One day my Tefal Two Slot Avanti Toaster stopped working, so I had to buy a replacement. As I had some Lovetoshop vouchers that I can use in Comet, I decided to visit my local Comet to see what I can get. In their toaster area the Philips two slot toaster caught my eye.
Philips is a commonly known name for Royal Philips Electronics. It was founded by Gerard Philips and his father in Netherlands in 1891. Today it is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. The one I'm writing about is one of Philips toaster products, given the full name, Philips HD2566/10.
Packaging and Features:
My Philips HD2566/10 comes in a well designed recycled box. It contains a toaster and a User manual. The toaster is approximately 12cm wide, 18cm high and 20cm deep. The toaster and the cable both are in a white colour. At the top middle part of the set it is a Toasting chamber, which automatically lifts toast and lever. At the bottom there is a Stop button. You can press it at any time to stop the toasting cycle. A Browning control is at the bottom too and has settings numbered 1 to 7.
The toaster is really easy to getting start. First connect your toaster to the mains. Second put one or two slices of bread in the toaster. Third select the desired browning setting. Select a low setting (1-2) for lightly toasted bread and a high setting (5-7) for darkly toasted bread or for toasting frozen bread. You can adjust the browning setting during toasting by turning the browning control. Fourth push the toasting lever down to switch on the appliance. When the toast is ready, it pops up and the toaster switches off. Last remove the toasted bread. To remove smaller items, you can move the toasting lever upwards a little further.
Price and Availability:
In the UK you can buy Philips HD2566/10 in many retailers store and websites. You will find the prices vary. As a guide, it's currently sold on Amazon UK website a little more than £20.
My personal experience:
I bought my Philips HD2566/10 in July 2011. I paid £19.99, half of its original price. When I first saw it I already like. It's simple and the price was within my budget. Based on past experience I trust the Philips brand.
When I put the toaster in my kitchen I was happy with its appearance. It really matched with my Philips kettle and my small kitchen too.
It's easy to use and to clean. It does the job very well. It totally meets my need. Now I have used it for almost one year and hope it can last longer than my old one.
In conclusion I'm very pleased with the performance of Philips two slot toaster. I would recommend this appliance if you are looking for a toaster in this price range. It's a great value for money.
The HD2566 does its job - it toasts bread - but other than that is a disappointed and can't say that I would go for a Philips product so open minded as I did. I have had Philips toasters before. This product really has a cheep feel to it. This machine burns my toast on level 2 if a toast it a second time half way through. Level 2 should be just touching a slit tan. I have burnt my finger twice getting the toast out of the slit because the toast is sunk in ½ inch deeper than other toasters. The metal cover on top gets really hot. This is really dangerous for sleepy, older or unaware people. It has a 2 year guarantee but I probably will get me a new one after just have bought this toaster. It is so sad but it was the wrong choice.
Toast is a very friendly thing, hot and crunchy and ready almost instantly, I have never met any one who didn´t like toast so if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful toaster consider this Philips two slice with extra wide slots.
This is a great little toaster which we have been using for about three years. It is in the more economical end of the market at about 25pounds and would be ideal for just about anyone on a budget.
It measures 180cm high by 210cm depth and 130cm wide so it is quite compact. The main body is in easy to wipe white plastic while the base, stop button, slider and browning control are in a light grey blue, as is the pull out handle for the crumb tray. "Philips" appears in the center of the body in the same colour and alongside the browning control dial. Next to the slider, which you push down to allow the bread into the slots, are two little diagrams. At the top, a slice of bread of which you can see three quarters, and, at the bottom, a poor little slice of bread with only it´s head showing as the rest is in the red hot depths of the toaster. "Get in there!" The whole effect is neat and clean if not very exciting.
The flex is just over a metre long and can be stored neatly in the base by wrapping it aroundthe little storage lugs. If you tip it upside down, (Watch out for the crumbs! they are now on my keyboard.) , you can see that it has four non slip feet ,also that there is a sticker that shows the Philips logo, is made in China and uses 950W ,50/60Hz 220V-240V .
Back to the buisness end, the two slots are mounted in a stainless steel surround with "Philips " embossed in the center. they are indeed extra wide, measuring just over 3.50cm wide by 140cm. This means that you can toast a huge range of goodies from the ordinary slice of bread to muffins,crumpets, scones, tea cakes and on and on. This is because the clamps adjust to the width of the bread as you slide the slider down, clever! The browning control has seven heat settings and "defrost" sits between numbers 6 and 7. We use 6 for ordinary sliced bread and 3 for baguettes. When you have finished toasting the crumb tray is easy to pull out but I generally turn it upside down and give it a shake as well.
Now, a word of warning!
