Would you buy a white toaster? If you had asked me the same question a few weeks ago I would have said they were a ridiculous thing to buy. So, when I was asked to review a (white) Delonghi toaster by House of Fraser, I said yes. Why, I hear you asking? Well, I wanted Delonghi to quash all of my apprehensions and prove to me how the product could possibly stay clean – it’s white!! I also wanted the product to work stylistically as I think it’s rather lovely.
First impressions were pretty good, it felt really light-weight and was very pleasing to the eye. It had a minimalistic appearance and looked great with the other products in my kitchen. Whilst I do have a lot of white accessories, I also own quite a lot of natural materials such as wooden chopping boards and various other earthenware pieces; basically nothing bright!
It was the texture that surprised me the most, it was covered in a soft matt finish which felt almost rubbery. This acts as a protective boundary against any markings, I know this because I managed to burn the toast (fire alarm set of and everything!) the first time I used it as I hadn’t changed the heat dial, this meant that there was a large amount of smoke and some very burnt toast, but, no marks or stains appeared at the top. I’m sold at this point.
The temperature dial allows you to choose the colour of your toast and it has one for each side. I thought this was particularly useful as my husband likes his lightly toasted and I like my dark, tick no.2
You then have the usual settings of ‘stop’ and ‘defrost’ (which I never use as I just toast from frozen) what it does have is a ‘re-heat’ button which I thought was quite useful. Many a time I have toasted some bread only to forget about it (ok, not that often but it does happen) I can now re-heat my toast along with my cold cup of tea which is re-heated about 5 times in the morning as something always gets in the way of me drinking it – works, kids, washing, life!
It has nifty little feet underneath to stop it moving around but these are pretty hidden. The size was smaller than I expected, my husband was worried that it was going to stick out on the sideboard but I think it looks rather neat with our white enamel bread bin.
This toaster was given to me by Delonghi to review, no money was exchanged.