*Tefal Avanti Deluxe toaster*
We have had this toaster in my family home for 7 years now, and it is still going strong. It is a 4 slice toaster, with reheat and defrost functions. It is simple to use, easy to clean and can be used to toast bread, crumpets, muffins, bagels etc. up to a thickness of 3cm.
The black and stainless steel design fits in with any kitchen colour scheme. In the manual there is a picture of a white and silver toaster, so other colours are available. Ours was purchased from Argos on offer for £19.99, reduced from £39.99 which we thought was a great price for a Tefal product. It is currently available to purchase from Amazon for £38.95.
On the front there are 2 browning knobs, which have settings from 1-6, to determine how well done you want the bread to be toasted. This depends on the thickness of your bread, but I generally have it on 3 or 4 for medium brown toast. It is simple to turn the knobs to different settings, meaning you can lightly toast 2 slices, and have the other 2 slices well toasted. I do notice that at times the bread is very well done on one side, but not so brown on the other side, which is the reason for me only awarding the toaster 4 dooyoo stars.
The two left hand side slots have extra functions, they defrost and re-heat toast. The re-heat function is great if I put toast on and then the phone rings, as cold toast can be re-heated. To defrost and toast a slice of frozen bread, simply select the browning setting, pop the toast down, and press the defrost button.
Having never had a toaster with a crumb tray before, my gran says that they are very handy. There is one on each side which can easily be pulled out to empty. The toaster can be cleaned easily, just a quick wipe and its done.
This toaster can toast 4 slices of bread, with 2 levers to pop the toast down, therefore you can toast 2 or 4 slices at a time (though of course you can only toast one slice, but the other slot will also heat). There are 2 levers to pop up waffles, muffins etc. which are difficult to get out once toasted, due to their size.
4 star toaster!
Shopping for a toaster can be a dry experience. There is very little to separate the majority of toasters on the shelves and so making a decision can be difficult. I would hazard a guess that most toasters are bought solely for their appearance rather than on the back of any in-depth analysis of their toasting features. My toaster was bought on this very premise; it looked good and it said it toasted bread. Perfect!
I was also partly swayed by the big name brand on the box - Tefal - which instilled confidence in me that this toaster wasn't going to be a disappointing failure and one that would have me back in my local Comet store a few days later crying foul at shoddy workmanship.
So, at the cost of around £25-£30 (I can't remember exactly as it was several years ago) I went home with the Tefal Avanti Deluxe Toaster safe in the knowledge that my morning breakfast would be a resounding success - or at least as successful as morning breakfasts can go.
=== Main Features ===
The Tefal Avanti Deluxe sports the following exciting features:
> Four wide-fitting toasting slots
> 1200 Watt element for fast toasting
> Six toasting settings
> Two independent toasting sides
> Stylish black and chrome design
> Dimensions: (H/W/D) 23 x 30 x 26 cm
> Ample 5ft power cable
=== Appearance ===
As previously stated, the appearance of the toaster was the main selling point for me. It is a combination of matt black plastic and silver metal, with the sides and slot cover featuring the chrome-effect metal plates. The front buttons and levers are also chrome-effect which contrast well with the matt black plastic. All the buttons are a decent size making them easy to press and the wide pop-down levers are curved nicely to fit the finger or thumb and are very smooth to use. Overall, I really like the styling and think it looks almost futuristic in design.
Another main feature of the Avanti Deluxe is the front sloping design giving the toaster a quadrant side profile rather than the more standard block design of other models. This makes it look like it is actually a part of the kitchen and not just a box-like toaster sat on the side looking like it doesn't want to be there (if you will pardon my personification of toasters for a moment). I prefer this design because it means I can see what's going on in the toaster without having to peer over the top. I have found this very handy for preventing over-toasting of certain foodstuffs such as crumpets and teacakes.
A downside to the design is that it is quite a bulky appliance and as a result takes up a significant amount of kitchen worktop space. To accommodate for its bulk, there were very few places to situate the toaster in my kitchen so it has ended up next to the microwave and adjacent to the cooker top. It is a little difficult to get at here but placing it anywhere else would have taken up too much precious side space. However, its size is a consequence of its front sloping design and the fact that it has four toasting slots so I am not too displeased by this.
=== Toasting ===
> Plus points...
