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      22.09.2013 01:56
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      Cheap and cheerful. You get what you pay for.

      If you've read my Breville toaster review, then you will already know I bought the Sainsbury Basic Toaster after my expensive Breville toaster blew up. I bought this toaster in-store for £5.00 on offer but I can see it is currently available for £9.00 on the Sainsbury website. The dimensions are 19.3 x 38.9 x 16.8cm and it doesn't take up much space at all. Unfortunately it only comes in white, which doesn't match my kitchen colour scheme, but I couldn't justify spending the extra money at the time. It is plastic, and it really does look as cheap as it costs. It has two extra wide slots, in which you can fit four slices of bread. I have toasted burger baps halved in the toaster successfully. There are 7 settings, but I find setting number 5 is sufficient to toast the bread. There is a button to cancel mid cycle if you have set the machine to toast for too long. I have found that most loaves of bread are a bit too tall for the toaster, and the top 1cm of the bread does not get as toasted as the rest, however, for the cheap price of the toaster I have not found this too much of a bother. The toast automatically "pops" up when finished and there is a high lift function to lift the slices out over the top of the toaster so you can avoid burning your fingers. There is a handy slide out crumb tray, however I find crumbs find their way past this tray on to the kitchen surface, so I keep the toaster on a tray to stop crumbs going everywhere. This toaster is in no way aesthetically pleasing, it's toasting area needs to be 1cm taller and a fair amount of crumbs avoid the crumb tray making it onto the surface below. However, it works, which after my experience with Breville is a real novelty. For such a cheap toaster you can't expect it to be perfect. I'm just happy that I'm still able to eat toast for my breakfast every day.

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        09.09.2013 17:06
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        A great toaster which doesn't break the bank

        ~*~*~ Sainsbury's Basic 4-Slice Toaster ~*~*~ When it comes to buying new kitchen appliances I normally choose based on the cosmetic look of it, however this normally means paying top whack for the item. I am very rarely allowed out to buy these items as my judgement can be swayed very easily depending on how much pink and glitter is on the item, so buying appliances is down to my other half (I'm a girl, what does he expect?). About 5 months ago my beloved Breville toaster died and I was in need of a new toaster. My partner and I decided to have a look in our local Sainsbury's and came across this toaster for £9.00. It was one of the cheapest toasters they had and I didn't have high hopes for it. The toaster came in a basic, looking cardboard box (no bells or whistles) and once the toaster was pulled out of the box it was also very basic looking. It is made from white plastic and does look cheaply produced, but as long as it toasts then that's all that really matters. The toaster is easy to set up, you simply plug it in the wall, put you bread in the toaster and it's cooked within minutes. This toaster can hold four pieces of bread and it also has extra wide slots which means it can hold thick pieces of bread easily. There are 7 settings on this toaster and I find between 4-5 browns the bread nicely, within around 3 or 4 minutes. Overall this toaster was fantastic value for money and works just as well as higher priced toasters. I would definitely recommend this toaster, for £9.00 it was a bargain. It cooks bread evenly and quickly, which is just what we were looking for. I am going to give this toaster 4 out of 5 Dooyoo Stars. I am dropping a star for the appearance, as it isn't the prettiest thing to look at, but then again it's not like I am taking it out for dinner :). Specifications: - Dimmensions: 19.3 H x 38.9 W x 16.8cm D - Settings: 7 toasting settings - Cable Length: 0.71M - Wattage: 1350W - Number of Slots: 2 Slots - Removable crumbs tray - Cancel mid-cycle button - Frozen bread setting Thank you for taking the time to read my review :o)

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          04.12.2012 10:21

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          The only thing more expensive toasters do better is look good.

