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      25.04.2013 13:51
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      Thanks for Reading :)

      A few months ago our old toaster packed in and we were desperately in the need of a quick replacement. My family love having toast for breakfast, so it was essential that I got a replacement as quickly as possible. During my visit to my local Tesco I decided to purchase their four slice toaster, it was suppose to be a short replacement until we found a branded one, however we were so surprisingly pleased with the Tesco branded toaster that we ended up keeping it as we didn't feel the need to replace it with a more expensive branded version. ~ PRICE ~ This Tesco Four slice toaster can be found down the home electrical aisle, and is priced at around £20. I personally thought this was a great bargain price compared to the highly expensive toasters from branded names. ~ DESIGN ~ The toaster has a elegant silver stainless steel finish, making it look a lot more expensive than it actually is. The stainless steel finish is very easy to clean, and very rarely gets covered in muck or crumbs, and when it does all I need to do use a cloth to slide across the cover and it looks good as new. It has black plastic side knobs and levers, the plastic material makes it look nice a modern and not at all cheap or tacky. The toaster can hold four slices, which is great added advantage, as I have already mentioned my family love having toast in the morning for breakfast, and having space for making four toasts at once means we are not all rushing around in the morning waiting for our turn to have our breakfast, saving time and electricity in the process. The cable cord is a good size, it is not too long that it makes the kitchen look messy, instead it is perfect length to fit the plug into a nearby socket that is just about an arms length. The toaster is nice and stable and balances well on my kitchen worktop, I have not experienced any instances of this toaster falling over or swaying. ~ EXPERIENCE ~ There are a few different settings available to choose from which allows you to toast each slice differently. This is brilliant as it means I can have one toast for myself that is nice well done, which I can toast a softer version for my nephew all at the same time. The settings also allow to toast items that are frozen, which is great for toasting Nan bread or pita bread that have come straight out the freezer. Each gap for the slices are large enough to toast croissants, bagels, thicker slices of bread etc, I have yet to come across any off the above getting stuck in the toaster, which illustrates just how good the design is of this toaster. I have had nothing but a great experience while using this toaster; toasts come out crispy and warm and jump up when done. It makes my toasts smell and taste fresh. ~ CONCLUSION ~ This is a great Tesco branded toaster that is well priced and has a great design, it allows for four toasts to be made at the same time for the price of a standard toaster. It makes great toast, and looks elegant and modern to match almost any kitchen setting. If you need a new toaster I would highly recommend this Tesco toaster : )

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        20.02.2013 15:33
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        5 stars

        I didn't often use a toaster would always rely on the grill but there are times when my grill is already in use and actually a toaster would come in more useful and so we decided to buy a nice new toaster. We chose this one from Tesco. It cost us £17 which I think for a toaster that is this good is very good value. It holds four slices of toast at a time in very reasonably sized spaces too. Our old toaster was really narrow and so if bread was fresh so still very soft it would get stuck to the sides and would easily burn. These spaces are nice and wide though which is good. What is good is that the heating dials correspond to two slots at a time so you don't have to use all four. This makes perfect sense to me and is a great idea so if it's just me having toast I only need to heat up one side but if my husband is too then we use both sides. The settings go up to 6 and there is a defrost option and also a cancel button. The defrost option I have never used so I'm unsure how it works but is handy to have. The dials go up to 6 and I tend to set it at 5, this seems to toast it nicely enough for me. If it's on 6 it gets rather charred. Sometimes I have to cancel it whilst it's on 5 to make sure it's not too toasted but usually 5 is just fine although if the bread is really thin then it toasts faster so I turn it down then. It is a bit of trial and error until you get used to it! It's quite easy to clean as it has a little crumb tray which you can clean easily. I like this toaster, it doesn't take a long time to toast the bread and it has nice wide slots for them. I really like it and think for £17 it was a good buy. It looks stylish too with it being stainless steel.

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        21.11.2012 22:55
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        An average toaster but I have learnt to love it.

