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At first I was very happy with this toaster, the stainless steel look matched the other items in my kitchen, and it did what it should; toasted bread. But after a short while it's already started to look marked on the stainless steel part, causing it to look old before its time. Also the top of the bread hangs slightly out of the top of the toaster and unless you're watching it and popping it before it's finished to turn it upside down you end up with one part of the bread uncooked. Also, you need to get used to the dial quite quickly otherwise you end up with burnt toast quite often. The crumb tray holds most of the crumbs, but I do get a lot that stay on the top of the toaster and feel like I am continually wiping them off. Lastly, when reflecting upon my purchase I do feel that the way my toaster looks after not too long of having it and it not being used that frequently that it was a little expensive.
Sometimes you get a new gadget home and are impressed with its features. A toaster may have many different settings, timers, a bagel rack or a sleek design to brighten up your morning. Unfortunately I am reviewing my toaster which is a Kenwood TTM320 and so the feature list is luke warm, very much like the toast it produces. You know you are in trouble when one of the key features of your toaster is a removable crumb tray. I had'nt come across this ingenious feature until a few short years ago, and even then I were less than impressed.
Kenwood are one of the more trusted and reliable brands, but at around £20-£25 you would expect to be able to toast a couple of slices of bread in it at the very least. The stainless steel finish with a black plastic main body gives a plain and boring appearance, with just an adjustable time/heat setting and the knob to set the toast into toasting mode! The toaster has 870 watts of power, but I couldn't give an idea of whether this is a positive statistic or not.
Unfortunately for this toaster there are a number of flaws. As mentioned it has little appeal to the eye and you would be forgiven for thinking it wasn't designed for toasting sliced bread. sadly, this is exactly the reason i bought this toaster for and have been left sorely disappointed with its performance. The depth of the toaster is nowhere near adequate for accomodating a slice of bread and therefore toasting only occurs on the bottom half of any slice that is inserted into the narrow and slim slots. Regardless of the fact I am able to adjust the time the bread is toasted for, no amount of toasting will produce an evenly finished slice of toast without manually rotating it halfway through toasting.
This toaster is a huge letdown as it cannot toast a slice of bread evenly. The only highlight is that it comes with a crumb tray, but I find this unuseful as very few types of bread fit the machine anyway! This toaster comes with a cool wall body for added safety (when you lose patience and decide to throw it out of the window) and contender for the most useful part of this product would have to be the fact that it plugs in, so you can simply turn it off and throw it in the attic.
This compact and classic retro design will look great in any kitchen with its polished stainless steel design and black accents / Variable width slots mean it can take everything from muffins and crumpets as well as pieces of toast / A variable browning control means you can enjoy differently toasted slices while the cancel button means you won't burn your toast / Short name: Kenwood TTM320