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      20.12.2013 14:53
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      Thanks for Reading :)

      The Price
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      I purchased mine from my local Tesco supermarket for around £5, which is incredible value in my opinion, considering toasters usually retail from around £15 plus. The reason for opting for this Tesco Value Toaster was because we needed a toaster that we could use until we found more expensive stylish one to fit our kitchen worktop colour scheme, so basically we purchased the value toaster as a temporary one, we didn't what to spend too much on something that was only be used for a short period of time.

      Having a quick on Tesco website shows that they are still selling this model but at a slightly higher price of £6, which to be honest is still very much a bargain.




      Design
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      The Tesco value toaster is a two slice toaster therefore can toast two slices of bread. The toaster slots are located at the top and have metal grills inside. It has a white colour finish and is made from hard glossy plastic material. The shape although is rectangular, it does have some outer curves that gives it a simple but pleasant design. It is what you would expect from a value appliance in terms of appearance, simple no thrill design. The side of the toaster has a grey coloured lever, as well as a grey coloured control knob for temperature adjustment and a grey cancel button located below the control knob. It comes with a white coloured power cord.




      Experience
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      First thing we noticed about this toaster was its simplistic design, we didn't want anything to fancy or complicated so it was ideal for us. The white coloured finish is a versatile colour that will go with almost any kitchen colour schemes. The size is nice and compact measuring approx 17.5 cm in height, 25.5 cm wide, and 19 cm deep, therefore it fits easily on our kitchen work top without taking up any unnecessary room. It is also reasonably lightweight weighing approx 860 g, making it easy to move around when needed and especially useful when it needs lifting up or tipping over during the cleaning process.


      Once plugged in it is very simple and straight forward to use, simply insert the bread slices into the top open slots and slide down using the grey side lever. The browning of the slices is controlled by the grey coloured knob which clearly shows pictures and numbers from 1 -7, with 1 being very lightly toasted and 7 being burnt. I remember using it mainly on 4 as I like my toast nice and golden brown. I found that the results were quite impressive for a valued toaster and managed to brown the toast as requested most of the time. There were odd occasions however that I would set it at 4 and it would pop out only lightly toasted, not sure why, however occurred very rarely so isn't a big issue. Another slight quibble would be that sometimes one side of the toast would be slightly more brown than the other side, and sometimes the outer areas wouldn't be toasted as well compared to the inner areas.

      There is a cancel button allows you to cancel the toasting process early if wanted, or to just check on the progress. It works as expected, popping the toast up when requested. This has high lift feature which basically means the toast slices pop out further making it easier to pick up the slices of toast without burning any fingers, this a great little feature which is something I didn't expected to get with a value item.


      The toaster has a crumb tray which is very useful when it comes to cleaning the toaster. It gathers all the excess crumbs at the bottom, and when the power is off you simply slide the crumb tray out and empty it. This saves me from having to keep tip the toaster upside down to get all the crumbs out!.


      This toaster works well with normal slices of toast, however I wouldn't advice using it with thicker sliced bread or hot cross buns etc as I found sometimes they would get stuck and the times they didn't they would get burnt. A bit of a let down considering how much I love my croissants and thicker toasts.




      Conclusion
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      Overall this is good toaster for those wanting a temporary one, or I would definitely say it is ideal for students living in accommodation. It worked well for medium toasts, but if you love thicker toasts and toasted buns then this one isn't the one for you. Therefore it is good toaster and for £5-6 I can't complain really.

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      23.11.2013 16:11
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      A basic toaster for basic bread.

      After accidently squashing my last toaster while moving house, I went on the lookout for a new toaster that wouldn't cost much and did the job as expected. The Tesco 2T07 2 Slice Toaster looked good enough to me at the time for around £5. That was two months ago, and the price has now changed slightly to £6, so maybe they've upped the quality of the product since then to justify the increase. After many years of toasters existing, I figured even though it's cheap it'll be able to achieve it's purpose and I'll just see how long it lasts for.

