Kenwood TT980 - the 4-slice version of this.
My husband, very pleased with himself, brought this home a couple of weeks before christmas (thank god he didn't wrap it up as a prezzie, eh girls!)
Looks pretty nice- in brushed steel with a warming rack that you put over the toaster when cooking your other pieces. It can later double as a toast rack for the table (like you get in hotels!)
We was most impressed with the self loading function, which basically lowers the bread into the toaster and then when it's done, with the "ding" of a bell, it rises on it's own too - unfortunately the boffins at Kenwood have still not developed self-buying and self-buttering bread, so you still have to put some of the work in yourself!
I am not impressed - AT ALL!! One half of my toast is always burned and the other half is never cooked! This happens whether you have 1,2,3 or 4 slices in the machine.
It takes a few seconds for the arm to rise when your toast is (kind of) finished. In my opinion, this is missing out on the optimum-butter-melting-into-the-super-warm-toast time, as it's started to cool already (Am I being too fussy?).
Also, the crumb tray is not attatched, it simply sits underneath the toaster, so everytime you move it (or as I do, put it away in the cupboard) the tray comes away, and crumbs go everywhere.
It's quite heavy too.
This "toaster" retails at around £70! Yes, 70 QUID!
We have a toaster at work that we bought for £5 at Woolworths. It might not be too posh, but guess what - it makes toast!
All in all, I think this product s charging you for a design concept and blinding you with its swishy self loading mechanism.
(explaination of my ratings - 1 for processing as it burns 1 half and doesn't cook the other - 4 for reliability as even though it's rubbish, it does work - 3 for ease of use, becasue of the crumb-tray issue - and 3 for noise as it isn't the quietest toaster and that "ding" is really annoying!)
I bought the toaster a year ago and lifting mechanism brought twice. When toast with one piece of bread, one side got burn while the other side under toasted. When called back Kenwood representative, they said the same happens to all Kenwood toasters and all Kenwood toasters are of same quality. The premium paid was solely for the design. Also, the toaster cannot take 2 cm thick bread, which is not uncommonly available at bakeries.
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Please note I also have this listed on Ciao as Jenny76
Reason I Bought
After my burning experience with the Dualit toaster I bought I decided to replace it pretty quickly so got online and started to read up on what toasters actually did what they should and did not cause nasty burns when trying to remove your toast and thats when I found the very elegant and brilliantly designed Kenwood TT900 yes I know it sounds like a sports car but past that it really is the bees knees. I paid £49.99 from the Kenwood store and it was delivered next day free of charge.
Setting Up The Toaster.
Setting up the toaster was very simple and the instructions were very straightforward. The only real setting up is taking out of the box and placing where you want it to live and plugging it in. Once you have done this you are ready for toast there are no fiddly settings just a simple sliding switch to adjust the level of brownness of your toast. There are no flashing lights on the front or levers to push as the toaster is automatic.
Making The Toast.
To make toast with the Kenwood TT900 is very simple just take your two slices of bread and place them in the slots then without doing anything the toaster pulls down the toast and starts to brown it straight away. It really is flash the toast just slides down automatically like its on a lift and when it is ready it beeps and a blue light on top flashes and starts to raise so no leaving the toast in to long and gives and visual and audible warning for those who may have hearing or sight problems.
The toast comes out perfect every time once you have the slider set to the correct level it will toast to that level every time and has a built in sensor to ensure that the toast is cooked evenly and the same each operation. The cool wall on the toaster actually works and even after toasting or during the toaster remains cool so no burnt fingers.
Should your toast go cold all you have to do is place the toast rack supplied on to the slots and lay toast over the top the toaster will then recognize this and warm your toast from underneath without burning it. Another great feature to this toaster is that it has very deep and quite wide slots for your toast so no more half toasted slices of bread and a good even toasting even on my favourite large sliced fresh bread.
Cleaning The Toaster
Cleaning the toaster is very simple as there is a pull out crumb tray that collects all of the crumbs in one place and just slides out to be emptied into the bin with very little fuss. I find that doing this after each toasting prevents a build up and keeps the toaster in top condition. Beware though the toaster is a very stylish aluminium finish but this really does take some rubbing to get shiny once it has been tarnished with fingerprints.
I would highly recommend this toaster to anyone looking to buy one in the near future, I have had quite a few toasters in the past some good some really terrible but here I would rate as exceptional and very stylish indeed looks and good performance you dont normally get both in one. It is quite expensive at £49.99 but considering its performance I would say it is worth every penny and I got a 2 year warranty with mine which thankfully I have no need to chase up as with my Dualit which is now safely settled in the bin. I hope this review has been of help and please keep leaving your very nice comments I enjoy reading them.
This high quality brushed aluminium toaster has a special feature / the bread lowers and rises automatically so there's no need for a carriage lever! An audible signal lets you know when the cycle has finished / Another unique feature is the bun warming rack which can also be used as a separate toast rack that you can take to the table / There is a large detachable crumb tray making cleaning simple and an innovative cord length adjustment / As with all Kenwood toasters there is a safety auto stop and a cancel facility / Short name: Kenwood TT900