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Dualit Toasters

Picture the scene: Britain is reeling in the aftermath of WWII, London is, in places, a bombed-out shell, and we're massively in debt. One entrepreneurial soul, Max Gort-Barten, knows exactly what this country needs to get back on its feet: good, no-nonsense, heavy-duty toasters. From his home in south London, he sets about inventing what will eventually become one of the trendiest pieces of kitchen equipment around. And one of the very best, too.

dualit toasters

Today, Dualit toasters are recognised as "a symbol of kitchen porn": durable, simple, and boasting a classic sexy-yet-industrial style that's barely changed in 70 years. They're all handcrafted at the company's factory in West Sussex, and the name of whoever assembled the particular toaster is etched in to the bottom. With a Dualit, you're buying into a story as well as a quality toaster.

One of the best features is a manual lever that allows you to lift the toast and see if it's ready without interrupting the toasting. Most other toasters have push-and-hold style button which pops up when ready; these only alert you to burning toast when the fire alarm in the hallway goes off. Push-and-hold buttons are also more susceptible to breakage, as they rely on friction to work; the mechanical level, in comparison, should last a lifetime.

Aside from all the techy stuff, it's worth noting that with the Dualit you'll get a very even, consistent toast across all types of breads, partly because its filaments heat at a slightly lower, more controlled heat than other toasters.

Two-slice and four-slice toasters are the most common. The former is more compact, but if you have a large family, a four-slice toaster may be a better option, especially if you can control how many slots heat up (the Dualit, for example, let's you do one slice at a time, saving on energy). You'll want something with wide slots, in order to fit all but the chunkiest slices. All the products tested were wide enough to fit a sliced bagel.

Dualit is a British manufacturer of coffee and tea capsules and kitchen and catering equipment. It is best known for its range of heavy-duty toasters. Although it was primarily designed for the commercial catering market, its domestic usage increased during the 1990s[1] and it has been described by Bill Deedes in The Observer newspaper as a "symbol of the kitchen porn 90s".[2]

In the 1960s, Dualit began to develop different products to add to its portfolio. Still manufacturing for the commercial market, this began with the introduction of a waffle iron and continued to include sandwich toasters, soup kettles and cocktail shakers. The 1970s saw Dualit Toasters start to become more popular in domestic kitchens, but it wasn't until the 1980s that demand in this area soared. Dualit diversified its product range to include kitchen appliances such as blenders, juicers and non-kitchen products like pedestal fans and hand dryers. Dualit still produce a comprehensive range of catering products, together with several toaster and kettle collections, a food preparation range and coffee and tea machines. Their latest development has been producing their own range of beverage capsules for coffee machines.[8] In 2020, the company worked with Hotel Chocolat to create the Velvetiser, a hot chocolate making machine.

Dualit first achieved commercial success with a toaster, from which the modern day Dualit Classic Toaster has been developed. Dualit toasters are now available in 2, 3, 4 and 6 slot toasters, making them suitable for all sizes of households. In addition, 2+1 and 2x2 combi toasters are available, which come with a sandwich cage for making toasted sandwiches.

Each Dualit Toaster has a 2 year guarantee on the element and a one year guarantee on the main body and other components. These toasters have a stylish, retro design and are manufactured in the UK. Dualit Toasters are used in commercial kitchens as well as in the home, so you can be sure that they are durable and built to last.

The shade setting on the Dualit NewGen toaster is a timed dial. Other pop-up toasters generally have a shade setting indicator that corresponds to a certain amount of browning time, but the Dualit NewGen dial serves both as a shade selector and progress indicator. The dial will rotate during the toasting cycle and show you the time the cycle has left until completion.

The award-winning ProHeat elements set the Dualit NewGen apart from other toasters. These heating elements provide consistent, even heat to the toasting slots. They are specifically designed to be long lasting, which also increases the life span of the toaster. The ProHeat elements, like all other parts of the Dualit NewGen, are replaceable, so a burnt-out heating element won't be the end of this toaster.The heavy-duty aluminum casing and sleek curving lines blend classic and modern aesthetics. The two slice model comes with 25 color options to choose from, while the four slice option has a still impressive 23 variant colors. This variety helps you to get the perfect design accent that will pop on your counter top. The removable crumb tray is great for quick clean up, and removes the need to turn over the toaster to clean it out.

The way it heats is slightly different to other toasters we tried, so instead of standard side elements that toast slices from the side, there are two coiled ones at the base of the machine, which heat the bread from below. Before we tried it we were concerned that this might result in unevenly toasted slices but were happy to discover they were pretty even from top to bottom.

If you invested in a $300 toaster, like Dualit, you'll at least have the piece of mind knowing that those numbers on your appliance actually refer to minutes. A mechanical timer is what controls the browning time in toasters like these.

Most modern toasters use a circuit as a timer. A capacitor is charged and once a specific voltage is reached, the circuit cuts off and your toast pops out the top of the toaster, according to How Stuff Works. In this toaster, the dial changes the resistance, which changes the rate at which the capacitor charges, and this controls how long the timer is set.

Older toasters have yet a different toasting method. These models use a bimetallic strip which bends as it heats up. (A bimetallic strip is made up of two types of metal which expand at different rates, which causes the strip to bend when heated.) Pushing the toast lever down connects and starts a circuit. As heat begins to build up in the circuit, the bimetallic strip of metal will start to bend until it no longer connects the circuit, which cuts off the power and pops your toast out.

Additionally, depending on what round of toast you're on, residual heat from your toaster can result in a divergence from the setting norm. With timer-based toasters, this residual heat will cause your bread to toast faster during the same time setting. On the other hand, a pre-heated bimetallic strip toaster will be triggered earlier than intended, resulting in underdone toast. (However, many manufacturers have now made the bimetallic strip measure the heat of the bread rather than the toaster, so this may reduce underdone toast in these models.) 041b061a72


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