      The box is standard with the usual Tesco logos on it, and inside you have the toaster in a transparent bag with instructions. It's packaged securely enough with a couple of extra cardboard pieces, so there was no concern over it having been bashed about during transit on it's journey to the Tesco shelves. The instructions contain the usual safety details, for example not to immerse it in water when it's switched on, and there are also basic instructions on how to use the toaster and how to clean it.

      The toaster itself is made of fairly thin white plastic and the design is more or less oval shaped. The controls consist of a dial that goes from 1 - 7 for how well done you want your toast, then below that there's the cancel button, and above the dial there is the standard lever piece to push down to lower your bread for toasting. These parts are made of equally thin grey plastic. The lead is about a metre in length, which is long enough for me, and it is attached to the body of the toaster on the right side of the controls, so depending on your kitchen set up this can be a plus or minus point. Dimensions of the toaster are: Height 17.5cm, Width 25.5cm, Depth 19cm, and it weighs 860 grams.

      The toaster can only accommodate slices with a thickness of up to around 1.5cm. I thought this would be fine but recently it couldn't handle the end pieces of a standard loaf, so that's another thing to consider before purchase. The basic loaf of sliced ASDA bread I currently have works fine, but taller slices from more quality brands do stick out the top a bit. Bagel halves can just about be squeezed in. I'm pushing this poor toaster to it's limits.

      When first using the toaster, it will emit a plastic smell and that will make your toast taste awful, but after the first use that smell should disappear. For timings, I keep the toaster on number 5, and this takes approximately 2 minutes and 10 seconds. I haven't timed a toaster before so I'm not sure if that's a long time for an average piece of toast. Once it's toasted, it pops up in the usual way. It's not a loud clunk noise, so I need to keep my ears open for it as I like to get the butter on straight away to achieve the optimum slice of buttery toast.

      Cleaning the toaster is easy enough. The plastic surface is smooth and you can just wipe food/drink splashes off with a slightly wet cloth. You might want to wait until it cools though as the plastic casing can get a bit hot if you've just been using it for multiple amounts of toast. At the opposite end to the controls, you can pull out the crumb collection tray for emptying, then just slot it back in.

      So overall, this is a basic toaster for people who buy basic bread. Anything larger than basic bread, like more expensive higher-quality bread or if you're slicing the bread yourself, and you will struggle. Other types of foodstuff will fit, but sometimes, as with bagels, it's a bit of a squeeze and this can make the toaster refuse to work even when you have the lever clicked down and the bread is lowered for toasting.

      I am actually contemplating spending money on a proper toaster now due to these issues, which is very telling for a cheapskate. I don't want to have to push a toaster to it's limits. It should be able to accommodate the variety of products designed for toasting, and that is basically why this one is so cheap.

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        23.11.2013 12:58
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        Great price and still works after 12 months

        My toaster has been playing up a bit so I've been using the toaster I bought for my daughter for Uni a year ago (it came home with her when she moved accommodation). She didn't need a fancy one so I put the cheapest in the trolley in Tesco. The Everyday Value toaster was less than a fiver, they are selling it at the moment costing £6 so still cheap.

        It just came in a cheap white box nothing fancy. The toaster is white plastic, two slice and small and neat. It has the usual pop down knob, high lift function, variable browning and crumb tray- nothing else no defrost button but I never use this feature anyway. Although cheaply made it looks okay, it's got a rounded shape to it and the grey knobs contrast nicely. Toasters are pretty much all cool wall these days, and I can report it doesn't get too hot to touch.

        How does it perform?

        It's okay. It toasts bread with the top sticking out so I need to turn it over. Not particularly even toasting but toasts none the less. The toaster will fit crumpets and being shallow makes it easier to get them out. A bit of a struggle to pop down thick tea cakes so I squash them and this does the trick. It browns quick enough not but not quite on par with my other toaster.