I don't just use my toaster to toast bread. I use it for a wide variety of foodstuffs so the large slots are ideal for me. The wide fitting slots will easily fit the likes of crumpets, teacakes and thick-cut bread. If we're going to be scientific about this, which I am, then the toasting slots will accommodate anything up to 29mm in thickness. I have had no trouble fitting even the widest of goods into the toaster and the wire mesh things (okay, I've stopped being scientific now) hold the contents in the middle of each slot to ensure one side doesn't get singed by coming into direct contact with the toasting filaments.
The toaster boasts a powerful 1200 Watt element which is supposed to result in rapid toasting. I wouldn't necessarily describe the toasting as rapid but it is noticeably quicker than other toasters I have used in the past. This makes it ideal for the busy morning rush when you really don't have time to be hovering over a toaster with a butter knife in hand. I find that the toaster is fairly consistent regarding browning and uneven toasting is only an occasional issue easily solved by flipping whatever it is round and toasting for a few more seconds...if you can be bothered.
Another plus is that both sides of the toaster (each pair of slots) have independent toasting settings which means that you can toast things at the same time to different levels of crispness. This is handy if you like your toast lightly browned whilst your partner prefers theirs burnt to a crisp. This also makes it ideal for family use because you can prepare toast for different people using different sides of the toaster and also 'delay' one round of toast by popping it down a few seconds later than the other side allowing you enough time to plate up and send out 'order number 1' before 'order number 2' pops up.
> Minus points...
The toasting settings are perhaps the most important part of any toaster with everyone having their own strict specifications when it comes to toast. Imagine then the frustration of a toaster that boasts six toasting settings (numbered from 2 to 7 - why not 1 to 6 I will never know) only for anything set higher than number 3 to burn bread to a crisp. This means that the smallest of movements of the dial can drastically change the browning level of your toast which is far from ideal. It has taken me a while to get one dial to my exact specification (lightly browned and still fairly soft) and every time it gets 'accidentally' knocked, I have to start all over.
Another feature which fails to live up to the 'deluxe' name is the pop-up lever design. The idea being that you can push down on the central levers to raise the contents of the slots allowing you to remove them easily. However, in reality these levers lift the toast up by mere millimetres making very little difference to the ease of removing smaller foodstuffs such as teacakes. In fact, it makes the whole process more challenging because you now only have one free hand to achieve this because your other hand is occupied by holding down the useless lever. Cue either the burning of one's fingers as you try to cajole your prize out of the toaster, or the far-less subtle (and disastrous as far as the kitchen worktop is concerned) technique of tipping the toaster on its side.
Overall, the toaster does a decent job at toasting bread with its wide slots and fast even browning but the over-sensitive and illogical toasting settings as well as the useless pop-up levers can make toasting very annoying at times.
=== Durability ===
I can't fault the durability of the toaster too much since it is still intact after over four years of use. The majority of the toasting filaments have survived and are still glowing when in use, with only the odd one here and there refusing to conform and heat up. All of the front buttons are still working and none have developed that incredibly frustrating knack of sticking. Therefore, I can press the 'stop' button for example and the toast will pop up immediately without me having to frantically try and prise the stuck button out of the pressed position before eventually resorting to unplugging the toaster at the mains to save my toast from further charring.
My only real gripe in terms of durability lies with those ever-annoying levers. They were very weak and flimsy to start with but now seem to have developed a mind of their own. I will push them down only for them to become stuck, not work at all or try to force themselves back up at a crooked angle where they get stuck under the neighbouring lever. Like a couple of mischievous children, the levers seem to take it in turns to play up and feed off each other's disobedience.
=== Cleaning ===
My toaster is positioned next to my cooker top which is not a good place for anything to sit. It accumulates grease like there's no tomorrow and after a while has a very sticky feel to it. Cleaning it is a tiresome process involving some form of grease-busting cleaning agent, several cloths and a lot of elbow grease (as if there wasn't enough grease involved already!)
Although the chrome-effect sides and buttons looked very stylish when new, after a while they too have become grubby. Even when grease-fee I find it virtually impossible to keep the chrome parts free of smudges and finger marks.