One of our favourite breads is the French baguette and any not so fresh gets thrown in to the toaster. Turn down the browning control to about three or it will burn as it is very close to the heat elements. Also be prepared, when it has finished toasting , it will pop up tantalisingly and then dive back down into the depths again. To extract your toast turn it on it´s side and give it a sharp shake and it will pop out. If you put only one slice of baguette in, it will bounce up just above the mouth of the toaster and if you are quick you can catch it, thus sparking competitive toast catching competitions at breakfast, childish but fun.The dog won the last one.
Apart from this little idiosyncracy, it is a reliable, easy to clean toaster, with the added extra of a competitive streak for free.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under Splishsplash
P.S. it is not at all noisy.
Going on a budget with a brand I trust: Philips HD2566/10
Sometimes you just don't have a lot of money and you still want to buy nice things. I'm always looking for new things and my money is often gone before I realise it. Then I come to the point that I need to buy something that I almost use every day and decide that I don't want to spend a lot of money. I had this with buying a toaster. I do find it very important that it works and does a good job but didn't really want to spend a lot of money on it. So I came across a Philips HD2566/10 and even when I didn't like the way it looks, I thought with a Philips you can't go wrong! Right?
A toaster is one of those basics you just need like a kettle and I like my toasted bread with butter. The Philips HD2566/10 is not a good looking toaster since it comes in pure white and it looks cheap. I normally hide it away in one of the cupboards. It may look cheap but it doesn't feel cheap and it's quiet solid. It has a few simple standard buttons on the outside like the cancel button which is very handy. I'm quiet specific with toasting bread so I like to stop the toasting before the toaster stops it. So with the cancel button it less hassle.
It does toast my bread ok and doesn't take to long before it's done. I like my bread well done so that means almost black and it normally takes like 2 to 3 minutes. For me it doesn't really feel that long because I put the bread in the toaster, get myself a plate a knife and the butter and only have to wait like 30 seconds. Since the the slots are extra wide I have no difficulty that the bread is to big.
Cleaning the toaster is ok since it comes with a little tray underneath it but I always shake the toaster up side down to get all the crumbs. I notice it does get a little bit dirty and brown in the sides of the slots but I have never know a toaster that didn't do that. The good thing is that the outside is pretty easy to clean and stays also cool during the toasting.
The Philips HD2566/10 is a toaster that does the job but it just doesn't look that fancy. You can buy the toaster for around 20 pounds which I find quiet cheap since it still comes from a good brand that I trust. Can you imagine waken up on a Sunday and not being able to make toast! I would really hate that so I needed a toaster that I could trust. This one does the job and does it good. Is quiet easy to clean and has my toast ready in about 2 minutes, so what more do you need?
I'll be honest, i purchased this for cost rather than anything else. In comparison the the 'really cheap' toasters and other appliances it's actually pretty good, it's not totally flimsy and doesn't feel like it's about to break. The wider slots are great though, i was always fed up of squashing my hot cross buns into other toasters. Looks wise, it's ok, i keep it stashed away in a cupboard but if you're worried about things looking perfect it would be worth saving up a little more and getting something with a bit more style. It's a perfect toaster for someone on a budget - if you're a student, it's fantastic, i know we aren't the only household where the toaster is one of the most used appliances. Overall, it's cheap, does what it says on the tin and will hopefully keep on going a lot longer than the rubbish you buy in some of the budget supermarkets.
UPDATE - I missed a few points (thanks Nar2)
Does the body of the toaster remain cool in use?
Surprisingly, yes, having used a far more expensive toaster, which gets almost too hot to handle sometimes, i was really pleased. It's certainly no trouble to pick up and put back in my cupboard straight after use.
Is it easy to clean out?
No... however i am yet to find a toaster that doesn't enjoy throwing my crumbs all over the kitchen. Just be careful with it and it's ok, but the trays do have a tendancy to get stuck.
How much was it exactly?
As above i paid £14.67 online - if you have a store within easy reach it would be worth a look, but i had no complaints about the price, especially as i was in a bit of a hurry to get another toaster!
Since it can toast buns does this mean that it can accept both thick and thin slices?
We only buy medium sliced, but it manages buns fine as long as you slice them correctly, so i'm sure thick slices would be a breeze.
This toaster is a mid market toaster. Cheap and cheerful. Does what it says on the tin.
The toaster has extra wide slots which are handy for toasting buns and bagels, so you dont burn your fingers grabbing the toasted items out!
The design is simple, looks ok, but works and is perfectly functional.
It comes with the usual cancel/ stop buttons and a little area to catch the crumb trays, which is good but its a bit hard to pull out and when you do the crumbs have a tendancy to go flying around the kitchen!!!
Its a good toaster if your looking for one that does the job and isnt too pricey. Its mid quality and will look ok in your kitchen. Im happy for it to be on my side board but if i could afford a better looking toaster i would buy one! Lets face it, everyone needs toast!
Short name: Philips HD2566