Best Toasters to Start Your Mornings

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 29, 2021
The aroma of freshly baked bread can become an awesome start of the day. But what should you do if you’ve no time for baking? A good alternative will be to get a toaster! With a toaster at hand, you’ll not skip breakfasts anymore and will be able to savor crispy toasts whenever you wish! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
TOASTS NUMBER
SHADE SETTINGS
PARTIAL LOAD
LIGHT INDICATOR
HEATING
DEFROSTING
CRUMB TRAY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

On the front panel there is an LCD display with a blue backlight, which shows the time remaining until the end of cooking. In addition, you can always independently adjust the cooking time with the +/- keys.

CONS

The beeping that sounds when the unit's done toasting is loud.

OUR VERDICT

The Cuisinart CPT-415 toaster for two slices of bread in a steel case is useful in every kitchen. The device is quite functional and equipped with 1-1/2-inch slots, which easily fit not only bread, but also bagels, English muffins and other pastries. 4-slice model is also available.

detailed parameters
POWER

900 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

2 slices

SHADE SETTINGS

7 shades

PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Blue backlit LCD countdown feature, Blue LED function buttons

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

Removable

WARRANTY

3 years limited

PROS

There is a Cancel button on the top of the control panel that will help you immediately stop the toasting process if need be. The integrated high-lift lever allows you to gently remove your toasts from the slots.

CONS

It emits a specific smell during the first uses. 

OUR VERDICT

For anyone looking to buy a high-quality toaster that looks premium, the KRUPS KH732D50 will be the best fit. Though the middle-range price, this model is practical and functional and will fit even a bun due to its wide 1.5" slots.

detailed parameters
POWER

1000 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

2 slices

SHADE SETTINGS

6 shades

PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Indicator lights

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

Removable 

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Thanks to the auto-off function, when you leave home, you don't have to worry that you forgot to turn off the appliance during the morning rush.

CONS

There are no indicators or display.

OUR VERDICT

The Hamilton Beach 22623 is a compact toaster that will come in handy in every kitchen. You will be able to get ready-made toast quickly and without any problems thanks to the toast boosting technology. Suitable for making not only standard toaster bread slices, but also bagels.

detailed parameters
POWER

750 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

2 Slice (4 Slice available)

SHADE SETTINGS

7

PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Backlit LCD countdown feature display

HEATING

No

DEFROSTING

No

CRUMB TRAY

Swing-open

WARRANTY

1 year limited

PROS

The Extra-Lift Carriage Control Lever raises the finished toast as high as possible, making picking up a hot slice as simple as possible without the risk of burning your fingers.

CONS

Setting knobs are a bit on the flimsy side.

OUR VERDICT

The Cuisinart CPT-160BKS is a practical toaster in which you can cook both ordinary slices of bread and baguettes, as well as heat and defrost. The kitchen appliance is made of BPA-free materials and complemented by a convenient cord wrap for easy storage.

detailed parameters
POWER

1800 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

2 slice (4 slice available)

SHADE SETTINGS

6 shades

PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Buttons with LED indicators

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

Slide out

WARRANTY

3 years limited

PROS

Thanks to the wide 1.5" loading slots, the following types of baked goods are compatible with this appliance: thick and thin French toast, bagels, pancakes and other toast-baked goods and semi-finished products.

CONS

The gleaming stainless steel exterior attracts fingerprints.

OUR VERDICT

The Cuisinart CPT-320P1 is an easy-to-use, compact and functional toaster, with the help of which you can not only toast bread to the set degree of toasting, but also defrost or simply reheat the slices.

detailed parameters
POWER

900 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

2 Slice

SHADE SETTINGS

6

PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Indicator lights

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

Slide out

WARRANTY

3 years limited

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Cuisinart CPT-415

Convenient Settings

Most people generally don't think about needing to adjust the settings on their toasters very often. After all, toasters are most often used for toasting thin slices of bread, especially top-loading models that offer limited width for whatever food is being toasted. This means that once a person finds the setting that they like for their bread, they leave the toaster at that setting permanently, often being afraid to move it away for fear of not remembering to readjust it. This makes the whole concept of having adjustable settings to be of limited use for most people.