As for the crumb tray, well it is pretty useless. For starters, it is far too small and it doesn't take long before it overflows. Of course, you don't know it has overflowed until you remove it, and then it's too late for the kitchen side. The design also means that crumbs will become stuck in the toaster and need shaking down before they are even collected by the crumb tray. Further annoyances occur when the thin slot connecting the 'crumb slide' to the crumb tray becomes blocked by heavily charred raisins (thank you very much teacakes) meaning you have to perform teacake surgery on the toaster using a pencil or similar implement.
=== Price/Availability/Verdict ===
You can find the Tefal Avanti Deluxe toaster at amazon.co.uk for £29.99 including free delivery (at the time of writing). This is a reasonable price compared to similar featured toasters but I find it a little pricey for what it is. The four wide toasting slots and a very handy independent toasting design make it a worthy addition to the family household but the fundamental design flaws let the toaster down in day-to-day use and therefore I cannot fully recommend it.
I am happy with the toaster in the sense that I feel no need to replace it yet but I certainly wouldn't buy it again if I was given the choice. I would instead choose something a little more compact and would pay more attention to the actual features and design rather than letting a toaster's appearance rule my buying decision next time.
Thanks for reading :-)
I'm not the kind of person who replaces electrical items unnecessarily, so our toaster has been a fixture in our household for around four or five years now and will continue to be used until it gives up the ghost. This is no mean feat considering that we are a family of five and, between us, make toast on pretty much a daily basis - if not at several points during the day- so this toaster has certainly been put through its paces. This Tefal Avanti Deluxe was originally purchased from Argos for around the £30 mark, which was supposedly a big reduction on the full recommended retail price at the time.
Given the size of our household, this four slice toaster is perfect for our everyday needs. The two sides of the toaster can be operated independently, helping to avoid wasting electricity if only two slices of toast are needed at any one time. More importantly, the two sides have separate browning controls, helping to avoid any arguments if one member of the family prefers their toast slightly browner to the other.
The toaster itself is a fairly timeless design which manages to mix classic style with contemporary finish, thanks to the combination of the predominantly black exterior and the stainless style elements at the top and sides. Despite its age, the toaster doesn't look dated at all, which can be an issue with some more 'up to the minute' designs and colours. The fairly neutral colour black and silver scheme is pretty unobtrusive, so should fit into any style of kitchen, whether modern or traditional in design. Being a four slice version, it is fairly large and does take up a fair amount of room on the worktop. I do find that the gentle sloping design of the top helps to soften its appearance a little but this is still a fairly bulky design. Fortunately, the back of the toaster is flat, unlike the curved design of the rest of the machine, meaning that this can be positioned right up against a wall to minimise the space that this needs to take up. Realistically, this is going to be out on display permanently so I much prefer to invest slightly more in this kind of toaster to the cheaper, plastic versions that are available.
Using the toaster is pretty straightforward and self-explanatory. All of the levers and dials are logically positioned and easily accessible at the front of the machine, so there is no need to fiddle around the sides for anything. The features of this model are fairly standard so the front isn't overly cluttered with unnecessary buttons or controls. The main levers are simply those that lower the bread into the toasting position and the handy lifting mechanisms which raise up toasted items so that they can be removed more easily. This feature is particularly useful for small items such as crumpets and tea-cakes. The other settings (including a reheat feature, cancel and frozen bread setting) are accessed using one of the three buttons which are labelled with easy to recognise symbols. Surprisingly, none of the labels or dials are showing signs of wear and none have ever stuck or refused to perform.
Crucially, the four slots are very generously proportioned with the inner 'cages' narrowing once the sliding konb is depressed to accommodate different thicknesses of bread easily and ensure an even toasting. The slots are perfectly adequate for most sizes and brands of pre-packed bread and can even manage thickly sliced homemade bread 'door stops' and crumpets. We tend to use Warburtons or Hovis sliced loaves and the results are pretty consistent and even, with the level of browning dependent on the setting used. The browning dial ranges from one to six, offering the full spectrum from warm bread through to charred ash so should suit everybody's tastes. A common complaint with cheaper toasters is that the slot isn't quite deep enough to ensure that a standard slice of bread is toasted completely. Here, the toaster copes well with any standard sized slice. If any part of the bread ever remains untoasted, it's barely noticeable and certainly not enough of an issue to warrant complaint. This is also quite a powerful toaster so it produces my toast very quickly - which is crucial during those chaotic school mornings!
