Burnt edges, uncooked middle
This toaster consistently burns the edges whilst the centre remains uncooked. Lift and look feature great, but fails the basic test of toasting bread evenly. Definitely not worth the price.
Purchased in January 2020.
Seemed ok while it worked, but lifespan not good.
Seemed ok while we had it, but stopped working (wont stay down) after about 18 months. Would expect more life span on a toaster so we don't have to contribute to land fill so often!
Get a different toaster!!
This toaster consistently either burns the toast on one side or underdoes it on the other, regardless of the setting.It's impossible to get even-sided toasting with any sort of bread. At $60 or whatever, it's a complete waste of money. Our last ($15 K Mart) toaster was far superior. Our other Breville products are excellent, so I don't know how they can be selling this dud. Ours is now in the bin.
Had high expectations- let down
Had high expectations due to function of a little bit more - unfortunately it constantly burnt edges of toast regularly- I’ve never know our smoke alarm to go off more in 15 years - can not cook crumpets- & now has stopped working after 9mths - (won’t stay down) - our last toaster Avanti lasted nearly 14 years
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Slide out crumb tray only catches 50% of crumbs
Had the toaster for 9 months. I am happy with its performance in toasting however the slide out crumb tray is next to useless. If you lift the toaster after toasting there are crumbs underneath.
- The Bit More Plus BTA435 (2 Slice)
- Verified purchase
As good as it gets
I have been on the hunt for an inexpensive toaster to replace the fantastic dirt cheap plastic toaster that died after 5+ years. I got this on special despite the rather mixed reviews as this seemed the best of the lot for sub-$100 toasters.
After 2 months, I am thinking that this is as good as it gets.
- it feels sturdier than plastic toasters, though the mechanism sounds loud and clang-y or in other words cheap.
- the wide and long slots take a variety of breads.
- the lift and look feature to check on done-ness.
- the bit more button for 30 sec extra toasting time when your toast is too light.
- the high lift feature to help removal of toast....
- The Bit More Plus BTA440 (4 Slice)
- Verified purchase
Okay, not great
This review is for the BTA440BSS "Bit More" four-slice toaster in brushed stainless steel. I can't say I'm particularly impressed with this toaster. You'd think in this day and age it would be easy to design a device that toasts bread evenly and consistently, but apparently not. It is hard to find a setting on the dial that doesn't result in either barely-toasted or burnt-to-a-crisp bread, and even when I do find that elusive setting, I often find parts of the bread are burnt around the edges. We previously owned a very cheap, plastic Kenwood t...oaster with no fancy features whatsoever, but it actually produced better toast than this Breville one. The best thing I will say about this toaster is that it looks nice and the features are handy and well-implemented. The "Bit More" button gives you an extra 30 seconds of toasting time. The idea is that if your bread pops up and isn't quite brown enough, you toast it again, but press the "Bit More" button any time within the first 30 seconds and the toasting will end after that first 30 second period. Apart from the poor toasting performance, the thing that bugs me the most about this toaster is the crumb tray. There are always crumbs under the toaster, so the crumb tray isn't doing its job well. I suspect it's either too narrow or too flat, allowing crumbs to fall out the sides. And there isn't a clear passage from the bread section to the crumb tray. When you look down into the slots, you'll see two flat "ledges" under the length of the heating elements where crumbs are guaranteed to get trapped. Why is this ledge there? And why isn't it at least angled so that crumbs can roll off it? It's such a bad design. The pop-up mechanism is very noisy too. When the toasting cycle is finished, the bread springs up with a loud and uncontrolled CLACK. The crudeness and lack of quality here is disappointing. Is it asking too much for a quieter, smoother action in a toaster with a recommended retail price of $89.95? Finally, our unit developed an electrical fault after 10 months and repeatedly tripped our circuit breaker. Fortunately it has a 12 month replacement warranty, so I was able to take it back to Big W who gave me a new one. But it does make me wonder if it will happen again, maybe outside the warranty period next time.
thought it would be easy to make a good toaster
Had the toaster for 13 months then one morning just wouldn't work, it did a good job for the 13 months while it did work. Then went and brought a Kambrook KTA140 4 slice toaster it cooks one side of the toast great and the other side not a sign of brown, didn't think it would be so hard to toast bread in our modern world. Shame can't try toasting before buying!
Purchased in May 2018 at Leading Edge for A$89.00.
Good Toaster, but could do with a better crumb tray
I have had this Breville toaster for about five and a half months now. The best feature on this has to be the "little bit more"function. This is a life (bread) saver. One thing I have noticed is if you put in the first lot of toast at set at say level 3, the toast comes out light brown. If I then put in four more straight after on the same setting the bread will almost burn. Need to turn it down if you have a large family.
It seems fairly well made except the pop-up is fast and loud I have a conniption every morning. The crumb tray is far to small and you always have crumbs under the toaster. Other than that, I quite like it.
Purchased in March 2019.