The Cuisinart CPT-415 2-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster does away with this inconvenience by giving you extremely easy to use controls that let you easily change the settings. The toaster includes a backlit LCD display that gives you a countdown timer for your toasting as well as the current shade setting, letting you see all of this information at a quick glance. Just below the LCD display are "+" and "-" buttons for adjusting these settings. Also included are four different buttons that let you easily change the mode, including for bagels, defrost, reheat, and a cancel button that will cancel its current operation. Few toasters offer easy controls that are this flexible.

Review of Cuisinart CPT-415 2-Slice Countdown Toaster

Easy Loading

The easy controls of the toaster are aided by its overal toasting performance. This 2-slot toaster includes 2 1-1/2 inch wide slots that let you not only toast standard sliced bread, but also bagels, English muffins and other pastries. A 4-slice model is also available for those who want to toast more than 2 pieces of bread at a time. The wide slots allow for the easy insertion of bread into the toaster, with an easy to move lever that draws the bread down into the toaster to begin its operation. The toaster carriage pops up whenever toasting is complete, letting you easily remove the toasted items.

Cuisinart CPT-415 2-Slice Countdown Toaster in the use

Exceptional Performance

The greatest feature of this sleek looking and easy to use toaster is its pinpoint performance. The toasting capabilities of this device give you evenly toasted bread on both sides, ensuring that you are able to brown your bread to perfection, just the way you like. The easy-to-remove crumb tray allows for easy cleaning of the device once you are finished toasting, letting you keep this great looking toaster clean and ready for its next use. For anyone who is looking for an easy to use and great performing 2 slice toaster, there are few better options available than this model.

Detailed review of Cuisinart CPT-415 2-Slice Countdown Toaster

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Last updated price $69.95
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ASIN B009L1VUC6

 

KRUPS KH732D

Quality Tested by Time

Robert KRUPS is the leading brand of kitchen appliances that was created in 1846. Today, it successfully perpetuates the highest standards of quality that it has set more than 150 years ago. It puts "Passion, Precision and Perfection" at the heart of each appliance, and the KRUPS KH732D50 toaster is no exception. It not only looks well on any counter but also toasts well.

It has two generously-sized, self-centering slots that can accommodate slices of standard toast bread as well as bagels, buns, English muffins, and large slices of tasty, homemade bread. These slots are 5.75-inch long so that the large slices of bread could be toasted evenly as well. Still, if you load something extra small, you can easily get those slices out as well. Just like the other models on the list, the KRUPS toaster is equipped with High-lift lever to help you remove smaller pieces easily and safely.

The toaster isn't a standout in terms of extra settings, yet it has quite a lot to offer. With the handy shade-setting dial, the KRUPS KH732D50 allows you to choose one of six variable browning settings for any type of bread. As for toasting settings, it comes with 5 functions of toasting, defrost, bagel, reheat, and cancel.

Review of KRUPS KH732D 2-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster

Sleek Design

As mentioned, the KRUPS Breakfast Set 2-Slice Toaster looks incredible. It boasts a design which is rarely seen in any of the similar toasters in its price range. The thing is that this supreme toaster has a chrome finish and stainless steel body that can add gloss to your kitchen. And the sleek metal body not only looks fantastic but gives the appliance a longer life and greater durability as well.

The LED indicators and shiny accents also contribute to the overall appearance of the toaster. Simply put, it looks so expensive that it's hard to believe that it costs less than half a hundred dollars.

KRUPS KH732D 2-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster in the use

The Final Thoughts

The other highlights we didn't mention include two removable crumb trays (under each tray) that assist you in easy cleanup and maintenance of the toaster, and the neat cord storage that will help you keep your countertop look tidy. The manufacturer hasn't cut corners and made each detail with high-quality materials and unwavering craftsmanship.

To wrap things up, this stoutly-built appliance looks premium and works quite well. It will impart beauty to your kitchen and please you with perfectly-toasted pastry for long years to come.

