In 1952 Max Gort-Barten, a German-born entrepreneur, designed and engineered a six-slice toaster with a built-in timer (the first of its kind), which bears a striking resemblance to today's Vario toaster. He decided to concentrate on the commercial market rather than competing with consumer brands. The company grew slowly over the next 20 years, gradually improving and extending its range of commercial toasters and adding other related products.
Today Dualit produces a range of kitchen appliances and is one of a handful of successful, independently-owned British manufacturers. Reliable, well-engineered products remain at the heart of the company and there is an instantly recognisable - and nostalgically retro - Dualit aesthetic which can be traced back to Max's first toaster designs in the 1950s.