Toast is a popular breakfast for most people. There are many reasons. It’s fast and delicious.
The toaster is not only the toaster. It can do more than the toaster. Other than the bread, it can toast the bagel, English muffins, artisan of bread, French toast, frozen waffle, frozen pancake, toaster pastries, and more.
Some of the toasters come with a motorized lift instead of the traditional levers. Do you want to know more?
If you are the one who wants the toaster to do more than just toast, you have to know how to choose the best toaster brands first.
But, the toaster has so many different brands and different functions in the market, how can I choose?
Any guidelines I can follow? Yes, you absolutely have. I will write down all the criteria for choosing the best toaster in How To Choose The Best Toasters.
I believe you can gain some insight and ideas here. After that, I will introduce the 15 best toasters for you. The only thing you need to do is read it slowly and digest it.
Out of the options below, my #1 choice is Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster because it features a shade control dial, wide slot, cord wrap, and LED light.
Table Of Content
- Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster – [THE MOST EXPENSIVE]
- Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster – [TOP PICK]
- Hamilton Beach 2 Slice Cool Touch Toaster (22121) – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Cuisinart Metal Classic CPT-160 Two Slice Toaster – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Hamilton Beach Brushed Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster (22910) – [BUDGET PRODUCT]
- Cuisinart CPT-420 Touch to Toast Leverless 2-Slice Toaster
- Oster 4-Slice Toaster (TSSTTRWF4R-SHP)
- Nostalgia HDT900AQ Two Hot Dog and Buns Pop-Up Toaster
- Oster 2-Slice Toaster (TSSTTRJBG1)
- Hamilton Beach Warm Mode 2-Slice Toaster (22810)
- KRUPS 7211002389 KH3110 SAVOY Toaster
- Hamilton Beach Cool Wall 2-Slice Toaster (22623)
- BLACK+DECKER 2-Slice Toaster TR2400SD
- Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster (22790)
- Cuisinart CPT-320 Compact Stainless 2-Slice Toaster
- How To Choose The Best Toasters
Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster
The exterior of this toaster is made of die-cast plus the other interior designs. If just compared to other toasters I introduce before, it’s obviously heavier, almost 2 times heavier.
In this toaster, most of the controls concentrate on the top. They are toast/cancel, a bit more, bagel, frozen, and lift and look button.
You may have a question. What is a bit more button? If you press this button, the toaster will add additional time to your setting. You know, sometimes you just want to toast a bit longer. Run a whole cycle will be too long.
You can press this button before, during, or after the toasting cycle to add a bit more time.
The frozen button will toast longer because it will add more time to defrost and toast the bread after.
When you press the bagel button, it will add more heat to the middle heating element to toast the inside of your bagel without burning the outside. At the same time, the outside of the heating element will appear off or on lower power.
It’s a normal situation when you are using a bagel setting.
How about the lift and look button? It’s a funny button. If you want to check the progress of your toast, you can press this button, and then the motorized carriage will raise and lower the carriage without canceling the cycle.
Therefore, you cannot find any lever in this toaster in this toaster. It’s automatic.
In the front bottom, it has 12 browning control. You can control the browning by the control slide. When you are adjusting, the LED indicator will show the setting at the same time.
Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster
In front of the toaster, you will see 4 buttons. They are bagel, defrost, reheat, and cancel. The bagel button is for the upper half toasting only. The defrost button will defrost the bread first and then toast it.
The reheat button uses to reheat the bread without browning. When you press the cancel button during toasting, it will stop all toasting and eject the bread.
There are LED lights next to the first 3 buttons. When you press it, the light will on.
There is a shade control dial under the button. You can control the darkness from 1 to 7. 1-2 is a light shade. 3-5 is a medium shade. 6-7 is a dark shade. The darker you select, the longer the time it needs to toast.
On the right-hand side, you will see the lever. Each toasting slot is 1.5-inch wide. It’s enough to fit a bagel, thick piece of bread, French toast, frozen pancakes, frozen waffle, or toaster pastries.
In the back, you can wrap the cord there. It has a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning.
It’s very easy to use. Just put the bread into the slot. Then press the lever down. Press the buttons. Select the shade by rotating the dial. When the bread is done, the toaster carriage will pop up.
Sometimes, if the size of your bread is too thick, it may not pop clear out of the toaster.
Overall, the toaster is very simple, easy to use, and lightweight. I think everyone will know how to use it.
Hamilton Beach 2 Slice Cool Touch Toaster (22121)
The exterior is made of plastic. It won’t feel hot during toasting. This is a safe design especially you have children at home.
