Review of Alessi Electric Toaster designed by Stefano Giovannoni in mirror polished stainless steel, read the review to see what others think!
I bought this toaster a few years ago when I remodeled my kitchen and it is still as good and beautiful as the first day. First of all it is not only a good toaster but a piece of art in the kitchen. The oval shape is really elegant and narrow outline takes very little space. You can toast two pieces of bread at the same time. It has the control on side and the slider on the other with pop button at the bottom so you can stop toasting at any time.
It has a top grill so you can warm croissant and other pieces that don't fit in the toaster on the top. You might have to do it two or three times but it does actually warm the food sitting on the top grill nicely. You can buy a separate gadget or accessory which the toasting rack. This is for toasting melting sandwiches basically you place the sandwich inside and close the rack. All on all this is a great toaster, slightly costly but worth it, both for quality and mostly for design. I would not say this is a utilitarian toaster for heavy use but perfect for regular or occasional use.
The toaster was designed by Stefano Giovannoni and it comes in a mirror polished stainless still and white plastic trims. It is 16.25'' wide, 7.5'' tall and only 4.5'' deep. It has polycarbonate base and includes a crumb tray that slides out of the bottom. Simply click the button on the side and it opens up. The setting on the site is easy to use and it is large enough so you can fine tune the level of toasting you like in order to reheat or get really dark toasting. This toaster is typical beautiful Italian industrial design at its best and Alessi is very reputable company for excellent design and quality. Keep in mind since it is mirror polished stainless steel you need to be careful or it scratches easily, but you can polish it and looks beautiful with minimum care. I would say this the type of appliance for a higher end modern kitchens specially if there is not too much space.
The designer Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia in 1954, he is an architect and designer with degree from Florence University, he has several pieces he has designed for Alessi. You can see more of his work and find out about him at his site www.stefanogiovannoni.it