I got this as a present when I moved house in January and use it most mornings to make my breakfast - toast, bagels or crumpets.
You can twist the dial from 1-7 to increase the time of toasting. There's also a handy 'reheat' setting in case you forget your toast or spend too long getting coffee (nice to know I'm not the only dozy one in the morning). The bagel setting is also useful because it toasts on only one side - just make sure you have them in the right way round.
* How good is it?
As a basic budget toaster it does a good job. The stainless steel look is attractive and there's a crumb tray to make cleaning easier. It's big enough to fit most bread without having to squish in the ends, though once or twice I've ended up with pale tops of a slice. It toasts fairly evenly, with the whole slice popping up the same colour. The top setting is high enough that you can get really well done toast without putting it on again, and the lower one gives you barely-done toast. If you make a mistake it's easy to cancel it (using the 'cancel' button).
I'd prefer a little more control on how wide or narrow the slots are - they're wide enough that crumpets take AGES to be well done (and I can't handle a grill that early in the morning) but too narrow to make toasted sandwiches (which I like to do in toasted sandwich bags - not included) without using really thin bread or squeezing them really tightly. However, toasters where you can successfully control the slots are usually very expensive so I wasn't really expecting this feature.
* Price and availablility
This is about £15 from most Sainsbury's shops. I can't find it online right now, but a similar version is definitely still available in store.
I purchased this toaster from Sainsbury's at the same time I got the kettle which is also stainless steel like this 2 slice toaster. Back in 2009 I think it was priced round about the £10 mark. Having looked on line now they don't have this identical one but a similar one is priced at £14.97.
When I got this I felt a 2 slice toaster was fine with just one child in the house but now there are two of them sometimes wanting toast in the morning I wish I had a 4 slice toaster. I always feed the kids and partner before myself and often I end up with no time left to do mine or eating on the run.
This is a basic toaster and easy to use. Pop the bread into the slots and push the black lever down on the side to turn it on, making sure of course it is plugged in at the wall and on too. There is also a turn dial with numbers on so you can choose how burnt or not burnt you like your toast. I like mine just done so it looks like my tea does, pale, so I use number two on the dial whereas everyone has it on number four. I find that on larger slices of bread it doesn't fit down into the toaster right so I turn the pieces round half way though so it all gets toasted, the trouble is usually with large loaves like kingsmill or Walburtons.
There are two small round buttons with red light on the top of side of the toaster too, one is for defrosting bread but have never used that and the other is what I call the emergency pop up button. I'm sure others do this but it's a case of watched pot doesn't boil nor does watched bread toast, so I tend to press the button to see if it's nearly done even though it is on a setting and will pop up after the time on that setting is up. When the time is ready the toast pops up but not too far up and sometimes I don't notice it is done if I haven't heard it pop up.
On the same side as the buttons and lever at the bottom is a pull out thin stainless steel tray with a black plastic handle which fits into the black base of the toaster, this is the crumb catching tray. Easy to clean and replace back when clean and dry.
If you like to toast bagel, teacakes etc you can pop them over the top of the toaster as I find they don't always fit into the slots. For the price paid this toaster is fine and toasts well however I always think other peoples toast is nicer but that may be because someone else has made it lol.
My next toaster will be a bigger one purely for quickness but this toaster has lasted well and still cleans up well.
Having cleaned my toaster this morning I realized there are actually 3 little buttons and red lights so have no idea what the third is for....
I bought this toaster a while after a fiasco I had with my Sainsbury's basics toaster, and so I thought that as the last one had not been especially reliable, I may as well 'upgrade' my toaster and go for the standard Sainsbury's one. This has proven to be an excellent decision, and this is a good toaster, especially for the price!
At around £15 this toaster is admittedly more expensive than its basics counterpart, and it is half the size, so you may be asking 'why should I get this one when I could buy a bigger, cheaper one?' Well, this toaster is very reliable (has lasted me at least) and is of a good quality. The slots for bread are deep enough so that you rarely need to flip your bread, and the toast is always very evenly toasted. The slots are also wide enough so that the toaster can accommodate crumpets and slices of baguette.
The toaster comes with a few settings, such as the 'reheat' setting (great for those times that you leave your toast a little too long but don't want to re-toast it as it'll get burned) and a 'defrost' setting (pretty self-explanatory). It also comes with a crumb tray so that it can be cleaned easily.
At £15ish (when I bought it), this toaster is definitely worth it. Though it is a little more expensive than the basics/value range toasters, it is much more reliable and will serve you well. And to top it off it just looks so sleek and cool!
Perhaps this reflects more about me than this Toaster, but I was genuinely a little excited to see that it was on Dooyoo. It has quietly served me well for over five years now, and deserves this public commendation.
