Best Toasters

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 20, 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
An option to adjust the temperature settings is surely a zest of this toaster. You'll always have your slices well cooked inside and outside without any burnt bits.
CONS
With a temperature setting set on high, you may need to give a toaster a moment to cool down before taking a slice out.
OUR VERDICT
A simple-to-use toaster within an affordable price range to meet the needs of most average families.
detailed parameters
POWER
900 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
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
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

What is a Toaster

Mouth-watering aroma and delicious flavor of the hot bread will become a good start of a fantastic morning. However, not every person is so fortunate to live near bakery stores and confectioneries. Few of us make home bread, considering all the efforts necessary for this purpose. In this review, we'd like to specify the most popular 5 toasters, widely purchased here and there. Toaster is a kitchen appliance which doesn't take a lot of space on the counter. Actually you can place it anywhere - on the dining table or on any particular working space in your kitchen. Toaster is meant for bread toasting. Surely you can fry a slice of bread on the pan, but using a toaster is gonna be far more convenient. All you need to do is to put slices of bread in a toaster and walk away - the device will do all the rest work for you. The toasts are gonna be done in a way you like it most - neither underdone, nor overdone. Besides, with a toaster not only will you be able to bake bread, but also reheat the bagel and even defrost the frozen loafs right out of a freezer.

Enjoying hot toasts is great but if you want to get more cooking features - go for a toaster oven. Thanks to this handy appliance, you will be able to bake bagels and other pastry as well.

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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Review of Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Long Slot 4-Slice

Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Long Slot 4-Slice

Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Long Slot 4-Slice

"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 Long Slot 4-Slice

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 Long Slot 4-Slice 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. 

Additional Info

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Breville® -- the Diecast Smart Toaster™ BTA830XL
Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Long Slot 4-Slice
Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast Long Slot 4-Slice
 
Review of Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown

Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown

Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown

Shade Settings

On the front it has many important features to help you in the kitchen - just select between 7 shade settings or bagel, defrost and reheat sets. And there’s also good news for customers with big families and different tastes - if you choose a toaster with 4 slots, you’ll be able to simultaneously cook 4 toasts and use different settings on each side.

Review of Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown

Power

In terms of power, it does yied to more expensive models in the review. However, 900W is still enough to make your favorite toasts the way you wish. Besides, the price is perfect for such quality. And the productiveness of this toaster is pretty decent. The other nice feature about this toaster which many customers appreciate a lot is its peculiar toasting technique. It produces delicious bagel with a special taste. It is nice and crunchy inside, but not overcooked outside.

Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown in the use

Number of Slots

A beautifully designed toaster with stainless steel housing has several models (with 4 or 2 slot capacity). It has been made so that you can choose the best fit for your needs. For a big family, a toaster with 4 slots is a great choice. You wouldn't need wait for ages until all toasts are done. Spend just a few minutes to slice the bread and get breakfast ready for all in a flash. Wide slots allow consumers to dip rather thick slices of bread in and have them done in a matter of seconds.

Extras

In comparison to the previous models, this device has got an LCD display to indicate in detail the readiness of your toasts. So people who prefer displays over indicators, are going to do justice to this toaster, no doubt. The partial load function will enable you to load two toasts instead of four when necessary. The crumb tray is detachable. The heating and defrosting functions will come to liking to those people who tend to keep loafs of bread in the fridge and want to quickly get use out of them.

Additional Info

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Cuisinart Countdown Metal Toasters (CPT-415 & CPT-435) Demo Video
Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown
Cuisinart CPT435 4- Slice Countdown
 
Review of Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice

Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice

Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice

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

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 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.

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.

Additional Info

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Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice
Hamilton Beach 22811 Keep Warm 2-Slice
 
Review of Oster TSSTTRWF4S Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads

Oster TSSTTRWF4S Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads

Oster TSSTTRWF4S Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads

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 Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads

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 Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads 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.

Additional Info

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Oster TSSTTRWF4S Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads
Oster TSSTTRWF4S Extra wide slots to accommodate a variety of breads
 
Review of KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel

KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel

KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel

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 Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel

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 Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel 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.

Extras

The partial load function is very handy when you need to make just two toasts in the 4-slots toaster. Thus, depending on the particular situation, it's up to you to decide, what number of toasts to load to your toaster. Two separate crumb trays on the front are available for your convenience. Besides, you can always reheat or defrost the bread, due to special features of the device. The necessary options are included to take care of your comfortable and enjoyable start of the day.

KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel application

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KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel
KRUPS KH734D Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel
 
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