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My dad likes buying kitchen gadgets and my mum prefers to keep things simple, so when the novelty of my dad's latest purchase wears off, many of the things he has bought end up with me. He bought the Tefal Toast 'n' Egg from Argos to replace a simple two slot toaster used in their holiday caravan. My mum evicted it at the end of the year because she argued it was too large for the small kitchen, especially when they already had a gas grill and a microwave egg poacher. So I re-homed it, despite having a toaster. It has now found it's way to a yet another new home..
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOOUT THIS TOASTER
The Toast 'n' Egg is a 2 slot toaster with a built in egg cooker that will produce poached, boiled, or scrambled eggs. Also included is a steaming rack to use above the egg cooker - this allows you to reheat pre-cooked foods such as sausages or mushrooms at the same time. I have the black version which has grey detailing, except for the toasting slot which has a silver appearance. Some versions come with a heating rack that lets you warm foods such as rolls or croissants as well, according to my users manual, but mine does not.
2 slice toaster with wide slots and high lift function, and 5 browning levels.
Includes steaming tray and egg tray, measuring beaker for water and egg pricker.
Cooks 1 poached egg or 4 boiled eggs at once.
The current RRP is £44.99.
The Tefal toaster may be a two slice model but it is relatively bulky. I estimate it is approximately 38cm long not including the egg cooking tray handle, 15cm wide and 20cm tall. It looks quite substantial and whilst matte black would not be my usual first choice for a toaster, I must confess that it does give quite a smart appearance and it does not show finger marks or scratches as the chrome look ones do. Keeping it clean is just a case of wiping it over with a cloth - and emptying the crumb tray of course. The latter is easy to do and it slots back in without being fiddly. The egg cooking part takes a little more effort. The base of this is a non removable water holder which attracts a whitish lime spotting after a few uses, although this no doubt depends on your water type. I have noted that the instruction manual suggests that you should remove these deposits after every use using a sponge soaked in white vinegar. This does indeed work well, and does not affect anything cooked above it subsequently. The egg cooking trays/holders themselves are relatively easy to clean - if you adhere to the instructions and remember to lightly oil them before use.
EASE OF USE
The toaster comes with a thick users manual but this is because it offers many translations into other languages. The English part is thankfully well written and does not smack of auto-translate. Also included is a useful quick reference sheet which includes pictorial instructions for using both the toaster and egg cooker functions. I used this exclusively after the first time, and it was detailed enough to work on until I had learnt the controls. As a whole, the toaster is simple and intuitive to use and there are not a plethora of buttons to get used to. There are selection buttons to press according to whether you want to cook just the toast, just the egg or both together, a cancel button and a sliding browning control for the toast and that's it.
If this toaster was separate, it would be regarded as a basic model in my opinion. It doesn't have any fancy re-heat or stay warm settings for example. There are 5 browning levels which are selected by a simple sliding switch. I find that setting 2-3 works best for me - anything more burns my bread. It takes longer to do it's job than my other Morphy Richards toaster, and longer than a Tesco Value one we have now got at the caravan. It does not necessarily feel like it is a slow coach, it is more I notice the difference compared to the other products. It does mean that the bread is not cooked too long before the egg though.
The toasting slots are described as wide, but I do not think they are especially. It will certainly take ready sliced "thick" bread from most brands but not the rather thicker slices of home made bread that I prefer. The main problem is that it will not cook a taller slice all the way up to the top - there is typically a couple of cm's sticking out. On the opposite front, it does cook those little slices for example of the Warburtons Danish small loaf nicely - they are difficult to remove from my other toaster as they are almost drowned in the slots. The Tefal toaster does not do this and it has a "high lift function" which makes retrieving your slices easier still. This just means that once the toast has popped up you can lift the slots up an extra bit so you won't burn your fingers. There is a cancel function too, should you choose the wrong browning level.
THE EGG COOKER
To cook the eggs you need to fill the water container, put the appropriate egg holder above, and then the lid before selecting the egg cooker function which acts a start button too. Included is a small measuring beaker which guides you as to how much water to add, which in turn depends on how many eggs you are cooking (if boiling them) and the required firmness if you are poaching them. The markings on the beaker would have been clearer if they had been in a darker colour and I have since learnt how much water to use when measured by tablespoons because of that. I have found that by following the instructions for a poached egg with a soft texture, I need to add more water than suggested but the manual does warn you that this may be the case as much depends on the size and freshness of your egg. Unfortunately you may have to put up with a few sub standard eggs until you have completed a few trial and error attempts.
