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Kenwood TT996 4 slice stainless steel toaster -
I wanted a 4 slice toaster capable to toasting anything I chose to throw at it and I also wanted something that would look good in my gleaming stainless steel and light wood brand new kitchen.
The toaster looks fabulous with its stainless steel body and is also slim and compact (unlike me, sadly), so is ideal for a smaller kitchen or for when you dont want a Dualit 4 slices side by side type toaster that hogs all the work top room and is so large that it becomes a focal point!
Ive had this toaster now for just over 2 years and think its great. The toast slots are wide enough to fit in rolls, bagels and crumpets and it toasts nice and evenly.
There is a removable crumb tray (very useful!). It has a cool wall contraction which stops you getting burnt and is especially good with little ones around. There is a dial on the right hand side that you turn depending upon how browned you like your toast and there are 3 buttons on the front; forced pop-up, defrosting & re-heat.
When I bought this item it cost me £35. You can pick one up now (June 2005) on Amazon for £29.99. This toaster represents good value for money, because not only does it make lovely toast, it also looks really good too, the perfect marriage of form and function!
Now 2 years old, the toaster I am feeling is on its way out, but I estimate it has a useful life of a good few months left. Some of the elements seem to have burnt out so toasting is now less even and the rear section seems to toast faster than the front section meaning that when 4 slices of toast are put in, the ones at the rear invariably blacken more than we would like.
My only niggle, not specifically with this item, but with toasters in general is this (and if someone knows of a toaster that does this please let me know!). Why is there not some sort of control which automatically adjusts toasting time when the toaster is already hot/has been used? I regularly entertain and I often cook breakfasts for my guests requiring multiple rounds of toast. However, after the first 4 slices, the toaster is already hot, requiring less time to toast any subsequent pieces and remembering to adjust the dial manually (then to readjust it back when you have finished!) is a real pain and normally ends up in burnt toast Why arent all moderately costing toasters thermostatically controlled to reduce the toasting time during continual/multiple use?
We recently bought a new toaster (with my dooyoo vouchers I might add) and we ended up plumping for a kenwood 2 slice hi rise toaster. We have had our old toaster since we got married 4 years ago and so after the old one blew up we thought this one would be a good buy. At £20 (in Boots) it has nice functions like a deep slot for large slices of bread, and a "hi rise" lifter for toasting smaller items such as crumpets so you dont have full on war trying to get it out of the toaster. It also has a frozen bread setting so that you can toast bread from frozen and just to make life a little easier it has a pull out crumb tray for easy cleaning. Well for £20 we think its money well spent, and it does gorgeous toast.
A toaster is not just for toasting an ordinary slice of bread; I like a toaster to be able to toast crumpets, baps and especially really thick crusty bread. (Yum Yum). Most toaster are not capable of doing this the slots are not wide enough. The toaster I own is a Kenwood Elevatio cool wall 4-slice toaster. It has really wide extra deep slots, so you can toast literally anything. Say you cook some toast and it goes cold, it has a special re-heat facility, I find this a really handy feature, especially if you like your toast warm. The reason why it's called an elevatio is because when your toast is cooked it lifts it well clear of the slots, so no more burning your fingers. It also has a crumb tray; this is a fantastic feature, because all the crumbs go in the tray so cleaning up is no trouble. This toaster costs £39.50 but it's well worth it if your like your toast done extra special.
Short name: Kenwood Slice