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Stylish and functional yes, but space saving?,
This review is from: Russell Hobbs 19990 Easy Toaster - Black (Kitchen & Home)
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There is no getting around that this is a very stylish toaster, definitely the thing for someone who is looking for a kitchen that screams good taste as well as...uh...good tasting. And it does it's job well, producing evenly cooked toast.
But it's just a toaster, right? How hard can that be? So what am I really paying for?
Well, other than the look of it, the Russel Hobbs 19990 Easy Toaster (is there such a thing as a "Difficult Toaster"?) has two handy compartments on the front which you can keep a couple of slices of hot toast in while the next two are in the machine, and it will keep them warm until you are ready for them. However these compartments are not heated by anything other than the toasting function, so don't expect to come back twenty minutes later to hot toast!
The high lift feature is handy, especially when toasting pitta bread or crumpets or something small, allowing you to get at them without having to turn the thing over or start fiddling around trying to fish out your breakfast whilst simultaneously trying not to burn or electrocute yourself! The construction of the toaster with one long pocket instead of two shorter seperate ones mean that it is doubly suited for things like pitta bread which in the past I have had to toast twice - an end of it sticking out of the top of the toaster each time! However this also comes with another drawback: there is no warming rack for croissants etc. Finally I found that the outside of the toaster, particularly the back, did get quite hot after use. Not dangerously so, but this toaster clearly doesn't feature cool-wall.
But is it space saving? It's slim that's true, but it is very long and in my experience that kind of space is what is at a premium in a crowded kitchen. The keep-toast-warm feature also feels a bit gimmicky to me and personally I think I would rather have a four-slice toaster and be done with it.
So is it worth it or not? Well really that's up to you. what are your needs in a toaster? I've given you the facts, now you have to decide if this is the toaster that you want to use every morning.