain thing toasted. Tomorrow I am going to buy a new toaster as I have had enough of looking at this one! I am considering yet another Delonghi one as I think that they are reliable and overall good value for money, I will let you know which one I have bought and how I am getting on with it!

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      04.05.2011 12:51

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      Has all the features I would expect to find on a toaster.

      My girlfriend and I bought this toaster about 5 months ago to match the kettle we bought. We have the toaster in the Gun Metal Grey, with the metropolis finish. It's safe to say that this is the fanciest toaster I have ever bought!

      The toaster we have is the four slice toaster. The toaster is essentially split into two in terms of, there are two small levers which allow you to put two slices down at a time instead of all four. There are two cancel buttons, one for each side. There are also separate dials for adjusting how much you would like your bread toasted. This comes in handy for us as I like almost burnt toast, which isn't so popular with my girlfriend. A his and hers side if you like! All fairly standard stuff from a four slice toaster I'm sure you are thinking.

      One feature I hadn't come across before was the 'defrost' function. There are also two defrost buttons on the toaster. The defrost button, well you have probably guessed it, heats the bread more slowly from frozen and toast the bread nicely. I was fairly skeptical that the toast would turn out quite soggy when toasting from frozen, but this wasn't the case.

      For me, what sets this toaster apart is it's looks. It's easy to clean and most importantly looks great. It was important for us to have a stylish looking toaster and kettle as we have an open plan kitchen and living room and didn't want to have your bog standard white appliances. Although I am very pleased with how the toaster looks, the materials used don't quite match up to the price paid.

      One note of caution is, I believe that the toaster may scratch fairly easily. Like I said, we have the matching kettle, which is made from the same material. The kettle obviously gets moved around a lot more with being filled up with water etc. We have found that the kettle scratches quite easily.

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      31.07.2010 20:18

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      Overall a pretty good toaster but at a cost

      The DeLonghi metropolis toaster is defiantly a winner in the looks and style stakes especially when it's matched with the kettle. It's a very rebust toaster and will withstand lots of use, the colour is excellent when matched against the chrome as well. On a positive note it is pretty easy to keep clean and it doesn't damage easily, but it does take up a large surface space on the worktop

      One big advantage to us was the fact that it was a 4 slice toaster, we'd always had a 2 sliced toasters before, and I was reluctant to move up to a 4 sliced one, but we got it in a closing down sale for a very good price so who could say no.

      I really didn't think we'd use all 4 slices but we do, it toasts bread and muffins etc pretty well. It also has a dial to adjust cooking times to enable you to have the toast how you want it and it's one dial to twin bread slots. Just a word of warning though don't presume both sets will cook exactly the same, as they don't appear to do so, so you'll need to set both dials individually but this might be just a quirk of my machine. Also a pretty big plus to this 4 slice machine, it defiantly stops arguments at breakfast over who's toast goes in first.

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      27.03.2010 13:15

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      High price tag but for worth it eveytime

      I begged and begged my frugal boyfirend to let me have this toaster and matching kettle for our new kicthen. But at £140 for the set he made me look round shops at all other models before finally giving in. The design is gorgeous for anyone who can get excited about a toaster! The colour is exquisite against the chrome and although expensive it is a quality brand and I expected perfect toast everytime. And I have not been disappointed. All 4 slots work perfectly creating identical pieces of toast each time to a wonderful golden colour.The onyl downside I ahve found is that there is no crumb tray so cleaning it is a messy affair - you literally have to tip it upside down to empty the crumbs which for the price tag is a bit of a let down. But this would not put me off buying it.

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      16.12.2009 15:30
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      Good quality toaster

      I wanted a delhongi toaster as I really like the styling, and as I was re-decorating, I thought that I would buy te toaster to go with my new decor. The price tag was the thing that made me wait so long to buy, when I bought mine it was over £70 from argos. Although this is a very high price tag, I think that you do get good value for money and the look of the toaster is great.
      The first toaster i bought had a fault and only toasted one half of the bread, but I took this back to Argos and they exchanged it straight away. the new one is amazing. The toast is always evenly toasted, and as you have a toast colour option knob, you can have a lightly done peice, if another person wants one that is more cooked.
      The only problem I find with the toaster is the fact that there are only two leavers to push the toast down, so if you are only cooking one peice of toast, you waste electricity as the other grill will always light up. I know it is rare to get a toaster with four levers, but it would be a nice feature on a classy toaster. The only other down side is that the flex is not very long, and as I like to have the toaster on the breakfast table, I have to use an extention cord to plug it in. If you had this on a kitchen worktop, the cord should be long enough.
      All in all, it is a good toaster and does the toast perfectly.

