Toasters Buying Guide

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A toaster is a kitchen essential. With models available in a wide variety of styles and colors and with a range of functions, there’s a toaster for every kitchen’s needs.

Types of Toasters

Types of Toasters

Your toaster choices run from basic to fabulous. There are the must-have controls for setting how tan you want your toast, or course, but extra features can make life easier first thing in the morning. Some toasters have a sensor that recognizes when a slice of bread has been inserted into the slot, so it automatically lowers the bread into the toaster, then raises it when finished. Or how about a “little longer” button for toasting just a tad more? Extra-wide slots are a must if you’re a fan of toasted bagels.

Two slots

Definitely a space-saver, a two-slot toaster works great for smaller families and toasting bread one sandwich at a time.

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Dash
$69.99 $49.99

This uniquely designed white toaster lets you keep an eye on your toast with side-viewing glass panel. Seven preset browning level...s let you toast to your preference, plus there are defrost, reheat, and bagel functions. Glass window and crumb tray... read more

Crate&Barrel
$149.95

Known for their wonderfully retro refrigerators, Smeg has launched a joyfully designed retro kitchen appliance collection based on... the curved and compact lines of postwar design. Incorporating a 1950s-era aesthetic, Smeg's nod to the past is the star... read more

Dualit
$330.00 $259.99

Showing off its classic design in candy apple red, the Dualit toasters are designed for heavy-duty use and will last a lifetime. H...and assembled as has been done for decades, the manually operated toasters have a switch to control browning and defrost... read more

Breville
$159.99 $129.95

A dynamic modern counter presence in durable, die-cast brushed aluminum with the performance to match. Internal smart chip automat...ically lowers toast with the touch of a button, regulates toasting with the touch of another. "Lift and look" feature... read more

Cuisinart
$130.00 $69.95

Modern function with retro styling, this brushed stainless steel toaster with polished chrome and white accents includes six-setti...ng browning dials, 1 1/2"-wide slots, lift-lever for small items, slide-out crumb tray, defrost and bagel buttons with LED... read more

OXO
$159.99

Customize your toast with the Oxo toaster, featuring digital controls for nine darkness settings, plus bagel, defrost and "a littl...e extra" settings. What's more you can take a peek to check progress to remove or resume toasting. Motorized elevator... read more

Dash
$69.99 $49.99

This uniquely designed black toaster lets you keep an eye on your toast with side-viewing glass panel. Seven preset browning level...s let you toast to your preference, plus there are defrost, reheat, and bagel functions. Glass window and crumb tray... read more

Cuisinart
$145.00 $79.95

Function and fashion come together in this sleek four-slice toaster. With seven shade settings and toast options for bread, bagels..., English muffins, frozen waffles, and pastry, this toaster caters to everyone's preferences. Also includes a single-slice... read more

All-Clad
$210.00 $149.99

Sleek and modern on the countertop, All-Clad's die-cast stainless steel toasters offer the flexibility of six browning settings fo...r customized results along with defrost and bagel settings. The high-lift lever raises even smaller pieces of bread for... read more

Crate&Barrel
$199.95

Known for their wonderfully retro refrigerators, Smeg has launched a joyfully designed retro kitchen appliance collection based on... the curved and compact lines of postwar design. Incorporating a 1950s-era aesthetic, Smeg's nod to the past is the star... read more

OXO
$99.99

Customize your toast with the Oxo toaster, featuring digital controls for nine darkness settings, plus bagel, defrost and "a littl...e extra" settings. What's more you can take a peek to check progress to remove or resume toasting. Motorized elevator... read more

Crate&Barrel
$199.95

Known for their wonderfully retro refrigerators, Smeg has launched a joyfully designed retro kitchen appliance collection based on... the curved and compact lines of postwar design. Incorporating a 1950s-era aesthetic, Smeg's nod to the past is the star... read more

Four slots

A four-slot toaster is bigger but lets you get more done at the same time.

Toaster ovens

A toaster oven is an alternative to having a simple toaster in your kitchen. With additional functions for heating and cooking a variety of food items, a toaster oven isn’t just for browning your bread. Some toaster oven models feature a 2-in-1 design: Bread slices or bagels go in slots on top of the oven, while a traditional toaster oven is below.

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Cuisinart
$145.00 $79.95

Compact cooking versatility and modern design make this countertop Cuisinart toaster oven-broiler an ideal choice for today's life...style. Brushed stainless and black housing is outfitted with wire rack, broiling rack and baking/drip pan. Nonstick... read more

Cuisinart
$185.00 $99.95

Cook fast, efficiently and evenly with this full-service toaster oven and broiler. Ready to take on a variety of cooking tasks, th...is industrial-style, stainless steel unit allow you to choose from four cooking functions-bake, broil, toast and... read more

Cuisinart
$299.00 $159.00

Cook fast, efficiently and evenly with this full-service toaster oven and broiler. Choose from nine functions, including convectio...n for making delicious cakes, potatoes and roasts. Sized to accommodate a whole chicken, a 12-inch pizza, or 6 slices of... read more

Cuisinart
$450.00 $259.00

Cuisinart's Chef's Toaster Convection Oven boasts 15 cooking functions and offers special settings for speed convection, sandwiche...s, and bagels. With 1,875 watts of power, the oven heats up quickly and, thanks to the Exact Heat sensor, produces precise... read more

Cuisinart
$299.00 $159.00

A kitchen workhorse, Cuisinart's deluxe convection toaster oven broiler bakes cakes, roasts potatoes and crisps juicy roasts. With... seven functions, including convection, the oven can handle all your family's cooking needs. With 0.6 cubic-foot capacity,... read more

