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Toasters

Purchased a toaster from Asda 7years ago for around  £15 but unfortunately it broke the other day.
So you would think getting a replacement one is easy but when you look at the feedback on Amazon for all makes of toasters, irrespective of price almost all show some users giving them one or two star ratings, the main issue being that they fail to toast bread evenly on both sides.
From what I can see the heating elements of all toasters follow a basic design so irrespective of make it appears to be random if you get a good one or not.
Yes, we could use the grill to do toast but that could work out expensive in the long run.
Anyone any thoughts on this topic.
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Re: Toasters

Hi.
We have a Breville VTT444 my one at least toasts all sides evenly and correctly and I'd recommend it. Well I just have.
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My 2 year old toaster ignores the top inch (25mm) of each slice on both sides in all 4 slots and I can't be bothered to flip the slices over at half time.
I toast slices from frozen and use the appropriate button.
I can't believe toasters have not progressed as far as the heating source is concerned.
I look forward to suggestions for a replacement.
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Re: Toasters

Back in my Hoover Ltd days, their was a (very popular) toaster in the product range. The element cards were sourced from several manufacturers, there was almost no difference in their performance. Most heating elements whether in dishwashers, washing machines or immersion heaters are, as they are a specialist product made by a few international companies. In any event they are bought in and not made by the toaster manufacturer, so, in theory at least any group of different toasters given the same bread should perform almost the same.
Believe it not, for toaster test purposes there is such a thing a standard slice of bread that fits the size of the element card, this of course has little to do with the multitude of bread size and thickness combinations you can shake at stick at. But does mean on (manufacturers) tests, toasters toast quite evenly.
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I have a Breville VTT430 and am pleased with it. I bought it at Sainsbury in a sale and from memory it was around £15. Smiley
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i like my dualit toaster, seems some have issue with the timer. had it for over 11 years with no issue, though some reviews on amazon suggest a dodgy timer might be a thing these days..
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We have an excellent toaster purchased from Homebase for just under £20 (was £35). Unbranded but very evenly toasted all over both sides.

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Thanks for the responses, interestingly I had narrowed the search down to a  Breville which overall seems to have better ratings than most other makes although I am aware that models can differ in how good customers find them.
So will order one from amazon as it's easy to return if problems crop up in the first few weeks
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My toaster still looks like new and works perfectly despite the fact that it was dumped next to a rubbish bin by students having a pre-moving clear out.
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I would get another one from Asda. Our Asda model makes perfect toast, mainly because the element isn't too powerful, so the bread dries out partially on the surface as it singes. Best £10 toaster we've ever had.In fact, best toaster, full stop.