People underestimate the importance of a good toaster. "Toast is toast" they say, and most would agree. But to me that's like saying Coffee is Coffee. It's just not the case, as with a good cup of coffee the machine you use can make all the difference.
A bad toaster can either burn the bread until it looks more like coal than food. Or even worse pop out a sad looking, limp, floppy square of tasteless dough. Not the best way to start your morning. And that's one of the main reasons why you should get a good toaster, 90% of people use it only once a day and most of the time it's first thing in the morning, when you're half asleep and not in the best of moods. So you need your toaster to work when you want it to, and exactly how you want it to. And this Sainsbury toaster does just that.
All of my kitchen appliances are stainless steel, and one of my very thoughtful family members noticed this and when they came to visit me from the Uk they came baring gifts, one of which was this toaster (we don't have Sainsbury's here in Ireland by the way)
As grateful as a was for the gift, the snob in me couldn't help but think it would be inferior to all the brand names I tend to buy.
I'm glad to say I was wrong.
This is a very good, stylish looking toaster. It blends in perfectly well with the more expensive appliances I own.
The fact that it's a 4-slice model is handy when you want to make a bigger Batch of toast.
Both sides can be used independently of each other, so if you just want the two slices the other element does not heat up wasting power. Unlike many 4-slice toasters which apply a single setting to all 4 slices, this has 2 control dials allowing you cook each batch of toast differently. So if you like yours a little darker than your husband or wife let's say. You can have yours your way and they can have theirs their way.
The slots are nice and wide suitably big enough to accommodate the more thick slice of bread.
There are all the standard features you would expect from a toaster but not always one in this price range.
There is browning setting
2 auto settings for toasting frozen bread. This can also be used for reheating toast that would otherwise go in the bin.
There is a useful cancel button, just incase you put your bread on too high a setting or you want to leave the room for one reason or another.
It comes with a removable crumb try. Remember to clean this regularly, as it can become disgusting and even mouldy if left to long.
The second most important thing I look for in a toaster after how good it actually toasts, is weather the walls heat up as the toaster does it's job. This one stays nice and cool to the touch, very important in my mind, as some toasters become almost nuclear when working.
Material Stainless steel
Automatic pop up
Built-in cable storage
Cable length 0.71m
Cancel mid cycle
Colour and finish Silver
Extra wide slots
Frozen bread setting
Manufacturer's guarantee 1 year
Number of settings 7
Number of slots 4
Slide out crumb tray
And Toasting indicator light
Yes there are even cheeper toasters on the market lots of them. But this looks good and works great.
For me it's a great buy.
When I moved into my new place , I had to buy all new kitchen appliances and white goods...I dint want to spend a fortune so I went to sainsburies and got some of the gear. Including a sainsburys toaster and their microwave oven.
Both products were very cheap, the toaster is £25, the next one up the range was cookworks at about £35 I think, and cookworks is a cheaper brand also.
It toastes very evenly and reaches all around the edges and doesnt burn too quickly unless you turn up the timing yourself. Very good quality for the price.
When I wanted to buy a product like this, microwave also, I wanted something cheap and simple. And it doesnt get much simpler then this.
It has 3 buttons, one for heating up frozen bread, one for 'cancel', to get the bread to pop up quickly without breaking the spring loader, and one button for reheat...which I havent used yet but which I assume is for reheating bread slowly.
It also has the standard knob for turning up to 7 mins per toasting, but you would burn bread after 3 I think.
design- external and mechanical:-
The steel design is not stainless...no way, Im forever wiping it down, and the unit itself, whilst not heavy is quite big and wide. It feels very light and very flimsy, when I shake the breadcrumbs form the bottom drawer (there isnt one you can pull out like on other toasters) it rattles like the starship enterprise on warp factor 9. The shaking to get the breadcrumbs out cant be good for the mechanical elements either, but how else do I clean it out.
Its a big unit but the entrances for the bread to go into are standard size, if you get doorstop bread or toaster bread it proabably wouldnt fit.
Ive had this toaster for a year and so far it has lasted well, I do worry that the spring loader on one of two double lifts is a bit flimsyand will break, it normally takes one or two pushes to get it to stick down. So no doubt it will break, but hopefully not too soon. As I said its working fine so far. Even if it did break there are two double toasting units, and I dont use the other one so much, so Id just switch until that gave in too.
