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This toaster has many features of other toasters: adjustable temperature, crumb tray, defrost button, cancel button and there is another button (which I believe is reheat?).
However, I think the way it cooks toast is much different to other toasts. In my opinion it toasts bread rather quickly; creates quite an even colour; and on the heat setting 4 or 5 it makes my toast a lovely golden brown, without the worry of it coming out crisped! The toasting holes are also large enough to put bagels in, which saves using the grill. And as the top of the toaster is metal it allows you to put bread on top if you want a sort of toasting rack.
Even though the toaster can toast four slices of bread, it has two separate toasting grills, so you can toast two different things that need different temperatures at the same time. We all like toast different colours and this toaster allows us to do that and eat together.
Another thing I love about this toaster is its appearance. It has a retro look to it, and the cream colour looks very chic, so great for cottage style homes!
WHAT MADE US PURCHASE THIS TOASTER
My boyfriend and I bought ourselves a Sainsburys basics toaster when we moved into our flat and we asked for this Morphy Richards one for Christmas. We had lots of discussions over whether we wanted a silver toaster or a cream one to match in with most other appliances in the kitchen. Our other discussion was on whether we need a 2 slice or a 4 slice toaster. I did not think we needed a 4 slice toaster but he insisted! Anyway we ended up getting this cream 4 slice toaster and a matching kettle (which I will review another time).
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
My boyfriend researched the best place to get this from price wise so his parents were not paying some ridiculous price for it. He found that Amazon seemed like the best option with it costing £35.94. On the John Lewis website they did not have the cream colour we wanted, on Argos it was £49.99, and on Currys it was £39.99 so Amazon was the best deal out of those. This toaster can be bought in a range of different colours, but the colours vary depending on which model of this toaster you purchase. This model is the 44038. I have noticed that this toaster now has 20% off of the original price in Dunelm Mill (correct at 06/01/14) making it £31.99 (better than our price from Amazon).
FUNCTIONS AND MY OPINION
When we received this for Christmas I was so impressed with how smart it looked with its dark grey rim around the bottom and back of the toaster as well as its beautifully curved rims at the top. This toaster and range from Morphy Richards has been described as bringing the 1950s style into the house. I would not say that was the style we were looking for but despite that I absolutely love their appearance.
It has many more functions than any previous toaster I have encountered. When I lived at home we had a Dualit toaster which I know was expensive but I have never hated a toaster so much. Any piece of toaster no matter what width seemed to get stuck and despite the function to help to lift the toast out it still got stuck. So every morning trying to get my toast out of the toaster was a dangerous matter with turning the plug off and trying some way to get the toast out! This Morphy Richards toaster seems a piece of cake in comparison as the toast lifts out perfectly even if I cut the toast to a strange width. The toaster's lever helps to pop the bread down and this lever also acts as a hi-lift facility to help to lift the toast out once ready. This works great for smaller items like crumpets or muffins. There is also a variable width toasting facility to enable different widths of bread to fit. I never thought I would ever review how evenly toasted my bread is but our previous toaster seemed to do one side of the toast far more than the other side, whereas this one toasts the bread completely evenly. Can your toast be too perfect!?
The toaster has storage for the cable underneath to prevent unwanted cable being on show.
Each side of the toaster (for each 2 slices) has separate dials so as you can toast each side according to the person doing the toasting. This despite sounding like a great feature we find quite unnecessary. The dials on our toaster are set to 6 which seems perfect for how we like our toast done. The dial can go from 1 to 9. There are three other buttons: a cancel button if you are worried that your toast is burning, or in our case if our boiled eggs are not yet ready. There is also a defrost setting button and a re-heat button. The re-heat button is a great facility as well if you have forgotten about your toast which I often do!
This toaster also has many other great features such as non- slip feet to it, and two removable crumb trays (one for each side of the toaster) located at the back of the toaster which is great to stop the smell of any burning crumbs which have fallen and to keep the toaster clean.
The dimensions of the toaster are: W = 250mm, H = 205mm, and L = 290mm. It is quite a large toaster, but because it looks so lovely I do not mind and that is what you get with a 4 slice toaster anyway.
The toaster comes with a 2 year guarantee with Morphy Richards (not from the place of purchase).
This toaster is stylish, has the option to toast up to 4 slices and it has lots of different functions to cater for your every toasting need! Both my boyfriend and I are very happy with this toaster, its functioning and appearance. If you would like to kit out your kitchen with some new appliances that all match then this range from Morphy Richards is excellent!