All the controls are located in front of the toaster. On top, it is a big lever for you to eject the bread.
Under the lever, there is a frozen toast, frozen bagel, bagel, and cancel button there. All of the buttons come with an LED light. If you press the button, the LED with go on.
The frozen button will toast longer for the food to thaw and heat through. So, don’t mix up with the non-frozen button. Otherwise, your bread will cook too long.
In the middle, it is a 5 shade control. 1 is the lightest. 5 is the darkest. You can choose it according to your flavor.
On the bottom, it is a removable crumb tray. All the crumbs will fall there during toasting. Remember to clean the tray every time you use it. It will hard to clean if the crumb is burnt after several toasting.
The slot is 1.5-inch wide. It fits thick bagels, waffles, hand-sliced bread, frozen pancakes, and more. When you toast the English muffin, the cut side better faces the inner wall.
Cuisinart Metal Classic CPT-160 Two Slice Toaster
There are 3 colors you can choose from black chrome, black stainless, and brushed stainless. It’s not only the appliance. It looks nice and elegant. You can use it to decorate your kitchen too.
Similarly, there are some custom controls in the front. It has 3 buttons to toast the bread. They are dual reheat, defrost, and bagel buttons. All of them come with an LED indicator.
The last button is the cancel button. When you press it, it will cancel all the operations and eject the bread.
The bagel function will only heat the upper half of the bagel. The result is crispy on the top and soft, chewy on the bottom. If you want crispy on both sides, don’t press the bagel button. Just simply toast it.
The 6-setting browning dials use to control the lightest to darkest of your toast. If you want light shade, rotate the dial to 1 or 2, 3-4 for a medium shade. If you like a very dark shade, then rotate to 5 or 6.
Both slots are 1.5-inch wide. It fits a different kind of bread such as bread, bagel, frozen waffle, and more.
On the right-hand side, it has an extra-lift carriage lever.
On the back, there is a slide-out crumb tray. Better clean the tray after every use. The crumb will become sticky and burn after several toasts.
[BUDGET PRODUCT] This is Hamilton Beach Brushed Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster and weighs 2.76 pounds. It measures 11.1 x 6.5 x 7.5 inches.
The exterior is made of brushed stainless steel. It looks nice and elegant. I personally like the stainless steel exterior more than the plastic exterior. At least, the metal exterior will be more durable.
As you see in the product image, the toaster is very simple. Only the lever, 7 shade control dial, and the cancel button in the front.
You can control how browning is your toast. 1 is the lightest. 7 is the darkest. You can fully control it to achieve your desired result.
When you press the lever down, the toaster will start to toast. If you want to stop, you can press the cancel button at any time. Then the toaster will stop toasting and eject the bread.
It features a toast boot that gives your toast a high lift in order to easily take it out. So that you can grab the toast easier even it is the smallest of slices.
The extra-wide slot allows you to toast any kind of bread such as bagel, English muffins, a slice of artisan bread, waffle, pancake, and more.
Note. This toaster doesn’t come with any frozen feature. If you want to toast a frozen waffle or frozen pancake, you have to defrost it by yourself first.
It also comes with a slide-out crumb tray. Remember to clean it every time. Otherwise, I afraid the crumb inside will become the food of some insects.
Cuisinart CPT-420 Touch to Toast Leverless 2-Slice Toaster
The housing is stainless less. It looks nice and durable.
When you see the product image, do you find something wrong?
Ok, I tell you now. This toaster has no lever. It has a built-in motorized lift. It will raise or down according to the situation. Everything is automatic in this toaster.
In the front, there is an eye-catching LCD display. Below the display, you will find the minus button and plus button there. It is a shade control from 1 to 7. When you adjust the shade, the information will show on the display at the same time.
It also a countdown timer that indicates how long your toast needs. When your toast is done, it will come with a ready beep sound and the motorized lift will raise your bread high enough for easy access to your toast.
It also comes with all the common functions including a toast, cancels, bagel, defrosts, and reheat button.
After you put the bread in the extra-wide slot, press the button, the motorized lift will lower your bread quietly and slowly to the toasting chamber.
It’s fun to see the motorized lift up and down.
When you need to toast the bagel, better face the cut side to the inner wall to achieve a better result.
If you want to stop, you can press the cancel button at any time. The toaster will stop all the cycle and lift the bread up.
If you want a motorized lift, but you are not budget enough to buy Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster, you can consider this.
