There are a number of ways to buy the right kitchen gadget. You can look at the specifications. Or check out reviews. And alternatively, go for the one with the most dials, buttons and knobs. Like this ‘Mad Scientist’ style De’Longhi Distinta toaster. It looks like it belongs on the set of a 1950s film about a rocket inventor and his breakfast.
Which obviously means I think it looks cool. And at the moment it’s reduced to clear, and down from £89.99 to £55 at John Lewis. So what was a fairly pricey toaster is now pretty reasonably priced. And it comes with a 2 year guarantee as well.
You get a 4-slice capacity for your money, with a variable control for how much toasting you need. And you can use two slots independently of the others. Handy if some like their bread basically cremated. Or the family aren’t always all in the mood for toast.
There are also settings for bagel, defrost and re-heat, along with an extra lift position for smaller items. Which is probably the best advance in toaster technology since they were first invented. Plus neon indicators for your settings, a removable crumb tray and non-slip feet.
Reviews for the De’Longhi Distinta Toaster aren’t bad. But the 2 year guarantee if you buy via John Lewis is reassuring. And there are lots of others in the De’Longhi range which also look like they were created in the era of Cadillac, Sputnik and Lost in Space.
The most positively reviewed De’Longhi toaster which still keeps the retro style is the Elements 4-slot toaster. 16 reviews, and the worst is a 4 star recommendation stating that it toasts evenly, or one stating the power cable is ‘very short’.
To be honest, part of the reason for looking at the various toasters is the fact that my budget example is currently becoming more and more of a fire hazard. It’s always worrying that every guide to cleaning a toaster has to repeatedly recommend it’s unplugged, kept away from water, and anything washed needs to be dried thoroughly. I don’t even want to imagine how they’d handle toasting bread under a grill or on an open fire…