        I've not used it that much as like I say it was a try out while my toaster was playing up but my daughter has used it everyday and is more than happy with it- being small isn't a problem for her as she likes pancakes and they come out easier.

        I'd give it 3 stars because of the slot width, short depth and uneven toasting but my daughter would give it 4 and as she uses it more than me 4 stars it is.

        Despite the above niggles, when the time comes I may be tempted to buy the four slice toaster in the range as it's only a tenner.

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        23.08.2013 23:20
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        Excellent value for money, easy to use bargain

        The Product:

        Tesco 2T07 2 Slice Toaster - White

        Catalogue Number: 203-2249


        Dimensions:

        Product Height 17.5 Centimetre
        Product Width 25.5 Centimetre
        Product Depth 19.0 Centimetre
        Product Weight 860.0 Gram

        Colour: White

        Increasingly it seems you cannot go wrong with Supermarket Value Range small appliances:

        I bought this toaster when I had to put my own into the holiday cottage, due to the malfunction of the cottage's one.

        Appearance:

        The toaster is a modern white version featuring a stylish line that is reminiscent of art deco styling. Dial and knobs finished in grey plastic. The toaster has a somewhat domed appearance not unlike a small motorcycle helmet.

        Features:

        The little toaster is designed to toast 2 slices of bread, benefits from a mid cycle cancel function, has variable browning and high lift facilities. It also has a crumb tray.

        When I got the toaster home, I was not expecting much for the £4.50 paid, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find inside the standard value minimalistic white box, with blue and red striping that the toaster was well packed with foam blocks and in a plastic bag. Also enclosed was a simple to follow basic instruction leaflet.

        First Use:

        The toaster was quick and easy to set up, basically unpack, set to 3 on the easy to read dial, plug in, switch on, pop in two slices of bread and hey presto - we have toast.

        Continued Use:

        We have found this little toaster, reliable and easy to use, easy to clean, easy to adjust and easy to use due to its basic simplicity. The only downside we have really noticed is that the crumb tray is very shallow, meaning that really we should empty it after every use. I am fairly sure, if we did empty the crumb tray a bit more frequently that we would not suffer the toast crumbs all over the worktop problem. We tend to slide it back under the shelves when not in use and pull forward to use, so it often leaves a trail of crumbs. So now I am thinking about it, the controls are on one end and the crumb tray is removed from the other. So in order to empty the crumb tray, we have to turn it around the other way to retrieve the tray, thus spreading more crumbs. That along with it not being a cool wall toaster explains why we empty the tray so infrequently. We tend to keep it around the 3-4 setting and adjust slightly occasionally when going from for example fresh white to dry granary. The toaster has a mid cycle cancel feature, which is an easy to use clearly marked button. This is particularly useful, as I do often find the slices are too tall for the toaster, so I swop them end to end mid way through. I am fairly sure though this toaster is designed to take standard pre-packed bread and we tend to use home-made or artisan. The toaster does not take very thick slices, although I have been known to jam them in before now and then struggle to get it out again, in fact it was such a scenario that saw the end of this toaster a couple of days ago, when OH twisted the fragile holder thing, getting the toast out. The elements still work fine, but we have decided to call it a day as we cannot get the piece to work anymore, making it in effect a one slice toaster. So back to why I bought it. I bought a nice new Delonghi set for the cottage and my old toaster was relegated to "spare" as this Tesco one was doing just as good a job. Now the Swan one is and in use, I really miss my Tesco Cheapy. So, if i don't get use to the old toaster soon, it will be a trip to Tesco to buy another 2T07. Our toaster is about 6 years old and was in use most days. Value for money? I think so!

        Cleaning:

        The toaster is very easy to clean, but you do have to remember to let it cool down.
        The graphics are still good after years of use and cleaning.

