Let's not beat around the...bread...here, a review about a toaster can only be so glamorous before it starts getting desperate, so I'll try and be as moderate as I can.
In fact, this in itself is a great analogy for the toaster! (ahhh, you wondered where I was going with that huh?). This model isn't particularly dazzling or fantastic, but it does a solid job well, as well as it could for the price that you pay for it, which appears to vary dramatically from place to place. A humble and simple product, this toaster has everything you would want, plus a couple of nifty features that are quite helpful.
The Russell Hobbs Company is one of the leading small kitchen appliances in the UK, and in our house we have, through the years, purchased numerous products from them, none of which had any major flaws. True to its designer's tradition and nature, the toaster is quite stylish with a sleek black exterior finished with a stainless steel panels and the company logo tastefully placed in the corner of the black.
The toaster has various functions other than the main toasting option. The ability to de-frost ensures that even frozen bread can now be transformed into a perfect slice. Although, it will take some time to get it right. Consumed with glee at the thought of not having to wait ten minutes for a toaster to toast my ice cold bread, I ended up with four or five totally burnt out experiments. Once you've got the hang of it however it is a neat feature. The other function is the re-heat button which gives a blast of heat to already toasted bread. This is particularly useful when you are making a lot of toast and the first batch has gotten a little cold.
The toaster only contains two toasting slots, which doesn't make this model ideal for big families. However, the slots are so wide that you can easily fit two slices of normal sized bread in each slot, and once one side is down, just reverse the slices. The wide slots allow big, chunky bread to easily be toasted, and the ability to lift the handle higher than it automatically goes allows smaller articles, like bagels, rolls or crumpets to be easily and safely enjoyed. No more frightened toast fans delicately sticking knives into toasters!
The other regular features are here as well, the ability to 'cancel' and pop up the bread is always handy. The toasting features are adequate and the wide range of brown-ness that you can achieve is quite impressive, and the toasting normally quite quick, once you attain a preference.
The toaster is very easy to clean, with a removable crumb tray being
very convenient but needing quite frequent cleaning. The glossy exterior always looks good, and is quite a focal point in our kitchen aesthetics, however sad that may sound. The 2kg (just over actually) toaster is easy to move around, and its dimensions (19.8cm (H) X 25.5cm (L) X 18cm (W)) make it quite compact, with the wire being just under a metre long.
All in all, this 1KW toaster is a safe, stylish and simple addition to ensure quite perfect toast. Whilst it isn't particularly flashy, and its features aren't exactly breath-taking (can any toaster be described as breath taking?), its endearing qualities make it worth the cheap price tag.
I would recommend buying from Sainsbury's or eBay, as Amazon is charging an astonishing 30 pounds!
There isn't much you can say about the humble toaster, indispensible as it may be in most households. Initially, the idea is that the product is reliable, safe, and does what it says on the tin.
Russell Hobbs is a well known and reilable manufacturer, who have been making household, especially kitchen, appliances since time immemorial it seems to me. The appliance in qustion, though, is a quality product; neat and stylish, it looks good which is always a pre requisite to attract customers to buy it.
In terms of functionality, this toaster does the job well; it makes good,crispy and well done toast with an economy of movement (down and up!) and doesn't take too much time. You may have to mess around with the settings to get your preferred level of toasting (and noting that some people like their toast well done, others lightly browned, it's all down to taste.) but that shouldn't present much of a problem.
In terms of safety, this product will have passed numerous quality tests prior to leaving the factory, and will no doubt have been certified as safe to use. A good buy that should last for several years, and which you should be able to pick up in Tesco's for £20 if you include a delivery charge.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14598