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Both sides now
on 3 August 2011
The most recent in a succession of toasters, the imaginatively named Breville VTT214 was called in to replace a predecessor whose central element had blown - as a result of which the whole toasting process had become a little one-sided.
Not the most elegant of kitchen accessories, this one - in fact, in my opinion, a bit of a lump - but, despite its rather industrial appearance, it is well insulated, simple to use, easy to keep clean and produces fairly consistent results.
Its wedge shape is fairly quirky, more or less obliging you to position it controls facing forward, with its longer sides running front to back to rather dominate the worktop on which it's placed. Notwithstanding this substantial overall depth, you can't lie large slices sideways in the slots - they have to be stood up "portrait format" and larger slices can protrude slightly, as a result of the angled design.
If I'd never seen a toaster before, or if I wanted to turn toaster design on its head, I might well design a toaster this way. My hope is that its cheeky eccentricity will be the key to a long and productive life.