We got this Delonghi toaster for £56.49- basically because we already had the matching kettle, and we like things to match in our house.
We got it in white, it is very easy just to wipe down, and the paint has not chipped.
The settings on the front are: 2 on/off levers; 2 browning control windows; 2 Browning control knobs; 2 bagel buttons; 2 defrost buttons; 2 reheat buttons; and 2 cancel buttons- the reason for why there are 2 of each is explained below.
One very appealing feature of this toaster is that it caters for 4 slices at a time- with 2 on either side plus separate settings for each side. Not only is this good if you want to have 2 toasted bagels, and 2 toasted pieces of bread at the same temperature (where usually you have to wait until your first 2 are toasted, but then they become cold after having to wait for your second 2 slices), but it has also solved arguments in our house over leaving the setting on a high temperature, when some one else likes a low setting but forgets to check.
A further positive of this toaster is that it includes a crumb collector- meaning it is easier to empty out.
In addition, our old toaster had a tendency to send the toast flying all over the place, yet this one doesn't.
Despite this toaster being great and having a range of settings, i am taking off one star purely because the price is very steep.
My fiancé and I bought this toaster when we moved into our new house. In all honesty we weren't really looking for a toaster, but we had some loyalty points for a well-known supermarket which we quadrupled during an event they were holding. This meant we had about £120 to spend in store, which technically was at no cost to ourselves. We looked round the small appliances section and noticed this toaster and the matching kettle. They looked so retro but also modern we just fell in love with them straight away. When I saw the price, I deliberated for a little while, because if I'd been paying for it with my own money there is no way I would fork out £60 for a toaster! But as it was with our vouchers we decided to treat ourselves and get something really classy that would provide the finishing touch to our kitchen. So we bought the toaster and the kettle to match (Ironically, we still haven't actually completed the kitchen, so it looks a bit out of place at the moment!)
The toaster is the first 4-slice toaster I've owned, and fulfils our needs in the way a 2-slice toaster cannot. We had previously been using a 2-slice toaster, which is fine if you're having toast for breakfast because it just means you have to stagger who eats first. If you're cooking something such as scrambled egg, however, and need four slices of toast all to be warm at the same time, you really do need a 4-slice toaster for this purpose.
The functions on this toaster are fairly standard, with a Bagel function (never used this), Defrost function, Reheat function (not used this either) and a Cancel function. You have the option between a scale of 1 and 6 of how brown you would like your toast to turn out, and these controls are set so that you can have separate settings for the left hand 2 slices and the right hand 2 slices. This is particularly useful for my fiancé and I because I like my toast well done and he prefers his lightly toasted. We have set the functions as we like them, and as there's only us in the house they never get altered, so we just stick to the same side of the toaster each time.
There is a crumb tray in this toaster but I've not really had the need to do anything with this yet because we've not had it for long. The toaster can be a bit violent in "popping" the toast up sometimes, and there have been a few occasions we've had toast flying onto the floor because the toaster is positioned on the end of our worktop! I would recommend placing it somewhere where there is worktop space either side, just in case this happens and you end up with toast on the floor.
This toaster is a lovely looking product, and I'm glad we bought it as a statement for our kitchen. I think it's quite expensive for what it is though, and if we'd been paying full price I probably would have gone for something cheaper and less fashionable. It will be interesting to see how long the toaster lasts as it's obviously considered to be higher quality than the cheaper brands in order to justify the price.
On purchasing a new toaster for my new house just over a year ago, my main requirement was that it could toast 4 slices of bread at once. Having always previously had a 2 slice toaster I was fed up toasting 2 slices and trying to keep them warm whilst toasting another 2, so that my husband and I could enjoy breakfast together. The Delonghi CTO4003 not only fulfills this requirement for me, it looks fabulous on my kitchen worktop. I chose the model in the off-white colour along with the matching kettle. The toaster has some great features, including the variable browning control and the cancel function which allows you easily pop up the toast when you want it. I haven't really used the bagel function or the defrost function as I just toast the bread directly from frozen and it's fine. The slots for the bread are fairly wide and deep and so accommodate most shapes and sizes of breads easily. The only complaint I would have is that I don't feel the toaster browns the each side of the bread evenly, and I have to cancel it approx halfway through and turn the bread round but that might just be because I am fussy!
