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This toaster actually belongs to a friend of mine, though I do feel that I get enough use out of it to be able to review it thoroughly. It is in fact better than my own toaster which was over double the price, so I am very impressed with this one (and also a bit annoyed with myself!) I was immediately impressed by the appearance of the machine. It's a lovely, glossy black colour with chrome on top, and simple buttons at the front. It looks stylish yet simple and looked great against the black kitchen worktop, cream walls and other stainless steel appliances. It looks like a classy edition to the kitchen - and looks a lot more expensive than it was. I was expecting it to have had a high price tag, at least equal to my basic silver coloured toaster, but it was a great price of just £20 from a local supermarket. It provides fantastic value for money considering the great features it has: * Defrost facility - bread can be thawed and toasted straight from frozen. I believe it's quite common to have this facility now, but I didn't realise until I looked into it further that this was an option. This is so handy as it means that whole loaves of bread don't need to be de-frosted at one then subsequently wasted. Slices can be used as and when required. * Reheating - another handy facility that I was excited by (little things...!) I like my toast piping hot so that the butter melts into it straight away, so I never enjoy my second slice as much as it's coole down. This way, slice number 2 can be warmed up again in seconds without any sogginess. * Cancel button - same as all toasters have. This is essential for me as I'm too impatient for the bread to pop up automatically, I have to keep checking its progress. * Variable brownness - A dial can be turned to a number between 1 and 8 in order to specify how browned you want the toast to be. Again, a handy feature. I know people who like their toast so it looks almost burnt, whereas I like mine to look almost like warmed up bread (as a kid I used to have microwaved bread with butter instead of using a toaster!) * Crumb tray - when cleaning the machine this is every effective, quick and simple. Rather than finding crumbs all over, or needing to turn the toaster upside down to empty out crumbs, this tray is simply pulled out, emptied and re-inserted - simple. * Wider bread openings - it isn't really apparent, but the slots where the bread is placed are actually slightly wider than the standard toaster. This is great as I love toasted teacakes but often find they get stuck in a normal toaster and burn, in this one they come out perfect * High lift feature - this makes it easier to eject and remove smaller bread items such as teacakes, crumpets and bagels and prevents the need to stick your fingers in the toaster - that can only be a good thing! I simply don't think you can ask for more from a toaster that cost £20. Highly recommended.
My mum has decided after about 4 months, to change the colour scheme in her kitchen, so I have now have all of her 'old' stuff, including this toaster, which I had actually been eyeing up since she bought it!! It's a small compact 2 slice toaster, with a very sleek and modern look, it is black and very very shiney!! It has 3 buttons on the front ~ Frozen - allows you to cook bread straight from the freezer (most toasters have this now), Re-heat - allows you to stick the toast back in for a short burst of heat, useful for when your running around doing other things whilst waiting for your toast to cook and you forget!, Cancel - Obviously stops the toaster, popping up the bread. It has a high lift feature which makes it easy to remove smaller things like crumpets etc... It has extra wide slots apparently, I haven't noticed much difference between this and my old toaster, maybe that was an extra wide slot too though? I can however confirm that it does cook crumpets, muffins, bagels and thick sliced bread with ease. It has the usual varible browning control, this puzzles me!! Why would you want it set on the lowest? Or even the highest? I set it at around 3 to have 'normal' toast, golden brown and delish! 1 I expect would give you warm bread with an ever so slightly crunch and 6 would give you blackend charcoal toast..... hmmm nice!!! I am not sure how much my mum paid for it, but I can see that this toaster is available from Amazon priced at £29.34. I would recommend it because it does look so very stylish along with everything else I had in the black, and this toaster has a nice curved shape and the light bounces off it nicely making it shine!! (I do love shiney things LOL)
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