Best Toasters to Start Your Mornings

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 17, 2017
The aroma of just baked bread can become an awesome start of a day. Most people wouldn’t deny the fact that baking is often associated with fuss. However, not anymore, with invention of a toaster. Due to the cutting edge technologies, it's become possible to spend just a few minutes in the kitchen and soon after enjoy a crispy  hot toaster on a plate. Here in our review we've selected some of the most popular toasters in the market, so you can choose an ideal fit. Hopefully, our recommendations and tips are gonna be helpful! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
TOASTS NUMBER
SHADE SETTINGS
PARTIAL LOAD
LIGHT INDICATOR
HEATING
DEFROSTING
CRUMB TRAY
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Even large-sized toasts fit the long slots in this device. So you can toast slices of various size and shape. This bright feature makes this toaster probably the most convenient in use.

CONS

Expensive price may seem a large drawback, however, when you see the high quality, then you certainly know what you pay for.

OUR VERDICT
Exceptional functions performed by Breville toaster, for example, "A bit more™" and "Lift & look™", will meet the requirements of the most demanding users.
detailed parameters
POWER
1600 Watts
TOASTS NUMBER
2 (up to 4 slices)
SHADE SETTINGS
12 shades
PARTIAL LOAD
No
LIGHT INDICATOR
LED progress indicator
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
Detachable tray
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The CPT-440 is equipped with dedicated control units for each of the two roasting compartments, featuring LCD screens that show roasting degrees and cooking time. 

CONS

Due to high power, this toaster consumes quite a lot of electric energy. 

OUR VERDICT

Combining technological advancements and useful features with high power, this toaster ensures quick roasting of your favorite crispy snacks in an easy way.

detailed parameters
POWER

1800 Watts

TOASTS NUMBER

4 slices

SHADE SETTINGS

7 shades

PARTIAL LOAD

2+2

LIGHT INDICATOR

LCD Display

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

Detachable tray

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS
Advanced Toast Technology features wide slots and adjusting bread guides that provide even toasting regardless bread thickness.
CONS
If the toaster works for a long time, its exterior might get heated.
OUR VERDICT
Oster toaster is a perfect device to heat not only toasts but also baguettes, sandwich bread, cakes, muffins and other pastry as well. Moreover, you can purchase this model in either steel or red color.
detailed parameters
POWER
1500 Watts
TOASTS NUMBER
4 slices
SHADE SETTINGS
7 shades
PARTIAL LOAD
2+2
LIGHT INDICATOR
Indicator light
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
2 separate trays
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
What if you need to stop toasting? Just cancel the process and easily remove the toast. With a cancel function and a convenient lift lever, you'll never overbake your toast.
CONS
Something that we've noticed about this toaster is a slight noise on "swallowing" a slice, however, it shouldn't be a big issue at all as for the rest, it does the job pretty well.
OUR VERDICT
This is a very good toaster at a "steal price" with all practical functions you'd expect from a decent product.
detailed parameters
POWER
1050 Watts
TOASTS NUMBER
4 slices
SHADE SETTINGS
6 shades
PARTIAL LOAD
2+2
LIGHT INDICATOR
LED indicator
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
2 separate trays
WARRANTY

2 years

PROS
Has the extra wide slots for the toasts. Keeps the ready toasts warm. Toaster walls are made of stainless steel. Has a bagels toasting function. The cord can be coiled around the toaster bottom for more compact storage. Has a Toast Boost feature for easy toasts removal.
CONS
A few customers complained about the bell, alerting when the slice has been put in and out of a toaster.
OUR VERDICT
An excellent toaster allowing making thick toasts. The outer walls don't get hot in the operation which makes it suitable for a family with small children. There is no risk of the children getting burned when touching the toaster.
detailed parameters
POWER
800 Watts
TOASTS NUMBER
2 slices
SHADE SETTINGS
7 shades
PARTIAL LOAD
No
LIGHT INDICATOR
LED backlight
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
Back tray
WARRANTY

5 years

What is a Toaster?

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 splendid aroma and golden crisp. 

Enjoying hot toasts is great but if you've been looking for more cooking options, we'd 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 dishes. 

What Features to Compare

Before you decide to buy a toaster, consider the Number of Slots you're gonna use. If you're a two-people household, you should do well with two slots, however a family of 5-6 people may want to look for something more capacious to be able to cook 4-5 toasts at a time. It's easy to start with a small thing, and then upgrade for a bigger toaster. However, if you know for sure you're not gonna start your day without a buttered toast, go for a toaster with at least 4 slots.

There are automatic and mechanical toasters. Automatic toasters use a thermostat. And all you need to do is to choose the Shade Settings. By doing so, you'll run no risk of burning a toast and always have it just as brown as you want it. Upon using the shade settings, you wouldn't need to predict the perfect time. Put a slice in a slot, set the desired level of browning intensity, view the process ("Look" and "Lift" buttons let you control the process without actually stopping it) and enjoy a ready toast on a plate. If necessary, you can always add more time and achieve more crispiness.