        WHY I CHOSE THIS PRODUCT ********************** As you'll see from all my previous reviews. I LOVE THE STAINLESS STEEL LOOK! My whole kitchen is filled with it because firstly its stylish and secondly and most importantly it is easy to maintain, a quick wipe down and it looks brand new and sparkling clean again. Plus the black handles mean that kids sticky fingers don't leave marks every time they touch it. Secondly it is the very reasonable price, at £18 for a 4 slice toaster you can't really go wrong! Now I bought this product because I was getting fed up of cooking me and my partner breakfast and either sitting down at separate times or one of us having cold toast. POSITIVES ******** Rubber feet, as a rule I do love these as it promotes safety in the kitchen providing a non-slip surface. This product has gizmos galore. - Separate 'cooking dials', each set of two can be set to different temperatures so you can have your toast floppy and soft or crunchy crisp all depending on your own personal taste. - 'High lift feature', this is VERY important to me as the kiddies use this and I want to do as much as possible to stop them shoving metal knives into it to get the toast out and electrocuting themselves. So if you push the lever up it pushes the toast about an inch out of the toaster which gives easy access for retrieval. - Crumb trays, rather than having to tip your whole toaster into the bin every couple of months you can simply slip the trays out and wash them. Hygienic and easy. - Also the ever useful 'cancel button' for when you overestimated your toastedness. NEGATIVES ******** -First few times I used it there as a synthetic burning smell that wafted through the house and it was a little off putting, however this does go away in time so don't be alarmed! -Although I do love stainless steel there is always the negative that it heats up as the product does which means it can be a bit dangerous, so keep to the back of the worktop with the lead in a safe position. -Sometimes the settings are not reliable, one morning you can put the bread in on 4 and it will be perfect and the next day on the same setting and it will be burnt, but the moral of the story there is to keep an eye on it whilst toasting. You should always supervise electricals anyway whilst in use so it shouldn't be that much of a problem. Along with this those who don't supervise their toaster whilst on may be put off by the fact it doesn't make a loud 'ping' when the toast is finished cooking so may not realise it is done. -A short cable, again it is not that much of a problem for me though I can see how it would be to others as it restricts where in the kitchen it can go. Though as with the comment above, it increases the safety as there is less wire to hang loose. ALL IN ALL ******** It's an average toaster, it cooks a nice piece of toast which is the reason I have it and like it though others may not be as fond.

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          06.11.2012 00:11
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          Don't get it

          INTRODUCTION Contrary to most of my reviews to date, this is a review of a product which I am disappointed in, and will probably replace in the very near future. In my house, a toaster is one of those things used every day at the same time, 7:30 to make 4 rounds of bread nice and toasted - easy or so you'd think... DESIGN The toaster is a stainless steel but is surprisingly light weight and perhaps a bit flimsy. To be honest, it looks a bit industrial but it wasn't very expensive and aesthetics is not the most important for the toaster! There are four slots on the toaster running towards you, as opposed to two long horizontal slots, each holding two slices. This is a neat feature, because there are two controlling dials, one in control of slots one and two, and the other, running slots three and four. This means you can alter the toasting without having to toast on separate occasions - very useful indeed! You also have the crumb tray underneath so that the bench is not covered after each toast. THE ISSUES I have encountered a number of problems. The first is that the control settings are, in my opinion very unreliable and inconsistent. Sometimes Setting 4 from 6 will absolutely burn the bread, and other times it barely warms it. This is a pain as you often waste either time or bread, you can decide which is worse. The other problem is the baskets or slots for each slice are not perfectly perpendicular to the opening at the top where it pops. This might sound technical and pedantic, but it has caused a problem in my case. The bread sometimes cannot actually pop out, and gets stuck inside the toaster. I hope that complicated description made sense! On a more practical note, the lead to the plug is very short and you need to make sure the socket is right beside the toaster. I also find the slider to lower the bread very fragile and am afraid of damaging it. SUMMARY I do not recommend this toaster because you waste time trying to get the bread toasted properly. It doesn't look great but it was the price that attracted me to it, at just £20. Perhaps other people have had better experiences, but I fear a replacement is imminent!

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            13.04.2012 20:40
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            Cheap and pretty good.

