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We've had this toaster for a while now and so far haven't had any problems with it (except one crust that didn't toast quite right). When looking for a toaster we wanted one where the bread would slot in easily as the slots on our previous toaster weren't really long enough. After some research this is the toaster we found.
I like the design of this toaster. The main part is silver with a black base so it will go with pretty much any kitchen.
There are two slots for the bread, which are long and wide enough to easily get a normal slice of bread in or crumpets. Obviously if you have bigger slices of bread or really thick bread it may not fit so well, but it should be alright for most. When looking for a toaster a lot had slots that were two small for a normal slice of bread which means you're more likely to end up with slices bent at the end and possibly burnt. You don't have that problem with this.
I don't know the average weight for toasters, but I can say this toaster is light enough to move around if needed. It also has a little handle/grip on the side to make it easier to move around. I don't touch the toaster when it's on so I can't say how hot it gets, but I think it does get quite warm/hot so obviously if you need to move it while it's toasting the handle is a great help as that remains cool.
This toaster also has a crumb tray making it easier to clean the toaster as you can slide out the tray and tip away any crumbs. The tray then simply slots back in again.
How well it works:
The toaster works very well. It seems to toast pretty evenly and it toasts bread perfectly fine even from frozen. It's also great for crumpets.
I think I've only had one little problem with it and that was recently when I went to do some toast and one slice was a crust and it wasn't flat. Both slices were also frozen. The normal slice of bread did fine but the crust ended up burnt one end, the next bit was barely toasted at all and there was only one little section that toasted fine. However, it was because of the way the toast bent round. Part of it was very close to the heat and the other part wasn't. I'm not sure any toaster could have done any better, but obviously it's something to watch out for. It might have been better had it not been toasted from frozen.
Using the toaster is simple. You turn the knob to the number you want and push down the leaver. If for any reason you want to stop the toaster there is a cancel button which you can press.
If toasting bread from frozen it's easy to do, you just push the lever down as normal and then press the defrost button. It lights up red so you can see it's on.
Once toasted you can push the lever up higher so that it pushes the toast up further and makes it easier to take out.
Currently the price of this toaster is £21.84 on Amazon and £30.11 on the Tesco website. It's worth shopping around as you can see, but I think £20 is a pretty good price for this toaster.
Overall this is a great toaster and I'd recommend it.
This is another item we were given by my Other Half's dad. Our old toaster was a naff old white thing that we got from Woolworth before it shut down and was in their value range and made terrible toast so I was pleased as punch that we were given this stylish posh Russell Hobbs toaster.
What It Looks Like
The toaster looks very smart, it has a stainless steel outside which is brushed to a satin finish. This looks really nice and makes it easier to keep clean. The toaster has two handle on it, they are black, one of them is static and is just there to help you lift up the appliance, the other one is the moveable one which you push down to use the toaster. There are are two buttons underneath this moveable handle, one is for defrosting bread and one is for cancelling the cooking. In between these buttons is a red light which shows you when the frozen bread button is on. Then there is a dial with numerals around it which you use to adjust the browning time.
How It Works
The toaster is pretty easy to use. You can either toast one thing or two things at a time. You need to make sure the toaster is plugged into the electric and the power is on before you press down the handle or else it will just come up again and won't "stick" down. If you are trying to toast frozen bread then you just leave the dial at whatever you normally like your toast done on and then you press the frozen bread button with a snowflake icon above it and it will cook the bread to the right time to get it how you like it. This is really good if you are like our family, we usually have a few slices left over in a loaf that are a bit too stale to make a decent sandwich so we put them in the freezer and they are perfect for a slice of toast, saves using the soft new bread.
If you are cooking something and its on the wrong setting (sometimes happens in our house if I have changed the dial as I like my toast well done but Other Half likes his barely looked at) and you can smell it cooking too long you just press the cancel button and the toast will pop up instantly.