          In all honesty, there isn't really too much to say about this. It's a toaster, and it's very cheap; there aren't many places you'll get a 4 slice toaster for under a tenner! First of all, it's made from cheap plastic. This would be a problem if it was more expensive, but at this price point it's to be expected. Want a stainless steel one? You have to pay more. It probably will break on you at some point; with mine, the handle wouldn't stay down, so you'd have to hold it there if you wanted it to toast the bread. However, Sainsbury's include a one year guarantee on it, so I went in and the very helpful staff replaced it for me on production of my receipt. Now, what about the main function; toasting? Well, it is brilliant. In this respect, it doesn't matter if you spend £9 or £90 on a toaster, it'll do exactly the same job. You'll have to fiddle around with the dial to get the setting just right, but everyone likes their toast done slightly differently. The wider slots are a massive bonus, it means you can stick thick sliced bread in there, or bagels. This is something that wasn't possible with the Asda, Morrisons or Tesco value-branded equivalents, which all retail for the same price. In short then, this is the cheap toaster to go for. In fact, unless the cheap white shiny plastic look is just too unbearable, then I see no reason why you'd get something more expensive. And if it breaks on you, you can take it back and have it replaced within one year of purchase, if it breaks outside of that first year, come on, it's just a tenner.

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          07.11.2012 00:02
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          Relatively good, until it isn't... You get what you pay for...

          Last year I bought this toaster thinking it would be great! At less than £10 this was a great deal, or at least it would have been aside from the problems. The toaster is of a fairly good quality, looking pretty generically white and plastic but serving its purpose. It comes with a crumb tray for cleaning and is not hot to the touch (unless you touch the inside of course). The toaster has different settings so that you can have it burned to a crisp, vaguely warmed bread, or anything in between, and it only takes a couple of minutes to toast fully. I found that the slots were not big enough for all slices of bread, so some flipping was involved, but this is the case on many toasters and most bread was able to be toasted fully without having to flip! The toaster will also fit smaller things like crumpets and pancakes but I had some difficulty removing them from it as they seemed to get wedged in it. However, a short time after I bought this toaster I found that it had stopped working! I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I assume some of the wires had become disconnected, so that when I popped the toast down it did not stay down and hence the toaster wouldn't heat up! This was very annoying and so I would warn customers to keep their receipts as this is a fairly cheap toaster, so the chances of things breaking or going wrong are relatively high. However, having said that, I would not say that it was a bad toaster overall, as the cost of this evens out any problems if it breaks and it is a reasonable toaster nonetheless!

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          25.09.2012 20:32
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          Does the job :-)

          I bought this toaster when i moved into a new house with some friends from university. As we were only going to be living there for a year we didn't wasnt to spend a fortune on a toaster and then have arguments over who was going to keep it when we moved out therefore we decided to try out the Sainsbury's Basics toaster. As we all often had to be out of the house at the same time, we decided a 4 slice toaster would be better than a 2 slice toaster. The toaster cost £9.97 which is cheap and cheerful. The toaster is made out of white plastic, with chrome. It looks plain and simple, which means it fits into any kitchen well but may be seen as looking slightly tacky due to the plastic finish. It functions in the same way as any other toaster. You simple plug the toaster into the wall socket, load the bread into the 4 slots and push down the handle. There are quite a few toasting settings (7 in total) allowing you to toast the bread to your liking. The bread took around 2 minutes to toast to a medium level and toasted evenly so there was no need to take the bread out half way through toasting to flip it over. The size of the toaster is as follows: W18.5cm x D21cm x H40.5cm. Overall, a cheap and cheerful toaster which is good value for the price.

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          27.08.2012 11:00

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          Consistently toasts your bread. Do you need any more?

          ~Technical Info~ 4 Slice Toaster Size - 19 x 39 x 17cm Cable Length - 71cm Automatic Pop Up Cancel Button Cool Wall Frozen Setting High Lift 7 Heat Settings Slide Out Crumb Tray 1350W ~Review~ Toast is quite a basic food and therefore it seems sensible to pay a basic price. At £10 the Sainsbury's 4-slice Toaster is at the lower end of the market. It has all the settings you need when toasting your bread. 7 heat settings mean you can get your toast nearly the same every time. If you feel is has gone on for too long there is a cancel button to get the toast out before the frustration sets in when you smell it start burning. Frozen bread is also catered for with a dedicated frozen bread button. For safety this toaster features cool walls meaning you won't burn yourself if you touch the side whilst it is cooking. For those smaller pieces of bread or crumpets you can use the high lift feature to get them out. Finally once you have finished there is a slide out crumb tray helping you to keep it clean. This toaster is very good value for money. I bought it because I find it is useful to have the option of being able to cook 4 slices at one time. It doesn't take up too much space and the built in cable storage means the cable won't be stuck out taking up more space. The 7 settings mean that the toast comes out consistently at the same level each time. I am very satisfied with this toaster and it does the basic job of toasting bread very well.