            My most recent toaster got damaged when the other half sliced some bread into a doorstep size and then tried to stuff it into the toaster, this damaged the piece of metal that the bread sits on and bent it out of shape meaning that only one slot could be used safely so it was time to replace it. I have stopped buying expensive toasters after a couple of failures and so opted for this four slot toaster from Tesco that cost £16.97, it is a bit light weight but then I guess that is reflected in the cost however it has ben working perfectly well for the past three weeks and I have no complaints with it. The thing do like about it is the fact that the slots are nice and wide and can easily handle half a bagel, something my last toaster could not. There is also a seperate button that you press for bagels which is meant to change the way the toaster cooks the bagel, I have no idea what is differenT unless it just realises that it had a wider piece of bread in it. The bagels come out fine when using this setting. I also like the fact that you can operate the taoster in pairs of slots rather than having to have all four heating even if two are not in use, each pair of slots has its own set of controls so you can also have each pair on seperate heat settings as well if people like toast to different degrees of brown. There is also a button to defrost bread before toasting it and a cancel button to stop the toasting process, you do have to experiemnt a bit with the heat settings, somewhere between 3 and 4 (it goes up to 6) seems to work about fine for me. There are seperate crumb trays to make cleaning easy enough, style wise it looks ok from a distance, it is only close up that you can see that it is not an expensive toaster, also the chord could be a bit longer in my opinion as the toaster has to sit a bit close to the tiles for my liking however the slots all run vertically to the face so you do not heave to reach over one slot to get to the second one. Three weeks in I have no complaints with this product, it comes with a one year guarantee as long as you keep the receipt. It toasts the bread consistently and once you know which setting you like it works well, also the slots are nice and wide and can handle a 2cm thick piece of bread so maybe hubbys doorsteps will be ok in this.

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              11.04.2012 01:10
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              cheap and cheerful

              When we moved into our first house together, we decided that we would buy the essentials cheaply to save some money in the beginning. We picked up quite a lot of things in Tesco because they had great bargains on at the time. This toaster has space to toast 4 pieces of bread at a time, it is divided into 2 parts so you can toast either 2 or 4 pieces of bread each time, this means that if you are only toasting 1 or 2 pieces of bread, you do not have to use the electric to toast 4 pieces. With this toaster you can toast your bread up to heat setting 5, of course with 5 being the most burnt and 1 being hardly cooked at all. You can adjust the heat settings per compartment of 2 slices in this toaster which is handy as I like my toast cooked at a higher setting than my partner and we can both have our toast cooked differently. You can reheat your toast with this toaster once it has been cooked if it has been sitting for a while and cooled. I use this setting in the morning quite a lot as when I am getting ready to leave the house and making breakfast, I always put my toast on and leave it and by the time I am ready to eat, my toast is cold again. The reheat function does not take as long as the actual toasting takes, only a few seconds, so sometimes it saves me from eating cold toast. This toaster also has a bagel function on it. I couldn't really comment on this however because I am not a fan of bagels and never really buy them. There is also a cancel button on this toaster that allows you to cancel toasting when it is cooking, this can be handy if you stick a slice in, but cannot wait for it to pop. Finally there is a frozen button on this toaster, this defrosts bread quite quickly, I think that this is quite handy as it means that I can defrost bread for toasting just as I use it quit easily. You can pick up one of these 4 slice toasters for around £20 in Tesco or Tesco online, I think that this is a fantastic price for this toaster as it has been a really handy appliance around the house and was very cheap for a 4 slice toaster. This toaster is made from stainless steel and the dials and buttons on this toaster are black, it is simple, yet modern in appearance, I think that it looks really nice in my kitchen and I am really glad that I bought it. Overall I am really pleased with this toaster, it is nice that I can do enough slices for me and my partner at the same time and also I think that it was a real bargain. I would definitely recommend this toaster to anyone who is looking for a toaster at the moment as it was a great buy in my opinion. Overall I would give this toaster 5 out of 5 stars. *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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              04.04.2012 01:40
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              Great value toaster that looks great and works great

              I love my kitchen appliances to look good as we all do, but if they don't work well what's the point? With most things electrical it pays to go with a name you recognise and some times it pays to pay that little extra to get better quality. But that's not always the case and this toaster for Tesco looks great and works great but costs nowhere near the price of similar looking and performing models. The best thing about this toaster is that it's a four slice model. This means I can make one to for slices of toast at a time compared to the two slices maximum on a standard toaster. This looks fantastic too it has a stylish steel finish and easy to use knobs and sliders. There are also different settings for each pair of slices. I love this as I like my toast golden brown while my boyfriend likes his to be burnt like coal. And the fact that they are in separate slots his burning toast will not flavour my perfectly golden toast. You can also select the option of bagel or bread that's because the slots are large enough to accommodate lovely chubby bagels and crumpets. And also you can toast from frozen just select that setting. My morning bagels pop up perfectly they never get stuck like they can in other toasters. They come out warm and crisp yet still doughy in the middle, it doest dry them out it just warms them and crisps the out side just like it should. It toasts quickly and doesn't sound too loud when it pops up. I found the cord to be just the right length and my plug socket is right by the toaster and I don't like having long cords trailing around the worktop. It's well grounded and doesn't rock from side to side. The steel covering stays clean and doest get covered in find gee tints as much as I thought it wood I just give it a buff with a cloth every now and then. I paid only £20 for this and I have seen so many toasters that cost the earth that look just like this one. Another thing I like is that nobody knows this isn't one of those fancy toasters and that I didn't pay loads for it because it looks fantastic and works like a dream.