The Power shows the speed at which you are able to toast bread. So if you’re in a hurry having a busy morning, you will surely appreciate the speed at which your favorite toast can be done, and the faster it is cooked - the better it is. However, it doesn't mean you should base your choice on this criterion only. Some toasters that work slower offer a decent number of other useful functions that may be of higher importance for you.

Learn Extra features of each model. Cheaper models are not that rich in functions as more expensive toasters, but certain things are common for all, as, for example, a crump tray. Isn't it a good idea that all bread crumbs are collected in a certain tray and they don't clutter up the unit? Quite often the unpleasant smell of burnt bread has been recognized as a main reason not to use a toaster, but not anymore with a built-in tray. Some toasters have got a LED indicator so you can see the exact time when a toast is already done. Others are capable of defrosting bread (which is ideal if you get used to storing it in the fridge). The functions are really numerous and it's really important to decide what matters to you.

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Breville BTA830XL

"A bit more™"

If you are a toaster-lover, Breville Smart Toaster is a must-have in your kitchen! Outstanding features and functions it can perform allow you to cook ideal toasts. So, what’s so special about Breville toaster? First of all, using only two slots, you can cook either two large toasts or four standard ones in one go, what is possible due to 9.5-inch slot length. Secondly, 1600-Watt power rids you of the necessity to spend a long time waiting till sound alert informs your toasts are ready. The fact is that such power is enough to toast bread quite quickly. Speaking about the sound alert, you can change its volume or even choose a mute mode. This feature will come in handy in case you are the only early bird in your family who doesn’t want to wake up the others by noise in the kitchen. Besides two common toaster options, Toast and Frozen, there are unique patented functions such as "A bit more™" and "Lift & look™". By pushing the former button, you’ll be able to make your toasts one shade darker in seconds. And the latter option will allow you to check whether toasts are ready without stopping the shading process.

Review of Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Smart Toaster

12 Shade Settings

12 shade settings are enough to meet the requirements of the most demanding users. To choose the browning option you need, just set the control slide on a panel between 1 and 5 marks. It’s convenient to control the process with LED status indicator since it displays  toasting progress. Pay attention to the toaster’s design too; Breville's full die-cast construction will find its place in almost any kitchen. Crumb tray and cord storage area add to toaster usability. Taking into account all the features, we can state that Breville Smart Toaster is one of the most functional toasters among its rivals.

Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Smart Toaster in the use

More Products to Consider

To keep bread fresh as long as possible, we recommend you to buy a bread box. Some of these boxes are capacious enough to store even two loaves of bread protecting it from early staling. Moreover, the design of bread boxes allows them to blend with any kitchen interior. 

Detailed review of Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Smart Toaster

Intuitive Controls

What we liked about this particular model of toaster is that its control buttons are all straightforward and labeled with explanatory guides.  

Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Smart Toaster application

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Breville® -- the Diecast Smart Toaster™ BTA830XL
 

Cuisinart CPT-440

A Perfect Kitchen Assistant

Delicate and crispy toasts are a favorite treat for many of us. That is why it's good to have such an assistant as the CPT-440 in your kitchen. The first thing you will surely notice about this Cuisinart toaster is its aesthetic appearance. Its case is made of stainless steel that in addition to its elegant look ensures that the toaster serves you longer. The product's high quality can hardly be questioned, as this model was manufactured by Cuisinart, which has earned the trust of many users and professional chefs during its many-year span on the market. The toaster allows you to cook up to 4 pieces of bread at a time, turning them into a crispy snack, which you can eat with fragrant tea, invigorating coffee, tasty juice or simply on its own. It is very convenient that this stainless steel toaster can toast bread in separate slots. For example, if you do not need to do 4 slices at once, you can use one of the two slots and roast only two slices of bread.

Review of Cuisinart CPT-440 4-Slice Toaster

Intuitive Controls

Сaring for its customers, Cuisinart decided to equip this model with simple and intuitive controls. Under each of the two compartments for slices, there is a separate control unit, arranged as a digital display with buttons for selecting the roasting intensity and the operating mode. As for the roasting intensity, you can choose one of the 7 degrees or roast shades and get the desired shade of the cooked toast. Considering the fact that you can use separate settings for each of the two compartments, you will be able to please gourmets and toast fans with different preferences at a time. Three large buttons with LED backlight under each of the control units enable a selection of the desired cooking mode, depending on the bread used, whether you put in buns, want to defrost some rolls and buns or simply want to warm up some ready-made toasts.

Cuisinart CPT-440 4-Slice Toaster in the use

Each Element Is Elaborate

All the product elements that come into contact with food during its use are made of bisphenol, giving you a piece of mind about possible harmful effects on the food that you are going to roast. The crumb tray can easily be pulled out from underneath the device for easy and simple cleaning. There is also a compartment for storing a cable where you can hide it when you do not use a toaster. With that, the device generates a sound signal to notify you that your delicious toasts are ready.

