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After utterly destroying my toaster through over use I needed to get another quickly. I knew that I nneded something stylish to fit with my kitchen and something I could use daily and it would consistenty toast the bread real nice like - I make allot of toast.
I have bought cheaper toasters in the past and I have been stung, springs would wear out on me and toast would either pop up too quickly producing less then brown bread or they spring mechanism would not spring up on time and it wold burn the toast. Also cheaper toasters are not really concerned with design and they were harder to clean, so I knew that I wanted something very new, very stylish and maybe a bit pricey. So I decided on Dualit as my ma has one of these toasters and I was impressed with it when she made me a cheese toasty.
Dualit toasters are expensive I think, but like most top class in field mechandise, you pay the extra money, partly for the brand (in this case I dont think my friends would be particularly impressed with a toaster, not unless NASA made it, and I am not out to impress them anyway), so I was buying this for the longevity and the quality it would no doubt give me. I am glad to say that so far I have not been let down.
This toaster is of classic 1950`s American kitchen style, I might go well with a SMEG refrigerator. It is of robust hard resin plastic and stainless steel construction. More expensive toasters might have more steel on the surfaces, but in my experience, totally stainless steel construction on kitchen appliances normally mean that you burn yourself allot more, all for the sake of fashion.
You have only two toaster slots for one piece of bread each and a toasty cage that you place the sandwich in, lock it in and place the cage in the slot. I have never had this feature on another toaster before, but then again I never paid so much for a toaster before. I found the process of using the toaster cage very simple and easy to use and much easier then either using a grill, the favourite of the older, more patient people and also easier to slam two pieces of toast into cheese or whatever, the bonus is that the combo kind of moulds the two pieces of bread together at the edges and over the filling, not quite as good as a dedicated toaster maker, but still pretty good. Its just faster and easier. The 2 slots and the toaster cage represent the 2 + 1 in the name of the product. As well as the timer dial, you also have a power dial where you can select the power of the heat.
The toaster is stainless steel, but with every product I have ever owned made from this, it obviously needs cleaning every now and again. I find a quick wash down with a cloth and soapy water does the trick, then you can buff it with a clean polish cloth to get its shine back. There is a metal retractable tray for the crumbs at the bottom of the toaster and this needs to be emptied and cleaed and the toaster given a good shake to dislodge crumbes every now and again. The mechanism is easy to use.
The toaster does it job well, it toasts to the time set by the dial and evenly, very important. So far I have had the toaster for 4 months and the fillament warms up quickly and evenly, so far I dont think that any part of this toaster will need to be replaced after a long period of time. The toast pops up when the dial time is up and it doesnt make the bread fly across the work surface. I havent tried to toast anything other then bread at the moment, so I cannot comment in that regard but my Mrs might try some other bread products soon.
I paid £180 for the toaster through Amazon, thats allot, but I take pride in my kitchen.
I have had this toaster for over ten years now and it was a sound investment. I originally purchased it after looking at reviews and deciding that I would like a toaster that would not be thrown away at the end of its life. Dualit toasters may be expensive but with that price you get a stylish and extremely well designed appliance. The original price paid was around £135 but I see that the newer model which as far as I can tell is still exactly the same design, now sells for around the £150 mark but ive seen them for alot cheaper if you hunt around. This is understandable with the rise in cost of many items over the last ten years and I would still say it is worth the investment.
It is very simple, a dial which you twist to an estimated toast time, around 2 minutes for normal white bread. There is a double switch with two lines or one line, indicating which slots are turned on, the double toaster or the sandwich slot, all very good for saving electricity. Waste crumbs are collected in the bottom catching tray which is easily pulled out and cleaned. You also get a little handle that pops the toast up to retrieve it and a very handy sandwich cage that can be used in all sorts of interesting ways. Defrosting Naan bread and toasting large things like buns, this is possible because of the oversized sandwich slot at the end. I admire its simple design because that means there are less working pieces to go wrong. It does what it's supposed to do with out any fuss, no extra buttons or over complications as is found with other toasters in this price bracket, just toast!
In the ten years of usage the toaster has had its fair share of wear; as a result two of the elements have needed replacing. Replacement parts were cheap and easy to find on eBay and easily fitted with a few simple tools. In this case I changed the two heating elements using a small 8mm spanner and a Philips head screwdriver. This can also be done by your local toaster mechanic but I found it very easy even with my limited toaster knowledge. It is perhaps not advisable if you are not all that confident in your abilities because, as with all electrical appliances, it may create health and safety issues.
