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The most striking and by far the best feature of this toaster is its overall visual design. It looks distinctly modern with clean lines and a very smooth effect on the outside plastic. The controls are slick and are placed on the side of the toaster and are metallic as opposed to being coloured like the rest of it. Size-wise, this gadget is of very typical dimensions. It will easily fit two pieces of toast into the two slots at the top. The holes are built to allow you to fit one and a half pieces each, which is relatively pointless with any standard sized bread. The grilling plates are located at either side of the toaster and in-between the two holes, giving a thorough even grilling to your pieces of toast. At the bottom of the toaster is a removable tray which you can pull out on the side opposite to the one with all the controls. This, together with a bit of shaking, allows you to remove all the breadcrumbs and other bits stuck in the toaster with relative ease. The metal tray is very easy to clean and slot back into its position. In terms of working the toaster, you have to set a timer for it to work. If you wish, you can override the timer at any point by pressing a button beneath the dial to get the toast to come out immediately. Performance is fairly decent as the toast is made very quickly and is cooked evenly all over the surface. All in all, this is a very stylish and well-performing toaster. The only downside is the somewhat suspect build quality of the internal mechanism. The plates & the lowering mechanism look somewhat poorly made, although in our time of owning the toaster, we are yet to experience a malfunction.
There didn't seem to be much wrong with my old toaster... it did the job... well, to a fashion - it turned bread into toast (ok, so it was always dark at the edges and pale in the middle, but it was toast). There didn't seem to be any reason to change my old toaster, until a Tradex leaflet popped through the door promoting their special offers - included amongst these was the Morphy Richards Europa toaster at only £14.99 - seemed like a good price and worth a look. The toaster itself is granite in colour (kind of dark grey with tiny sparkly flecks in that only show up in certain light), however it is also available in white. It is the traditional toaster shape, in that it fits four slices in two chambers (two slices side by side in each). On the front of the toaster, in the bottom right hand corner are the control dial for 'variable browning', and three buttons: the cancel button, the frozen button and the reheat button. The lever to push your slices down into the toaster is down the front right hand corner of the toaster. In addition, the toaster also has a warming rack knob on the left hand side. The toaster looked good enough to me in the shop - certainly more stylish than my old one, so now my old toaster has been retired. As with all new gadgets it's essential to try them out at the first opportunity, and, more importantly, make sure they're up for the job. My previous toaster had always struggled with toasting bagels. They would never fit in the slots properly despite it supposedly being able to handle extra thick slices, and they would always burn around the edges. It was instantly noticable on inserting the two bagel halves into my new toaster that they would easily fit - they didn't require any poking to stop them from sticking out of the top of the toaster - they slid in easily. Once they'd 'popped', they were just as easy to get out as the lever on the side of the toaster allows you to rai se the bread carriage a little higher if necessary to get things out of the toaster. It had done a good job - both halves were evenly toasted all over - no burnt edges and pale middles! The toaster has since been put through its paces with normal bread, and it too comes out nice and even. I have only ever used the re-heat button a couple of times - the idea is that if your toast pops up and starts going cold before you realise then you just push the lever down as though you were planning to toast your bread, then immediately press the re-heat button. The toaster then operates for a short period of time to re-heat your toast. This is a handy feature as it does what it says, although it can make your toast a bit more crispy. The warming rack is great for warming up bread rolls or similar items, and it's simple to use. It's just a case of turning the warming rack knob to raise the bars on top of the toaster, placing your rolls on the bars, setting the toaster to a fairly low heat and away you go! Bread doesn't last long enough in our house to warrant freezing it, however the instructions that came with the toaster reliably inform me that pressing the 'frozen bread button' will automatically extend the toasting cycle - this is supposed to take the guess work out of setting the browning control when you're using frozen bread. The toaster is much easier to keep clean than my previous toaster - the crumb tray literally slides out from the bottom of the toaster - a great improvement in comparison to my previous toaster which required the use of a screw driver to remove the crumb tray! It's also great to see a cool wall feature that really works - again, my previous toaster supposedly had this feature, and although the walls weren't red hot, they were still very warm and may have burnt a child had they touched it - with this toaster the walls stay much much cooler throughout the whole toasting cycle . All in all, I would certainly recommend this toaster and I hope it continues to function as it is doing now - for £14.99 with a 2 year manufacturers guarantee I'm certainly happy with my purchase. Perhaps the only downside is that the cable on the toaster is fairly short, which may cause problems for people who need a long lead on their toaster. The Europa 4 slice toaster is currently available in Argos for £24.25 in white or silver, and if you have a Tradex nearby they may still have some granite ones on offer for £14.99.