Oster 4-Slice Toaster (TSSTTRWF4R-SHP)
It is a 4-slice toaster. The look is just like the two 2-slice toasters combine together.
In front of the toaster, you will see the 2-set of controls. Each set of control responsible for 2 extra-wide slots. You can toast 2 different flavors at the same time. One for you and one for your son.
The lever is used to control the bread up and down. it’s not a motorized lift. Every time you want to toast, you have to press the lever down to toast. When the toaster is down, the lever will raise automatically.
There are 4 buttons including cancel, frozen, bagel, and reheat. When you press the cancel button, the toasting cycle will end immediately. The bread will eject at the same time.
The bagel function is specifically designed to cook the bagel. When you need to toast the bagel, face the cut side of the inner wall to achieve a better result.
It will toast the upper half of the bagel to achieve crispy of the upper half and soft, chewy of the lower part.
The 7 shade control dial controls the bread from light to dark. 1 is the lightest and 7 is the darkest. With the benefit of 4 slots, you can toast with 2 different shades at the same time.
The removable crumb tray lets you clean the crumb easily. don’t leave the crumb overnight, otherwise, it will become the food of some insects. I think no one wants this to happen.
Nostalgia HDT900AQ Two Hot Dog and Buns Pop-Up Toaster
The exterior looks like stainless steel with metallic color. But, it’s totally made of plastic actually.
The design is very simple. I believe no one will find any difficulty to use it. It only has the lever and the adjustable toasting dial from 1 to 5. The toasting dial also comes with a blue LED light. If you want to cook longer, just choose the bigger number.
It can toast 2 buns and 2 regular size or extra-plump hot dogs at a time.
When you need to toast, just simply put the bun to the slot and the hot dog into the removable cage. Adjust the heat setting to toast. When it is done, it will eject.
You can use your hand to take out the bun. But, I don’t think you can do the same thing for the hot dog as it is very hot. Don’t try it. You need our hands to enjoy the delicious hot dog.
Don’t worry. The manufacturer is very nice. It comes with stainless steel mini tongs for you to take out the hot dogs.
The slide-out crumb tray is located on the back.
After toasting, I suggest cleaning the removable hot dog cage, the toaster, and the crumb tray at once as the hot dog is meat. It may have some liquids drop to the tray. There are many bacteria.
Oster 2-Slice Toaster (TSSTTRJBG1)
The metallic gray looks sleek. It’s not only the toaster. You can use it to decorate your kitchen. I think it can brighten up your kitchen much. Sometimes, the kitchen appliances need to be more stylish. Otherwise, it will feel boring.
In the front, there are 4 cooking buttons with LED light. They are toast, bagel, frozen, and warm. The other button cancels.
The frozen function will take more time than usual because it needs to defrost first and heat after. You can use it to toast frozen waffles or frozen pancakes.
The warm function will keep the toast warm without toasting. This function is especially suitable in cold weather.
It also comes with shade control from 1 to 7. 1 is the lightest and 7 is the darkest.
The extra-wide and long slot fit for a variety of bread such as bagel, English muffin, hand-sliced bread, frozen waffle, and more.
The dual auto-adjusting bread guide will adjust itself automatically according to the thickness of the bread for even toasting.
The removable crumb tray allows you to take the tray away to wash it in the sink. It helps you keep clean easier. Some of the toasters only come with a slide-out crumb tray.
Hamilton Beach Warm Mode 2-Slice Toaster (22810)
In this toaster, the lever is a little bit than the others. When you press down the lever, it will activate the keep warm function for an extra 3 minutes without over-toasting instead of pressing the button.
For a busy mummy, it will always easy distracted by other chores. It’s a good feature for you if you forget you are toasting.
If you want to select other functions, it has 3 buttons on the left. They are a bagel, frozen, and cancel button. They all come with an illuminated feature. When you press them, it will light up for an easy view.
Under those buttons, it is a shade selector from 1 to 7. 1 is the lightest, and 7 is the darkest.
It comes with cool-wall sides. It will stay cool during toasting. This feature is especially suitable for someone who has children.
The toast boost feature allows you to lift the toast higher for easy reach. When your toast is small, this feature will be particularly useful. You don’t have to flip the toaster to let the toast drop on the table.
The extra-wide slot accommodates a variety of bread such as a large bagel, a thick slice of artisan bread, a frozen waffle, a frozen pancake, and more.
The cord is retractable. In the back, you will see a button. Press it to retract the cord. I like this design. It can keep your counter less messy.
