Updated 25 Jul 2018

Sunbeam

Quantum Plus TA2340

Snapshot: The Sunbeam Quantum Plus TA2340 is a 4-slice toaster with a plastic finish. But is it the best thing since sliced bread?

Quantum Plus TA2340
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$80

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Test results

Overall score
60
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Browning consistency
?/10
Browning evenness
?/10
Burgen
?/10

Good points

  • Good at producing consistently toasted bread.
  • OK at toasting a single slice.
  • OK at toasting Burgen bread.
  • OK controls.
  • Crumb tray is easy to clean (but fiddly to pull out).
  • Has a reheat setting.

But

  • Poor at browning evenly.
  • Just OK at toasting frozen bread.
  • Has 2 long slots with 1 toasting lever and no separate browning controls.

How we test

Overall score is made up of:

Toasting performance (70%): As a toaster heats up it produces darker toast, so we wanted to check the consistency of colour from run to run. To do this we toasted slices of fresh white bread over 4 runs in quick succession. We also assessed the evenness of browning across each slice. Next we checked how well the toasters dealt with a single slice, as well as bread straight from the freezer. Where a toaster has a Burgen score, we also assessed how well the toaster cooked Burgen bread.

Ease of use (30%): We assessed how easy the controls were to use, whether the toasters were easy to clean or had dirt traps, and whether the crumb tray was easy to remove and empty.

We also measured the temperature of the sides of the toasters — if these get higher than 68°C they could burn you. (None of the models in this test were higher than 68°C but the metal around the slots can still get very hot.)

Key data

Key data

Type
4-slice

Model

Avg price
$80

More test results (/10)

Frozen slice
4.8
Single slice
6.5

Specifications

Toasting time (min:sec)
3:20
Dimensions LxWxH (cm)
38 x 17 x 19
Exterior finish
Plastic
Number of slots
2

Features

Long slot
Separate slot-controls
No
Separate browning controls
No
High-lift lever
Self-centring
Cancel button
Cord storage
Reheat setting
Frozen bread setting
Bagel or crumpet setting
×
Sliding crumb tray

More Info

Comment

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Availability

Briscoes only.