When I was moving into my current house almost 2 years ago now I had very little cash to kit the house out and rather than buy smartprice cheap products that I wasn't sure would last I decided I would try my local Freecycle, I had had many positive experiences passing things on and decided it was worth a try asking for household items. I received a message from someone who had just gotten married and therefore had a variety of items that were almost brand new he was looking to pass on and one of them was this Russel Hobbs 4 slice toaster. When I received it I was told it was only 6 months old but as they had received their preferred toaster as a wedding present they decided to pass this one on and I was so eternally grateful. The items were meant to be a stop gap until I could afford something better however this toaster is still going strong today and I see no point in replacing it when it works so well!
After just having done a quick search this toaster is around the £30 mark (wow!!) and although I would normally regard this as over my budget it has lasted so well on an almost daily basis and has a good look to it that really it's not so bad a deal at all. This is available from Amazon so get saving those Dooyoo vouchers and you can have one too!
Firstly the look of this toaster, it is chrome all over and the only addition of anything else is the buttons which are black, there is one lever and 4 buttons along with a small sliding scale that you can use to specify how cooked you would like your toast. I feel that this is a very modern looking toaster, I also have a Russell Hobbs Kettle (another freebie from my Mother In Law who decided she wanted a new kettle and gave me her old one) and so it fits in very well with my kitchen (although I do need a chrome microwave to match if anyone wants to buy me one!). There is only one flaw with this chrome look and that is that wiping it over is a pain, I find that wiping off say dust it collects at one side and you have to wipe it over with a towel or kitchen roll to make it nice and shiny and smear free, it's not a huge problem but it's something I had to mention. Otherwise I really like the shape it is not square and sharp but has lovely rounded corners that give it a softer look. The levers don't stick out too far from the side of the toaster which is a good thing as it sits very neatly on the space of my worktop giving me enough room to use the lever yet not too much that there are large gaps (yes these things are important to me, I am aware of my need for a life). I do have to move it out however to access the crumb tray but I have to say i never even discovered the crumb tray until I'd had it for about a year and it can hold a huge amount of crumbs, I only remember to empty it probably about once a month yet I never find stray crumbs hanging around and making the place messy, I've never had a toaster with a tray before but I would recommend it to anyone, it makes life so much easier. You simply slide the tray out on the side opposite to the lever and empty it out and then slide it back in, it's extremely easy.
So onto the functioning of the toaster, I only like Warburtons bread, the one in the blue packet and I find that this toaster can easily toast 4 slices of this bread at a time or 1 or 2 instead if you prefer, you can also toast crumpets and bagels (cut in half) and the like which is really good I think as it gives you a range of products to choose from rather than regular toast. This is also the first toaster I have had where half of the bread isn't left un-toasted leaving you the option of half toasted and half un-toasted bread or the top and bottom strips perfect and the middle overdone. I have mine set to number 2 as I also don't like overly crunchy toast, I'm the annoying person that likes adding the butter which melts into the toast leaving it slightly soggy, I find number 2 is perfect for me. I also use frozen bread quite a lot as me and my son can't get through a full loaf so rather than waste it I bag it and freeze, this does have a defrost button on it but I tend to whack the frozen bread straight in and push the slider up just a touch to make it toast a bit longer and I find no difference between this and using the frozen bread setting. Once the toast is done the lever will automatically pop up and to get the bread or other products out easier you can pull the lever up a bit more and this lifts the bread slightly higher so you can get the toast out without burning your fingers.
Overall I think this is an excellent toaster, it has more than proved it's durability being over 2 years old at this point and still working as perfectly as when I first received it. The cord length is also very good, it is very long and you could easily position it away from a plug socket, I have mine right next to the socket so it's not an issue for me but for those that need to consider it this is one that could do the job. There are various functions from re-heating (which I have never and have no intention of using), defrosting, bagel so there are a variety of options for using this toaster. It looks good and although it needs a little more maintenance than a quick wipe (if you're particular like me) it is still incredibly simple to keep looking good. It is a nice modern design and can match other chrome items or be a stand alone piece, it toasts my toast perfectly every single time and I have never had a problem with it making my toast burnt or setting off my fire alarm (which is frankly astounding) or causing crumbs all over my unit. What more can you ask from a toaster really? A most definite 5 stars from me!
I got this Russell Hobbs four slice toaster as a gift. Slim and long design fits nicely in the kitchen. This toaster holds up to four slices of bread in two rows; however with only one bread carriage handle means that even if you want one or two slices of bread, both rows are in use. Sliding browning control- slide to your preference: from light to dark. Design with four option buttons - eject, handy bagel, simply slice the bagel in a half and put the two halfs with out side towards the outside element,reheat and defrost function. Crumbs are collected in the crumb tray in the base of the toaster, to clean simply slide towards you and wipe clean with a damp cloth. After pressing each function the red light will appear.
Overall I am quite happy with the item, probably would not buy it myself. The down side is that in order to keep it looking nice I need to polish it regularly , because finger prints are highly visible.
A very easy to use and clean toaster that doesn't look tacky and didn't burn a hole in my pocket.
although the price stated is around £34, we managed to pick one of these up from our local supermarket fairly cheap.
It does everything a toaster should, it has extra-wide slots the close in as you press the lever down so nothing is wedged in once it's on its way back up.
4 single-pressed buttons which allow for normal toasting, bagel toasting, defrosting and re-heating.
It also has a 1-5 "browning control" setting as most toaster's do, to decide how brown (or black) you would like your toast.
A useful cleaning accessory is the Crumb Tray, which pulls out on the opposite side from the buttons allowing yu to dispense of the crumbs at the bottom, meaning you can easily use your toaster without having to smell that oh-so-fragrant burning essence everytime you have to toast something new, frantically swatting away at the fire alarm to shut-up.
Only drawback is the chrome effect on the outside which can show fingerprints from time to time and sometimes it doesn't toast the bottom of the bread.
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