The point of a toaster is surely that it toasts the bread. I should be easier and quicker than turning on a grill, and it should be consistent in its settings. Sadly, this toaster falls way short of the mark on all counts; in fact, it's the worst toaster I've had. There are just the two slots for the bread, and you have to be careful as if the bread is thick, it just doesn't go in. The toaster is unable to cope with anything other than square-cut loaves, so, for example, if you have what we used to call a 'tin' loaf, one end of the piece with inevitably have to stick out of the top of the toaster. This causes all manner of problems of having to take it out and put it in again the other way round (and inevitably, the middle part then burns!) The toaster has several settings according to how you like your toast done. In reality, you either have the knob to the left of centre in which case the bread comes out as it went in; or you have the know to the right of centre in which case it comes out as charcoal. There seems to be no midway point: uncooked or burnt seems to be all that's on offer. A word of warning though: whatever setting you choose for your first piece of toast will not be repeated for the second, or third, or fourth etc... As the machine warms up, it the settings seem to alter anyway. It therefore seems virtually impossible to actually get toast out of the machine how you like it! In its white plastic casing, it looks cheap and rather dated. It fails continually to do the fundamental job for which its existence was intended. Avoid!
Our toaster (a 4 slice Kenwood only 2 years old) gave up the toasting ghost last week, and in search of something a little more compact we purchased the Tefal TT704115 Avanti Toaster in Chrome and Black. It cost £39.99 from Marks and Spencer's, a competitive price, as it's £39.90 on Amazon. The toaster is fairly chunky for a two slot, and though I was looking for something more compact, it's very good looking and coupled with my matching kettle, looks great on my worktop. It's a 'front loader', which is great for someone with a kitchen design like mine, with low cupboards over the counter, it makes it easy to put the bread in and take it out. It has two wide slots, and is great for toasting bagels, crumpets, muffins and tea cakes. It has a warming rack, a defrost setting (great if you freeze bread), and two black hook switches, 'start', and 'high lift'. I don't really use high lift but obviously you use start every time, and the switch is sturdy and well made which means I do feel confident it will last us. The dial in the centre of the toaster has an eject button and settings 1 - 6 for intensity, an average toast is three. The great thing about this toaster is that it is a high-speed, so whereas my previous toaster would take four minutes to do a slice of toast, meaning it was dried out and crunchy, this toaster takes only two, and gives a good even brown colour. The toast is fully cooked, but it retains the soft white fluffy centre of the bread. This makes a huge difference to my enjoyment of my snack, and makes beans on toast much better! The overall build quality I would say is high though it does come with a two year guarantee. It looks modern and sleek in it's black and chrome styling, and it's very easy to clean - it has a crumb tray of course, but it's easy to wipe over and stays shining despite repeated use. Reviews on this toaster have been varied - but as a fully paid up member of the toast club, I'm very happy with my purchase, in every way, and speedy toast is now at my fingertips! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone considering buying this model or the four slot sister model, as it's been a great toaster so far and I am expecting it to last me. Five out of five from me. It might not be the cheapest toaster out there you can buy but in terms of looks, quality and ease of use I really cannot fault it.
This toaster has served us well at 4 years old and due to its design has fitted well into the small spaces in our last 3 kitchens. It has the button to operate it, knob to control time, keep warm button, stop button and frozen button. The toasting gaps are wide so it is ok to toast uncut bread if you fancy a nice thick slice of toast. It has a lift button too so that you are not poking things in the toaster to get small or broken bits of toast out. It does also come with the bun rack but to be honest I have never used it. It does have its draw backs. Because it is designed on a slant I find that bread toasts more at the lower end than the other so you have uneven toasting or turn it round mid toast. It also is quite bad at fitting in most slices of shop bought bread e.g varieties made for toast!!! I end up turning it over mid toast or cutting off one crust for it to fit nicely. The last draw back is the metal surround gets hot when toaster has been on so you have to be careful not to touch it.
We have now had this toaster for six years and have been extremely happy with it. I specifically bought this model as my parents have one and I thought the design was excellent (there's is still going strong at at least eight years old). The design is the best I have ever seen on a toaster. It has extra wide slots so you can toast french bread, rolls etc. easily. The lever lift button means you can lift up the toast without having to reach your fingers (or another implement!) into the toaster. The sloping front also makes it easy to see what is happening with your toast. The timer dial is easy to read and use and there are also stop, warm and frozen buttons. It comes with a removable bun warmer but I have never used this (does anybody?!) The crumb tray unclips easily for emptying. On the down side I find it toasts a bit unevenly when only one slice is being toasted.
Very smart toaster with crisp design and modern lines. The controls on the front are easy-to-read and access. The black and stainless matches most new kitchens. No electronic gismos so little to go wrong, I thought. It toasts very well too and the intensity of browing control is very sensitive. The auto lift out is good although you can burn your fingers with half slices of toast. However, after only 3 months of use it blew up with a bang and flash - very dramatic - and stopped working with the fuse still intact. It is irreparable as you cannot open the bottom with any screwdriver we have. Since it cost about £30 and it has been used almost every day it has cost me about 15p per slice, excluding electricity which seems high. They make toasters which bleep when the toast is cooked and countdown to completion - Why don't they make toasters that tell you when the crumb tray needs emptying?
Featuring a bun/croissant rack, a cancel button and extra-wide & deep toasting slots.