        Disadvantages:

        As it is not a cool wall toaster, you need to keep things like young children away from it. I was going to say, bread bags and tea towels, but thought as we all care more about the kids, I'd better list them first! This is actually quite important, if you have been spoilt with a cool wall toaster, it does not matter, if you or your toddler touches the outside of the toaster, you will have lectured them about the fire inside and not to touch there, but they may be able to reach the outside? In which case, with this one, make sure it is pushed well back on the worktop to avoid any tears.

        Advantages:

        Cheap, stylish, easy to use, easy to cancel (useful function to avoid the smoke alarm going off!), small enough to store in a cupboard. Impressive compared to a much more expensive item.


        Price and Availability:

        Priced at a ridiculously low £4.50 on line and in store from Tesco.

        5/5 from me.

        Works!

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        30.05.2013 01:36
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        Good value toaster.

        In keeping with my most recent reviews I decided to next tackle my current toaster. It is another item that the former Mr bought for our first home but due to a general lack of regular use I haven't got around to replacing it with a more attractive version.

        As shown in the product photo the toaster is a simple classic toaster. It is capable of toasting two slices at once and has a dial with different heat settings, as well as a cancel button both of these below the on/off slider.

        It's a lightweight item so on occasion the former bloke would take it with him when he went 'on exersize' with work...yup he took a toaster on military camping trips and they say squaddies have a hard life - on these occasions the toaster has proved itself to be very robust, as it has returned covered in all imaginable types of muck and after a through clean still works perfectly!

        Being made of plastic and metal the toaster is easy to clean, a quick wipe around the outside and in the case of cleaning the muck out of the toasting slots I find an old tooth brush brushes off the mud....or if you're using the toaster more conventionally the crumbs. There is a crumb catcher in the base, this just slides out so you can deposit the crumbs in to whatever waste recepticle you may select, atlhough for the removal of crumbs I tend to just take it outside and give it a good shake upside down over the lawn.

        These days it lives in a cupboard surrounded by my pans and only emerges once a month or so to be used to defrost frozen bread.

        Its toasting method is really pretty standard, in the slot, depress the slider after checking which heat setting you want to use and then the bread comes out aneamic or burned to a crisp but then I find that all toasters have that effect on previously frozen bread.

        For me the only real downside to this toaster is that a standard sized 'toastie' loaf slice of bread is actually too big to fully fit in the slot. This means I end up with a burned middle section or untoasted edges.

        I think originally this toaster cost around £5, so from that perspective it has been great value for money having been in my home (mostly) for the last 3 years. But due to its small size and inability to fully toast my preferred type of sliced bread I expect on my next move this toaster will find its way in to the nearest electronics recycling bin to be replaced with a more likely more expensive and more attractive looking alternative.

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        11.04.2013 19:00
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        Basic but functional toaster - would definitely recommend it

        Well there's not an awful lot you can say about a toaster, but the most impressive thing about this is the price. The price on the Tesco website is £7, but when I bought it in store it was just £5, which as a student, I was obviously delighted with.

        It is a two slice toaster and has got the normal features that you need: variable browning (a dial to adjust how long before the toast automatically pops up), a cancel button, a crumb tray and a "high lift" (to help get crumpets, pittas and muffins out of the toaster easily). But it doesn't have any more complicated features like a defrost or reheat setting - but to be honest, we had these settings on the toaster at my parents' house, and I don't think I ever used them anyway.

        The only downside is that it is slightly too small for most slices of bread, so that the top bit does not toast properly. I overcome this by flipping the toast round halfway through, so it's not much of a problem. Overall, I've not found any faults with the product so it is great value for money.

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          26.11.2012 19:37
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          Bargain toaster suitable for a small household

          I make no secret of the fact I like a bargain electrical buy - I am much more interested in the functionality and cost of a product over having the latest gadget or the most modern design, especially when it comes to appliances in my small kitchen. This particular value toaster cost less than £4.50 (£4.47 I believe which is a bargain, from Tesco, which I purchased during my weekly shop .

