When I had accidentally broken my old Tesco value toaster by sticking a fork inside it and snapping a heating wire, I headed straight back to Tesco to buy the exact same toaster again. Unfortunately they didn't have one in stock and I wanted to buy a toaster immediately so I settled for this one instead as it was only a little over a tenner.
I was secretly quite pleased that I'd purchased a nice looking stainless steel toaster rather than the cheap white plastic one it was replacing. It certainly looks very nice in my kitchen and looks a little less studenty.
There is space for 2 slices of bread and it toasts both slices evenly on both sides. There is a dial where you can change how toasted you want your bread which is great and if you have accidentally set it too high, the early pop up button comes in really useful. A feature which is really great is a button you can press if your bread is frozen which somehow seems to work quite well, although I can't work out how it's any different from just toasting normally.
Another useful feature is that you can make the bread lift higher out of the toaster which is really good for things like crumpets which often get stuck inside toasters as they are a bit small.
I have only had the toaster for about 6 months, and am very pleased with it so far. It looks nice, toasts well and has a few extra features which my old tesco value toaster was lacking!
Overall, a good buy which wont break the bank.
I bought this toaster around one month ago from my local Tesco Direct store.
The toaster looks nice. It has a stylish design that makes it look expensive and the silver colour would fit in easily with any kitchen design. The toaster is easy to use but I think I would have liked a longer cord as it doesn't seem long enough for me. However it's not too much of a problem. The toaster has a cancel button aswell as a defrost button. I usually forget to take a new loaf out of the freezer so I find myself having to defrost bread pretty often. The defrost function works really well. Some toasters can burn the bread whilst defrosting it so I was happy that this one doesn't do that.
The toaster manages to toast pretty much any thickness of bread without burning it. The lever is a little fiddly to use. Sometimes I pull it down and it comes back up again, so sometimes it takes me around three attempts to lock the lever in. However the toaster is good quality and it's really sturdy and durable. It's easy to clean and it's easy to maintain. The crumb tray comes out easily and it's easy to clean aswell. I would recommend this toaster. The stainless steel casing is a little prone to fingerprints but like I said it's easy to clean. They just wipe off.
A good quality toaster. I paid £14.97 for it so it's not overpriced.
I bought this to replace an old toaster that was pretty much done for. I chose it because I think that a silver and black combination make for a stylish appearance, and this toaster has a black plastic base, a metallic silver body, and black buttons. I also chose it because it was cheap (£9.99) at my local Tesco store.
I've had this toaster roughly two months and have used it for both bread and crumpets and although it does its job, it's not as smooth as it could be. For example the push down handle for starting the toasting process sticks from time to time, requiring a bit more force, and so I worry about how long it will last in the long term. By the same token it often gets stuck when popping up after the toast is finished so I have to manually lift the lever in order to get the toast out. These obviously don't affect the quality of the toast but they are worth mentioning. Another small issue is that crumpets can be difficult to get out as they rest below the opening even when the lever is pushed to the top. This requires turning the toaster off (I usually do it at the switch just to be safe) and then using a knife to pierce the crumpet and then lifting it out. Again, they still taste great, its just a bit fiddly.
I find that toast comes out evenly done. The heating process begins as soon as you push the lever down and the bars inside go red hot straight away, so I would say it is an efficient toaster as I have used one before at my old work that was really slow to get going. There are 7 heating settings so you can have the toast however you enjoy it, I have mine on 5 and the toast comes out lovely and golden. Though I'd question how much difference there is between, say, 5-6 or 3-4 as they all seem roughly the same. I think just a Low, Medium and High would be be a lot simpler, and therefore more appropriate to the simple, basic design. There is a cancel button which stops the heating process straight away in case you need to do so. Also there are little rubber nubs on the bottom four corners so the toaster won't move around while you use it nor will it scratch the work surface, which is a nice little detail they've added.
We had this Tesco 2T15SS Toaster for years but then decided to upgrade to a better one and over the years we had many toasters. This is one of the basic first toasters we used and it cost about £12 from Tesco. It is quite bulky to look at though the advertising literature described it as being 'compact' - not so.
