The Original Pop-Up: Dualit Four-Slice Toaster

It’s rare that one uses the words "iconic" and "toaster" in the same sentence, but when considering Dualit’s design classic, it’s unavoidable.

An unsurpassed piece of kitchen craftsmanship – with mechanical timer and manual eject – the Dualit was conceived in 1952 by Jewish Swiss-German inventor Max Gort-Barten, who arrived in Britain after fleeing the Nazis.

At a small factory in Camberwell, he designed a commercial-use toaster that later became appropriated by stylish consumers. Moving to the Old Kent Road and then Crawley, the company is now overseen by Max’s son, Leslie, with his son, Alex, and the demand for Dualit products (their range includes kettles and food processors) shows no sign of abating.

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The trademark design makes it ideal for cheese sarnies – two at a time.

£270, johnlewis.com