The major downside for me is the fact the egg cooker will only manage one poached egg at once. It is rare that I eat breakfast alone and it would take quite a lot of time to feed a family this way. The actual single egg poaching time may be slightly quicker than using a pan of water on the hob but not substantially so. The cooker does produce a perfectly round and appetising looking egg and they taste just as good cooked any other way. It is critical to remember to lightly oil the poacher before you add the egg, or it will stick and be tiresome to clean - believe me! Otherwise, it slips out smoothly if you carefully loosen the edges with a palette knife. Incidentally if you like eggs served on breakfast muffins, the poached eggs produced are perfectly sized for that.
The soft and hard boiled eggs can be cooked in batches of up to 4 at once which is more practical for me. I do think these cook slightly faster than ones cooked conventionally, but they taste the same. The main difference is that you must remember to pierce the largest end before placing them in their holder - a sharp point is located underneath the measuring beaker to allow you to do this. It is not difficult to do but don't be too enthusiastic as my boyfriend was and make a jabbing motions as you may crack the egg! The piercer is sharp enough to do someone an injury if used inappropriately so it is certainly something to hide from children.
The egg cooker does produce steam when it is on, through a hole in the top and you are advised to keep your face out of the way when you open the lid up at the end of cooking. It also sounds a bit like a kettle boiling, not excessively noisy but you know it is working. The sound starts after a short delay and gets quieter before sometimes increasing again just near the end. I don't find it annoying because it isn't on for long.
The egg cooker can be used to prepare an omelette or scrambled eggs but I have tried neither as frankly the portion size would be impractically small and I think that in the case of scrambled eggs, stirring such a small container would be potentially very fiddly. You can also re-heat ready cooked foods such as sausages by placing them on the rack above the eggs while they are cooking. They are then heated in the steam produced. The space provided would only be enough for 2-3 sausages. I tend to cook anything like that when I want it so re-heating alone isn't that useful to me and I have only used the function a couple of times, for mushrooms. It does work. but I did feel the food got cold again very quickly.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE TOAST 'N' EGG?
I used this a lot when we first acquired it, but then we needed the work top space and I put it away in a cupboard and we have not bought it out that much. To be honest, I don't find it much quicker or simpler than cooking eggs on the hob and using a regular toaster and it actually takes longer to use the Tefal if you want to cook poached eggs for several people due to being able to cook just one at a time and only 2 slices of toast. On the other hand, there is no doubting it does actually work and once you have worked out the best water level for your egg preferences, it is easy to use. If you eat an egg with your toast a lot, and don't cater for several people at once, this is worth considering but for a family I don't think this will make your life much easier. If you don't eat eggs a lot you would be paying a lot for a bulky and basic two slice toaster. I have decided to give it away as it isn't something I really NEED.
Available Argos, Amazon and Robert Dyas amongst other places
Tefal Toast N' Egg TT550015
- 2 slice toaster
- Boils and Poaches eggs
- Re-Heat tray
RRP around £34.99
The Tefal Toast N' Egg is no ordinary toaster! I bought this three years ago when I moved house. I am a big believer in "you get what you pay for". Having said that I was, and still am, on an extremely tight budget. So spending this much money on a toaster was a fairly big decision. It turned out to be a fantastic decision and changed the way I cooked breakfast from there on in!
The toaster takes two slices of bread. It has variable heat settings from 1 to 5 depending on the thickness of your slice. Using thick white sliced bread, it takes around 2 minutes to toast two slices. The result is lovely crunchy toast that is never burnt and is evenly cooked, which is quite refreshing when compared to other models. The slots are deeper than you may think at first, so you can get the whole slice in. A lot of toasters leave the top edge exposed and thus you have to turn the toast half way through to get an even crisp. Not with this toaster!
The control panel is fairly straight forward. Along side the heat controls for the toaster slots, there are four push buttons to control the heating element for the eggs. You can choose either; toast on its own, in which instance you don't need to press anything except the plunger as with a 'normal' toaster. The other three controls enable you to cook eggs alone, with no toast, or, cook eggs in conjunction with toast. The final button at the bottom is a 'stop' button which is pressed to release toast during cooking, if required, or to turn off the heating element for the eggs. All buttons are flush to the body of the toaster and so are wipe clean.
There is an adequate crumb tray included. As with all toasters this needs to be emptied regularly. Having said that I only empty it about once per month and have had no problems with the crumbs building up and burning as I have done with other toasters previous to the Tefal.
