10 best toasters for 2021

26 February 2021

best toasters

Toasters might have just one function (it’s in the name), but many people consider them an essential piece of kitchen kit.

Toast, bagels, crumpets, hot cross buns – whatever your breaded preference, a toaster can help you get breakfast and snacks from the cupboard to your plate in double-quick time.

Families particularly love four-slice toasters as they cook a lot of food very quickly to help fill up hungry teens or get food on the table in the school morning rush.

These are the best toasters money can buy, as selected by our expert testers: the sourdough savants, crumpet connoisseurs and bagel buffs of the Mumsnet forums.

1. Best overall toaster overall: Dualit NewGen Two-Slice Toaster

“We have a Dualit and it’s fine with standard-sized slices. Yes, it’s expensive, but we’ve had ours for about 20 years now and it has never let us down.”

“Get a Dualit. It will bring you years of hot and delicious action.”

1. Best overall toaster overall: Dualit NewGen Two-Slice Toaster

The Dualit NewGen isn’t cheap, but some Mumsnetters are willing to pay for decades of perfect toast.

So, what do you get for this rather hefty price tag? Well, apparently this toaster can generate toast at a rate of 65 slices per hour so you won't have to wait long for your snack to be ready. You can save electricity by selecting whether one or both slots are in use and you can switch between toast, bagel/teacake, or defrost settings too. Plus, if you buy it from John Lewis & Partners, it comes with a five-year guarantee.

Finally, though form is obviously not as important as function, it looks very sleek – it will be sat on your kitchen counter all day every day, after all.

For larger families and serious toast fiends, there's a four-slice option available for under £200.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Variable
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Power: 1200 watts

2. Best budget toaster: Cookworks Long-Slot Four-Slice Toaster

“The best way to do it is to lay the bread sideways in a long slot four-slice toaster. I had one from Argos that was about £20.”

2. Best budget toaster: Cookworks Long-Slot Four-Slice Toaster

Some toast aficionados swear that the only way to achieve truly great toast is to buy a long-slot toaster that can accommodate four slices, then toast your bread landscape, two slices at a time.

Although this Argos toaster isn't massively exciting to look at, Mumsnetters rate it because it gets the job done. It has seven different toast settings and a defrost setting, and you can vary the width of the slots to ensure perfect results no matter what you're grilling.

Most importantly, it should help you banish the irritating uncooked strip at the top of your bread. Plus, it's great for toasting longer items like pitta bread or sourdough.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Seven
  • Weight 1.49kg
  • Power: 1400 watts

3. Best mid-range toaster: Breville Two-Slice Toaster: The Perfect Fit

“We have a Breville – 50/50 and Best of Both fit without having to flip. It’s a revelation after our old one.”

“I have the Breville two-slice one – it's good. You can lift the toast up to check it without cancelling the cycle.”

3. Best mid-range toaster: Breville Two-Slice Toaster: The Perfect Fit

As if they could hear Mumsnetters' cries of frustration, some bright spark over at Breville decided to invent a toaster that’s specifically designed to accommodate a slice of Warburtons bread. It may sound blindingly obvious, but you'd be surprised how many toasters don't fit a standard slice of supermarket bread.

This toaster has extra deep slots to ensure thorough toasting, but also has a high-lift function, meaning you can extract smaller items like crumpets and bagels without burning your fingers.

It also has a lift and look feature so you can keep an eye on the progress of your toast, and the variable width slots mean it can grill all manner of baked goods to perfection.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Variable
  • Weight: 2.07 kg
  • Power: 1050 watts

4. Most stylish toaster: De’Longhi Icona Vintage Four-Slot Toaster

“I have a De'Longhi one and it's great.”

4. Most stylish toaster: De’Longhi Icona Vintage Four-Slot Toaster

Attention all bagel lovers: the De'Longhi Icona Vintage Toaster has a specific bagel setting to ensure the cut side is golden and crisp – but absolutely not burnt – for a perfect bagel every time.

It also has lots of other handy features: it will defrost frozen bread, reheat cold toast, and the high-lift function stops teacakes and the like from getting trapped in the slots, and keeps you from burning your fingers trying to get them out.

