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My trusty old Russell and Hobbs toaster that had served me well for almost 10 years, finally gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago. A sad occasion it was too... but I had no time to mope around with a black armband and the curtains drawn. Oh no sir, I needed a replacement and toot sweet!
Fortunately I had a few Amazon vouchers unspent from my endeavours on this wonderful site so online I went and after a little pondering, I decided to go for another Russell and Hobbs but instead of a chrome four slicer that I had before, I picked a sleek modern black gloss four slicer with a few extras more than my old model. The fact that it matches my kettle (soon to be reviewed, methinks!) was an added bonus.
Other selling points were:
* Reheat And Frozen Settings - Very handy as I often use frozen bread.
* Cancel Function - In case you change your mind.
* Removable Crumb Tray - Makes cleaning a little easier.
* Variable Browning Control - How would you like your toast sir?
Pretty standard stuff, but I thought it was worth mentioning what with this being a review and all.
In usual Amazon style, it arrived sooner than expected and once removed from the substantial packaging I was expecting it to be love at first sight.
Alas, disappointment was the only emotion I felt.
**Gripe No. 1**
The toaster that appeared so glossy and glam in the photo, in reality looked rather cheap and nasty. I am certainly not confident that this will last even half as long as its predecessor especially with my ham fisted kitchen escapades.
**Gripe No. 2**
Apparently, my bread is too tall. As it protrudes from the top of the toaster to such an extent that you have to turn the bread over during the toasting process otherwise you have a centimetre and a half of untoasted bread. Not good.
These are my only issues but it's two more than I expected or wanted for the £24.99 that I forked out.
Anyway, these gripes apart, it does what it's supposed to do and that is make toast so it has joined the kitchen appliance team for now, well until I next do a boot fair.
There is an irony to this that I have to share.
Guess what I didn't do before I made my purchase?
What I didn't do was.....
Check the reviews! Aaaaaagh! What a plonker!
Thanks for reading.