I've done it again, broken yet another toaster with my big heavy hands and my families need for toast, that's god knows how many toasters I've gone through in the passed few years.
Once again I was sent out to the shop to grab a replacement so that my family could carry on with their addiction for their slightly burnt bread that is toast. So off I went down the road to the local shop to buy yet another toaster.
When I got to the shop there were many toasters on the shelf, some costing about the same price as a small cooker, but all I wanted was a cheap and cheerful one which would brown the bread for my family to enjoy.
Then I spotted it on one of the shelves, the one that would defiantly be my next toaster, hoping that this one wouldn't fall foul to my bad toasting luck.
The toaster I was looking at really sprang out to me for a few reasons, one being the very favourable price tag, another being the size and design of it, but the main reason was that it had a well known name branded to the front of its white casing... that name being Kenwood... the toaster being the TTP102.
* White plastic body
* 680-800 watts
* Mains powered
* 2 slice capability
* Bread lift
* Removable crumb tray
* Variable slot width
** Buttons, running vertically on the side, include.
** It doesn't have...
A 'keep warm' facility or a bun warming rack
** IN CONCLUSION...
I initially went out to get a cheep replacement toaster with the idea that with in a few weeks I would have to go out and buy another more expensive one that would last in my toast hungry family, (believe me, my family eat toast like there's no tomorrow), but this one has surpassed that initial idea as it is still going strong after several months.
It's a good size, being 175 x 25 x 135 mm and weighing in at a mere 1 ¼ kg, and looks quite nice stood on the work top in my kitchen with its white coloured plastic curvy casing.
The rounded toast 'slider' on the side looks the part, being a silver colour and protruding about 30mm from the toaster itself.
It has variable browning control, this being another slider lever situated below toast lever, which sounds like its really technically minded...'variable browning' ... but really its just a lever on the side which keeps the bread in the toast a little longer, or shorter, depending how 'toasted' you want your bread.
The four small 'feet' which this toaster rests on aren't the 'grippiest' of feet, (good word 'grippiest' don't you think?), but they do there job so that the toaster doesn't slide around the worktop when your trying to put in or take out your toast.
And then there's the crumb tray, which slides out of the side with little effort, allowing you to empty those bread crumbs into your bin so that the toaster does not keep cooking the same crumbs over and over again, usually setting off the smoke detector whilst doing so.
As for what it is actually designed for, which is making toast, well, it does what it is supposed to do with ease, coping very easily with the thinnest of pieces to those 'door wedges' that are cut when one's slightly 'half cut', if you know what I mean. And with the toast lever being capable of pushing the bread right up, almost half way out of the toaster, it handles such things as crumpets without the need to get your fingers burnt getting them out.
In all, a rather nice bit of kitchen equipment which will please anyone who is a lover of toast, or even crumpets or tea cakes. And as it has the very famous name of Kenwood attached to the side you know it should last you a while, even if you've got a family who like toast as much as mine do.
I bought mine from the local co op electrical shop and paid a very good £12.00 for it, which is a nice low price to keep my toast addicted family happy, although a quick check online I see this one sells for between £15.00 and £40.00, so I did get a bargain.
So for a cheap and very cheerful toaster you can't go wrong with this one.
A classic design which will suit any kitchen! Variable browning control 2 Slot/Slice Cord Storage Hi-rise Bread Lift Removable Crumb Tray Variable Width Slots Reheat Cancel and Defrost functions Coolwall Size: 17.5L x 25W x 13.5D / Short name: Kenwood TTP102