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Melting Haden toaster doesn’t fit with bread

haden-detail.jpgIt’s always good to get submissions from readers, so thanks to John for this one.

Toasters are one of those electrical items we take for granted but are actually very difficult to get right? Have you ever had an ideal toaster?

It’s much easier to get things wrong. John writes:

My mother owns a toaster made by well known manufacturer Haden. As you see in the photo, a normal size slice of bread does not fit in the toaster in a horizontal or vertical position – you have to cut a bit off before you can toast it. Plus the casing is made of a thermoplastic that melts around the edge when the toaster is used.

Can you, dear reader – as Esther used to say – do better? (Or worse!) Let us know – email webmaster@electronicsweekly.com

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