We have been using this toaster for about 6 months now and use it at least every morning. It's makes great toast! I chose this kettle because I had had kenwood appliances previously and was very pleased with the quality of this make.
You can toast four slices of bread with this toaster and you can also easily toast scones and bagels. When it pops you can hear it from upstairs in my house. I like this though because I can run downstairs when I know my toast is ready.
It is easy to use with very limited buttons. Basically just pull down the lever and wait for the pop! Or press the cancel button if needed. I like how this toaster is White in colour because it's very easy to clean and doesn't show any marks made from buttery fingers.
It sits in place on our kitchen counter and even though it is a bit bulky it doesnt bother us but this may be a nuisance for someone with tight space in an apartment.
The toast tastes good and doesn't burn on average setting unlike other toasters I have used. It also has a crumb tray which collects excessive crumbs fro the bread but I don't find this to be a great feature as if you slightly move the toaster the crumbs come out onto the counter and add to the cleaning!
This is an excellent toaster - better than any other we have had in the past.
It is white, which many people may not prefer, but it is easy to keep clean with a wipe and doesn't show the greasy marks which you get with the stainless steel types.
It has all the usual controls with the addition of a lever which you can use for raising and lowering toast, crumpets, and
It also has a 'freeze' button which you use if you are inserting frozen bread.
I tend not to bother using this as frozen bread toast just as well in the normal way.
The toasting is even and once you have found your ideal colour of toast you can safely leave the slider positioned to get your perfect piece of toast.
It is sold as a four slice toaster though with some breads the slices are too wide - or the toaster too narrow!! It does, however, fit large size Naan breads in quite easily and the small Naans and crumpets can be lifted easily with the lever.
It IS quite a large toaster and you need to know you have room on your work-top to fit it in easily.
This is a very inexpensive toaster, we bought it for £19 at the 'sadly missed Coop Homestore' but it was a Which Best Buy and i would heartily recommend it.
I love this kenwood toaster! We as a family can't start the day without a piece of toast, this toaster is perfect, as you can easily toast four pieces at once, and there are a good range of settings for heat, these range from extreme to extreme, which means you can get the toast just how you want! We spent ages looking for a good toaster, and this one seemed to fit everything we wanted, and for a price that is very reasonable, especially for a good well known brand, and compared to much higher prices! It picks up a lot of dirt we find, as it is pure white, however it cleans easily, so that's not a problem. The buttons are all responsive for cancel, defrost, etc. and it doesn't ever smell when toasting, which was an issue on our old one. It takes many different sizes of bread, and lots of other things like bagels, even croissants! Love it!
Just before Christmas our old Russell Hobbs toaster went to that great toaster graveyard in the sky so we asked for a new one as a prezzie. We were given a new "prestige" toaster from Argos only to find on first use that it did not even power on. So giving up on Argos we got a refund and hit the january sales. We ended up swapping our non working 2 slice toaster for the Kenwood which was a 4 slice toaster for less money.
In all honesty its a pretty basic toaster which comes in white plastic. It as the usual controls for toasting bread from heat setting 1 - 5 although i can never seem to get the slide control just right, my toast often comes out a little overdone or underdone, though i think the bread itself as a lot to do with that i.e thickness and freshness etc. The toaster as lights at the side which are illuminated blue when its on. It as a defrost button - useful if like me you sometimes forget to take the new loaf out of the freezer and it as a reheat button again useful if you get your timing of breakfast all wrong and want to just warm up the bread again while you dish up your breakfast. The toaster also has a lever which you can use to help raise the bread up out of the top (saves burning your fingers). The toaster slots are wide enough to accomodate doing a toasted sandwich in those little toast bags you can buy. It also comes with a crumb tray which is easily removed for cleaning.
So all in all its a bit of a bargain buy, nothing spectacular but it does what it says on the box and what more do you want.
I've had this toaster for a little while,after my previous toaster blew up (well it was second hand!). I like machinery to be simple and don;t need lots of whizzy dials and buttons for making all sorts of stuff that can be done just as easily in a grill...... so the Kenwood toaster was just what I was looking for. I also refuse to pay over the odds for something and believe me toaster prices can reach the £000's!!!.
Anyhow this one cost me about £20 in the local Coop Home store so not only did I get my dividend on it, I got a good basic model for very reasonable price.
The toaster is white with three buttons on the side that light up an interesting shade of blue! The toaster supposedly takes four slices of bread, but I've only had that happen successfully when the slices have been from a bog standard square cut loaf. Decent bread (ie bread that is not prepacked and comes in tin or bloomer shapes) is better toasted two slices at a time, or possible three is you cut one slice in half.
The toasting holes take varying sizes of bread and will also take crumpets and muffins, so if you like thick buttered toast or thin buttered toast this will serve you well.
There is a crumb tray which does what it says - it collects the crumbs that invariably fall from the bread. This slides out easily so that you can dispose of the breadcrumbs daily if you so wish.
This toaster has a defrost button - which I have never successfully used. The bread seems to start toasting instead of defrosting. You can reheat toast, although why you would want to do that I'm not really sure - surely the point of a toaster is to toast the bread and then eat it.