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                03.02.2012 09:40
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                A good looking good value duel control toaster from Tesco. Excellent for crumpets and muffins

                I love the brushed chrome retro look of this toaster. My toaster sits on the kitchen worktop and has to look nice. Having said that, this is one of the best performing toasters that I have ever bought. The bread is toasted evenly and covers a large slice of bread (yum). One of the best things about this toaster is that you can toast muffins and crumpets etc. because it has 4 wide toasting slots. This toaster even has the capacity to toast bagels. The duel controls allows you to have two toasting slots at different browning levels. I like my toast well done but my husband likes his two slices only lightly browned. So, no arguments at breakfast time! If you are in a hurry it toasts bread directly from the freezer in no time at all because it has a defrost button. I hate cleaning out the crumb tray but this toaster has easy removable trays that can be wiped off and re-inserted. The chrome look stays nice and shiny even though I have had this toaster for over a year. This toaster is slightly bulky but it really is a great bargain from Tesco's at £19.99.

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                  08.01.2012 20:46
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                  A cheap and reliable four slot toaster

                  The toaster is a shiny metallic silver colour with big black bold features. I looks very futuristic and has a very strong and sturdy feel about it. What makes it a good toaster for me is that is has four slots (for four bits of toast) and two sets of controls. The control controls two of the slots allowing you to adjust your toasting from lightly crispy to deeply tanned. This is great for me as I like my toast dark where as my girlfriend prefers and toasted slightly. I am able to do this in one use of the toaster. There is another control on the toaster that allows you to choose from whether your toasting bread or bagels along with an option to tell the toaster what state the bread is in (frozen, normal or reheat). The controls really to cover every possibility. My one grievance with the toaster is that the slots are not tall enough for all bigger loafs of bread. I often have to where a top section is not toasted at all. I paid £20 for the toaster and it still toasts as well as ever despite being used everyday for well over a year. I even dropped it off the side once but it did no damage proving that it is robust. I am very happy with the toaster and won't consider a new one until it ends up in toaster heaven

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                    Simple, easy clean good design and price

                    We purchased this product as we had always wanted a toaster that could accommodate our family at breakfast times. We had always been used to the cheapest of looking and cheapest of cost purchases. Looking through the shelf we found this toaster that didn't just do normal toast but could also do toast from frozen. It may seem strange to some people having frozen bread but we always have a few in the freezer just in case we get caught out and live in the middle of nowhere. The product has two easy cleaning trays located at the rear back of the product that collect all the crumbs and usually when you smell burning it most probably is because it has not been emptied in a long time. You can easily adjust the settings to your own needs whether you just want warmed bread or bronzed brown bread its all doable with some trials and its adjustable on two separate sections, so one for the husband another for the wife. When toasting crumpets or pancakes you can often find them stuck down between the slice mechanisms. You can even override the program on both slice sections by pressing cancel and your toast will be ejected. LED's enable you to know whether the toaster is on frozen mode or not

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                    27.10.2011 09:38
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                    Our Toaster that we were using decided to go on the blink so we were on the lookout for a new one. Fair enough we had our old 1 for a while, but it started to burn bits of the Toast, and since I like my Toast lightly toasted then it was time to buy another one. I don't see the point in spending loads of money on a Toaster, as long as it does the job. We always just had a 2 slice Toaster but now that my and Hubby are now up at the same time for work and both like Toast then a 4 slice Toaster seemed to be a good option. It was just by chance that we bought this from Tesco. While doing our weekly shop we looked up the Electrical aisle and thought at the price of this then it was a good buy. This cost me £18.99. The Toaster is quite large, but being able to hold 4 bits of Bread at a time then it would be a bit larger. This sits on my bunker in the kitchen alright without getting in the way. So this Toasts the Bread like it is meant to - not much to say on that part. You can set the setting different on the 2 bits of Bread together, so since Hubby likes his Bread burnt and I like mine light then we can have it to our own taste. The only downside I can comment on this is the fact that it doesn't Toast only on the 1 side - so if you are looking to Toast Bagels. To be honest I wouldn't expect this Toaster to do this function anyway due to the price of it as my previous 1 cost more and done that function. It is still ok to Toast Bagels in here anyway and both sides don't end up all crisp and hard. A great Toaster which looks a lot more expensive than it is. It looks modern and the price was great. I hope this will do me a good while and i'm glad that I got this from Tesco.

