10 Best Toasters & Toaster Reviews in 2017

Best Toasters for 2017

No matter how big your family is, we’ve got the best toaster for you. These brands truly are the hallmarks of the very best in kitchenware, and no matter how big your family is you will be able to make perfect toast every morning, noon and night. These appliances are often overlooked, but a good toaster will help you start your morning just right. Nobody wants to wake up to the smell of burnt toast!

This is why we have put together a list of unique and well-designed toasters that range from starter models to full on professional designer brands that will never need replacing. If you’re shopping for a quick wedding gift or a housewarming present we’ve got some great choices for you too, including Star Wars themed toasters, see-through toasters, four-slice toasters and many more.


Smeg 2-Slice Toaster

Smeg 2-Slice Toaster-Pastel Green

Our Expert Review

To start off we have the TSF01 retro model that looks like it comes right from the kitchen of a 1950s film star, and of course it is made by none other than Smeg. This two slice toaster is a classy addition to any classic or contemporary kitchen; being offered in a simple black, red or pink as well as a pastel green or pastel blue you will certainly find a place for it in your house. Unlike other brands Smeg truly enters the art of appliances, transforming them from boring everyday items into stylish statement pieces. The body is actually made from steel and then powder-coated in high quality paint, plus there is a backlit chrome button that will tell you when the toaster has started to toast.  It is a compact 120 volts (980 W) unit, which is has enough output to give you perfectly brown toast, bagels and just about any baked goods you can fit in it.

The whole toaster is 8" wide x 12" long and 7" high, but the toasting slots are particularly wide to accommodate all sorts of toast-able items. There are six different ‘browning’ levels that you can choose from, and when your toast has popped you simply need to remove the stainless steel crumb tray and give it a tap into the bin for cleaning. To make sure that everything stays safely in place the Smeg TSF01 toaster has anti-slip feet and a built in cord wrap that you can use to keep things tidy when you don’t have it plugged in. You can purchase accessories for this toaster such as a bun warmer and a sandwich rack at a bit of an extra price. This product was really a pleasure to use, and to look at!

Why we liked it: The Smeg name means that this toaster has got it all: quality, class and functionality. With anti-slip feet you know this toaster isn’t going to fall off of the counter and take one out of your toes with it. The pastel colours are particularly nice for a classy kitchen setting, and they blend so well with vintage or modern décor.


KRUPS KH734D 4-Slice Toaster

KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster with Brushed and Chrome Stainless Steel Housing, 4-Slices, Silver

Our Expert Review

Krups is a German brand that is known for their bold design and precision. When you buy one of their toasters you know you are buying a product that is made with an unwavering craftsmanship, one that has defined this brand for 150 years.  We know that this Krups toaster is the perfect toaster for any family, being able to toast 4 slices of bread in its extra-large, self-centring slots that make sure your toast is evenly browned every time. Its dual independent control panel offers 5 functions to help you make the perfect toast - it comes with the standard toasting function and cancel button that most toasters will have, but with the Krups KH734D 4-slice toaster you are also able to defrost bread or reheat the toast you forgot about 20 minutes ago. Plus, you get a Bagel function to toast that perfect breakfast bagel.

Everyone has their preference on how brown and toasty they want their toast. With this toaster you get a 6-level adjustable browning control, so your toast is always perfectly brown.  You will always be able to remove the toast without burning your fingers because it comes with a high lift lever, which can help if you are using rough cut bread that might get stuck. Having a removable crumb tray, you will have no problems cleaning this one. All you have to do is pull it out, dust it off, put it back in and you’re good to go. Storage is also a breeze as it has a handy cord storage. You can keep it in the cupboard when you’re not using it, and leave your countertop nice and tidy. This unique design of brushed and chrome stainless steel, combined with its blue LED indicators will make it an attractive part of your kitchen.

Why we liked it: being able to toast 4 slices of bread at the same time will make big family breakfasts a much easier time to organise. This unit gives you the option of reheating toast too, so it is perfect for timing warm meals for the whole family. The high lift lever and crumb tray make the KRUPS KH734D easy to clean and simple to use.