***Why did I purchase it, how much and where from***
On the morning of Friday the 29th June 2012 we awoke to find our toaster deceased; he had lived a good life of 5 years up until then toasting happily away each morning and sometimes in the evening. Oh the good old days! Any road, after the initial shock of losing our wee kitchen pal who had only cost £7.00 we had to go into town to look at toasters as my son cannot be without his morning slice of buttered toast. In the past I had never seen the point in purchasing toasters/kettles that exceeded £20 but this time I decided well if a £7 toaster can do a good job and last 5 years then a more expensive version would do even better. So after traipsing around town for an eternity looking at toaster after toaster I came across the Morphy Richards Accents 4 slice toaster in a rather sleek metallic black and to be perfectly honest I didn't really look much further than it's style when I initially purchased it. After I had seen the display version I had to flick through the 'laminated book of dreams' (a quote from Bill Bailey) in my local Argos, to get the code, to queue twice and then finally be handed a box which could have contained a small cooker and fridge freezer (slight overkill on the packaging in my opinion). I was very lucky to get this toaster on offer at £29.99 (RRP £59.99) and the prices do vary from shop to shop so it's worth hunting around until you find the right price.
***What does it do and does it do it well?***
Well it's a four slice toaster which 'thank the lords!' has been cleverly split into two separate toaster units so you can toast 2 slices on the left at one setting and 2 on the right at a totally different setting which is handy when you've got picky people who like different toasting settings. The toaster also has the standard defrost, reheat and cancel buttons which all work rather well and those settings I cannot complain about.
I normally toast thickly sliced home baked bread and have found that the slots are more accommodating than my previous toaster so am quite happy with the size of the slots although if you like Warbutons bread you will have to turn it half way as the bread is unusually tall when compared to other loaves.
The re-heat button has been a lifesaver for me as there have been numerous times when everyone is trying to get ready in the morning and amongst the chaos the toast has gone cold at the table, well the reheat function is great and doesn't dry out the toast anywhere near as much as I thought it would.
With regards to the defrost function I only tend to use this function when I have exhausted the home baked bread supply and then have to go to the freezer for the emergency store bought bread. The defrost setting easily defrosts the bread and toasts it to perfection which is strange considering what I'm going to say next.
Now for my one BIG irritation with this toaster - It toasts unevenly - Like ridiculously unevenly - I always have to turn the toast, bagels, muffins, crumpets halfway and am surprised because it doesn't seem to do this with the defrost setting which makes no sense whatsoever.
Now for my final but minor irritation - the crumb tray. Which muppet at Morphy Richards sat down and thought "Let's put the crumb tray at the back of the toaster so every time the poor sod who wants to empty it (i.e. me) has to pull it away from the wall by a good 50cm and then faff around trying to get it in and out of a small space" It really was not though through, if at all. Sorry rant over.
*** Would I recommend this toaster***
Well there you have it, it's a sleek stylish design and there are many colours to choose from but then again as proven by my account, money doesn't always equate to functionality and I know I would have been extra cheesed and stomping back to the store if I had paid £60; But me being me I discarded the mammoth sized packaging and as always discarded the warranty/receipt so am going to put up with it until it floats up to the fluffy toaster shaped cloud in the sky.
My other half purchased this toaster to fit in with our Red theme in the kitchen and we were both sold on how great it looks!
We didn't review the functionality of it as we thought all toaster's would do the job, however we should have!
To start with, one set of toasting slots (sorry, don't know the technical term) didn't work. Now, we should have taken it back straight away but forgot and so now we have to live with this which is our own fault. However, it didn't fill me with confidence that this was the most reliable toaster.
I have also found it very hard to get the toaster to the right setting. It seems to either burn my toast or not toast it enough, so frustrating! I now have to keep checking everything to make sure it doesn't set the fire alarm off and burn to a crisp. I have not been very impressed with this aspect at all.
I have also found that the metal between the two slots we use has stained and nothing seems to remove this. It makes the toaster look dirty all the time and I expected better from a metal toaster.
The only good thing I would say is that the trays to remove the crumbs are very easy to clean out.
Overall, I wouldn't purchase this item again as it's functionality is very disappointing. It is also on the more expensive side (approx £40).
Having a hungry two year old and an even hungrier husband, a four slice toaster is a must. We therefore got rid of our dated old two slice toaster and set about looking for a new one. Personally I thought a toaster was, well, just a toaster. They all do the same job but obviously differ in the number of slices it can hold, and in it's appearance. I therefore used all my technical expertise and opted for the one that looked the prettiest!
We bought our toaster in a set with matching kettle from Amazon but you can buy them individually from a variety of places. It's worth shopping about because you can pay anything from £35 - £55 depending on the retailer.