- The Bit More Plus BTA435 (2 Slice)
- Verified purchase
Disappointed in this toaster
My experience with this toaster isn't good. It only browns the toast on one side so I have to turn it over and do the other side. Also, often the bread doesn't pop up, it justs goes up halfway and stays there until I raise the bar to bring it up. First world problems but not what I was expecting from a good brand.
Good features, but toasts unevenly
Love the `bit more' feature, really useful. Why didn't anyone think of that before? I'm always using it. Frozen bread feature seems to work ok. Lift feature is pretty good. Slots are a good width and depth, I'd say just right. Cooks reasonably quickly. But as I've read in other reviews, why can't it cook evenly? You would think that is a pretty standard requirement for a toaster and not so hard in the era of nanotechnology, landing rockets on Mars etc. Specifically, when I get most of the toast as I like it, one of the corners is always charred.... So, I'd love to give this toaster a 5 star review because I really do like the features I mentioned, but recently I was at holiday accommodation where there was an el cheapo, no name toaster that happened to turn out absolutely perfect toast, and I did have to wonder again why my fairly expensive one just can't do that. Mr Breville, any thoughts on what went wrong there?
Purchased in August 2018.
We bought the Breville 4 slice toaster (the Bit More Plus model) just recently and have found it to be most effective. So far, we have toasted Hot Cross Buns, Frozen Fruit bread and sour dough bread - all of which proved to be perfectly browned. The settings are easy to manage and the wide slots are the main reason why we bought the unit. An excellent product!
12 months.... broken
Don't bother with this one. The snazzy buttons and cool features aren't even worth it. Sometimes you just want evenly toasted bread but this toaster always burnt certain sections of the toast. Eventually one whole side stopped heating completely so we ended up just toasting 2 slices of bread at a time. Avoid at all costs.
After moving interstate into a rental we needed a reliable toaster until our belongings are moved later in the year. I have had Breville in the past and been disappointed with the browning. However this toaster was on special and decided I would just go with it, it has not disappointed, in fact it is the best toaster I have had by far.
Less than 1 year and it is already broken. Yes, it’s 12 month replacement warranty but I can’t be bothered to take it back to Myer. I was a fan of Breville. Most of my kitchen appliances are Breville but lately I noticed that the quality has gone down. So I won’t get Breville anymore. Just get a cheap one.
Had a previous Breville 4 slice toaster, so when it gave up, I bought the Bit More Plus 4 slice toaster. We mainly toast frozen bread, so thought the 'Frozen' feature would be great. It burns the edges, doesn't cook the middle and the bottom is so undercooked it is actually soggy! Plan to return it this week. Won't be buying another Breville toaster.
Get the perfect toast every time
I have been using this toaster for a few days now and I am happy with the additional features this toaster has. If your toast is still white you can get an extra 30 seconds of time with a press of a button, rather than having to hover around the toaster monitoring your bread. The slots are also quite large which allows breads of different sizes and thickness to fit in. Another feature is a button for frozen (single press) and fruit bread with a (double press) of the button this saves you time having to adjust the settings. Overall a great branded toaster worth considering if you’re interested in the features.
Had a similar Breville 4 slice for about 10 years. Cooked fairly evenly. So when it died a couple of weeks ago, thought might as well replace with a similar one by Breville. What a total piece of crap. Paid about $64 for it. The edges of the toast burn and middle is pale. Have moved it to all different positions in the toaster and it makes no difference. Some parts will burn and other bits are barely golden! So now I'm stuck with this unacceptable toaster until it dies because I really can't afford to blow that $64 by throwing it in the bin.......which is what I really want to do. I definitely would not recommend the 4 slice toaster! Don't know if the 2 slice cooks any better! This one doesn't seem to have the problem with the "bit more" button that others have talked about. That appears to be fine so far (only had it for 2 weeks) but it just doesn't cook the toast evenly enough. Worst toaster I've ever used for that. Had a $7.50 Kmart one for camping a few years back and that cooked the toast better than this one!!!
Should be recalled
Absolutely terrible, it never cooks the bread the same, it either under cooks or burns, the bit more button just puts it on for another entire cooking cycle and it nearly caught on fire. Might as well use the grill as you have to constantly keep checking whether it's cooked or burnt.
Good even toasting on all sides of bread
Hated my old expensive toaster's uneven toasting so bought the Breville the Bit More Plus BTA435 from Harvey Norman. After adjusting the cooking dial to 5 for wholemeal bread I found it an inexpensive gem. Although slower than my previous toaster it is easy to use and delivers good even toast without drying out the bread. Easy breadcrumb dispenser as well.
Questions & Answers
We just bought this toaster for the fact that other kitchen appiances are of the same brand and function properly. Howeever, this toaster doesn't seem to brown evenly, specifically, the center elements hardly heat up to get an evenly browned slice of toast. As per some of the above reviews, this seems to be a common issue with this toaster. Any recommendations?
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