Russell Hobbs TR9198S 2 Slice Toaster

Russell Hobbs TR9198S 2 Slice Toaster, Stainless Steel

Our Expert Review

This Russell Hobbs 2 slice taster has a stylish heritage design that will easily fit into any kitchen. You even get to choice if you want a cream, red or stainless steel toaster. With its clean lines and flawless design, all your guests will be drooling with envy. This Russell Hobbs toaster will make sure your toast comes out evenly toasted every time, with its self-adjusting guides that will automatically centre your food. You will notice that this toaster has extra-wide slots that will allow you to toast your favourite foods without worrying about it getting stuck in the toaster. If you love having dinner parties, this toaster will be your best friend and help you toast artisan bread for the perfect canapé.

Russell Hobbs has included settings for frozen food, bagels, re-heating and a cancel option. Remember that time you put bread in the deep freeze and forgot to take it out before you had to make school lunches? That will never be a problem again.  The settings have been laid out in a handy one-touch function control design with LED- indicator light, so you won’t have to worry if you have turned the diel to the correct setting. It also has a variable toast shade control that will allow you to make sure your toast is toasted to your preference. This Russell Hobbs two slice toaster comes with a convenient removable crumb tray that will help you clean your toaster without spilling crumbs all over your beautiful kitchen.

Why we liked it: keeping your kitchen clean is easy with this toaster, as it has a removable crumb tray. The classic design of the Russel Hobbs 2 slice toaster is a great feature that makes it stand out above the others, and it is instantly recognizable. Being able to defrost frozen foods and reheat cold toast is another perfect addition to this classy product.

By Russell Hobbs

KitchenAid KMT4116ER 4 Slice Toaster

KitchenAid KMT4116ER 4 Slice Long Slot Toaster with High Lift Lever, Empire Red

Our Expert Review

This elegant KitchenAid 4 slice toaster is clean and classic in style. It is designed to be longer than the average toaster which comes in handy for toasting artisan or home baked bread without having to cut it in half.  The two extra-long slots are also able to hold 2 normal sliced bread each, so in the end you could toast up to four slices at once.  Not only are the slots extra-long but they are extra-wide too coming in at 1.5 inches. You know that your bagel will be toasted perfectly without getting squashed in the toaster. KitchenAid has equipped this toaster with a high lift lever so you will be able to remove any smaller foods like an English muffin or a pop-tart.

This toaster comes with one touch settings that allow you to tell the toaster what you need it to do. Not only can this toaster toast your bread but you can set it to toast your bagel, defrost that bread you left in the freezer, reheat the toast you forgot about or to keep it warm. KitchenAid has also given you a 7 shade setting that will allow you to make your toast to your preferred colour. You will never worry about over or under toasting your bread again. Clean up and storage is also simple with this toaster as it comes with a removable crumb tray as well as an under base cord storage. You will never have a jumble of wires in your cupboard or on your counter again with this toaster.

Why we liked it: extra-long and extra wide slots give you the best possible fit for larger slices of bread, and the high lift-lever will give you the ability to pry out smaller pieces without too much hassle. The 7 shade settings for toasting allow you to get the perfect browning on your toast every single time.

By KitchenAid

Dualit 2 Slice Toaster

Dualit 2 Slice NewGen Toaster Copper

Our Expert Review

This Dualit toaster is perfect for a young couple starting out on their journey to the perfect toast.  It has two extra wide slots that measure in at 28mm and it can easily accommodate a sandwich cage. The Dualit Classic NewGen toaster will fit perfectly into any modern kitchen with its simplicity and sophistication. You will be amazed by the toasting efficiency of the patented design, award winning ProHeat elements that have an increased longevity. Not only does this toaster come with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning, but it also has an adjustable rear foot so that it won’t fall over on slightly uneven surfaces. When you buy a Dualit Toaster you know it will be compatible with any Dualit accessories such as a sandwich cage or a warming rack.