All in all I would recommend this toaster for a quality for price option, they are not cheap but they pay for it in the long run. They are easy to clean and look very good in anyone's kitchen; you will also notice that they are used in more industrial settings such as cafes and greasy spoons proving that they are also the choice of the professionals. I think if I was to replace this toaster I would probably opt for a few more toast slots for mass toast making.
I would never admit it to anyone else but you, but it was my own fault we were having to buy a new pop-up toaster every couple of years. You see, I love toasted tea-cake, and it's uneconomical to put the grill on for a toasted tea-cake, isn't it? I knew you'd agree. So I put them in the pop-up toaster. A burnt currant is like cement, and a couple of those in the springs and the toaster was not so much pop-up as caput. Finally my husband had had enough. "We're getting a Dualit" he said. It took me a moment to catch up with him as I thought he was talking about metal polish, and I was still toying with the thought of him polishing the brass when he told me the cost. "£169" I screeched. "No way". Well, there it was a week later, sitting on the working surface. If you think it looks big in the shop, wait till you see it at home. It's inconspicuous in the kitchen like the Two Fat Ladies are inconspicuous. We've had it for six years now, and it isn't getting any smaller, but it is still working. You're wondering about the toasted tea-cakes aren't you? Well, it would be great to toast both halves together, but the two-slot section is really only made for bread. Yes, OK, I did try, and the answer is a pair of wooden tongs. The cage section is great for this sort of thing. You can even lift things out whilst they're toasting to see that they're doing nicely. It's great for toasted sandwiches, too. You have to butter the bottom of the slice of bread and put the filling onto it, and then put another slice of bread on top with the buttered side uppermost. Are you with me so far? Good. Now press down. You've got butter on your hands and butter on the breadboard when you finally manage to scrape the sandwich off it, but there should still be some on your sandwich. Cheese and chutney is great, if a bit sinful, but ham and pineapple is delightful. To
get toast out of the double-slot section you simply press a lever down and the bread is lifted up. It's idiot-proof. In fact, the whole thing is supposed to be idiot- proof. The problem is that, as idiots go, I'm quite clever, and I've found a way of beating it. There's a simple switch system to control whether you have one, two, or all three slots working. At breakfast it's usually two slots for toast. At lunch it's usually one slot for a toasty. Forget to change the switches (er, well, about twice a week, actually) and you get a toasty that's cremated on one side and raw on the other. It's mostly easy to clean - a simple slide-out tray collects all the crumbs. What isn't so easy to clean is the top, particularly around the toasty slot which gets to look a bit like the oven racks after you've done a roast. No...... I don't think Duraglit's the answer.
How to save money: I saw this after I purchased mine, that Tesco’s were selling "Gray Imports" - i.e. goods brought in to this country, hence bypassing the nation distributor, for half the price of any shop in this country. Look out for them in your local Tesco’s! The toaster cooks toast quicker than anyone I've used before, and time in the morning is always precious so this is a great bonus. The timer is a great way of setting the "brownness" of your toast! Although it makes an annoying clicking noise, you know when the noise has stopped your toast is done - and using this method you have a visual display of how long left you have to wait. Making things simple works! The design comes in a variety of colours, I went for the solid Chrome, and it looks perfect! But they come in number of different colours and it depends on the stockist on what you can get! These toasters are choice of chefs around the country; you will find when someone is looking for a workhorse for their toasting requirements, the look to the British Firm Dualit for their needs! Conclusion: If you have some money to spend, and want something stylish, practical and to use what the pro's do - then this is the one for you!
Let me say right off that I won this machine in a contest, otherwise I would have needed a lot of convicing to fork out the asking price. My immediate pleasure and surprise at the win was overcome when I actually started to handle the machine - the finish is actually quite poor and the performance erratic at best e.g. it has an old fashioned rotary timer as the only way to activate the elements - unfortunately this is so inexact that no two slices seem to come out the same try as you might to repeat the setting. The actual slots are very small and of course there is no thought of a self centering mechanism (as is almost standard nowadays), nor of long slices - you can almost hear them say "we'll have none of that modern Japanese rubbish here" - reheat or frozen settings?; warming tray? you must be joking! If you ever wondered where all those old British Leyland designers retired to after the Maxi and Montego disasters - well now you know! Quite simply - its sitting in one of my cupboards right now - replaced by a £30 Bush 4 slice, with frozen setting and reheat etc. A cheap, modern machine that does the job without fuss or bother.
