Founded in 1945 by the German-born inventor Max Gort-Barten, Dualit is a British manufacturer of kitchen and catering equipment, best known for its range of heavy-duty toasters. Although it was primarily designed for the commercial catering market, the Dualit Classic Toaster is regarded as an icon of design. It became trendy in the 1990s as a domestic product and was described as ‘a symbol of the kitchen porn 90s’ in The Observer.
The Dualit Classic Toaster differs from other toasters on the market. It has a mechanical timer and manual lever to lift the toast from the slots, as opposed to an auto ‘pop-up’ mechanism. Also, the patented ProHeat elements are armour-plated to protect them from damage. The hand-built process used in their manufacture, with each part held together with visible screws, makes the toaster easy to disassemble and repair. The Classic Toaster is still hand built at Dualit’s factory in Crawley, West Sussex.
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