This means there will be no need to by any additional appliances, saving you a lot of money and extra countertop space. The sandwich cage comes with a built in drip tray so you can make your favourite grilled sandwich without worrying about damaging the elements. The warming rack is adjustable and allows you to warm items without having to put them directly into the toaster. How nice would it be to reheat last night’s leftover pizza without making it soggy in the microwave? Well with this toaster and warming rack, that dream can come true.  The Dualit Classic NewGen Toaster is a nice hefty toaster with the dimensions of 9 inches wide, 10 inches long and 8 inches deep, and is the perfect size to fit on any kitchen counter.  When buying Dualit you know you will be bringing that English elegance into your home as this brand is proudly made in Great Britain.

Why we liked it: the extra wide slots on the Dualit 2 Slice Toaster are perfect for heating up more than just bread, and you can also use the accessories to further add to the range of items this toaster can handle. This unit is great for regular toast, baked goods like bagels and crumpets, and it also has some good accessories like a sandwich cage that keep you from having to use a pan to make your favourite toasted cheese sandwiches.

By Dualit

KitchenAid KMT2203CA Toaster

KitchenAid KMT2203CA Toaster - Candy Apple Red Pro Line Toaster

Our Expert Review

Add some colour to your kitchen with the candy apple red KitchenAid KMT2203CA Toaster. This two slice toaster is a great little unit for a small household or flat, and it could well be the most effortless toaster we’ve seen so far. The entire mechanism is automatic, from the lowering and lifting of the bread, to keeping the toast warm once it has finished toasting. This is all done with the help of sensors – imagine that, a toaster that can tell when it’s needed! No longer will you stick some bread in the toaster and come back to find out that you forgot to put down the lever in the first place; this toaster is truly user-friendly. It has some good features like defrosting to take the chill off those frozen pop tarts, a heater to warm up your long-forgotten toast, and a specific bagel setting for those morning treats. Having a bagel function might seem a little silly, but just wait until you try it out.

The perfect breakfast bagels are made with the KitchenAid KMT2203CA Toaster. The full dimensions of this product are 13-7/10 inches long x 7-1/10 inches wide x 8-9/10" high, and this indicates a good tray size for larger bread slices or other confectionaries. The colours that this model comes in are candy apple red, black and silver medallion. We’d say that this toaster fits a modern aesthetic because of the bright colours and automatic functions, but it can always bring a touch of the new into a classic kitchenette in any case. An impressive five year limited warranty covers you for manufacturing failures, so there really is no reason not to buy this toaster.

Why we liked it: the toasting settings are quite good, and with seven different options you will be able to warm up delicate baked goods as well as really work those harder slices into soft and delicious pieces of toast. The automatic lowering and lifting mechanism is a great feature for those who simply can’t stand having to slam down the lever each time they have to start the toast going.

By KitchenAid

Dash Clear View Toaster

Dash Clear View Toaster

Our Expert Review

Dash Clear View Toaster has a unique take on the classic toaster design. With its clear panels you are able to see how your bread is toasting, from the moment it enters the tray until pop-up. It gives you an advantage of getting your toast perfectly brown that most other toasters don’t provide you with, because you can keep an eye on it as it goes. The Dash clear view toaster also allows you to adjust the heating of the toaster with a 7 level browning control and an auto-shut off function. If you see that your bread is at the perfect colour, through the clear view panels, you are able to cancel the toasting and remove your bread before the auto shut-off.  You will love this Dash toaster as it not only has two extra-wide slots but they are also extra-long, giving you some room for other foods. This means that not only can you toast bagels or bread, but you can toast up two 4 slices of bread, or artesian breads.

No matter what bread you chose this toaster is more than ready for the job. You will find this toaster has a removable crumb tray on the side of the toaster and that it is super easy to clean. Make sure to give the outside of the toaster a wipe too so that you will be able to check on your toast through the clear panels. The last thing you want is to under- or overdo your toast because of a badly placed smudge on the glass. The Dash Clear View Toaster is equipped with one-touch controls for defrosting, bagels and to reheat the toast. When buying this toaster not only do you get a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty but you also get a recipe book. Dash has a growing database of recipes that make use of their range, buying this toaster will allow you access to this database as well.

Why we liked it: the Dash Clear View toaster has seven levels of browning control, a recipe book and a one-year warranty. It also has that novel feature that is all too exciting – being able to see your bread turn to toast before your very eyes. The entire unit is easy to clean and will bring some unique style to your kitchen. A see-through toaster is a great gift idea or housewarming present for the friend who likes to see how it works.


