After my Morphy Richards toaster packed up last year, I did some research into an affordable and effective toaster, and behold I have my solution.
This Krups toaster is extremely stylish with a sleek shape topped off with a stainless steel face finish encased in quality black plastic (don't worry it isn't cheap plastic). It is topped of with an amazing blue neon light when the toaster is operating which is entrancing and great to impress friends with!
~~~Does it deliver?~~~
It isn't just style over substance, this toaster has 8 different heat settings so you can choose your varying degrees of toasted bread items i.e 0 is very lightly toasted and 8 is extremely toast - edging on burnt! (Which isn't great). I usually find 6 is ideal for making that perfect, all important toast, a staple to any breakfast! I tend not to use the dials between 1-4 since these are not very effective at toasting - however many of you may like lightly toasting bread.
It doesn't disappoint, this toaster is quick and easy to use, there is a grey plastic dial to lower your item in, this is to varying depths (there are 4 choices) from totally up, to slightly down, slightly more down than before and fully immersed inside the toaster. This is extremely useful for items such as crumpets which don't go as further down inside the toaster than as bread does.
There is also a defrost button which is great for making potato waffles! It is also very useful when you don't have a working grill (like me!) This is extremely unique to this product and extremely convenient - it works a treat despite taking a long time to cook the waffles initially.
There is also a convenient stop button under the dial - crucial for saving your toast from that ultimate toast-peril called burnt!
On the front is another button which allows you to toast bagels! How great! Place the bagel with the soft inside part towards the heating element, choosing your degree of toasting and press the bagel button on the front. Afterwards you have a great bagel which is perfect for lunch - delish!
If that isn't enough, there is a reheating function, which allows you to reheat items that have already been toasted. Particularly great when you your toast has gone cold since someone was at the door or the telephone rang in the morning.
There is also a nifty removable crumb tray and you can store your cable away underneath the toaster to make it packable - fantastic. The legs are also non-slip so your toaster is firmly grounded on the work surface.
~~~Criticisms and Opinions~~~
This is a great toaster, one of the best I have ever had! I think there may be too many toasting settings for the average user so you really have to be a toast-fanatic to really appreciate this!
One criticism is that it is difficult to toast pitta bread and naan bread since it is very easy for these breads to go through the grills and under a side - this is best done under the grill otherwise you will need half an hour of time and a knife to pry the bread out! (Tried and tested - not fun!)
There is very little noise from the toaster, though not perfect due to the heater. It is great since the toaster is so low-maintenance, it doesn't get dirty quickly and it is smudge mark free (hooray for that!)
Although slightly pricy at around £50 in John Lewis it is money well spent since I have had it for 4 years now and it is works tip-top!
Short name: Krups FEM231