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I moved into a new house back in January, and so I have found myself buying lots of new stuff lately, which will fit in with the colour schemes and styles of the new house. My kitchen has a stainless steel cooker, hob, oven etc, and so I was looking to buy a toaster to match, and I stumbled on a deal at Argos where if you buy the kettle (see previous review), you get the toaster at half price, so I decided to go for it.
The toaster in question is a Russell Hobbs 13949 which is a 4 slice toaster and is priced at £44:99 usually, but as I purchased it with the Russell Hobbs kettle, the toaster was reduced by £22:50 and so it only really cost me £22:49.
~~~~ The Russell Hobbs 13949 4 Slice Toaster ~~~~
This toaster has been well used in my kitchen for over 2 months now, and as well as looking stylish it also works very effectively. It is constructed from polished stainless steel, with a black plastic base, which sits on 4 little rubber (non slip) feet. Along the top of the stainless steel toaster there are 4 individual slots laid out next to each other for putting the bread into for toasting. There is a little black revolving knob to adjust the browning time (dependent upon what is being toasted) along with 2 black plastic buttons to eject the toast, and 2 black plastic levers which are used to drop the toast into the heating element area in order to start the toasting sequence. One of the black plastic levers lowers all four of the bread holders, and the other one just lowers two of the bread holders, which is very useful if only one or two pieces of bread are being toasted, as it only heats up (and uses electricity in) half of the toaster. Also a small orange LED light lights up on the side of the toaster when the heating elements are turned on, and the toaster is 1800 watt rated.
~~~~ My Opinion ~~~~
After 2 months of regular use, I have to say that I am very impressed with this toaster overall.
The toaster is a large solid unit, which feels well made in all aspects, and I get the impression it will last a very long time.
It is more than capable of toasting large slices of bread, which is something that many toasters struggle with, and it toasts very evenly over the surface of the bread. I find that the 2 slice / 4 slice option is superb, as I often only usually toast 2 slices at a time, and I can do this without using the whole of the toaster, but on the odd occasion when I am toasting bread for both my wife and I, or if we happen to have visitors around, the 4 slice option is there to be used, and can rapidly produce toast for one and all.
The slots for the bread are nice and wide, meaning that it can easily cope with thick bread, as well as crumpets, muffins etc without any problems.
The toaster has a pretty good lift when the toast pops up, and by lifting the levers a little more it brings the toast nicely out of the top of the toaster, making it easy to retrieve.
A very minor quibble with this toaster is that the length of the electrical cord could perhaps be longer, but for my kitchen it is perfectly long enough, but I suspect that some people would prefer it longer for certain situations. There is however a small cord storage area that can be used if the cord is deemed to be longer than required.
The removable crumb tray at the base of the toaster does a good job of collecting up the crumbs that fall through the toaster, and it slides in and out nice and smoothly.
Overall it is a great toaster which provides great flexibility to the user. It looks stylish, and the polished stainless steel is easy to keep clean and rarely gets fingerprints on it due to the good design and layout of the buttons and levers. It is quite big and bulky, and so it is probably not suitable for a very small kitchen (like my old one).
I feel that the full price of £44:99 is possibly a little excessive, but the £22:49 that I paid (when the offer is taken into account) is somewhat of a bargain for such a fabulous toaster.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
Most of the kitche type gadgets we have at home are stainless steel if they are kept out on the worksurfaces because that colour matches our decor and looks good against the black granite. We have had this Russell Hobbs toaster 13767 for ages now but I think it is time we invested in a new one if only because this one is begining to look a bit tired and I fancy one of the newer models.
We paid quite a bit I remember for this - around fifty pounds and we bought it from John Lewis department store while we were on a holiday in Newcastle visiting family. It came with a great instruction manual, which we have kept in our drawer, alongside the reciept and the guarantee. It looks lovely when new but one of the things we do not like about this is its ability to attract marks and smears and honestly you can spend all day trying to rub them off but as soon as you pop in a slice of bread or whatever - there they are - back again!
It can toast up to four slices of bread at once and the slots are wide enough to toast bigger things such as crumpets and your own doorstep slices of bread, as I like to do. It is a push down mechanism on the side which makes the bread go down inside the toaster to be toasted. There are knobs at the side which allows you to vary how well done you want your toast to be done - ie lightly or very brown. I prefer mine lightly toasted but my other half always turns it up too high for me!
It toasts well and pops back up once it is toasted. There is also the facility to toast frtozen bread to make your toat. This obviously takes slightly longer but it does still manage to toast perfectly from frozen and you just depress the little button on the side if you want this facility.
It has served us well and has proven to be reliable and good looking and attractive gadget but the crumbs do get lodged around the bottom where the stainless steel meets the rubber edging. Likewise, crumbs etc appear to grab hold of the rivet effect on the press down handle and I find this irritating, but hey, no-one's perefct.
It has a decent sized cable / cord in black and the Russell Hobbs logo on the bottom left hand side. A reliable little toaster and I also think you can buy these slightly cheaper if you opt for the two-toaster option instead of the four. ..
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
This is a very attractive toaster and would look good in any kitchen! The crumb tray is very easy to remove and clean and is a very user friendly toaster. I bought this toaster in an offer and definately think it is worth the money and having 4 slices is much easier for a family than my previous 2!