Darth Vader Bread Toaster

Darth Vader Toaster

Our Expert Review

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… this toaster ruled the universe. It looks like Darth Vader himself, and it has just as much power to turn your toast to the dark side. Okay perhaps that’s a bit melodramatic, but we can’t help but be excited about another Star Wars themed item popping up on our list. This toaster does all the regular work of toasting your bread, but it has a special trick up its sleeve too. Each piece of bread, English muffin, toaster pastry or waffle that you put in this toaster will emerge as an agent of the dark side, with Darth Vader’s helmet on it and the Star Wars name underneath. The features that this model comes with are reminiscent of the Death Star – you can turn the dial to activate the adjustable “lazer” thermostat, wait for the automatic switch off or stop the toasting manually, and all the while the casing of the toaster will remain cool to the touch.

This model is officially licenced, and the black plastic casing is detailed with accurate features right from the film set. This efficient toaster has a crumb tray to make it simple to clean, and the power supply has a capacity of 110 – 120 volts as well as 570 – 680 W. This is not quite enough to destroy a small planet, but it is significant enough to give you perfect toasted confectionaries every time you want them! Your kids will absolutely love this toaster because it can make unique toasties when all their friends come over to play. As far as trendiness goes, you won’t find better than the Star Wars Darth Vader Bread Toaster.

Why we liked it: two words - Star Wars! Apart from the branding this toaster is actually really good. It has a large power output to handle tougher pieces of bread, and it also has buttons for defrosting and re-heating. The toasting trays are wide enough to fit most sizes of bread in, as well as bagels and toaster pastries. This is a great gift item, and would be the perfect way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.

By Pangea Brands

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster

Our Expert Review

To outfit your kitchen with a real workhorse of a toaster you will need the Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster, which boasts extra wide slots and some great heat settings. The four settings on the toaster are defrost (frozen), reheat, bagel and cancel. This means you can take some frozen English muffins out and not have to wait for them to thaw, simply pop them in the toaster and let it do the job for you! You will need to toast the muffins after they have been defrosted, but it does save you a ton of waiting time. The regular toasting options range from 1 – 7 in increasing intensity, which gives you the freedom to experiment with your favourite level of toastiness. The bread is seated perfectly in the middle of the toasting tray with dual auto-adjusting bread guides, just to keep the heat even on each side while it toasts. When it’s time to take your toast out, you can use one or both of the two lifts on the trays to make your job even easier.

Sometimes bread can get stuck in the tray if it is unevenly cut, and we wouldn’t want to stop you from toasting your favourite artisan bread that you picked up at the local bakery. The cord is retractable so that you can store this toaster in the cupboard and keep it out of sight, and out of mind. This is a nice feature because larger models can be unwieldy to keep on a kitchen counter, and you’d far prefer to keep something else there like your coffee machine. The crumb tray underneath not only provides a quick and easy way to clean out the debris inside the toaster, this particular one is dishwasher friendly. The clean brushed stainless steel exterior of this toaster will look great in just about any kitchen!

Why we liked it: One particularly great feature of this toaster is that it is cased in stainless steel, which doesn’t rust or tarnish over time. With this toaster you are able to toast bagels, defrost frozen English muffins and reheat toast for a couple of minutes after it has finished toasting. Lastly, the 7 levels of toasting power are a nice touch to allow you the freedom to hit that perfect golden brown every time.

By Oster

Oster TSSTTRJBP1 2-Slice Toaster

Oster TSSTTRJBP1 Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster, Purple

Our Expert Review

Lastly we have the Oster TSSTTRJBP1 2-Slice Toaster, which is a really nice little unit for a couple or small household. With seven different heat settings you will always be able to get the perfect shade of golden brown on your toast with no effort at all. The two slots are extra wide to accommodate baked goods such as waffles and crumpets, and the special features of this model include bagel, defrost and reheat buttons that couldn’t be simpler to navigate. The toaster trays have centre guidelines to seat the bread comfortably in the middle, and if anything gets stuck you can utilise the toast lift feature of the lever by pulling it upwards. In case of over-toasting this unit has automatic shut off and anti-jam mechanisms that will save you or your kids from having to put out a toast-fire in the kitchen.