Detailed review of KRUPS KH732D 2-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster

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Last updated price $44.83
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ASIN B0083VCXQM

 

Hamilton Beach 22623

The Best Affordable Toaster

The Hamilton Beach 22623 is one of the most affordable models out there yet according to users, it offers great value for the money.

Perhaps the biggest plus of this model is that it comes with cool-wall sides. This feature makes sure if you go to touch the side of the unit accidentally, you won't end up with burns. Another feature that contributes to the safety of use minimizing the risk of unfortunate accidents is the Toast Boost. Thanks to this technology, you won't need to pick your toasties with your fingers - the device will lift them for you so that you can easily retrieve them without touching the heating elements. Plus, just like most other toasters, this one has the auto-shutoff that will turn the toaster off once it's done toasting.

When it comes to the size of the toaster, the Hamilton Beach 22623 is on the moderate side. Despite that, its internal space is ample and will let you toast not only regular bread but also quite thick slices, English muffins, and even bagels, something you'd not be able to do with most regular toasters. That said, do note that if you choose to toast thicker slices you'll need to use a more powerful mode and give it a bit more time to let it evenly toast them.

Review of Hamilton Beach 22623 Extra Wide Slot 2-Slice Toaster with Shade Selector

Well-Built

All Hamilton toasters, both cheap and costly, are known for their durability and robust build. The 22623 isn't an exception. Even though it doesn't belong to premium models, it is made of high-quality plastic and has a non-stick inside, making the retrieval of toasties a breeze. It also looks pretty nice. With a white and red housing, it will add a touch of style to any kitchen interior. And if you usually keep kitchen appliances on your worktop or shelf, the 22623 has a special place at its back that will let you wrap the cord, making the storage of the unit neat.

We should also mention that the 22623 has a swing-open crumb tray which is very easy to remove when it gets full and features a handy shade selection that will let you get your toasties as crusty and brown as you like on the first try. In all, the 22623 has all the basic functions a toaster is expected to have. However, if we had to pick holes in it, it would be the fact that the toaster has no indicator lights. It isn't a critical flaw, of course, but some might find it inconvenient.

All in all, if you're looking for a budget-friendly toaster, the Hamilton Beach 22623 is one of the best models around. It is durable, high-quality and has extra-wide slots to fit not only regular bread slices but pretty much anything that can be toasted.

Hamilton Beach 22623 Extra Wide Slot 2-Slice Toaster with Shade Selector in the use

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Last updated price $22.99
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ASIN B00N8XFFDI

 

Cuisinart CPT-160BKS

Practical and Powerful

There are quite a few cheap quality toasters out on the market, and many of them have given most other toasters a bad name. They skimp on quality and on the power of the device, often providing a sub-standard toasting experience. The Cuisinart CPT-160BKS Metal Classic Toaster, though, is one model that is the exact opposite of these, giving you virtually everything you would want in such a device.

This toaster is a 2-slice model, although a 4-slice model is also available, that gives you exactly what one would expect in a high-end device. First, this toaster is quite powerful, giving you a total of 1800 Watts of cooking power, about twice that of most of the other models reviewed here. You won't have to worry about your bread being undertoasted anymore! Along with that, you get a device with a classic stainless steel exterior along with polished chrome, and accented in black. This design pretty much fits the classic toaster stereotype while adding in a bit of modernity as well, with the overall look that will fit well in any kitchen. Despite its basic toaster shape and classic design, though, the functionality included goes well beyond what is often expected in most classic models.

Review of Cuisinart CPT-160BKS Metal Classic Toaster, 2-Slice

No Burned Fingers

Despite its great basic characteristics, many people may be wondering what else really sets it apart from other models. One of the features that does this is the extra-high-lift handles, which allow you to completely eject the toasted bread, making it much easier to pick it up and remove from the toaster than with many other models. This feature alone will definitely save you a few burned fingers! The toast slots are also extra wide, letting you toast any number of bread items ranging from super thin bread slices to baguettes, and everything in between. Virtually any type of bread that tastes good toasted can be toasted in here.

