Russell Hobbs Legacy 4-Slice Toaster Review

Delicious slices of hot buttered toast are quick and convenient for breakfast or as a tasty snack. A four slice toaster is really useful for busy families but how does Russell Hobbs’ Legacy fare with hectic schedules?

Design

The Legacy has a distinctive almost industrial appearance even though the body is manufactured from tough plastic. The curved top and long sides of silvery-white blend together and incorporate dual controls with two black levers operating twin openings each with the easy to turn heat setting dials beneath.

The ends of the tunnel-shaped casing provide a choice of colours, namely silver, cream, red or black. The black base complements each version. The toaster’s generous size measures 28.5cm x 26cm x 22cm. For such a large machine it’s relatively lightweight at 2.48kg. To add extra style to your kitchen it teams nicely with the Legacy Quick Boil Kettle.

Toasting Slots

The four slots are arranged in twin operating carriages which provide flexibility and convenience when only one or two slices of toast are required. The slots are wider than on most comparable toasters and readily accept split hot cross buns and crumpets.

Thick slices slide in easily but if you’re fond of bread as thick as you can get it or you cut your own ‘doorsteps’ you might still find them awkward to fit in. Slices from larger loaves have to be placed sideways into the toasting slots otherwise they protrude from the top of the machine.

How does the Legacy toast?

The heat settings are embossed on the main body rather than on the dials which means they’ll still be legible after constant use. It’s described as a fast toasting machine with an action that’s twice as quick as Russell Hobbs’ Heritage model but in testing it out this is dependant on the heat setting.

If used on the lowest number the heat output doesn’t appear hot enough to make much impact on the bread. Two isn’t much of an improvement but when turned up to three the bread becomes enticingly golden and has a delicious crispness. On the highest setting toast needs careful watching as it often starts to burn in a very short time.

Does it toast evenly?

When used for several intense toasting sessions I found the results were occasionally uneven with toast being undercooked on one side. Conversely, when using only one of the carriages the result is a slightly overcooked side where placed next to an empty slot.

However, as with any gadget it takes a while to adjust to its idiosyncracies and much depends on the type of bread you use. Wholemeal bread, particularly granary, toasts quicker than white while traditionally-baked loaves toast even faster due to having a drier texture.

Additional Features

The Legacy includes a crumb collector that is easy to empty. There is also a cancel switch which allows you to control the length of time your toast is cooking. The frozen setting is really helpful during busy breakfasts as bread can be used straight from the freezer.

The eject mechanism is reliably impressive allowing you to access your toast with ease. If toast has been left to go cold it can be effectively warmed to an acceptable crispness with the reheat feature.

Conclusion

There are reports that the Legacy’s reliability doesn’t last long with either one or both carriages malfunctioning. I’ve had mine for a few months and it’s still in perfect working order.

As a mid-priced model it performs as adequately as its rivals in this category. The legacy toasts as quickly as the manufacturer claims and generally produces slices with a crisp texture. It’s an ideal toaster when you need a high volume of crispy slices of toast in a short time.