          The toaster is simple and functional - the only controls are a dial to change the toasting / heating settings, the slider which you push down to lower your toast into the grill of the toaster and an eject button. These controls do the job as is necessary - can happily report my slider hasn't jammed / gotten stuck (which is what happened on my last toaster) There is no defrost mode, however I never usually use bread straight from the freezer so this is not so much a problem to me, however may be something to take into consideration for those with a larger family who may freeze spare loaves. The toaster can toast 2 slices at a time, perfect for our smaller household who get up at various times. The slots are wide enough for most slices of bread I have used, however I think it would probably be a bit of a struggle for thicker 'toastie' loaves and slices of bread and would probably struggle with a hand cut doorstep slice of tiger bread! The toaster is a simple design - white plastic with grey control buttons. For the price the overall appearance is more attractive than you would imagine, looks fine left out on the worktop. The entire toaster is very compact, which is great for me as I am very limited on space, so anything that takes up less space but is as equally as functional is a bonus in my eyes.

          I have my toast lightly done, to a lighter brown shade - any hint of burn and it goes in the bin! On this toaster I use a setting two/three, which I find takes about 45 seconds, which I think is a perfectly reasonable amount of time. I can report the higher settings do seriously cremate your bread, so be warned, do keep an eye on it! (My grandma has hers done to a black frazzled crisp, and if I don't check what setting it is on before use, can end in disaster!)

          I would recommend this product to a friend especially:
          · Single persons / small family
          · Those with limited space
          · Those on a budget

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          07.11.2012 22:52
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          Good for the price, but a bit small.

          When I moved into my flat about I thought we'd be ok without a toaster, but soon decided that we definitely needed one as the grill on our oven was terrible. We decided we didn't want to spend too much on a toaster, so headed to Tesco to see what they had. We came out very pleased with ourselves with this bargain toaster (I recall it costing around a fiver).

          It toasts bread very well, but the only problem is it only toasts 3/4 of the slice as the top of the bread pokes out of the top of the toaster. This of course isn't a problem if you flip the bread over half way through toasting, although it is a bit annoying. We did discover that Tesco value bread fits quite well though!

          The cancel button is really useful for popping up your toast early if needed. I had bought a cheap toaster before and it didn't have this feature so I was pretty pleased when this one did. It also has a dial to control how toasted your toast gets, ranging from warm bread to burnt to a cinder. The crumb tray is good too as you can easily remove the crumbs from the bottom of the toaster without having to shake it upside down over the bin. The white curved shape of it looks quite nice and makes it look like it might have cost more than just a fiver.

          Unfortunately I got a pita bread (ripped in half as it's not big enough to fit a whole one in) stuck inside the toaster and whilst trying to fish it out with a fork, I broke one of the heating wires so the toaster no longer works. We had had it for over a year though, so it did very well considering it's price!

          Overall I'd say this is a great little toaster for the price, but it is a bit small for proper sized slices of bread.

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            02.11.2012 14:54
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            Great little toaster.

            Tesco Value Toaster Model 2T07, my toaster packed up a few months back and we have just been using the grill on the oven, but somehow toast never tastes quite a good grilled, strange as that may sound. However I kept putting off buying one because in my eyes it was not essential, but the other day my stepdad turned up at my door with this clutched under his arm. He had gone to Tesco's and purchased a toaster for me, bless him!


            The box is white with the old style value logo in the top right of each side of the box excluding the bottom also included are pictures of the toaster with the front image covering 2/3 of the space. It is obviously made of cardboard, and inside the toaster was wrapped in a clear plastic bag and to hold it in place are two pieces of card which are shaped the match the toaster preventing it from moving around and getting damaged whilst inside the box. All of the packaging is recyclable.


            The toaster itself is rather pleasant looking having an oval shape, it is a 2 slice toaster and it is made of white plastic with the control buttons being in a muted light grey. The controls include a slide down button which is what is used to insert the toast, a dial which is too control how dark you want your toast, I use 4.5. At the bottom is the cancel button, which can be used if you have mistakenly selected the wrong toast option or you simply wish to cease toasting. The inside where the toast is placed is the normal metal, but brushed metal not shiny. The toaster has a removable crumb tray which you simply need to pull out. The wire comes out of the base and is approximately a meter long and has a 13amp fused plug, as you would expect. It weighs 860g and its dimensions are 7.5cmx25.5cmx19cm.