Available in neutral beige or powder blue, this toaster is sure to add a touch of retro flair to your worktop. Of course, there is a matching kettle and – if you really want to push the boat out – a matching coffee machine too.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Six
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Power: 1200 watts

5. Best two-slice toaster: Kenwood Abbey Cream Two-Slot Toaster

“My current Kenwood is great and was not silly money.”

5. Best two-slice toaster: Kenwood Abbey Cream Two-Slot Toaster

Kenwood may be one of the cheaper models that Mumsnet users rate, but you don’t have to sacrifice design. The Abbey Cream design is inspired by Victorian Era tiles in slate grey. A matching kettle, for under £40, has the same attractive design on its handle.

It’s not all about form though – it’s functional too. There are two slots and seven browning settings plus a defrost function. Many users report it can fit a whole slice of bread to ensure toast is brown all over.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Seven
  • Weight: 1.66kg
  • Power: 1800 watts

6. Best four-slice toaster: Morphy Richards Evoke Four-Slice Toaster

“I have a Morphy Richards Evoke after using one in a holiday cottage and being amazed it fitted our bread (Warburtons Farmhouse). It fits fine if you put it in landscape.”

6. Best four-slice toaster: Morphy Richards Evoke Four-Slice Toaster

Available in seven different colours, this Morphy Richards toaster makes a chic addition to any kitchen counter and there's even a kettle to match. It has a cord storage function to prevent unsightly tangled wires and keep your kitchen clutter-free.

As well as variable browning control, it also has both a defrost setting and a reheat setting, which allows you to warm your toast back up if you forget about it (or get called away on urgent business by your toddler).

Crucially, it's big enough to properly toast a standard slice of bread – though you might have to be a little bit creative by turning it on its side.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Seven
  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Power: 1800 watts

7. Best wide-slot toaster: Magimix Vision Toaster

“I love my Magimix toaster. It was expensive but seems well made.”

7. Best wide-slot toaster: Magimix Vision Toaster

Magimix Vision might sound like a Marvel character, but it actually refers to this rather snazzy toaster. Forget under or overcooked bread, you can see your toast brown before your eyes thanks to the see-through panel.

It’s not just a pretty face though. There are extra-wide slots that accommodate the thickest bagels and toast and four preprogrammed heat settings include toast (as you’d probably expect), bagel, reheat, and defrost.

It’s pretty hefty in size at almost 5kg and the price tag is enough to make your eyes water, but, given the see-through window, it seems unlikely you’d want to hide it away in a cupboard anyway.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Variable
  • Weight: 4.76kg
  • Power: 1450 watts

8. Best toaster for homemade bread: Smeg Retro Two-Slice Toaster

“I have a Smeg one. Fits in a Warburtons toastie full slice, bagels, muffins etc without getting caught. Expensive, but I love it!”

8. Best toaster for homemade bread: Smeg Retro Two-Slice Toaster

Smeg isn’t the cheapest brand, but Mumsnetters love them – and not just because they are stylish. If pastel pink doesn’t grab you, there are seven other colours to choose from including a vivid gold and matte champagne.

One of the best features of the Smeg Retro Two-Slice Toaster is the extra-wide bread slots are perfect for homemade bread or home cut chunks of supermarket loaves if your bread making skills are a little rusty.

There’s a touch-release crumb tray that’s completely removable, and fits back with a satisfying pop.

You also get six browning settings, a defrost and reheat function plus a two-year guarantee for your money.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Six
  • Weight: 3kg
  • Power: 950 watts

9. Best hi-tech toaster: Sage Smart Two-Slice Toaster

“I like my Sage toaster. I tried a few others but they're so flimsy.”

9. Best hi-tech toaster: Sage Smart Two-Slice Toaster

This toaster, designed by Heston Blumenthal, is as ‘extra’ as the man himself. There’s a motorised carriage that glides the toast in. Fancy!

You also get a 'Quick Look' setting so you can check on browning progress without restarting the cooking progress. And there’s a ‘Bit More' feature for when your bread needs a bit longer before it’s fully toasted.