On a practical level, the toaster features quite a lengthy lead connected to the plug which offers a small amount of flexibility in terms of siting this. The toaster also boasts two individual crumb trays positioned under each half of the toaster, designed to aid cleaning. I must confess that emptying and cleaning my toaster is not particularly high on my list of priorities. On the rare occasions that I do get around to emptying crumbs, I find the very shallow and small crumb trays to be pretty ineffectual, leading to stray crumbs escaping everywhere. Realistically, I would say that the toaster would have to be emptied at least every couple of weeks or so, based on daily use, to avoid the crumb trays becoming over full although I'm still not convinced that the design is particularly practical. I just go for the old-fashioned method of banging this upside down over the sink to remove all the excess crumbs and this hasn't affected performance at all. I do find that the stainless steel aspects can get grubby after a while but this cleans up incredibly well with a damp microfibre cloth and a bit of elbow grease. It's surprising just how quickly this toaster looks as good as new.
As this is a fairly old model now, I'm not sure how readily available this specific model is. Fortunately, Tefal have continued to manufacture other Avanti toasters which appear only slightly different to this version. The Tefal Avanti 532718, for example, costs just under £50 from Argos and is very similar in terms of specifications, features and design. The only noticeable difference is that the sides on this newer version are now black. This should be an improvement on the original stainless steel sides which were prone to marks and grease build up.
I've certainly experienced excellent value for money with my original Avanti toaster which is still going strong after at least four years of almost daily usage. When this toaster is toast, I would certainly consider replacing it with a similar Avanti model and would wholeheartedly recommend other consumers do the same.
Toast is the way forward. It's the pinnacle of cullinary delights thats often forgotten about. Once a mainstay in the development of many a post war young childs diet, it has been now been pushed to the back of the cupboard only to be replaced with the lesser poptart, and may other e-number filled teeth rotting breakfast alternatives.
Needless to say its still a popular figure in our household and a daily right of passage before embarking on the usual grind.
Because of this I have been through many a toaster in my time but the Tefal Avanti Deluxe has to be the best by far.
Surprisingly it was purchased for our family as a house warming preasent when we moved. The last one got skipped along with all the other rubbish that gets thrown when you move house. Initially I didn't really think about the quality of the product. It's a toaster! I accepted the lovely present and assumed it was much like all the other predecessors.
How wrong was I. The Avanti deluxe , deluxe meaning its a 4 slice toaster with a bit of chrome edging as opposed to the 2 slice inferior plain black version is a toasting marvel.
We have used this toaster now for nei on 8 years. Yes thats right ! 8 years. I've never known a toaster last that long for starters so it's already a winner and value for money.
Then there is the looks. A toaster is a toaster but it is very sleek and stylish. The black base with chrome trimmings and side panels goes well together and with the slight slant towards the user it looks more like a polished sports car rather than a toaster.
Each bread entering slot is wide enough for most thicknesses of cut bread loafs, obviously if your cutting your own then there are still limits to what can fit in. The levers to drop the bread and clamp into position are easy to use and straight forward.
Each 2 slot side has its own timer control knob, drop in lever clamp and express push out high rise lift to help remove the hot toasted delights.
It also has emergency stop buttons, a defrost button for certain cold products and a reheat button along with 2 crumb trays which are accessable at the rear of the device for easy cleaning.
Overall this product works wonders and has not missed a beat since the day we got it. I enjoy a nice slice of toast with a dash of jam, sometimes marmalade each morning before work and without it I don't know what I would do.
When this one does finally pack in I wont hessitate to buy the exact same version again as soon as I can.
Tefal truely have made a fine electronic product for the world to embrace.
I have been using the Tefal Avanti Delux toaster for about two years now. Overall I would say it is a pretty decent toaster but there are some flaws with it. First of all it's pretty easy to use. There are a few standard buttons that either cancel your toast or make it pop early. There is a defrost button also that to be honest I don't always use. You can toast four pieces of bread at once with this toaster which does come in handy. However as with most toasters for some reason you can't if a large slice in, if you use Warburtons there is always a little bit sticking out at the top which I do find rather annoying.
There are two knobs which you use to set how long the toaster will toast for. These range from one to six. One being very lightly toasted and six being burnt to a crisp. I do have an issue with the settings on these. For some reason if you put two pieces of toast in together in the same setting, one comes out more done than the other. I find this very frustrating as I like my toast done in a certain way, so when one piece is always toasted more than the other it does irritate me somewhat.
