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In the last 10 years I have probably been through 4 or 5 different toasters. For some reason nothing is built to last more than a year or two. I must say though that you do seem to get what' you pay for with toasters. I have had some really cheap £10 toasters and some much more expensive ones like this Morphy Richards toaster.
This toaster is the first that I have had that takes 4 slices of bread and it's really useful to my husband and I. It obviously means that we can both cook outer toast at the same time and eat breaskfast together. Also, the toaster is split into 2 and each side has it's own settings, my husband likes his toast really well cooked and verging on burnt whereas I like my golden and toasted (like any nornal person likes toast). Because there are seperate settings my husband and I can take claim to one side each and there is no longer any forgetting to change the setting back after the other one has used it.
This toaster works better than most at fitting large sized bread in it. I found that many really cheap toasters don't even hold standard sized bread let alone large bread and bagels but I rarely have a problem with anything not fitting into this toaster.
This toaster has settings that go up to number 9. I always cook my toast on np number 3 and my husband on number 6, I think if you chose setting 9 your toast would be burnt to a crisp but I have never tried this out.
There is a cancel button, a defrost button sand a reheat setting on each side also. This is a great toaster and definately worth the money.
==Price and Availability==
We bought this toaster from Tesco to take advantage of the Clubcard double points offer they frequently have. At full price, however, it retails at around £35. It is available in a variety of colours but as our kitchen is quite traditional we opted for the chrome one. There are also matching items available from the Accents range which is useful if you like your kitchen appliances to match.
==The Technical Stuff==
Although a toaster isn't something I expect to offer groundbreaking features, it's always useful when they have a few useful functions which are there to make life easier. This one has quite a few of these, summarised below:
* High lift function
* Variable browning control
* Defrost and reheat settings
* Variable width slots
* Removable crumb tray
* Non-slip feet
* Cord storage
Aesthetically, the toaster is very pleasing on the eye, and would easily fit in with most kitchen colour schemes. It is quite retro looking which makes it fit in with traditional kitchens, but the chrome also makes it suitable for more modern designs.
Although it's quite a large toaster, as you'd expect with it having four slices, it's surprisingly lightweight, which makes it easy to move around the work surface when cleaning underneath the toaster. The design is simple with clearly labelled buttons meaning the biggest of technophobes won't need to refer to the user manual before using this appliance.
Morphy Richards have considered the practical aspects of this toaster, and the fact it has a decent length lead allows more choice regarding the placement of the toaster, with the cord storage underneath allowing you to tuck it away neatly if required. The rubber feet provide a good safety feature, as the toaster can't be accidentally knocked around the work surface, and although I would expect the chrome exterior to get hot during use, this hasn't been the case. The removable crumb trays are fairly standard, but allow easy removal of crumbs to avoid build up affecting the toaster's performance.
In use, the toaster copes well with all different types and sizes of bread and toastable (is that a word?) products, including bagels, crumpets and muffins. This is due to the variable width slots which automatically adjust to suit the type of bread once you have depressed the lever. So far, I haven't found anything which doesn't fit into this toaster, including tall bread which I previously had to switch round halfway through toasting to ensure it toasted evenly.
The other particularly useful feature of this toaster, is the high lift function. The lever you use to start the toasting process also lifts the slots to make it easier to remove items such as crumpets, which are notoriously difficult to remove from most toasters. This means I no longer have to take my life into my own hands by prodding a knife into the slots trying to remove things. The ability to toast bread from frozen is also useful if you're disorganised like me, and are constantly forgetting to remove bread from the freezer.
As you'd expect, the two sides of this toaster work independently of each other, meaning that you can choose different settings to suit individual preferences. This works well for myself and my husband, as he prefers his toast to be anaemic whereas I like a good bit of colour on mine. There are actually nine settings on this toaster, which is a bit unnecessary really because I'm not sure anyone would ever choose the extremes (i.e. hot floppy bread or burnt to a crisp). We have ours on the numbers 5 and 7, and they rarely move from these settings.
The toaster toasts bread evenly, which sounds like a pointless thing to mention but believe me, after the awful toaster we have just sent to appliance heaven, it's a godsend! It also has a reheat function which in theory sounds like a good idea if, like me, you get distracted by the needs of a small baby and end up letting your toast go cold. In reality, however, the reheat function tends to make the toast go hard, so I'd probably rather either have cold toast or just start again with fresh bread.
==And The Not So Good?==
The main downside of this toaster is that it takes AGES to toast bread. When I researched the toaster prior to buying it, I did notice a lot of people had left this feedback, but disregarded it thinking it didn't really matter because I'm always multi-tasking these days anyway so whilst waiting for the toast I could be making a brew and getting the baby's bottles ready. In reality, however, I could probably go out and do my weekly shopping in the time it takes for this toaster to turn bread into toast! Well clearly I'm exaggerating, but it does take a lot longer than I expected which isn't great when you're in a hurry.
The reheat function, as mentioned previously, is a good idea in theory, but in reality doesn't work that well.
Although the toaster toasts evenly, I find that if you're toasting a few batches, it tends to heat up and can slightly burn the toast the more you are toasting. We rarely need more than four slices of toast at once, but on a couple of occasions when we've had family staying with us, we have toasted in batches and found the toast at the end of the batch is a little burnt. I think if you're aware of this, turning the dials down after toasting the first couple of batches should prevent it from happening.
Finally, being chrome this inevitably makes it difficult to keep clean. It doesn't really attract finger prints because I don't really have the need to touch the body of the toaster. But on the odd occasion I've splashed water on it, or once smeared jam on it when I was half asleep, it does smear very easily once wiped with a damp cloth. It comes up ok once buffed with a dry tea towel, but as a new mum this isn't something I have the time or inclination to do.
