Smeg TSF03 four-slot steel toaster review
A good toaster will save you time and withstand daily use over several years. How does the retro-look Smeg toaster stand up to our tests? Read our review to find out.
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Smeg TSF03 four-slot steel toaster
Pros: good choice of colours, even browning, large slots
Cons: heavy and cumbersome, gets quite hot
Overall rating: 4/5
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Smeg appliances are among the best-looking on the market, and this toaster is no exception. Available in eight colours, there’s a model to suit any kitchen, and its 1950s styling makes it a classic that won’t go out of date.
Although quite heavy, it's fairly easy to pack away, with a built-in cord wrap underneath. But, it does get very hot, and at this size that means quite a wide area of your kitchen getting a toasting too.
But onto the good bits: we were impressed by its generous, extra-wide slots, which can hold taller slices of bread horizontally, as well as thicker artisan slices and bagels.
Settings on both sides of the toaster (with nice big numbers that are easy to see) mean you can use each side independently, and there are 11 browning settings to choose from. A bun-warmer and sandwich rack for making toasties are also available to buy separately, making this a master of all trades.
Toasting was fairly even, especially on thicker bread, and it was among the speediest of the models we tested.
Additional functions include effective defrost, reheat and bagel settings (reheating produces lovely hot toast without extra browning). However, the bagel function is different to other toasters we tested, with slices placed back-to-back in the slots instead of facing inwards, so read the instructions carefully.
While we were initially attracted to the Smeg toaster’s classic good looks, we were ultimately won over by how well it worked.
Cancel button: yes
Browning settings: 11
Extra features: reheat, defrosting, bagel function, bread lift
Dimensions: 20 x 32 x 33cm
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