The toaster does look quite good but it is quite on the large side. This is not an issue if you have a large worktop, but in a smaller kitchen I think this would be just a little to big to be honest. The toaster is also quite heavy, this is not really an issue if it just sits on your counter, but if for any reason you are going to be moving this around a lot it may be something you think about.
The toaster is quite easy to clean. There is a little tray where you can get the lose crumbs out, this does come in handy. One thing that I do have a problem with, there are two levers that are supposed to help you get your toast out when it's done. However these seem to be a little faulty on my toaster and do not always work as they should.
The Tefal Avanti Delux retails at around £40. You may be able to pick it up for cheaper from some places but this seems to be about the average price. To be honest I'm not sure if it is worth that much because as I mentioned it does seem to have a few drawbacks. Overall though this is not a bad toaster, I have been using it for a while now and although I can see how they could easily improve it I think that it does it's job fairly well.
There was trouble in the kitchen; I was fed up constantly filling the toaster and being the last to get a slice. Nobody in our household has just one or two slices of bread, Hunger lot! The food order is nearly always three slices to go with the baked beans or scramble egg; my two-slice toaster just couldn't cope.
After the discovery of theTefal four slice I have never looked back. I have had this machine for a number of years (so I am another happy user) and it is always in use. Apart from the obvious use of browning four slices of bread at once it is possible to brown one, two or three slices at a time.
The model Avanti Deluxe, my machine, has a several features. The front of the toaster is split in two parts with separate controls to enable the choice of the number of slices. Two carriage control levers, for the lowering of the slices of bread into the toaster. 2 control knobs with 6 positions to adjust the amount of browning wanted. 2 hi-lift carriage control knobs, re-heat buttons, stop/reject buttons and defrost buttons.
The toaster will take thin, medium and thick slices of fresh or frozen bread. It is also for bagels, muffins, rolls and pasties (without any filling) up to a thickness of 1.2inch (3m). Our breakfast menu has also changed; the hot buttered bagel is a popular start to the day. The yesterday roll can be revitalised by lightly toasting or using the defrost function to warm through.
The toaster has a useful carrying handle at the back, making it easy to lift. It is important that you empty the two trays under the toaster of the crumbs every now and then to stop a burnt smell.
I got this toaster a number of years ago now and it has served reasonably well. I paid around £25 for it from memory, but it is probably not even on the market now, or if it is, it will be for a lower price.
Two of the biggest attractions in buying it are surely it's design, and the fact that it contains room to toast four separate pieces of bread.
Nothing complicated about getting it set up - just plug it in and your ready to go. The knobs and dials are all quite clearly displayed and simple to operate. You merely set your bread to the time you want it toasted for and pull down the lever. One lever operates each side, meaning you can toast two pieces each on the same setting.
A handy feature with this toasted is the availability of a button which allows you to push up any bread that may be stuck inside. We all know it can happen sometimes, so it is useful to have a device which combats this.
Another useful aspect is the flexibility of each slot. The metal 'cage' inside, which holds the bread, does a good job of moving closer or further apart, depending on the thickness of what you're toasting.
One slight critisism would be how difficult it is to judge for how long to toast each different type of bread. Some barely toast on a setting that others burn on, but I guess this is an issue with the majority of toasters.
Otherwise it is quite stylish to look at and fits well in most modern kitchens. It is slightly on the large size, but this shouldn't be too offputting.
Overall I don't think there can be too many complaints about this toaster. It can toast 4 slices of bread at one time, and has been reliable now for a number of years. Job well done Tefal!
The thought that went into buying my Avanti toaster was not very long or deep - I saw it on the shelf at Sainsbury's, reduced by 50% to £19 and popped it into my trolley. It really is most unlike me to make a snap decision based on fancy good looks, and I have always regretted my lack of research. The toaster has delivered a consistently poor performance from the time I bought it, just over four years ago and it has now deteriorated so much that I have had to go out and buy a new one.