And so we come to the egg cooker. The element is wipe clean. I give it a wipe with white vinegar now and again to remove any residue and keep it shining. It cooks eggs by steaming them from water placed into the element. To cook eggs you place the rack on top of the element. There is room for up to four eggs here. The toaster comes complete with a measuring pot for water. On the base of this is a small sharp needle which must be used to piece the bottom of the egg before placing in the rack. This prevents cracking. Fill the measurer up to the desired level. Hard medium or boiled, from 1 egg to 4 eggs on each level. On the back of the pot there is a section for measuring water for poached eggs which I will explain shortly. Once the eggs are pierced, place them upside down in the rack. So the pierced side is facing upwards. Then put the lid on. The lid has a small hole in the top to allow steam to escape. Then press the button and off it goes. I find this much easier to use than a conventional saucepan. I am a fairly good cook and am able to boil and egg the old fashioned way without a problem. However this toaster takes the hassle out of it. There are no saucepans to wash up, no timers to set, no leaning over the stove waiting in anticipation for cracks to appear. With the Tefal I can put the eggs on to cook, and get on with other things, like making an all important cuppa or washing up etc. Having said that I would strongly recommend against leaving the device unattended as with any other appliance.
Poaching eggs hasn't been quite so successful. The machine comes with what I can only describe as a mini frying pan. Fill the measurer up to the desired level for poaching, these marks are on the reverse of it. It is only big enough for one egg. It has a non stick coating. The idea is that this sits on top of the rack with an egg in it, then the lid over the top and the egg is poached by the steam. I've only tried this two or three times and haven't been that impressed. The first time the egg stuck to the pan, with disastrous consequences! The second time I wiped a little oil around the pan with some kitchen paper and this helped the sticking but it overcooked. Which is my error and not that of the machine. So after that I have stuck to boiled eggs only. I'm sure if I persevered I would get the hang of it, but, the only way of getting the egg out is to wipe a small amount of oil around the pan, and this can be tasted on the finished product. This may be fine for most, but first thing in the morning it was a little overpowering.
In addition to eggs, there is a warming tray provided. This is designed to re heat sausages or bacon etc. I haven't yet used this function so cant comment on its usability or effectiveness. If on the rare occasion I do have bacon I cook from fresh under the grill.
So to summarise, the Tefal Toast N' Egg is far more economical than boiling a large pan of water, which would use a lot of gas/electric in the process. I have a very active job and work long hours. So two or three days a week I like to have a good breakfast, rather than just cereal. The toast and egg enables me to do this without having to concentrate too much first thing in the morning! There is hardly any washing up and its much faster. It may not be suitable for a large family as it only takes two slices rather than four, and there is only room for boiling up to four eggs. Having said that I would highly recommend it to all, in my opinion, no kitchen is complete without one.
I first looked at this and thought it was ideal for me because i work very early in the morning and like something substantial before i go to work. The price was brilliant at £29.00 from argos and after i had set my toaster to how i like it, it cooked it perfectly. It doesnt take too long to cook and not only does it make poached eggs but you also have the option to have boiled eggs and you can keep your meats warm whilst your toast and eggs are cooking.
the toast is done before your eggs but it gives you time to get your toast buttered and cut before the eggs are cooked.
the only problem i have occured is the fact that when im off work and my 2 children want the same as me i have to make it one at a time so we dont all get to sit down and eat breakfast together but it does only take around 3 minutes for it to cook.
the machine itself is very stylish, although on the long side of things. you can keep it on your work surface without much of a problem however we put ours in a cupboard because of how long it is.
a brilliant piece of equiptment though and the best toaster i have brought in a long while.
just a shame it only make one egg at a time though because i do like 2 with 2 slices of toast but its very quick and very easy to use and brilliant if you dont have a lot of time in the mornings for your breakfast. it doesnt take too much longer than it would if you made a bowl of cereal
I had a perfectly good working toaster but as I browsed through the Argos catalogue I saw what I first thought was a bit of a gimmick - Tefal toast and egg. Saying "Ha look at this" to my partner that was it he had to have it and so I was sent out to buy it the next day.
The product retails for £39.99 if you purchase the black one and a shocking £64.99 if you dare to want a red one - how they can justify this ridiculous increase? The red on has a warming function and a bagel/croissant rack. I am glad I wanted black and I had the two extra functions on my other toaster and never used them anyway! I bought mine in Argos but they are also in the Tesco catalogue at the same price. On Amazon and Ebay you can find them at slightly less by a few pounds but may have to pay p&p with some companies.
