Best Toaster 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

No modern day kitchen is complete without a toaster, which will likely be one of the most used appliances in your morning routine.

Buying the best toaster for your home isn’t as simple as just picking the prettiest or fanciest model, there are lots of things that need to be taken into consideration to get the best, crunchy, perfectly browned bread 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 – Our Top Picks

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Sage The Smart Toast 4 Slice BTA845UK
  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Dimensions: 19.7 x 27.8 x 29cm
  • Settings: 5
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AEG 7 Series 2 Slot Digital AT7800-U
  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Dimensions: 20.2 x 31.3 x 19cm
  • Weight: 1.66 kg
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Cuisinart Signature Collection 4 Slot Toaster
  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Power: 2000W
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 28.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Settings: 6
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Best Four Slice Toaster

Sage The Smart Toast 4 Slice BTA845UK

As you would expect from Sage, this Smart toaster is miles ahead of most rivals in terms of technology and user friendliness.

The A Quick Look option lets you check on the toasting progress without cancelling the cycle, and the A Bit More button lets you toast it a little longer without putting it on the full cycle and inevitably forgetting about it until it is burnt.

Dedicated buttons include a frozen setting, as well as a dedicated crumpet or fruit loaf setting. With the former, the heat will be evenly distributed to ensure the centre is cooked before the toasting goes overboard. With the latter, you’ve probably encountered burnt crusts and edges before due to the thickness of the bread or more delicate ingredients. So this setting will ensure those issues are long gone.

There is the high lift function too, as well as wide slots for thicker slices of bread. Nothing beats a doorstop piece of toast with jam on a Sunday morning.

Specifications

  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Dimensions: 19.7 x 27.8 x 29cm
  • Settings: 5

We like

  • Great dedicated settings
  • A Bit More and A Quick Look
  • Crumpet Function and Fruit Loaf Function

We dislike

  • Price - you do pay more for this brand

Final Verdict

The cost may be at the higher end, but in all, it is very advanced and definitely one of the better options for those households where the toaster is never off and you take the perfection very seriously

KitchenAid 5KMT4116BOB

Most definitely one for anyone who has other KitchenAid products and appliances dotted about the kitchen and wants everything to match. It is a brand which takes great care in keeping to a relatively similar theme, so even their fridges and washing machines will look great alongside this toaster.

Despite being a four slice toaster, there is actually only two slots. Breads fit alongside each other nicely, but the wider design means that if you have longer breads such as ciabattas or even a large blue Warburtons loaf, you can set two in sideways and not have to flip them over halfway.

Don’t worry if this will make them a struggle to get out again though. The high lift option brings them out to a nice position so they’re easy to grab. We also like the reheat option, which will get your crumpets or pancakes back up to hot temperatures without cooking them further. After all, we all get distracted.

Specifications

  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Dimensions: 20.2 x 42 x 19.6cm
  • Settings: 7

We like

  • Choice of colours
  • Reheat option
  • Even toasting no matter the shape or size

We dislike

  • Wider shape may not suit every kitchen

Final Verdict

Even toasting, a great design and it even gives you a little beep when the job is done

Dualit Architect 46526

An incredibly sleek and modern looking toaster if you want even your smaller appliances to look bang up to date and bring something to the table in your kitchen.

If you’re a fan of crumpets, potato cakes or other smaller items in the mornings, the high lift function will save your fingers from many a scalding. Furthermore, if you keep these in the freezer in between uses, the defrost feature will have them perfectly toasted in no time right through to the centre.

We liked the peek and view function which lets you check on the progress without disrupting the cycle. After all, we have all done it – stopped the toasting halfway through, decided it isn’t done enough, gone to put it on again and it comes out burnt. No more setting the smoke alarm off.

The slots are nice and wide for thicker breads such as sourdough or other artisan picks. And the crumb tray is removable for a full easy clean. To finish it off, Perfect Toast Technology assesses the temperature of the surrounding environment as well as the internal, adjusting everything finely to give you the perfect golden finish.

Specifications

  • Type: 4 slice model
  • Dimensions: 21 x 28 x 29cm
  • Settings: 8

We like

  • Wider slots
  • Toasts very evenly

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Pricey but worth the pennies. It is sturdy and substantial, so better to invest rather than throw away after a year

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.

Specifications

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

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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.

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.

Specifications

  • Type: Grey Breville Four Slice
  • Power: 3000-Watt
  • Dimensions: 21cm x 34cm x 31cm
  • Weight: 2.28kg

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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.

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!

Specifications

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

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We like

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

We dislike

  • 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!

Best Two Slice Toaster

SMEG 50’s Retro TSF01WHUK 2 Slice Toaster

Want the retro look? Maybe you fancy adding a pop of colour or having something different?

The SMEG appliances range is perfect for this, but don’t worry – it isn’t all play and no work. The SMEG two slice toaster does a mighty fine job of actually toasting your breads, crumpets and muffin slices too.