On to actually toasting bread, which after all is what this is designed for. There is a browning control slider on the side which you can use to set the amount of browness you want your toast to be. This is more awkward than it looks and I seem to either end up with burnt or undercooked toast. The rest of the family seem to be able to deal with it OK, so it is obviously my failing not the machines!. It is possible to lok into the top to see the elements and whether they are heating up, but don't panic if they don't appear to be bright red - it doesn;t mean they aren't working.
There is a second lever on the side for plunging the bread into the depths of the toaster. This can also be raised slighty on finishing to get the toast out easier ( you are not supposed to stick a knife in to pull the bread up when done as most people do!)
The lead can be kept as long or short as you want as it can be wound up in the base, meaning that it can be kept out of the way at the back of the worksurface so that little hands can't grab it.
All the usual rules apply to this electrical appliance;
Don't use near water
Don't immerse in water
Don't put metal objects in the toasting slots
Do keep out of reach of children
The machine is easy to keep clean - just wipe with a damp cloth on the outside and ocassionally wash the crumb tray when you empty it.
The only drawback I have found with this toaster is a purely personal one. I would like the controls the other way round, with the levers and buttons on the left as it would fit better on my worktop !!!
Last week I decided that I fancied beans on toast for lunch. I put the bread in the toaster and got the beans out ready. The next thing I knew was that there was a bang, a flash and a smell of burning and my toaster was dead!
So it came to pass that we were looking for a new toaster.
Hubby decided it would be good to have one of those square ones with four slots, side by side, until I pointed out that the work surface in the kitchen of our new home isn't very big and one of those monstrosities would be rather in the way!
So we decided to look for one of the long, slim ones. I thought that white would be good as the kettle, microwave and cooker in the cottage are all white and I do like things matching.
We had a look in Curry's and Comet, but couldn't see anything we liked. Then Dave reminded me that we had vouchers to use in Debenhams. We had £100 worth as a wedding present and still had £25 left - the fact that it is our third wedding anniversary on 16th April is immaterial! We're not shopaholics then!
I thought that it would be expensive at Debenhams but figured that it was worth a look; however I was in for a nice surprise.
They had a Kenwood TTP103 four slice toaster in white for £20!
So know you know why we needed a toaster, how and why we chose it and where we got it from I'm guessing you'd like to know a bit about it!
It has a crumb tray into which will drop the crumbs from the toast. It slides out of the base of the toaster so that it can be emptied - I always put the resulting crumbs out for the birds.
It has a high lift which operates from the lever used to start the toaster. When it has finished you can lift that same lever to its highest and this lifts the toast a little bit higher from the toaster so it is easier to remove it.
It has a cancel button with an indicator light. Now this is useful if you have set the heat a bit too high and the smell of burning toast begins to drift across the kitchen!
It has a defrost button with an indicator light. This does what is says on the tin - just pop your frozen bread in press this button and it will defrost before toasting.
It has a reheat button with an indicator light. This facility allows you to reheat toast that has 'popped up' but has subsequently gone cold.
It has a browning control so that you can get your toast just the right shade of brown! Some people enjoy their toast very pale but to me that just seems like warm bread - I like mine just the right side of burnt! With a browning control we can all have our toast done just right.
It has a cord storage facility. This is basically a set of clips on the underside of the toaster where you can wind the excess cord. This means that there is no trailing cord for children to get hold of and pull the hot toaster off the work surface.
Use of your Toaster
Well it isn't going to be rocket science is it?
You set the browning control to the desired level and put the bread, muffins, bagels, tea cakes or whatever into the slots. The wide slots mean that the toaster will take them all - not all at the same time you understand!
You then push down the lever on the side of the toaster until it locks in place. The cancel button will then illuminate. If you need to stop the toasting process before it is complete just press the cancel button.
When the toast has 'popped up' you can use the high lift to remove it if you need to.
I do enjoy toast, usually with marmalade, on a regular basis so the toaster has now been put through its paces and I am pleased to report that it works brilliantly! I can get the toast just how I like it and it tastes great so that will do for me!
There are the obvious safety warnings to be heeded of course.
Don't leave the toaster unattended in case the toast catches fire.
Don't poke around inside the toaster with anything metal.
Don't let the toaster get wet.
Don't put anything in the toaster that has a topping such as a pizza - is anyone THAT stupid?
There are quite a few more of these on the instruction leaflet but I won't bore you with all of them here.
The toaster looks smart, it was a good price and it works well. The instruction leaflet is comprehensive yet simple to read and understand and it is all in English so no sorting through dozens of different languages looking for one you can understand!
I am well pleased with my purchase!
The Kenwood TTP103 Toaster is made in a clean white finish and its stylish looks will complement your modern kitchen / It has 2 slots that toast 4 slices at a time and features variable width toasting slots variable browning control high lift facility illuminated controls a removable crumb tray and defrost reheat and mid-cycle cancel functions.2 long slots for 4 slices of toastCancel reheat and defrost featuresVariable width slots and variable browning controlCool-wall sides to prevent burned fingersHigh-rise bread lift and removable crumb tray / Short name: Kenwood TTP103