* Appearance *
As I said, I (I should say we, but realistically the husband had no choice in the matter!) chose this toaster purely on the basis that it looked pretty. They do other colours which as far as I am aware are red and black but I was drawn to the cream. It's minimalistic and wasn't a colour that would clash with the other elements of our kitchen.
The style of the toaster really is lovely, it has a nice retro feel to it, whilst still looking modern enough to fit in with most kitchen themes. The silver detailing makes a nice contrast to the cream and I honestly think it would look great in any kitchen.
When the toaster arrived I was slightly disappointed in that it doesn't look quite as sturdy and robust as I'd hoped. It was still pretty, but didn't look as expensive and fancy as I'd hoped. The grey plastic at the bottom of the toaster made it look a bit cheap but then perhaps I'd set my standards too high.
The cream was lovely and shiny but this too has it's downfalls. Due to the colour and shine it shows up finger marks and I'm constantly having to give it a clean to restore it to it's former glory.
* Features *
The toaster comes with all your standard features plus a couple of uniques ones. It has a reheat button which is handy when you're a busy mum of two like me! All too often I make myself some toast and then the baby wants feeding or our toddler wants some attention and by the time I get back to it it's gone cold. There is also the defrost option so you can toast your bread straight from the freezer which is handy.
One feature that is quite handy is the "pause and check" button which allows you to pop the toast up, check how it's doing and pop it back in if needs be. This is different to your standard cancel button, because the toaster continues where it left off, rather than having to start all over. With our old toaster if you pressed cancel and it wasn't quite ready you were left having to keep an eye on it because it would start toasting as if you'd only just put the bread it - it didn't take into consideration that it was already half done.
Morphy Richards hail the "hi lift" as a handy feature. The "hi" itself is irritating...what happened to the gh?! False advertising if you ask me...I was expecting my toast to pop up and say hello! Anyway whilst it does lift high enough to get your bread out without burning your fingers it still doesn't lift high (not hi) enough to get smaller items out such as crumpets or teacakes.
It does have a cord storage which is useful for keeping the cord out of sight. We have that many electrical appliances on our work surface it's very difficult to keep it looking tidy but this little feature helps slightly. The non slip feet are also handy to stop it slipping about.
The dial gets some getting to use to. I like the fact that it makes a good clicking noise when you alter the setting, as it stops you inadvertently changing the setting without realising. With our old toaster it seemed you only needed to open the door to create enough draft for the setting to change from lightly toasted to burnt. Having said that the old toaster only had 5 heat/time settings - this one has nine. It took trial and error to get used to what setting we needed. I like mine properly browned (setting 4) whereas hubby likes his to practically be warm bread (setting 2). I can't imagine why anyone would want to use setting 9 unless they enjoy charred effect.
* Efficiency *
Positives first! It is handy that both halves of the toaster work independently of each other so if you were only toasting two slices you'd save energy only using the one half. It's also handy if you're making toast for two people who enjoy the toast done on different settings. I'm able to toast mine on setting 4 whilst simultaneously toasting my husband's at setting 2.
You can also remove the crumb trays separately as each half has it's own tray. This makes cleaning up a bit easier.
The wide slots are great for toasting things such as bagels, crumpets, teacakes etc as many other toasters leave you having to fish out what you've just toasted from the side due to the slots not being wide enough. It's also great for handcut doorstop pieces of bread as they fit in with ease. Having said this, when it comes to toasting your standard slice of Warburton's it's quite simply rubbish. The bread looks a bit lost in there and it takes a ridiculous amount of time to turn it into toast! I'm constantly having to check whether or not it's done, and 90% of the time, it isn't!
It takes so long to toast that when it's toasted it's become dry and crispy. Not how I enjoy my toast! It also doesn't always brown evenly. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't! Temperamental little thing. It doesn't even matter what setting you put it on, it just depends what mood it's in. One day I can have a perfectly brown (but dry) piece of toast; the next it's almost burnt in patches and barely cooked in others.
* Would I recommend it? *
No. Whilst I can't deny it looks lovely, it just doesn't do what it's suppose to - make nice toast! It's too slow, too inconsistent and I have at times found myself preparing toast on the grill when I'm in a rush because it's quicker! The features would be great if they all worked as they should.
It's the Paris Hilton of the toaster world... pretty, temperamental and ultimately useless.
I bought this toaster a number of years ago to go with out Morphy Richards kettle. It currently retails for £50-£60, so is not a cheap toaster!
We previously had a 2 slice Tesco value toaster which we bought when we moved into our first home as our budget was tight! When this broke after about 2 years we decided to invest in a better model.
We chose the Morphy Richards range purely on looks! We wanted to keep the traditional country kitchen feel & these cream appliances fit.
This toaster is ceramic cream and shiny chromed sides, with traditional looking buttons and dials.