The only downside with this toaster is I sound that 2 slices always cook perfectly but the other 2 tend to only cook one side and I have to turn them over to do the other side, which is not ideal in a hurry. Although it does toast very nicely.
The toaster is wide enough for me to cook my bagels in (cut in half) and crumpets and they come back out with ease- I have been known in the past to get them stuck!
I feel all in all this is a good toaster and although you may not get perfectly even sides I think it is well worth the money. It is a high quality item which looks good.
When we bought out house, most of the kitchen appliances were ordered from various websites like amazon.co.uk
We got this toaster delivered after reading fairly good reviews, it cost around £35 which isn't too bad for a four slice toaster. It boasted having 'extra wide slots' which is always good, as i like big chunky slices of toast
First impressions are good, looks about as good as a toaster can look. When it comes to using it, things aren't so good, i kid you not, to toast a bit of bread, it takes around 4minutes, which when you are late for work, feels way too long! even with the dial around more than half way, it still only comes out slightly brown. I do sometimes wonder if we have a faulty one.
The next problem comes along, when you buy a fresh loaf of bread and cut yourself two wedges to toast, those 'extra wide slots' should take these extra thick slices with ease, surely? The truth is, they don't, the slots on this toaster aren't wide at all, and when it comes to toasting some tea cakes, you need squash them before hand just so they fit, which doesn't look good when you have guests.
Overall, a bit disappointing considering Russell Hobbs is what i class quite a good make for kitchen bits and bobs.
The not so wide, 'extra wide slots' and the slow toasting time are a real let down, only two out of five from me.
I recently requested a Tesco Direct catalogue and must tell you all that its got some great bargains to offer.
My Cookworks toaster has just browned its last slice,or rather hasn't browned its last slice ! so its been assigned to the bin..
I particularly wanted a four slice toaster,its much easier than hopping back and forth to the kitchen doing two slices at a time.
Ive recently had a smart new Stainless steel kettle,so I wanted the toaster to match.
If im buying electrical goods I like to think that im getting the best value that I can possibly get for my money.
Plus there are some functions that I would consider pretty essential on any toaster I was going to buy.
First of all I wanted a good brand..so Russell Hobbs fits the bill,then I wanted the four slots,which the 13767 model has.
Often I want to toast my bread from frozen,so that option is another must have..yes it does toast from frozen.
We like thick toast and toasted teacakes ..this model has variable width ,so can do both.
The lift high carriage lever makes the toaster much safer,you don't have to put your fingers too near the slot openings to pull the toast out.
The toaster has variable browning,sometimes this can be a stumbling block as some toasters don't have a lot of variation to their settings.But this Russell Hobbs model toasted to perfection,though it took a couple of attempts to get it spot on.
The crumb tray is easy to remove and clean and the toaster is well insulated giving it what they refer to as `coolwalls` ..in other words the exterior is always safe enough to touch without burning your hands.
It has a mid cycle cancel facility too,so no burnt teacakes !
I'm more than pleased with my new toaster,its easy to clean ,just wipe over with a damp cloth and then buff up.
Another good thing was because I bought it from Tesco Direct they delivered it for me.I was able to find a voucher code on the Internet for free delivery.
The toaster was really well priced at £24.97 and that automatically gave me 24 Tesco club card points.
So all in all one very satisfied customer !
You know the scenario: Fresh baked bread from the bakers, you opted for it not to be sliced in the shop, you get it home, hack it yourself, only to find that the slices are too wide - or irregularly sawn - to fit in the slots of your work surface toasting machine.
In steps the mighty Russell Hobbs to the rescue. Not only does this offering from the masters of toast preparation feature "extra wide slots", but also crumb tray and integrated easy reach "cancel" button - to avoid those embarrassing late night moments!
And this truly is the wide boy of the toasting world; no matter how carelessly one slices that yeasty sponge, the 13767 will not fail to accommodate!
If, like me, you are prone to "habitual toasting syndrome" form time to time, you will be relieved to learn that the 13767 has an easy reach, fast action "cancel" button. No more accidentally toasted sandwiches!
russell hobbs is the only branded stuff that i would buy, due to bad experiences. having brought this Russell Hobbs 13767 toaster which is classic style stainless steel toaster and toasts 4 slices, i must say it has lived upto its name. with this toaster you get to choose the level of browning of toast as it is manual so you can adjust to your needs. its a large toaster which toasts four slices of bread, it is capable of toasting bread from frozen, when toasting it displays a red led light to show that it is on and doing its job!!
the one downfall it has is that the cable is slightly short for where i have to plug it in it measures about 95cm , but for any other buyer this may not be a issue. another great function of this toaster is the cancel button which allows you to cancel the toasting if you think that the toast is being overcooked this function works alot better than others that i have tried. it has a craumb tray which is easy to use and clean it just slides out and slides back in allowing no room for crumbs to fall every where. this toaster also has another good feature to it, it has extra wide slots for toasting different size shapes of bread along with an extra list which is where the bread carriage is slightly raised to make it easieer to carry our out smaller items.
depending on where you buy this you are offered russell hobbs direct helpline number.
The Russell Hobbs Classic 13767 Toaster has a simple yet classic design that will be equally at home in a modern or contemporary kitchen / It features wide long slots with centring guides a carriage travel lever with extra lift variable browning control and a removable crumb tray / / Short name: Russell Hobbs 13767