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I have always used a bread bin for storing my bread,I have been married for nearly 49 years and have had a great selection of bread bins, usually cheaper range ones, as I never had a lot of spare cash with 4 children,so a "posh " breadbin was beyond me.
So recently when my latest bread bin gave up the ghost and went the way of countless other of my bread bins, I decided to get one that would last.
I hunted around and found my lovely stainless steel Brabantia bread bin,gauranteed 20 years, now that was the one I wanted, I purchased the roll top option in stainless steel with black sides.I cant remember what I actually paid,but I remember that it was over £25.
My breadbin also came with 3 cannisters for tea coffee and sugar as part of the price,I have seen the same set online priced at £35.This deal is well worth it in my opinion as even the cannisters had a 20 year guarantee.
It fitted in well with my other stainless steel items and fitted on my worktop where it needed to belong.
The bread bin has an easy action roll top,which has never stuck on me (I have had this bin for about 6 years now} though it will jam if my hubby sticks the bread packet ends in the mechanism.
The stainless steel carcase just needs a quick wipe with a wet cloth and it is showing no signs of wear yet. The inside is all stainless steel and also cleans with a wipe.
I will sometimes clean the stainless steel with a tiny bit of baby oil on kitchen paper ,this takes off all finger marks and keeps it shiny.
The bread bin has a large capacity, it will hold 2 sliced loaves at a time.
I am greatly impressed with this bread bin and should have invested my money in this sooner rather than later.
All my other bread bins fall by the wayside,this Brabantis bread bin is my best buy yet.
I will give this bread bin 5 stars.
I'm not really sure if I'm a fan of bread bins. I don't know if bread keeps for very long when kept inside them but, before my kitchen re-fit, the only space really for bread (if not squeezed into the too small larder) was on the worktop where the sun shone on it. I have two windows and French windows in my kitchen and so if bread is left out it's likely to catch the sun (if there is any!) at some point during the day. Because of this I feel a bread bin is necessary.
I didn't like the bread bin I had as thought the bread got too hot inside it and couldn't breathe. And so I had been idly looking for a suitable one for a few weeks until I saw the Brabantia Roll Top Bread Bin when I was shopping in 'The Range' at Romford, Essex.
As I have many products in my home from the manufacturer Brabantia and have now reviewed several of them, I realised that I know little about this company whose name can be seen around my home. My curiosity aroused, I had a look around for some facts and found that they are a Dutch company which originated in 1919 as a small family business. Brabantia endeavour to produce good, strong, 'solid' products that stand the test of time. I would say, going by my purchases from this company so far, that they are succeeding in this respect. Here is just a little of what Brabantia have to say about their company:
"Today, the skills and expertise that built the company are supplemented by specialists. Specialists in the latest materials and in computer aided design and manufacturing. Specialists who secure our position as one of Europe's leading suppliers of innovative household products.
To us, the domestic items of tomorrow are what we are producing today.
Our products are developed to retain their beauty and performance for up to 20 years.
It is the promise of our products, it is the guarantee of our name: Brabantia, solid company
Brabantia puts all its expertise into developing solid, reliable products that retain their beauty and performance over many, many years. Designed for the present, but made to last.
Since its foundation in 1919, the private Dutch company has grown into what Brabantia is today: a successful business with four production units, employing 1.000 employees
and active in no less than 85 countries."
I purchased the Brabantia roll top bread bin in matt black. I wish really that I had waited because soon after purchasing we decided to have a kitchen re-fit. If I had waited until the new kitchen had been finished, or at least been well under way, then I would have chosen the bread bin in the matt steel finger print proof colour which would have matched my other (new) accessories such as my Brabantia biscuit barrel and my tea, coffee and sugar canisters. At the time of purchase I only knew this container was available in black and shiny steel; and I try not to buy shiny finishes as think they constantly need wiping. But never mind! This bread bin still looks good, in my opinion, as my chosen accessories are all in a chrome type or black colour so this blends in well, although I think would have been better in the matt steel.
The lid closes gently without much banging due to its soft close fitting but it isn't slam free.
