Updated 13 May 2014

Breville

the Smart Toast BTA825

Snapshot: The Breville The Smart Toast BTA825 is a 2-slice toaster with a painted-metal finish. Is it the best thing since sliced bread?

the Smart Toast BTA825
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$220

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Test results

Overall score
75
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Browning consistency
?/10
Browning evenness
?/10

Good points

  • Good at producing consistently toasted bread.
  • Good at browning evenly.
  • OK at toasting frozen bread.
  • Excellent at toasting a single slice.
  • Excellent controls.
  • Has audible “toast ready” reminder.
  • Has toasting-progress display lights.
  • Has a crumpet setting.

But

  • Crumb tray is fiddly to pull out (but easy to clean).

How we test

In our last two tests we also toasted Burgen bread (a multigrain bread similar to Vogels). Because of this changed test method you can’t compare the overall scores of some previously tested models.

Overall score is made up of:

Toasting performance (70%): As a toaster heats up it produces darker toast, so we wanted to check the consistency of colour from run to run. To do this we toasted slices of fresh white bread over 4 runs in quick succession. We also assessed the evenness of browning across each slice. Next we checked how well the toasters dealt with a single slice, as well as bread straight from the freezer. Where a toaster has a Burgen score, we also assessed how well the toaster cooked Burgen bread.

Ease of use (30%): We assessed how easy the controls were to use, whether the toasters were easy to clean or had dirt traps, and whether the crumb tray was easy to remove and empty.

We also measured the temperature of the sides of the toasters — if these get higher than 68°C they could burn you. (None of the models in this test were higher than 68°C but the metal around the slots can still get very hot.)

Key data

Key data

Type
2-slice

Model

Avg price
$220

More test results (/10)

Frozen slice
5.5
Single slice
9.0

Specifications

Toasting time (min:sec)
3.38
Dimensions LxWxH (cm)
29 x 18 x 20
Exterior finish
Painted metal
Number of slots
2

Features

Long slot
×
Separate slot-controls
n/a
Separate browning controls
n/a
High-lift lever
Self-centring
Cancel button
Cord storage
Reheat setting
×
Frozen bread setting
Bagel or crumpet setting
Sliding crumb tray

More Info

Comment

This toaster has been tested to an old test method, so its overall score can't be compared with newer models.

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