It is stainless steel with a black trim and looks quite nice but is very basic. The controls are all on one side and you pop your bread into the slot and use the push down handle and the bread is then toasted. There is a cancel button in case you change your mind and the bread will pop back up again untoasted (if you cancel on time) and then you can just eat a plain sandwich which is not toasted.
The slots for the bread are a little bit on the small side which is a bit of a pain. We found it difficult to use this toaster when we sliced our own bread and it made a bit of a mess with the slices and there were crumbs everywhere. Crumpets were also a bit of an issue for us and we used to grill them instead.
It was cheap but it also collected fingermarks very easily and my other half was always trying to polish them off but as soon as you touched it there they were again!
It's cheap, it's basic and okay if you want a budget toaster. Not so easy to keep looking pristine and a lot of the toast crumbs also tend to get jammed in the bits and are hard to get out.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I was surprised by how much I missed my toaster after getting a bagel impressively stuck in it. There is a grill on the cooker but while a toaster leaves bread with a softer centre retaining some of its moisture, grilling a piece of bread on each side made the bread far too dry for my liking so a new toaster was called for.
A unique style and myriad of functions wasn't really high on the list of wants for the replacement. As long as the bread toasts evenly I'm usually quite satisfied so headed to Tesco and got the Tesco 2T15SS Stainless Steel Toaster. Priced at £15 it's still not one of the cheapest around but still you're getting what you pay for as it's not the perfect toaster.
Design wise, it's not bad looking. The stainless steel design keeps the toaster light but doesn't jump around when the toast pops and while the casing is shiny, it doesn't need to much up keep to keep it clean. As long as you place it somewhere it's going to stay, you're only really going to press the handle down and not get fingerprints on it. It's only a 2 slice toaster but does look quite chubby compared to our old one and while there is the frozen bread setting, it's really only the cancel button I get the most use out of.
As a toaster, it sucks. Yes it will toast part of the bread but unfortunately it still misses good inch of the top of a slice of toast (and that's just a normal slice of Hovis, Mother's Pride is worse). It just isn't long enough to turn the bread on its side to toast it better. Even then one side will always be darker than the other. Several times I've put bread in, pushed the handle down and come back to find it hasn't toasted anything. Usually the bread had got stuck so although the handle hadn't popped right up it wasn't down far enough for it to turn the toaster on.
As for bagels, if I'm cutting them in half myself they still seem to fit quite well into the toaster. They're really bad for not popping up though so it's very handy having the lift feature on the handle instead of having to stick fingers/utensils in to get the bagels out. I don't need a wide range of features on the toaster but I do miss the bagel feature from my old toaster which would only toast the inner rather than outer side of the bagel but as long as it's not up too high, they're still tasty when they come out and don't seem to be affected like slices of bread are for not toasting properly.
I hope it will last a while yet. The handle doesn't feel as though it will last too long but the cancel, reheat, frozen bread buttons and dial are decent enough. It would help a little if the cancel button was bigger as the way we have it sitting means the dial gets in the way but overall they're not bad. It's easy enough to wipe clean. If you want a toaster that will toast evenly and toast all of the bread, I wouldn't recommend this toaster at all.
I'm on a bit of a long-term economy drive and so when I buy electrical products I try to get the best value I can for my money. I have used many of Tesco's own brand electricals in the past and have been really pleased with the quality of what my money has bought me. I have used Tesco's cheapest own brand toaster in the past (Tesco 2T07), and it lasted for almost two years which I thought was excellent return on the £5 it cost.
When that toaster went to electrical heaven I went for a slightly more good looking model, the Tesco 2T15SS. What tempted me into paying slightly more (and it was only slightly more, as I found it reduced to £8) was its appearance. The model I had previously was functional only - white formed plastic, no attempt at style. This model has a stainless steel look surround and doesn't look like the cheapest option!
Unfortunately, now I wish I had forgone looks and chosen a model that I knew I could trust. This model is not as good as the cheaper Tesco option for one reason - the toast slots aren't very big. They're neither wide enough to take anything more than a slice of bread (and what if I want to toast a bagel or crumpet?) nor deep enough to toast the entire length of the bread. I am really disappointed in this item and wish I could return it - but alas, it's been used.