            It is cool wall which mean the sides do not get hot whilst being in use which makes it safer to use. Especially for my ten year old who enjoys making his own toast as a snack in the evening. The voltage rating is 220-240vac, 50Hz and the power consumption is 680w-760w.


            It cost £4.97 and you can also receive clubcard points with that should you wish. My step dad purchased mine at Tesco direct and I'm sure most would stock these; they also have delivery options from £3.00, or click and collect for free, basically the click and collect service is a reserve service, you order online and collect the items from the store yourself, however I have never used this service.


            Overall I think the quality of this product far out ways its price. The toaster works perfectly, It is even wide enough for toasting crumpets and teacakes, and toasts these very quickly and evenly and because the plate on which the crumpet sits on rises fairly high, retrieving them is not an issue, countless times I've had crumpet stuck in my toasters. Although the only problem I have is that about 1.5cm of top of the toast is not grilled, but I find many toasters have this issue and it's not a massive inconvenience.

            Great price toaster and works really well.

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              21.08.2012 08:03
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              You see what you get!

              To go with the basic kettle for our luxury camping holidays I thought that I may as well buy the Tesco value toaster to match, at just £5 there isn't really much to lose. Like the Tesco value kettle the toaster can usually be found stocked in the larger superstores so if you live in a small village it may be difficult to get your hands on one of these.

              Tesco value range are known for being as basic as basic can be and this toaster just reinforces this idea. The design is plain white with only three buttons/knobs to perform the basic functions. there is a slider to help insert and take out the toasted bread, a tuner/ knob which allows you to select how brown you want your toast and a cancel button. The buttons feel surprisingly sturdy and safe, I was half expecting them to feel like a plastic toy however I have been proved wrong as to this day everything is still in tact and as sturdy as it was when I first bought the product.

              The toaster does in fact produce what I personally call perfect toast, just a little bit brown so its crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, however it only produces it on a hit and miss basis, the knob that should indicate how brown your toast will be seems to differ from day to day so it turns into a bit of a guessing game!

              Pros
              - Cheap as chips.
              - Has all the basic functions that are needed.
              - The colour wont clash terribly in any room if you wanted it for uni or any other living environment.

              Cons
              - The browning tuner as I call it, isn't very accurate so it's hit and miss if you get burnt toast!
              - The toaster can only toast two slices at a time, not very convenient for families.

              Overall Experience
              My overall experience has been mediocre with this product, its more than what you would expect for just £5 however compared to other products in the same range this one lacks the qualities others have. I would recommend this product to those who need a temporary toaster rather than permanent as although it functions okay and is affordable to most, it isn't practical for families and I'm not convinced it would do the job on a day to day basis long term as I only use mine when we camp or go on holiday.

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              15.08.2012 21:58
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              basic super-cheap toaster

              If you need a toaster that will cost you less than three loafs of decent bread, here it is: at less than £6 it's just about disposable, and yet it can be used for years. The price of ''stuff'' never ceases to amaze me - and although undoubtedly there is some seriously underpaid sweatshop labour behind this, I somehow don't think that labour behind many more expensive brands is any more ethical and less exploitative.

              For that roughly fiver you get a very basic, white plastic toaster that will basically toast bread. There is no defrost or warm up button (though there is a cancel one) and the size of the bread space is rather small, so I tend to set it at low level and toast twice, turning the bread round. This is a problem on many other toasters too, which seem designed for a standard square sliced bread (Sunblest???) and rarely fit bloomer or farmhouse type slices, nor Mothers' Pride for that matter.

              The spring doesn't work perfectly and with a thicker hand-cut slices you might need to gently manhandle it into the slots. For some reason once it heats up this problem disappears.