The toaster comes with a warmer which just sits on top, however, we have never used it, as I don't really see the point.
The toaster has a good variety of temperature, I only like my toast lightly toasted (around "3" on the dial), my other half likes it medium toasted ("5") but my dad likes it burnt ("7"), and it can accommodate all people.
The toaster comes with a "defrost" option so you can toast bread straight out of the freezer which is useful once you have separated the slices! And the all important cancel button - which our Tesco value toaster did not have, so was a great novelty.
This takes 4 slices of bread so there is no waiting around if more than one person wants toast.
The toaster is advertised that it has a high lift feature which works for full sized toasts, however, when toasting crumpets it doesn't quite lift it high enough.
The toaster slots are a good size so it can accommodate thicker slices of bread and things like tea cakes without burning them.
It also comes with the useful crumb tray, which is easily removed and cleaned.
On the whole this is a lovely looking appliance which looks great on the side in my country kitchen, however it is a bit pricey for a toaster!
My Mum bought this toaster for our kitchen when she had some Homebase vouchers that needed to be used up. We didnt need a new toaster but she couldnt find anything else in the shop that she wanted so in the end she opted for this toaster and a matching kettle.
Of course with my mum being my mum it sat in the box for a good couple of months until she finally got it out. When she did finally get it out, many people commented on how nice it looked and how well it went in our kitchen.
Initially, I thought the toaster looked a little old fashioned but the more I saw it the more I liked it and now I really like the design, if cream is not your colour there are plenty of others to choose from including red, blue and black. Therefore, they could match anyones kitchen!
The toaster is a 4 slice toaster, something we rarely have as we dont really need one. We dont eat a great deal of toast in our house, but when we do we tend to make our own and we never have more than 2 slices. However, occasionally I will make toast for both myself and my partner so therefore this aspect is good for those times as it means one of us isnt eating before the other.
So the toaster looks exactly the same as shown above, it is quite simple to use and has the simple fuctions such as cancel, defrost and reheat. There are different buttons for each side of the toaster which I imagine could be really useful if you like your toast differently to anyone else in your house.
The slots for your bread/bagels/crumpets/waffles are wide and I have never had a problem with fitting extra thick sliced bread in there. When it pops up it never gets stuck which is good because our old toaster always used to get things stuck which was a nightmare!
The toaster toasts very well. It toasts evenly and you never end up with one bit burned and the rest all bread still. The bread goes a lovely golden colour and it is lovely and crispy. The toaster toasts the bread in good time and you are not waiting around for ages for your toast to pop up. I like my toast very lightly toasted but I have also used the toaster on function 8 to cook waffles and it was quick then too.
I have found that the toaster remains quite clean and does not get easily filled up with crumbs, however when it does need cleaning there is an easy to remove crumb tray and it takes just seconds to sort out.
We have been using this toaster for around 6 months now and have had no issues. My Dad is really fussy when it comes to toast but I havent heard him complaining either so it must be good! It toasts the bread well and it has all the functions you need, it looks stylish and is easy to keep clean.
Currently this model is selling on Amazon for £43.19 which I think is very expensive for a toaster! You can get it in a set with the matching kettle for £75.24. Now I would never dream of spending this money on a kettle and toaster but for the money I think they provide good quality for the money you are paying.
I have this toaster in black - it comes in a variety of colours including almond (pictured), red and black. I've had this toaster for about a month now and no problems so far. Its really stylish, has wide slots for easy toasting of thick toast, bagels, crumpets, etc.
Although it can do four slices at the same time, the two levers mean that if you only need two slices, you can just do two (saving electricity!). There is a crumb collecting tray, and it is really easy and quick to clean, just a quick brush over with the cloth does it.
There are easy to use dials to set the lenght of toasting, and whats really clever is the 'pause' button which you can use to check how brown your toast is and if its not done enough you pull the lever back down and the toaster carries on (instead of re-starting, like cancel buttons on most toasters). There is also a setting for reheating if your toast goes cold, and a defrost button for frozen bread.
All in all a really useful toaster that makes breakfast less of a hassle in the morning, as well as looking stylish on the worktop. A good price as well especially in comparison with some of the pricier toasters which I think match in style.
Cost was £40.
The Morphy Richards 44038 Accents Cream 4 Slice Toaster is ideal for toasting bagels and crumpets the Accents polished stainless steel 4 slice toaster is a stylish addition to your kitchen with its curved and trimmed polished stainless steel look / Hi-Lift 4 slice 4 slot Variable browning control Defrost Setting Reheat Setting Variable Width slots Removable Crumb Tray Cool touch Cord Storage in base / Short name: Morphy Richards 44038