Dualit most probably produce the best toasters in the world. This one is certainly amongst the best as it's a quality appliance, easy to use, full of features and very reliable and accurate in what it does. The RRP of this beast can set you back a good couple of hundred pounds, but you can usually find a good 25-30% discount off this online. This variety comes in a few different colour tones although mine is matt black with a silver portion too. Other colours include one that is fully silver, and another, which has a cream coloured side with silver in the middle that looks more retro.
The toaster comes in a large box and is rather large and quite heavy itself. This means it sits sturdily on your kitchen surface. It has four little 'feet' to sit on too, which stop it from slipping. The toaster has 4 slice ports, but you can decide using the controls whether you want to heat up one, two or all four slots. This means if you happen to be having three slices though, the fourth slot will be heating up unnecessarily!
The slots are of a reasonable size although you may find it hard to fit larger bagel halves and things in them. Unlike most toasters where once you lower the bread in the toaster starts, the lever for this is independent of the toaster starting with this toaster. You can use the black handle, which comes out the front to lower the bread in and raise the toast out. This is good as the toast doesn't pop up once it's done so it'll stay a bit warmer in the toaster but the heat will be switched off.
There are many options on this toaster including being able to operate certain slots at one time. There is also a defrost option and you can even cleverly choose to toast one side of bread, which could be useful. You simply turn the dial, which has numbers on it indicating minutes to set the time. This means you can precisely decide how long you want your bread toasted for. It is pretty accurate and there is a little noise as the dial turns round, before it clicks at the end to let you know it's done. There is a useful crumb tray beneath the toaster, which slides out. It is all metallic and can be easily cleaned and the crumbs are simply poured out. Two little black handles make it easy to release, whilst toning in nicely with the toaster design. The toaster is rather large - it has a sort of american look, and is slightly retro in a way (especially the cream and silver coloured one). the Dualit logo is down one side, engraved into the metal.
The toaster is of great quality and all of its parts are very durable. It is very reliable too as it has not yet failed on me and seems like a worthy piece of kit! I'd certainly consider buying one as you'll probably never need to buy a toaster again. It is a little expensive and takes up a bit of space but is certainly worth it!
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