Russell Hobbs Darwin 2-Slice Toaster Review

Russell Hobbs’ 2-slice Darwin toaster is a sleek and compact toaster which produces an even and quick toast.

Ideal for small or tidy kitchen areas, this modern toaster comes in a variety of colours to satisfy a number of tastes. With over 50 years’ experience, Russell Hobbs have fine-tuned their classic appliances and gadgets for the modern-day kitchen.

Key Features

  • Two slices can be toasted at once
  • De-frost function to thaw bread
  • Re-heat function
  • Removable tray to dispose of crumbs
  • Compact and lightweight

What is the Russell Hobbs Darwin 2-Slice Toaster?

Russell Hobb’s Darwin is a compact 2-slice toaster with seven heat dial settings for perfect browning. With two additional features in toast warming and defrosting, the Darwin toaster is sleek with a glossed finish and brushed metal highlights. As a low-cost, low energy toaster, it is a good basic pop-up toaster for limited budgets and spaces.

Russell Hobbs Darwin 2-Slice Toaster: Design and Functionality

The Russell Hobbs Darwin toaster is very slim in design, measuring 320w x 188h x 175d mm. This makes it ideal for compact and limited kitchen spaces. However, it does make very thick slices of bread more of an issue to toast. Nevertheless, the slots are adjustable, allowing for a variety of thin, medium, thick slices — as well as bagels and crumpets — to be toasted.

Unfortunately, the Darwin toaster does not have a single-sided bagel toasting feature and will therefore always heat up both sides of bread. To use the toaster, simply enter up to two slices of bread in the slots, choose your heat setting and then pull down the lever. Your toast will “pop-up” when ready with a high-lift feature to avoid burnt fingers when retrieving smaller slices.

In terms of design, the Darwin toaster is cheap and cheerful yet modern in appearance, coming in a decent range of glossy colours. With black, white, cream and red options, the Darwin will suit a wide variety of kitchen settings.

The controls are kept basic and are very easy to use. A removable crumb tray is accessible underneath the toaster by pressing to flip down. This can be a little fiddly if compared to sliding crumb trays.

The toasting feature itself is quick, with your bread ready in a matter of minutes. The seven heat dials are intuitive to use, allowing for variable browning to suit your tastes. Furthermore, a re-heating feature works well to add some need warmth back into a slice of forgotten about toast. 

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick and even toasting
  • Additional re-heat and defrost setting
  • Cheap

Cons

  • The removable tray is drop-down rather than slide-out
  • Narrow slot width

Our Verdict

As a cheap toaster with a range of features that exceed the bare basics, the Darwin toaster is ideal for those looking for a hardy machine on a low budget. Coming in an attractive range of colours with an un-imposing and classic looking finish, the Darwin toaster will suit a wide variety of kitchen settings, particularly those looking to avoid counter-top clutter.

What’s more, the toaster’s high lift facility is very handy for broken toast, small slices and large crumbs. Although the drop-down crumb tray is somewhat cumbersome, it allows you to remove and clean the device fairly easily.

However, there are a number of features absent from this toaster, including bagel toasting and toastie making. If you are looking for a sleek and simple 2 slice toaster, Russel Hobbs’ Darwin is worth a look.