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With so many toasters on offer to choose from it's hard to know where to start. We chose this one after our old toaster died after 8 years of heavy service. It's a perfect replacement - not only is it a great price but it is sleek and shiny (and surprisingly it is also easy to clean), happily takes wider items like halved hot cross buns and chunky doorstep bread slices (saving us turning on the grill) and has a great easy lift function which means you don't have to cancel the toasting to check how your toast is doing then end up burning it when you put in back down again for that 'extra bit longer'! We've had no problems finding the optimum setting for perfectly browned toast and have not found the unit gets hot for us - but perhaps because we've not touched the chrome during or after use. The only thing that took getting used to was pressing the 'on' button after pushing down the lever. If you forget to turn it on it does not work. After years of using a lever to turn 'on' the heat function I did occasionally forget.
"The Kenwood TTM333"
I happen to love this toaster - along with the matching kettle it has transformed our kitchen into something a bit more sleek and chic. It's given the area a more modern feel and has the appearance of a quality product, which for the most part it is. It replaced a £4.00 toaster from Tescos which couldn't actually fit a piece of bread into itself - it toasted half, you took it out and flipped it round then put it back in. So really I'd' have been happy with any upgrade. But when these items were bought for me and my fiance as an engagement present from my parents I was really chuffed. Instantly loved how they looked and loved having proper toast!
Right, the features of the toaster are as follows:
1) Six heat settings (Or Browning Control as Kenwood likes to refer to it as?!)
2) A defroster
3) A lever on the side that allows you to pull the toast up and check it without stopping the toasting. So a Toast Preview, if you will. Officially called a Peek n View
The toaster is fairly wide, but it's slim or at least as slim as a four slice toaster gets. It has curved sides so doesn't look like a brick and it's buttons have a blue light behind them that once you've made your selection glows.
Yes, as mentioned in the other review of this product, this toaster gets a bit hot. But this is mentioned in the user guide, with plenty of warning. It's not ideal and no I probably wouldn't recommend it if you're children can climb up to the work top, but it's never been a problem for us. I can only see it being a major problem if you just like touching toasters. But as long as it's at the back of the work surface there's no need to touch it. It cools down very very quickly.
Another disadvantage, according to my partner is that it takes too long, but I haven't noticed this. It seems quite quick to me.
Overall, I'd say that it was a product worth buying. It's a well made, sturdy product that I'd say was safe enough. And it makes blinkin good toast!!
Short name: Kenwood TTM333