KRUPS 7211002389 KH3110 SAVOY Toaster
The most remarkable feature of this toaster is the 7 browning setting from light to dark. You can adjust it every time according to your mood or preferences.
There are 4 functions. They cancel, defrost, reheat, and bagel.
If you want to toast the bagel, remember to put the cut size of the bagel in the middle.
The defrost function will toast a little bit longer than other functions because it takes time to defrost first. And toast after.
The reheat function is used to reheat the made toast. It will heat the toast for 30 seconds without toasting. This function will be very useful when the weather is cold.
If you want to cancel the toasting, just press the cancel button. The toaster will stop toasting and eject the toast.
If you cannot reach the toast, you can push the lever up to make the toast higher for easy access. It can prevent you from touching the toaster and get burn accidentally.
Since the exterior is made of stainless steel, the temperature of the body during toasting will be hot. Don’t touch it. Keep it away from the children during toasting.
Hamilton Beach Cool Wall 2-Slice Toaster (22623)
This is one of the most inexpensive toasters on the market. Therefore, the functions are also simple.
But, this toaster comes with a very special feature. That is a drop-down crumb tray. Most of the toasters in the market come with a slide-out crumb tray. But, what if the crumb drops on the bottom after you remove the tray?
You may need to upside down and then shake the toaster to let the crumb drop out.
With the benefit of the drop-down crumb tray, every time you open the tray from the bottom, all the crumb will drop out naturally. Maybe you can shake it to ensure no crumb is left inside the toaster.
As I said before, this is one of the most inexpensive toasters on the market. Therefore, you will find no function button on the toaster except for the cancel button. The only function is toast when you press down the big red lever.
Below the cancel button, it is 7 shade controls. 1 is the lightest and 7 is the darkest.
It features a cool-wall side that will stay cool during toasting. It can prevent anyone from getting a burn if the sides are touched accidentally. This feature is best for the family who has children.
On the back of the toaster, there is cord storage for you to wrap the cord after toasting. It can help you to keep your countertop neat.
Overall, this is a very simple toaster. I think everyone will know how to use it without study so much.
BLACK+DECKER 2-Slice Toaster TR2400SD
Again, this is one of the most inexpensive toasters in the market so the operation is very simple and easy to use.
Moreover, it comes with a very useful feature. That is the pull-out crumb tray. I love this design. This kind of tray can clean the crumb easier and faster.
When your toaster comes with a non-pull-out crumb tray, do you think of one question? What if the crumb drops after you slide out the tray? How can you clean the crumb?
I think the only way is upside down and then shake the toaster to ensure all the crumb drops out.
With the benefit of the drop-down crumb tray, all the crumb will drop out after you open the tray. You can shake it to ensure there is no crumb left inside the toaster.
Of course, don’t do it after toasting immediately. Let the toaster cool down first.
In the front, you will see the brand name on the top. The following is the grey lever. There is a 7 shade control dial on the left, and then frozen and cancel on the right so you can cancel the toasting at any time. When you press the cancel button, it will stop toasting.
Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster (22790)
Actually, the functions of this toaster are exactly the same compared to some toasters. Only the model and the brand are different. It’s a simple toaster, with no special feature.
In the front, a big black lever in the middle. Below are 4 function buttons. They are reheat, defrost, bagel, and on/cancel button. They all come with a red LED light. When you press the button, the light will go one.
On the right, it is a 9-shade control dial. Normally, compared to other toasters, it will only have 5-shade control or 7 shade control. When you rotate to the left, the toast will be light. When you rotate to the right, the toast will be dark.
The darkest of your toast, the longer the time it needs.
The lever comes with the toast boost feature. When the toast is done, the toaster will eject the toast. But, if your toast is very small, you may not able to reach it. Then you can lift the lever higher for easy access to your small toast.
When you want to toast the bagel with the bagel function, remember to face the cut side of the bagel to the middle. It will toast the cut side and warm the round side. Otherwise, you may not be able to get your desired result.
The crumb tray is located under the function button. You can clean the crumb easily.
The cord can wrap in the toaster for easy storage and keep your cabinet or countertop neatly.
Cuisinart CPT-320 Compact Stainless 2-Slice Toaster
The exterior is a blend of stainless steel and black painted steel. It’s classical and elegant. If your kitchen is a classic style, this toaster may fit your kitchen.
It features a 1-1.5-inch wide toasting slot. It fit a variety of bread such as bagel, artisan of bread, frozen waffle, frozen pancake, toaster pastries, and more.