***UNPACKING AND SETTING UP***
The product comes well packaged in a cardboard box along with the various components and instructions. The instruction come in a large book with various languages (EN being the English version). The instructions are comprehensive and tell you everything you need to know and include simple written instructions and picture drawings alongside, particularly helpful when dealing with numerous parts. There are two quick guides inside also.
After unpacking it is pretty straight forward. In your box you get the actual toaster, the egg section which is moulded onto the end of the toaster where from you stack up the component parts to cook your egg variations. The metal water pan is fixed to the product but the other parts - the egg holder, egg pan, steam accessory and transparent lid are all removable for washing and fit together in different ways depending on what you are cooking. These fit together simply on top of each other and have little handles to the side - easy to pick up and have never been to hot that I have needed a glove, although this is something to beware of especially when removing the lid which has a stem hole. Washing is simple as the egg pots are all plastic or metal. The book suggests using a damp cloth with a touch of washing up liquid to wipe over you actual toaster - bearing in mind to leave it until properly cooled and clean when not plugged in. For the water pan they suggest a cloth with some white vinegar on to remove lime deposits from the water. They also suggest to remove the crumb tray from underneath regularly and clean to prevent potential crumbs alighting.
Before using for food the manufacturers recommend you us the toaster three times with no bread in and boil the egg part too, plus wash the separate bowls and water filling pots, this allows any dust of dirt fragment to be disposed of.
***LETS GET COOKING***
TOAST - The toaster slots are fairly wide and fit thick sliced bread nicely and own cut bread too. Mine fits better I find if it is put in long ways farther than with the rounded part of the crust up. It comes with a slide along level that you can easily adjust to determine the brownness. I have found my toast lovely and crunchy and cooked right up until the edges, level 3 suits me best and I guess is middle of the road in terms of brownness. The toast part is used on it's own with the simple push of the toast button which lights red then push down the bar as with most toasters which flips up with your toast when cooked. You can also lift the bar slightly so as to claim you toast more easily, but I find it pops out far enough anyway.
BOILED EGGS - The water pot gives you a level to fill to depending on whether you want soft/hard boiled eggs. It doesn't seem like a lot of what but it works well as the is none left in the metal tray after use which is excellent from a safety point of view. The level also depends on how many you are cooking at a time which can be 1 - 4! Each egg is first pierced in the large end with a small spike which is helpfully attached to the bottom of the water filling pot and comes with a safety cover - great thinking Tefal cant stab myself and won't be tempted to pierce the egg with something dodgy! Then each egg placed small point down in the designated holder. Put on the cover and press the toast and egg button or just the egg button. The eggs only take about 4-5 minutes depending on how hard boiled. If doing with toast the toast pops up when cooked and the eggs keep cooking until done and the light goes out. All of my eggs have been as I have asked so far!
POACHED/SCRAMBLED/OMLETTE EGG - Fill you water pan to the again designated level and the mix or crack your egg depending on what you are cooking into the tiny metal pan then press the corresponding egg or egg and toast button. Oh so simple! They suggest you use a oil spray in the pan first to prevent any sticking or I have used a small piece of butter wiped around too. You can add other items if dong an omelette like tomatoes etc. The only thing about this is that it is suitable for one person portion only so if for a few of you it would mean cooking and eating at staggered times. For me however it is ideal for breakfast or lunch as my partner and I often eat these at different times.
STEAM ACCESSORY - The steam tray allows you to heat pre cooked food like bacon or sausages, not something I have tried as my partner would probably just cook this as normal if going for a full English.
Yes it may be on the upper price range but there are far more expensive toasters which do far less in my opinion and Tefal are a good brand which it appears to have built quality product.
Larger than the average toaster it does take up more space in the kitchen and I do think it is one to be left out rather than packing away each time.
I am very pleased and surprisingly so I have to say. I thought it would be a gimmick thing but it has turned my weekend breakfast and sometimes lunches upside down - I love it!
The option to do both egg and toast together in 5 minutes or less is fantastic and there is so little washing up after. It is particularly ideal if you are single, elderly person or a student I think as it means quick nutritious food with not much mess or boiling or hot water saucepans.
Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username.
Just over a year ago my faithful old toaster decided to cremate itself and I had to rather quickly launch it out of the back door, now this left me with a huge problem, as my children are addicted to toast (and im a bit partial too) so I decided to have a shop round to see what was available as I didn't really like the sound of a 'cheap' toaster as im fussy about my kitchen and everything has to match. I eventually came across this one on a home shopping catalogue website (possibly from the Littlewoods group) and immediately purchased one! Even since this toaster has become a god send in my house.
