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Morphy Richards Toaster Review

October 16th, 2009

morphy-richards-four-slice-toaster.jpgMorphy Richards is a UK-based company that manufactures a wide range of toasters as well as many other small appliances and household items. Beginning in the 1930s, Morphy Richards has now become a leading brand within the industry; according to the company’s website, at present more households in the UK have a Morphy Richards product than any other small appliance brand.

Oddly, I could not find any Morphy Richards toasters available through Amazon.com. Although this seems like the shopper’s version of not being able to find your website on Google, the products are available online through several other outlets, including Davids Home Goods, Direct Chemist, the KB Store, and the manufacturer’s site at MorphyRichards.co.uk. Of course, you can also venture out into the physical world and look for one at your local retail store.

The toasters are available in 4-slice and 2-slice versions, and there is also a sandwich toaster called the “Toast & Grill” that can be purchased for just under 30 pounds. The model shown in the image above is the Morphy Richards 4-slice toaster 44036, which has several nice features including:

  1. Variable browning control (can adjust for lighter or darker browning of toast)
  2. Deep, variable width toasting chamber (can heat both narrow and wider slices of toast with equal efficiency)
  3. Hi lift facility (allows you to safely remove smaller items like crumpets)
  4. Frozen bread setting
  5. Reheat button
  6. Cancel button
  7. Non slip feet
  8. Cord storage
  9. Removable crumb tray

A very similar model (44857) is on a reduced price sale at the manufacturer’s site for £35.26. It is made of die cast aluminum and comes with a 2 year guarantee.

Meanwhile, they also have several 2-slice versions available, including the Morphy Richards Manhattan 2-slice toaster, which is designed in a style that is supposed to be reminiscent of 1920s New York. It is currently on sale for £29.38 and has the following features:

  1. Countdown facility
  2. Electronic variable browning control
  3. Variable width toasting chamber
  4. Hi lift facility
  5. Removable crumb tray
  6. Bun warming rack
  7. Defrost setting
  8. Reheat and Cancel buttons
  9. Cooltouch
  10. Non slip feet
  11. Cord storage
  12. Safety switch off

Finally, there is also a relatively new model that is gaining in popularity called the Morphy Richards Ecolectric Toaster. Its most notable feature is an automatically closing lid that allows the device to retain heat during browning, which means that it uses up to 30 percent less energy. This has made it popular among environmentally conscious consumers. It is a 2-slice model that also includes bagel, frozen, and reheat settings and comes in a stylish silver and black design.

All Morphy Richards toasters come with at least a two year warranty guarantee. In some cases, it is possible to extend this guarantee to three years or five years by calling the company’s customer service help line and officially registering your product.

One Response to “Morphy Richards Toaster Review”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ireland5

    This sounds like a good toaster. I have checked around on where to buy and the choices are limited. I read the manual for the toaster and can’t find the voltage requirements. It’s my understanding that in the U.S. the majority of our electrical outlets are wired for 110 volt (major appliance are 220-240 volt). However, overseas, it is common practice to have most outlets wired for 240 volt.

    In the manual it says, “Check that the voltage on the rating plate of your appliance corresponds with your house electricity supply which must be A.C. (Alternating Current). If the socket outlets in your home are not suitable for the plug supplied with this appliance, the plug should be removed and the appropriate one fitted. WARNING: The plug removed from the mains lead, if severed, must be destroyed, as a plug with a bared flexible cord is hazardous if engaged into a live socket outlet. Should the fuse in the 13 amp plug require changing, a 13 amp BS1362 fuse must be fitted. WARNING: This appliance must be earthed.”

    So, I wonder if these can be used in the U.S.? I wonder if the manufacturer ships differently wired toasters to different countries? I wonder if there are plans to market this in the U.S.?

    Maybe some other readers can add more info on these toasters…

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