I purchased this toaster around a year ago when moving into my new property, although I couldn't tell you how much I paid for it back then I believe they are retailing now at just over £20.00. I have to say as toasters go you are not going to get too excited about this one because it just does what it is supposed to and doesn't really have any great design features; although the addition of the crumb tray is a nice touch for easy cleaning I suppose.
To toast your bread you basically pop the slices into the slots, of which there are two and they are quite wide so thick bread will easily fit. The next step is to choose your degree of toasting, which ranges from 1 -7 and can be altered by turning the knob on the left handside of the toaster as can be seen in the diagram above either clockwise or anticlockwise; I tend to toast at around level four, but I guess that's just personal preference. To start toasting you then simply pull the lever in the middle down until you hear a click, the bread is then held in position and begins to toast.
Now, I have to agree with what other members have said about this particular model from Russell Hobbs, it does seem rather unreliable and your best bet is to keep an eye on it. Sometimes, the lever which locks the toast in places fails to engage properly, the heating element sometimes only comes on on one side and the toast seems to burn strangely regardless of what setting you have it on! Not great! However, most of the time it does work perfectly.
One other negative that I have noticed, which is a straight forward design error in my opinion is that even though the bread slots are wide enough for thick bread, the heating elements are simply too small; meaning that you always end up with approximately half an inch at the top of a slice of toast which isn't toasted at all - surely this should have been thought through before the product went into production?
Anyway, apart from those things I have listed it's an ok toaster and makes reasonable toast. It has a nice stainless steel finish which makes it look good in the kitchen, there is a button enabling you to pop up the toast if it is burning and there is also a defrost feature - although I have never use this and therefore it wouldn't be fair for me to comment on it.
Overall, I think I'll give this toaster two dooyoo stars out of a possible five - there are just too many things which let it down for me. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this product to fellow dooyooers.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.
Following the early demise of my Tesco Value toaster, I thought I should try a more expensive model, this 2 slice toaster cost just under £20, bought at Tesco.
It looks quite smart, and would blend in to most kitchens, in fact Russell Hobbs describe it as "Smart in the Kitchen". ....smart in appearance perhaps, not totally in its toast making. The toast it produces does have darker lines on it rather than being an even toasty brown. It does have a browning control knob, with 7 settings, how many people really like very dark brown toast, with a burny taste? But its biggest design fault in my opinion is that a standard sliced loaf (such as Braces) has slices that are too tall for the toaster, so that there is always a bit at the top that hasn't been toasted.According to the instructions you can trim bread to size before toasting (theres always an answer isn't there.)Also you can't use curled, torn or misshapen bread.
On the plus side there is a defrost feature ,and you can reheat cold unbuttered toast.If toasting a currant loaf you may need a slightly different setting, to avoid burning the toast.
One feature of this toaster is that it does have wider than average toasting slots.however although these will happily fit in a thick slice, you cannot toast hot cross buns which would be nice, and have to resort to the grill.
We have had the toaster a mere three weeks or so, but I notice the outer casing is already looking a bt mottled.
It has a crumb tray, which is always a useful feature for cleaning.
Oh well maybe I should have splashed out a bit more to get a perfect toaster, I don't hate it, but I am a bit disappointed, it seems a bit old fashioned, definitely lacking in special features.
Being an owner of this toaster I can tell you I hate it. The last toaster I owned used to toast bread to a certain colour, ping the toast up and wait for you to collect the its offering. That is good toaster behaviour. This toaster has a mind of its own. Sometimes it works okay and the toast is done on one side at least, maybe even both sides on the odd occasion but most of the time it just does a random burn and pops the toast.
My hatred of this toaster might be because it is faulty. When you look inside the machine at the toast being heated only one side of the heating element glows red, although both sides of the bread get heated. I have discovered the best way to use this toaster is to watch it like a hawk, don't let it out of your sight and when you think the toast is ready press the top button.
The good points of this toaster are it is nice looking, has wide slots and a removable crumb tray which makes cleaning very easy. It is also very reliable and has not popped its clogs and went to "Silicon Heaven" although I can't wait for that to happen so I actually do have to replace it. In case you don't know what "Silicon Heaven" is, in the television series "Red Dwarf" it where all the toasters, calculators, etc, go when they die.
I would get a replacement for this toaster but it is like a squeaky door, you put up with it until it gets unbearable. If you do decide to buy one of these toasters maybe your experience will be better than mine and you will have a less rebellious toaster.
This slim toaster fits on the kitchen top easily. It has an easy dial to change the degree to which your toast is taosted. Strangely this goes so high it burns the toast so you have to spend some time finding the correct setting. I have written this down on a pad as it needs to be changed for items with fruit baked in them. The toaster accomadates bread, rolls and buns. however I like freshly baked bread and these slices were two tall for the toaster slot which needs to be a little deeper.
It is easy to clean the toaster removing the crumb tray from the bottom. If this is not done regularly you will get a burning smell.
the down side is that the stain less steel finish quickly becomes marked. this spoils the look of the toaster quickly. I have not found an easy way of cleaning and polishing it. However all in all it does the job is a reasonable price and as long as the kids don't put their paws on it gleams on the kitchen side.
With a brushed satin design and stainless steel end panels this Russell Hobbs Urban 2 slice toaster looks as good as it toasts / The extra wide slots mean thick bread can be toasted easily and it also has reheat and frozen settings for cooking bread straight from the freezer / It automatically pops up when ready but does feature a cancel function if you wish to stop it early / This toaster has a variable electronic browning control a carriage travel layer with extra lift for small bread and a removable cru / Short name: Russell Hobbs 13790