It's a good design and is space saving too, although I don't think it's really 'family sized.' The contoured shape means it doesn't take up too much space on my kitchen work top and, if necessary items can be placed on its flat top. Although I don't place them here three canisters can fit on top, which makes it rather handy as this looks good (especially if the canisters match the bread bin) and is ideal for a small kitchen.
As it has a roll top design the lid goes back into itself and so does not take up any space. I also like the fact that the lid can be fully or partly closed so if it is full up on any particular day, then the bin doesn't look too bad if it is left open or even partly open.
The base of the bread bin is has raised circles on it which are supposed to ventilate it. I do feel that this probably does help the bread to stay fresher for longer; it's certainly a better design in this respect than my previous bread bin.
SIZE: ONE LARGE LOAF OR TWO MEDIUM (at a squeeze)
The bread bin looks good and as I've mentioned, it doesn't take up too much space. However, I think I could have done with a slightly larger bread bin for my kitchen as now that my son and his fiancée are both teaching they choose to take packed lunches into their (different) schools rather than sample school dinners and this means that not only does the container have to store bread for all the family but also these twos 'daily bread' which can be anything that they buy: rolls, naan bread, pitta, tortilla wraps and sometimes, bagels. This bin holds more than a loaf, in fact two sliced loaves will fit in according to the manufacturer, but I don't entirely agree with this. Two standard sized sliced loaves will only fit in together at a tight squeeze but then the size of loaf isn't specified, or at least I don't think it is. On some days there is a little too much to fit nicely inside. Luckily though the top of the bin is flat and if a few bits and pieces are placed on top it doesn't look too bad.
* Height 17.5 cm
* Width 44.5 cm
* Depth 27.0 cm
I purchased from 'The Range' home ware store. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for this but remember thinking, at the time, that it wasn't too bad a price so think it was around £20.00. The bread bin in matt black doesn't seem to be on their website so I cannot check the price that I paid.
The roll top bread bins seem to be priced differently according to their finish. Here are some stockists with prices for this bread bin in matt black:
TO MATCH YOUR KITCHEN
I was surprised at just how many colours the Brabantia roll top bread bin is available in. Other colours are as follows:
* Brilliant Steel with Black Sides
* Metallic Grey
* Matt Steel Fingerprint Proof with Black Sides
* Brilliant Steel
* Matt Steel
* Brilliant Steel
* Matt Steel
A FEW CRUMBS STILL TO TELL
As with my other kitchen accessories from Brabantia (biscuit barrel and tea, coffee, sugar canisters) the roll top bread bin is durable as it is manufactured from a corrosion resistant material and a strong plastic. I think it will most likely outlast the kitchen units.
It comes with Brabantia's ten year guarantee
When I moved house I decided to update my kitchenware. I chose this bread bin as it blends in with the black surface top and beech units. I went for the blackcolour as I thought it would be an easy thing to find matching items for and I was right!
The bread bin itself does hold a lot of bread. I even double it as a biscuit tin as surface space is tight in my kitchen. Not only does the bread bin hold a lot of bread but it keeps it fresh for days. This is important for me as we are not big bread eaters in our house and it means that I don't have to split the loaf and freeze it.
It is easy to clean out the bread bin inside and crumbs don't seem to get stuck in thoses pesky corners like some bread bins can. There are no scatches on it and with two youngsters in the house it is proving to be very durable. However I am finding that the downside is that it now has small spots on the outside and I do not feel that I have had my true value from it. But to give it the benefit of the doubt I also can't find anywhere the shelf life of a bread bin!
I paid £14.99 for mine from ebay and would say that overall I am pleased with how functional it is.
We have had our Brabantia Roll Top Bread bin now for about two years. We bought it (I think) from Argos Direct and it cost around £10. We were particularly looking for a stainless steel bread bin as we had recently changed our kitchen decor and we were looking for something to match the rest of the stainles steel applinaces and we thought this looked pretty chic. I beleive this particular model also comes in a plain back matt but we preferred the look of the stainless steel.
