Best Toaster 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Any modern day kitchen isn’t complete without a toaster, perhaps the most crucial component of a fully functioning kitchen.

Buying the best toaster for your home isn’t as simple as just picking the prettiest or cheapest model, there are lots of things that need to be taken into consideration to get the best, crunchy, perfectly browned breakfast to start your day on the right foot.

Don’t think that you have to spend hundreds to get a decent toaster, with the right research and a little know how, you can get the toaster of your dreams for a reasonable price.

With so many different styles, types and models, it can be hard to know which one is worth spending money on. We never want you to experience another bad piece of toast again which is why we have reviewed the top toasters available, to bring you the best deal.

The Best Toasters 2018 – Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Breville Curve VTT912
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Breville Curve VTT912 4-Slice Toaster
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  • Type: Grey Breville Four Slice
  • Power: 3000-Watt
  • Dimensions: H21cm x W34cm x D31cm.
  • Weight: 2.28kg
Best Two Slice Model: Breville VTT570
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Breville VTT570 Toaster
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  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Power: 850 watts
  • Dimensions: H22 x W29 x D19 cm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
Best Four Slice Model: Cuisinart 4 Slot
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Cuisinart Signature Collection 4 Slot Toaster
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  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Power: 2000W
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 28.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Settings: 6

Best Four Slice Toaster

Breville Curve VTT912 4-Slice Toaster

Update your kitchen with this stylish product; it’s the best all-round toaster and offers a marriage of sleek style and power.

With 3000-watt power behind it, you can turn your bread into toast very quickly; plus- it has the capacity for four slices. It comes with a lift eject, making it easy to take out your pieces of toast and also has reheat and defrost functions. Do not worry about defrosting bread beforehand; simply drop in your bread and it will be up to the task.

In grey, this Breville addition differs slightly from its rival. It has a striking pattern embossed throughout and also has copper handles for the lift eject feature.

It’s also available in cream, red, silver and white with matching sets that contain kettles and more. You can even enjoy a bundle offer with the toaster and kettle set.

It really is the best all-rounder, with a compact size, stunning style, high power and even has a 1m cord to ensure easy connectivity.

We like

  • The unusual look
  • Four slice capacity
  • Easy to use
  • A number of functions
  • A whopping 3000-watt of power

We disike

  • It may not suit your colour scheme (but there are plenty of other colours available)

Final Verdict

This is the best all-rounder because not only does it possess all of the aforementioned features but it also comes at a great price.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Grey Breville Four Slice
  • Power: 3000-Watt
  • Dimensions: H21cm x W34cm x D31cm.
  • Weight: 2.28kg

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Breville Curve VTT912 4-Slice Toaster User Manual

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De’Longhi CTOV4003BG

Merge both vintage and modern style with this toaster from De’Longhi, we love to see some of the new contemporary twists and this toaster has managed exactly that.

This timeless classic integrates many of the old style designs and functions of old kitchen essentials, only it has the power and finish of new innovation. The powerful toaster allows you to do four slices of toast at the same time and you can also control them individually with the various settings.

The toaster comes in a cream colour with vintage detail, but it’s much more than a good-looking commodity, it also offers flawless technology that adapts perfectly to the thickness of your bread. It also provides a defrost setting for those that like to keep their bread in the freezer.

What more could you wish for, when it comes to toasting bread? It has an extra lift function to help you reach in for smaller slices such as bagels. You can also power it up to its full capability with the 1800-watt power.

It comes complete with a non-slip crumb collector that can be easily slid underneath the product, ensuring you’re not unnecessarily cleaning up mess.

