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This toaster isn't the easiest to use even though it's functions are simple, the reason for this is because the browning settings don't work very well and it's hard to get my toast how I want it that day. The dial is awkward too because you can't always tell from the number how your toast is going to cook, this problem doesn't happen all the time but when it does it lasts for a few days and then works normally again. I think it's a very loose connection somewhere because if you change the browning setting that's what knocks it out of kilter and then the number five setting won't brown the toast to the same level as it usually does. It's hard to explain but sometimes you get very light or very dark toast on the mid setting, that will happen for a few days but then the toast will come out as it should. It happens on all the settings, I've just used number five as an example.
There are three buttons on the toaster. One is to cancel it and automatically pop the toast up, another is to toast frozen bread and the third is to reheat toast that has popped up and you haven't eaten it straightaway. The reheat button interested me most because I put toast in to cook and let it go cold still in the toaster but I also thought I'd use the frozen bread button when my boyfriend freezes the seeded bread that he buys but doesn't eat regularly. Neither of these things work very well, reheating toast makes it hard and it's a waste of my time because when I heat it I never enjoy it so throw it away and make new toast anyway!! I've personally only used it to toast frozen bread twice and it didn't work either time with the bread going crunchy all round the edges but feeling a bit cold inside, my boyfriend hasn't used it much either and since we've had this toaster he's experimented in toasting his bread from frozen under the grill and says that works much better now he's worked out the timings.
The toast is nice made in this toaster but it's not consistently nice because of the problem with the browning setting. I don't choose any setting and have it as my favourite because sometimes I want light toast (if I'm having it with soup) or sometimes I want it darker for beans on toast, the dial is used a lot for that reason so I can tell the toast isn't cooked with any consistency because I feel that I know the toaster by now but still can never work it out!!
We have had this toaster for just under 2 years. The toaster is part of a range of retro style kitchen appliances from Morphy Richards and in fact was cheaper to by as a package with the kettle than the toaster on it's own). This is a good looking toaster and well designed.
The toaster features 2 toasting slots, side by side and comes with a heat setting dial, frozen setting, reheat setting, early eject button, slice lower and raise feature and crumb tray. All of which are well laid out and easy to use.
When the toaster is first used it takes a little time to warm up but if it used straight after then it is already warm and tends to burn the toast if the dial isn't turned down to compensate. We have also found that the colour has transfered to the tiles behind the toaster, although it did wipe of easily without leaving any marks care is needed to make sure this doesn't happen. The lead is also a little on the short side.
Short name: Morphy Richards 44327