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        18.05.2009 23:03
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        Looks great but takes too long to toast

        My wife wanted one of these and also the matching kettle. When I saw the price I really did drag my feet about getting one. Luckily for me her mum bought it for us as a moving in present. I must admit it does look great in the kitchen, but that's about it.

        I love toast in the morning, but the fact that I can have my cereal and make a cup of tea and still be waiting for the toaster to finish toasting my bread is wrong. It does have six settings, and trust me I always have it on the highest setting (6), but it takes an age.

        So if you want a nice looking kitchen appliance that will enhance the look of your kitchen buy it, but if you want toast in less than 15 mins then dont as this thing must think its candle powered.

        The matching kettle actually does do its job and boils quickly and looks great.

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          07.10.2008 15:53
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          if you have the money to spare then go for it

          I purchased this along with the metrpolis kettle from argos (see my other review there!). I've had it a few weeks now and overall I'm happy with my purchase.

          Its fairly pricey (you could probably get the same functionality for cheaper) but it looks great! The first thing you notice when taking it out the box is that its HUGE! I would make sure you have enough room in your kitchen to fit it as it takes up basically the entire width of the counter.

          It makes good toast, and give the toast high enough clearance so that you can lift your toast out easily without having to resort to turning it upside down! (like pretty much every other toaster ive owned).

          The function buttons seem a little pointless though, I've no idea when i would use 'reheat', and the only time i tried to 'defrost' bread just completely toasted it, which makes it completely pointless!

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            18.06.2008 22:12
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            Great all round piece of kit

            As a student without a job, i'm not exactly flush with cash, and so eat alot of toast. When I left home I 'borrowed' my mums toaster, and it has served me, and my roomate pretty well. Rather more substantial than the average student toaster, it has, so far, survived pretty much everything including 'chocolate toast' where bread is soaked in milkshake and toasted (an idea which seemed great at the time, after a fairly heavy night). If it can survive that it can pretty much survive anything, and so must be reviewed positively. The sensitive heating settings allow 'highly customisable' toasting, or so an advert might say...
            Although this toaster doesn't really go with anything in my 'kitchen' (a table with a loaf of bread and this toaster), i would recommend it to anyone because of its resilience and sheer style. Ive never understood why toasters have 8 heat settings but any more than grade 3 burns it... Conspiracy perhaps?!

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              22.04.2008 11:30
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              A great looking toaster than will look fab on your kitchen counter and works well!

              The Delonghi sleek and sexy toaster.

              My husband and I received this toaster for a housewarming present from my in-laws. (I believe it retials for about £40-£50.) We had just bought a new house so needed a nice new snazzy toaster. In fact the only reason in the beginning for selecting this Delonghi toaster was that we loved the way it looked. It has a very sleek and sexy design, it is curved at the front so looks very stylish and is a lovely gun-metal grey colour so it works well in any sort of kitchen. The knobs on it are a nice silver colour so they blend in well with the rest of the toaster and it looks really good quality not like the usual plastic toasters. We also got the matching kettle to go with it.

              In spite of just picking it for its look we ended up really liking this toaster. The best thing about it is that it has duel controls. There is space in the toaster for 4 pieces of toast. I like my toast quite light and my husband likes it quite dark. On either side of the toaster there is a knob that allows you to control the shade of two slices of toast. The numbers go from 1 (very light) to 6 (very dark). That way I can have my toast my way and my husband can have it his way. An absolutely incredible invention and I don't know why toasters didn't invent it a long time ago.

              The other great thing is that the spaces for the slices of toast are quite large, larger than your average toaster so you can toast the end slice of the loaf, bagels, small rolls etc without getting it jammed in the toaster and then burning it!

              They also have a stop/cancel button for each side so you can stop your toast from toasting if you think it is done.