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          13.07.2012 10:59
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          for under £10 who can moan

          For me the main thing to think about when buying stuff like toasters is if I spend little will I gave to buy them more often because if so I may aswell just spend the extra money and get on that lasts this takes away the pain of shopping over and over for the same thing, however I took a gamble with this toaster and have been pleasently suprised . I bought this around two months ago it is used heavily every single day and never given us any problems its working just as well as the day I bought it and isnt giving me any signs that its going to give in anytime soon. The Toaster is white with room for four slices which to me is a must two slices is never enough ! there are various heat settings these are a standard on toasters but it is still worth mentioning the nice lttle thing about this is the high lift feature this has saved me burning the end of my fingers every day trying to get small bits of toast out . the design is nothing special standard white bulky plastic but im sure that for the price your paying the look of the toaster isnt a priority saying that it isnt all that bad to look at though to sum up great price a true work hourse I think for the money its awesome value !!! hope this was helpfull Thanks

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          18.06.2012 20:32
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          Fab basic kitchen essential from Sainsbury's homeware range.

          We have recently been kitting out a new kitchen area at work and the emphasis has been on cheap, sturdy and easy to use items from our rather meagre budget. We now have a microwave, a kettle, a small fridge and this toaster so the basics are covered and we can now cater for ourselves quite well. The only requirements we had for our toaster was that it had to be a four slice model as quite frequently a whole load of toast will be made at the same time, the smell of toast in the office in a morning is very hard to ignore! Anyway, this toaster from Sainsbury's was picked out by me for the princely sum of £9.19 whilst I was buying the tea and coffee supplies. I do love the fact that you can pick things like this up in a normal supermarket these days and to be honest the supermarket basics/value ranges tend to be pretty reliable and great value. This toaster is the requisite four slices model we required and has seven settings on a dial so you can toast more or less to your taste (in our office this dial is continually moved back and forwards and you have to remember to check where it is before you toast!). The slots are wide enough to toast muffins, crumpets and bagels too and it has a 'high lift' function so with these smaller items you don't have to burn your fingers when removing them. This toaster is white and the surface is easy to wipe clean, it also has a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning, it is quite big and bulky and not exactly stylish, being white plastic effect on the outside, but for our office needs it really does not matter. There is a very useful 'cancel' button for checking if your toast is done mid-cycle too and a built in cable storage clip to minimise the cable on show. We find this toaster is completely sufficient for our needs and it takes a hammering, being used most days a few times. No problems at all so far, it is reliable, easy to use and consistent (for me a level 3 of toasting is the same every time and just right!). You cannot go wrong for less than a tenner and this is a great bit of basic kitchen kit which we will no doubt be using for many years to come.

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          04.06.2012 12:13
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          A basic, good value for money toaster.

          The Sainsbury's Basics 4 Slice Toaster is one of the best basic and economical toaster in the market. Although it doesn't win any points in terms of design and appearances, it does get the job done with no complicated settings and features. Great for anyone who just wants good ol' plain toast, and those who are on a budget. I'm still using this toaster from my college days and it's still working beautifully. This toaster toasts 4 slices of bread at once and very quickly and browns evenly which makes it a handy toaster for feeding plenty of people at once. The toaster pops out toasts nicely and willingly, I haven't encounter any stuck toasts yet. It's bulit to able to toast thick slices of bread and I've been using this toaster to toast other types of pastry such as pita breads, crumpets and bagels as they fit in well into the toaster slot. The toaster is slightly larger than normal toasters but it's not too heavy and it doesn't take up to much space. The exterior is insulated cool touch walls and it has a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning. It has a high lift function too, that allows easy retrieval if you're toasting smaller pieces of bread.

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          The Sainsbury's Basics 4 Slice Toaster features extra wide slots that can accommodate thicker slices of bread and has 7 toasting settings / There's a built-in cable tidy and a high-lift function lets you get at smaller pieces and of course it comes with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning and has insulated cool-touch walls.