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Best toaster 2022: our top 10 for any kitchen

Take a look at the 10 best toasters you can buy for your home, with two and four-slice toasters for bagels, bread, muffins and more

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No kitchen is truly complete without the best toaster on the countertop. Simple but essential, a toaster is the perfect appliance for making speedy breakfasts or delicious brunches, with two- and four-slice designs for serving as many people as you need. While toasters all do the same task, they work in different ways. Some have dedicated modes for toasting bagels, leaving you with a chewy exterior and crisp interior, and others have long and wide slots that can handle artisanal bread or even pastries. 

When choosing the best toaster we took into account the quality and functions offered in each option, but style is also a major factor. After all, a toaster will typically sit on your counter each and every day, and if you choose the right one, it can last decades. Many toasters have a more traditional retro-style design that will complement more classic kitchens, but others from Breville or Zwilling have modern and neutral designs that will slot right into any kitchen design. 

If you need to serve toast for more than four people at once, you can also take a look at the best toaster ovens to cook a lot more than just bread. For the 10 best toasters from Smeg, Dualit, Cuisinart, Zwilling, KitchenAid, and Alessi, our guide has everything you need. 

Best toaster 2022

Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic ToasterH&G gold badge

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1. Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic Toaster

Best toaster overall

Specifications

Dimensions: 11.15 x 10.65 x 7.5 inches
Slots: 4
Settings: Bagel, Defrost, Reheat, Cancel

Reasons to buy

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Reasonably priced
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Great bagel setting
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Easy to clean
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Comes in a selection of colors

Reasons to avoid

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Extra lift is limited

Tried and loved by the Homes & Gardens team, the Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic Toaster has four slots and comes in at a reasonable price for families and those who take their breakfasts very seriously. 

Why we love it

It's easy to select your chosen setting, be it Bagel, Reheat, or Defrost. It's also possible to choose from 12 brownness settings, with up to 6 notches as well as halves for the extra picky members of your family. 

The design feels high quality, with a stainless steel exterior and sleek matching levers. You can also pull out two crumb trays independently to empty out the toaster and keep it clean in-between uses. 

Features

We enjoyed the bagel setting, but keep in mind that you need to place the two slices facing away from each other to use this mode, which feels counter-intuitive. 

The levers have some added lift, which is great for pop tarts and other smaller toasted goods, but it doesn't have the added lift of some other toasters, so it's not the best for seriously small slices. 

Homes & Gardens rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

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2. Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

Best toaster for high quality specs

Specifications

Dimensions: 10.9 x 11.9 x 7.7
Slots: 4
Settings: Bagel, frozen, A Bit More

Reasons to buy

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Smart auto lift
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Take a peek at your toast as it cooks
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Countdown indicator
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Excellent results

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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More to go wrong

If you’re really serious about toast, the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is for you. Packed with clever toasting tech, this machine is the 21st century’s answer to getting the perfect slice of toast.

Why we love it

There are dual slider controls (each control two slots) for the toast level. Once you’ve loaded the toast into a slot and have hit the Toast button, the toast is automatically lowered and LEDs on the front show the toasting progress.

Want to see how well your toast is doing? Press Lift and look, and your toast is raised automatically to give you a sneak peek, before dropping down. If your chosen setting wasn’t quite good enough the ‘A Bit More’ button toasts for a little longer.

Features

Wide slots accommodate most bread sizes, and there are special modes for dealing with frozen bread and bagels. Toasting is excellent, producing consistent results time after time.

The big issues are the price and that the automated features mean that there’s a lot more that can go wrong with this model.

Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch 2 Long Slot Toaster

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3. Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch 2 Long Slot Toaster

Best long toaster for artisan bread

Specifications

Dimensions: 16.75 x 6.6 x 8.2 inches
Slots: 2
Settings: Reheat, Bagel, Defrost

Reasons to buy

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Very wide and longs slots
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Intuitive toasting controls
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Excellent results on different breads

Reasons to avoid

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Only two colors

Zwilling known for quality construction and sleek, simple designs, and the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch 2 Long Slot Toaster is no exception. It comes in two colors and has a compact frame that makes it suitable for understated designs. 

Why we love it

It has extra-long and wide slots that make it perfect for those who like their artisanal bread fresh from the bakery, often with long slices from the midsection of a sourdough loaf, or a generous wide wedge of some brioche. 

Features

Simplicity is key here, so while you will not have large dials and Smeg-style funky button controls, there is everything you need to defrost, reheat, or cancel your setting. 

You can turn the dial at the front of the toaster to increase the toasting time. There is also an insert at the top of the toaster which can be used to heat up pastries without forcing them into the toaster slot. 

KitchenAid 4-Slice Wide Slot Toaster

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4. KitchenAid 4-Slice Wide Slot Toaster

Best toaster with wide slots

Specifications

Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.62 x 7.48 inches
Slots: 4
Settings: Bagel

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Wide slots for bagels and more
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Three classic colors

Reasons to avoid

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No frozen setting

A four-slice toaster doesn't have to be too expensive, and this wide-slot choice from KitchenAid comes from a reliable family brand too. 