Detailed review of Cuisinart CPT-440 4-Slice Toaster

Convenient Visual Hints

There is a graphic image or a hint above each slice slot, which shows what side is the best to put a bun in to toast it most the best way. Using such a good reminder, you will never get confused which one to use and will always make amazing toasts.

Cuisinart CPT-440 4-Slice Toaster application

Additional Info

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Oster TSSTTRWF4S

More Than a Toaster

Having a look at Oster Toaster, you’ll be surprised by the size of its slots. Being of quite a large size, they allow you to toast not only homemade bread but also baguettes, sandwich bread, cakes, and muffins. Advanced Toast Technology is what provides even toasting of every loaf you put into this Oster machine. Pay attention that the toaster has 7 shade settings which are enough to meet the requirements of every family member. By the way, if you want a bit toasted bread while another member of your family prefers the most toasted one, it’s easy to cook different toasts in one go. It can be done due to the toaster’s construction where each pair of slots has its own regulator to choose shade setting. Note that 1500-Watt power will let you cook your toasters in the twinkling of an eye. Finally, consider the toaster’s usability. Retractable power cord lets you store the appliance with more convenience, and two crumb trays make it easy to clean Oster Toaster and keep kitchen surface spotless. To sum up, we would like to claim that this kitchen appliance will meet the requirement of every user no matter what his/her preferences are.

Review of Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster

The History of Toaster

The idea of toasting bread appeared long ago. As soon as people started baking it, they noticed that bread became crispy, fragrant and even tastier on the open fire. One of the first appliances resembling a modern toaster was invented in Scotland in 1893. However, this device was capable of one-sided toasting. Thus, toasting bread was a bit inconvenient since it was necessary to control the process and flip loaves by hand. Another prototype of a toaster was D-12 model produced in 1909 by General Electric company. This machine could toast bread without fire and smoke which made toaster lovers really appreciate it. The most successful invention, though, was 1-А-1 Toastmaster of Waters Genter Company. This appliance, invented in 1925, became a best seller owing to its ability to toast two sides and shut off automatically. Nowadays, toasters have even more functions as the manufacturers take into account dozens of years of its evolution.

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster in the use

More Products to Consider

If you want to take bread out of a toaster quickly and safely, we recommend using wooden tongs. Using such tongs, you won’t expose yourself to a risk of getting burnt and won't spoil the appetizing look of your toasts.

Detailed review of Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster

A Variety of Toast Shades to Suit All Your Family Members

This isn't a rarity when someone from your family prefers his/her toast to be browner than you'd have it. Now, instead of frying your bread several times, you can set different settings for different slots and get two toasts of different shades. Isn't it great?

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster application

Additional Info

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KRUPS KH734D

Shade Settings

Apart from 6 shade settings available, the toaster offers the following functions you should be interested in - defrosting, reheating and bagel. With this toaster it wouldn't be a problem to dip in a wider slice of bread and have it cooked from defrost. Turn the mode that you need and enjoy the results.

Review of KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster

Power

With power measured at 1050 W, Krups toaster is commonly recognized as one of the most powerful toasters in the market. Simply speaking, it's not gonna take you long to achieve the desired results and have a toast browned the way you like it most. Surely, there are more powerful toasters available, but for the price Krups toaster is sold, it can definitely become your best bang for the buck.

KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster in the use

Number of Slots

This is a perfect solution for a small family that will help cook 4 toasts at a time and please the taste buds of the whole family. Put two slices of bread on one side at a lower shade setting and two more on the other one with a higher setting. Voila - you're all gonna be satisfied with the results no matter what baking degree you prefer.
Detailed review of KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster

Extras

   

KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster application

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Hamilton Beach 22811

Shade Settings

Toast fans have different preferences of the bread toasting. Especially if the family is large there are many various toasting preferences. This toaster will satisfy all the family members demands because it has 7 settings for the toast shades. Even if you use the device mostly alone the availability of numerous settings will help you try new tastes.

Review of Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice Toaster

Power

This model is a powerful toaster for making 2 toasts at a time, in which it’s enough to put two slices of bread or bagels and set the desired setting. The toaster will quickly prepare a pair of crispy toasts which you can enjoy for the breakfast prepared during the toasting time or even several toasts if the breakfast cooking takes longer.

Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice Toaster in the use

Number of Slots

Hamilton Beach 22811 toaster has 2 toast slots. It may seem not enough for a large family though for 1-2 people such a configuration will be a perfect option. In case the family members take their meals at a different time this toaster will also fit for a family with more than two people owing to its capability of quickly making up two toasts at a time.
Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice Toaster

Extras

For lovers of making toasts from frozen bread, this toaster offers a defrosting feature. When the toast is ready, it is not going to start cooling down immediately as the heating function maintains its temperature for 3 minutes further, after which the heating will automatically shut down. It comes in handy when you are making some coffee or cooking food during the toasting. While you are finishing the cooking the ready toast awaits you fresh and hot. The toaster is easy to clean as it's got a removable tray. After the toasting is done, the power cord can be wrapped around the bottom of the toaster for its compact storage.
Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice Toaster application

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