Cooking Crumpets Or Other Things
If you want to cook something like crumpets you can use the toaster for this. You just put them in like you would a piece of bread and then when they "pop" up, if you can't reach them being smaller than a slice of toast you can lift up the moveable handle a bit more and it will come up so that the crumpets are sticking out at the top. You just need to make sure that you don't touch the outside of the toaster around the holes as it will be really hot.
The toaster has a crumb tray built in so you will have to empty this frequently. It does save getting lots of crumbs on the work surface though. The most obvious thing about cleaning is being electrical you mustn't put it in the sink to wash it. You should unplug it from the electric and then give it a wipe down with a damp cloth and then dry it after making sure you don't get any water inside the openings onto the elements.
You can currently buy one of these toasters in Currys for £29.99 or from Amazon even cheaper for £24.99. I would recommend this product and think its a nice addition to our kitchen.
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I bought this toaster in Argos ages ago and although I have changed the colour scheme in the kitchen and am at present using a black toaster, this one still works perfectly and is in the box for the new one in the attic. I hate throwing things out when I know I will end up going back to wanting them again so I find it better to hang on to things for a while then give them away if I really decide I don't want it!
So back to the toaster (rather than my hording!)
This toaster has a nice sleek design. It has a black plastic base into which the crumb tray sits, this slots in and out with ease making it easy to clean. On top of the base sit's a brushed chrome effect metal toaster. The colour makes it perfect for any kitchen.
It has 2 slots which will comfortably hold thick sliced bread/crumpets/muffins and a filled toaster bag fit's snugly inside.
There's a lever on the one side to push the toast down and also a defrost and cancel button, the dial is on the same side and varies between 1 and 6. I just keep it on 3 and a half after finding this way browns the bread to just how I like it.
The biggest drawback to using this coloured appliances in the kitchen is that they need cleaning and buffing up all the time, it's not just a case of wiping it over they do need a wipe then a polish over to get them looking right. I have heard that a little baby oil on a cloth will stop the metal looking grubby but as they get used so often I haven't bothered with this.
Overall it is a decent toaster that looks fab!
I think I paid around £12.99 but that was in an offer. I have had it roughly 3 years maybe a little longer and it still works perfectly.
Those of you that have read my Russell Hobbs kettle review will know I have some experience with the brand already and trust that they will deliver on their promises. Sure enough, I bought the 14360-model toaster in confidence, to replace my old Tesco value toaster! Here is my review:
=== Design ===
The toaster is really smart in appearance. As you can see from the photo, this is a stainless steel toaster which black edging and buttons. The design is really robust. I can't see any problems with quality after four months of continuous usage! The Russell Hobbs logo appears on the side in black, as well as the pictograms and numbers on the front. It will look really good in both traditional and modern kitchens because the silver appearance is quite universal!
However, I have found the casing gets very hot which can sometimes cause burns. It is probably not a good idea to purchase this product if there are young children around when it is in use, because it could cause injury. I normally leave mine unplugged for a good ten minutes after use to cool down and then it is stored away. HUGE DISADVANTAGE!
This is a two-slice toaster; with one lever to make sure both slices are as evenly brown as one another. The slots are very long to accommodate all sizes of bread. I have never had to cut off any excess to fit in the toaster. I am not sure whether the same could be said for those that use bread makers mind you! The slots are also quite wide so they would be suitable for crumpets and hot cross buns etc. However, I sometimes have to adjust the width of Warburton's teacakes so they could be a little wider!
This toaster is really simple to use because of the limited high-tech options to choose from! It has a 'frozen' function so you can toast frozen bread safely and efficiently. I have used this on a number of occasions and it really saves time by not having to defrost the bread first. Additionally, there is a browning control featuring four different settings, depending on how brown you like your toast! I usually place mine between the 2 and 3 to produce a lighter colour. Furthermore, there is a cancel function, in case you wish to 'eject' the bread prior to its setting. This is really useful if you are called away from the kitchen and need to stop the toaster for a few minutes! There is also a light to show when the toaster is in use.
The toaster says it comes with a high lift, although I do not believe this to be far enough. Especially for crumpets! I have had to use a wooden spoon in the past to remove my food, which is a tricky manoeuvre I can tell you! Definitely something Hobbs could improve on!
