The 6 best toasters

From Breville to Dualit, Russell Hobbs to Morphy Richards, we’ve rounded up the best of all the big-name brands

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Looking for the best toaster? Before you buy, consider a few of the following points: how many slices of toast you usually make at once; whether you toast bagels, croissants, and all manner of other treats as well as bog-standard bread; finally, do you want to toast anything else in it (if you’re particularly starved for time, we've even found one that’ll do your eggs for you)?

After that, it’s all down to your budget and style. Starting from a budget-friendly model to a slightly more bonkers £200, there’s something for every price range; plus, if you’re particular about the aesthetic of your kitchen, there are some good-looking toasters that’ll fit in just right. So with those concerns in mind, let’s get started — join us in raising a toast to our pick of the best. 

1. Russell Hobbs Legacy toaster

This super speedy toaster is the stuff of legend

Specifications
Best for: Fast toasting
Power: 2400W
Slice Holders: 4
Features: Defrosting, bagel toaster, wide slots
Reasons to buy
+ Works fast + Attractive range of colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Can toast unevenly between sides 

This Russell Hobbs toaster is our pick of the bunch for its quick and easy toasting, so if you’re short on time in the morning, this is a dream buy. Four sizeable slice holders mean you can toast a lot at once, good for large orders, and the smooth levers, knobs and buttons make it a cinch to use. This toaster also has wider slots for toasting bagels and larger baked goods. A jolly good all-rounder at a bargain price and the added benefit of a sleek design to boot. Available in a variety of colours to match its cousin, the Russell Hobbs kettle, just pick the perfect match for your kitchen and start making perfect toast, bagels and more...in no time.

2. Breville Strata toaster

Cater to all your household’s picky eaters with the Strata’s isolating dials

Specifications
Best for: Keeping an eye on things
Power: 1659W
Slice Holders: 4
Features: Pop and peek, reheat, defrost
Reasons to buy
+Check toast without cancelling+Two-sided dial for different toasting intensities
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best for big loaves

The useful ‘pop and peek’ feature of the Breville Strata earns it the next spot on our list — if you’re particular about your toast, this means you can keep an eye on its progress without cancelling the cycle. A small thing, but it counts! This toaster also features all of the regular functions you would expect, defrost function and reheat function come as standard. Plus, with its two-sided dial, it’s also a great buy if you and your breakfast partner like your toast different ways or kids with fussy toast habits! This is the best toaster for families on our list.

3. Tefal Toast and Egg Two Slice Toaster and Egg Maker

Make a meal of it with this clever 2-in-1 toaster and egg-maker from Tefal

Specifications
Best for: Toast and more
Power: 1200W
Slice Holders: 2
Features: Steamer tray (for hard-boiling), poaching tray, wide slots
Reasons to buy
+ Cuts down on washing up + Wide toaster slots for muffins, bagels and croissants 
Reasons to avoid
- Only does one egg at a time 

This 2-in-1 toaster and egg maker from Tefal might seem like a slightly mad Wallace and Gromit-style invention, but it can come in incredibly handy if you love eggs on toast, but hate cleaning pans. With a poaching tray, a steamer tray for hard-boiling, and even a warming tray for heating up pre-cooked meats, it can make a hearty breakfast with minimal washing up, and its wide slots are suitable for continental fare including croissants and bagels. If you know someone who likes eggs and toast in the morning, this has got to be the next gift you buy them.

4. Dualit 4 Slot NewGen Toaster

For the design-obsessed chef, this many-hued buy is beautiful and functional

Specifications
Best for: Design
Power: 2200W
Slice Holders: 4
Features: Pop and peek, crumb tray, pick which side to cook
Reasons to buy
+ Looks amazing + Choose which slots to heat 
Reasons to avoid
- Expensive 

With a borderline ridiculous 21 shades to choose from, the NewGen toaster from Dualit is certainly one for the style-conscious cook who likes to pick their appliances to suit their aesthetic. The trendy reflective copper finish is our favourite, lending a touch of art deco class to any worktop but the classic white also works seamlessly with pretty much any kitchen style. As well as handy defrost and bagel settings, its clever selector control allows you to heat everything from one to all four slots, meaning no wasted energy. 

5. Morphy Richards Chroma 2-slice Toaster

The colourful Chroma chameleon is a long-lasting budget buy that won’t come and go

Specifications
Best for: Simple and inexpensive
Power: 1000W
Slice Holders: 2
Features: Crumb tray, reheat
Reasons to buy
+ Great value + Simple to use and clean 
Reasons to avoid
- No fancy bits 

This Morphy Richards toaster is the very definition of cheap and cheerful, with its budget-friendly price and bright colours making it ideal for first-time renters or student houses. It has quick reheat and from-frozen functions, variable browning control, and removable crumb tray for mess-free cleanup. Plus, its excess cord can be tidied away to nix clutter. A great budget buy toaster, and a no-frills all-rounder — if you just want a toaster that does the job, this is the one. 

6. Magimix 2-Slot Vision Toaster

Visions of pitch-perfect toast are coming true thanks to this marvellous Magimix toaster

Specifications
Best for: Novelty
Power: 1700W
Slice Holders: 2
Features: Reheat, bagel, defrost, muffin rack, extra lift lever
Reasons to buy
+ Toast exactly to your liking + No waste 
Reasons to avoid
-A little gimmicky and expensive

Given the low price of some of our choices, £160 for a toaster probably seems particularly extravagant, but bear with us, because it’s really cool. Definitely one for the toast connoisseur, the transparent Magimix Vision Toaster lets you watch your toast browning. No more waste from accidental over-cooking, just perfect toast every time. That said, it is very expensive, so if there isn't that much room in the budget, consider a toaster with a pop and peek function, like the much more budget-friendly Breville Strata.