To keep your kitchen counter safe from all the crumbs and pieces that go along with using a toaster, the TSSTTRJBP1 has a crumb tray that can be removed for easy cleaning. If you want to learn more about how to clean your toaster safely, just head on over to our guide at the end of this post. Overall the Oster 2 slice toaster is worthy of a place on our list for its simplicity and good quality construction, and we think that any kitchen would benefit from an Oster toaster. This is summed up best by their motto: “With the Oster brand, you can cook with passion and serve with pleasure.” We can certainly attest to this, because we have found that the Oster brand is top quality.

Why we liked it:  the slots are extra wide to accommodate different foods, which is a nice option for using your toaster to re-heat bagels or crumpets and the like. 7 different heat settings are more than enough to get your toast perfectly browned. Easy cleaning with a crumb tray is a feature that we’ve come to appreciate more and more.

By Oster

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The Guide To Buying a New Toaster

You might think that buying a toaster is one of the easiest choices you can make – after all how complicated could they really be? Well, there are some particulars that you could be missing, such as which features on a new toaster are really worth going for and which are gimmicks. Have you ever heard of a fully automatic toaster that senses when you’ve put bread in it? That one is actually real, and it’s on our list! By reading through our guide you will have everything you need to make an informed decision about the best toaster for you.

When were the first toasters invented?

Can you even imagine a life before toasters? It’s very difficult to think just how much more time we would have to spend making that full egg and bacon breakfast if we had to sit and hold bread to an open flame until it toasted. Not to mention that pretty much every piece of open-flame toasted bread must have been unevenly browned! Thankfully, the very first electric toaster was conceived in Scotland around 1893, and it worked with one of the early prototypes of the electrical element.

How does an element work you ask? Well, essentially it has electricity fed through it, and this electrical current is released in the form of heat. This heat works as a stand-in for an open flame, and toasts your bread for you. The problem with the first elements were that they required a lot of energy and weren’t very efficient – they could also only toast bread on one side at a time. The introduction of two sided toasters that could get both sides evenly toasted at the same time was about 50 years later, in the 1940s. From here there were several improvements and experiments with different designs. We now have products like conveyor belt toasters in hotels, which can toast a huge amount of bread every hour. They need to do this in order to keep up with breakfast runs, and to make sure their customers are happy.

From this fascinating history that began in the late 19th Century Scottish Highlands, we now have sophisticated designs that are energy efficient, have safety cut-offs, and some even work all by themselves. We’ve even seen the revival of recent styles from the 1950s, as with the Smeg TSF01. Just take a look at how polished and professional our technology has become:

What is the best way to clean a toaster?

Toaster are one of those appliances that normally sit on the side or in a corner of your kitchen waiting to be used. How dirty could they get when you just put bread in it? Well, you will be surprised how dirty they can get, what with all the crumbs building up inside and all the finger prints that seem to build up on that beautify stainless steel finish. Any food related appliance should be cleaned regularly to prevent build-up of germs and other bacteria. Here are a few tips on how to keep your toaster clean.

In order to start the cleaning process what you need to do is to unplug your toaster from its power source – make sure that it is not hot and that it will not turn on randomly when you are handling it. To clean a toaster, you can do a few different things but generally you will approach the process in two steps: inside and out. The methods for cleaning each part of the toaster are different, because you can use dishwashing liquid on the outside – but you should never put anything wet inside the toaster because the electrical components could short circuit or cause a fire when they are switched on again.

Inside: The first thing you will want to do is to check whether your toaster has a crumb tray at the bottom, as this will catch the majority of the debris that comes out of the toasting process. However, these trays often can’t catch everything, or you will find that little pieces of bread have gotten stuck just before the tray entrance and haven’t yet fallen down. The best thing you will be able to do here is to find a suitable surface or packet that you can shake the toaster over. Take the toaster and hold it upside down and give it a few shakes from left to right, and then up and down. Repeat this process until you have let most of the debris fall out of the toaster. Never poke around in the interior of a toaster with anything metal while it is plugged in – if you simply have to pry some stuck bread out, rather use a wooden skewer or unplug the toaster and use a wooden handled knife to loosen the debris.

