Our guide to choosing the right toaster, plus test results for budget and premium models.
Two-slice or four-slice? Find out what to look for in a toaster, then check out our test results to see which models will guarantee you perfect toast every time.
We've put budget and premium toasters through a series of toasting tests, ease-of-use assessments and electrical safety checks.Find a toaster
If your family has a big appetite for toast and breakfast is a rush, a four-slice toaster may be just the thing. It’s also useful when you’re loading up the toast plate for a weekend “big brekkie”.
Four-slice toasters have four slots across the toaster or two slots along its length. The four-slot models usually have separate levers for each “pair” of slots and some also have separate browning controls for each pair. The separate levers mean you can toast in just one pair of slots — and the separate browning controls let you use both pairs of slots to toast two different types of bread (or the same bread to two different levels of done-ness).
The two-slot models don’t usually have this advantage but they can toast wider slices of bread (useful if you bake or buy “artisan” loaves) and they’re less bulky.
Most manufacturers put a lot of effort into the appearance of their toasters. We don’t rate on styling because it’s too personal. But if you’re keen to buy a toaster you like the look of, don’t forget the features you want as well.