Best toaster 2024: tested by appliance experts

The best toasters guarantee the perfect breakfast

One of the best toasters, Zwilling Enfinigy Toaster on a kitchen counter.
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Best toaster 2024: Jump Menu

A light blue Smeg 50s Retro 2 Slice Toaster with toast, a sandwich, and orange juice

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic
3. Best luxury: Breville Die-Cast
4. Best value: Black + Decker Rapid Toast
5. Best for long slices: Zwilling Enfinigy
6. Best for thick slices: KitchenAid 4 Slice
7. Best compact: Cuisinart Compact
8. Best four slice: Smeg Classic
9. Best two slice: All-Clad TJ822D51
10. Best clear: Dash Clear View
11. Best for style: Alessi Plisse
12. Best smart: Revolution InstaGLO
13. Best for multiple functions: KitchenAid Digital
14. Best budget: Hamilton Beach 4-Slice
15. How to choose
16. How we test
17. Toaster FAQs

Some people can't start their day without a bowl of cereal or overnight oats. For me, it's a golden brown slice of toast. The best toasters can tackle bread, bagels, English muffins, and even paninis to elevate your breakfast and brunchtime.

There are two-slice toasters for smaller households and multi-slot machines to feed the whole family. Smart machines feature touch-screen displays and 24-hour timers, while simpler toasters can still brown bread to perfection. In fact, there are so many types of toaster that it can be difficult to know where to start.

That's where I come in. As a product reviewer, I'm part of the kitchen testing team at H&G. I've spent hours toasting thick and thin slices of sourdough and wholemeal bread to find the best toasters on the market. 

I've narrowed it down to my top twelve to suit every style of kitchen and size of budget. I've even thrown in the best toaster oven for good measure. I've ranked each toaster on the basis of quality of construction, consistency of toasting, functionality, and the all-important price. 

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Laura Honey

Laura is our e-Commerce editor at Homes & Gardens. She has previously worked at luxury perfume and home brand where she had experience with products designed for quality over quantity. She's also one of our expert testers, working on everything from toasters to blenders and coffee makers.

The quick list

If you want to find a toaster ASAP, here's a quick guide to the best on the market. When one piques your interest, there's more in-depth information further down.