Outside: In the rare case that you will need to do a full clean on the outside of your toaster, you can use your everyday dishwashing liquid and a bit of water. Apply the soap to a clean damp cloth and give the exterior of your toaster a wipe. Avoid using any rough brushes or scouring pad that could scratch the paint, because many of these units have expensive paint jobs. Also make sure not to run any water on the outside of the toaster to clean off the soap, rather use the same cloth once you have rinsed it out. Repeat this process until there are no visible soap bubbles, and then you can dry your toaster with a drying up cloth. Don’t use bleach or other household cleaners because they might stain the exterior of your toaster, and if you’ve got a beautiful Russel Hobbs or Smeg model you’re going to want to be extra careful not to mess up the paint job. It’s as simple as that!

Which features are worth looking for in a toaster?

There are five different areas that we’ve identified as the main features worth considering when buying a new toaster. In no particular order of significance, they are as follows:

Settings – the best toasters have multiple heat settings, and some even have special options such as defrost, reheat or bagel modes. You will want a toaster that has the right settings for your uses, as not all of them have the same features. Defrosting a frozen waffle or pop tart is a great way to get a quick breakfast, but you would hate to wake up and find that you’d bought the wrong toaster to get the job done.

Accessories – these are optional extras that can keep you from buying more appliances. For example, sandwich cages can be used to make toasted cheese instead of having to fire up a frying pan, and using a crumb tray to catch unwanted debris can save you a lot of time when you need to clean your toaster inside and out. The more accessories you have, the more room you will have in your kitchen from economising on space!

Style – this might be the most important feature for some people, because brand names can really bump the value of a toaster right up in to hundreds of dollars. The particular style of the toaster, whether 1950s pastel or a plain stainless steel, will need to fit your kitchen. This could influence the place you end up putting the toaster, or if you can handle a particular toaster in your house at all. Some people might not mind clashing styles and colour schemes, but for those of us who know a bit about interior design, you’ve got to get every little accent just right.

Novelty – we’re talking particularly about the Star Wars themed toaster and the see-through toaster here, because these items can make fantastic gifts. The Star Wars toaster is perfect for kids or young adults who are enjoying the latest film releases, but it can also be for die-hard fans of the original series! The see through toaster is great for those tech whizzes who like to see exactly how science and mechanics work, and they will probably be the most appreciative of getting a toaster as a present too. Novelty can add sentimental value to a toaster if you buy it for someone else, so don’t be afraid to pick one of these items up as a gift for a friend or family member.

Safety – you want the safest appliances you can get your hands on, especially if you have kids in the house. Look for toasters that have automatic switch-off functions so that even if they remain plugged in they will cut out after they hit a certain heat threshold. This will prevent potential fires, melting of plastic and smoke that might come from leaving your toast in for far too long. Another good safety feature to keep a look out for is the tray lift that a couple of these models have. By lifting the lever up-wards you will bring the tray slightly out of the toaster body, and this will allow you to grab anything that is over toasting or perhaps even starting to burn.

As you can see there is a lot to be said for picking your toaster carefully, and finding just the right match for your needs is of the utmost importance. They might seem like insignificant choices now, but it’s really the small, niggling frustrations that get to you over time that we’re hoping to avoid here.

Which toasters are best for toasting crumpets and teacakes?

As we’ve just discussed, some toasters are better than others at toasting different kinds of foods, and this is very important if you’re going to be heating up delicate baked goods like tea cakes and crumpets. You don’t want to burn them to a crisp on the first try, but you also don’t want them coming out soggy if they’ve just been taken out of the freezer. Below we have some advice for heating up tea cakes and crumpets in the toaster:

Teacakes – Teacakes are slightly more delicate than crumpets, so you will want to use a lower heat setting if you intend to put them in the regular toasting slot. This can be a tad risky, because they are not always easy to get out afterwards and are prone to burning quickly. Instead you can use an accessory called a bun warmer, because it holds the cakes above the toaster slots to get a nice heat from underneath. The best item for this would be the Russell Hobbs TR9198S 2 Slice Toaster, because it has a good range of heat settings as well as a helpful bagel toasting option.

