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When my husband and I first brought our house all our worldly possessions filled one room. My nan brought us a hoover, kettle and toaster as a moving in present and I must say that our russle hobbs toaster has been one of the best gadgets he have in the kitchen. Though simple in design thr four slice holding toaster is a brilliant time saver for a ever growing family. Simple to use, easy to clean and quick to cook I would recommend the product to anyone looking to buy a new toaster. The toaster itself is solid metal, sleek silver in colour with two black handles ob the side to lower the toast and a small black dial to alter the cooking time. This is a brilliant feature as I like my toast well done and the hubby prefers crispy bread so as long as we remember to change its setting we can always have the type of toast we prefer. As well as being its best asset the setting is also its biggest flaw. The dial changes the cooking setting but it means that the toast is cooked that way in all four compartments. The toast would benifit from an extra dial that would allow you to cook two slices of toast one way and two another. Though this isnt a necessity it would be nice to eat my toast at the same time as my husband rather then cooking his changing the setting and then doing mine and our daughters. The toaster is robust and feels like it has been built to last. After seven years of use it is still working just as well as it did on day one. Highly reccomended for quaility cooked toast and reliability.
Now seems like a good time to review our main toaster:-) We actually own three, but this is the one we use at the moment, the Russell Hobbs Classic 4 slicer. Our first toaster was a cream two slicer, the second one was one I won that had a radio in that I actually still like but the main problems with one and two were that they only did two slices of toast at a time. My husband is a hungry man and likes to have four slices at a time. I think his record is 8 slices for breakfast. How we got this My Husband's sister (my SIL) had heard enough moaning from her brother about how inadequate two slices of toast are for breakfast and bought him this four slicer for Christmas three years ago. He was delighted about this and immediately installed it. Looks The toaster is a pretty polished silver steel colour and is described as classic styling with modern features. you can get this in either polished or brushed steel effect. I wouldn't mind either. In use Fortunately, it is optional to make four slices of toast and you can just put two in operation at a time. The slots are quite wide so can take quite big pieces of bread but they have an internal grip that centres the bread too. There is a spring at the top of the lever so you can pop your toast up a bit further if it is short bread or if it gets a bit jammed in. If you feel your bread has had enough time or you are doing something like a pikelet, you can press the cancel button which pops up the toast. This also works well if you want to reapeat toast for a further ten seconds or so. It takes around two minutes to toast the bread to perfection but there are settings to alter timings etc. if you feel it is under or over cooked. Extra features There is a frozen bread button too but I have never used this as I find the normal toast button toasts enough to defrost too. Some budget toasters don't have this but this toaster does have a crumb tray whih you can remove to empty. Price On the RH website this is £44.99 which is a bit expensive for a toaster I think, you can currently pick this toaster up a lot cheaper from Debenhams so it is worth shopping around for a better price. My thoughts I first resisted this toaster as I think four slices encourages you to eat more bread. But since DH was bought the toaster, we have had a daughter who eats toast at breakfast or with an egg (as soldiers!) so it can be handy to make mine and her toast together. It does take up quite a lot of counter space but where we have it it is accommodated nicely. I don't think we could go back to a two slicer ever again now! Final word We have had this toaster for 2 and a bit years now and it has never failed us. If we get five years out of it I will be happy with that. With daily use it does get very crumby but it is not difficult to empty the crumb tray and wipe the counter under and around it. The polished effect needs wiping down and buffing up to keep it new looking but you would have to clean any appliance in a similar way so it is not really any extra work. The colour scheme fits in with most kitchens and I feel that for a gift it has had a lot of regular use.
When we moved into our house a little over three years ago, we needed pretty much everything for the kitchen. We were keen to buy things as cheaply as possible but, at the same time, were wary of buying anything too cheap and having to replace it very quickly. When it came to the toaster and kettle, Russell Hobbs was a brand that I was familiar with and had previous good experience of, so that is what we opted for. We went for a 4 slice toaster and this cost us around £30. The toaster is stainless steel with four slots visible from above. Each slot is big enough for one slice of bread. The base of the toaster is a black plastic and there are two crumb trays that can be pulled out and empties. On the side there is a round black button that can be pushed to select the defrost function and one to pop the toaster up. There is also a black dial to select a heat setting from 1 to 6. On the sides of the toaster there are four black handles. On the right hand side these pop the toaster down (controlling two slots each) and the left hand side ones do not move - I assume these are for aesthetic reasons, to ensure the toaster has a balanced, symmetrical appearance. The wire attached to the toaster to the plug is a reasonable length, but not too long so as that it will get in the way. The toaster is easy to use and there are a good variety of heat settings so you can select one that suits you. It heats up really quickly from off, with the elements becoming visibly red within about 5 seconds. The toast can be done in a very short time (depending on how well done you like it!). The look of the toaster is, for me, quite bulky. This is largely due to the four slots meaning a lot of space is required. This is not something that is easily overcome but, nonetheless, is worth bearing in mind when considering how much room this will take up on your work surface. I also find the stainless steel outer quite hard to keep clean - finger prints show up dreadfully on this and the top of the toaster has browned slightly from the heat too. The crumb trays are pretty inadequate - I still find a lot of crumbs on my worktop after use. They are also quite stiff to remove and messy to empty, with a lot of crumbs lost from the tray by removing it. We use the toaster most days and have never had any issues with it. After more than three years, this is still working perfectly and, for the price paid, I think that this is great value. A good, reliable toaster by a well known brand for a decent price - and one that I would definitely recommend.
We have had this toaster for 6 months now, and it has truly been a crispy adventure! Although there are 4 slice compartments, you have the option of only using two at a time to save power, and when cooking 4 slices you can have both pairs on different settings for fussy toast fans. So far there has been no complaints at all about the way it works, other than the occasional crumbs that will fall out from underneath, buttons that may be fiddly for some and the fact that it is hard to lift the trays out further to rescue your small bits of toast or muffins, which often invites the knife! (unplug first). The slots are easily wide enough for any reasonable slice of bread, and you don't often get a thin crispy end when you cut an uneven slice. There is also barely any noise at all. I find the design modern and attractive while being understated, and will definitely fit in well in any style of kitchen. The price is about average for this kind of toaster, and overall it is a product I would highly recommend.