I paid around £45 for mine and it seems this is the average price of one these days, although I've seen a few quite cheap ones on eBay. I have the black model.
***DESIGN AND FACTS***
-Mid toast cancel function
-Storage for cord
-Extra wide toast slots (can be used for muffins, bagels and croissants etc)
-Steamer tray for eggs
-Warming tray for (pre-cooked) meats
-Slide dial 5 heat options
There are also 4 buttons on the front to choose from to cook the different option available (toast, bagels & muffins, eggs and meat).
These are available in black and red/stainless steel. There are 4 rubber feet on which it stands giving it a really sturdy feel when I use; I have also found that the sides stay quite cool during use.
This toaster in my eyes is a revolution in toasters simple as it does more than just toast!!
The idea of being able to cook eggs, bacon and bread in one go and in one place is really what attracted me to the toaster as I like the idea of a substantial breakfast for the kids, and especially as Tefal say it will cook it all in 4 minutes.
***EASE OF USE***
Upon opening the box you are confronted with what looks like a toaster with a bowl attached, and it does look somewhat awkward to use. Once you have fought your way through the wrapping and polystyrene you can begin to assemble it, my other half likened it to a adult version of Lego as our instructions were just mostly pictures and a little picture book shows you how to cook the food, my 3 year old decided to use it as a menu in her play shop.
*AS A TOASTER*
I use this option most and have found it very good although I do think you need to keep an eye on the bread while toasting as on the highest level it seems to burn quickly.
I have found that when I put the bread (thick) in vertically I am left with an inch of un-toasted bread at the top- this I actually find vile for some reason, I now place bread in horizontally and this has seemed to solve the problem.
As I have only toasted/heated crumpets in it once or twice I cannot comment really on how it does although it seem to have been fine and heated them well, we don't eat muffins or bagels so I couldn't comment on them. One issue I do have is that when on the setting you want when the toast pops' up it is sometime darker than wanted, but this isn't a big issue and again can be stopped by keeping an eye on it.
*AS A TOASTER AND EGG AND MEAT WARMER*
I do tend to use this function more in the winter months as it sets up my kid's for the day especially my eldest who is in school, I do believe that when its cold there's nothing better than a hearty breakfast in their bellies.
*The egg part*
I have to admit that I detest poached eggs with a passion although everyone in the house seems to like them.
To use you fill the poaching part with 2-3 teaspoons of water up to the required line on the bottom tray, then add the second add, I spray it with fry-light as recommended and then add the said egg, it can at this point be poached or scrambled. At this point you then press the corresponding button (it will have a small red light beside it) such as just the egg or egg and toast etc and off to go, the light goes off when it's finished. Simples.
I do find that I have to cook the eggs individually to get them cooked right for each person, and that it does take longer to cook than it states in the instructions.
*The meat-warmer bit*
***DO NOT USE RAW MEAT- ONLY PRE COOKED***
Admittedly we don't really use this as much as we do the other settings using only when we have left over sausages, and as we rarely have pre-cooked bacon to hand! To be perfectly honest I find the meat warmer slightly on the small side and it can be awkward to arrange the bacon, although have no problems with the sausages (we warm 1 at a time).
To use just add the meat to warming tray at the same time as the eggs or instead of them and cook the same way. And again press the button to match the option.
To be honest when I bought the item I thought it was going to end up at the back of the cupboard collecting dust, I could not have been more wrong, even when just using the toast function find it works great although I have to watch it. I find the egg function brilliant for those winter mornings, like I said the meat warming option is a bit useless as only pre cooked meat can be used, maybe that's ok in places where this can be purchased but not really around my area. After all of this though I do find this toaster great and good value for money and if it did decide to break I would be buying another one pretty sharpish!
I am awarding the toaster 4 stars as i think it looses one for the inconvinience of the whole meat thing.
I have had this combi egg-toaster for over two years now and I still use both elements to this day! My first inclination to buy this was purely for cosmetic reasons, the colour and the style, but having used this consistently for a long period of time I cannot praise this Tefal machine enough.