Frozen Crumpets – defrosting is important for these foods, because toasting right from the freezer will leave you with a soggy mess of food. First you should defrost them using the available feature on your toaster (if you don’t have one, you’ll have to wait quite a bit until the frost is gone), and then you can go ahead and toast them with a low to medium setting.

Regular Crumpets – Just about any toaster with a decent heat control will be able to toast crumpets and teacakes that aren’t frozen, as long as you set the toasting dial to a medium or low heat setting. These are pre-baked goods that only really need heating up and a bit of browning, not a long second baking process. We also recommend using a sandwich cage, strange though it may sound, because this will ensure that no edges of the crumpet reach through the grid and burn on the element.

That being said, most of the toasters on our list will be able to give you a nice toasting for crumpets and tea cakes, but for the best results you should follow our guidelines.

What are the best toaster brands?

Our list comprises many different brands from around the world, so we’ll give you a brief overview of each of our favourite toaster brands right here.

Smeg – we chose the Smeg brand for the top of our list because of the blend of style and design, and this is something that the company has long been known for. They have 11 different aesthetic product lines which cover every conceivable kitchen appliance that you’d ever need. If you’re looking to revolutionize your home with a new brand, Smeg will be the finest you can find on the market today. Just check out how well they managed to integrate their style with Dolce & Gabbana to create some refrigerator art:

Russel Hobbs – for the classic look and reliable manufacturing we had to go for Russel Hobbs. They’ve been around for 65 years, and they really know what they’re doing. This brand adds a touch of class to your kitchen like no other.

KRUPS – built with typical German efficiency and quality, the KRUPS brand gives us the best 4 slice toaster on the market today. Their major business is done within the bartending, artisan coffee and tea making areas, but they have some great countertop products like the KH734D 4-Slice Toaster too. This company has been in business for an impressive 170 years, from producing manual fruit juicers in the late nineteenth century to their shiny automated contemporaries today. Krups just seem to keep perfecting their products with each new release.

Dualit – From the chilly British Isles we find the English brand, Dualit. They make clean stainless steel appliances, and have done so for over 70 years. Their passion for toasters goes beyond just wanting to make a profit, the owner of Dualit actually has a long history with building them from scratch as a child with his dad. This history is a great testament to the long standing interest that owner Leslie has in his products, and it really shines through in the way he designs his toasters to give you crispy and soft toast all in one.

KitchenAid – the lower end of the price range doesn’t have to mean tacky, unusable kitchenware. KitchenAid brings great value for money and high quality products to the market that everyone can enjoy. This proudly American brand has been making appliances in the USA since 1919, just short of 100 years! Their range of products includes full kitchen suites including dishwashers, fridges and microwaves, right down to the nitty gritty cutlery sets that you’ll need to cook a meal.

These companies all have years of design behind their products, and it really shows! Their products all have nice features that make toasting just about anything as easy as pie, and you can be proud if you own any one of their appliances in your home today.


Why should I buy a brand name toaster?

When it comes to buying any kitchen appliances you want to know that it is going to last the test of time. No one wants to go shopping for a new stove once a year, so why would you want to do that for a toaster? Buying one of these name brand toasters will give you the peace of mind that you are buying a quality product. Brands work hard in order to develop a reputation and the quality of their products and they would not like to have their reputation drop. This means that they make sure that they only release products that meet their standers and will keep their clients happy. Most of these brands are so proud of their products that they offer warranties on their toasters. The Dash Clear View Toaster comes with a one-year manufactures warranty, that most no name brand toasters would not have.

Sometimes you may find that the toaster starts playing up a few years after the warranty. If you have a no name brand toaster you might as well just toss it out and buy a new one. But when buying a brand name toaster, you get the peace of mind that the toaster could be repaired. Most electrical repair shops would have come into contact with these brands before and will be able to solve and fix any problems you may find. Why would any want to buy a toaster off the super market shelf that struggles to toast the bread and breaks in a couple of months, when you could buy one of your brand name toasters that can do it all for you, and will last of years to come?


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