Product Type: Russell Hobbs toasters
Newest Review: ... 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 La... more
Russell Hobbs 13245
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Russell Hobbs 13245
Advantages: Toasts perfectly every time, toasts all the bread, looks good, easy to use/maintain.
Disadvantages: Takes a bit longer to clean than a regular toaster.
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!
Summary: An excellent toaster that should be a serious consideration of everyone looking to buy one.
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