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Being a student, I'm no stranger to a bit of a toast and the Kenwood TT890 is more than adequate provider. It does only come in the colour pictured above - white - and while not a hugely interesting or attractive colour, this does not really matter, since it gets the job done. It is a well-built and sturdy model, but not too heavy that it is a struggle to move from one place to another if need be.
It has two slots for inserting bread, although each one is fairly wide and will easily fit two slices in at a time. It has a dial to set the time you want your bread to be toasted for, a cancel button to stop the toasting process and a defrost bread to defrost frozen slices of bread without them toasting. It has a tray to catch crumbs which you simply slide out from the bottom then tip out the crumbs and slide it back in. It always slides out smoothly with no problems. Also, the bread automatically pops up once the timer has finished, to stop it from burning.
One thing which people may found annoying about this model is that unlike most toasters, it does not have a warming rack. This is usually a metal rack which folds up from the top and you can put things such as rolls or croissants on it and it warms them without cooking them. Although this doesn't bother me as I rarely feel the need to use such a device, you may want to look for a toaster that does have one.
I have found many toasters to be sporadic and unreliable in their toasting ability, yet this one works perfectly. It heats up quickly so you can get perfect toast in a couple of minutes, and also cools down fairly quickly too so if you forget about it, it minimises burning.
We purchased ours second-hand for about £30, which after looking at prices online (which seem to generally be around the £50 mark, appears to be a very good deal). If you are looking for a reliable and consistent toaster, then this model is the one for you (unless you're really after that warming rack in which case you may have to look elsewhere).
Toast has and will always continue to be part of my staple diet - its easy to make - cheap and a quick way to stop hunger pains for striking - especially when I have a hangover. I bought the Kenwood TT890 as the electric grill on my oven was poor and at £24.99 it seemed a bargin.
Well built the Kenwood TT890 comes in one colour - white and struck me as quite posibly the most basic toaster I had ever seen - the box contained the toaster and a very basic instruction manual - there is no warming basket that sits on the top and one isn't available to buy seperately.
The toaster will hold comfortably 4 slices of bread and is easy to operate - there are 9 heat settings and once done it automatically releases the bread to avoid it burning - unless thats how you like your toast. Toasting can be stoppe at any time by pressing the cancel button and that pretty much sums up everything there is to describe it.
Performance wise the TT890 makes up for its basic functions and lack of special details - the elements heat up very quickly and it takes approx 2 minutes to get bread a lovely golden brown.
As for flaws the only issue I have is that the crumb collection tray isn't easily removeable and is very fiddly - in the end I just turn the toaster upside down and shake it over the bin to remove crumbs.
I'm pleased with my purchase - its a good low cost toaster that does the job - and does it well.
Short name: Kenwood TT890