KitchenAid
$159.99 $129.99

Enjoy full-size oven performance in a counter-sized oven. Bake pizza, toast bread, broil a side dish or keep food warm with this c...onvenient convection toaster oven from Kitchenaid. The generous 12-inch interior has a non-stick coating for easy... read more

Breville
$399.95 $269.95

Breville's Smart Oven Pro toaster oven delivers the right power at the right time, adjustable to your preferences. Featuring 10 pr...e-set cooking programs-toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm and slow cook-the large-capacity,... read more

Delonghi
$389.95 $269.95

Easily prepare all kinds of foods with the Livenza convection oven. This compact, high-efficiency countertop oven cooks faster and... more evenly, leaving you with more time and more flavor. Roast, broil or bake your favorites, including whole chicken and... read more

Cuisinart
$379.99 $259.99

Chef's specialty. Get more done in the kitchen with this versatile cooker, which offers convection, toaster, broiler & other smart... features to get prep done right. The large capacity design makes it easy to fix entire meals at once & boasts Exact Heat... read more

Cuisinart
$119.99 $79.99

A comprehensive kitchen collection all in one place. Toast, bake and broil with this do-it-all appliance and introduce ease and co...nvenience into your cooking routine. Select the shade of toast you prefer most and watch as temperature and timing are... read more

Cuisinart
$229.99 $159.99

For the love of food! This spacious convection oven & broiler does it all with a spacious design and 9 presets that cook food fast...er and more evenly. Do everything from bake to toast to broil to reheat. Model TOB135. read more

Cuisinart
$149.99 $99.99

This countertop oven from Cuisinart shines with stainless steel style and quick-cooking convection power. Large enough to fit an e...ntire 12 pizza, it takes on all kitchen tasks with enthusiasm, including baking, broiling, convection, toasting and... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

While there are many variables to consider when buying a toaster, it truly comes down to personal preference. There are basic units, middle-of-the-road models, and top-of-the-line toasters to choose from. Three key considerations: Look for a brand you can afford, the number of slices you want to toast at one time, and the variables you wish to control.

The look

Decide whether you will leave the toaster on the counter or tuck it away. Either way, you’ll want the look, color, and style of your toaster to match your kitchen decor. With the huge selection available, you’ll find a spectrum of color choices, along with basic black or stainless-steel options.

Number of slices

Toasters typically have two or four slots. Although the four-slice toaster is bigger and takes up more space, it is a practical option for families.

Slots size

If you make your own bread, often purchase fresh bakery bread, or like to toast thick bagels, look for a model with wide, deep slots, as these accommodate larger slices.

Browning

Toasters typically have a variable setting to control the browning, from light to dark. Brownness consistency across the piece of bread is also important. The best toasters turn out slices that are evenly browned time after time.

Settings

Other options include a bagel setting -- which heats the cut side of a bagel more than the uncut side -- as well as a setting to simply warm bread rather than brown it.

Cleanup

A removable crumb tray is a must for getting rid of the crumbs inevitably produced when toasting breads. Be sure the model you choose has this feature.

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Dash
$69.99 $49.99

This uniquely designed white toaster lets you keep an eye on your toast with side-viewing glass panel. Seven preset browning level...s let you toast to your preference, plus there are defrost, reheat, and bagel functions. Glass window and crumb tray... read more

Dualit
$330.00 $259.99

Showing off its classic design in candy apple red, the Dualit toasters are designed for heavy-duty use and will last a lifetime. H...and assembled as has been done for decades, the manually operated toasters have a switch to control browning and defrost... read more

Breville
$159.99 $129.95

A dynamic modern counter presence in durable, die-cast brushed aluminum with the performance to match. Internal smart chip automat...ically lowers toast with the touch of a button, regulates toasting with the touch of another. "Lift and look" feature... read more

Cuisinart
$130.00 $69.95

Modern function with retro styling, this brushed stainless steel toaster with polished chrome and white accents includes six-setti...ng browning dials, 1 1/2"-wide slots, lift-lever for small items, slide-out crumb tray, defrost and bagel buttons with LED... read more

Dash
$69.99 $49.99

This uniquely designed black toaster lets you keep an eye on your toast with side-viewing glass panel. Seven preset browning level...s let you toast to your preference, plus there are defrost, reheat, and bagel functions. Glass window and crumb tray... read more

Cuisinart
$145.00 $79.95

Function and fashion come together in this sleek four-slice toaster. With seven shade settings and toast options for bread, bagels..., English muffins, frozen waffles, and pastry, this toaster caters to everyone's preferences. Also includes a single-slice... read more

All-Clad
$210.00 $149.99

Sleek and modern on the countertop, All-Clad's die-cast stainless steel toasters offer the flexibility of six browning settings fo...r customized results along with defrost and bagel settings. The high-lift lever raises even smaller pieces of bread for... read more

Cuisinart
$110.00 $59.95

Customize your morning's toast with these feature-full toasters that look great on the counter. Seven shade settings and options f...or bread, bagels, English muffins, frozen waffles and pastry, this toaster aims to please. It even has a single slice... read more

Crate&Barrel
$250.00 $159.99

These sleek toasters combine intuitive technology with industrial-inspired design. Calculating the temperature around the bread, t...his smart toaster ensures bread is toasted for the perfect amount of time. You can even check its progress with the Peek... read more

All-Clad
$280.00 $199.99

Sleek and modern on the countertop, All-Clad's die-cast stainless steel toasters offer the flexibility of six browning settings fo...r customized results along with defrost and bagel settings. The high-lift lever raises even smaller pieces of bread for... read more

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