Tell me about your toasters
Toaster: Howdy doodly do. How’s it going? I’m Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie’s the name, toasting’s the game. Anyone like any toast?
Lister: Look, I don’t want any toast, and he doesn’t want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.
Toaster: How ’bout a muffin?
Lister: Or muffins. Or muffins. We don’t like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.
Toaster: Aah, so you’re a waffle man.Posted 4 years agowillardMember
Buy cheap, pay twice. Wife and I flashed the cash on a Dualit and it’s been awesome for the five years it’s been in use.
We had a four slice one at work and that got a lot of toast-related abuse from the whole floor (40-odd techies that like toast) and lasted for about six years before it needed a service. And yes, you can service them.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
I’ve had a breville 4 slice one for about 7 years. It works fine. My girlfriend also had one before we moved in together and hers stood up to four years of shared houses and is still going strong at one of her friends house.
It looks like this but covered in welded on jam and kitchen grime:
edit: and according to this link it’s also a VTT model, appropriately for here.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
we got a dualit for a wedding gift, and it’s still going strong after 13 years. Much like the ‘how often are you getting it’ thread I put this down to a bit of TLC when needed, i regularly give it a clean, ensure there aren’t any crumbs or sticky substances trapped in any of the slots, and the old girl’s more than happy to accept my piece and work her magic on it before popping it out 90 seconds later when it’s done*
* This bit’s a lie, Dualit’s have a manual popup, and you have to watch it like a hawk. The process is more like:
slightly warm bread
slightly warmer bread
burnt to a crisp.
 and don’t start me on those hotel conveyor belt toasters, where the heat / speed setting has been adjusted to be deliberately difficultPosted 4 years agocranberryMember
£300 toaster and it doesn’t even pop up???? FFS.
Do you like cold toast ? The point with the Dualit being that the toast stays nice and well, toasty, inside the toaster until you eject it, rather than popping up and cooling down.
What I like about the Dualits is that if the toaster was made after some point in the 1950’s then you can get replacement elements for it. Sturdy, hard wearing, unfussy – they are the toaster world’s version of the IBM PS2 keyboard.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Buy cheap, pay twice.
I could buy about 20 normal toasters for the price of a Dualit. At the current rate of consumption they would last me around 200 years.
And they would all pop up automatically.
What I like about the Dualits is that if the toaster was made after some point in the 1950’s then you can get replacement elements for it.
Normal toasters use nichrome wire which is £1.09 for 5 metres on ebay…Posted 4 years ago
I LOVE cold toast, at least comparative to burnt toast.
Ahhh, the old ibm ps2 eh? Summer evenings, wandering through the barley, laughing and singing, watching the sun set over the abbatoir*, what days, what days.
Ninja edit: abbatoir (noun) where abba goes to diePosted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
I like my toast the same as the OP
I tried a few expensive ones (Dualit, Magimix and another I can’t remember).
They were rubbish.
Bought a £4.99 one from tesco/sainsbury (can’t remember which) and it’s equally rubbish (but no worse).
I can just about get them all to play ball, if I pre-heat the toaster before manually dropping my bread in.
What I really want is my mum’s old cannon gas grill that I gave away when I moved to this house (sob sob).Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
We’ve got a Phillips one that we bought as a set – matching kettle & toaster.
The LEDs (yep, the buttons have blue LEDs!) on one side stopped working after a stupidly short amount of time. But it still works fine.Posted 4 years ago
It’s actually a great toaster – doesn’t take too long drying the bread to a dusty crisp, doesn’t nuke the bread so it’s always burnt, and the knob that controls how brown it ends up seems to have enough adjustment to actually work. We’ve had previous toasters where 1-4 all did the same level of toasting (not enough), then 5-10 all did the same level of toasting (burnt to a crisp) leaving barely any actual adjustment.grumMember
We got one of these Dualits for free in return for test driving a Honda. 🙂
It’s a bit more plasticy than the classic looking ones but it does pop up, and has lasted longer than any other toaster we’ve owned. Only annoying thing is if you do two rounds the second one toasts quicker/more.Posted 4 years agopetefromearthMember
For some reason I now have a massive craving for crappy hotel buffet breakfast! It’s been a while…
My vote goes to magimix. Really solidly made, takes chunky bread and dings when it’s done
Dualit are a design classic, spare parts easy to come by, but they only take skinny square bread, and because it doesn’t pop I find I walk off and forget, and by the time I remember it’s gone cold!Posted 4 years agobreadcrumbSubscriber
Do you like cold toast ? The point with the Dualit being that the toast stays nice and well, toasty, inside the toaster until you eject it, rather than popping up and cooling down
Really, that’s the best thing?
We’ve got a four slice stainless steel Kenwood jobby, 3 years old. Toasts bread.
OP is it not the type of bread that’s giving your crappy toast?Posted 4 years ago
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