Although the Avanti is a rather unusual D shape design, it has a square footprint on my work surface which is 26cm by 26cm. This is not unusual for a 4 slot toaster, but does take up quite a bit of space and is probably not recommended for anybody with a small kitchen who wants to leave some surfaces clear to work on
The toaster looks very attractive, with chrome sides and a black and chrome frontage. The chrome sides of the toaster are stylish, although difficult to keep clean. They always remain cool to the touch. There are four large variable width toasting slots which are nice and wide but not quite long enough to take the larger unsliced loaf slices. Each pair of slots has independent browning settings, ranging from 1 to 6, and the colour is selected by turning a chrome knob to select the desired number. These knobs are made out of a lightweight plastic material and are the first of the corners that Tefal have cut to keep the price down. The right-hand knob has three buttons to the left of it which provide extra functions to the left toasting slots; a frozen bread option, an emergency eject button for burning toast, and a button which will keep the toast warm if it is toasted and left for a while by accident. The left hand knob has only one button next to it; this provides an emergency eject option for the right hand toasting slots. You cannot put frozen bread into the right hand slots or keep toast warm in them. This is sometimes annoying - we often take bread straight from the freezer to the toaster, but we can only toast the pieces two at a time, therefore defeating the purpose of having a four slot toaster.
Above these knobs are four sets of levers. The largest set are on the outside and are pressed to lower the toast into the toaster; the inner set are a little smaller and have raised nubs on them - these raise the toast out of the toasting slots so that it is easier to remove smaller slices without burning your finger. All of these levers are again made of poor quality materials; lightweight plastic covered with chrome pain, they are very unsatisfying to use and do not move smoothly.
With two teenage boys in the house, I am relieved that this toaster has a safety cut-out which means that the lever cannot be locked down for action if the toaster is not plugged in. This avoids any accidental fire risks.
A rather silly complaint, but important to me, is that the Avanti is extremely difficult to keep clean. The black plastic frontage shows up every sticky fingerprint and splash, but is hard to wipe clean. The large chrome sides look lovely, but again show up every greasy splash and take a lot of polishing. The front of the toaster contains a myriad of small ledges that crumbs get caught on, and I seem to spend a lifetime wiping them off; crumbs catch on all four leavers due to their backwards-slanting angles - and all the leavers are recessed into plastic alcoves, creating another three deep ledges for crumbs to get caught.
The chrome four toasting slots are also recessed into the plastic casing, creating a nasty little trough around the edge. Crumbs that fall into this slot can only really be removed with a cotton bud - they are very difficult to reach.
Two crumb trays at the back of the toaster are designed to stop crumbs falling onto the work surface. They slide out easily, but I rarely find that they catch many crumbs. The only way to get the burning toast remnants out of the machine seems to be to turn it upside down and bang hard - an enormous pile of crumbs fall out every time.
~~Performance and Durability~~
This toaster is advertised as a faster toast than normal - 40% faster than other toasters to be precise. In the beginning it did indeed provide a fast and even toasting experience, but this quickly deteriorated.
After about a year, the elements started to give out and now the toast cooks very unevenly and very slowly, heating more on one side of the toasting slot than the other.
The lever that raises the hot toast up broke within a week, meaning that I burn my fingers when taking toast out of the two left hand slots. I did try to return it to Sainsbury's but of course they had already reduced the item to half price, so were reluctant to give me a refund.
Made with poor quality materials, this toaster appears to have a lot of functionality and style, but disappoints on all counts. It has been unreliable from day one and has deteriorated very quickly. Tefal are good at frying pans, but I would not buy a Tefal toaster again.
I am so pleased that we only paid half price for this toaster! Our experience has NOT been a good one. Firstly, it has started going rusty on the stainless steel parts of the toaster and this begun after only 6 months. I have followed all the cleaning instructions carefully! Secondly the right hand side of the toaster browns at a completely different rate to the right hand side of the toaster, despite being on the same setting! The elements within the toaster do not seem to 100% heat up! Also the two levers that help you lift out the toast do not push up far enough to be of any use! On the plus side, it has two drawers to remove the crumbs at the base of the toaster and these are easy to remove and clean. Also, it hasnt yet blown up after 18 months! That really is about it.... not recommended
With five of us at home there is just no point in getting any less than a four slice toaster, but I seemed to be buying a new one every two to three years which was starting to add up. Then about four years ago I bought the Tefal Avanti deluxe four slice toaster and its still going strong. Amazingly in this time not even a wee knob has fallen off or a piece of writing rubbed off.
I was firstly attracted to the look of it, its really futuristic with its curvy slanted build and silver and black body. The deal maker was the fact that Amazon were doing it for £19.99 with free delivery and I had seen it in the local cookware shop at £39.99.
