The Best Toaster

The Best Toaster

Our pick

Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

The best two-slot toaster

This inexpensive toaster browned bread more evenly than almost anything else we tested, and looks attractive on any countertop.

Buying Options

$30* from Home Depot
$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$33 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.

Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

The best four-slot toaster

Batch after batch, this four-slot toaster browned bread as evenly as its two-slot counterpart.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon
$37 from Home Depot

The Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster and its four-slot version, the Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, both produced some of the finest, evenly browned bread of all the toasters we tested. The Cuisinarts offer a wide range of settings and easy-to-use controls, and remained cool to the touch even after toasting multiple batches. These toasters are also covered under a three-year warranty, which is exceptional compared with the one-year warranty that comes with most toasters.

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Breville BTA720XL

Breville BTA720XL

Pricier with more features

Though it’s more expensive than our main pick, this Breville toasts bread exquisitely, and its sturdy, elegant build should outlast cheaper toasters.

Buying Options

$80* from Amazon
$80 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $75.

The stainless steel two-slot Breville BTA720XL Bit More Toaster (2-Slice), along with our four-slice upgrade pick, produced the most consistent toast of any toaster—golden brown all over with no white patches or lines—even after several back-to-back batches. It also offers a toast-saving “A Bit More” button that allows you to add a little more time to an underdone slice, and a “Lift & Look” lever that allows you to peek at the doneness of your slice without interrupting the toasting cycle. But this toaster costs almost $60 more than our top pick, making it a bit of a splurge.

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Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

A four-slot cream of the crop toaster

Though it’s on the pricier side, this model consistently churns out perfectly browned toast. This Breville’s well-thought-out design and multiple features allow for more flexibility while toasting.

Buying Options

$200* from Amazon
$180 from Bed Bath & Beyond

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is hands down the best toaster that we tested. It has the same functionality as our two-slot Breville pick, the Bit More, as well as a button that automatically lifts and lowers your toast. In the Breville Smart Toaster, the “lift and look” feature is its own button. While the Bit More’s “lift and look” feature requires you to raise a lever, the Breville Smart Toaster lets you check for doneness with the touch of a button. We preferred this toaster over the four-slice version of the Breville Bit More (the BTA730XL), which has two long slots that did not toast as evenly. The Smart Toaster is more expensive and will take up a considerable chunk of your countertop, but it’s built like a tank and offers more features than any other two- or four-slot model we considered.

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Our pick

Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

The best two-slot toaster

This inexpensive toaster browned bread more evenly than almost anything else we tested, and looks attractive on any countertop.

Buying Options

$30* from Home Depot
$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$33 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.

Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-142 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

The best four-slot toaster

Batch after batch, this four-slot toaster browned bread as evenly as its two-slot counterpart.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon
$37 from Home Depot

Upgrade pick

Breville BTA720XL

Breville BTA720XL

Pricier with more features

Though it’s more expensive than our main pick, this Breville toasts bread exquisitely, and its sturdy, elegant build should outlast cheaper toasters.

Buying Options

$80* from Amazon
$80 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $75.

Upgrade pick

Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster

A four-slot cream of the crop toaster

Though it’s on the pricier side, this model consistently churns out perfectly browned toast. This Breville’s well-thought-out design and multiple features allow for more flexibility while toasting.

Buying Options

$200* from Amazon
$180 from Bed Bath & Beyond

*At the time of publishing, the price was $180.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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