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12 Best toasters for bread and bagels

When it comes to acquiring a new toaster, there is no disputing that style plays a significant role in the decision. This is an appliance that will be on your counters for a long time, so make sure it’s a design that matches your style and color preferences.

A trendy toaster, on the other hand, is useless if it can’t toast sourdough, brioche, or even wedges of a baked bread properly. A bagel setting is available on some of the finest toasters in our review, which toasts the inside of the slice while leaving the exterior soft and chewy.

Our top 12 list includes a variety of two- and four-slice toasters, but many two-slice toasters also available in a four-slice configuration, so all hope is not lost if you see a style that suits your kitchen but you want a family-sized alternative.

1. CUISINART CPT-180 CLASSIC TOASTER

BUY NOW $49

The Cuisinart CPT-180 Classic Toaster, which has four slots and is tried and loved by the Homes & Gardens staff, comes in at a sensible price for families and individuals who take their breakfasts seriously.

Why do we like it?

It’s simple to choose your preferred setting, whether it’s Bagel, Reheat, or Defrost. There are also 12 brownness settings to choose from, with up to 6 notches and halves for the pickiest members of your family.

The stainless steel exterior and elegant matching levers give the design a high-end impression. You may also separate the two crumb trays to empty the toaster and keep it clean in between uses.

2. BREVILLE DIE-CAST 4-SLICE SMART TOASTER

BUY NOW $179

The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is for you if you’re serious about toast. This machine is the 21st century’s solution to getting the ideal slice of toast, thanks to its sophisticated toasting technology.

Why do we like it?

The toast level is controlled by two sliders (each controlling two slots). The toast is automatically lowered and LEDs on the front show the toasting progress once you’ve loaded it into a slot and pressed the Toast button.

Do you want to check on the progress of your toast? When you press Lift and Look, your toast will automatically rise to offer you a sneak view before falling. If your preferred setting isn’t quite right, the ‘A Little More’ button toasts for a little more.

3. ZWILLING ENFINIGY COOL TOUCH 2 LONG SLOT TOASTER

BUY NOW $149

The Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch 2 Long Slot Toaster is no exception to Zwilling’s reputation for high-quality workmanship and clean, uncomplicated designs. It features a tiny frame and comes in two colors, making it ideal for subtle designs.

Why do we like it?

Its extra-length and wide slots are ideal for individuals who prefer their artisanal bread fresh from the bakery, with long slices from the middle of a sourdough loaf or a big wide wedge of brioche.

4. SMEG 4 SLICE TOASTER TSF03

BUY NOW $259

From the moment we pulled the Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03 out of the package, we were enamored with it. We tested it in a lovely pastel blue, but it’s also available in black, pink, silver, cream, and a variety of other colors.

Why do we like it?

The controls are incredibly tactile, with metallic levers that pull even the tiniest slices clear of the toaster.

We really like the controls, which include a defrosting and reheating light-up button as well as a simple dial to increase or reduce the brownness settings. Our bread was properly toasted on both sides, however we were missing a bagel setting.

5. DUALIT 4 SLICE NEWGEN TOASTER

BUY NOW $319

Dualit toasters are designed to be tough and dependable. Dualit has preserved the same design as before with the Dualit 4 Slice Newgen Toaster, but has added a few additional features.

Why do we like it?

This updated model features a proper defrost setting as well as an option for heating bagels, in addition to merely heating. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with a mechanical timer dial and the opportunity to choose how many slots you wish to use (one to four) to save on running costs. This toaster can accommodate most types of bread thanks to its extra deep and broad slots, and a warming wrack or sandwich cage may be purchased as an add-on.

6. SMEG TSF01 TOASTER

BUY NOW $229

The Smeg TSF01 is the toaster for you if you have an open kitchen with everything on display. This is one of the best-looking kitchen gadgets you can buy, thanks to its 50s style and wide selection of colors.

Why do we like it?

A two-slice or four-slice version is available (TSF02). We’re talking about the two-slice toaster here, but the four-slice toaster has two slots as well, just longer ones. If you have artisan breads that won’t fit in the two-slice, the four-slice would be an excellent option. The TSF02’s wide and deep slots will accommodate most ordinary bread. The toasting level, as well as the special defrost, bagel, and reheat settings, are controlled by a simple dial.

7. CUISINART 2 SLICE COMPACT PLASTIC TOASTER

BUY NOW $29

Four-slot toasters are typically large and unwieldy, thus the Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster is ideal if you want something smaller and less noticeable.

Why do we like it?

This tiny replica is designed to sit face-on on a counter, so it doesn’t take up much space. Despite the fact that the product’s name includes the term “plastic,” the outside is sleek and clean, and it looks significantly nicer than you might imagine.

The toast, defrost, reheat, and bagel settings are all controlled by a dial labeled one to seven. The slots are also a nice size, accommodating most store-bought slices.

8. CUISINART CPT-435 4 SLICE TOASTER

BUY NOW $87

The Cuisinart CPT-435 is a smart toaster that comes with a built-in LED display. It can hold four slices at once, and each two-slice side can be operated independently of the other.

Why do we like it?

This is ideal for those who have different browning preferences than their partners, and the bespoke bagel setting allows you to toast a bagel alongside your bread.

9. KITCHENAID ARTISAN 2-SLICE TOASTER

BUY NOW $79

One slot, two slices The KitchenAid Artisan 2-Slice Long Slot Toaster is a stylish retro-style toaster that’s ideal for compact kitchens.

Why do we like it?

KitchenAid’s unusual 2-slice long slot toaster is a great choice for people looking for a toaster that can fit on the side or back of a counter while still serving a large group. It’s also well-suited to toasting extremely lengthy slices of bread, which is a boon for bakers who have been using the best stand mixer.

It’s only 5.4 inches wide, but it’s 16 inches deep, so plan on dedicating a corner of your kitchen to it.

10. Café Express Finish 2-Slice Toaster 

BUY NOW $149

Want the greatest toaster’s style but in a two-slice version? The Café Specialty 2-Slice Toaster is available in white, silver, or black with rose gold accents. It’s a tiny solution for smaller kitchens or households, and we adore the simple curving shape. You may even get a drip coffee maker to match.

Why do we like it?

This toaster is not only beautiful to look at, but it’s also a joy to operate. For hectic mornings, there’s a rapid finish option and eight intensity settings to pick from, ensuring the ideal toast every time.

11. DASH CLEAR VIEW TOASTER

BUY NOW $49

You know how it goes: you put your bread in the toaster but don’t know how well it’s done until the last slice is ejected. The Dash Clear View Toaster eliminates the guesswork by allowing you to see your bread toast through the viewing window.

Why do we like it?

For toast aficionados, the window is a game-changer, allowing you to remove your bread at just the correct moment. Just be careful while pressing the eject button, as the toaster has a tendency to hurl the contents out with gusto.

12. KITCHENAID 4-SLICE WIDE SLOT TOASTER

BUY NOW $99

A four-slice toaster doesn’t have to be pricey, and KitchenAid’s wide-slot option comes from a trusted family brand.

Why do we like it?

If you have a KitchenAid mixer, this four-slot toaster will look great next to it. It’s available in three colors: silver, black, and red.

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