There are four wide slots at the top of the toaster which start off wide but as you lower the toast in the sides come in to fit snugly to whatever width of bread you have placed in the slots. This means you can toast from thin slices of wheaten bread, to thick soda bread and crumpets and also make toasted sandwiches if you have a toasta bag, although with the toasta bag you do need to poke it down a little.
There are two separate controls for toasting and browness one for each pair of slots. This is a very useful idea as it means you don't need to heat all four slots when only making two slices of toast or you can set each pair to different browness levels which is great for us as my youngest son likes his toast barely coloured and I prefer mine on the verge of burnt.
Another great idea are the little tipper levers on the front. If you are toasting something shorter than a slice of bread, perhaps wheaten or a pancake there is no longer any need for burnt fingers or shoving a knife in to get the toasted item out. Simply push down on the relevant tipper lever and the toast is raised up high enough to let you grab it without any chance of getting burnt or electrocuted. (Please don't try the knife in the electric toaster idea at home)
As the sides come in to grip the toast whatever its thickness you end up with a uniform colour on both sides although this isn't the case when toasting bread of an uneven thickness. I can't actually blame the toaster for this as its more my fault for not being able to cut a soda farl in half evenly, and some bits are upto twice as thick as others, causing them to be burnt before the thinner bits are well browned.
If you have set the browness to high and the smell of burning rather than the tempting gentle waft of lightly toasted bread reaches you then you simply press the cancel\eject button on the relevant side and the toaster pops up immediately.
There are also options for defrosting and reheating bread\toast etc. The cool touch sides work quite well and I am happy to allow my four year old to make her own toast under my supervision or the older boys without supervision.
There is a good sized crumb tray which comes away easily for cleaning and is simple to replace.
Much quicker and cheaper than using the grill in the oven
Tipper levers push the toast out of the toasting area making it much safer to operate
You can choose whether to use two slots or four slots
You can set each pair of toasting slots to different levels of browness
Has lasted the longest of any toaster I have bought
Doesn't fit all sizes of bread, but then how many toasters do?
Having a fairly large family (who all like toast) I finally decided it was time to buy an electric toaster. Up until now, I had got by using the grill on my cooker, but it was becoming an increasingly time consuming process to prepare enough toast for everybody in the house. My actual requirements were fairly basic, any toaster I bought would have to be able to cook 4 slices at once, be silver in colour (to match the rest of my kitchen appliances) and be as cheap as possible.
The Tefal Avanti Deluxe four slice toaster fulfilled all these criteria, and a little more besides, and at £24.99 in Argos it was an absolute bargain that I simply couldn't miss. Colour and design-wise it's very stylish with black and silver tones, and an unusual curved profile, it certainly fits in with the rest of my appliances. As far as cooking with it goes, there are plenty enough options for me to be able to toast almost anything I could think of.
Each of the four slots automatically adjusts to the thickness of whatever I'm toasting, so a teacake or crumpet is held as securely as the thinnest slice of bread. There are two separate browning controls (each with 6 different levels) so two different shades of toast can be cooked at the same time, and the toast cooks exceptionally quickly, far, far quicker than anything I can manage with the grill. One problem I do find is that due to the funky design, there are occasions when the top of the toast doesn't brown as well as the rest, but this is easy to solve (simply turn the toast over). As well as plain toast, I've used this to produce some very nice toasted teacakes, crumpets and even used the warm function to heat scotch pancakes. The ability to cook from frozen is also there, but not one that I've ever bothered with, bread just doesn't last long enough in this house to be frozen.
Other than the usual toasting functions, there are independent controls to cancel the toasting process, warming function (only operates the two left-hand slots) which as I said warms scotch pancakes very nicely, levers that raise smaller items for easy removal, cool wall to help prevent burning hands (the outside does still get a little warm) and two easy to clean crumb trays. All of this adds up to a very nice toaster that makes my life much easier, the toast is cooked so fast that I can now manage to cook eight slices in less time than it used to take to cook four on the grill. This means my family is happier at toast time, as they all can get fed quicker. Add to this the fact it's easy to clean, the cool wall is relatively cool, and the toaster appears to be very durable and this is great value for money at only £24.99 in Argos. So if you have a large family, or simply enjoy eating lots of toast, what are you waiting for, get yourself to Argos and buy one now.
