A crisp slice of toast is an essential part of most people’s breakfast, and the perfect accompaniment for everything from avocado to poached eggs.
But getting that perfect slice is trickier than it should be, with many cheap toasters doling out uneven cooking, poor controls – and, in general, being pretty sub-par.
To save you the horror of having to eat unevenly browned or, God forbid, blackened toast with your morning cuppa, we’ve tested all the big-name brand toasters currently available to offer a definitive list of the best on the market.
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- 4 slots
- 21.5 x 21 x 39.5cm
- 90cm cable
You have to admire Smeg. The Italian company is nothing if not consistent in everything it does. Its styling is consistently ’50s-chic, and its products consistently perform well.
This two-slot, four-slice toaster is another winner. It looks gorgeous in any of the beautifully glossy paint finishes, feels like it’s built to last WW3, and browns bread to perfection. Functions include the usual defrost and bagel settings, as well as a reheat feature for gone-cold toast.
The only slight criticism might be that the heat control has a click-stop at every half-level, so it’s not infinitely variable. That said, we didn’t have a problem finding the perfect settings from those available.
The Smeg TSF02 is a thing of beauty, and deserving of price of place on your worktop.
At the time of the review the Smeg TSF02 was available for £149.95
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- 2-slice toaster
- Glass sides
- Bagel setting
- warm up toast setting
- Review Price: £160
The first thing you notice about the Magimix Vision is that you can see right through it – the sides are made of glass panels that give you a sneak preview into the progress of your toast. How cool is that?
It has a single long slot for a maximum of two slices of bread, which allows it to toast more fiddly bread products, like pitta breads, without having to cut them in half.
There are eight settings for toasting, with the middle one providing just the right level of browning. It will also toast bagels on just one side. We found the Vision gave a lovely even toast.
Instead of many thin elements that run from throughout most toasters it has thick heating element bars, two at the top and two at the bottom. This makes the Vision one of the fastest toasters we’ve ever tested, clocking an average 2 minutes and 38 seconds. If you’ve got the space, this stylish speedster is an excellent choice.