The featured high left lever can lift the toast higher than usual. This feature is particularly useful for small toast. It may not easy to take after the toaster eject. Then you can lift the lever higher to access the bread easier.
It comes with a bagel, defrosts, and reheat function buttons. All the buttons have a small red LED light on the left. The other button is the cancel. It has no LED light.
When you choose a frozen button, the toaster will toast long than usual because it needs to defrost the toast first and then toast again.
If you want to stop the toaster, you can press the cancel button at any time. The toaster will eject the toaster at the same time.
On the right, it is a 6 shade control dial. If you want light shade, rotate the dial to 1 or 2. Medium shape, rotate the dial to 3 or 4. If you want darker, rotate to 5 or 6.
How To Choose The Best Toasters
If you are new to buy a toaster, I think the information below will provide you enough knowledge to choose the best toaster for you.
2-Slice Or 4-Slice
Before you buy, you have to estimate how many toasts your family will eat every time. If you have a big family, and every one of them is a toast lover, I think it worth buying a 4-slice toaster.
Otherwise, a 2-slice toaster is enough for a normal family as it won’t take much time to make one toast.
As I see before, I didn’t see any restaurant use a 4-slice toaster.
How Many Function
Toaster maximum has toast, bagel, frozen, reheat, and cancel function. How many functions will the toaster have totally depends on the model.
Normally, the more expensive, the more function the toaster has.
Sometimes, you will see defrost. It’s the same as frozen function actually. Warm is also the same as reheat.
How Many Shade Control
The number of shade control I see before is 5, 7, and 9. In my research, the number of shade control is not directly related to the price because the toaster with 9 shade controls is not the most expensive model.
If you are interested in 9 shade controls, you can take a look at Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster (22790).
If the toaster features a motorized lift, you will not see the lever. It is totally automatic. It will down when you need to toast. It will up when the toast is done.
This feature only available in the high-end model.
The cord can wrap either on the back or on the bottom. It can keep your countertop or cabinet neatly. But not all the toasters come with this feature.
Removable Crumb Tray
You can remove the crumb tray either in the front or on the back and wash it directly in the sink.
But it has one problem. What if the crumb drops on the bottom after you remove the tray? You have to upside down the toaster and shake it to ensure all the crumbs drop on the table.
In the market, most of the toasters come with a removable crumb tray.
Drop-Down Crumb Tray
When you open the drop-down crumb tray, be careful the crumb on the tray will drop on your table. It should be open in the sink or in the rubbish bin. At the same time, you can shake the toaster to ensure all the crumbs drop out.
It also has one problem. The crumb tray will become hard to clean as it can not remove and wash it directly in the sink.
If the exterior is made of plastic, the unpleasant smell will probably come out during toasting.
If the exterior is made of stainless steel, it may not have this problem. Why I use the word “may”? Although the exterior is made of stainless steel, not all the part inside the toaster is made of stainless steel.
Therefore, it may still have some smell. It totally depends on the design.
This feature is only available in the high-end model. It will display the countdown and the shade on the display.
If you are interested in a digital display toaster, you can take a look at Cuisinart CPT-420 Touch to Toast Leverless 2-Slice Toaster.
Some buttons will come with an LED light. If you press the button, the light will go on.
Yes, the toaster is not only the toaster. It can use to cook a hot dog too. This feature is only available in Nostalgia HDT900AQ Two Hot Dog and Buns Pop-Up Toaster.
After the toast is done, the toaster will eject the toast automatically. But sometimes the toast is too small to reach. With this feature, you can lift the lever higher, than the toast will go higher too. Then you can access the toast easily.
In the end, I believe most of you understand the toaster not only can toast bread but also can toast a variety of food. If you want to know more about the principle or other knowledge about that, please read What Is Toaster Oven.
I have some ideas.
If you like the waffle, do you think of buying a waffle maker and having a hot fresh waffle every time instead of buying frozen waffles?
You can read my post 15 Best Flip Waffle Makers to get more ideas.
If you like bread, do you think of buying a bread machine to make hot fresh bread every morning instead of store-bought?
You can read my post on 15 Best Bread Maker Machines to get more ideas.
Do you want no additives and preservatives in every meal?
I believe the more homemade food you can make, the tastier is your food.
Why don’t make a healthy and tasty homemade toast or homemade waffle at home?
Actually, there is one more way to make toast. If you want to know more, you can read my post 15 Best Convection Toaster Ovens.
I hope my post can help you make the best decision. If you have any question about the toaster, please leave them below, I ‘d love to hear that.