One positive that this toaster has over the other (and this is admittedly very silly); it gives a very satisfying 'pop' when the toast is done, and pings the toast up into the air a little. Makes me smile a little first thing in the morning, and I can't complain about that!
I firmly believe that a toaster is an absolute kitchen essential, there's nothing quite like a few slices of thick sliced, hot buttered toast as a quick and easy breakfast or comfort food on a cold dark evening! I prefer to use a toaster rather than a grill just for convenience. As my last toaster cost close to £50 and was very disappointing I decided that when buying this new one I would try the opposite end of the market and see if price really mattered or if a cheap toaster would work just as well, or hopefully better!
This toaster cost about £14.99 from Tesco Extra, it was convenient to be able to pick it up while doing a food shop rather than making a special trip which of course is a huge part of the appeal of Tesco appliances.
The toaster is stainless steel and black plastic so will fit in with most modern kitchens and its easy to get matching styles in items such as kettles and breadbins as this style is so popular.
The slots for the bread are wide enough that you can fit in thickly sliced bread and even chunkier crumpets, which I've frustratingly found are a problem with lots of toasters. The bread toasts evenly and quickly and stays nice and crispy rather than going soft. The power cable is long enough that there is a bit of flexibility about where you place the toaster in your kitchen but not so long that it gets in the way.
There is a dial to control the time that the bread is toasted for, a button to cancel, and a button for defrosting frozen bread. There is also a crumb tray so the toaster should be fairly easy to keep clean although I haven't used this yet.
This toaster does look and feel like a 'value' cheaper toaster, but to be honest it does everything you need a toaster to do just as well as, and possibly even better than, some of the much more expensive models. I see no reason to spend much more on a toaster.
Wanting a cheap, yet modern looking toaster for my holiday flat, I once again turned to Tesco, and I found this toaster, a two slot toaster that does a fairly good job toasting my bread, but it could be better, that`s for sure... Comparing this toaster to the version I have at home, this fails miserably, but it`s a very cheap and charming toaster, making all right toast during the days off, so all in all, I`m actually quite pleased with it!
This is a toaster that can be bought for 15 pounds at Tesco, and that to me is a real bargain. The steel design makes the toaster look modern and stylish, and it does look rather good on my kitchen counter! However, the thing is, it doesn`t toast totally even, as the slices of bread sometimes doesn`t come out looking crisp and golden, but on the other hand white some places and nearly burned on the edges... I know, a major disadvantage, but the thing is, more often than not, it toasts somewhat even, and when it does, the texture and the taste of the bread is lovely, full of crunch and flavour! This toaster comes with a defrosting setting, and I use it in order to defrost pita pockets and such, and there`s also a feature that allows you to cancel the toasting mid way if you should want that, giving you a good control of the toasting process. I really do enjoy the fact that this toaster has a crumb tray to gather up all the crumbs, as this makes the process of cleaning a lot easier and quicker to handle! The other disadvantage that I must mention, is the fact that I would have liked the slots to be a bit bigger, as sometimes, the slices of bread just doesn`t fit into the slots, and if they do, it`s difficult to get them to be toasted evenly! But apart from that, this is a fairly good toaster that I mostly because of the cheap cost find working up to its potential! A good toaster for a low cost.
I bought this when my partner and I moved from a fully finished into an unfurnished flat, so the aim was to keep costs down as much as possible as we had very little in the way of furniture and appliances.
The toaster was a reasonable price and looks nice too being a sleek silver design, which happily enough matches the few appliances already in the kitchen.
It cooks two pieces at a time, it has frozen, reheat and cancel buttons, the former two of which I seldom use as if you put frozen bread in and adjust the settings to around 3 it defrosts then toasts quite nicely. The only time I would defrost first is where the bread is fairly chunky as on a normal setting it will toast the outside and the inside will remain frozen!
There are three problems I have had with the toaster - although none of them are particular show-stoppers.
Firstly, the lever to push the toast down and turn the toaster on is very temperamental, and often you think you have managed it only to find it has just caught and is not on at all. I have many times come back wondering why my toast hasn't popped to find two frozen slices still sat in the toaster.