The toaster element has an easy 'slide' heat setting that I have always found to be very responsive and simple to use, along with this it has the usual cancel button so you don't have to yank the handle up. As a bagel addict again I can safely say I have had no problems whatsoever fitting these into the toaster slots. You often find with thinner toaster elements that these can become wedged and you end up with lumps of bagel instead of two slices. One drawback with the toasting element is the length of the slots, with some loaves of bread being too long to fit in and you end up having to turn the slice halfway or a result of half toast half untoasted bread. It is also pretty good at defrosting bread and crumpets with the easy to use change in temperature. There is a crumb tray underneath that is simple to remove and stops any fire alarms going off!
The fact that you can even dream of doing your eggs in the same appliance as toasting your bread I think is amazing, it certainly saves having to get all the pans out. There is the option to boil or poach the eggs and you can synchronise these with the toaster so they are both ready at the same time. The section of the appliance used to cook the eggs comes apart and can be cleaned very easily which is a necessity when using a product like this. There is room for four eggs if you want boiled which is good for a couple, but I guess not so for a weekend family breakfast.
Considering we paid nearly £40 for this when it was relatively new on the market I think it was money well spent, the product not only looks the part, but is good quality and has withstood two house moves since we purchased it. When friends come over they are always impressed with it and I am doubt I will be replacing it anytime soon unless some unfortunate event takes place.
This toast and egg maker may look like a silly gimmick at first glance - after some use though, we have started to wonder how we ever managed without it!
The machine can fit two slices of toast at a time - the inside of the toaster is able to expand a little if necessary so we've had no trouble toasting thick bread or sliced bagels etc - the space is slightly limited though so if you're used to using large slices of bread (warburtons for example), you'll find that the top of the slices sticks out of the top of the toaster a little. This isn't too much of a problem (i usually let the bread toast for 1-2 minutes, stop the toaster and flip it, then carry on), but it should be noted.
As for eggs, the machine can cope with up to 4 boiled eggs or 1 poached / scrambled / omelette egg. With a little experience, you'll soon find the level of water etc that cooks the eggs just to your liking and it soon becomes second nature to fix things up in the morning.
One minor gripe is that removing the boiled eggs from the toaster can be a little tricky so be sure to wear oven gloves to prevent burning your fingers as the eggs come out HOT!
If you're the kind of person who likes their kitchen gadgets but also wants them to be properly functional, this is a great purchase.
I have to admit that when I first saw this toaster advertised I thought it was a bit of a gimmick - one of those gadgets that soon gets relegated to the back of a cupboard. But I was wrong - it's great and I've never eaten so many eggs in my life!
As a toaster it's brilliant - well, as brilliant as toasters get! It toasts well, has wide slots for toasties, tea cakes, thick cut bread and so on as well as an adjustable dial for how well done you like it. But the egg side is fantastic - you can poach a perfect egg in minutes and have the toast pop just before the egg is done - just long enough to butter it and have it on the plate.
It took a bit of time to get the right amount of water to get the eggs right - I didn't find the instructions very good and gave up using the measuring cup as it seemed to use far too much water. I found after a bit of playing about that 2 tablespoons of water is the right amount for a perfect poached egg. I also found that it's a must to oil the poaching pan/dish or it becomes a bit of a nightmare to clean and a little spatula helps to ease the cooked egg out without breaking the yoke.
Me and my husband purchased this toaster as we have a love of gadgets and thought it would be a great one to try out. It looks great in the kitchen and people are always impressed when they look at it, so that is a good point but the bad points far outweigh that I'm afraid. It only makes one egg, and you have to have it well done (so no runny yolks) to make sure the white is cooked. I think for a single person this is a brilliant product, and if they made one double the size it would be ok for a couple, but the egg does turn out rather rubbery.
After having used it a few times, I would say, great to have on display and impress people but in practice, not so great. Especially for couples who want to eat together. I have purchased other poachers and they work far better.
The toaster part of this product is fine though.
Is this the answer to problem we have never had in the first place? A toaster than poaches or boils an egg while it toasts the bread. Could it be a gadget that our grand children will look back on & laugh about in 50 years time or something that we can really use?
As our old toaster expired just before Christmas & we needed a replacement, we found this rather smart looking toaster with an egg facility. For me breakfast is my most important meal of the day & I eat like a king in the mornings but time is always against me. I eat the simple foods during the working week & leave the cooked meals for the weekend when time is on my side.
Making a poached or boiled egg isn't that difficult in the first place but it does mean a little time spent near the cooker watching what is going on. With this toaster it will toast bread & poach or boil an egg in minutes while you do other things.
