Walk into ASDA, buy cheapest kettle, buy cheapest toaster. Enjoy.
My wife has a steel kettle that sits on the cooker. It takes seventeen hours to boil. I’m usually sat down with a nice brew and half way through the first chapter by the time she has her tea sorted but apparently, according to her, water in a plastic kettle boils at a different temperature.Posted 4 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
If you want your toast done in the century you started it off then dont get a dualit. We got one as a wedding present and honestly its some sort of toast time machine.
Honest advice – a free Which subscription is – well free for the first month. They always have recent toasters, kettle etc.
Dualit dont average out well. At all.Posted 4 years agothecrookofdevonMember
Dualit basic 2 slice toaster here (in red). The best bit of kitchen kit I have ever bought. Yes they cost significantly more than your average toaster but they are bombproof and you can replace all the bits. Oh and they have no stupid buttons apart from the 1 or 2 sides thing. Just a simple dial which then unwinds for a given period of time perfectly toasting your bread/bagel etc. Perfection!Posted 4 years agochaosSubscriber
Morphy Richards matching pair – rubbish, avoid.
The toast takes so long the bread is completely dust dry on the inside by the time it’s browned. Useless at doing just one piece (though that is a rare event).
The kettle is slow and astonishingly noisy for what it’s doing.
Do the Dualit users not get irritated by the noisy timer?Posted 4 years ago
Pimpmistress Jazz and I are getting a new kettle and actually buying a toaster (we don’t currently own one).
We’re both agreed, as we’re buying them together, we may as well get them to match.
I studied product design and work in graphic design, and I like Duelit kit.
Pimpmistress Jazz is a far more practical teacher, with far more ‘practical’ tastes*.
What litters your kitchen counter at home, and what should we get?
*Read less designery poncy / quality, depending on your point of view.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
I know that feeling , i like scottish plain bread – i need a 4 slice toaster with 2 long slots as oppose all these posh toasters you get with 4 slices next to each other , retarded design,
Limits my toasting choice , its a 30 quid delongi i took from my parents when i left as they bought new to match kitchen.
Kettles a 15quid item from tesco and is silver.Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
As i have a Kitchenaid artisan food processor (excellent) and a Kitchenaid artisan coffee bean grinder (also excellent) i thought their Artisan Two slice toaster would also be excellent, nope…..it’s utter shit – the toasting elements that are wound round the insulators are wound far too tight and they don’t heat up evenly thus leaving bread untoasted. Doesn’t bother me anymore though as i stopped eating bread so that knocked the stress of having to cope with uneven browned toast on the head.
For kettles i own a breville colourselect which is also shit, sometimes it switches of before it boils so if you’re not paying attention you get a lukewarm cup of tea, sometimes the just boiled “beeeeep” continues till you switch it off and back on or you take a spaz and punch it till it stops, sometimes the kettle will light up and cycle through all 9 colours for no apparent reason while beeping loudly which can be disconcerting in the middle of the night as you wake up thinking your suffering a flashback due to those acid and pills you popped back in the early 90’s rave scene.
I may buy a new kettle soon, all i want is something small, very quick to boil and has the ability to boil one cup at a time.Posted 4 years agopetefromearthMember
The magimix toaster is fantastic. Similar price to the dualit and well worth it. Has a satisfying ding when the toast pops up. Can fit nice chunky bread too.
Got a 6 slice dualit as well at my mrs’s bakery. It looks cool and does make very nice toast. You have to cut the bread quite skinny though which gets annoying, and I often put the timer on and forget about out it until it’s gone cold!Posted 4 years agobolMember
Cheap Bosch kettle and matching toaster came to less than £50 from Amazon if I recall. They’re quite nicely designed (I did product design too FWIW). Where we live kettles don’t last all that long (even Dualit ones), and toasters get scabby fairly quickly, so we buy cheap and fairly often.Posted 4 years agoMarkieMember
We have the four slice Dualit as above. Good, unless your piece of bread is anything other than perfectly shaped and flat – woe betide you if you are toasting frozen bread and the loaf got slightly squashed before it froze… the bread will jam in the toaster and then burn.
I think they do slightly more complex models with wider slots that close in around the bread whilst allowing for more bread thickness variation. I’d go for one of them.Posted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
4 slice dualit here. Had is for 11 years and still working as we’ll as the day it was unboxed although it has had one replacement timer.. Wide slots allows it to cope with all sorts of thick stuff and it makes awesome toasties.
Conversely I’d never buy a dualit kettle and just use some cheap plastic thing.Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
Would somebody please buy one of these and tell me if they work well.
@DD – had one of those for a few years now. They work pretty well (toaster bit seems find to me although doesn’t like especially thick slices), the egg bit is pretty neat to – makes things like poached eggs on a toast a breeze. I don’t really use it much these days though as cutting down on bread, the egg part is still good for doing hard boiled eggs though.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
My girlfriend and I have both had versions these for about 5 years now, they’ve worked well and were dirt cheap.
I also have the matching kettle though it’s been in storage for a year or so. That also worked fine. Both have survived the rigours of shared kitchen and student use throughout that time.
Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
@DD just get one of these a keep your toaster. Does boiled eggs too. I hate clutter in the kitchen a complained when Mrs CD purchased it but it’s great for poached and particularly boiled eggs.Posted 4 years ago
Not sure how serious you are about the Tefal toast poach thing but as a former industrial design student it reminds me of a student design project.
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