Secondly, the heat setting is not an exact science, sometimes it undercooks and others it cremates your toast - I would recommend cooking on a very low setting and just cooking twice if it is not enough the first time around.
Thirdly, the crumb tray is quite flimsy and tends to catch, causing the crumbs to catapault over your worktop! It is actually easier just to turn the toaster off and shake it over the bin!
All in all - I'm not a frequent toaster eater, so this is fine for me, I can put up with the minor inconveniences considering the price I paid. However, if you are toast mad I would recommend going for a different model.
When I left my ex and moved into a new house on my own, I needed to buy all new appliances which I was dreading because of all the expense. High up on my list for buying was a toaster as I am toast mad but i didn't have much money at the time. The kitchen in the house I moved into was quite modern compared to my old one so I thought silver appliances would look better than white - making me think I was going to have to spend even more money!!
I was in my local Tesco and spotted a Tesco's own toaster - 2T15ss model - a stainless steel two slice toaster for just £15.00 and thought that was a reasonable price for a silver one so I popped it straight in my trolley!
The toaster just basically looks like any other toaster, it is stainless steel with a black base, at the side there is a black panel with the settings on along with a grey handle. I do think the toaster is a bit bulky which is surprising as it is only a two slice version so I tend to keep it in my cupboard with it taking up so much space on my worktop. It does take quite a bit of cleaning because it attracts marks like crazy with it being stainless steel!
To use the toaster is a very simple process, simply pop in your bread, select the time setting on the dial on the side and press down the handle. The toast will pop up as soon as its done! As with most toasters there is a stop button for if you've maybe put the toast in for too long, or if you wish to delay making your toast. It also has a high lift facility, I like this feature as sometimes I like to make crumpets quickly in the toaster and we all know how tricky it can be to get them out, so you just use the handle to push it further upwards. You can also cook toast from frozen with this toaster, there is a button to press if you are doing this. At the bottom of the toaster is a crumb tray, this makes it very very easy to clean it as you simply just pull it out and empty! Anything that makes cleaning easier gets a big thumbs up from me!!
However, the one downside with this toaster, and it is quite a big negative is the holes where you put the bread just aren't big enough, the bread sticks out of the top by about half an inch, maybe more. I nearly always buy a thick toastie loaf and it just doesn't fit in. I have to stand and watch it cooking and then half way through turn the bread upside down so it cooks evenly. This is such a disappointment and standing and waiting for it to cook seems like an absolute age sometimes.
Cancel Mid-cycle: Yes
Colour: Stainless Steel
Crumb Tray: Yes
Frozen Setting: Yes
High Lift Facility: Yes
Product Depth: 32.5 cm
Product Height: 22.5 cm
Product Weight: 1.78
Product Weight Units: kg
Product Width: 22.5 cm
Two or Four Slice: 2
Variable Browning: Yes
Variable Width: No
All in all I would say this is a decent toaster, I have had it for almost three years now and its still going strong, the only problem being the size issue. I would recommend it if you are looking for a relatively cheap toaster but there may be better options around.
Three out of five stars.
As some of you who read my cooker review recently will know I was a little disappointed with the speed of the grill so I decided to buy a toaster to satisfy the urgent toast requests from my starving children! I have not actually had a toaster at home since my student days and was baffled by the fancy models on the market when I went to buy one. I only wanted a basic model that made toast, I didn't need a crumpet warmer, Panini baker or a model that appeared to do just about everything but wash up! So it came to be that I picked up a Tesco 2T15SS toaster along with my weekly shopping a couple of months ago. It is currently on sale at £14.97 but it was on a half price offer at £7.50 when I purchased it.
This model is made of stainless steel with a black plastic base and a black and grey control panel on the side. It is only a two-slice toaster which is fine for my needs.
I chose the stainless steel model as it goes well with my kitchen but unfortunately, like most appliances with this finish, it is a bit of a pain to keep clean. I always seem to be wiping buttery finger marks and general smears off it. It is quite light at just over 1.3 kg and has a black cable of about 50cm with the standard moulded plug. Overall this is quite a compact toaster which looks attractive without looking overly complicated.