==Would I recommend?==
Although it has a few niggles, this toaster performs well, and has some useful functions which make it ideal if you like to toast things of differing sizes and shapes. The wide slots and high lift function make life that little bit easier, and the independent settings mean it's possible to please more than one person at the same time. I would recommend this toaster, although be warned that the chrome smears easily and if you're the kind of person who gets annoyed by this kind of thing, it might not be practical for you.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I got this Morphy Richards toaster for my parents for Christmas a couple of years ago and it's still going strong. I often use it when I'm staying with them and am very glad this is the one I chose!
Firstly and possibly most importantly, this toaster always toasts bread perfectly evenly. There's also enough room to fit thicker slices of bread and crumpets and has a high lift function to help you get smaller things like crumpets out once they're toasted. There are two sets of dials so that you can toast just two slices if you want. I always see this as a must on 4 slice toasters as I often only end up toasting 2 slices. The toaster has the normal heat settings and I find a number in the middle to be sufficient for the way I like my toast. The really handy button is the from frozen button which you press if you are toasting frozen bread. It means that you don't have to change your heat setting or toast it twice - the toaster adds on the time needed to toast something frozen and you don't have to think about it!
This toaster hasn't yielded burnt toast for me yet but I'm a bit paranoid (and impatient!) with toasters so often use the cancel button to see if it's ready. The handy thing with this toaster is that if you press the cancel button and push the bread back down within a few seconds, it continues with the cycle it was on which means that it doesn't just start the time again. Sometimes with other toasters I check and see that the toast is not ready, push it down again, forget about it and smell burning some minutes later! Doesn't happen with this toaster. The other option is the reheat toast button which does what it says and does it without burning the toast.
Cleaning the toaster is quite easy as there's a crumb tray underneath that you can pull out. The chrome doesn't seem to get too smeared with a bit of a wipe. The toaster has rubber on the bottom so it doesn't move around on your worktop. I really like the design on the toaster, both in terms of the functionality and the aesthetics. It looks really nice and not tacky like a lot of kitchen appliances you can get. It also seems to be very well made. My parents use it every single day and after over 2 years have had no problems which I think is good compared to my experience with other toasters!
After getting fed up with my 2 slice toaster, I opted for the morphy richards 4 slice toaster. After using it every day now for about 2 weeks I am very impressed.
I purchased the toaster for £50 from Argos. You wouldn't believe how excited I got, but due to the fact that I can now have 4 slices of toast instead of 2 makes me a lot happier in the mornings. It has a retro style look about it, nevertheless it looks quite nice on the kitchen worktop. It has two sets of identical controls, for the 2 left hand side slots and the right hand side slots, sometimes when I only want 3 slices of toast this can be annoying as all slots heat up, buts that's just a silly complaint.
The buttons allow you to do the following:
Reheat toast- this is a very handy feature, as for those times where you make some toast but get drawn to something else and end up having to throw the cold toast away and start again, well this will no longer happen. This is a clever little function as it reheats the bread without making it any browner/burning the toast.
Toast frozen bread - again another handy feature, I was pleased with the results as I really used to dislike cooking frozen bread on my old toaster. You wouldn't know that you were eating previously frozen bread as it tastes identical to bread that hasn't been toasted. This is a really good feature for me as I often use frozen bread as I don't like letting bread go stale.
Cancel - this is rarely needed but is an essential in case you do something stupid, which is possible early in the morning!
There are also two dials witch are supposed to measure the 'browness' of the toast. I have not really tested this yet, as I just leave it on halfway, but this may be useful for those who like their toast barely grilled at all, or very toasty!
It is a good upgrade from my old toaster. The only negative I can pick out is that it takes a little longer than my old toaster. However, I am happy to wait a little longer as it does produce much nicer toast and is not at all hit and miss like my old toaster. This may be a pain for some people who normally rush in the morning, so I would avoid this toaster if you want something speedy. If you are like me however and aren't fussy, I would definitely recommend this toaster. It also comes with a 2 year warranty which is great, as this gives you a piece of mind.
I had to buy a new toaster six months ago when my old one broke and decided on this Morphy Richards number for about £40 after a bit of browsing round the web. I especially liked the unique style of this as it's chrome with contemporary design buttons and dials on the front. It holds four slices which is a must when you've got lots of mouths to feed too.
Using this toaster has been nice and straightforward. I can just put in one or two slices and use one side if I want to so I don't waste energy. Plus, it's got a hi lift function which means that if I want crumpets or something, I can get them out without having to jam a knife in and fiddle it around! You can get things out really easily using either the lift facility sliders or the buttons. There are reheat and defrost functions too which is great for our broad. We regularly freeze loaves of bread as we need to buy so much each fortnight when we shop and don't always remember to defrost in ready for breakfast when we've used the last loaf up. It's quite quick to heat up and cook the bread whichever heat setting you choose too.
Cleaning the toaster can be a bit fiddly but then I think it is with most toasters. There's a built in crumb tray which means I don't have to shake it upside down for a regular clean though I do every few months just to make sure it's properly clean. Cleaning the outside is easy in theory but in practice it's important to dry off the chrome finish after cleaning else it smears a bit. What I also like about this toaster is its non-slip feet as my last toaster was terrible for shooting across the kitchen side whenever it popped! This toaster has little rubberised soles on its feet though which means it stays where you put it. We've got the kettle from this same range too so it's nice that we can have a complimentary kitchen set and not just a toaster that looks out of place on it's own.
For £40 you can't go far wrong with this I don't think. I think we made a really good purchase with this and would recommend it to others.
The Morphy Richards 44039 Accents 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 44039