The toaster's controls are numerous, yet clearly labeled so as to allow easy operation despite the number of features it offers. A shade dial lets you choose the exact shade that you want for your toast from 7 different levels, giving you the ability to toast your bread to perfection. Along with this, several buttons give you easy access to the different modes, including Bagel, Defrost, and Reheat modes, allowing for plenty of flexibility in use. Even the power cord is handy, as it features a wrap-around design that lets you store the toaster away easily when not in use. The slide-out crumb tray gives you easy access to the tray and inside for cleaning, letting you keep this toaster in top condition at all times. All of this along with the very reasonable price makes this toaster one of the best values you can find.

Cuisinart CPT-160BKS Metal Classic Toaster, 2-Slice in the use

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User Manual

Last updated price $49.95
Stock In stock
ASIN B0783RS8RG

 

Cuisinart CPT-320P1

Classical Beauty

Anyone who wants to bring the retro classical design to their home should take a look at the Cuisinart CPTT-320P1. With its nice blending of black and stainless steel, this model can add appeal to any kitchen and perfectly mesh with other kitchenware. However, it's not only the visual part that people love about the CPTT-320P1. The strength of Cuisinart brand is that they never compromise durability, quality, and performance of their appliances and that all of their products can boast of an array of valuable and usable features. The Cuisinart CPTT-320P1 is one such model.

To kick things off, this model offers extended defrost settings. This way, it doesn't just defrost bread like most regular toasters do, but it first defrosts it to the room temperature and then toasts it as you want. It also offers multiple toasting functions that let you toast, defrost, reheat as well as stop the toaster's operation. Plus, it has a bagel function that will let you get your bagels browned from the top and keep them soft and chewy at the bottom. However, if you prefer your bagels toasted all the way through, using the bagel button isn't necessary - just select the toast setting and shade you like and toast it the way you normally would. The CPTT-320P1 has 6 browning settings for light, medium and dark shades of toast.

Review of Cuisinart CPT-320P1 Compact Stainless 2-Slice Toaster

Best For Home Regular Use

When buying kitchen appliances, space is often the most crucial thing to consider, especially if your kitchen is on the smaller side. However, with the Cuisinart CPT-320P1, you'll have no issues of the kind whatsoever. Measuring just 6.5 x 11 x 7 inches, the model takes very little countertop space and can be placed sideways, facing forward or anyhow you want on your worktop without getting in the way of other appliances. At the same time, this toaster is incredibly roomy inside, featuring extra-wide 1.5 slots that can accommodate all kinds of bread, including thin slices, French toasts, pancakes, and thicker bagel halves. On top of that, it has a HI Lift lever, so if you toast a thicker slice, it will lift it clear out for you, preventing you from picking it with your fingers.

To wrap things up, if you like Cuisinart brand and are looking for a budget toaster, the Cuisinart CPT-320P1 can be a great choice. It sports a timeless brushless stainless steel design and has extended toasting options, making it one of the best toasters for regular home use.

Cuisinart CPT-320P1 Compact Stainless 2-Slice Toaster in the use

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Last updated price $39.99
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ASIN B00C811Q0W

 

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Comparison of Toasters to Start Your Mornings

What Is a Toaster?

The mouth-watering aroma and delicious flavor of hot bread will become a good start in the morning. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to live in close proximity to bakery stores and confectioneries. And very few of us bake bread at home, given the effort and time baking usually requires. With a toaster at hand, however, preparing delicious breakfast will not be as time-taking. This kitchen appliance, requiring very little space on the counter, will help bake fantastic toasts literally in mere minutes. Once you load a few slices of bread inside the unit, it will do the rest of the job for you while you can go make your cuppa of tea or coffee. Unlike frying toasts in a pan, toasts baked in a toaster always come out perfectly cooked and have a splendid aroma and golden crisp.

Enjoying hot toasts is great, but if you've been looking for more cooking options, we suggest you go for a toaster oven. With this handy appliance, you will be able to cook not only toasts but also bagels, pastry and many other delicious home-made goodies.

