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Up until very recently, we had an extremely ancient Kenwood toaster, that we used to toast our bread. It was about 30 years old and had a few quirks, and one of the sides was hanging odd precariously, but it made good toast how we liked it. Unfortunately, after we had our shiny new kitchen, the battered old toaster really looked out of place and we did the unthinkable and "retired" it.
This led to the inevitable dilemma of finding a toaster that could live up to our exacting standards of toastiness! I researched a few toasters on Amazon, and the Philips HD2628 seemed to fit the bill. It was made by a reputable company and had received reasonably good reviews from most people. best of all, it was reduced at the time to about £20 and as I had some Amazon vouchers, I got it for next to nothing.
The toaster itself looks stylish, and the brushed steel finish matched some of our other kitchen appliances. So far so good. The toaster boasts featured such as extra wide slots, a cancel button and variable heat settings. it also has a crumb tray underneath.
I tentatively put my first slice of bread in at around the middle heat setting. After a short while, I could smell burning, so pressed the cancel button quickly. The toast was OK, but had a completely white section at the top which hadn't cooked.I tried a second piece, this time at a lower setting. This piece toasted perfectly, apart from,again, a white strip on the top. A third slice went in, on the same setting as previously, but this time it burned. I concluded from this that the more slices you tosted, the hotter the toaster became and burned subsequent pieces.
We have had the toaster a few weeks now and we are kind of used to it. Like its predecessor, it has quirks that you need to get used to, but that is part of its charm. So, if you like surprises and dont mind toast with a bready strip at the top at variable states of burning, this is the perfect toaster for you!
Short name: Philips HD2628