Four slice toasters review 2006

Will price guarantee a better toaster?
 
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  • Updated:2 Mar 2006
 

01 .Introduction

Four-slice-toaster

Test results for 15 four-slice toasters from $18 to $180

We tested 15 toasters for

  • Evenness and consistency of toasting
  • Toasting four slices, a single slice, frozen bread, crumpets and muffins
  • Ease of use
  • Whether the toaster gets too hot to touch.

See our lastest article on four slice toasters.

Please note: this information was current as of March 2006 but is still a useful guide to today's market. For more recent information, see our Four-slice toasters review 2010.

Findings

  • You can get a good four-slice toaster for around $35-40, but not all cheaper models perform well. Not all expensive models perform well either.
  • If you like to cook crumpets and muffins, you'll want a toaster with wide slots that have a self-centring mechanism to avoid jamming.

Brands tested

  • # BELLINI Stainless Steel BTT400
  • BREVILLE Emporia CT45B
  • BREVILLE Freestyle BT905
  • DELONGHI Metropolis CTM4023
  • # HOME COLLECTION HCTA4
  • # HELLER Ultimate Series TAH4S Long Slot
  • # KAMBROOK Wide Slice KT98
  • # KENWOOD Eon TT980
  • MAXIM Kitchenpro Four-up Family Toaster AT-804
  • # RUSSELL HOBBS Classic Satin 9379
  • # SANYO White Cool Touch SKST4
  • SUNBEAM Quantum Thick & Thin 4 TA4400
  • SUNBEAM Cafe Series TA9400
  • TEFAL Avanti Deluxe 532851
  • TIFFANY Cool Touch TAT48
 
 

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Anna Marie's comment:

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21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

     

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    2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

       

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      Noel's comment:

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      3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

         

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        4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

           

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          4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
          I do not regret spending it.

             

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            4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

               

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              5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

              I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
              http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

              The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

              Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                 

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                21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                   

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                  2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                     

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                    3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                       

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                      4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                         

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                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                        I do not regret spending it.

                           

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                          4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                             

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                            5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                            I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                            http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                            The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                            Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                               

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                              21 DAYS AGO | What is the benefit of a thermomix to somebody who doesn't make cakes, pastries etc? I have been tossing up whether to get one but I rarely bake bread (and have a bread maker sitting in the cupboard to prove that), cakes etc. I cook things like bolognaise sauce, mashed potatoes, rice, the occasional meat loaf, steak, pork cutlets etc. Am I going to get any benefit from a machine like the Thermomix?

                                 

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                                2 MONTHS AGO | Has anyone actually compared the Bellini & other similar appliances by using them over a period of time? What are the warranties on HMP

                                   

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                                  3 MONTHS AGO | I have had my Thermomix for about ten months now. I use it every day. Make my own bread, different types, dinners, ice cream, smoothies I love it and am saving to buy two for my children's families. Gave away a box of redundant appliances. Very happy.

                                     

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                                    4 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Thermomix because I was planning a Bollywood theme 60th birthday party and catering is expensive. I also bought the Indian cookbook. It took a while to get the hang of the Thermomix's capabilities and to decide which dishes could be easily produced in large amounts but the end result was wonderful. I used the Thermomix mostly as a cook's assistant - grinding spices, chopping onions, garlic and ginger, weighing ingredients, mixing, etc. I also used it to make the dough for nan bread. I have never organized that type of party before, let alone done the catering so I think my Thermomix probably paid for itself. Since then, I have used it constantly, especially for soups and food that requires a lot of stirring such as polenta.

                                       

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                                      ozrockit's comment:

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                                      4 MONTHS AGO | Hi, your price is not accurate, $1939 is the price.
                                      I do not regret spending it.

                                         

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                                        Melz05's comment:

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                                        4 MONTHS AGO | Hey I have been thinking about getting a thermomix for quite a while. However the price is out of my uni student budget. I have been looking at purchasing one from Spain to save money. However how did you get your Thermomix from France to work in Australia. Did you buy a converter or have the cord changed?

                                           

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                                          Astrid's comment:

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                                          5 MONTHS AGO | I bought a Bellini a couple of years ago. As the instructions aren't that great for a while I left in in the cupboard not doing much. Now thermomix released an update for their book I got the jist of it and use it a lot.

                                          I really like the indian book on their website and thinking of getting additional books. I find that when I adjust using the adjustment for the old thermomix, the recipes generally work well.
                                          http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/documents/tm21-conversion.pdf

                                          The downside is that putting the butterfly instead of the reverse function can be a bit tricky. Once I did this when cooking gluten free pasta and it still cut it up (should have changed the blade to non cutting instead). The machine sometimes beeps to say the temperate has been exceeded and stirring at low speed is sometimes not very uniform.

                                          Overall I am satisfied to be able to cook good food. It was nice to not have to stress about spending lots of money on a machine while being unsure if it would be useful. If the thermomix was $1000 I would jump out and buy one. At its current price I'm not in a hurry (its overpriced). And if I did upgrade, having another machine on the side to cook rice etc would not go astray.





                                             

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