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                    20.10.2011 14:40
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                    A great purchase

                    Tesco 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster We have had some bad luck with toasters recently, and so here we now are onto the third toaster in a matter of six months! Being quite busy of late, we didn't have time to drive to the nearest big shopping centre, so with a decided to pick up a new Toaster in Tesco's with our weekly shop. They had a number of different toasters, though we decided to go for this four slice stainless steel toaster which came to just under £20. The toaster, as far as toasters go, is very attractive with its highly shiny stainless steel surround with black edging to finish it of nicely. It is approximately 30x30cm with the height coming in at around 21cm. On the top, you will see four decently sized slots for toasting which are big enough to toast even larger cut bread. The controls sit nicely on the front of the toaster (or side depending on which way you sit it on the side!). There is two sets of controls which are identical. There is also three buttons near the controls which allow you to reheat your toast (which I have found very handy) and also defrost bread before toasting, again, a handy addition. You are also able to cancel your bread from toasting. You have a further dial which allows you to set how brown you want your toast, with settings from 1-7. To the bottom, you will find two crumb trays which make it easier to clean out. How well does the toaster work? I have found this toaster to be well worth the money. Quite large bread can fit snuggly into each slot without it breaking or getting stuck, and the toast pops back up well when ready. There is also an extra space to allow you to push the toast up even further if need be. We generally use the toaster on a mid setting which toasts bread very well with no burning. The ease of use could not be simpler, though it did take some time to get used to the controls. Overall, I am extremely happy with our purchase and would recommend this toaster to all. The price is reasonable and the toaster is easy to use and effective.

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                    08.10.2011 14:09
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                    Designer look without the designer price

                    If you think about it, unless you're in the habit of eating your toast 4 slices at a time, the only reason to buy a bigger toaster is to make enough for 2 people in one go. Since those 2 people might like their bread prepared differently, what you really need is two 2-slice toasters...and that's exactly what you get here. Let me explain. This toaster has 4 slots but 2 sets of controls, meaning you can use different settings for each pair of slices. Not only can you adjust the degree to which the bread toasts (from lightly crispy to deeply tanned), but you can also choose the type of bread (regular or bagel) and its initial state (normal, frozen, or toasted but in need of reheating). I have never seen such a versatile toaster before. The separate controls also mean you can use one side at once, so you don't need to run all 4 toaster slots. So, if one side breaks or jams, you'll still probably be able to continue using the machine, albeit only for 2 slices at a time. My previous toaster was a Dualit and I liked it because it had tall slots and a lever rather than spring release. This toaster also has generous slots (tall and wide) though they're not quite tall enough for the large Warburtons slices (get round this by turning the bread upside down halfway through). The slot cages contract around the bread when you lower it, which helps support thinner slices that can sometimes bend floppily and get caught in toaster sides, making it hard to remove and/or burning. For shorter slices, the toaster comes with a high lift facility, so if it's not easy to remove when finished, you can raise the bread higher and not have to fish around dangerously inside. My experience of this toaster is that it is easy to use, and reliable. It has handled all the bread products I've thrown at it, and toasts reasonably evenly. It has a brushed steel finish but attracts fingerprints much less than anticipated. Despite twice daily use it hasn't got mucky or in need of polishing, and it does look nice and swish. Slightly curved, this fits into a kitchen corner neatly with little wasted space, and the cord's long enough to reach to sockets without stretching tight. If I could change one thing, it would be the lights on the buttons as all the settings have a light to show they're selected...except when you're toasting regular, unfrozen bread when it looks like the thing is switched off (except for the lowered lever). From Tesco stores / catalogue / website this toaster has varied in price recently - it's £19.99 today but has been as low as £14.99. It is much sturdier and more well made than the £5 budget toasters (which for 4 slices would be £10 as you'd need two) and yet far less than the big branded ones. Versatile, reliable and attractive. Recommended.

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                      26.09.2011 09:02
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                      It makes toast, which is probably why you want to buy a toaster

                      I like shiny things and I like toast. So when I seen this toaster on sale at Tesco for £18.99 I decided that an upgrade on my prehistoric 2 slice toaster was in order. It is chrome with sleek lines and small grey knobs on a black plastic backing. It is not the most expensive looking appliance and is massively let down by the knobs which look like they may break sooner rather than later. I have always wondered why there is a setting on a toaster that burns the toast. Anyone who would care to enlighten me please message me. With 4 settings you can get your bread very lightly toasted or black as coal. Each set of two bread slots can be set to different settings (ideal if the people you are making toast for enjoy their toast made differently) When it is finished toasting it is very silent. Ideal if you are easily startled in the morning. Not so good if you wander off during toasting and forget you are making breakfast (I am not a morning person and believe me this does happen) By the time I remember there is a good chance the toast is cold.