Tefal are almost synonymous with non-stick pans, in the same way that hoover stopped being a brand name and became the machine itself. I didn't know that Tefal also make other things, including toasters. Mine was a gift, and has proved to be a valuable addition to my kitchen, and not just nice and shiny.
Aren't all toasters pretty much the same? Well, I used to think so and I wouldn't have splashed out on a deluxe one. It's only since using this one that I have realised it has plenty of advantages over a regular toaster.
It's a four slot toaster, but the four slots are in two lots of two - meaning you can cook yourself two slices to have now, and two to have in five minutes (did I mention I like toast?). Beats having to wait for two to toast before putting another two in, or having four ready all at once and the second two getting cold and soggy while you eat the first two. If you are feeling particularly generous, you can always cook two for someone else, which means your toaster enables you to have a romantic breakfast more easily without bickering over who has to go and put more on.
And of course, if you are eating your two slices of toast alone, the division in the four sections means that you aren't grilling two empty slots and wasting energy, so there's a green tick and a saving money tick in there as well.
There is a six point dial for each two-slot section, so you can adjust the heat according to how brown (or black) you like it. This also means you can cook two lots of toast at different browning settings simultaneously - I like mine at 5, my husband likes his at 3. Useful! If you do toast four slices at once, you generate quite a lot of heat, which is something to watch out for as it's really quite surprising how hot the toaster gets.
The slots are wide enough for muffins or crumpets, so you aren't limited to just toast. You could probably even cook one of those disgusting pop tart things if you wanted to.
The other features are a defrost button, which means you can cook bread straight from the freezer with better results than if you were to put it on at a normal setting. There is a stop early button, in case for any reason you simply can't wait any longer. And finally there is a reheat without toasting button which is fantastic if your toast is perfectly done when the doorbell rings.
You simply press the individual levers (one per two slice section) to lower the bread in to the toaster, and click them down into place. Annoyingly crumbs seem to collect underneath these levers and it makes it a bit difficult to clean there and around the dials on the front.
This is one flash looking toaster. I like everything in the kitchen to be black or chrome and shiny, regardless of whether I use it or not. From an asthetic point of view, this toaster would be right at home in any bachelor pad or modern kitchen. The shape of the top is slightly curved and sloped downwards towards you, so you don't have to peer over the top of the toaster to see it cooking.
The two crumb trays - one per section - are located at the back. They would be more accessible at the front, but that's not a big issue. They are easy to pull out and clean. I clean the rest of the toaster with stainless steel cleaner, which I have in stock anyway, but it doesn't look so great when cleaned with detergent.
The toaster is sturdy and solid, and has survived a few drops and bashes due to me shaking it over the bin to release the last of the crumbs with no ill-effects!
RRP about £50.00
What a fantastic toaster! I have always had a four slice toaster, and up until recently had a long narrow one where there are two long slots and the slices fit next to each other. I had started to get fed up with my old toaster because you could never get anything thicker than medium sliced bread in it, and when I wanted to toast my "thin" bread and my husband wanted thick bread I had to do it separately. Also, the old toast didn't have a crumb tray, the crumbs just fell out of the bottom so I had to clean them up every time. So, I decided to get a new toaster. They had a couple of these toasters in the canteen at my work, and I thought they seemed quite good because of the way you can toast two lots of bread on different settings, whcih seemed ideal. so i had a shop around and managed to find one in the sale for £30 (normally £50 - which I thought was a bit steep for a toaster). I opted for the black and chrome as it looks to classy, especially with the current trend for chrome kitchenware. What can I say? It's fab! Now I can cook his and my toast at the same time without burning one, or undercooking the other. And, the slots adjust to the size of the item you put in. They will take anything from very thin sliced bread up to "doorstep" slices or muffins/teacakes (something which is a novelty to me!) Plus, there are two separate crumb trays at the back of the toast, one for each side. There are individual variable heat settings, a reheat button for when the toast gets left sitting in the toaster too long, and a setting to defrost. And there is of course a cancel button if necessary. There are also two levers you can press to raise the baskets up if you are toasting something small, so rather than having to try and fish the crumpet or other item out, you just press the lever and it gets lifted right up so you can grab it. Overall a great machine. The only problem I h
ave found with it is the size, but it looks so good that it fits just about anywhere.