We like

  • Has four slices
  • Comes with crumb trays
  • Stunning design

We disike

  • It is large

Final Verdict

A stunning addition to any kitchen and the neutral colour makes it easy to fit into most themes. Also operates at high power with a number of impressive functions.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Four-Slice Retro
  • Power: 1800-Watt
  • Dimensions: H21cm x W30cm x D31cm.
  • Weight: N/A

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De’Longhi CTOV4003BG User Manual

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Cuisinart Signature Collection 4 Slot Toaster

A stylish 4 slot toaster with six browning levels, this model is perfect for busy mornings where everybody in the house still has different browning demands. Whip up a plate of toast for all the family in no time or even use the dedicated bagel setting for perfect results every time.

We love that this toaster has a defrost function for when you forgot to get the bread out of the freezer, taking the stress out of rushed breakfasts.

There is even a kettle to match this toaster if you want to complete the stylish look of your kitchen.

We like

  • Defrost setting
  • Reheat setting
  • Bagel setting
  • 6 browning levels

We disike

  • No accessories included

Final Verdict

A sleek looking toaster with 4 slots for busy mornings and a matching kettle available for the perfect kitchen look.

+ Specifications

  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Power: 2000W
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 28.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Settings: 6

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Cuisinart Signature Collection 4 Slot Toaster user manual

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Morphy Richards Accents 4 Slice

This sleek toaster will put a futuristic slant on your theme, with light-up buttons, four slots and a silver trim.

The toaster comes in cream and from an aesthetic point of view, it’s certainly a desirable product but it offers a lot more too. It has numerous settings and makes for the perfect family toaster!

It is priced at less than £30 making it one of the best value toasters that still manages to showcase four slices and various settings. You can alter how you what your toast to be heated with the two separate dials.

You can also throw in your emergency loaf from the freezer; there is no need to defrost your bread before placing it in the toaster.

It comes equipped with crumb trays for each pair of slots, and they can be easily pulled out and cleaned. Also features cord storage to ensure a tidy look, a two-year guarantee and touch functions for some settings.

Available in Cream, Pastel Blue, Black, Red, Grey and White!

We like

  • Four slices
  • Cool light-up feature
  • Easy to use
  • Multiple Colours

We disike

  • It isn’t the most compact

Final Verdict

A great toaster that seems to have it all, it is available for less than £30 and it features a sleek design. Also has crumb trays, multiple features and four-slices, the perfect family essential!

+ Specifications

  • Type: Four-Slice
  • Power: 1800-Watt
  • Dimensions: H21cm x W25cm x D29cm.
  • Weight: 2.35kg

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Morphy Richards Accents 4 Slice

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De’Longhi Argento Flora

This is the ultimate four-slice retro toaster in cream, sure to add style to any contemporary kitchen.

The famous brand- De’Longhi have put a modern twist on a retro design, in cream it comes with an old-school display and a number of options. Toast should be easy and it is with this simple yet sleek toaster.

It seems that some of the 70’s style has resurfaced and is now all the rage and it’s no wonder- there is so much style to incorporate into our kitchens.

This toaster comes with 1800-watt power meaning it will transform your bread into tasty toast in no-time! It has four-slices allowing you to prepare for the family on the fly without hassle.

You can find a display, enabling you to control the colour of your toast and reach your preference. It also comes complete with a crumb tray, making it simple to clean and eradicating any worry of unwanted leftovers being accumulated on your surface.

Each pair of slice slots can be operated independently meaning you can put in four slices for different people. The perfect family toaster also comes with a two-year guarantee.

We like

  • The retro design
  • It has four slices
  • Great price

We disike

  • It is on the larger side

Final Verdict

The perfect addition to your stylish kitchen, it comes in cream with a retro design and it’s also practical with numerous settings and 1800-watt power.

+ Specifications

  • Four-Slice Retro
  • 1800-Watt
  • H20cm x W27cm x D29cm

Tefal TT770J Maison Four Slice Copper

This ultra-powerful product is the perfect addition for real toast lovers! Just when you thought making toast could not get easier- you now have access to this 3000-watt powerhouse.

