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Awfully cheap, but awful.
on 15 May 2014
I know I wanted a cheap and straightforward toaster, but this is really a regrettable choice. It is weak and flimsy, and there is a great deal of careful effort needed when closing as the lid is held in place through the back-centre, which means when closing the lid, it shifts in both directions either side of the centre, making it very weak and likely to break at some point.
It is too tiny to fit almost any slice of bread, and the non-stick coating was flaking after one use.
The biggest flaw for me is the impossibility of cleaning the item. I know if you want removeable plates you can pay extra, however, I have over the years used low-end toasters with no removeable plates which were much better designed than this. The position of the many gaps in the surface of the item means that pretty much after the first use, you will have congealed food trapped which is near-impossible to remove. Since the plates are so small, inevitably there will be some of the sadwich overhanging this deep opening at the front of the unit. Meaning that filling will flow in there, and it is very difficult to get at this. In trying to wipe away some of this mess after the first use, my efforts were causing the white finish in this area to flake away. keep in mind this is only with a soft sponge.
Awfully cheap, but awful. I am convinced that there are good, reliable, cheap sandwich toasters available somewhere. The quality of these things seems to be getting worse.