A really good point about this toaster is the crumb tray, which slides under the bottom of the machine. It makes the toaster much easier to clean and prevents stray crumbs escaping on the work surface! It holds a lot of crumbs, I usually empty mine once a week but I use it nearly every day.
The toaster is also non-slip on the bottom to prevent unwanted movement.
=== Performance ===
The toaster produces a tiny amount of noise. You can tell the machine is on via the red LED light on the front and the red rays inside the machine.
The toaster produces a fairly even result, although it is sometimes darker on one side compared to the other. I sometimes turn them around after a few minutes to prevent this from occurring, although this does mean that the settings would be mucked up and would need to be reset.
The closer the item is to the heat the easier it will burn. Although this is obvious, I have found the edges of my teacakes become charred because the surface area is not even. To find the perfect setting it is really a case of trial and error! However, the toaster is good for all things you could want toasting. Including bread, crumpets, teacakes and hot cross buns. Depending on the size of the item depends on whether you need to 'trim' the edges.
As I have mentioned before, the frozen function works really well, although you may need to turn the bread around to prevent it becoming more darker on one side!
=== Price ===
I bought this toaster from Argos for the full RRP: £29.99. However, Amazon now offers it for £27.49 (free delivery). You can pick up a four-slice machine for around £44.99, which would be ideal for larger households (or people who love toast!)
The toaster comes well packaged in a standard box, with instruction manual and guarantee card. You get a two-year guarantee with this toaster and if you have any problems there are UK based assistants to help you out. So far I have not had to use them!
=== To Conclude ===
I rate this toaster four star because it looks good, really simple to use and does the job it's meant to. However, there are some issues that need addressing. Such as the heat of the casing when the power is on, it does not give a fully even result and the slots could be a tad wider. Other than that, I think it is worth paying the price and I would definitely consider using the brand again.
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I have been using this toaster for a number of years and it works very well
The toaster is very hardwearing and makes some nice toast
This toaster isn't fancy with lots of options but i have found that it works very well and is reliable
This is a mid range toaster which makes it good value for money i have had a number of toasters and this one is definitely worth having a look at
The toaster looks good in our modern kitchen and its easy to clean
We have not had any issues with this toaster and its been fantastic its definitely worth the money
The toaster is bundled with a two year guarantee that includes a good customer service team that operates in the UK
In conclusion this toaster works well and looks great i use it most days for breakfast and i haven't had any issues
If you are looking for a mid priced toaster and is a good brand then pick this one i can only sing its praises
I really like this toaster as it offers an easy to use interface that looks good and is easy to clean its not complicated and that suits me
I recently bought this toaster to replace my old one which was quite frankly in need of a makeover!
It is shiny and attractive and fits in with the modern kitchen stylishly. Can be a bit annoying when it gets fingerprints all over it easily, but a quick wipe returns it to its usual shine.
Toast wise it is as decent as a toaster can be. Fits in most slices of bread (theres nothing worse than having to chop the top off your bread before toasting!) and has a variable setting which once you find the setting you like, cooks toasts to the same standard every time. It is quick and easy. It never jams and has been reliable for the months I have had it so far. The non slip bottom is also a good feature as it stops it sliding around the worksurfaces.
I would recommend this toaster.
As a student I find the toaster to be the single most useful applicance there is (other than the microwave of course!) it's quick, easy and more than anything toast is a great meal any time of the day.
I was looking for a reasonably cheap toaster that would last me a while, I was pondering on getting a four slice one but really I decided that I didn't really need the extra toasting ability that would give me. The finish of this is a lovely chrome which I find compliments my kitchen perfectly. Due to the chrome kettle and other pieces.
The controls are what you'd expect, a dial to choose how well toasted you want your bread, a slide and a stop button to eject the toast before it's fully toasted or before it's burnt. This is the ideal toaster for anyone looking for one. Personally I have the dial around 2/3 of the way round to insure toasting perfection.
This is a great toaster for a reasonable price, plus it won't go wrong when you need it most!
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14360