When I moved into my current flat, my father came over to have a scout around. We prodded at some boxes, and then sensing his reticence to work, I took us to the pub. My previous flat-mate had taken the base appliances as part of his rightful plunder when we'd divvied up our shared possessions, and so when my hung-over father woke up 8:00 the next morning - many hours before I would be able to face the daylight - and found he was unable to have his regular morning cup of instant coffee, he set off for the supermarket, disregarding my "pretentious" cafetiere.
He returned with this toaster, a Sainsbury's basic's kettle, and some instant coffee. Three generous gifts, two of which (the toaster and the instant coffee) are still with me today.
The toaster is, and has always been, the star of the show.
For a respectable £10 (or there-abouts) it's quite cosmetically appealing, and does not look cheap. It toasts bread quickly, and with an even spread of heat. It's quiet, and has a number of features that enhance its design. These include a dial that controls how toasty your toast will be, a removable crumb tray, a defrost feature, and a discrete cable holder on the underside that ensures that your cable doesn't get burned, and that your toaster sits flat on your work surface. All of these features work well, and reliably. The toaster has two toasting slats, and each of these will fit various foods, from thin cut bread and potato farls, to crumpets and big wedges of home-cut bread. All of these features work well, and I find a setting just under the number three (out of five potential settings) makes toast the way I like it - crispy on the outside with a bit of give in the middle.
The one criticism I would have, is that for crumpets and potato farls, the pop-up mechanism does not really come up far enough, and you are left to wedge and cajole your foodstuff out with an implement of choice after cooking. I use a wooden chopstick because people seem to think I'll electrocute myself if I use a fork or knife, and have a tendency to panic - even though the toaster is firmly turned off...
For the price though, I don't want to mark this toaster down for that, especially as I have not seen a competitor product that resolves the issue.
It has proved itself to be incredibly reliable; still functioning as well now as the day I bought it, despite receiving nothing but abuse over its years of service. Indeed, such a core and lasting element of my kitchen it has become, that I've actually, at additional expense, bought other kitchen items to match its cosmetic style, which on reflection, seems a little bit ridiculous! Such however, is the appeal of this toaster, which I am sure will be with me for many more years to come.
- Why I Bought -
I bought the Sainsbury's 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster a year ago as I needed a new toaster but was on a bit of a budget. All the appliances in my kitchen are stainless steel so it was important that my new toaster would look the part. This particular model seemed to tick the boxes when it came to price and appearance.
- The Look -
The toaster is quite simple in design. The main body is made from stainless steel while the base and control panel are black plastic. It looks simple and functional but also rather sleek and modern. It looks quite solid but is actually very light. It is a fairly standard size for a two slice toaster, measuring approximately 20 x 30 x 20cm. The stainless steel looks nice with my other appliances and is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- The Features -
This 750 watt toaster has seven settings which you control by a little dial. Of course I haven't actually used all seven but it is nice to have the option! One is the lightest toasting setting and then the strength of the toasting increases up to the maximum of seven. I tend to use one for pop tarts and three for toast, crumpets and pitta bread. Both of these settings work perfectly for me. To start toasting you simply pull the sliding handle down, fairly standard really.
As with most toasters these days the toast pops up automatically. This makes it far preferable to toasting things under the grill which has resulted in many a burnt piece of toast for me! There is also a cancel button on the toaster which is handy if you suddenly realise you have been toasting your pop tart on the toast setting, oops!
There is a crumb tray at one end of the toaster. It is easy to slide this out to empty the crumbs and I tend to do this once a week when I give the kitchen a good clean.
A big perk of this toaster is the extra wide slots. I find most things I have tried to toast fit into the slots well and they are also quite deep too, there is nothing worse than a shallow toaster that misses the top of your toast! It is good to know that on the one occasion I managed to shove a slightly misshapen extra thick crumpet into the slot and then pulled the handle down to start toasting, rather than burning the crumpet which was by now mangled in the grill it simply didn't turn on. This is a good safety feature. I think the toaster knew better than I did that the crumpet did not really fit into the slot.
I am definitely a fan of the reheat button as with a baby to look after I am forever making cups of tea and pieces of toast and then forgetting about them.
There is also one sided toasting which is great for bagels and there is a frozen setting which is perfect for toasting bread straight from the freezer.
I would say it does everything I need a toaster to do and lots more besides.
- Price and Availability -
This toaster is available from Sainsbury's either in store or online and is priced at £13.59. I think this is a really good price and considering the features and that it is stainless steel it is definitely a bargain. Also you can collect Nectar points too.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would certainly recommend this toaster to anyone who is on a budget but doesn't want their toaster to look too cheap. I have been very pleased with my purchase.
A 2-slice toaster with an attractive brushed stainless steel finish / Features wide slots that can accommodate thicker slices of bread a standard duration/browning setting and 2 clever auto settings for toasting frozen bread and reheating already-toasted slices / It also has a useful cancel button. / There's a built-in cable storage system a high-lift function lets you get at smaller pieces and of course it comes with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning and has insulated cool-touch walls.