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      13.06.2010 22:47
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      An average toaster.

      The Morphy Richards "Accent" toaster (model 44068) presents itself as being a stylish, chrome two-slot toaster. In comparison with other chrome / metal toasters, this model fits in at the lower end of the price spectrum.

      The toaster actually isn't completely stainless steel; the front and back of the toaster is a reflective chrome plastic. However, the difference isn't really noticeable at a distance. The walls do get very hot with this toaster, so I would not recommend it to those that have children.

      Unfortunately despite the premise of chrome and curves, I thought this particular toaster looks somewhat cheap. It definitely looks better in images than it does in real life. The outer body of the toaster appears to be excessively large; the walls of the toaster are over an inch away from the slots. The buttons too, together with their associated logos and text look too big. The slide-down eject button is a good half a centimetre away from the body, and the printed logos have worn away fairly quickly. The good thing about chrome however, is that it tends to suit kitchen of most decor fairly well.

      I was happy to see that the slots are fairly large, letting you toast bagels, thick-cut fresh bread, and the like. If you use 'toastie' bags (which let you toast made sandwiches), this toaster easily accommodates these; in other words, each slot can accommodate anything up to a thickness of two slices of bread.

      The toaster does do its main purpose very well; it warms up fairly quickly and heats bread evenly and thoroughly. The variable power dial works well. The numbers do a great job of representing progressively higher heating power, with 4 or 5 accurately representing a well browned piece of toast as you would expect. The toaster is also very quiet too, with only a distant buzz whilst toasting.

      The toaster claims to have a 'hi-lift' facility, but I still have trouble getting things like crumpets out of the toaster - don't expect this feature to make it any easier.

      The toaster features a slide out crumb tray, which is easy to use, but doesn't seem wide enough to collect everything. I found myself shaking the toaster in all directions anyway to clear it of crumbs.

      Overall, the toaster does what it is designed to do, but I think it fails in its attempt to be a stylish chrome kitchen appliance.

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      Variable browning control Deep vari-width toasting chamber Hi lift facility Removable crumb tray Frozen bread setting Reheat button Cancel button Non slip feet Cord storage 950 watts / Short name: Morphy Richards 44068