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                        25.09.2011 19:43
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                        A feature packed 4 slice toaster for a very reasonable price.

                        Our old toaster started to give up the ghost last year when some of the heating elements started to go, and we decided that it wasn't really being productive trying to pull the bread out of the slot mid-toast, to turn it around and slot it in again to ensure both sides could be done. So we decided that we needed a new toaster. Looking around, there are an almost infinite number of toasters available, in many different configurations, styles and colours, but shopping in Tesco one day, this Tesco 4 slice model caught our attention, mainly because in the stainless steel finish it looked quite nice, but also since it seemed to have many additional features, all wrapped up in a very reasonable price of just under £20 - and with a 12 month warranty thrown in! So what do you get for the money? The model we bought (as also shown in the DooYoo picture) is the Tesco Model 4T15SS 4 Slice Metal Toaster. Looking at the outside of the toaster you'll notice that the stainless steel is very highly polished to give it a chrome effect, and that finish is complimented by the matt black plastic trimmings and base. Size wise it sits fairly square on your counter top at 30 cm by 30 cm, with a height of 20.5 cm, perhaps a little larger than some of the more expensive 4 slot toasters. On the top there are 4 slots to put your bread into, with 2 pairs of controls on one side. Now I mentioned the additional features, so it is worth detailing what these are. At the bottom of the device you have 2 separate crumb trays which is always a useful feature to keep your toaster clean. Not really sure why they didn't just put one big one in, but they do catch the crumbs very well and are easy to remove and clean. Where it starts becoming interesting is in the fact that you have 2 sets of controls, because this toaster is effectively 2 x 2 slot toasters sitting together in the same outer casing. Each set of controls is exactly the same. You have the centre lever which controls the high lift facility to drop your bread into the slot and lift your toast right out. This lift bit is quite a useful feature and one that was initially 'hidden' from us. When the lever pops up to lift the toast out of the slot, it only comes up part way, sufficient enough for you to grab your toast, but not so much as to push it out of the toaster altogether. However, when you are ready to grab the toast, lift the lever up a little further and the mechanism pushes the toast up a little more, meaning that you don't end up burning your fingers trying to get the toast from the slot. Nice little design touch I thought. On the left of the control area there are 2 buttons - one marked 'Reheat' to reheat your toast, the second marked 'Frozen' which is ideal to use if you're trying to defrost your bread first before toasting. Looking on the right of the area you have another small button marked 'Cancel' which cancels the toasting function altogether. In the middle at the bottom you have a small dial which is the variable browning dial, marked in a range from 1 to 7. This sets how much you want the bread to be toasted, from 1 (being the lightest) through to 7 (very toasted). The slots themselves are also nicely designed to cater for variable thicknesses of bread. Initially they are 4.5 cm wide each, which is more than enough to cater for the thickest of doorstop slices that you may want to put into it. But if you insert a thin slice into the slot, as you push the lever down, a cage comes out from either side of the slot to clamp together either side of the bread slice. These cages are only gently loaded, meaning that the toaster will cater for any slice thickness up to the full 4.5 cm width of the slot. And with the toaster having a pair of cages in each slot, you can toast a whole variety of thicknesses across each individual slot at any one time. What's it like in use? Well, it is very easy and intuitive, but the dual controls do take some getting used to. Our previous toaster had a dial to select 1, 2, 3 or all 4 slots from the one set of controls, whereas this Tesco version will do 2, or 2 lots of 2. It does toast fairly evenly across both sides of the bread, but the variable browning control does take some practice to perfect. For me, a level 4 is very well done, and a 7 is almost black all over. But is also depends on the thickness of the bread, where thick bread in the slot will be closer to the element, meaning more burning of the bread. So you need to adjust the browning controls to cater for your personal requirements and the thickness of the bread. In summary, for the very reasonable price, this is a stylish good looking toaster that is feature packed, and does a very good job at evenly toasting the bread. The variable browning control does take some practice in getting used to it to get your perfect piece of toast, but all in all, I can't really fault it or any aspect of this toaster. So a 5 * recommendation overall.

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