We have always had a bread bin. Our previous one was a bit old fashioned and made of solid wood and it did a pretty good job of keeping all our bread products fresh. This bread bin is not as big as our old bin. I would say it measures about twenty inches in width and will hold one large leaf of bread comfortably and a pack of breadbuns maybe or some crumpets. Our old bin could comfortably hold at least two large loaves, but then it was a very big bin.
This is a lovely stainless steel and always looks smart on our kitchen worksurface. It is easy to keep clean and it is wiped down a couple of times a week with some stainless steel cleaner if little man gets his sticky mits on it, but usually we just clean it over with a damp cloth.
It has plastic side and a large plastic handle at the front and the lid slides up and down very easily. It has jammed on a couple of occasions but I think this is when a particularly large crumb has managed to get itself wedged down the side. Once the offending crumb was removed, the lid opened once again very easily.
It is a very smart bread bin to look at and always looks shiny and goes well with our black shiny worksurfaces. It is made by the manufacturer Cookingtime and we also have other things in our kitchen such as swing bins and swivel bins and they have also proven to be great so this is a manufacturer I really trust and have faith in.
All in all a great bread bin. It is not over priced and it has served us very well for the past few years. It keeps our bread lovely and fresh and I think it is far better to keep it in a nice looking container rather than having it stored away in a cupboard or in the fridge.
Recomended by us.
Review also published on Ciao as sorehead.
Having to keep buying bread because the current loaf has gone stale I thought it might be time to invest in a bread bin. The Brabantia bread bin is not only eye catching to look at but has more than made up in money from me not having to throw / waste any more bread due to it taking longer to go stale.
The bread bin has a flat top that is great for putting tins or anything of use on. The lid rolls open to show an inside capacity of two loaves of bread, although I have managed to squeeze an extra one in but this is not wise as it can swash the bread up.
Not only does it excel in aesthetics but in durability too. The bread bin features corrosion resistant stainless steel that is nice to the touch and doesn't harbour finger prints and stays relatively dust free.
The matt black colour I think wouldn't look out of place and complement any kitchen perfectly. Weight wise, it is easy to pick up and move about. When buying the bread bin it came with a 10 year guarantee which gave me added confidence that this is a quality product.
I've saved myself loads of money on bread by not being so wasteful since buying the bread bin. I find if you store it as soon as you buy it you can get a few days extra use out of the loaf before it starts to go staler.
The only slight niggle that I've had with this bread bin is that sometimes when you roll open the lid it can make a loud sound like two knives being moved together. This only seems to happen when it's full of bread and isn't much of a problem as it doesn't affect the bread bin itself it's just slightly annoying.
Brabantia Roll Top Bread Bin
We were lucky enough to receive this bread bin from a close family member as a wedding present, it has taken up its own place proudly in our kitchen ever since. We choose this one above the many others for several reasons, the lovely brushed steel look is in keeping with some other items we own and is really easy to keep clean and looking good. Importantly, we wanted something that was durable and a quality product, exactly what this Branbantia bread bin delivers.
This bread bin is really deceptively large, I find that it usually holds a large loaf of bread with additional room for other bits and pieces, such as pancakes, scones or any other lovely bakery product. Despite being a large bread bin it has been well designed to give you a compact feeling. It doesn't take as much work top space or room as you would suspect. For those that want to know the specific dimensions for the bread bin are H17 x W45 x D25.5cm - according to the John Lewis website.
It also has a flat top which is great for storing other items, I tend to leave my portable radio on top of it, which doesn't need to be moved when you open it, and it is just one other thing that is out of the way. It opens by sliding in on itself so it really doesn't need to be placed in an area where you need a lot of space. While it slides open and closed it does so pretty silently thanks to an inbuilt dampening mechanism. Ours although next to a wall stays put very well and does not move around when in use.
It does a really good job at keeping everything fresh, I tend to make my own bread when I have the time and I happily store that in this Brabantia bread bin. Apparently it has a base with a knobbly pattern to it, which is meant to add better ventilation properties. I have been really happy with how well this keeps items fresher, even in summer when everything tends to go off that quicker. As long as this isn't placed directly in the sunshine its metal exterior does tend to keep cool. Just as a side note, I still tend to wrap any bread or bakery products up just to make sure they stay fresh because this bread bin does help but it is not 100% airtight.
