They may be straightforward to use, but the best toaster is one of the most heavily used appliances in any kitchen. From bagels and crumpets to your favourite slice of bread, these kitchen essentials will make or break your weekend brunches.
We've been busy testing a range of toasters from Dualit, Morphy Richards, Progress, Smeg, Russell Hobbs and other top brands to bring you our complete guide, so whether you want the best two-slice or four-slice toaster for your home, we've got you covered.
Many toasters these days come with settings for defrosting bread, reheating your toast, and even toasting bagels on one side only. If you like toasting burger buns or even just enjoy some chunky slices of homemade bread, keep an eye out for toasters with wide slots.
Don't forget to check out the best kettles to complete your breakfast set, and for two-slice and four-slice toasters, complete with our Real Homes reviews, keep on reading.
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The Morphy Richards Verve toaster has a dimpled plastic exterior and comes in a cream, black or white finish that lends itself to classic kitchens. This toaster is smooth to use and smart, too. Its levers allow you to lift up your toast mid-cycle to check on its progress, without having to end the cycle and start again. The controls are variable, which means you can control your level of browning to the nth degree, great for discerning brunchers who have very specific preferences.
This toaster has a reheat, frozen, and regular toast setting. If you push down the lever it will automatically default to toasting mode, but you can switch as and when you need. These buttons light up to indicate which is in use, and you can simply press them again to cancel.
Ease of use
When I tested the Morphy Richards Verve toaster it delivered evenly toasted bread with the perfect amount of crunch. I did notice that it takes longer to toast than some other toasters I’ve reviewed, but I didn’t mind this because I was able to lift up the lever and check on the progress of my toast, so even if I had set the level too high I was able to intervene.
Love the look
While it would be nice if this toaster was available in a wider range of colours, if you’re looking for a neutral and reliable toaster that delivers on look and on great functions, this is a great choice.
If you want a budget-friendly two-slice toaster, look no further than the Progress Scandi 2-Slice Toaster. It has a wooden Scandi-style accents and comes in either grey or black.
What you get
Choose from frozen, reheat and cancel buttons, as well as six levels of intensity. It also comes with a rack insert that sits on top of the toaster and can warm croissants and other pastries.
Love the price
At around £30, this is a budget-friendly toaster that didn't let us down on design. It did toast the bottom half of our toast slightly more than the top, but while it wasn't 100% even, it still performed well and toasted a lot faster than some of the options in this guide.
Match it up
Pick up the matching kettle for a large-capacity, upright set.
This classic Dualit four-slice Classic toaster comes from an iconic British brand and is now available in the new Naturals collection, which also includes matching kettles. The new colours are curated in collaboration with colour and trend forecaster Anna Starmer and comprises four hues inspired by nature. This four-slice model is packed with innovative features and functions to make life simpler every day.
These benefit from a protective natural mineral layer (Mica) that covers the filaments, making them virtually unbreakable and easy to keep clean. The extra ‘winds per square cm’ on the ProHeat® Elements ensure that bread is toasted more evenly.
This is handy for removing smaller slices and things like little muffins or crumpets that don’t always pop up properly to reach.
These include a defrost setting, so you can add frozen slices – ideal for when you run out of a fresh loaf.
- Read our Dualit NewGen Toaster review to see how it fared in our testing
Tefal’s Loft breakfast set includes this toaster and matching kettle, which look fantastic on the worktop and can be used to give the kitchen an instant refresh. Inspired by traditional British ceramics, the toaster comes with all sorts of handy features designed to make breakfast and suppers quick and easy. This is a great model for families, as the four-slot design makes plenty of toast for all the family while the seven browning levels will keep everyone happy.
Extra wide slots
Ideal for thin and thicker loaves, as well as bulkier items such as bagels, crumpets and muffins.
Thanks to the defrost, reheat and stop settings, you can control your toast easily and decide how brown to make it, as well as putting it on pause while you get on with other things, then reheating it when you’re ready.
How many times have you got your fingers burnt by trying to fish out smaller slices or little muffins? With the high-lift lever, you get quick and easy access without the worry of scalding.
With a Rose Gold finish exclusive to Currys and Smeg’s London store, and a Gold finish that’s available nationwide, Smeg’s latest small appliance offering is this stunning TSF01 two-slice toaster. It’s ideal for thin and thick cuts of toast as well as chunkier bagels and English muffins. As well as six browning levels, allowing you to select your perfect slice, there are also four functions for defrost, reheat, cancel and bagels.
Not all toasters come with this extra feature, which is ideal for lunchtimes – think smoked salmon and cream cheese spread thickly on a toasted slice – or breakfasts with bananas or chocolate spread.
While you’re using the toaster, the dial lights up, which is great for those who find traditional controls difficult to see or if your toaster is relegated to a dark corner of the worktop.
A touch-release removable stainless steel crumb tray is easy to take out and empty into the bin.
The Russell Hobbs Inspire is a stylish looking toaster that comes in a choice of colours, we love this crisp white and stainless steel version with a textured rippled finish. It’s large enough for the whole family and comes with a host of features including variable browning, frozen, cancel and reheat settings.
No need to worry if you’ve run out of a fresh loaf, as you can keep one tucked away in the freezer and simply pop a frozen slice in this toaster.
Stop toast from burning if you have the variable setting on too high thanks to the handy cancel button.
Pop your toast in, then if you’re not quite ready to eat it when ready, you can use the reheat setting to warm it up at a time that suits you. Great for those in a hurry or who get waylaid doing other things during breakfast.
This new Mesmerine toaster from Kenwood comes in an eye-catching textured finish, which is still smooth to the touch so it’s easy to clean. There are six browning levels for extra choice as well as a high-rise lever to remove smaller pieces of bread. Added functions include a defrost and cancel button and a bagel feature.
As well as a choice of different colours, Kenwood’s new toaster also has a textured pattern finish for an eye-catching addition to the worktop.
This handy option means bagels are toasted on the outside but still soft in the middle.
Push crumb tray
A removable crumb tray is simple to remove and empty into the bin as well as being easy to clean.
This on-trend Accents toaster is new from Morphy Richards and features a matt painted stainless steel body with rose gold details. It comes with reheat and defrost functions as well as variable browning control, a removable crumb tray, bagel button, reheat and cancel as well as a high-lift lever for smaller items.
Ideal for retrieving smaller slices of bread as well as things like muffins and crumpets.
Sometimes you toast a couple of slices but you only have time to grab one, or maybe you pop the toast on, but no one’s downstairs yet ready to eat, so this option is great for reheating at a time to suit you.
Frozen bread setting
Keep a loaf in the freezer and you’ll never run out of toast in the morning again.
How to buy the best toaster
Where to buy the best toaster?
When you're looking to buy a your new best toaster there are a few things you'll need to consider before parting with your money.
Design and finish
Consider whether you want your toaster to make a statement on the work surface or whether you want it to blend in. Most of us keep it out on the worktop at all times, so you need to make sure it will comfortably fit. Take a note of the dimensions of the one you fancy and check that there’s enough space. The latest designs come in everything from on-trend metallic finishes to crisp clean whites and pops of bright colour.
Do you need a four-slot toaster to feed the whole family or would two slots do? Bear in mind that four-slice models will take up more room on the worktop but they are handy for when you need to toast four items at the same time. Look for extra wide slots to cope with thicker breads or artisan loaves. A bagel setting is also a handy feature to look out for.
When you want to make breakfast time run smoothly, choose a toaster with a reheat function so you can warm up the toast when it’s ready to be eaten, as well as a defrost option for toasting straight from frozen.
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