What Features to Compare

Number of Slots

Before buying a toaster, think of how many slots you want it to have. If you're a 2-person household and you don't eat plenty of toasts, we recommend models with two slots. However, if your family is bigger than that and all of you prefer starting a day with a yummy buttered toast with marmalade or jam, we suggest you turn your eyes to something more capacious, toasters that can fit 4-5 toasts at a time.

Shade Settings

All entries we've got on this list belong to automatic toasters, which means they all have thermostats that allow them to toast bread to different shades. This is how they work: once you select a shade, a toaster automatically toasts bread to that shade without burning it. This makes them not only very convenient to operate but also guarantees that your toasts are perfectly done from inside and outside. What is also of note is that you can always pause a toasting cycle. By clicking the button "Lift and Look", you can check how well done your slice is and, if it's not dark enough yet, prolong the cycle.

Power

Power parameter is quite important, as it can tell you how quickly a toaster works, but not as important as energy efficiency is. So, consider models that both toast fast and offer single slice settings, allowing you to save energy when you don't need to toast more than one toast.

Useful Toaster Features

Unless you've come for a basic toaster, we recommend you consider what other useful features a toaster has. Here are the most popular features present in top-of-the-range models:

  • High lift - this one pushes smaller slices above the top of the slots allowing you to remove them safely without burning your fingers.
  • Timer - this one may come in handy when you need to know the exact amount of time you've got left before your toast is ready.
  • Bagel setting - a good option if you want to toast only one side of bread.
  • Defrost - a convenient option that can save you a lot of time. It defrosts bread first, then automatically activates a toasting cycle so your toast is ready in the span of a few minutes.
  • Reheat - you can use this setting if your toast has gone cold before your cup of coffee is ready. However, keep note that it may be quite difficult to achieve a balance here. In some models, this setting can be too long and your bread might get browner than you want, in others it can be too short and do not heat the slice enough.
  • Adjustable slots - this feature is also useful, especially if you love muffins and bagels. It allows you to fit a wide range of bread types and different thicknesses.

Now, when you know what parameters and features to look for, we hope you'll find a toaster that will be perfect for you.

Did you know?

Statistics

It’s not a secret that Americans are big toast lovers. 75 million people in the US eat toasts every day. But did you know that the average family spends approximately 35 hours per year making toasts?

What Is Actually “Toasting”?

The toasting process is the Maillard reaction. When the slices of bread are subjected to 310 degrees Fahrenheit heat, the sugars in them begin to brown and the crunchy surface appears.

How Much Time? Power?

Standard two-slice toasters usually toast one slice of bread for 1-3 minutes using from 600 to 1200 Watts of power. Nowadays, you can find a lot of 4-slice toasters for home use, which speed up the process significantly.

Why "Toast"?

The word “toast” comes from the Latin terms “torrere” and “tostum”, meaning to "burn" or "scorch". Toasting was a fairly common activity in Roman times. Romans originally toasted bread over a fire with a stick. After a while, the British shared their fondness for toasts with Romans. When they crossed the ocean, the introduced toasted bread to Americans.

The First Electric Toaster

The first electric toaster, the “Eclipse Toaster”, was created in 1893 in Scotland. Later on, it was reinvented in the US. Unfortunately, that improved version could still toast only one side of the slice at a time. Moreover, it required someone turning it off manually. The “automatic bread turner” appeared in 1915. And finally, in 1919, the pop-up toaster was invented. The interesting fact is that the sliced bread appeared only in 1933. After its debut, toasters got the boost in popularity. Today, a toaster is the most common kitchen appliance in the world.

Modern Technologies

The first toaster that could be controlled via the Internet was invented in 1990. And the appliance that could recognize the toast’s shades was presented in 2012. Technologies don’t stand still.

Not Just for Toast Bread

Modern toasters have been adapted to not only toast bread and bagels but also waffles, crumpets, and even hot dogs.

The Fastest Time to Eat a slice of Toast Bread

The Guinness World Record for the fastest time to eat a slice of toast bread is held by Anthony Falzon from Malta. He managed to eat a slice of toast bread in 8.47 seconds. How about trying to break that record?

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