Three kids with good appetites together with parents needing to top up their blood sugar levels can get through a frightening amount of toast. So when our small, cheap toaster gave up the unequal struggle we decided to invest in a larger, higher quality model. We eventually settled on this 4-slice version from John Lewis, paying around £40 - substantially more than we would usually pay for an item like this in the hope that it would prove significantly more durable.
This machine looks quite smart, with a silver finish and black trim and controls. It feels reassuringly solid and hefty. There are four slots to use, arranged in two pairs, each pair with its own set of controls: a dial, which you turn to adjust how much the bread gets done, and buttons to set it to do bagels, to reheat or defrost, as well as an emergency eject button labelled cancelled for those occasions when something is burning. Underneath there are two metal trays which catch falling crumbs; it's easy enough to pull them out and dispose of the unwanted debris, and they slot back in quite easily. In effect you have two completely separate two-slot toasters, except that you only need one socket for the plug.
The elements are the conventional hot wire type; in bagel mode only one side of the bread is cooked. One of the slots is labelled for single slice use, though I'm not sure what difference it actually makes. The slots are nice and wide and allow the toasting of crumpets, muffins, inaccurately sliced bread and so on. This also means that if something gets stuck inside, it's easier to extract it again.
As you'd expect, it performs perfectly adequately. You put bread in, and get toast out after a few minutes. If it has a fault it's that after the first slice or two, you need to adjust the controls downwards a notch, or subsequent ones are done too much. I presume that this is because the control merely alters the time spent with the elements on, and that if the cavity is already hot, later pieces of bread simply cook more. It's a shame that this wasn't designed for somehow, as it is a bit irritating, particularly when you forget to return it to the original setting after you've finished so that the next time you use it the toast is underdone instead. However, this is a minor foible. Otherwise it works well.
Overall, this has been a good buy and I would recommend it for family use as it can withstand the rigours of much use.
You put bread in the toaster (how many people said toast?) and in this toasters case bagels.
The lovely piece of equipment was I think bought by one of my lovely flat mates mum's when we moved into our flat in June...or was already here :S Not sure! But either way it's the fanciest thing I've cooked my toast in for a while(See my value toaster review for details!).
*~* Product and Availability*~*
A stainless steel wonder this would sit nicely amongst other stainless steel items, having a very non offensive black and silver colour scheme going for it. It has four large slots for bread, thick sliced bread and even bagels. There are setting options for each pair of slot, to allow for different preferences in toasting should you have a guest or making toast for someone else. Each dial ranges from 1-6.
There are various buttons you can hit on the front of the toaster allowing you to cancel the toast, defrost, reheat and bagel. If I am truly honest I rarely use any button except cancel...however upon looking up more info about this toaster it would appear I have been missing out!
The Reheat button allows you to heat up already cooked toast without browning it - genius! The defrost button gently cooks and defrosts bread at the same time. The Bagel button...cooks bagels? I'm assuming lightly toasts them. I have never made bagels in the toaster yet so cannot reliably comment on this feature.
It also has a handy crumb tray, which can be emptied for easy cleaning, and a high level lever to help aid in getting the toast out.
This toaster is available online and in John Lewis stores for a not so cheap £49. Although for myself this is uite pricey, it is not too expensive for what the product is and if you had a reasonable budget.
*~* Product Specs*~*
**Taken form the John Lewis Website
Brand John Lewis
Colour / Finish:Stainless steel
Dimensions:Information not available (It's quite big -not an official John Lewis statement)
Guarantee:FREE 2 year guarantee
*~* Using the Product and The Toast*~*
Despite it buttons and dials when it gets down to it you make toast the same as you do any other toaster, put in the bread pop in down and wait for it to pop back up. The knack is not letting the toast burn, not letting it set on fire ( I recently got toaster banned form the whole building at work :S ) and of course never sticking a knife into it when your toast gets stuck!
This toaster does the job, it's quick and if you footer about with the settings you can get your perfect slice. However, I have notice that ours has started to toast more on one side in some of the compartments which means I need to give the bread a twirl between pops.
Also, this is not the best toaster for toasting potato scones, sadly as despite the apparent fancy lever it's really hard to get it back out. Sigh.
The only other slight problem is that the toaster is quite large, which I suppose you have to expect with a 4 slice toaster, but it took us a while to find the right spot for it in the kitchen.
*~* Overall *~*
If I'm honest I think this is a great toaster and reasonable for it's money. It looks modern and it can multitask. However, I was to buy a new toaster my budget would be limited an I'm not sure I can yet justify spending just under £50 for a toaster.
I grabbed one of these toasters about 6 months ago for somewhere in the region of £50, the exact figure escapes me. I was looking for a toaster capable of doing 4 quite thick slices of self cut bread and this toaster looked like it fitted the bill.
This toaster looks the business giving a bit of style to any kitchen with it's brushed chrome exterior. In fact I'd say it looks more expensive than it is which is always a good thing.
This toaster is also a pleasure to use. The toast always pops out well when the time is up, I've never had it wedge inside the toaster which was the bane of my life with my previous toaster. Also the knobs controlling the degree of toasting have a good range with 1 achieving a very light toast and 5 a good layer of charcoal (if you like your toast like that.......). The defrost feature and the single sided bagel feature also work very well so no complaints there.
