Product Type: Morphy Richards toasters
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Raising a Toast to this Toaster!
Morphy Richards 44744 Accents 4 Slice
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Morphy Richards 44744 Accents 4 Slice
Advantages: Functionality, Appearance, Quality of build
Disadvantages: none for me!
As the Guide for Household Appliances I read a lot of Toaster reviews on dooyoo and it struck me a while ago that this once functional yet boring piece of kitchen equipment appeared to have undergone somewhat of a facelift. The budget, value brands still seem to favour functionality over style but the bigger brand names have taken a leaf out of the books of the high-end designer makes such as Dualit and 'pimped' up their range of kitchen electricals to offer products which are eye-catching as well as functional.
Morphy Richards as a brand has been around for years and is a respected and well known player in the world of kitchen electricals. Before the supermarkets and catalogue brands brought out their own ranges the likes of Morphy Richards and Moulinex dominated the market and I remember as a child our Morphy Richards kettle and Moulinex blender. I always associate Morphy Richards with reliability and quality and even though we didn't actually need a new toaster at the time when I saw the 4 slice Accents toaster in red on offer in Tesco at less than half price a short while ago I snapped up a bargain and replaced our functional yet boring 2 slice toaster with this gleaming red beauty.
**Accents 4 slice Toaster**
The picture above is a perfect representation of what you get for your money and as you can see the toaster itself is stainless steel but features a bright red, metallic fascia. This is a 4 slice toaster which as well as providing toasted bread also allows you to defrost and reheat at the push of a silver button. The bread slots themselves are generous in size to allow even the thickest of wedges and are deep enough to accommodate 'tall' slices to fit without you having to turn the slices upside down during the toasting process to get a complete coverage. The browning control allows you to decide how cooked you want your bread and can offer lightly toasted slices through to cremated if you so desire and the cancel button will stop the process immediately. The lever which lowers the bread into the toaster is nicely detailed in silver and features a 'high lift' function allowing your toast to be easily retrieved and all in all this ticks all the boxes as far as providing toasted bread is concerned.
**Using the Toaster and my thoughts**
Its all well and good having something which looks great but its how it toasts bread that is the important thing when it comes to a toaster and thankfully the Accents 4 slice lives up to its appearance and produces perfectly toasted bread each and every time it has been used. We struggled with our old toaster when it came to making toasted sandwiches and since the revolutionary invention of 'toaster bags' which allow you to pop a sandwich into a heat resistant bag and cook it in a toaster became readily available our old appliance just wouldn't accommodate the thickness of the sandwich itself. The Accents toaster from Morphy Richards easily does and we no longer have to squash the contents of the bag down just to try and make it fit, here the wide slots allow them to be added with no problems whatsoever and as we are very fond of toasted sandwiches in our home this toaster has proven to be a worthwhile and appreciated purchase.
The browning control is responsive and does actually work unlike some other cheap toasters and the 9 different settings gives you complete control on how toasted you want your bread to be. We like our toast to be lightly browned but not burnt so find that setting 4 produces the best results for us so it should only take a couple of uses for you to discover what is right for you. The reheat function is a handy and welcome extra and like the name suggests allows your toast to warm back through without actually cooking it any more, this is particularly useful if the doorbell or telephone goes just as your toast has popped up and disturbs you from your meal.
The crumb trays are situated at the back of the toaster and as this a 4 slice machine there are 2 trays, they are easy enough to remove, empty and replace - just don't allow them to get overfull to prevent the spillage of crumbs. Depending on how much you use the toaster will determine the frequency of how often they are emptied but in the time we have owned this toaster (around 4 weeks) we have only had to empty the trays once.
The mains lead is of a decent length and at around 85cm allows the toaster to be positioned in a convenient place on our worktops rather than being shoved too close to a socket. Dimension wise itself the toaster measures approximately 30cm in width, 25cm in depth and 20cm in height so is quite large when compared to similar devices but is pleasing to the eye and looks stylish and modern. I really like the design of this toaster and bought it simply based on how it looked, the fact that it provides perfectly toasted bread and toasted sandwiches means that it is a machine which I highly recommend to anyone looking for a replacement toaster.
The machine is impressive in 'real life' and attention to detail is apparent in the finish, the dials and buttons are large and well made, they feel durable rather than flimsy and overall the toaster is superb quality. Being stainless steel you can expect that the sides of the toaster to become hot when in use so obviously shouldn't be touched, the same applies for every device of this nature though and does come down to common sense. The toaster itself stands on black rubber feet which are chunky and in keeping with the rest of the toaster have a quality feel to them, for me though the main attraction of this toaster was the coloured fascia front which is a deep, rich red and is a lovely contrast to the silver colour sides and the black base. It certainly would fit into even the most modern of kitchens nowadays and as mentioned in my opening paragraph seems to be bang on trend for the majority of upper-end kitchen appliances these days.
The toaster comes with a 1 year warranty as standard although this is extended to 2 years if you register and complete an on-line form on the Morphy Richards website. For peace of mind for a moderately expensive piece of kitchen ware I would recommend taking out the (free) extended warranty at least then you are reassured that if something was to go wrong with your Toaster that you had some sort of cover in place.
**Pricing, Availability and Rating**
Price-wise I paid just £24.00 for this toaster during a recent promotion in-store in Tesco, it didn't stay long at that price though and is now back up to its original £49.99 and looking on-line that seems to be the price other places are selling it for too. It is widely available on line and on the high street at the usual electrical retailers and even at full price would be an item that I would highly recommend, the fact that I bought this cheap means that I consider I got a bargain with this Toaster and and such would have no issues in awarding a full five star rating.
For your money you get a great quality, premium looking piece of kitchen equipment which would look stunning on any counter, the fact that it produces perfect toast every time it is used means that its reliability matches its looks and as far as I'm concerned I made a fantastic purchase when I chose this toaster from Morphy Richards.
Definitely recommended, thanks for reading my review.
Summary: 4 slice toaster from Morphy Richards
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