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Morphy Richards 44744 Accents 4 Slice
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Morphy Richards 44744 Accents 4 Slice
Date: 06/04/11, updated on 02/06/13 (149 review reads)
Advantages: Perfect toast every time
Disadvantages: I keep running out of bread faster and faster each week, due to my new found toast addiction
Since becoming a family of four, my previous two slice toaster wasn't adequate any longer, as it would take forever to make toast for everyone, though this wasn't a problem. My budget lump of plastic had seen better days, and it was time for a replacement. I was in the market for a kettle and toaster that would look stylish. It was time for a fancy set, as I had always managed with a cheap budget set. I had no intentions of splashing the cash, I just wanted a mid priced set, I had no budget in mind, but I was prepared to pay more than the £6 that I had paid for my previous model.
Whilst in town I decided to have a look around Debenhams to see what kitchenware they had on offer. As I approached the kitchen section I was dazzled by a large display of a brand new range of kettles and toasters, the stainless steel appliances were gleaming as the light danced off them. I was memorized, and drawn in for a closer look. However, my eyes refocused when they happened on the price tag. They were priced at £50 each, which was out of my budget, considering that would be a whopping £100 for the pair. I stood there singing their praises telling my partner how nice they were whilst being mesmerised by the sparkling new kitchen appliances. My partner scoffed at the prices, needless to say we left empty handed.
We headed over to Argos where they have more choice. My partner flicked through the catalogue showing me the numerous choices whilst I stood their shaking my head at them. None of them stood out enough for me to want to spend more than necessary. As far as a toaster was concerned, I wanted something that would toast more than 2 slices, and would accommodate chunky bread products. After he had flicked through the pages, he then proceeded to tell me that the same sets of kettles and toasters that I'd been ogling over were on offer, asking me if I wanted them! At the time the toasters were offered at half price with any Accent kettle from the same range. Still, this seemed extortionate for two simple kitchen appliances. My partner could see how much I liked them, as he had filled out the ticket before I had chance to say anything, and we left armed with two gigantic bags.
The Morphy Richards Accent toaster is a beast, and the box it is packaged in is rather large, and awkward to carry. It is well packaged to keep it protected in transit. When I opened it I was struck by the relatively short power cable, which meant that the toaster needed to be positioned close to a power outlet. Unfortunately, the only plug points available to us are raised up, which meant that we had to find an extension cable, which is not ideal. It is advisable to place the toaster away from combustible materials, and it should have space around to allow the air to circulate around the appliance. Before first use it is advised to operate the toasterwithout any bread. This emits a new smell that is to be expected. This only takes a minute, and then it is ready for use.
>>> That's a Nice Accent You've Got There
The Accent toaster certainly sits proud on the worktop, and it is a piece that is noticed for its sheer size. It looks the part, gleaming next to its matching kettle. The stainless steel curved shaped toaster features a chrome body, offset with vibrant red ends on each side, and large chrome levers, buttons and dials. The dials and levers are chunky and robust, and are easy to operate. The toaster is mounted on a black base that features non-slip rubber feat, which keeps it in place, and the crumb tray slides out from the back for cleaning. The 4 slice toaster needs an ample amount of space, as it is rather large measuring W 29cm (11") x L 25cm (10") x H 20cm (8").
>>> What An Accent Can Do For You
The toaster carriages are impressively wide, so they will accommodate larger bread based products. Once a slice of bread has been placed into the toaster, and the lever is depressed, the cages within clamp the bread and hold it in place as it is lowered and locked into position. This is a neat feature, as it means that bread of varying thicknesses can be toasted without the fear of being lost in the toaster. The variable browning controls are located on the side of the unit, or the front dependant on which way round you position it, and these actually function as they should, if you wish to have lightly toasted bread or slightly charred toast then the settings will cook the bread to suit your preference, and the toast cooks evenly. The toaster features two independent slots, which is ideal for toasting at different temperatures, or for when only two products are needed to be toasted. The levers can be raised by slightly pulling them up to aid in reaching the toast once it is cooked, so no more burnt fingers, or trying to coax the toast out for 20 minutes, this is a brilliant feature for when smaller bread products are toasted, as they can be simply raised for easy reach. Additional features include a defrost button, a reheat button, and a cancel button which are clearly depicted alongside the buttons.