There is a special bagel function, which crisps up the outside but keeps the glazed side in tact while the inside remains soft. You can also use bread straight from the freezer with the defrost function in play, and there is a reheat option in case you’ve got your timings wrong or got distracted.

You also have the option to buy some extra attachments for the toaster, too. A bun warmer will heat through croissants and other delicate breads, and sandwich racks for making fresh toasties (but just be careful of the fillings).

Just as with KitchenAid, if you have one SMEG product then all the rest by the brand will match. So if you want a kitchen which flows, there is also a kettle, oven, fridge/freezer and stand mixer all to match amongst other items.

Specifications

  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 31 x 19.5cm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg

We like

  • Accessories available
  • Colour choices
  • Reheat option

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

You pay for the brand name, but you also get a very efficient and reliable toaster in the process

AEG 7 Series 2 Slot Digital AT7800-U

While the Smart world is taking over when it comes to every other appliance, it is lacking in toasters. But while there is still no mobile phone or voice control or other magic features, this AEG still manages to bring things right up to date.

A digital display lets you know just how long the toast has left to cook. Waiting for it to pop up in the mornings can seem like the longest task, but this addition will let you know if you have time to go and get some other things done first. There is also a pause function, and a tray platform for heating up croissants or other delicate confections.

The high lift makes it easier to get those items which are a bit different out and on the plate, from teacakes to muffins. And there’s the option to check on the progress without disturbing the whole cycle.

Specifications

  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Dimensions: 20.2 x 31.3 x 19cm
  • Weight: 1.66 kg

We like

  • Digital countdown
  • Easy to clean - crumb tray and no dials to get around
  • Nice compact shape

We dislike

  • Lack of dedicated settings

Final Verdict

Modern, sleek, and digital for those wanting the latest models. There is a lack of dedicated bagel/crumpet settings, but the bun tray which sits on the top is good at heating

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.

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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We like

  • Stainless steel design
  • High-lift eject
  • Powerful

We dislike

  • Sides can become hot after use
  • No bagel tray

Final Verdict

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

Breville VTT570 Toaster

The Breville VTT570 is a powerful toaster that browns bread evenly and accurately. 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. There are extra wide slots too, so if you have made some thick homemade bread you don’t have to switch the grill on instead.

Now for the real selling point. Are you a fan of Warburtons bread? Do you struggle to fit it in a normal toaster? The VTT570 doesn’t just have wide slots but also high slots. Gone are the days of having to turn the slice around halfway through and scold your fingers. Every centimetre of the bread will be toasted, crust to crust.

Specifications

  • Type: 2-slice model
  • Power: 850 watts
  • Dimensions: 22 x 29 x 19 cm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg

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We like

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

We dislike

  • No cool sidewalls
  • No bagel tray

Final Verdict

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

Tefal Toast ‘n’ Egg

Now here is the gadget if you love your all-in-one items and a toaster-meets-egg poacher sounds a dream. There are two wide slots which will accommodate your standard white sliced/sourdough/muffin/bagel, and the poacher will produce ideal-sized eggs to fit on top. And it will make both in around four minutes, which is probably the amount of time it takes for you to have your coffee ready. There is no need for pans, splashes of vinegar and swirling the water.

If you prefer them hard-boiled, simply purchase the additional steamer tray. It will make four eggs at a time so that the whole family can be fed in minutes. There are eight browning levels, to make it even more personal, and a warming tray to reheat your cooked meats.
Make sure you read the instructions and know that you aren’t going to get it right the very first go. It sounds like a gimmick, but once it goes right, it is far from it.

Specifications

  • Type: Two Slice/Egg Poacher
  • Power: 1200W
  • Dimensions: H20 x W15 x D41cm
  • Weight: 2.6kg

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We like

  • All-in-one breakfast maker
  • Perfect egg and toast made

We dislike

  • Complicated to get right
  • Egg tray needs cleaning every time due to boiling dry

Final Verdict

Gadgets like this are usually just fads and don't work as good as they sound, but this one is the real deal. There is no excuse for leaving the house without your breakfast now

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 yet still doughy 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.

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, and then put it down again if necessary

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 is all down to what kind of toaster you want, and the additional functions which appeal to you. No frills, simple models can come at the lowest while other more sophisticated appliances can come into the hundreds.

How Long Will A Toaster Last Before It Breaks?

This is totally dependant on the quality of your appliance, how much you use it and how it is treated and cared for. If you buy a cheaper one then the chances are the toaster will break quicker than one over £50, but still bear in mind that electricals can be unpredictable. If you have a busy household where it could be knocked about a little and you know it’ll last around a year, going cheap and cheerful may be the best option.

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 only slightly warmed. This creates the best consistency and browning of your bagel. The toaster works to only heat one side of the grills fully and just keep the other tepid.