              Another nice feature is the defrost button. I freeze a loaf of bread so it lasts longer but often forget to get it out of the freezer so this feature is great as I can take my very frozen piece of bread, pop it on this cycle and it will come out nice and fresh. There is also a reheat button/option so if your toast goes a bit cold before you have a chance to eat it you can pop it back in the toaster and warm it up without toasting it and burning it again.

              We have had this now for about two years and it is still working perfectly, no need to fix it at all. It's also very easy to clean. The outside has a very nice wipe clean surface and to get out the toast crumbs is very easy.

              All in all if you are looking for a design statement in your kitchen that actually toast bread as well you have found it, a perfect kitchen appliance!!

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                27.05.2007 10:05
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                High quality toaster

                --Background--

                I used to do some work for a market research company. Every month, they awarded you points depending on the level of information you provided to them. After a few months of doing this research , I accumulated enough points to purchase this toaster. From memory it didnt cost too many points so I was expecting some low end mediocre toaster that would work for a few months and then start to decline.

                --Tour of the toaster--

                The toaster is quite nice to look at and is predominantly grey with silver knobs, buttons and top toasting panel. Starting from the top, there are four slots for you to place the toast. These are used in pairs which means that you are not wasting electricity if you only want to toast one or two slices as each pair has its own lever. These levers are nicely positioned on the front of the toaster and are very easy to depress, making this a useful toaster for the older generation who might be getting a bit frail. Situated in between the two levers are the function buttons. In my experience, I have hardly used these buttons. We have the cancel button which releases the bread/toast before the specifed browning has occured. Next is the defrost button which is useful should you need to make sandwiches for example, but you have forgot to get the bread out the night before, simply place your frozen bread in the slots, press the defrost button and breathe a sigh of relief, the Delonghi has just saved your bacon (speaking from experience here!!). The final button is the reheat button. This is a well thought out function as occasionally you might get sidetracked whilst waiting for the toast to pop up. The last thing you want to do it to serve cold toast so the reheat button will but the warmth back into the toast without recooking and burning it. Finally, as far as the front of the toaster is concerned we have to the browning knobs and dials. There is one of these for each pair of toasting slots which means that you could have the left hand slots giving only a light toast with the right hand slots literally cremating the toast should you wish. Your settings are clearly displayed on the two analogue dials. Personally, I have found a setting between 3 and 4 (dial goes up to 6) gives a nice crisp piece of toast.

                The back of the machine contains handles to release the crumb catching trays, these simply pop out, allowing you to remove the excess crumbs from the toaster in order to keep it clean. There is one trap for each pair of toasting slots.

                --Usage--

                This toaster is really simple to use (I have yet to come across a toaster that isnt to be honest). Simply press the lever or leavers depending on number of slices and, approximately 2 minutes later up pops your toast. One minor gripe I would have with this toaster is that bread that is slightly larger than the standard size will sometimes come out with the top corners uncooked, this is not a major problem as you can just turn it upside down and cook it for an extra 30-40 seconds (and release it using the cancel button). This toaster also works great for crumpets, waffles, scottish pancakes, etc though you will need to experiment with the dials to avoid burning these items. Waffles will need to be set to 1 on the dial else the will come out black!!

                --Verdict--

                After reading the other reviews of this product, I was amazed at the price. If I was going to buy a toaster, I would not be looking to spend £55. I would be going to Argos and picking up the cheapest one I could find, and I'd probably be happy with that. This one however, is a quality piece of kit, it looks nice, it works well and its very reliable. If you are looking for a high end toaster, you would be well advised to invest in this one. To think I 'bought' this one for nothing makes me feel quite content. Its not the cheap and nasty freebie I thought I was getting, instead it is something that sits on the work surface in my kitchen looking proud of the job it carries out for me.

                Well done Delonghi, A+.

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                The stunning Metropolis collection really is the essence of good design 4 slice stainless steel toaster Exclusive matt gun-metal paint finish / will not show finger prints Variable browning control dial Variable width bread slots Operates 2 slots independently Automatic self-centring system for even toasting Hi-rise facility allows easy removal of small items such as muffins Stop/Cancel facility Frozen bread setting Re-heat button 2 Removable crumb tray for easy cleaning Non-slip feet / Short name: DeLonghi CTM4023