The R.R.P. was £39.99 but both Tesco & John Lewis were selling it for £34.99 & we bought one. It's a little bit bigger than a normal toaster measuring just under 38cm long & 19cm wide. The main toasting section is like a normal two slot toaster which will accommodate two thick slices of bread or crumpets but there is no provision for heating croissants.
In front of the toaster is the 'egg section' consisting of a number of parts.
The lower section contains a water bowl, it forms part of the toaster body & cannot be removed, this is where you add water for the boiling or poaching process. Above that sits a high quality plastic holder for four boiled eggs.
If you decide not to boil eggs & poach them instead, you add the small poaching pan in place of the eggs, which sits within the base.
On top of that is a small grill where pre cooked items can be placed to keep warm while your egg is cooking. Ideal for small amounts of bacon or mushrooms.
Once that grill is inserted you then locate the top which has a small vent hole to allow steam to escape, picture # 5 & items can be viewed through it.
In theory while the bread is toasting the eggs are cooking, but does it really work?
Before you use it for the first time you are instructed to lower the toasting rack without bread three times & boil water in the bowl once to eliminate the plastic smell form the machine. In reality you need to do this at least four times as the smell was still evident after the first real toasting.
First thing to do is to insert one or two slices of bread in the toaster but don't switch anything on at this stage. Next, using the supplied water / measuring cup, pour in the desired amount of water.
The amount of water used is critical, less water is required for a soft boiled or poached egg & more water for a hard boiled or poached egg. The trouble is that the markings on the measure cup are not easy to read when filling from the tap so you need to check carefully before pouring it into the water bowl on the toaster.
Once you have added the water you then place the plastic base in place & add a fine spray of oil to the small pan, crack an egg & pour it into the small pan & insert that into the base with the egg.
Next add the grill & if desired any pre cooked items & add the lid, press one of the buttons on the side of the toaster & lower the bread into the machine. All three lights on the toaster light up & the cooking process begins.
Whilst all this is cooking away it leaves you time to do your own thing, approximately five minutes later the toast will pop up & your eggs are also ready.
To date, all my eggs have been cooked to perfection & added to the hot toast makes for a delicious meal. However I do find it difficult to cook a soft poached egg as they have the same consistency as the hard poached egg.
There is no water left in the bowl when you have finished so all it needs is a wipe down with a clean damp cloth. The plastic holder, pan & grill are not dish washer safe.
So far so good, although you are limited to one egg per one of two slices of toast, if your planning to feed a battalion of troops at once this could be a problem!
The same as before, place bread in toaster but don't switch on yet, place the correct amount of water in the bowl & locate the base. This time you need to add you egg(s) to the base but before you do you need to pierce each egg. The measuring cup they provide has a small sharp spike on its inverted base for doing this. You need to pierce the big end of the egg & place it into the holder with the big end at the top.
If you don't pierce the egg there is danger that I will burst while cooking. Fit the cover & switch on as before. Eggs can be boiled with or without the bread toasting. The eggs are ready when there is no water left in the bowl.
Results? Well I have to say no matter what I tried I always ended up with a soft to hard boiled egg suitable for a sandwich or salad but no use for dipping soldiers into. It may have been me or I got the water level wrong but I am confident it will work as you can cancel the boiling process at any time.
Not a lot, the main one is if you toast bread on its own it is a little slow as it is set for the time it takes to poach an egg & it can't be altered.
Bread made in a bread maker needs to have the setting control set on high or you end up with warm bread.
The receptacle for the water corrodes rather quickly if you don't clean it regularly.
Other than that this toaster, officially called toast 'n egg is a rather desirable machine & highly recommended.
This was a MUST for my kitchen when I first came across it, but, I have to admit, I havent used it for some weeks now. It does great poached eggs although I had to experiment with the timing of it for some while, and the same went for boiled. Its good though, in that I dont have to bother with saucepans in the mornings now. On a downside. I noticed that it just doesnt totally toast my preferred slice of bread. I have to toast it, then turn the bread upside down to get the top bit done. Obviously, depends on the size of the loaf you're using, its wide enough for extra thick crumpets, barmcakes etc, etc which many of my other toasters have let me down on in the past. Its easy to clean, good looking and Im hoping will last me a few years. In all, I would definitely recommend this product, you also get a nifty little recipe booklet with it. Their after service is commendable too. I had problems with my "poacher" tray sticking, they replaced this for a new one within 2 days.
What is it and does the World really need one?