I purchased this toaster for my workplace as we have so many children wanting toast for breakfast and toast for tea its impossible to keep up with a 2 slice toaster we also wanted a good quality one that would last and this one was recommended to us. It cost £60 but we have definatley had our moneys worth.
Its a 4 slice toaster, you insert the bread press down the manual lever and away you go, it has 6 heat settings you can use to toast the toast the way you like it, the kids usually have it lightly done they don't like the 'yucky brown bits' if its burned dark. The rack lifts up nicely and raises high so you are able to lift your toast out without burning yourself its also good for toasting crumpets and bagels as well the cage is wide and the lift function is great no more poking a folk in to fish out the crumpets (don't be alarmed we turn the power off first lol). You can pop the toaster up by pressing the cancel button so if you think its over done you can quickly stop it toasting anymore. It can also toast from frozen another function thats great for work as we buy alot of bread and freeze it. The toaster is great for toasting all thicknesses of breads from thin to thick it toasts the lot.
Overall a great toaster the toast is toasted evenly and its quite quick too great for feeding lots of hungry little mouths. There are 2 trays that can be pulled out from underneath as well 'crumb trays' are fab and make cleaning the toaster really easy.
I had this toaster for about a year, its a very well made device.
The general design is different to the standard square box toaster The large dials that move the brownness gauge is accurate, This machine is great even when doing several batches after another you dont have to drop the guage that much.
We use it for warming bagels a lot so the dedicated button is really good only using the middle set of heaters so the tops and bottoms aren't burnt.
The buttons on the front are defrost, to toast from frozen or if the gauge is low just defrost. Bagel as I mentioned only uses two of the four heaters, reheat and cancel which is self explanatory.
The cleaning is pretty easy the crumb bit at the bottom catches bits well so not a complete mess over the worktop, cleaning is done easily. The rubber feet are quite sticky so moving the toaster around it judders and shakes some bits free, just lifting fixes that problem.
The only annoying feature is frequently when doing pitta bread they pop up and get caught on the rails of the bread holder causing them to rip and get stuck, the rails are pretty far spaced out so smaller slices of bread sometimes get caught as well.
The lift to pop up further is still a bit short for crumpets and pancakes but most suffer with this problem.
Its a pretty fast but not too fast that its hard to control the colour, the slots are quite large and take a decent size roll but dont try and get anything too large it will get stuck at the top causing a mess and probably very burnt bread.
What really attracted me to this toaster was it's design, it gave the look and impression that it did a lot more than what a toaster could do (I know that sounds stupid but that's how it looked).
While I use this toaster it feels like it's so futuristic that it could also make me a cup of coffee at the same time, I haven't really read the manuals that thoroughly but it might actually be able to manage it
When I set up my toaster in its resting place where it now resides it looks absolutely stunning with its shiny bodywork.
The Delonghi CT04003 toaster is a model that can make four slices of toast at the same time with none of the messing around with those 2 slice toasters, the measurements work out to be: Height 21.0cm, Width 31.0cm and Depth 30.0cm.
On the side of the smaller toasters (the 2 bread kind) you find on the side a lever that pushes the bread down to get toasted, but with this version being a 4 bread toaster there is a second lever so one operates the left two slots and one operates the right two slots, the 2 levers are laid out differently and are positioned at the front, the same lever that lowers the bread also lifts the bread when it's toasted higher calling this "High lift facility" that allows you to take out the toast without burning yourself and because of this lift system it allows you to put in smaller items such as crumpets or small bread rolls.
In-between the levers are 8 buttons, 4 for one side and 4 for the other and they are:
Bagel - to toast one side of the bagel and warm up the other
Defrost - There is a Defrost mechanism that will make sure that if you put bread from the freezer into the toaster it will make sure that the bread is completely defrosted before it actually starts toasting.
Reheat - allowing reheating
Cancel - cancels whatever function you were using
Also on the front of the toaster You have 2 dials, one on the left and one on the right to control how brown you want your toast, number 1 being lightly tanned-5 being dark brown/black.
There is also a "Variable width slots" that allows different thickness of bread so that when it is toasting it toasts the same way as it would to thin bread and doesn't burn or get stuck in the toaster causing you to burn yourself.
Also Just to top it all off you get a one year warranty just for that piece of mind that if something happens you haven't got to worry.
