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I have had the Russell Hobbs 18271 Heritage Toaster now for about 3 months. Previous to this, I have generally bought the really cheap budget toasters that cost around £5 and although they have never lasted very long, I still thought that it worked out cheaper to keep replacing the toasters with another cheap version rather than paying out more less frequently. However, recently, the budget toaster I had (which cost me something like £4.99) caught fire and after that I decided I wanted to replace it with something that was a little higher quality and hopefully a little safer. The Russell Hobbs 18261 Heritage Toaster cost me £34.96 direct from the Asda website (www.direct.asda.com), but then I needed to add £2.95 for standard delivery (3-5 days).
This is, by all intents and purposes, a standard toaster. Its design is fairly standard and not flashy, but it is a nice looking design that I don't think would look out of place in any kitchen. The black and silver finish looks shiny and sleek, and although we've had it three months it is yet to have any scratches on it and so it feels fairly robust. It is also heavier than the cheaper toasters and just feels like it's going to last longer because it's more substantial. The bottom of the toaster has little feet so that the toaster isn't sat directly on the surface and this is in order to stop it from overheating.
The toaster is for two pieces of bread at a time. However, the slots are quite wide and will adjust according to the width of the bread - and so if you like doorstop slices then this is the type of toaster that would do for you. I have been able to toast crumpets in it, as well as hot cross buns. There is a dial that can adjust the brownness of the toast, from really very pale to very dark. It has a traditional timer control that will pop up when the toast is done - and this seems to take about 3 minutes, which isn't too long to wait. I've found that if I have the toaster dial set on about the 3/4 mark then this is enough to get my toast just a perfect golden brown. It is possible to push the mid-cycle button if you want to check your toast before the end of the cycle, but if you then push the toast down again then the whole cycle restarts again and so you need to remember to pop out the toast again, otherwise it is liable to burn. There is, however, a rewarming button which is really nice if you just want to warm up your toast again - and it does that without burning the toast or making it any browner. Rewarming only takes about 40 seconds.
This delightful 2-slice toaster in chic black is ideal for making delicious toast muffins and crumpets / Variable browning control means you can make toast just the way you like it while a frozen setting lets you cook food straight from the freezer / There's a re-heat function too / so you can warm your toast up without burning it / and a mid-cycle cancel button lets you stop the cooking at any point / Short name: Russell Hobbs 18261