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When we fitted a new kitchen about 6 or 7 years ago, I wanted the very best gadgets, as you do! I wanted everything to look perfect and after a quick mooch in a department store realised I loved the Dualit range. At the time we didn't have children so I decided that the 2 slice toaster would happily suit our needs and would look fab in the kitchen at the same time. There was five colours available, and I opted for the red, but now there are loads of colours available! Purple, marmite, canary yellow, cream, stainless steel, red and petal pink (think I've covered them all!). The choice means that there is an option for everyone no matter the colour scheme of your kitchen or accessories.
Now the £100 RRP of this toaster will straight away mean that a lot of people will instantly dismiss it. It is an awful lot for a toaster and I will openly admit that, but you get what you pay for and this toaster will last and last. We have been using it now for 7 years and it's still going strong. I'm thinking of replacing it but only because we find that now, as parents, a 2 slice just isn't ideal for our family of 4 and it needs replacing.
Looks wise, you have to give it to this toaster. It's just not going to look the same as a £10 budget toaster from the local Argos and if you have spent the time abnd money replacing a new kitchen, the gadgets are equally as important. We permanently leave our toaster on the counter so it is important that it is stylish, but for anyone putting it away in a cupboard after use then the style of it wouldn't be as important. The curves of the toaster and design with the Dualit sign looks expensive (and is!). As we have owned it 7 years I would have expected it to look dated but it looks as good today style wise and maintenance wise, as it did when we bought it 7 years ago.
Style wise it looks great, toast wise it also does a pretty good job! This toaster doesn't work in the same way as normal ones. Yes you slot the bread into the grill, but you don't pull a lever to start the toasting process, you turn a dial to set the time you would like to toast for. The dial gives the option of toasting on its highest setting of 4 minutes but this lasts too long and the toast ends up being in for far too long for my liking. I find somewhere between 2 and 3 works just nicely, but it is handy having the option rather than to keep popping to check if it's how you like it. Once the time has elapsed the toaster pops as you would expect. Once you find the right setting you like it can be left on this for subsequent uses.
No matter which toaster I have used in the past, crumbs are inevitable. They are reduced more with the Dualit though as the removable tray underneath the toaster means that after every 2 or 3 uses you can remove the tray and empty the captured crumbs simply and without mess. You will still get the odd crumb or two on the surface but no where near the amount that a normal toaster will give.
One side or two?:
My favourite part of this toaster which I haven't seen before is the option to toast one side or the conventional two! At first I couldn't see the benefit of this, but I quite like using it for pâté and toast or cheese and toast. I really like this option and just the fact that I have the option is different!
Would I recommend it?:
I would recommend this Dualit 2 slice toaster if you have a large budget and don't have the needs for more than 2 slices at once. It is a lovely toaster and it does look really good, but given £100 now I probably wouldn't buy it again, but this is only because our circumstances have changed from a childless couple to a family of 4.
Available with standard 20mm or super-wide 28mm slots, allowing thick bread to be toasted Manually operated - switches control the degree of browning and the number of slots you wish to switch on Toasting processes ceases automatically once the toast is ready but the toast does not pop up, it stays warm and fresh in the toaster until the manual eject lever is pushed up Available with either original White Heat or the new long life Black Heat elements-uses up to 17% less energy while giving improved toasting performance.