After a while of using you may suddenly start to smell a burning, don't worry, what has happened is all the crumbs that have fallen off the bread collect at the bottom and over time start to burn so all you have to do is just remove the crumb tray at the base of the toaster which is a 2 second quick clean and wipe.
You can get this amazing toaster from John Lewis for £60 which is roughly what it is everywhere, but just like everyone says shop around and see where you can get it from cheaper.
It's a great toaster that can make more than two toasts at one time, it has many features and an easy way to maintain the toaster with ease.
I would advise anyone to get this toaster as long as they don't mind the price because what you get for it is second to none (for a toaster anyway).
Highly recommended by a big fan.
I wonder how you make a coffee with it...I'll get back to you on that.
It is like having Jason Statham in my kitchen....ok it isn't EXACTLY the same but is the closest i will get to having something so incredibly sexy in my kitchen! This toaster i have in cream (although the red is stunning)...in this shade i do feel it looks rather retro and suits most kitchen decors.
Ok so now to function - it is extremely easy to adjust the toast colour, the bagel function is a surprising and useful addition and of course it is a four slice toaster so when feeding the family, even the grumpiest of teen is appeased quickly.
This is indeed not the cheapest of toaster but as Grandma used to say 'you get what you pay for'. That aside, we always love a billy bargain so get googling and research the current cheapest oulet. Mine was purchased from John Lewis as they 'never knowingly undersell' this basically means if you purchase it from them and you find it being sold cheaper elsewhere, they will give you the difference!
You will not be disappointed - do not put away in the cupboard! This is a must for display! but you will keep popping in the kitchen to have a look(or indeed like myself, take a pic post it on FB and declare undying love for your sexy toaster - ok i have no life :-0 )
I was in my kitchen making some toast and heard a giant POP there was a puff of smoke and my toaster gave up the ghost,oh I was so annoyed it was only a week old,That's what you get for buying cheap said my husband.Well we needed a new toaster because that's the one thing everyone in my household eats everyday, so I looked online going through page after page of toasters looking at the quality and comparing prices,what I really wanted though was a nice shiny silver one( my kitchens all kitted out with silver goods) and the toaster that stood out head and shoulders above the rest was the Delonghi CTO4003 it's a toaster with a real quality look I ordered it then and there and had it delivered the following day.
What struck me as soon as it arrived was the weight of the box and the sheer size of it,I am a woman, I don't really look at the dimensions of kitchen appliances.Opening the box I found Not the shiny silver toaster that I had ordered but in it's place a nice black with chrome accents toaster,taking it out of the box I made a closer inspection of all its features.
It has four wide toasting slots that adjust according to the size of bread you place in it.
Two handles one either side for lowering and raising the toast.
In between the two handles there are eight buttons four either side and the settings are
each of these buttons has its own indicator light so you can tell which is in use.
Either side of the toaster there is a visual regulator indicator and buttons which you adjust according to how brown you like your toast to be.This is set on a scale from 0 - 5.(The first time I used the toaster I had it on number five and the toast came out rather black ,but after a little trial and error I eventually got it to the level required).
There is an integrated crumb tray at the bottom of the toaster which is simple to remove for emptying and cleaning.
This is a four slice toaster and has the capability of toasting bagels as well as a reheat function.looks modern and sleek and would bring style to the drabbest of rooms.
Takes a while to get the indicators to the right levels, you could end up incinerating three or four loaves before you hit pay dirt.
Obviously I wasn't quite as savvy this time because I paid a whopping £72.00 for this toaster.I have seen it advertised since for as little as £46.90
Great looking modern design,easy to clean and versatile with the defrost and reheat function you'll never have to worry about waiting for the bread to defrost again.A must have addition for anyone that wants perfect toast in the morning..or evening...well at anytime.I'd recommend this to all my family and friends.
De'Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4 Slice Toaster - Scarlet Red
Bought for £56.45 (incl. VAT & postage & packing) from amazon.co.uk
After our last smart-price toaster (which cost less than a large jar of Marmite) went on strike, we decided to treat ourselves to this glamorous model.
Male viewpoint: The metal outer casing has a pleasing rigidity, so rarely found in plastic casings. The browning control dial enables you to select how your want your toast done, whilst making you feel like you are operating a slick, industrial 1950s coffee machine in some cool bar. Toasts the toast well and the lever emits a satisfying clunky click when lowered.