To use the toaster you simply turn the appliance on at the plug, put the bread in the slots and press down the carriage lever at the side, much the same as any toaster the world over. If the toaster is not turned on at the plug the carriage will not stay down which is useful as there is nothing so annoying as putting toast in and then coming back to realise that everything is stone cold. Below the carriage lever there is a control dial which you turn to adjust the length of time you wish the bread to be toasted for. The dial is numbered 1 to 7, we always tend to toast sliced 50/50 bread and number 4 gives a nice golden colour, my daughter prefers her toast anaemic(barely warm bread really!) so she uses 1 or 2. Being able to adjust the timer allows perfect toasting for all bread types. The bread will pop up gently when it is finished; there is no powerful spring sending toast all over the kitchen, just perfect toast sticking out the top ready to be removed.
If at any time you wish to cancel the toasting process you simply press the Cancel button on the side and the toaster turns off and the bread pops up. I find this useful when I just want my toast a little darker and can't be bothered to reset the timer or when I realise my dad has used it and set it to 7 as he loves charcoal with butter and I haven't reset it.
The toaster also has a Toast from Frozen button which adds extra time to compensate for the bread being frozen, I have tried this couple of times and it has successfully produced my toast to the colour I normally cook it to so I was quite impressed. This is a useful feature when we come in late after a weekend away and everyone wants a snack but the bread is all in the freezer.
The toaster has a Reheat button which is designed to reheat toasted bread if it has gone cold; it is supposed to provide a brief reheat. I can't say I have ever had cause to use this as the toast never stays around long enough to get cold!
The toaster slots are quite wide and will accommodate bread up to about 2cm thick. However they are not very long so if toasting bread from a standard sliced loaf there are two options, you can squeeze the bread in but the length may cause it to stick which is a fire risk or you have to put it in with some of the slice sticking out of the top and then cancel the toast process and turn it around halfway through.
The toast that is actually produced is nice and crispy and cooks evenly on both sides and across the full size of the slot.
Like all toasters this one seems to make loads of crumbs. It does have a crumb tray which you access by pulling a handle at the base and sliding it out. It does catch some of the crumbs but since it is very flat and does not cover the whole base it is not very effective at preventing mess. It is also difficult to transport to the bin without throwing crumbs all across the floor as it is basically a flat piece of metal. The manufacturer does state that you should not use the machine without the crumb tray in place, I imagine that is to prevent people touching the elements inside.
The body of the toaster does get warm during use but the coolwall feature means it does not get hot and dangerous.
Overall I am quite happy with this toaster. It is easy to use as the controls are straightforward and the carriage is not at all stiff to press down. The toast it produces is evenly cooked and it toasts quite quickly. Unfortunately the toast slots are not really long enough for standard sliced bread which is a shame but for the price I paid I am not going to moan.
When me and my other half moved in together although we had some bits and pieces for the kitchen we lacked quite a few essentials. One of those items we lacked was a toaster. We were trying to kit out our kitchen with items that were half stylish and didn't cost the earth (nor did we want something that cost pennies for fear it would break!).
We bought the Tesco 2T15ss stainless steel two slice toaster from our local Tesco Extra. However, if you don't live near one you can also purchase it online via Tesco Direct. It cost just short of £15.00, so it's not the cheapest toaster out there but nor is it the most expensive.
The toaster itself looks fairly normal. There's nothing too fancy about it as it's made up of stainless steel with black trim. It looks fine sat on my kitchen side but sometimes I do wonder if it is a bit big and bulky for a two slice toaster. Obviously being stainless steel it does attract fingerprints and the like quite quickly which means if you want to keep it looking shiny and nice it does need to be wiped down and cleaned regularly.
Using the toaster is fairly easy. After you have put in your bread, (an essential part of using the toaster!), you then set how long you want to cook your toast for by turning a dial on the side and then push down the handle on the side.