I actually got this toaster as a wedding present last October. It is chrome and matched well with my other appliances. It is very straight forward to use and easy to set for the perfect piece of toast. This is a big bonus as i have had so many toasters that never get it quite right. This toaster has the capacity for four slices of bread at once. Ideal for a larger family. No more waiting in turn for your morning in toast whilst the toaster is cooking in rounds. It is also easy to keep clean and looking nice. With a quick wipe round it looks as good as new. The cord is a decent length too so it can be placed where you want it on the worktop. unfortunately this can also be a disadvantage as mine, which is placed next to a plug seems to have loads of spare flex coming from it.
Another downside is that itt isn't that good at toasting other things apart from bread. I have attempted with crumpets and after spending a long time trying to prise them back out again, i found them to be cold in the middle. This may be because i didn't have it set high enough i don't know, but after becoming very frustrated with it, i decided not to try this again.
This is a decent standard toaster and i would recommend it to large families who require lots of toast in the morning.
Our old toaster started misbehaving just before Christmas. Either the toast popped out severely burnt or just like warm bread so it was definitely time to start looking for a new one. However, with all the expense of Christmas we did not want to spend a fortune on it - after all we only wanted to make toast! - so we decided to look in Sainsburys first.
Although there were quite a few to choose from, we decided to go for the Sainsbury's 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster as it was only £20. It is actually advertised on the Sainsbury's website now for only £17.49 (January 2011) so that is even better value. I am never particularly bothered about buying branded goods as long as they do what they are supposed to and you can save quite a lot by buying the store's own products.
I think that the toaster looks quite attractive as it is has a brushed stainless steel finish. It has four slots which apparently are wider than normal so that you can put extra thick slices of bread in - very handy I find when we are using an uncut loaf as we do rather tend to go for doorsteps! I also like the fact that the four slots are all next to each other rather than lengthways. Also, these are separated into two separate pairs and you can alter the heat control for each pair which I find very useful. It is great for us because it means that even though my husband likes his toast a lot crisper than I do, I can put all of the bread in the toaster at the same time because I can vary the settings. My toast is set at 3 and his at 5 and they are ready almost at the same time. The heat settings are very easy to change to as each pair just has a simple dial that you need to turn.
The bread, regardless of thickness, toasts pretty evenly on both sides and just pops up when it is ready. Although the main function is to toast, it can also defrost and reheat by pressing different buttons and you can also press cancel if you have misjudged how dark you want your toast to be. Other useful features include, as you would expect, a removeable crumb tray and also insulated sides so that you don't get a nasty shock by burning your fingers when removing the toast. I really like the fact that it has a built in cable storage system which means that you only need have the
necessary length of cord draped across your kitchen counters. It makes it all look much more tidy.
Overall I am very impressed with this toaster as it comes at a very affordable price and does what I want it to do efficiently. It looks smart on my worktops and some of the additional features are a real bonus and totally unexpected especially because of the price that I paid. I would definitely recommend this toaster!
We bought this toaster when we moved house and it has served us very well so far.
The stainless steel is easy to keep clean and crumbs can be knocked out with relative ease. At £17.49 the price is pretty reasonable for a 4 slicer and it has been reliable, which is very important to us and we've had a few disasters in the past. It's shape is fairly compact (roughly 25cm by 20 cm), the pull down levers are on the front rather than side meaning it isn't any wider that it needs to be. It doesn't have any sort of top grate, which doesn't bother me as I never saw the point in resting toast on them anyway and other than the toast pop you don't get any funny noises.
Levels go up to 7, with spots in between, and there is a defrost option, which in all fairness we haven't made that much use of - items that we cook from frozen such as Potato Waffles will do just as well on the top setting. There is also a re-heat button, which we've yet to make use of, simply because I can't think what anyone might use it for, pizza maybe? It can also be relied upon to gently toast delicate items such as pancakes and crumpets on a setting of around 2 and a half.
Most important of all it does a nice piece of toast on about setting 4. My husband thinks this is perhaps a little too high a number for the result, but you do need to test it out to see what suits when first using. You'll also find that if you are doing a big batch of toasting, say three or more lots, you might need to drop it down a notch as it must retain a bit of heat and you start to notice each lot getting that little bit more well done.
My one complaint would be that when we steer away from our usual brand of bread, we sometimes find that some slices are a little too big for the toaster and we have to stop half way through to rotate. This is only with a few brands though and for the most part they fit fine.