Give and Take and Toast


Give and Take and Toast

With our vacuum cleaner recently making good its departure to the great vacuum cleaner skip in the sky, Fliss and I went out in search of a new one at the weekend there.

Fliss wanted a Dyson, naturally, the creme de la suck of vacuum cleaners and the bane of the once mighty Hoover. I, however, didn’t want to shell over ?200 on something that Fliss would probably thrash into the ground within a year, so there was a bit of give and take to be had.

The “give” was a reasonable ?195 for a Dyson DC07, the “take” part of the deal was my very own kick–ass, chrome–panelled, undisputed power house of the four–slot bread browning arena — the Tefal Avanti Deluxe 4 Slice!!11!

Now, for some reason, I’ve always wanted a four slice toaster. I don’t know why, to be honest, but to me a four slice toaster just says “No… I’m makin’ breakfast” with authority that a two slice toaster couldn’t even dream of. You know what I’m saying? Like, a grill… not happening – the chances of it being clean in the first place are slim, so your toast ends up all flavoured with some shitty burger you made a month ago. And then you have to turn it over mid way through the toasting process, which is just a chore we can do without in this day and age.

On the other hand, pressing down the hand-made chrome levers of a Tefal Avanti Deluxe 4 Slice first thing on a Saturday morning just makes a statement. It doesn’t matter if you’re a jam man or a marmalade man – hell, even a honey guy can appreciate this kind of quality.

You should see this bad boy in action, too – I’m talking perfect toast between three and four on the dial in no time at all. Hell, it’s almost too little time to admire the fine mesh heating elements glow that beautiful bright orange and brown your desired bread based food product to perfection.

Man, all this talk has made me hungry… if it wasn’t so late I’d go make some toast.

Oh yeah – Fliss was pretty happy with the Dyson, too.