We got this toaster as a (very generous) wedding present nearly five years ago. I am not very good at looking after toasters and have gone through 6 in the 10 years prior to my dualit. I believe at the time of purchase it was £80 which for a toaster is quite pricey.
It does two slices at a time is it's only problem - it would have been nice (but a very excessive present) to have had four slots. However, It is robust and very well made - hence its exsistence in my kitchen. The timer dial in particular has a satisfying and well made click as it turns.
Its approximately 25cm x 20cm, so does not take up to much of the kitchen, but because it's squarer and deeper than convential toasters does protrude a bit.
I have the polished siver version with the sandwich cage (makes getting crumpets out very easy) and although the polished finish takes some cleaning and is prone to marking after it looks great in the kitchen - eventually.
It's quick to toast and nice that you can check the toast whilst the element is still switched on to ensure you don't burn your toast , it also doesn't pop up which means that whilst you've got distracted elsewhere, your toast is not sticking up out of the top of the toaster getting cold, instead its still inside staying warm with the residule heat.
I buy things and am shocked and dissappointed when they don't last forever. I expect things to last forever and keep working - I think this toaster will.
My husband likes to buy the most expensive things around, just because he thinks he's worth it. So when he started banging on about getting a dualit toaster I thought it was just another attempt to spend an extra £80 on a toaster when one from Argos would do the job as well... how wrong I was! I am a total convert!!! It is the simplicity of dualit toasters that make them so profoundly life-changing! The tray for crumbs is so easy to remove and actually catches the crumbs rather than providing a contraption to spread them as far as possible. You can leaver up the toast while it's on to check whether it is done or not, which to me is the bestest ever feature considering how much toast I have burnt in the past. Best of all, because the lever is manual, there is less to go wrong. They are pricey but they are worth it. They last so much longer than cheap toasters and they make scrummy toast!!!
This is a pretty good toaster, but it's really nothing special. Dualit always make very good toasters and the quality of this is still good, but the main disadvantage of buying this toaster is that it is only a 2 slot toaster and not a 4 slot toaster and therefore, it is not as good for families and people living with each other.
It also does look very nice and looks quite modern. If you have modern appliances and a modern kitchen then this will fit in, like with myself. However, the toaster looks far better in black, than in full silver. The toasting is still even and there are controls so that you can set how long the bread is toasted which is very useful of course, as not everyone likes toast the same way.
The toaster is around £100, which I think is too expensive for a 2 slot toaster. You can buy 4 slot toasters for that much money, which is a better option in my opinion.
The Dualit Vario Toaster is hand assembled in the UK and features extra wide 28mm slots to accommodate a Sandwich Cage / The award winning ProHeat elements, a patented design which increases toasting efficiency & element longevity, every toaster has a removable crumb tray and an adjustable rear foot / Manually operated the Dualit toaster features switches to control the degree of browning and an ejector system which means that the toast does not pop up but stays warm until the ejector lever is pushed up / Short name: Dualit 20293