However, cleaning the toaster can be a bit of a nightmare as the crumb trays are pretty hard to remove, usually resulting in me throwing crumbs all round my kitchen. To be honest though I don't really see this as a major issue for me personally, probably due to the infrequency of me actually cleaning out the toaster. The brushed finish is easy to keep clean, just a quick wipe will do and doesn't show any finger marks which is very nice.
Overall, a purchase I am very happy with but do watch out for the ease of cleaning!
I purchased this John Lewis toaster approximately a year ago for £49. I was looking for a toaster that would hold 4 slices of toast and a variety of widths so that I could pop the odd teacake in for toasting too. The generous slots mean it also holds crumpets and flat muffins with ease.
The look ~
This one looked the bizz - it came in highly polished stainless steel looking very sleek and shiny on my counter top when first in situe .... It also looks more expensive than it was; sturdy and a quality item. Although £49 for a toaster was definitely my top whack for a toaster.
The toaster itself is a traditional pop-up toaster with 6 settings; 1 for light toasting (almost like hot bread) to 6 for very dark toasted bread (although why anyone would want toast at the almost burnt it to a crisp is pretty unfathomable to me but hey ho everyone to their own). I find that the No. 3 setting as my norm - I like it fairly light but with enough crisp to hold the butter without soaking into it too much too quickly; but that is my personal preference. The wattage is 1800W. It also has settings for defrosting which I have used on bread many times, browning (for said teacakes or hot cross buns) and reheating (which I have done to toast that I had forgotten and sitting in there.!
It looks good; the rounded corners give it a nice ergonomic feel and it fits neatly into the corner of my counter top, it looks nice and solid and sturdy and dare I dare I say it - a quality item and better still it toasts quickly (which is handy if I am late in the morning, I can grab a piece and eat it whilst running out of the door) it also toasts to a nice even consistency. It came with a free 2 year guarantee which was a good bonus on the purchase.
The downsides are it is difficult to keep looking shiny and new -it leaves finger prints whenever you touch it. Although this does not apply to the knobs as they are in black plastic, but if you need to move it around i.e. for emptying the dust tray be prepared to get your cleaning cloths out to give it a good buff to bring the shine back up and remove all those tell-tale marks.
For me, the worst feature for this item is the wholly inadequate crumb trays - although it is easy to slide out the two separate crumb trays there is no depth to them they are shallow and light and tinny; they seem woefully inadequate for the job. Also I have found the toaster to chuck crumbs about all over the counter even when just putting the toast in and pressing the knob down it spills crumbs everywhere and for that reason I have had to mark it down an additional star.
I am forever wiping them up or having to shake out the toaster upside down over the bin; which then means I have to clean the outside of the toaster from 'said' finger marks - it is a vicious circle lol! In hindsight I would definitely not buy a shiny chrome item again but luckily this item comes in a brushed chrome version which I would recommend over said shiny one.
Although I feel a dark colour is the way forward in future for all my kitchen appliances. I would definitely check the volume capacity of crumb trays in any future toasters I buy - as you can see I am already thinking of an alternative purchase purely because of the mess it creates.
All in all a highly reliable toaster that does the job but the hassle of cleaning and continuing emptying and spillage of crumbs - outweighs the good.
Hope this has been helpful to anyone thinking of purchasing it.
We were bought this toaster as a wedding present, and as far as toasters go, it is brilliant. I usually eat quite a bit of toast so being able to prepare four slices at the same time is a bonus.
STYLE & DESIGN:
The toaster looks very elegant with it's brushed steel casing which make the black buttons and dials really stand out. The product is very sleek looking and has a number of different functions including:
Duel control panel enabling two sets of two slices of bread to be toasted with different levels of heat. There are two rotary dials each with a heat range of 1 - 6. As my wife prefers her toast really well done (5), while I prefer mine more golden brown (3), this feature has prevented a few arguments.
Extra lift carriage control lever is really useful for picking out those smaller items such as crumpets without burning your fingers. This is a really good design as I used to have to jam a fork in my old toaster!
Bagel button can be selected to add extra time to the toasting cycle ensuring that the bagel is nicely toasted all the way through.
Defrost button is a good time saving function as it gently toasts frozen bread without having to defrost it first.
Reheat button will allow a piece of toast to be reheated without browning or toasting it any further. This is always a useful feature in the mornings when the toast pops up while you are still in the bathroom!
Non slip feet prevent the toaster from moving when you operate the handles.
John Lewis summarise the product specification as follows:
Brand - John Lewis
Finish - Brushed Stainless Steel
Dimensions - H19cm c W28.5cm x D24.8CM
Guarantee - Free 2 Years
Settings - 6
Wattage - 1800
This is a great toaster and is used in our house on a daily basis. The features outlined above really do make a difference and make it worth while buying this more expensive toaster. As this was a present I have checked the price and John Lewis are currently selling for £49.
From a practical point of view, I find the toaster really easy to clean as it has a tray that simply slides out. I always give it a little tap first to loosen any tough little crumbs which seems to do the job. As the surface is brushed steel, it does need a wipe every now and again as it retain water splash marks etc.
The toaster also comes with a 2 year guarantee which could be good given the amount of toast I eat.
We liked the toaster so much that we bought the brushed stainless steel kettle to match.
I love this toaster and will be buying another one once we wear this one out!
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
Short name: John Lewis CPT180U