Product Type: Tesco toasters
Newest Review: ... It makes my toasts smell and taste fresh. ~ CONCLUSION ~ This is a great Tesco branded toaster that is well priced and has a great d... more
For the price, this ain't bad.
Tesco 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Member Name: Randal
Tesco 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Advantages: Cheap and feature packed.
Disadvantages: Can easily over brown the toast.
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.
Summary: A feature packed 4 slice toaster for a very reasonable price.
|Ease of use:|
More reviews in the field of Toaster
- Steer Clear - Mine was Dangerous - BUT Breville came up trumps!!
- Toasting a great toaster!!
- A basic buy
- Asda toaster has lasted very well
- Tea and Toast
- Fab little toaster for the money!
- A toaster which doesn't toast well = Fail
- Easy Cooks Toaster That Works Well
- It's All Gone Toasty
- A not so Angelic addition to my Kitchen