              All in all, very basic and just about workable, but fundamentally OK.

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                15.08.2012 02:10

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                great cheap toaster

                Buying a product that's labelled Value I wasn't really expecting this to last long, but it has proved me wrong. I bought one two years ago to take to university and I picked a cheap one in case it got stolen if I ended up with a dishonest flatmate. And here it is today, still going strong after having been used at least once a day since it was bought. Not bad for under a fiver eh?

                It's got everything a toaster should have; two slots, control dial and early stop button. The toast appears quite high out of the toaster when it's done so no trying to wiggle it out and burning your finger in the process. It's not the best looking toaster I've ever seen, being cheap white plastic, but it's easy to clean, just wipe the side down and it's done. The tray is easy to find and empty, but if you don't do it regularly the crumbs build up a bit quick and start to burn. I have found that the heating elements can be quite noisy when heating up - an odd buzzing sound.

                It's a great cheap toaster that does it's job well.

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                22.06.2012 09:22
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                An extremely cheap toaster that may be basic but does exactly what it needs to do.

                I have to own up although I'd looked at this before, I only actually went and bought it last week after reading someone else's review on dooyoo.

                Our grill recently went a bit wonky and the fan on it now makes a horrid racket when it's in use. Apparently it's no longer fixable and is useable just very noisy while being used, so we'll need to replace the grill and oven, but as I can't really afford to do that at the moment I've been using the whole combo as little as possible and doing more cooking in the slow cooker and on the hob etc.

                One thing I have been missing is my toast - ok I know I could still make the toast on the grill, but the noise first thing in the morning when I'm only partly awake is not a good one.

                Anyhow, I had a look in Tesco when I first found that the grill was playing up and noticed their value toaster for £5.25 (£5.29 on Tesco direct btw). I debated buying it and then didn't because I was worried that this would be one of those 'cheap' products that would fall apart after 2 minutes, and although I may not need this for very long, I have to say I'd prefer it if it didn't fall apart or set my kitchen on fire or something. In the end despite looking at this and a couple of others I put it off.

                Anyway, last week after reading what someone else had to say about this very toaster, I decided to go back and buy one and I have to say so far I'm quite happy with my purchase. I know that generally one's expected to wait more than a week and a half before reviewing something, but it's a toaster... I've used it in the only way it's possible to use it and several times now, so I figure I'm probably ok to review it now and if it suddenly blows up or something I'll add a footnote ;-)

                This a basic white coloured 2 slice toaster. It has a simple leaver control on one end to let you push down the bread into the toaster, and a dial that lets you select how dark or pale you want your toast. There's also a cancel button so that you can stop the toasting process part way through if you want to.

                Now when it comes to making toast, I use my own home made bread. Because of this, I can slice it as thickly or thinly as I want to, and I'm used to opting for fairly thick toast in the morning. With this toaster I do have to be a little bit careful not to slice the bread too thickly or it fits in the toaster but won't pop up again properly as the slot isn't that wide, but overall it's not too bad and will even take a standard thickness of crumpet although the super fat Warburton's ones don't fit. To give you an idea what I mean, I'd have thought it would take a standard thin, medium or thick sliced loaf slice of bread without any problem, but an extra thick slice would be too much for it.

                My bread maker makes a rather tall loaf meaning that each slice is rather longer than that of the average sliced loaf, so I wasn't sure if it would fit ok in here. Upright it's a little long and the top curve of the bread does stick out a bit, but this is where the cancel button sort of comes into its own because I can pop up the toast part way through, turn it upside down and restart it so that top and bottom of the slice get toasted and the middle is a little more well done. Again, if you were buying regular sliced bread I doubt you'd have a problem with sticky out bred.

                The toaster has a crumb tray underneath so you can empty any lose crumbs out, but I haven't needed to do this on each toasting, and have found every 2 or three times is enough.

                Overall, this is pretty damn good for the price, and I'm glad I bought it.

