Product Type: Russell Hobbs toasters
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Russell Hobbs 18139
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Russell Hobbs 18139
Advantages: Cheap! So many settings! The high lift facility for bagels/crumpets!
Disadvantages: Many people stating the toaster has broken after not long...
My parents couldn't do enough for me... I recieved a huge box from them full of essentials and electric appliances - very exciting stuff I am sad to say!
Amongst the items in the box was this very nice Russell Hobbs 18139 two slice toaster and a matching Russell Hobbs kettle (review for the kettle to follow shortly!).
At first glance the toaster looks very stylish and quite small and compact - with only me and my daughter living in this house we didn't need more than a two slice toaster - I was very happy because it goes with the other silver accessories in my kitchen such as my washing machine and oven.
I know my parents purchased most of the items in the box from the Tesco website - using their clubcard points. I have no idea of the price they paid for this item. At the time of writing the toaster is £31.61 on the Tesco website.
What does it look like?
The toaster is desribed as a polished stainless steel colour - which is silver. The base and the little stand legs are both black as is the button section with all the options on the side. The options and numbers on the browning control knob are all white.
The spec of the toaster
The spec is as follows:
Variable Width : N
Product Height : 19.7 CM
Product Width : 22.0 CM
Product Depth : 30.0 CM
Product Weight : 1.56 KG
** Taken from Tesco.co.uk **
So as you can see its not a very large toaster - would be perfect even for those small kitchens... its also very light-weight.
What can it do?
For how small and cheap the toaster is I love the features on it which you sometimes don't see on the more expensive toasters.
You will all know toasters get full of crumbs and I don't know about you, but me personally, it does my head in... Fear not, with this toaster there is a removable crumb try to get rid of them! It pulls out from the bottom and can very easily slide out from the bottom of the toaster.
There is a knob with 6 browning options in the middle of the side of the toaster - with 1 being light and 6 burning your toast to a crisp! I like my toast a nice medium brown - I feel sick at the sight / smell of burnt toast. If you are like me I would reccomend setting 2 on this - it comes out brown enough...
I get quite lazy with making my toast sometimes if I am in a rush... I'll turn the setting right up to 5 or 6 and I like to eject the toast before it burns... Like most good toasters this does come with an eject button - located top left under the toast lever.
If you don't like toast and care more for a bagel / crumpet? This toaster is perfect... there is a bagel setting which is apparently perfect for cooking them. I am not a great bagel lover so to date I have not used this setting... but its nice to know its there - a nice little extra! This bottom is located on the bottom of the left side under the eject button.
If you accidently forget about your toast and it gets cold... No problem! There is a reheat button which is located on the side under the toast lever. This is located on the top right side.
Another useful setting for those who like to stock up with bread in the freezer - this is me, due to there only being me and my young daughter in the house, we don't go through a lot of bread and tend to keep it frozen - there is a defrost button - again easy to use, turn the browning setting up to 2 for the best result on this.
* All buttons other than the eject button have a red light beside which shows when the option is in use.
The manual also states that the toasting lever also has a high lift facility which is great for taking out small things like crumpets and bagels. As previously mentioned I have only ever made toast in this so can't comment on how well this works but its nice to know the feature is there.
This barely gives off any noise other than a very light "crackling" noise which I assume is just the noise is makes when toasting. Its not noticable unless you listen for it.
Caring for the toaster
* Before cleaning pull the plug out and allow the toaster to cool.
* You can wipe the outer surfaces with a damp cloth (with a little washing up liquid if needed)
* Don't try and clean the internal toaster with liquid
* Don't use harsh or abrasive cleaning agents / solvents
** As taken from russellhobbs.co.uk **
I will not list the manual safety information here as there is too much to say which I am sure you do not want to read. Its just your box standard toaster safety information which can be viewed online at www.russellhobbs.co.uk
Overall I am so pleased with this toaster. My favourite thing has to be the colour as it goes with all my other silver / stainless kitchen appliances. It also doesn't take up a lot of room so would be great if you had a small kitchen.
Russell Hobbs is a great brand name which has been out for many years, produce thousands of products and are known for being reliable.
I think for such a cheap toaster the options you have here are amazing - and the crumb tray is a brilliant idea!
I would recommend this product to all, would mostly suit a small family like mine or a single person... otherwise if you have a larger family go for a four slice toaster!
The only thing I would be wary of, when I have looked at other reviews online for this toaster there is a bigger than you would expect number of reviewers stating that the toaster has broken down within a couple of weeks. Personally I think these people have just been unlucky as this works fine for me and has never caused any problems!
Summary: It works just fine for me, very pleased!
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