Why we love it

If you've got a KitchenAid mixer in your home, this four-slot toaster will match beautifully. It comes in silver, black and red. 

The sleek finish is complete with sturdy dials to adjust brownness, and the independent controls will be useful for different family members with different preferences. 

Features

You can adjust the brownness of either side independently, and there's a button for bagels or to eject your toast when you suspect it's done. The slots also lift with an impressive clearance for shorter slices. The slots are very wide- perfect for thick slices. 

Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

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5. Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Best toaster for small kitchens

Specifications

Dimensions: 6.5 x 11 x 7 inches
Slots: 2
Settings: Bagel, Defrost, Reheat

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value
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Neat and easy-to-clean body
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Simple controls
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Good toast

Reasons to avoid

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Some report uneven toasting
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Higher settings burn fast

Four-slot toasters tend to be quite big and bulky, so if you need something smaller and less obtrusive, the Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster is for you.

Why we love it

This tiny model is designed to sit face-on, so it doesn’t take up much width on a counter. Although the product name has the word ‘plastic’ in it, the exterior is neat and clean, looking far better than you might expect.

Controls are simple, with a dial labelled one to seven for the toast setting, defrost, reheat and bagel settings. The slots are a good size, too, and should take most shop-bought slices.

Features

Toasting is generally very good, although some complain that the toaster quickly moves into burnt territory, so try with the lower settings first. There are some complaints about uneven toasting, but turning bread part way through can fix that issue.

Smeg TSF01 toaster

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6. Smeg TSF01 toaster

Best toaster for style

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.68 x 7.6 x 7.72 inches
Slots: 2
Settings: Defrost, Bagel, Reheat

Reasons to buy

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Looks gorgeous
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Well built
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Simple control dial
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Wide slots fit most bread

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive

If you have an open kitchen where everything is on display, the Smeg TSF01 is the toaster for you. With its 50s design and amazing range of colours, this is one of the best-looking kitchen accessories that you can buy.

Why we love it

There’s a two-slice or four-slice version (TSF02). We’re covering the two-slice toaster here, but the four-slice version still has two slots, just that they’re longer. The four-slice could be good if you have artisan breads that may not fit in the two-slice. Most regular bread will fit in the TSF02 thanks to its wide and deep slots. There’s a simple dial for choosing the toasting level, plus the special defrost, bagel and reheat settings.

Features

Durable and reliable, most report that the Smeg TSF01 cooks toast quickly and beautifully. The main downside is the price. If you have a beautiful kitchen and your toaster is on display, it may just be worth the price.

Alessi Plisse Toaster

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7. Alessi Plissé Toaster

Best toaster for designer looks

Specifications

Dimensions: 7.48'' H x 13.39'' W x 7.48'' D
Slots: 2
Settings: Bagel, frozen

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous plissé exterior
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Comes in a classic range of shades
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Quality construction

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in two-slice design
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Toaster racks cost extra

Stylish kitchens deserve a stylish toaster to match, and the Alessi Plissé Toaster is just the option for this. It comes with a striking exterior that wraps around the entirety of the toaster, and subtle controls for defrosting and cooking bagels. 

Why we love it

Gorgeous looks aside, the Alessi Plissé Toaster is neat and compact while still making a statement. It has two slots, and there are six browning levels for perfect toast every time. 

You will have to pay extra for toasting racks, but they have striking handles that pair with the toaster and are great for more delicate items such as pastries. 

Features

Buy the Alessi Plissé Toaster in white, red, black, or grey. It can also be paired with a juicer, kettle, and immersion blender

Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03H&G silver badge

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8. Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03

Best toaster for retro design

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 11.77 x 7.72 inches
Slots: 4
Settings: Defrost, Reheat

Reasons to buy

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Classic retro style
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So many color options
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Tactile levers with added lift
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Press-touch crumb trays
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Wide slots

Reasons to avoid

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No bagel mode

We loved the Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03 from the second we took it out of the box. We tested it in a fetching pastel blue but it comes in all sorts of colorways, including black, pink, silver, cream, and much more. 

Why we love it

The controls are very tactile, with metallic levers that have added lift to elevate even the smallest slices clear of the toaster.

We also enjoy the controls, with a light-up button for defrosting and reheating as well as a simple dial to increase or decrease the brownness settings. Our toast came out beautifully toasted with consistency across both sides of the slice, but we did miss a bagel setting.

Features

The crumb trays pop out when pressed, and make cleaning very easy indeed. It goes without saying that the stainless steel design is incredibly high quality. It's expensive, but the Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03 is an investment that will last for years. 

Homes & Gardens rated 4 out of 5 stars. Our Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03 review has more details. 

