Product Type: Kenwood toasters
Newest Review: ... can toast four slices of bread with this toaster and you can also easily toast scones and bagels. When it pops you can hear it from up... more
Crumbs - a machine that toasts !
Member Name: Surfbabe13
Advantages: Easy to use, can do 4 (?) slices at once
Disadvantages: Controls on wrong side for me
I've had this toaster for a little while,after my previous toaster blew up (well it was second hand!). I like machinery to be simple and don;t need lots of whizzy dials and buttons for making all sorts of stuff that can be done just as easily in a grill...... so the Kenwood toaster was just what I was looking for. I also refuse to pay over the odds for something and believe me toaster prices can reach the £000's!!!.
Anyhow this one cost me about £20 in the local Coop Home store so not only did I get my dividend on it, I got a good basic model for very reasonable price.
The toaster is white with three buttons on the side that light up an interesting shade of blue! The toaster supposedly takes four slices of bread, but I've only had that happen successfully when the slices have been from a bog standard square cut loaf. Decent bread (ie bread that is not prepacked and comes in tin or bloomer shapes) is better toasted two slices at a time, or possible three is you cut one slice in half.
The toasting holes take varying sizes of bread and will also take crumpets and muffins, so if you like thick buttered toast or thin buttered toast this will serve you well.
There is a crumb tray which does what it says - it collects the crumbs that invariably fall from the bread. This slides out easily so that you can dispose of the breadcrumbs daily if you so wish.
This toaster has a defrost button - which I have never successfully used. The bread seems to start toasting instead of defrosting. You can reheat toast, although why you would want to do that I'm not really sure - surely the point of a toaster is to toast the bread and then eat it.
On to actually toasting bread, which after all is what this is designed for. There is a browning control slider on the side which you can use to set the amount of browness you want your toast to be. This is more awkward than it looks and I seem to either end up with burnt or undercooked toast. The rest of the family seem to be able to deal with it OK, so it is obviously my failing not the machines!. It is possible to lok into the top to see the elements and whether they are heating up, but don't panic if they don't appear to be bright red - it doesn;t mean they aren't working.
There is a second lever on the side for plunging the bread into the depths of the toaster. This can also be raised slighty on finishing to get the toast out easier ( you are not supposed to stick a knife in to pull the bread up when done as most people do!)
The lead can be kept as long or short as you want as it can be wound up in the base, meaning that it can be kept out of the way at the back of the worksurface so that little hands can't grab it.
All the usual rules apply to this electrical appliance;
Don't use near water
Don't immerse in water
Don't put metal objects in the toasting slots
Do keep out of reach of children
The machine is easy to keep clean - just wipe with a damp cloth on the outside and ocassionally wash the crumb tray when you empty it.
The only drawback I have found with this toaster is a purely personal one. I would like the controls the other way round, with the levers and buttons on the left as it would fit better on my worktop !!!
Summary: A reliable, cheap toaster that does all the things you want a toaster to do
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