Female viewpoint: I have faith that this toaster will outlive its predecessor by many years as it is much more solid and expensive! I love its bagel function, and it will also warm toast that has popped up but gone cold (very useful on chaotic mornings), as well as defrost bread from the freezer (a lifesaver when the breadbin's empty). Very impressive-looking, cheerful, eye-catching and retro-styled, this toaster is the smartest item in my kitchen. Including me.
In a word: starlet.
I had a Kenwood toaster that was just out of warranty and the filament appeared to have burned out. I wasn't happy but I liked that toaster as it had bun heater attachment and long slots for pitta bread etc. Anyway I wasn't happy that this had happened so soon so I purchased the Delonghi CTO 4003 in red, which is beautiful. What makes this better? It is solidly built, it looks good and it can do things like croissants and bagels. It has a setting that allows it to only toast one side of the bread or roll etc! It also toasts very evenly and you can very accurately set the colour of the toast. It has four slots and two work independently of the other two so saving power and energy and allowing you to toast different things and to different colours at the same time.
It also toasts from frozen very well indeed. It is quick and easy to clean.
Because of my experience with this I am going to buy the matching kettle too. So far a brilliant toaster and I love it.
'Ooh shiny' - I believe, is what my Wife uttered when she saw this Toaster sitting proud on the shelf in the upmarket department store the other week. 'Can we have that one?' - she said, and indicated the Red version (Blue, Brushed Silver and Cream also available). I spluttered at the sight of the price tag, but then remembered that we were spending our wedding vouchers which we'd had stashed away since last year, not having had the time or the decisiveness to spend them earlier.
I had to admit - it was a very shiny Toaster, and unlike most gadgets that promise the ultimate in connectivity, width of picture, depth of colour or flexible entertainment options, this one actually does make toast. Marvellous.
I shall point out now that we also bought the matching kettle - but that's for another review. I'm just glad they didn't have a matching freezer and three piece suite in Red, or I'd have ended up trying to fit those in the boot along with the pram too. At least it will make visitors think we're smart and trendy...
The toaster in question is the Delonghi Icona. Aimed at the sort of person who likes statement pieces and thinks £68.75 is a perfectly reasonable price to pay for a small metal box with some heated elements in, this is a spiffily designed hunk of plastic and metal. Attractively curved, with a bright red shell that gets warm but not painfully hot to the touch when in operation, and with 4 slots (the main reason for binning our old 2 slot £15 budget toaster by the way), this is a pretty useful bit of kit. Well - in the realms of tasted goods at least. It doesn't, for instance, put your rubbish out or come with a radio for listening to the Cricket on the sly. (It might though - I just haven't found the button for either yet).
The retro controls are quite nifty. The lowering arms - one for each set of 2 slots - are long metal rods with a scalloped plastic bead on the end, and also have an extra half inch of give above the resting level to allow you to lift smaller toasted items (teacakes and muffins etc) above the level of the top of the toaster so that you don't burn all of your fingers trying to get them out, and obviate the need to stick a knife into the toasted item, but miss and fuse the elements (you've all done it once...).
The dials are probably the best feature for me - again, one for each set of 2 slots - operated by a twisty rod and bead combo and offering browning settings from 1 to 6. This means that you can have a his and hers side of the toaster (Some like it just browned, others cremated).
Also on the front panel are 4 buttons for each side. Cancel is moderately obvious and will spring your limp and warm bread back up. Bagel is the clever option that turns off the outside element of each slot, allowing you to toast only one side of the aforementioned savoury doughnut, or teacake if you prefer, whilst keeping the other side warm. The Defrost button slowly warms a solid lump of bread to a precooked state, saving you from starvation if you managed to forget to retrieve the bread from the freezer the evening before. The final button - Reheat - simply rewarms your already toasted items in the event that you've foolishly made your other half's toast already, but they're still trying to decide which clothes to wear.
Other features include a cord wrap underneath the body of the toaster, which works like those on the bases of kettles, safely stowing away excess cable so that your plug sockets don't become a labyrinthine mess of black leads and tangles. There are also 2 removable crumb trays for easier cleaning - although to be fair, even our budget toaster had one.
