Why? Because it offers the perfect solution for toasting thick slices of bread, as well as crumpets, paninis and bagels, in fact anything that would normally get wedged in a normal toaster! With its powerful heating elements and timer (between 1–5 mins), it can be used to toast, defrost or warm and is great for muffins, croissants, pastries, pittas, baguettes and burger buns!
The unit measures 36cm x22cm x7cm (14in x81/4in x2¾in), has an on/off control, easy clean stainless steel surface, a pull out crumb tray and a 90cm (35½in) power lead.
Very fiddly to remove toasted items from grid without a pair of tongs. Waiting for things to cool down rather defeats the object of this toaster.
No obvious easy way to clean the grid and it doesn't appear to detach, so foodstuff tends to stick because I'm concerned about using any kind of damp/wet cleaning implements on it.
Items for browning turn out underdone or overdone because the controls are erratic.
Contrary to what other reviewers have said, it is not practical to keep lifting the crumpets, bagels, etc up to see their toasting progress.
On the good side, the flatbed toaster doesn't rip great chunks out of the bagels (or crumpets) when trying to remove them when done, unlike a conventional toaster does.
I am really struggling to find any reason(s) to recommend this item...
Nothing gets burned because it's very easy to check whatever you are toasting, and the crumb tray makes it easy to keep clean. So glad I bought this!