What's the best toaster in the world that will last the rest of our married lives?

(41 Posts)
bohemianbint Thu 15-May-08 15:22:34

I can't actually believe am posting about a toaster...but we need one, ours is crap. So's the kettle, come to think of it. And we just got married last Thursday, and have a little bit of cash, and it seems fitting to spend it on sommat housey, like a toaster. Or a kettle.

Any recommendations? grin

twinsetandpearls Thu 15-May-08 15:28:06

dualit, had mine for 15 years and it is still going strong.

BettySpaghetti Thu 15-May-08 15:28:11

If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said Dualit but having since had a £60 Dualit kettle last less than 2 yrs before leaking and being beyond repair I now wouldn't bother.

I'm sure someone will be able to recommend something though.

Have fun spending smile

BettySpaghetti Thu 15-May-08 15:28:52

lol at x'd posts -talk about mixed messages grin

twinsetandpearls Thu 15-May-08 15:29:01

I don;t have a dualit kettle though, someone else I know bought a dualit kettle and was not happy with it, also for leaking.

wilbur Thu 15-May-08 15:29:10

I would say dualit too - we have dh's bachelor one, bought in 1992. Still going and easy for kids to use.

twinsetandpearls Thu 15-May-08 15:29:16

grin

Zazette Thu 15-May-08 15:41:18

Dualit toasters are fab (I've had mine 10 years), kettles are rubbish. They used to basically only do toasters, which were the best in the world; then they diversified into other kitcheny gadgetry, and It All Went Horribly Wrong.

twinsetandpearls Thu 15-May-08 15:46:04

I was only married a few months though - I could have spent far less grin

Congratulations!

It is traditional to get 15 toasters when one weds, I think the idea is that they last a few years then you have another one to start using. Tis terribly wasteful. In these eco-diligent times, a single toaster is far more sensible.

Get a Dualit. It will bring you years of hot and delicious action. Can you guarantee the same of your new dh?

grin

cat64 Thu 15-May-08 15:46:32

I remember reading a 'Which' survey (i know - sad aren't I? grin) a year or two back, wwhich said there is no such thing as a great toaster, that is guarenteed to work. It was despairing that a simple invention that had been around for years and years had not developed into a reliable usable longlasting thing. It said you got no better for spending more than you did for a fairly cheap one, and none would last.

twinsetandpearls Thu 15-May-08 15:47:30

Well mine isn't doing bad cat64.

littlelapin Thu 15-May-08 15:53:50

I gave my Dualit to my mum - I hated it, she loves it.

Now I have the KitchenAid one and it's fantastic.

kettle wise, we 're about to buy a new one and it's either this Krups one or this Magimix one (although the latter is very heavy and I am a bit shock hmm at the price!)

littlelapin Thu 15-May-08 15:54:16

Oh, and congratulations! smile

Oooooooooohhhhhh kitchen gadgets......<<drools>>

The Krups one is a bit annoying. You have to reaaly press hard on the button to get it to boil, and if you forget to press the 'open spout' button the tap water rebounds off and drenches you and the kitchen. From bitter experience, I can suggest this is a particularly unpopular move when you have a baby in a sling.

Washersaurus Thu 15-May-08 16:05:17

We have a dualit toaster which is fab and is now about 6 years old (a record for toasters in this house)

We had a Bosch kettle for our wedding present a couple of years ago which is still going strong <touch wood>. We had given up on electric kettles previously and switched back to an on the hob jobby as got fed up with replacing them grin

MilaMae Thu 15-May-08 17:50:11

Another vote for Dualit. Ours is 5 years old and good as new, the kettle has been good too again 5 years old and fine.

Both take a battering,have been in storage and survived 3 moves too!!!

bohemianbint Thu 15-May-08 19:09:43

Thanks everyone! So, on the whole, Dualit for toasters are good, will investigate. Not for kettles. We recently bought a kettle for a fiver from tesco and it was the shittest thing ever, it was really flimsy and if you picked it up one handed (as I seem to do everything these days, DS wants to be at my eye level in the kitchen so he doesn't miss anything) the base came up with it and made me swear ridiculously.

Why is it though, that most things in this day and age are rubbish and don't last?

ProfessorGrammaticus Thu 15-May-08 19:27:15

Zazette has it right - my Dualit toaster is old.

You can order spare elements from the manufacturer, fix it and then feel satisfied with your work all day (saddo that i am!!)

CurrantBM Thu 15-May-08 19:39:48

Another Dualit fan here, 4 slots with the sandwich toaster thingies, mmm, toasted cheese.

iamdingdong Thu 15-May-08 19:41:57

love my dualit too

Roobie Thu 15-May-08 19:47:26

Yep, Dualit definitely. They're very simple mechanically with no flash electronics to go wrong in 5 minutes.

bohemianbint Thu 15-May-08 19:50:53

Crikey, they are pricey though, aren't they! Just looked on John Lewis's website...

nannyL Thu 15-May-08 20:22:50

another vote for dualit

blithedance Thu 15-May-08 20:39:02

Dualits are made for the catering trade (Sis has an 8-slicer!) that's why they last so long.

should warn that I love ours (which I got for our "Steel" anniversary) but DH is a bit ambivalent as

- you have to set the number of slices, if you get it wrong you get burnt or half-baked ones

- the timer is clockwork. If toaster is turned off at the wall it is possible to time your toast but not toast it.

He's not too good in the mornings...grin

The toast is good though!

More kettle ideas please. Ours is crap. What is the automatic kettle equivalent of a Dualit toaster? Is it one of those old Russell Hobbs ones that our mums had, that you used to burn your fingers on but that lasted for 20 years?

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