Not amazingly heavy, thankfully, the toaster came in a needlessly large and overpackaged box - obviously to allow the sides of the boxes to be covered in shiny pictures and blurb about how amazing the toaster is. Seriously, are we that desperate to be convinced we need it? Inside you will find the usual panoply of multi-lingual instructions, guarantee form and warning leaflet (The Toaster gets hot when in use. Really? I'd best not get this one then....).
Does it work? This is of course the important bit. It'd be little use if it just stood there looking pretty. If I'd wanted that I could just have hired a glamour model to sit on my kitchen worktop and given her a carton of orange juice to keep her quiet (It says Concentrate on the side).
Well - as far as Toasters go, it was very good. The toast came out brown and cooked, as expected, and only mild tweaking of the selector dial was required to find the perfect level of toastiness. Obviously this level will vary according to the thickness of the bread - and Toaster Scientists will need to work hard at this to come up with a sensor that knows the relative density of the bread and toasts accordingly. (If they can put ABS, EBD and ESP in cars, I'm sure they can make a Toaster clever).
Overall I was quite happy with my purchase. As impulsive as it was, we did need a 4 slot toaster - as breakfasts together do take more time if you have to do one round at a time - and with a rapidly growing anklesnapper already weaning her way through porridge and mushed up veg, it won't be long before she demands toasty goodness to satisfy her hunger.
I would recommend this toaster as a luxury treat, or an ideal buy if you have gift vouchers as I did - but it is a considered purchase after all, and you could conceivably get the same cooked satisfaction from a cheaper unit - if not the same elegance in your kitchen.
The Delonghi CT04003 is a 4 slice toaster. Elegantly designed with both a futuristic and retro design. The controls are fully variable so you can make that perfect piece of toast just the way you prefer it!!
Two slots can be operated independently of the other two, and it automatically adjusts to the thickness of the bread that you place in the slots! Oh come on! What more do you need!!
Also on offer is a frozen setting which is ideal for when you whip out that frozen loaf from the back of the freezer and need toast without waiting for the bread to defrost.
Two crumb trays are strategically placed which makes cleaning it an absolute doddle and the whole sleek design sits on feet that are non -slip which is vital if there are young children around.Oh! and did I mention that it also comes equipped with a reheat facility that allows you to warm up toast that has become cold. I think they've thought of just about everything on this nifty well designed toaster!
Why would a twenty two year old girl ask for her birthday? Shoes? Handbag? or a toaster? In my case definitely a toaster.
Have you seen this toaster? It is a piece of beauty. I am the queen of decluttering, I have as little as possible on my kitchen side board, previous toasters have been hidden away in the cupboard. However this one has pride of place on the sideboard in plain view, and quite a few people have commented on how it looks.
So why am I getting so excited about essentially a pretty appliance? Mine is in brushed chrome so it looks futuristic, but its styled in a retro way, meaning it won't look out of place in any kitchen.
As for the quality, it is faultless. You can decide how brown you want each 'pair of toast' to be. Ideal for me as my boyfriend prefers it almost black! It is so straightforward to use, even when slightly tipsy, and fancying toast as a late night snack!
However, the toaster does not allow for toasting of bagels/croissants, this does not bother me, but may be an issue for others.
On a practical note it is very easy to clean with the removable crumb tray.
Another excellent feature of this toaster is the fact that you can get other appliances to match that are equally gorgeous, yes, I have the matching kettle on my Christmas list already!
After a good few weeks browsing the web for toaster quotes i decided that the delonghi CTO4003 was the best toaster in its field.
This toaster since i have purchased it, is fantastic.
It not only does my toast to a crispy brown finish but it makes a fantastic spring when it pops up.
Last week i woke up and thought hmm what should i have for breakfast?? should i have cereal? a poptart? or should i have a fantastic piece of toast from my DelonghiCTO4003 toaster??
After a brief discussion with my heart i decided to go for the poptart.........only joking people i chose the toast and my god it was worth it.
Crispy, brown, butter side up i chomped my toast with a satisfying mmmmmmmmm.
The taste was magnificent, the toast had a tan like it had been in the carribean and i was more than happy with my toasters work for the day.
Well done delonghi on producing a fantastic toaster
10/10 i say
I look forward to my breakfast every morning now because of you.
I LOVE MY TOASTER XXXXXXXXXXXX
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