Available in copper, this toaster adds a retro theme to your kitchen but it’s also embraces some of the key modern features needed for a family kitchen. It has embedded four-slots ensuring that you can make several pieces at once.

This Tefal protégé differs somewhat to the usual toasters or even some of the new retro-style products to hit the market. It has an elegant angle, four pop-up features and a black trim. It’s sure to give a new look to your kitchen and it also has 3000-watt power too.

There are seven browning features, helping you choose the type of toast that you’d prefer, you also have the chance to reheat or toast-frozen bread.

Although many have opted for the copper colour, there are others available with silver, black, grey and pomegranate red.

We like

  • The stylish design
  • Comes in a selection of colours including copper
  • Easy to use
  • Numerous functions

We disike

  • It is fairly heavy

Final Verdict

This is the great all-rounder and that’s why it comes to the price that it does, it features 3000-watt and also has space for four slices. It comes in different colours and is sure to give your kitchen a modern look.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Four-Slice Copper
  • Power: 3000-Watt
  • Dimensions: H36.6cm x W31cm x D27cm.
  • Weight: 2.64kg

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Tefal TT770J Maison Four Slice User Manual

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Tefal Maison 4 Slice Toaster

The Tefal Maison 4-slice option is smart and sophisticated. With seven variable heat settings, defrost, warming and reheating functions, you can be kept in control of your toasting process.

The Tefal Maison offers extra wide slots for versatility and high-lift functions for small items like crumpets and tea cakes. This makes it really flexible no matter what you choose for breakfast. It’s elegant design will also complement any kitchen. It’s powerful at 1700 watts and can toast four slices of bread at a time.

With the eco-setting, you are able to switch off unused slots, so you can save the planet as well as a bit of money off your electricity bill. It also makes it a fab option for safety-conscious, busy households.

We like

  • Powerful toaster
  • Variable heat settings
  • Sleek design

We disike

  • Expensive
  • High-lift feature isn’t that effective

Final Verdict

The Tefal Maison features lift and look settings, keeping you in full control of browning. With four slots the Tefal Maison is the perfect addition to any family home, complementing a busy lifestyle with ease.

+ Specifications

  • Type: 4-slot model
  • Power: 1700 watts
  • Dimensions: H36.6 x W31.4 x D26.4 cm
  • Weight: 2.6 Kg

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Tefal Maison 4 Slice Toaster user manual

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Best Two Slice Toaster

Russell Hobbs 18096 Two Slice Toaster

The Russell Hobbs 18096 two slice model  is a sleek and striking design, suitable for any kitchen. With brushed stainless steel finish and curved edges, this compact, two slice toaster will sit on any surface with ease. It comes with variable browning controls and high-lift eject, making it suitable for all kinds of bread-based foods. It comes with handy features such as defrost, warming and reheating functions, cutting down the time spent on toasting.

With 980 watts of power, the Russell Hobbs 18096 browns bread evenly and quickly. It offers a cancel feature and pop and peek functions allowing you to check your breakfast during the browning cycle.

We like

  • Stainless steel design
  • High-lift eject
  • Powerful

We disike

  • Sides can become hot after use
  • No bagel tray

Final Verdict

This option is a great addition to any home, however busy.

+ Specifications

  • Type: 2-slot model
  • Power: 980 watts
  • Dimensions: H29.4 x W19.8 x D19.2 cm
  • Weight: 1.4 Kg

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Russell Hobbs 18096 user manual

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Breville VTT570 Toaster

The Breville VTT570 is a powerful toaster model that browns bread evenly. It comes with a number of different handy features like defrost, warming and reheating functions.

The browning ability can be altered depending on your personal preference, so everybody in the household leaves the home happy. This Breville comes with extra wide slots, perfect for homemade or larger pieces of bread.

