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Having recently made a few changes in my life I were on the lookout for a new toaster to begin my adventure with. A new kitchen led to a variety of new kitchen gadgets and accessories and the Prestige Deco Toaster fitted the bill to perfection. The reason I say this is that the design and styling match the new units and the brushed stainless steel finish leaves you wondering if this toaster was actually designed with my kitchen in mind! The Prestige Deco Toaster is available in a number of colour options depending on your preferences. I have never seen a toaster with such a design idea, only mobile phones! The compact design means it fits neatly into even the most spacially(is this a word?!) challenged. As you can see in the image this toaster comfortably accommodates two slices of bread. There are a few features which I have never come across before making this quite a smart little toasting machine. For starters you can adjust the width of the toasting slots depending upon your choice of bread. There is also a setting for toasting your bagels to perfection. The dedicated bagel toasting button allows you to lightly toast your bagels through without burning the edges and leaving the centre clap cold. One feature I have come across in the past was present - a crumb tray. This useful feature allows you to prevent crumbs building up in the bottom of the toaster, which can be a nightmare to shake out. Some features that you may not give much consideration to but are quite important are cord length, this toaster has a very reasonable length of cord to give you flexibility when it comes to where you wish to toast your bread or bagels. This cord can easily be stored away on the toaster for safety and convenience. The design is impressive for a well-priced toaster, and there is a real quality feel to it. The stainless steel finish on my 'Deco' is stylish and the shell feels robust, with a good weight to it. I have never had any problems with the toaster and havn't burnt myself or had problems removing the slices of toast from the slots. When the toast pops up it gives reasonable purchase for extraction. An important safety feature is that the outside of the toaster doesn't get unbearably hot. This doesn't just mean you won't burn your fingers during use, but it also allows me to store the toaster away without having to let it cool down first. Alongside the bagel toasting button there are also options allowing you to defrost and reheat your dough based food. With so many colour and design options there is something to fit every kitchen colourscheme. Priced between around £18-£30 online it really is important to shop around for the best price. £18 really is fantastic value and for this price we are talking about being in competition with supermarket branded and 'value' toasters. Due to this reason the Prestige Deco Toaster earns itself 5 Dooyoo stars for value for money. The features are impressive considering the price, and even at £30 you are not being ripped off.
We recently moved into a new house and my sister in law kindly gave me a Prestige Deco toaster and matching kettle. The toaster is a 2 slice toaster that is shiny silver at the ends and a cream colour over the middle (I believe you can get different colours depending on your colour scheme). It is definately a compact 2 slice toaster as it doesnt take up much space in our kitchen which is great. The width on the 2 slots can be altered depending on the width of your bread, or alternatively your bagels. This toaster has a specific bagel button which lightly toasts your bagel making sure it is warmed all the way through but not burnt on the outside. Our old toaster always burnt the outside. This toaster has a crumb tray to tray and catch some of the falling debris and need to be emptied regularly or can give off a slight burning smell. I love the fact that this toaster has a decent length of cord so I can move it around the kitchen and it doenst have to be right beside a socket. It also has a cord storage place so you can wrap it up if it is right beside the plug and no cord shows. I like the face that the outside of this toaster doesnt get hot and that you cant get the toaster to do anything if it is not plugged in and switched on. This toaster has a defrost function and a reheat function, perfect for when the doorbell or phone interrupt you. But I haved to say that my favourite thing about this is that when the toast or bagel pop up it pops up above the top of the slots so you dont have to try and stick your fingers into the top of the toaster slot to get your bagel out safely.
We've had this toaster for a couple of years now and it has always seemed to do the job as well as looking very retro, suave and stylish! It fits in very well with the rest of our kitchen, which we have attempted to give a proper retro feel, and is small enough not to take up too much room. (our kitchen is TINY!!!) This toaster has a number of buttons down the side, one of which is simply to cancel or interrupt the toast function if you either get tired of waiting or decide you have changed your mind how well you want it toasted! A sliding scale at the bottom alters the setting of how well done you like your toast but the toaster will not come on or the toast descend unless the appliance is plugged in and switched on at the wall which is a pretty standard safety feature. The other buttons include one for Bagels, though I have never used it because I like my Bagels toasted under the grill with cheese on and this would obviously just get messy if I attempted something similar in my toaster, and a defrost button in case you have forgotten to get another loaf out of the freezer the night before. Not that I have ever done anything so silly you understand but it is handy to have this function on as toaster...ahem! It has a crumb trsay but this is where the appliance I feel lets me down. It doesn't seem to catch many crumbs (do any of them?) and I still often get left with little bitty crumbs all over my work unit. Still, nothings perfect and for a toaster, this is more than adequate for my grilled bread product needs!
The Deco range from Prestige offers some really stylish retro looking kit. It took a bit of pondering to decide which colour option to go for and eventually we opted for the distorted black and white check Art Deco pattern. Oh and the fact that it is reminiscent of the Yes 'A Time and A Word' album cover never came into it...honest. We settled for a 2 slice over the 4 slice option. It looks well smart and despite being compact takes 2 full slices of Warburtons Pan unlike so many other silly square slice toasters. It has thick and thin built in adjustment. Feature wise it has a crumb tray, browning adjustment, cancel, reheat and defrost and a possibly unique BAGEL button. I have never seen a BAGEL button on a toaster before and I have no idea why you would specifically need one. No doubt it won somebody an 'employee of the month award' lol. Now a toater is a toaster is a toaster yeh? Wrong answer. This toaster is quite easily the best we have ever had. It consistently delivers fully toasted bread. The browning control actually works and you can more or less adjust it in the safe and certain knowledge that your toast will be yummy and edible and not cremated, peely wally or done in the middle and raw at the edges. Obviously you have to judge the freshness of the bread and adjust accordingly but it is remarkable just how well this does compared to the lethal and often useless instruments we've owned in the past. A tweek up or down will be all it takes to get great toast time after time. The only thing to look out for is that it is not a 'cool wall' toaster even though it's sturdiness gives that impression. It will get pretty hot with repeated use so take care. This is the nicest looking, best designed and best results toaster we have had and comes highly recommended.