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                15.06.2012 10:43
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                a decent cheap little toaster

                If you've read my Tesco Value Kettle review (if you haven't, go read it now!), you'll know that I like to go camping with my girlfriend and our friends but also that we like to take a few creature comforts with us (the Tesco valve kettle being one) to make the whole experience that little bit nicer. Along with the usual camping equipment we take with is a brilliant power lead which plugs into the campsite power supply and gives us four plug sockets which we can use for all sorts of things.

                One of those things is a kettle, we had been using an old one from when I was at university but it eventually broke so I went looking for a new one and found the bargain that is the tesco value kettle. At the same time I also spotted the value toaster and was lured in by the bargain price of £5. I figured it would be another great addition to our camping equipment, so I snapped one up!

                Shortly after I purchased the two value items, we went off on a camping trip. The kettle was an instant hit meaning tea was available nice and quickly. The toaster I kept as a special surprise for the first breakfast!

                Then camping the traditional breakfast routine is that the first person up gets the kettle on and starts frying some bacon to give the air that wonderful smell. Then when everyone starts to appear from their tents we all chip in and help cook up a feast. The hardest part is making enough toast to go round using a small gas toaster. Being able to break out this toaster and easily and quickly being able to do toast two slices at a time meant I was able to get it all done and everyone was impressed.

                The toaster is not much to look at, its just a very basic white two slice toaster, though it would look nice in a white themed minimalist kitchen. It is very plain with the controls located at one end. The controls are simple as you would find on most cheap toasters, there is the lever to push down to start it toasting, a control dial to allow you to adjust how you like your toast done, and a cancel button to stop the toasting midway through. a nice touch is that the lever can also be used to lift the toast high to make it easier to remove, something which is not always found on cheap toasters.

                In use the toaster stayed fairly cool on the sides though it it is not one of those ones which has so called Cool Walls so do be careful if there are young children about.

                At the bottom there is a slide out tray for getting rid of crumbs, though as we were outdoors I just turned i upside down once it was cool and shook it...

                Overall a nice cheap toaster that does the job pretty nicely for such a low price, certainly something I would recommend for anyone wanting a very low cost toaster.

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                  12.05.2012 09:46
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                  a decent little toaster at times

                  When moving into uni I wanted to own my own toaster so that it didn't get full of rubbish like many of the toasters at uni were. I went to tesco as I knew they sold cheap value electrical equipment. I saw this for only £5ish. It was In a plain whit box with the typical tesco value label and design all over. I was happy as it was going to be my very own little toaster! I wil now go into a little more detail on the product and explain why some issues you may see.

                  The toaster:

                  It comes in plain white with black knobs! It's not the prettiest thing to look at, but it doesnt look hideous either. It's rather small looking and looks brittle. You can't expect high quality if you only paid a fiver though. One my first use I was shocked at how Small the toast racks were, I had to stuff my toast in as it was too small. It got caught and burnt badly! So the next time I went shopping I bought a small size loaf of bread so it would fit, it still struggled to get in, but did the job. It takes a while to warm up and toast the bread, once it is warmer it toasts well and can give it a nice golden colour which I prefer! It's a buy temperamental with the slider to get the toast out, mine doesn't work all the time! Overall this toaster is a bit hit and miss. It's great value, but has lots of downsides. I belove it's a brilliant temporary toaster of if you have a very tight budget. I think it's one of the worst tesco value products I have bought though, there kettle and toastie makers are excellent compared to this. It has lasted me 2 years now and still works so it has lasted a fair while which is a good sign.

                  Overall:

                  I think the next toaster I buy will be a bit more expensive. I believe you get what you pay for with electronic items. This has worked for me and allowed me to have some beloved toast! Just wish I could have toasties regular sized bread as its easier to get hold of! I am going to give this a 2 star rating as it has helped me out, but lacks quality. Worth a try if your a university student though!!!

                  Thanks for reading :)

                  Josh

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