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After my old toaster decided to, well, stop toasting, I needed a new one and after reading some positive reviews and being on something of a limited budget I found myself buying this Sabichi two slice toaster. It met my needs in many ways and thus far has proved reliable.
Two factors which influenced my decision to buy this was a) the black colour and b) the size. The colour matches the colour scheme in my kitchen and the main issue with the size is that living in a small flat the kitchen space isn't great so I needed something that didn't take up too much room on the bench. At only £13.99 too it was a bargain!
This is designed therefore for the smaller bread, the "toastie loaves" rather than normal size bread. If you buy normal size bread you will need to cut it down which is a waste. But with a small toaster that is what you can expect.
Also, the power cord is very short indeed and very slim. I thought it felt weak and flimsy at first but with the toaster not being moved and unplugged every two minutes it will suffice. The short cord though does mean that there are space restrictions and I had to re organise my kitchen to cater for it. Bad times!
The controls are often the fiddlieist bit but here they are nice and gradual. Easy to use and see as well. Each setting will suit someone and it means that, with only seven settings, it wont be long before you find the one that suits you. It has all the other controls you would expect including an auto-stop for if you want the toast out there and then and a defrost feature. Apart from the cord it feels robust, well made and durable. Its very easy to clean and shines nice when cleaned to look tidy in the kitchen. Its craftily designed to save space and easy on the eye.
The quality of the toasting is good with a nice even toasting of the bread. It works fine and has been consistent and reliable ever since purchase. It is much quicker than toasters I have used in the past which is a big benefit on rushed work day mornings.
There is little else to add really, it's a toaster than happens to toast well with a few niggly issues over bread size etc.
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Recently I bought a black Sabichi kettle and at the same time I bought the matching toaster. I paid £25 including delivery for the pair and afterwards noticed Amazon sellers were stocking both for more than that. The 2 slice toaster I bought as part of the set is for sale on Amazon for £14.50 with a shocking £8.65 shipping so I did get a bargain for my set on Ebay.
The toaster is a 2 slice and very basic. I've been used to a complicated toaster with lots of buttons and dials for every occasion so this one is very simple compared to that but that's really what I wanted. For all the different programs on the old one I only ever used the simple toast function with a slight variation on the number I chose for browning levels so I didn't need all the other stuff.
I chose a 2 slice because I'll be living alone and I'm never going to need more than 2 slices of toast at any one time so I didn't want something large and over the top that would just take up space in the kitchen wherever I end up. I only chose this particular one however because it was in a set with the kettle I liked. The toaster is described as "glossy black" like the kettle but it doesn't seem quite as glossy as the kettle is, it's also more likely to get scratched and scuffed with me near it with a knife in my hand! However it is black so it fulfills my wishes.
On the front of the toaster is a dial that goes from 1-7 for browning levels. I use about 3-4 and find they work perfectly. I would think anything over 5 is likely to leave you with burnt offerings so I doubt I'll use the higer levels. Above that is a stop button so if you want to cut short the toasting that's what you'd press to get the bread to pop up. That's it for buttons. Underneath at the side you'll find a plastic handle and when pulled it produces a metal crumb tray that needs emptying from time to time. It just slots back in afterwards. And of course there's the handle you press to lower the bread into the toaster. That's all this toaster has to offer, it's a simple, basic 2 slice toaster.
Like the kettle Sabichi seem to have been very skimpy with the power cord and it is very, very short. So short in fact when I plug this in I have to position it directly near the socket because it has no further lead available to move it anywhere. This isn't a huge problem where I live right now but I have no idea where I'll be moving to and where the sockets will be in the kitchen, if they are not in a convenient place for this toaster to live it's going to be a hassle.
As for using the toaster you just pop your bread in and press down on the handle at the side to start toasting. When the bread is done it pops up with no beeping thankfully, my last toaster made such a hullabaloo once it had popped up and used to make me jump every time! One thing I've noticed is the slots are very tight for bread, square slices will fit perfectly but the typical loaf shaped bread sticks out the top and has to be laid sideways in the slots which is still a tight fit. It's not a massive issue but the majority of bread I buy isn't the square shape. Any slice your own bread will need to be sliced quite thin too and my bread cutting skills leave alot to be desired! You can also toast crumpets and muffins in this toaster but it's best to keep any eye on them until you know which number works best for them.
Overall it is a basic 2 slice toaster that just happens to come in black, it will suit my needs fine even if I think each slot could have done with being a bit bigger and the power cord definitely should have been longer. I'm giving it a middle of the road 3 stars because it's ok but not brilliant.