I like to have a matching kitchen set and I have mainly Russell Hobbs products in my kitchen, not only the brand but I like a stainless steel look also so it all matches. The latest addition to my kitchen is this Russell Hobbs 18210 4 slice Texas toaster which took a lot of thinking before deciding on this. Russell Hobbs has a wide range of toasters but having the four slice toaster won me over as I like to make toast and having two extra slots for toasting just speeds things up when making toast in a busy household.
This toaster really does look the part, it is made of brushed steel with black buttons etc and the Russell Hobbs logo sits proudly on the front. There are your four toasting slots on each side there are the controls to work each two slots, normally you would have one set of controls for all four, so this seems a bit strange but maybe it cooks more precisely like this. The overall look is very sophisticated and the boxed weight for this toaster is 3.2kg. The product came boxed with an instruction manual and a guarantee card and the toaster, it was well packaged.
RUSSELL HOBBS 18210 TEXAS 4 SLICE TOASTER
To start with, this toaster was very easy to set up, it didn't take long just need to be unpacked from the box, it was spotless and then I plugged it in. It is quite a big model in size and is quite wide but it still seems to be quite compact and fits right into a corner in my kitchen, the cable is long enough to stretch so that I can plug it in with ease. The toaster is very easy to use, there are settings for toasting frozen bread, bagels, reheating toasted bread and a cancel button these are on each side of the two slots.
I never really use the bagel setting as I don't cook them much but to know I have a setting for this is quite useful. The reheat function is again one I never use, I just use general toasting but it is nice to have extra options like this as you never know when they may come in handy. The cancel button is very useful as when I feel toast may be going too dark or when I feel it has cooked just right I just push this button and it pops up and stops the toast from toasting anymore, it is very easy.
When using these buttons the red light shows just to make you aware that you have clicked these settings on, it is a good idea. There is also the option to adjust the browning levels depending on how dark you like your toast, I normally keep it somewhere in the middle to get that golden look without it going too dark. It goes right up to level 6 which shows a full black circle meaning this is the hottest but it is straightforward, you just adjust the knob if you want to rise the heat or turn it down to cool.
The lever is very easy to pull down on this toaster when you have placed your bread in and I have never had any issues with it jamming or breaking. I don't always use all four slots at once but even when I do, it does get very hot this toaster but I do feel it does work well. I have read a lot of complaints about this being an uneven toaster, I feel personally it does do one side of the bread darker than the other side but it isn't too noticeable and it doesn't make the toast taste unevenly cooked to me, it isn't a huge issue.
The great thing with this toaster is cleaning it, obviously being steel a quick wipe every now and then will keep it gleaming on the outside. I love the crumb tray on this and it is so easy to use and helps out with cleaning, There is one tray for each two slots and it pulls out very thinly and just collects all crumbs and then you can dispose of them this way keeping your toaster as clean as possible. I never smell burning with this toaster and it does seem to be so easy to use.
Overall this is a great toaster for any household, especially for larger families with the capacity. The design is great, it is reliable and toasts bread evenly depending on how you like it. The settings are straightforward and very easy to adjust all clearly labelled. I love my toaster and whenever I want to toast bread, bagels, you name it, I know that my Texas 4 slice toaster will do the job. It is easy to clean, looks great, hasn't broken yet, what more could I ask for, yet another great Russell Hobbs product.
This toaster is for sale on Amazon for the price of £44.97 not the cheapest but if you shop around you can always get cheaper deals.
The official Russell Hobbs website is http://uk.russellhobbs.com/.
Written for team 'Reviewing For Gold'. Dooyoo Relay Race.
This 4-slice toaster has brushed panels and a polished centre panel for a striking contemporary look / Features include mid-cycle cancel re-heat frozen setting and bagel function / Variable browning control lets you get your toast just right while a removable crumb tray and high-lift function makes it easy to use / Short name: Russell Hobbs 18210