Product Type: Russell Hobbs toasters
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Tea and Toast
Russell Hobbs Brushed Stainless Steel Gift Pack
Member Name: mwah_xx
Russell Hobbs Brushed Stainless Steel Gift Pack
Advantages: You get both a kettle and toast, Safety anti boiling, easy to pick up,
Disadvantages: Expensive, manual intervention required with toasting
**Where and How Much?**
I must admit, we were very excited about being back in our own space, so he did not shop around for the best price, he just ran straight into Argos and bought the pack as it was on offer for £40. Prices now on the Argos website are showing at £49.99, which in my opinion is quite steep for a kettle and a toaster! However, having looked over the internet for all you dooyooers - it is available at Robert Dyas for £29.99, slightly more reasonable!
**Nice Cup of Tea anyone?**
Firstly I will review the kettle, it is the piece of equipment that get used most in our home!
The visual ... the kettle is a very pleasing chrome effect with a black lid, that sits nicely in my kitchen, even against the lovely old victorian sink that I have. It is about the circumference of a small dinner plate and so does not take up masses of room on the side, nor does it leave the side feeling cluttered!
There is a display up the length of the kettle, which gives you the fill line for 2, 4 and 6 cups of boiling water, this looks good, though I do find that this is inaccurate. Potentially due to the fact that I use BIG cups for tea, but to make 2 cups of tea I need to have the kettle filled to just under the "4" line.
Opening the lid of the kettle is easy, a simple squeeze the catch and the lid pops open. When I first opened this I was very surprised to see the inside empty with no element - but that is because it is a concealed element. This feature means that I don't see a build up of limescale in the kettle, so no more floating horrible bits in my tea!
The kettle is cordless, i.e. it sits on a base, again this is useful for when I am boiling the kettle to use in cooking (or for the foot spa....don't ask!) and can carry the kettle without unplugging!
1. Pop the lid open
2. Fill to your desired level - remembering that the cup measurement on the outside relates to the little china cups of tea rather than the big hearty mugs of tea....
3. Pop back on the base
4. Flick the switch found at the top of the handle and the power light comes on
5. Wait for the kettle to boil.....
6. Voila, the switch will click off and the water is boiled! A handy safety feature of this kettle is that if it is empty and you accidently flick the switch it will automatically switch itself off - no more ruined kettles!
So once you've boiled the kettle, you need to lift it about and pour - I have had no problem lifting the kettle even when full, a thick handle allowing for easy grip and control. Further to that the spout is designed so that it will pour where you desire rather than all over the surfaces/your feet!
So once you've got your cup of tea ready and are leaving that to cool (unless you have an asbestos mouth!) ... onto the toast ....
**One slice or Two?**
Again the toaster is made of chrome effect and fits well into our kitchen. Whilst I have no problem with this with the kettle, as it is more of a brushed effect, with the toaster I find that this shows all finger marks and crumbs and generally looks messy - so I am constantly wiping this down or cleaning it. Which does get tiresome!
A very very basic two slice toaster, with 6 heat settings ranging from 1 (warm bread) to 6 (cremated bread!!) I tend to use mine on 2 and a half, which gives the very pale, just turned into toast look, as that is my preference when eating toast!
Down the right hand side it has 3 buttons - apparently for the 3 settings - I only use the bottom one, the manual eject button! The middle button is the defrost button to allow you to toast from frozen and the top is the reheat function that will warm your toast without toasting it - the problem I have with the top 2 buttons is that when I press them NO light comes on so you cannot be sure that the cycle is actually in effect - no good if you only want to reheat and end up re-toasting and only like your toast lightly done!! So I just stick to the normal toasting, keeping an eye on it - and using the manual eject!!
The toaster has non slip fit so is very sturdy, and the lever on the side is of a decent size and easy to push down - however the actual toasting element, I am sure toaster manufacturers do not look at the size of bread out there! The toaster will miss the top (or bottom!) half of your bread if you use a standard loaf size (such as Warburtons) because the bread will not fit in sideways. Again this is a case of keeping an eye on and turning your toast halfway through - not so good if you are trying to multitask!
They do what they say on the tin, whilst I would buy the kettle separately I would probably splash out on a better toaster, that does bagels, warming, FULL slices of toast! And to be honest for the price I would expect that this toaster would be able to do all of those things!
Summary: It does what it says - just not to the best effect
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