We like

  • Defrost, warming and reheat settings
  • High-lift eject
  • Variable browning functions

We disike

  • No cool sidewalls
  • No bagel tray

Final Verdict

The high-lift eject function is handy for smaller food like crumpets and tea cakes. It is easy to maintain and clean with its removable crumb tray. It’s sleek design makes it a good option for any kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Power: 850 watts
  • Dimensions: H22 x W29 x D19 cm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg

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Breville VTT570 user manual

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Toaster Buying Guide

Toast is the food of the Gods. It’s quick and convenient and is a little taste of warm buttery goodness. These days it’s hard to even imagine a kitchen without a toaster, but buying the right toaster isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is an art to getting your toast evenly browned, crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

With so many different models and types of toasters to choose from, it can be easy to get sucked into all the snazzy features and over the top specifications, which sometimes aren’t necessary. To make your decision even easier we have compiled the top things you need to look out for when thinking about buying a toaster for your home.

Before You Buy

Size

The size of your toaster really depends on how many people will be using it and the space you have available. How many slots do you want your toaster to have? They normally come with 2, 4 and sometimes even 6. Again this is totally dependant on how many people will be using the toaster on a daily basis. 2 slots is usually enough if you are the only one using it. If it’s for the whole family then a 4 or 6 slice model is sure to feed those hungry mouths.

Power

The next thing to consider when buying a toaster is the wattage. Is a powerful model important to you? Why does it even matter about power?

The higher the power the quicker the toast. But there is more to it. If you have a high power appliance then you will get crispy toast on the outside and soft bread on the inside. If you opt for a less powerful toaster then you get chewy toast rather than cripness. This comes down to preference but as a rough guide, you should try and get a toaster that is at least 1200 kwatts for a 2 slice model and 1800 kwatts for a 4 or 6 slice model. This also depends on the type of bread you are toasting so think about what one will suit your preference.

Energy Consumption

Depending on the type you get, they will use a different amount of energy. Obviously the bigger the toaster, the more energy will be used. You can get toasters that allow you to control which slots heat up and this can make your breakfast energy efficient. If you want this feature then you will need to look at the specifications of the toaster and see if it’s right for you. These features are only available on 4 and 6 slice toasters and not available for the usual 2 slot toaster.

Features

Defrost – this feature allows you to defrost your bread before toasting. This means that you can defrost your bread without having to change your settings.

Reheat – this handy feature warms up your toast if for some reason you didn’t get to it quick enough and it cooled down. Just flick the switch to reheat your toast without burning your toast or soggy bread.

Crumb tray – crumb trays are very important to pick up all the crumbs that fall off your bread in the process of toasting. They are a must have for any toaster so make sure to look for a model with a crumb tray.

Peak and pop – this is a smart function found on most toasters. It means that you can pop up your toast without changing the browning settings. This way you can see if your toast is done and how crispy it is.

Bagel function – some toasters come with a bagel function meaning that only one side of your bagel is toasted, while the other side is gently warmed. Take a look at the specifications to see if a toaster offers this feature.

High lift feature – if you regularly toast smaller items like crumpets and tea cakes then a high lifting bread carriage allows you to lift out the bread carriage without burning your fingers.

FAQS

How much should be spent on a toaster?

Prices range from between £5 to £250 depending on the model and brand you go for. It depends on what kind of toaster you want. No frills, simple models can come at £5 while other more sophisticated appliances can come into the hundreds.

How long will a toaster last for before it breaks?

This is totally dependant on the quality of your appliance. If you buy a cheaper one then the chances are the toaster will break quickly. If you invest in a quality model then it is likely to last a lot longer.

What does peek and pop mean?

This is a function available on many toasters that allows you to pop up the toast to check if it is done, mid cycle. This means that you don’t have to reset the browning cycle.

What styles can you buy?

There is a wide selection of different styles and colours to choose from depending on your kitchen style and the type of toaster you want.

What is a bagel toasting function?

There are some toasters that come with a bagel setting. This means that one side of the bagel is toasted while the other is slightly warmed. This creates the best consistency and browning of your bagel.