Product Type: Russell Hobbs toasters
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A stylish and speedy toaster
Russell Hobbs 13973
Member Name: shangfastic
Russell Hobbs 13973
Advantages: Fast, stylish, re-heat setting, frozen setting, high lift, wide slots
Disadvantages: Slots don't take tall slices of bread, bottom doesn't have much grip
I've had this toaster for a couple of years now and I'm quite happy with it. I probably chose it because it was the most stylish looking toaster in that price range. It certainly does look good in my kitchen. It has a brushed satin finish and Blue Led indicator lights for the different settings. It's smaller than most toasters so doesn't take up too much room. Despite being very light, it seems to be good quality and hasn't damaged despite moving house a few times.
The browning control has 6 different settings depending on how brown you like your toast. I find that it toasts bread well but it doesn't usually toast evenly on both sides of bread. There's not enough difference to bother me though, and I think most people wouldn't really notice.
There are three buttons on the front of the toaster. Cancel, frozen and reheat. The frozen bread setting is on most toasters now. It means you don't need to change the browning setting you usually have for your toast, and it just adds on the extra amount of time frozen bread needs. I like this as it means I don't end up accidentally burning my toast from turning it up too high. The reheat setting gives a burst of high temperature to cold toast that you just need to warm up - as long as it's not buttered yet!
If you're toasting smaller pieces of bread, bagels or crumpets, you can use the high lift function to push them up higher so you can get them out. There's also a crumb tray that attaches to the bottom of the toaster which you can remove to empty it of crumbs. I've found that this keeps the worktop space around my toaster clean and free of crumbs. I don't have to empty it very often - only very occasionally.
The cable is a good length, about half a meter, which is all you need for a toaster.
The toast slots are the kind that squeeze inwards to hold the bread while it's toasting. I've always liked toasters that do this, but it's not always good for crumpets, especially really thick ones because they can get a bit stuck to the wires. I've never had a big problem getting anything out of this toaster though. Bread never gets stuck in it. The slots have been designed to take thick pieces of bread as well as thinner pieces and they're a good size.
The speed of the toaster is great. It takes less than half a minute to toast two slices of bread. I've had toasters that take three times that.
The only thing the toaster isn't well designed for is fitting tall slices of bread. They stick out at the top so some of it doesn't get toasted at all. Of course you can always just flip it around half way through but that's hassle and it's not going to be even. It would be the perfect toaster if they just made it big enough for taller slices.
Cleaning the toaster is easy. The crumb tray is handy and very occasionally I tip the toast upside down to get the crumbs that are stuck in the toaster itself out. The exterior is made of a material that's easy to wipe any dirt off. The bottom doesn't have any bits that mould clings too, like some appliances. It doesn't have the best grip on my kitchen worktop though. If that's something that bothers you, then this might not be the best choice, but I really don't mind if a toaster doesn't grip surfaces very well.
Figuring out how to use the toaster is really easy. It doesn't have any complicated functions and the buttons have little pictures next to them that are self explanatory. This is a good two slice toaster that's lasted me well so far.
Summary: I'd buy it again.
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