Café - Specialty 2-Slice Toaster

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9. Café Specialty 2-Slice Toaster

Best two slice toaster for minimalist style

Specifications

Dimensions: 7 x 12 x 8 inches
Slots : 2
Settings: Reheat, Frozen, Bagel

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Sleek look
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Has an express setting
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Matching appliances available 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Only neutral colors available 

Want all the style of the best toaster but in a two slice option? The Café Specialty 2-Slice Toaster has rose gold accents and comes in either a white, silver or black option. We love the simple curved design, and it's a compact option for smaller kitchens or households. You can also buy a matching drip coffee maker

Why we love it

This toaster not only looks great, it's a treat to use as well. There's an express finish option for rushed mornings and eight intensity settings to choose from, for that perfect toast every time. 

Features

Other settings include a frozen, reheat, and bagel setting. A more expensive option for a two-slice, but this toaster ticks every box when it comes to build, quality and style. 

Dualit 4 Slice Newgen Toaster

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10. Dualit 4 Slice Newgen Toaster

Best toaster for sustainable style

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.30 x 10.30 x 10.10 inches
Slots: 4
Settings: Defrost, Bagel

Reasons to buy

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Tough
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Replaceable parts
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Excellent and even toasting
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Large slots
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Can choose how many slots to use

Reasons to avoid

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Manual controls are fiddly
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Expensive given the features

Dualit builds its toasters to be rugged and reliable. For the Dualit 4 Slice Newgen Toaster, the company has kept the same design of old but has added a few new features.

Why we love it

In addition to just heating, this new model has a proper defrost setting and a setting for heating up bagels. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with the option to choose how many slots you want to use (one to four) to save on running costs, and a mechanical timer dial. Extra deep and wide slots let this toaster take most types of bread, and you can buy an optional warming wrack or sandwich cage.

Features

With a mechanical dial, timings aren’t as precise, so there’s a bit of a learning curve with this model. With a little practice, though, you can get even results every time. Dualit’s heating element uses a series of flat bars behind a smooth, transparent casing, which extends life. And, should a heating element go, you can replace the part.

What is the best toaster? 

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The Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic Toaster is our top pick of the best toasters, thanks to its reasonable price and classic design. We also enjoyed its bagel setting and the ability to control both sides independently. 

The Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster is the best two-slice toaster you can buy, and if you want something more premium, we love the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster.

How we picked the best toasters

In our guide to the 10 best toasters we tried as many toasters as we could hands-on. We took into account the design, functions, and cost of toasters to decide if they were worth the investment. You'll know if we tested something hands-on because we give all the toasters we try a rating out of five. If there's no rating, we decided to include the toaster in our guide based on online reviews and the design, but did not get the chance to try it ourselves.

We're always testing new toasters to make sure our best toaster guide as the very top options you can buy, so we update this guide on a regular basis to make sure it features all our top picks. 

How to choose a toaster

Cuisinart

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Although toasters do the same thing, there’s a huge amount of variance in them, largely dependent on your needs and the type of bread that you cook. 

Take notice of the size and types of slot to make sure that you’ll be able to fit in the type of bread that you use. This is particularly true if you use artisan bread.

While toasters all have a setting for how well done they’ll make your bread, many have additional features and modes.

Some models have a defrost option. This usually doesn’t mean that your bread will be defrosted (although some have this feature) but that your frozen slices will be defrosted and then toasted. This latter mode can be called ‘frozen’ on some toasters.

A bagel setting can be good, too. What this mode does varies between toasters, but generally only one element is used, so that the underside gets cooked, leaving the top alone. With some other models, the second element may be heated to a lower temperature. Make sure you read the manual so that you know which way round to insert your bagel.

A reheat mode is useful if you like your toast warm, as you can stick it back in without overheating it.

Look out for any optional accessories: a sandwich cage lets you make toasted sandwiches, and a warming rack sits on top and is good for pastries and croissants. 

Should I buy a two- or four-slice toaster?

If you go through a lot of bread or have a larger family, then a four-slice toaster is generally the best bet. If you don’t eat a lot of toast or don’t have much room, then go for a smaller two-slice model.

Take note of the configuration of the toaster. Some four-slice toasters use two long slots instead of four slots. The downside is that you may not fit in two slices side-by-side; the upside is that the longer slots can be better for artisanal bread.

How much energy does a toaster use?

Dualit toaster

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Most toasters will use around 800 to 1200W on average, with four-slice toasters using towards the top of the scale, and two-slice models using less. That’s a rough guide, but as they’re small and dedicated, toasters are more energy-efficient than using your oven’s grill to do the job.

Many models have energy-saving features. Toasters with four slots, for example, will generally have two sets of controls, each controlling two slots. When you only use two slots, you’re using half of the total power; you only run the toaster at full capacity when all four slots are in operation. 

How much does a toaster cost? 

Price depends on features and how often you make toast. For occasional users that need a two-slice model, you can pick up a good toaster for less than $30. A higher-quality more durable model can cost around $50 but you can spend over $100 on the best models.