I recently blew up our toaster, this was not a good move due to the popularity of toasted bread products in our family, and so I was dispatched to the local Argos store to pick up a replacement. I had a number of gripes with our old toaster anyway, never before having worried about such things I had previously got the cheapest toaster money could buy, well it was only going to be used for making toast and all toasters are the same aren’t they. Well it would appear they are not, the old toaster was supposed to do 4 slices, but if you use the square bread we could only do 2 slices and I was often poking plastic things into the toaster to reclaim my lost crumpets. I had a number of criteria that had to be met on my quest for a new toaster; it had to be able to do 4 slices so my large family could be fed quickly. It had to be able to take thick slices of toast and other bread products. It had to have a high lift option so I could stop poking things into it and it couldn’t cost a fortune. So off I went with the Argos book in one hand any my list in the other, after reading through the details on all the available toasters and looking at the pictures I decided to get the Morphy Richards Europa toaster. This toaster has 4 individual toast slots so you can do some pretty big slices and they are very thick as well, it also has the high lift mechanism where you can lift the handle and it lifts the toasted items higher so you can get them out safely. The toaster has a dial on the front so you can select the toasting level, it also has 3 buttons, the top button is the cancel button so you can stop the toaster at any time, the middle button is the ‘frozen’ button so you can adjust the toaster to cook frozen bread by pressing this button without disturbing your normal toasting level, the last button selects between 2 slices and 4 slices so you can choose to only toast in the front 2 slots if you want. It also has a removable crumb tray so you can keep it nice and clean. The toaster is available in White or Graphite so you should be able match your kitchen. We also managed to get a 2 years manufacturers guarantee as a special offer, so it should last me at least 2 years (More than I can say for my old one), it also came with a wire rack that you can fit over the top of the toaster and use it to warm croissants etc, brilliant idea. The only draw back I found with this toaster was the size of it, it is quite a bit larger than our old toaster and the cable is probably about 3 feet long so it caused some slight reorganising in the kitchen to find some space close enough to a power socket. I have used this product quite a bit since purchase, I have had no problems with my thick slices of bread, my hot cross buns, my frozen potato cakes or my crumpets, so I should imagine it will be good for just about anything. In fact since I got this toaster I have not had to put anything under the grill at all. I know buying a toaster is not exactly a large part of ones life, but this one does appear to be perfect for us, it cost £29.75 so it is certainly not the cheapest, but the 2 year guarantee and the fact a toaster is more efficient that the grill and I have not had to use the grill since I got it should save us a bit of money over the next couple of years.
Since receiving this "British racing green" toaster as a wedding gift over 2 years ago, it has seen many slices of bread pass through its filaments, giving our family many rounds of tasty golden brown toast. Pikelets, muffins and pitta breads have also taken a grilling on the various heat settings this appliance has to offer. I find that somewhere between 3 and 4 gives the ideal setting, any more than 5 and you'll set the smoke alarms off and have the fire brigade round for breakfast. It is a shame that only 2 slices can be toasted at once, and the thicker slices of bread don't fit in too well, though it does have a handy "defrost" feature. Particularly useful for students. I have also had experience from Morphy Richards customer care, as about 6 months ago, the beloved toaster blew up! It had just toasted two slices of bread, popped them up and it went "BANG!" and a small spark came out of one of the filaments. I rang the Customer services department, who told me to parcel it up & send it back. As it was still well under guarantee, they sent me a brand new one, which, presumambly in this disposable society in which we live, is cheaper than repairing it.
Not a bad toaster this. Since i brought it a year back roughly it has delevived and served many pieces of crisp well cooked pieces of bread. The removable tray underneath keeps all the crumbs in so not to block the main cooking area. The filament which heats the bread is strong and realible and does the job quickly and without fuss. i would recommend this to anyone one who is in a hurry, as the easy to use single twist knob turns up the heat when needed. Beware though it can if left by itself with a poptart in catch on fire, this is the same with most toaster though you just have to be careful when cooking pop tarts.