Conveniently enough at just the moment I'd been lamenting this (and having big toast evenly toasted at Mum's house was driving the point home) I spotted a toaster on special offer on Ocado. £29.99 reduced from £49.99 - possibly a bargain? I'd looked at the toasters in John Lewis and they were all huge or ugly or expensive or all of the above, and I couldn't tell by looking if they'd fit big toast in or not anyway. So I figured why not, give the toaster a go.
So we bought one, and at first it seemed like a great buy - admittedly we only tried small bread in it - but it was really great for getting small bread back out of. After a few weeks though I was starting to get frustrated. My toast was still not evenly toasted. Then I tried to cook a slice from frozen using the toast-from-frozen button and burnt it to a crisp. I turned it down a notch and tried the next slice without the toast-from-frozen button, and this time it was only a bit burned, so I could scrape the black bits off and get away with it. But I'd had enough - I left a slightly grumpy review on Ocado - thinking it wasn't really a *broken* toaster, just a rubbish one, so I'd got what I paid for.
One week later Ocado ring me up and offer to refund me if I order another toaster and return the broken one. I explain that I don't think it's necessarily broken, just a bit naff, and it could have been just me with the burnt toast, but they are certain - and we even agree that as I've thrown away the box I can return the old one in the box from the new one. So this has been done. New toaster arrived on Friday and we gave it a whirl, one slice of bread, defrosted, cooked on 3 without the from-frozen button pressed, and this was the result:
Argh! My toast is still uneven. (And upside down, which makes me twitch slightly)
I emailed Ocado the photos, and they've offered to take this toaster back too and refund me. Still not sure whether to bother or not. I mean it toasts, it just doesn't toast very well. And we did give away the old toaster. But 30 quid for a rubbish toaster is a lot of money, even if it was 20 quid off. Bah!
Anyone recommend a decent toaster?