The toaster itself does come with a couple of features though they aren't really anything to get overly excited about. There is a cancel button so that you can stop cooking your toast if you've realised you've put it on for too long. It has a high lift facility, so if you are cooking something like crumpets which can be a pain to get out you just use the handle on the side to push the rack upwards, making it easier to get whatever you're cooking out. There is also a button to use for when you're cooking frozen bread. At the bottom of the toaster there is also a crumb tray which makes it a lot easier to clean than just turning it upside down and shaking! However, you will always find bits of bread or for me it's always hot cross buns attached to the grill inside.
My main issue with this toaster is the size of the slot, its just not big enough. Every time I put in a 'normal' slice of bread I have to toast it until about half way through my normal cooking time and then turn the slice over so that I get a fully toasted slice of bread. This is such a pain to go through and it means that your toast is never 100% evenly toasted. The slot is short by only about a couple of centimetres which could have probably easily been rectified by Tescos.
I have had this toaster for a couple of years now and have had no real issues with it. I would recommend this toaster if your on a budget as for the price it looks ok and although I have to turn the bread when I toast it I have no real issue with how my toast comes out.
Tesco 2T15ss Stainless Steel two slice Toaster
This is a two slice Tesco 2T15ss Stainless Steel Toaster in stainless steel with black trims. It costs a tiny £11.97 on the tesco.com site at this present time which must be a bargain for a basic but smart looking toaster. I have had this toaster for over five years which I know as our kitchen was redone the time and I went out to buy extras like toasters and kettles all in stainless steel to look co-ordinated and neat.
The toaster weighs 1.78kg but as you are unlikely to be carrying it around much the weight is not really a big issue. The only time it may become an issue is when you are tipping it up to get the crumb slider out and giving it a good shake over the sink to remove all the crumbs. It is about 22cm high and 22cm wide and 32cm deep so it is not a huge toaster but bigger than a lot of two slice toasters.
As I have said I have had it over five years and it gets used EVERY day without fail and we have had no issues or disappointments with it in that time at all. There is a controller on one end where you can vary the setting to cope with frozen bread or light tea cakes which seem to toast extremely quickly. If you notice while you are toasting that the item is browning rather more than you would like there is a small button you can press to cancel the cooking and pop up your item before it burns. Although you can alter the brown ness of your toasting there is no opportunity to be able to put wider items in the toaster so if it fits then fine, if not then, too bad.Having said that I had made toasties using the plastic toasting bags with not too much trouble so long as you don't put too much in them.
It does have the safety feature of an insulated coolwall feature and it also has quite a long lead which I have wound around the plastic lop thingies underneath it so that the lead is neatly tucked away as my toaster is next to the plug hole and I don't need the long lead . I do like this wind away feature as a long lead dragging over a work top is ugly and dangerous as you can catch it and knock the appliance off the work surface by mistake.
The toaster has a high lift facility which means that if you put tea cakes or crumpets in the toaster you can use this high lift to be able to get them out of the toaster instead of having to try and retrieve them from the depths of the toaster with your fingers!! An of course NEVER put anything in the toaster to get stuck items out without first unplugging the toaster from the mains.
I looked on the Tesco site to see what other shad thought of the toaster and it scored 8.2 out of 10 by owners on the site .
Criticisms included that the black was too dominant which is cosmetic and I'm not sure I agree but that is very individual.
It was too big in size considering it was only a two slice toaster. I would agree that it is quite big but I quite like the solid sturdiness of it.
Others said the lead was too short but as most of mine is wound round the base of mine I didn't find that a problem.
Finally the toaster slots are slightly smaller than some pieces of bread which means that often the top part of big slices does not get toasted. This does not happen with the Hovis seeded bread that we use but I guess it could be a problem if you have large loaves of bread.
The toaster has a crumb tray at the bottom for easy emptying. This slides out and in easily and if you empty it regularly it reduces smells of burned toast as lots of crumbs collect in the bottom of the tray and if like us you have the seedy bread then these also fall down onto the tray. Don't forget to put the tray back in before using the toaster again .
On the whole this is a simply designed but quite smart looking toaster and very reasonable to buy. It is extremely easy to use and easy to maintain. We have given it good use over the last five years as we have had our grown sons back living with us as well as our family who visit regularly so it has been well tested. I would recommend this as a good economical toaster which looks more expensive than it was and works very well for us.
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