This is actually Dualit’s own description of their toasters and is the reason why I bought one. The toaster we were given as a wedding present lasted 10 years and as it was in daily use I considered it to be an excellent toaster. But when it came to replacing it the same model was no longer available and since then we have had to buy a new toaster almost annually. The cheaper toasters I have bought stop popping up, they start making sparks and sizzly noises, they toast unevenly and erratically and they get tatty very quickly. Totally fed up with this I decided to buy a Dualit toaster. Dualit toasters are fashionable at the moment. These classic cumbersome stainless steel toasters grace the kitchens of the great and famous and appear frequently in film set kitchens but I bought one because they have always been the choice of commercial kitchens. I used a Dualit sandwich toaster while working in a hospital kitchen and have noticed the toasters in many busy cafes. The toasted sandwiches made in a Dualit are superb. They are not at all like the plasticy, sealed at the edges, so-called toasted sandwiches made by other sandwich makers. You make an ordinary sandwich and place it in a cage which fits into the toaster slot, set the timer and out comes a perfect toasted sandwich – it is actually far better than using the grill because the bread tends to curl up under the grill. However, I do not eat many toasted sandwiches and decided not to get the Combi. But having used one I would certainly recommend one if you like toasted sandwiches. I have the bog standard 2-slot toaster. I have had the toaster for three years now and it still works perfectly and looks as good as new. I have the greatest faith that it will continue to do so and the knowledge that spares are available and that the element can be replaced is also reassuring. But on the basis that the toaster is built with the ability to toast hundreds of pieces of toast pe
r hour I am not really expecting to have to replace the element. The toaster actually toasts better than any previous toaster I have owned – the toast is always evenly toasted, crisp and golden on the outside only. And not only that this toaster is fun. The Dualit is not an automatic pop up toaster. The toast remains in the toaster to keep warm. There is an ejector knob to raise the toast or, if you want some fun, to shoot it across the room. On the downside this toaster is very expensive, I think I paid just under £100 for mine three years ago. It is also quite large and bulky compared to modern toasters and it may take up too much room in a small kitchen. The other problem it has is that it does actually get quite hot on the outside. But none of these were a problem for me and I am very happy with my Dualit.
I love my Dualit. Every penny I spent was well spent. I mean the toaster comes with a LIFETIME guarantee. What other manufacturer does that? Not only do I love my toaster but I find that any visitors to my home are easily and quickly charmed by it's beauty. They may begin their visit by being shocked at the £170 price tag but you can be assured that by the time they leave they have already managed to justify this investment in their own mind. After all the toaster is handmade in Britain, where the only electrical tool used in production is an electric screwdriver. It's a piece of art. The Dualit does need commitment however and owners must be prepared to undertake a regular polishing session to maintain it's sparkling appearance. It has a very cute removeable crumb tray so no need to stand over the bin shaking the crumbs out. If you are left in any doubt about your commitment to this toaster visit www.dualit.com. If that doesn't entice you then nothing will.
It's quite amazing that Dualit have had the quality toaster field to themselves for so long. If you want a bread-blasting kitchen appliance with any style and durability, you still don't have much choice between the bog standard and Dualit's £100 plus models. But no-one with any ambition to have a kitchen worthy of a glossy mag spread can afford to be without their Dualit. They're chunky, clunky and timelessly stylish, but strange and occasionally cranky beasts. The bread slots are non-adjustible and rather small, and the timer is manual - no automatic pop up. You have to learn how far to twist the control for the colour of toast you require, or continually check to find out how it's doing. Yet you can't help but love them - perhaps because you've already invested so much money in your purchase...
The Dualit Toaster range have become design classics and after about 2 years of wishing for a Dualit, I finally succumbed to the great expense and bought one. I purchased the Combi Toaster from Costco at the discounted price of £115 ( instead of the advertised price of £175 ) This combi Toaster is chrome and quite bulky. There are two slots which are slightly on the small side, and the bread is manually lifted with a lever. There is a further slot which can be operated independently of the other two, and is used in conjunction with a cage. This slot is wider and good for toasting scones or buns etc. The cage also serves as a sandwich toaster. You have to butter both sides of the bread , insert a filling such as cheese and onion , put it in the cage and pop it in the toaster. This works incredibly well, and makes far less mess than the traditional sandwich makers. Dualit toasters are not automatic. You turn a dial for the element to heat up, and then it is up to you to keep checking if the toast is done. The bread seems to be toasted very quickly and evenly, and all of the bread is toasted. A crumb tray is located under the toaster and has worked very well in eliminating the mess on the work surface. It is easy to remove and clean. I am hoping that this toaster will last me now for ever, if anything does go wrong Dualit can supply a host of spare parts.