Strangely for Christmas one year we received this toaster from my nanna, we thought it was a little bit of a strange gift for someone at christmas who doesn't need one, although we ended up being very happy with this present. Having a look online and this is roughly £20 which these day's I don't think this price is bad, although personally if I was going to get a toaster I would get one of the cheap smart price simple toasters, because after all, it's only burning bread. The best thing about this, is the fact you can do 4 slices at once, because often enough we all want toast or a cooked breakfast at once, and it's easier to do two meals at once than one at once and it take a good 20 minutes before everyone has food, it also allows everyone to eat their breakfast together which is handy if you all go out and work and won't see each other until dinner time. This has 6 settings, I have mine on 5 and pop it up around half way through [ 1.5 minutes approximately ] this makes the toast nice brown and crispy which is deliciously hot with melted butter on top and a cup of tea, it is the best meal yet! The bad things about this is, if you have hovis bread, the slices are quite long, and these don't quite fit in the toasting range in the toaster, so sometimes you have to pop it up and turn in round so the other end can get toasted too, which makes the middle of the toast burnt. Also the only other bad point about this, the trays under nether to get rid of the crumbs, isn't as wide as where all the crumbs fall, so you can only half clean this out which isn't useful at all. We've had this since christmas 2010 and it is still working perfectly, just shows cheap isn't always the best
Having a family incorporating four children can be a bit hectic at breakfast time in the morning and our old 2 slice toaster just wasn't cutting it in terms of getting everyone fed in time. It was time to invest in a four slicer and so down we trotted to Homebase and picked up this nifty looking four slice toaster for the amazingly cheap price of £19.99. I am not sure if Homebase are still stocking this and their website pays no mention at all but you can still pick it up from Amazon for £26.99, for which I feel is still a reasonable price. Obviously being a four slice toaster this is larger than we were used to and we had to reorganise the counter in the kitchen to encompass our new machine, but this was a tiny sacrifice to enable us all to eat our brekkie that bit easier. In fact the controls are my favourite part of this simply because they are on the front of the machine. This means you can locate it anywhere on the kitchen worktop that you like because you don't need to worry about blocking controls on the side of the toaster. Most two slice toasters have them on the sides and this used to drive me mad as they always seemed to be on the side I wanted to put against a wall. With this toaster the controls are on the front, one for each pair of slots and are extremely accessible. Each pair of slots operates separately from the other, meaning you can still toast just two slices of bread if you would like without wasting energy. It is very rare that only one slot is used in our house though and the toaster operates just as well when both slots are being used. I have found that the slots could be a touch bigger as I usually put sliced bread in them and I put it in with the longest side facing down. I do have to wiggle it around though to get it in sometimes and if I put the shorter side in first then it doesn't toast the whole slice of bread. I use Kingsmill Everyday bread which is a rectangle shape and this will just about fit in as described, however anything thicker such as uncut bread you will be struggling to fit it. Crumpets fit easily in the slots and the toaster rack pops up enough for you to reach the cooked crumpets without burning your fingers and in fact sometimes pops up with such force that the crumpets pop right out of the toaster. Handy actually when this happens! I use wholemeal bread and have the setting somewhere between number 3 and 4 which is suitable for my tastes as I do not like my toast too dark or crispy, but the toaster goes from setting 1 (anaemic) right through to 5 (burnt hee hee) which is a good but average range of settings in my opinion. You can also toast bread from frozen if you press the "defrost" button. This is very handy as I have often forgotten to take a loaf out of the freezer the night before and at least the kids can still have toast for breakfast if they fancy it. You can also reheat on here which again is very useful if you are cooking a batch of toast to go with eggs or beans and have to make a few rounds to be ready all at the same time. At least you can cook them all then reheat for a few seconds to warm up before serving. Overall, I love my four slicer, simply because it allows things to run faster and smoother in the kitchen. Cleaning is still very easy, simply by pulling out the tray slotted underneath each side of the toaster and emptying the crumbs. I shake my toaster out over the sink every now and then too to remove any crumbs built up inside it. A wipe and polish of the outside brings it to a beautiful shine and keeps it looking like new. If you toast more than two slices at a time then I recommend you invest in a four slicer. It has made a positive difference for us.