Product Type: Tefal toasters
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Built to last
Member Name: R8IT
Advantages: Functions, cost and reliability
Disadvantages: Would benefit from larger toasting area, and wider control on the dials.
Ive owned this toaster now for what must be over five years if not longer, its used pretty much daily and can honestly say does exactly the same job I did when I first got it, in fact I've had it that long I wouldnt mind if it packed up so I could get a new one. Its a matt black toaster with chrome side panels and toast surround, measuring in at 26cm deep, 28cm wide and 21cm high. I believe I paid about £40 for it, but it was that long a go I cant be sure if that was the retail price or a sale price
This Tefal 4 slice toaster has extra wide slots, so can accommodate half a bagel, or hot cross bun, but wont take anything thicker. Whilst its a 4 slice toaster it has the convenience of separating into two and each 2 slice section has its own temperature control (which is more a timer than a temperature setting). This allows you to set each side to a different setting so if one person likes near black toast and one likes light browning then this can do it (obviously only two slices each). Each side also has its own cancel button so you can check part way through toasting.
The toaster has a defrost button and warming button, they work ok but rarely use these, I find defrosting frozen bread to use as bread results in it being very dry and if toasting from frozen just turn the dial up a notch. The dials both go up to number 6, I have never had the dial up further than 3 and that's for frozen bread, so it seems all the fine control is between 1-3, would have been better if it was spread across the settings more, the dial also just turns so it doesn't click onto each numbered setting. It seems somewhat pointless having a setting up to 6 if its never used. Ive even made a toasted sandwich using those bags and due to the thickness of putting two slices of bread in one slot find it browns the bread on a setting under 3.
A slide out tray under the toaster is easy enough to empty but very shallow, it slides out from the back of the toaster, and I find when I slide it out the resulting movement releases more crumbs from inside the toaster over the worktop. I find it easier to just take the toaster to the sink and tip it upside down give it a few knocks to empty it out.
Power cable length is good at around 110cm, with some cable storage area under the toaster if you dont need it all. Pressing the toast down results in two cages pressing in and holding the toast in place then the heated strips do the toasting. This is generally even not only on both sides but also all slots, some slight bias towards the left slots, but I imagine this is toaster specific to a degree. I dont find myself turning the toast around so its only a minor difference. Its spring loaded and pressing the cancel button pops up the toast quickly, two additional levers (one for each two slice side) allow you to raise the toast further from the machine to make it easier to get smaller items such as crumpets.
It doesn't have one side toasting like some of the other toasters, this feature allows you to toast one side and warm the other.
The additional pop up levers could do with giving just a bit more movement - whilst it helps I still find I have to get my fingers into the machine to reach crumpets and anything similar in size.
Being polished chrome does tend to attract finger prints and marks and so not so maintenance free if you want it to look clean all the time.
Ideally it could do with a little more height on the toasting elements, occasionally for large loafs of bread (like the farmhouse style bread) the top of the bread can protrude out of the machine and so when using certain brands of bread I find I have to turn the bread over, and extra 1-2cm of height on the heating element would fix this.
More variation on the heating control, ideally it would toast from frozen on say 5 rather than 2.5 which it does currently, so I find small movements in the dial can mean the difference between pale and black toast.
Given these negative points the toaster has had a lot of abuse and use for over five years and it still toasts well, so it seems its built to last, and somewhat a bargain for £40 given how well its lasted, it shows no signs of giving in.
Summary: A toaster that goes on and on and on ...
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