The Dualit Vario toaster makes great toast, looks stunning and is built to last. This four-slice model has a classic stainless steel finish. The slots are 28 mm wide with self-adjusting wire guards to automatically accommodate a broad range of bread thicknesses. The slots also support the separately available sandwich cage, which is a useful addition for making toasted sandwiches, buns and crumpets, though it is possible to toast the latter without a cage.
The Dualit is a sturdy beast with a retro look. It weighs in at around 4.25 kg and has minimal controls, all with a reassuringly solid feel. The red backlit slot selector switch lights up to tell you when the toaster is in use and can be set for two or four slices. This is important, as the toaster uses a patented ProHeat element that is optimised to quickly produce evenly cooked toast. However, the element's lifespan may be shortened if a slot is regularly heated while empty. A black rotary time switch means that you need to determine how long you want to toast each and every time you use the Dualit, rather than relying on a default setting as seen with other toasters.
One of the advantages of the Dualit toaster is that the bread doesn't pop up when the timer is finished. Instead, you need to press down the central black ejector knob to remove your toast. This ensures that your toast stays warm for longer if you are not there to remove it straightaway. Another component of note is a useful slide-out crumb tray. Results are impressive, with beautifully even toasting in all slots and up to 130 slices per hour (four medium slices from cold takes around two minutes). However, the most compelling reason for putting a Dualit toaster in your kitchen is its perfect blend of durability and style.
The Dualit Vario Toaster is a combination of simplicity and sophistication. With its unmistakable style and design, these toasters have become an indispensable piece of equipment in both domestic and professional kitchens the world over. The 'ProHeat' elements ensure that there is consistent and even toasting, and the 'slot selector switch' lets you choose how many elements to use at any one time. The manual lever operates the toasts ejection. With a variety of colours and sizes available, you're sure to find a Dualit toaster to suit you.