There’s an LED display so you can see how far through the cooking process you are and it even pings when your toast is ready.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Variable
  • Weight: 3.06kg
  • Power: 1000 watts

10. Best toaster for big families: Rowlett Rutland Premier Six-Slot Toaster

“I got sick of toasters breaking so I got this Rowlett. It was expensive, but it's lasted many years and, when DS broke an element, we were able to buy a new one and replace it easily.”

10. Best toaster for big families: Rowlett Rutland Premier Six-Slot Toaster

Not two, not four, but six slots, this toaster is ideal for big families. It’s not just industrial in size, but in spec too.

Rowlett is a brand more commonly found in uni halls, care homes and cafés, but that means it’s extra hardwearing, which larger families will appreciate.

It’s UK-made and built to last. If you don’t like throwing out appliances unless you really have to, then you can buy heating elements to repair the toaster for just £6. Not only does this significantly expand the lifespan, but it’s better for the environment too.

Key specs

  • Number of shade settings: Variable
  • Weight: 7.6kg
  • Power: 3000 watts

Are toasters worth it?

A toaster is much quicker and more efficient than using an oven grill, toasting both sides of your breaded products at once. You can also cook up to six slices evenly and, unlike a grill, you don’t have to wait for it to heat up. The best thing is that the toast pops up when ready, rather than being left to burn to a crisp under the grill when you inevitably get distracted by children/the phone/other chores.

What should I look for when buying a toaster?

Here are a few things to consider when looking for the right toaster:

  • What you want to toast: It may sound surprising, but many toasters don’t fit a whole piece of pre-sliced bread so check the dimensions. If you want to toast something other than a bog-standard loaf, you've got to make sure your machine is up to the task. For perfectly toasted sourdough and pitta bread, a long-slot toaster is your best bet. If you can't live without hot buttered crumpets (nor can we), you'll need one with extra-wide or adjustable slots.
  • How much toast you want to eat at once: If something-on-toast is a staple quick and easy meal in your house, a four-slice toaster will make getting tea on the table even faster. And your kids have a bloodhound's ability to track down any snack you might be enjoying so they can request a bite, it's probably worth investing in a four-slice toaster. That way, everyone gets a slice of their own and you can eat in peace. Bliss.
  • Extra settings: If you want to cook toast straight from the freezer then a defrost setting will speed things up in the morning and ensure your toast is cooked to perfection. A warming function can be good if you don’t eat your toast immediately. It will keep it hot without toasting it any more.
  • Cost: You can spend anything from £15 to several hundred. Not all toasters are created equal. if you’re toasting every day it might be worth investing in a slightly pricier model so it lasts longer.
  • Size: While the number of slots will make a bit of a difference to a toaster’s size, it’s not the only factor. You might not want yours taking up too much space on the worktop or being too big for your cupboards. If you’re putting it away after each use, then also consider the weight. You might not want to be lugging something the size of a baby around twice – or more – a day.

How long should a toaster last?

The lifespan of a toaster, like many appliances, depends on how well you treat it, the brand and how often you clean it out.

Crumbs and chunks of bagel can get stuck very easily. A TikTok video was viewed more than 2.2 million times after the user revealed a ‘hidden toaster cleaning hack.’ Spoiler: it was the crumb tray.

If you do look after your toaster then it could last anything between six and eight years.

What is the best toaster on the market?

One brand name comes up more than any others when discussing toasters on Mumsnet is Dualit. The Dualit NewGen Two-Slice Toaster is a touch on the pricey side, but with Mumsnetters saying theirs have lasted 20 years, you'll get great value for money and the size of the slots means even browning all over. We think it’s the best toaster on the market right now.

If you want to spend a little less Breville’s Two-Slice Toaster will also cook your whole slice at one time thanks to its perfect fit design.

How we chose our recommendations

All of our recommendations for toasters came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about the toasters that Mumsnet users raved about, whether they were cooking plain old toast, bagels or hot cross buns. We also looked at other reviews to see which toasters performed well across the board.

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