In some respects I am a bit of a girlie girl and I do like things that are unnecessarily pink. I spotted this cute toaster in my local Dunelm Mill homewares shop and was sold on it purely for the fact that it was pink. It cost me £16.99 which I thought was a reasonable price.
The design of this Prestige toaster is fairly simple, which makes it very easy to use. The main body of the toaster is a pretty pale pink colour, and both end sections are silver with a control panel on one end. The pink colour is quite different to most other kitchen appliances and I think it looks really fun in my kitchen as it adds a quirky, kitsch touch.
After seeing this online I have found out that it also comes in a duck egg blue, or green apple colour.
This toaster can take 2 slices of bread at a time and has a push down lever on the side to lower the toast into the heating section. There is a dial on the control panel end where you can set the desired level of cooking time, depending on how pale or dark you like your toast. I like to set mine at around 2 or 3 out of 6, as this turns out quite lightly toasted and still has a doughy texture to the bread.
There are also some extra buttons that allow you to re-heat your toast and cancel to stop it cooking, as well as a couple of fancier settings that allow you to defrost bread straight from frozen, and another one for toasting bagels.
Underneath the toaster there is a slide-out crumb tray which catches excess mess and stops those pesky breadcrumbs getting everywhere.
For larger slices of bread, including my big home-baked loaves, I have found that sometimes the top of the slice will stick out above the toaster. This is a bit of a pain, but I just get around it by toasting once, then flipping the bread vertically and toasting again. A normal medium sized loaf slice fits perfectly.
The width of the toasting sections is big enough to accommodate wide and bulky things such as teackakes, crumpets and bagels so you can enjoy more than just a piece of toast!
The handle for pushing the toast down can also be raised higher which is great for removing smaller items such as crumpets without having to do the dangerous trick of levering them out with a butter knife (not safe!), and I've found this to be helpful on many occasions.
The crumb tray is easy to use and although it doesn't catch every single crumb it does make it easier to clean up.
This toaster performs well and manages to give me perfect toast without any hassle. It is easy to use, makes toast quickly, and has customisable settings to allow you to get the perfect piece of toast. Plus, it's PINK!
I have this pretty pink toaster, which I picked up in Home Bargains for a knockdown £7! I think the normal retail price is about £38 so this was a real bargain. It was a special edition for a breast cancer charity. It takes 2 slices of thick or thin bread, I also use it for crumpets, muffins and bagels. It has a specific bagel setting but I've never used this - just toasted in the usual way by splitting the bagel in two. I would agree with the previous reviewer that the finish is not great and that the coloured part marks quite easily and it does have signs of rust near the slots. There is a pull out crumb catcher trat at the front. Adjustable toasting setting, a defrost button - again I've never used this and a cancel button so you can pop the toast up early if you want to. I have noticed that it cooks more on one side than the other too so perhaps this is common but mine does toast both sides, just not too evenly. Not a bad toaster for the price I paid but I'd be rather miffed if it was full price!!
I have this toaster in duck egg blue and it 'looks' great. The range of colours which this is available in allows you to match it up to several colour schemes. On the downside, however, they are are built to look pretty in the short term and not for durability or longevity.
On my purchase in particular-
Visually; the paint has worn on the top and it has begun to rust. Functionally; it now only toasts one side of each slice.
I need to turn the bread over to do the other side, this doubles the time to make toast and it means that the toast needs 10 secs in the microwave to gat it hot enough to melt the butter. Granted I have had it for just over 12 months, but for the price I paid I would have expected more fully functional use from it.
I would only recommend this toaster for a show home.
Short name: Prestige 50742