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Are Dualit toasters really worth the £££?

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BlazingPaddles Fri 15-Dec-17 10:50:57

I’m on a toaster hunt and willing to shell out for a toaster that will last and last. Are you in love with your Dualit? Does it your soul and warm your cockles?

And make good toast?

PasstheStarmix Fri 15-Dec-17 10:53:02

I'm watching this thread intently as I'm sick of all my toasters breaking or generally just performing poorly. I've always wondered if the toasters that rise your toast up are any good. Handy for crumpets and such like as well so no burnt fingers!!

Eeeeek2 Fri 15-Dec-17 11:11:55

Yep had ours for 10 years brilliant and when something does eventually break you can get replacement parts

goshthatseemsalot Fri 15-Dec-17 11:16:39

We’ve had ours 22 years. Looks good and going strong.

Cantuccit Fri 15-Dec-17 11:30:35

I was so disappointed with my 4 slice Dualit.

Toast was dark in one side and light on the other.

Returned it to Amazon and bought a £16 one from Dunelm Mill. Toasts much better.

Eve Fri 15-Dec-17 11:31:55

yes, we have a 2 slice one - about 20 years old.

LostMyMojoSomewhere Fri 15-Dec-17 11:33:19

I have a 2 slice cream Dualit and it is great. I am very fussy about toast - it's always perfect. Plus the little toasties you can make in the special grill slice thing are mine and DS' favs.

PrimalLass Fri 15-Dec-17 11:33:26

I like ours - a pale blue Dualit Lite. Bought it second hand about 9 years ago for £15.

SnowBallsAreHere Fri 15-Dec-17 11:35:28

Yes, 12 years old & still going strong.
Wish we’d got the 6 rather than 4 slice though. At the time we didn’t have so many DC grin

AbiBranning Fri 15-Dec-17 11:48:23

Ours is only 2 years old, but so happy with it always perfect

poisonedbypen Fri 15-Dec-17 11:51:02

About 15 years here without problems. Got ours in Costco I think.

sourpatchkid Fri 15-Dec-17 11:51:03

Nope - ours toasts differently on each side too. Complete waste of money but DH is a fancypants hmm

Kattymanners Fri 15-Dec-17 11:53:11

Ours is uneven too despite a new filament ( or other expensive spare part )

Fekko Fri 15-Dec-17 11:54:00

Yes but go for the one with the lever rather than the spring.

Skittlesandbeer Fri 15-Dec-17 11:58:54

Never had a toaster I felt anything for- love or hate- until I encountered my DH’s Dualit.

Hate it. Clunky, nonsensical controls and his model had no bell or buzzer to tell you it was done. So cold toast every time, cos you had to remember to check on it all the time.

Now I have a much cheaper, normal toaster. It may not have the retro cred of its predecessor, but at least it makes bloody toast and for less that £1 per slice.

GreyMorning Fri 15-Dec-17 12:31:23

*i was so disappointed with my 4 slice Dualit.

Toast was dark in one side and light on the other.*

Sounds like you had it set to heat two slots and not four, we have the four slot one and it makes 4 perfect slices of toast, there's a button you flick so it only heats two slots and if you have it set to that and put four slices in you have issues. DS and DH are toast fiends so it gets a lot of use, a regular bashing from a three year old and has never let us down. We went through several Bosch ones prior to forking out for the Dualit and we liked the fact it can be repair rather than thrown away.

poorbuthappy Fri 15-Dec-17 12:32:50

Ours is 14 years old this year (wedding present) and still works perfectly.

TheDuchessofDukeStreet Fri 15-Dec-17 12:39:06

Mine is ten years old and works beautifully, toast is very good.

DaisyDando Fri 15-Dec-17 12:40:41

Mine is 5 years old and for four and a half of those it has only worked on two of the four slice holes.
I will never buy another but it matches the kettle, which is ok.

Munchkin08 Fri 15-Dec-17 12:46:00

Yes Ive had my 2 + 1 toasted sandwich toaster for 23 years, I have replaced one element.

moonbells Fri 15-Dec-17 12:53:29

Yes. Had ours 13 years and, apart from a new timer (easy to replace) still going happily. You can also replace the heating elements if they go.

I love the fact that I know exactly how many minutes to set my toast to in order to get it the right colour. And that when done it doesn't pop so stays warm in the slot (hate cold toast).

Travaille Fri 15-Dec-17 12:55:47

Someone at works raves about the sage by Heston toaster. Check that out instead if you want

christmastits Fri 15-Dec-17 12:57:11

Not sure it arrived today after 2 successive shitty Breville dimensions toasters. They each blew up with white light in the toaster and then were very dead.. no idea what happened!

JamieFraserskneewarmer Fri 15-Dec-17 12:58:08

I would never spend that sort of money on a toaster but was bought one by someone with more money than sense. Huge thing that takes up space and can't toast sides evenly - much prefer my cheap and cheerful Lakeland one

AnonEvent Fri 15-Dec-17 12:59:25

I hear that the metal Dualits are great, we've got a Dualit Lite like this one: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/16711/Dualit%C2%AE-Canvas-White-2-Slice-Toaster-26213?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvPbNx4iM2AIVZ7vtCh3-6g6UEAQYCiABEgLm9fDBwE&src=gfeed&ss_kwcid=AL!49!3!240091672721!!!g!297497489436!&efid=WTlQQ_QAAAaPkURet:20171215125714:s

And it's average at best, it's maybe five years old, it toasts unevenly, the time dial doesn't seem to make much difference to toasting time and there is a crack in the plastic pop-up knob. We were actually thinking of replacing it with a billy-basic sharp black toaster from Argos.

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