>>> I'm Loving That Accent
I love the stylish look of the Accent toaster. It looks smart and adds a splash of colour and sparkle to the kitchen. I wondered if it would be worth the hefty price tag, and if my toasting experience would be any different. The dials and levers are chunky and are repeated on each side for independent toasting, these are easy to operate and they have a good quality feel to them. I have the control panel facing forward for ease of use, and I think it looks better that way, too.
The deep wide cages of the Accent toaster please me, as all too often with previous toasters the slots were never wide enough, so I always had to flatten anything that was thicker than an average slice of bread, and even then it would be impossible to remove, leaving parts behind in the toaster. Thankfully the wide slots work perfectly for bread products of varying sizes. The toaster works equally well with smaller food products, such as pita bread, or scotch pancakes which are fairly small and thin, and just as well with chunky bagels or thick bread. The clamps hold the food in position each and every time, so that the toasting is even and the product doesn't get lost within the toaster.
I'm able to toast the two lots of bread in each side at different temperatures, which is a fantastic feature, as I like my toast slightly more browned than my son, this makes it easier, as I no longer need to pop mine back in for longer. There is a difference between the two lots cooked at different settings, which is always good to see. The toaster works like a dream, it toasts bread evenly and keeps it in one piece, as it never gets jammed or lost within the carriages. We consume a lot of bagels and muffins which were always difficult to toast with my previous toaster, as these are quite chunky, so they would always be damaged when trying to retrieve them, However, I am now able to toast these with ease, and raising the levers to retrieve them means that lunch is served without any fuss or waiting. I love the hi-lift feature, as it is something that is simple, but it makes my life easier. None of my previous toasters had this function, so I was amazed to discover this simple but clever feature.
The toaster doesn't get put away, as it gets used frequently, and it looks too good to be stored away. It gets used daily, as we have a lot of bread products that always taste better when toasted. My children also prefer toast rather than bread for sandwiches, which puts this appliance in good use. I have toasted various bread products including bagels, muffins, pita bread, and bread of differing sizes and thickness, all of which have provided golden toasted perfection each and every time.
I have never had the opportunity to defrost bread, simply because it is never around for long enough for the need of freezing it. However, all of the other functions have been used and work accordingly. It is an easy to operate appliance that makes toasting easier, and offers better toasted products than any other toaster I have ever used. Toast cooks to perfection each and every time without setting off the fire alarm, and without losing half of the product, which is always good.
>>> Still Looking Good
The red coating on the matching kettle has suffered from being knocked, which has resulted in the coating being chipped. The same red coating is featured on the toaster, though, this is still intact, and in near perfect condition, as it doesn't get moved from the work counter, and no other cooking implements get near to cause any damage, thankfully. So my toaster is just as shiny as it was the day I bought it. As the toaster is sat out on the top, it does get wiped over the top most days to keep it clean, and it still looks as new with no marks, and the chrome finish is just as shiny.
The toaster is easily wiped down with a clean damp cloth, and polished with a dry cloth. It is advisable to refrain from using chemicals, as these may damage the chrome and red coating finish. The crumb trays are situated underneath and slide out from the back for emptying and cleaning to keep the toaster working in optimum condition. These effectively collect the crumbs, keeping the counter clean.
>>> Toasted Perfection
Was it worth the high price tag? Absolutely! I honestly cannot fault it, as it works as good as it looks, and it has provided good service over the last few months toasting all manner of bread products for a hungry family of four. It is easy to use, easy to keep clean, and it works like a dream.
It is stylish, practical, and functional, it will look fabulous in any kitchen, and it complements the matching kettle beautifully.
* Reheat Setting
* Defrost Setting
* 4 slice/ 4 slots
* Variable browning control
* Hi -Lift
* Variable Width slots
* Removable Crumb Tray
* Cool touch
* Cord Storage in base
2 Year Guarantee
The Morphy Richards Accents toaster is available in a range of colours including red, black, cream, blue, or green.
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Summary: I can now pride myself in being able to make toast without burning it!
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