This also comes with a ten year guarantee. This is a durable product, I have had it for over a year now and it pretty much looks as good as the day I unwrapped it. I doubt that I will need to replace this anytime in the near future, it has been built to last. The opening and closing door which has been used a lot still runs smoothly.
I have seen this bread bin available to buy in quite a few stores and online shops, we got ours from John Lewis. At the time this cost £30, which is expensive for a bread bin but having owned it and used it on a daily basis, personally I think that this has been worth every penny and I would happily pay that again for this. However, it is worth shopping around for a bargain, I have from time to time seen this on special offer for £20.
This bread bin gets a full five out of five stars from me, I think this is an excellent bread bin. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to other people, for the price you are getting a fantastic product that will last and last while retaining its good style and looks. It isn't perfect but I have been happy with mine.
Whilst looking for a black bread bin for our new kitchen (it had to be black and no other colour was suitable) we stumbled across a Brabantia bread bin in a local department store. It was the only black bread bin in that particular shop so it was put in the basket. I had never heard of Brabantia before but a bread bin is a bread bin right?
There are many different styles and sizes of Brabantia bread bins, although the black one we bought is the roll top variety and measuring 173mm x 447mm x 260mm this bread bin is large enough to accommodate all but the largest loaves. It won't accommodate a French stick (unless it is cut up that is) but I have yet to find a bread bin that will, although I am sure someone will set me straight on this point.
The bin is made out of thick aluminium and is of good quality. It doesn't bend or contort under normal use, unlike other metal bread bins I have owned, however it would be quite easy to disfigure it if you are a bit heavy handed, however under normal use you shouldn't have any problems with it.
I find the weak point of many bread bins to be the hinge that holds the door. With age and use some of the hinges wear out quickly and allow the door to fall open (revealing the bread to the elements), with the roll top designs, or means you have to physically hold the door up when getting the bread out, with the fall front designs. Both scenarios are most annoying. I have to say that I have not experienced any such issues with this bread bin and the hinge is still tight and requires a bit of force to get the door open and closed again.
If the bread is left uncovered and placed straight in the bin it will go hard and stale in a day or son, although I find this is the case with most bread bins since none of them offer an air tight seal that is 100% efficient. The way around this is to put the bread in a bag, squeeze the air out and wrap it up tightly before putting it in the bread bin. The bread will keep for a few days like this. I should point out that we only buy the 'fresh' loaves that go off quicker than the artificial packed bread as there are far fewer preservatives in it. Unfortunately I cannot comment on how long the more artificial bread would last in this bread bin.
This bread bin is far from perfect and I have got a couple of issues with it. The first issue I have is there aren't any non-slip feet on the bottom of the bin, meaning the whole of the bottom of the bread bin is resting on the work top which could potentially scratch or mark it. In addition, my work top is quite slippery and I found the bin would move around when opening or closing the door, or if it was accidentally nudged. I have cured the problem with a bit of non-slip matting and this works exceptionally well but I think the manufacturers should have put non-slip feet on the bread bin in the first instance.
The second issue I have is with the finish. Overall, the matt black finish is very good, looks stylish and compliments my kitchen perfectly. However, there are pin heads that have been left in the brushed silver colour. No other part of the bread bin is chrome or silver in colour so why were these left? Why weren't they painted to match the rest of the bin? This point may be a bit anal, but it just looks unfinished and given the cost of this bread bin it is poor in this respect.
We paid £19.99 for our bread bin, which I thought was quite expensive, and this is meant to be one of the cheaper bread bins in the Brabantia range. Despite the relatively high price I am satisfied with this product and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is large enough for our needs, the quality of the aluminium is very good, it is sturdy and durable and it is black, although I wouldn't recommend it over and above other bread bins. I have to admit that we wanted a black bread bin and this was the first one we saw and subsequently bought it. We didn't shop around for alternatives or better prices, therefore we didn't get the best product at the best price and took the 'lazy' shoppers option which I now regret, especially given that I have recently seen a larger and better made black bread bin in John Lewis for less money.