I bought this toaster 5 months ago as a replacement for my old and destroyed one. Since then it has been a pleasure to use apart from one design flaw, which is that you cant turn the beep noise off when it finishes cooking toast. This is an extremely loud beep and can be heard many rooms away which if you have children, will wake them up and more to the point, it becomes annoying after a while. It still makes me jump when i get distracted.
The toaster mechanically has been sound, it doesn't half cook toast then over cook toast on the same setting day to day and has not started buzzing loudly or making rumbling noises. The toaster is actually quiet to use generally, occasionally there is a clunk of the metal expanding at high temperatures but no serious bangs, buzzing or cracking noises.
The outer casing of the toaster has been very durable, it has withstood knocks and bangs quite well with only small marks or dents, nothing has cracked, fallen off, and all of the damage it does have was my fault.
When cooking toast it does have a weird way of letting you choose how cooked it is. You can choose 1 to 6 but 1 is just a bit warm, and 6 is solid charcoal. 2 is perfect for me, about what toast should be, brown in places and white at the sides. 3 is slightly overcooked and 4, 5, and 6 are severely overcooked. I never use these settings because it just ruins the toast. It should be a more gradual slope up to 6 rather than a cliff edge at setting 4 where it just turns severely over cooked.
Size wise this is perfect, average bread fits in nicely and because this is the slightly wider model it makes getting it out again easy. It cooks evenly up to the edges of the toast where there are two small white patches down the side but it really depends on where you position the toast as to where these patches will be for you. For me personally i try and get them smack bang in the middle but for longer toast they will need to be re positioned.
Width of bread isn't a problem for this thing, even thick bread or tiger bread is easily positioned in here, and the metal cage wont leave marks on the toast.
I have never encountered any problems with cleaning either, the tray removes easily and you can slot it back in again smoothly without it catching on the sides. You can get a small cloth and just weep up any crumbs stuck to it. There is even a little ridge inside the toaster where the tray slots into which you can just get a cloth into and rub crumbs out.
Cleaning the inner cage is simple and easy to do with just a damp cloth or a cotton bud. The outer casing can be cleaned with a sponge but you need to be careful cleaning over the screen because the water can damage the electronics.
In my kitchen I have the usual array of kitchen appliances, large and small and one of the smaller ones is perhaps one of the most used. There are very few days that pass in our home when our Morphy Richards 44082 toaster is not in use. I have three young children and at some point in the average day I will make toast, or toast pancakes or muffins so our toaster gets a good deal of usage.
The Morphy Richards 44082 is a good all round toaster it is a dual slot toaster that can do four slices of bread or two slices at a time, thick or thin slices, it can also take muffins, pancakes, bagels etc. My children usually have pancakes at bedtime and the toaster heats them quickly and mostly successfully, as long as I have set the heat to the right setting.
The toaster is sliver in colour, it is not a stainless steel or aluminium toaster, I had these previously and couldn't be bothered with the constant having to wipe finger marks off the shiny surface. This toaster is sliver coloured, kind of sparkly and the outside is made of plastic, it does not get hot to the touch when in use.
The settings are easy to adjust and it is very simple to operate, plug it in, put in your toast, choose your setting and just push down the handle. There is an oval digital display panel on the front of the toaster, the display lights up when the toaster is switched on, the toaster defaults to a standard setting when it is turned off then on again, it automatically defaults to heat setting three for bread. There are 6 individual buttons that can be clicked to make the appropriate section; these buttons are grouped in two sets of three. One set gives the user the option of bread, reheat or bagel, the other buttons allow for the heat setting to be increased or decreased, there are up to nine heat choices, and for the action to be cancelled. When the toast setting has been selected and the bread has been inserted and the side handled pushed down the bread toasts for the required time then pops up, when the toast pops the toaster makes three beeps, why this is needed I don't know because the pop of the toast is as loud as the beeps.
We have found that this Morphy Richards toaster makes lovely toast, not too hard and it toasts the bread evenly all over. I have used the toaster for bagels and find it is very good for these, I have also toasted soda bread, pancakes and burger baps in it. I have never used the option for frozen bread but I have used the reheat option, this gently heats the bread without toasting any further. The toaster allows the bread to be put in side by side, two slices on each side, sometimes I find if the bread is quite long I only put one slice in on each side and lat the slice on its side, this way it toasts evenly ensuring the bread is toasted right to the top of the slice. A definite plus point with the toaster is the "high lift" facility, this means that if you toast pancakes or crumpets you can push up the rack and this brings the bread up higher so you don't burn your fingers trying to grab small but hot items of bread etc
The toaster is easy to wipe clean and there is a little crumb tray which needs to be emptied every now and again. We have had this toaster for about two years with absolutely no problems and it toasts as well now as it did when first bought. We bought the toaster in Argos and it cost us around £30.00.
Definitely recommend this toaster.
Short name: Morphy Richards 44082