The Tefal toast n egg machine is a funky new gadget, which does exactly what it says it does. The appliance itself is black and silver in colour, with two wide slots which take bread, muffins, bagels and croissants, according to the manufacturer. However I would take note of the potential safety aspect of putting any product into the toaster which contains any free oil although the Tefal website claims it is designed to toast croissants - thanks to Nar2 for raising this issue in his comment on the review.
The toaster in itself is quite basic with only a simple slide lever to control the browning - remember those old stlye 2 slice toaters where the lever setting 1mm to the left resulted in warm soggy bread and 1mm to right produced a carbonised frisbee? Not quite that bad but definitely a case of trial and error to get the desired result and bear in mind that it doesn't have the bells and whistles of a dedicated stand-alone toaster as that is not what it is designed for.
If you do put anything but bread in it do not have the browning level set high or the product comes out somewhat charred - I also don't like the fact that most bread slices seem to stick out of the top of the slot by an inch or so and therefore do not toast, and don't force a thick slice in as there isn't a release bar for jammed items like so many of the newer models of toaster have.
You can poach, boil or fry your egg at the same time as your toast is cooking. With the toaster you get a small graduated measuring cup so you know how much water to put in the boiling tray depending on whether you like your eggs firm or soft - however be aware that the end result also depends on the size of the egg used and you need to take this into consideration when measuring out the water. Sadly you can only poach or fry one egg at a time in the non-stick cup, but you can boil up to four eggs. I found the non-stick cup a nightmare to get clean so I would recommend greasing it well before you put the raw egg in.
There is also a latticed warming tray which sits above the poaching cup which the manual says is for heating pre cooked meats such as bacon or sausages. Personally, I only tried this once and the meat came out rather soggy because the same steam that is cooking your egg is heating the meat.
At the bottom of the toaster is a removable crumb tray for ease of cleaning - I recommend you do this after every couple of uses because if you don't it sometimes gets jammed.
In conclusion, this product is a fun and novelty item which functions quite well, and the kids love it, but I feel could have done with a little tweaking in the design department. I would recommend it but not at the £30+ price tag that accompanies it.
And if Tefal ever produce the "Toast n' Beans" version they are guaranteed to corner the student market!
I received this toaster as a wedding present in August 2008 and absolutely love it. It does exactly as it says on the tin. I mainly use it for poaching eggs, but it is also adept at boiling eggs perfectly. THe egg section basically consists of a fixed dish, which heats the water and a removable pan (to add the raw egg for poaching) and a removable plastic tray with four holes for boiling eggs. Add the water to the dish, add your egg to the pan (with a bit of oil so it doesn't stick) place on the cover, put in your bread and select the toast and egg icon. 2 minutes later, perfect poached egg on toast. The item come with a plastic measuring jug with indications for the correct amount of water to use for soft, medium hard eggs. One small crticism is that I found the indications to be innacurate and it required less water than indicated on the jug to get the eggs as soft as I wanted. It's a minor quibble though and a little bit of trial and error eliminates this. Overall a really good product.
the first one i purchased of this machine was faulty, would not stay down when bread was placed inside, returned to the shop were i bought from and received a replacment, i must admit at this point i thought i hope this is not going to be a fault with this model, but no the replacement worked, fine it does the poached egg perfectly, and will do 4 soft or hard boiled eggs with brilliant results, the only problen which irritate's me with this machine is the bread slots are to small to take the brand of bread i use, the top of the bread when placed in the machine stick's out of the top a good inch and half, and i find i am having to stand over the toaster so i am able to keep turning it the other way around so both ends of the bread are toasted, to some this would not be a problem but i like my toast brown all over, though all in all this machine being able to do poached egg on toast using the same appliance and to boil my eggs ready for my toast popping out at the same time for my egg and soldiers yum yum is great, you can do soft or hard boiled eggs, both with very good results, i love this machine, and the toaster or egg boiler/ poacher work independantly of each other if required so you can just toast or use the egg function.
The secret to making breakfast simple has been cracked with the Tefal Toast n' Egg toaster and egg cooker its a really eggcellent idea! In just a few minutes you can have you toast and eggs prepared for you at the touch of a button so you can spend more of the little time you have in the morning getting ready for the day instead of making breakfast! Poached or boiled the decision is yours as the Tefal Toast n' Egg can poach your egg on a poaching tray for muffin-sized eggs or hard boil them in a steamer tray.2-slice black toaster and egg maker in oneSteamer tray for hard boiling eggs poaching tray for poaching eggsWide slots for toastmuffinscroissants and bagelsWarming tray for heating pre-cooked meatsHigh lift system for smaller bread slices / Short name: Tefal TT550015