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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every toaster on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 564 toasters, 2,310 reviews and 799 prices. Last updated 15 August 2017.

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$148.46

#1 Smeg TSF01

TSF01
Expert Reviews - Best Buy
The top rated toaster under $500, with very low running costs and great features
95
Reviews
1 Award
93
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Running Costs
$20 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
2slice(s)
White
Dec 2016
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Amazon US $148.46
Appliances Connection $149.95
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$35.99

#3 Hamilton Beach 24791

24791
The top scoring toaster under $50, with great features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Running Costs
$18 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
4slice(s)
Chrome
Nov 2014
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Best Buy $35.99
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$40.89

#4 Applica TR2200SBD

TR2200SBD
A very economical to run and staggeringly good value for money 2 slice toaster, with very good features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Running Costs
$18 / 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
2slice(s)
Black
Dec 2016
Slices
Colours
Release Date
eBay $40.89
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$78.99

#5 KitchenAid KMT2116OB

KMT2116OB
The best scoring toaster under $100, with a recent release date and low running costs
96
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Running Costs
$38 / 5 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
2slice(s)
Silver
May 2017
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Best Buy $78.99
Overstock $79.99
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$70.09

#6 Applica TO3250XSB

TO3250XSB
An impressive value for money and toaster, with low running costs and very good features
95
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Running Costs
$32 / 5 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
8slice(s)
Black
Sep 2016
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Newegg US $70.09
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$79.00

#7 Philips HD2595

HD2595
A very economical to run and low cost 2 slice toaster, with very good features
91
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Running Costs
$17 / 5 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
2slice(s)
Black
Feb 2016
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Amazon US $79.00
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$88.99

#8 KitchenAid KMT4116

KMT4116
An excellent value for money and very popular 4 slice toaster, with moderate running costs and good features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
69
Running Costs
$38 / 5 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
4slice(s)
Silver
May 2017
Slices
Colours
Release Date
Best Buy $88.99
Overstock $99.99
Amazon US $123.98
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$219.99

#9 Dualit Newgen

Newgen
Expert Reviews - Ultimate
An award winning and good value for money 2 slice toaster, with low running costs and good features
92
Reviews
1 Award
79
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Features
Good Features
76
Running Costs
$25 / 5 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
2slice(s)
Black
Jul 2015
Slices
Colours
Release Date
eBay $219.99
Best Buy $239.99
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$59.95

#10 Philips Daily Collection

Daily Collection
A very economical to run and good value for money 2 slice toaster, with good features
81
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
90
Running Costs
$17 / 5 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
2slice(s)
Black
Aug 2015
Slices
Colours
Release Date
eBay $59.95
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$42.46

#11 Russell Hobbs 23332

23332
A good spec and cheap 2 slice toaster, with average running costs
84
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
69
Running Costs
$29 / 5 Years
73
Overall Score
Very Good
2slice(s)
Grey
Jul 2015
Slices
Colours
Release Date
eBay $42.46
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Buying a New Toaster

Toasters are an absolute necessity in any kitchen - how else are you going to make a proper breakfast? There are numerous choices of toaster available to you - from small 2-slice toasters meant for tiny kitchens and single people, through to enormous 6-slice toasters to serve entire families at once. These are available in all kinds of shapes and colours - allowing you to pick the perfect colour to complement your kitchen.

You can also pick a toaster with a number of different extras - such as a special warmer for buns and croissants, warming & defrost settings, and even a viewing window to watch your toast cook!

Toaster Sizes

This is the most fundamental choice when choosing a toaster - how much bread it can cook at once. Most toasters have 2 slots, allowing 2 pieces of toast to be cooked at once. For most single people or small families this will be enough, since you will rarely need to toast more than 2 pieces of bread at once. However for larger families there are toasters with 4 or even 6 slots - these allow for a far larger amount of bread to be cooked at once.

Some toasters also advertise themselves with ‘long slots’, which mean they have extra-long opening for the bread - which is especially useful for wider, squatter loaves, such as sourdough, or for fitting more slices into a single slot.

Lastly, we have some models of toaster that have a 'high lift' feature built in. This allow you raise the toaster lever up and raise the bread clear of the toasting slots, making it easier to remove. This is a helpful extra if you find yourself frequently toasting crumpets, muffins or small slices of bread.

Custom browning levels & programs

Nearly all major brands of toasters allow you to change the time the bread is toasted for, allowing you to cook the toast to exactly how you like it. Some newer models also contain preset ‘browning levels’, allowing one-touch light/medium/dark browning for your breakfast. While this is not a must-have addition, it can certainly make your life easier first thing in the morning, before your morning coffee has woken you up.

Additionally, many toasters will also contain additional preset programs for defrosting frozen bread, cooking bagels, or for warming toast back up again.

Windows & Glass Walls

Some more advanced and expensive models of toaster have an added visual flair to them - a glass viewing window in one or both sides of the toaster. As well as serving an aesthetic value, it also allows you to more clearly see how your bread is toasting, so you can pause the toasting at the correct time.

Extras

Finally, some toasters come with additional extras, either purely aesthetic or to provide additional uses. These can include things such as a special warming rack that can be used for buns or croissants, a special holder for making toasties, or a viewing window that allows you to watch your bagels browning as you sip your morning coffee.

Toaster Retailers, Prices and Features

Toaster Prices

We currently list 24 toasters ranging from $23 to $410. On average, a new toaster costs $143 and 80% of toasters are priced between $33 and $318. The cheapest toaster that we found is the Hamilton Beach 22464 at only $23, and the most expensive is the Bosch Styline at $409.

Toaster Brands - Price Range

The average price of Bosch toasters is $409 which is the highest average price of all toaster brands. Bosch toasters start at $409 and the most expensive Bosch toaster costs $409.

The average price of Dualit toasters is $270 which is the second highest average price of all toaster brands. Dualit toasters start at $200 and the most expensive Dualit toaster costs $340.

DeLonghi toasters start at $153 and the most expensive DeLonghi toaster costs $318. The third highest average toaster price out of all brands is DeLonghi toasters with an average price of $236.

Toaster Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 9 expert reviews and 2,351 user reviews for toasters written online and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of toaster. The top three toaster brands are Smeg, Magimix and Bosch. Smeg has an average rating of 89%, Magimix has an average rating of 88% and Bosch has an average rating of 86%.

Biggest Toaster Retailers

The biggest toaster retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 25 current toaster offers from eBay. The second biggest toaster retailer is Best Buy with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 12 times bigger than Best Buy when it comes to toasters. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

When Are Most New Toasters Released?

Most new toasters tend to be released between July and September. If you want the latest toaster features you may be best waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current toasters tend to drop off when the next models are released. Last year most new toasters were released in September, with 36 new toasters released that month. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new toasters, with 54 new toasters released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new toaster releases was September, with 65 new toasters released that month.

How Fast Do Toaster Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, toasters drop in price by 4%. That means that on a typical toaster costing $143 you could save on average $6 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Slices

Comparing all toasters, the slices range from 1slice(s) to 8slice(s). The slices of most toasters range from 2slice(s) to 3slice(s). The ApplicaTO3250XSB has the most slice. This toaster is a toaster that takes 8slice(s) slices and is priced at $70.55. The ApplicaTO3250XSB has the least slice. This toaster is a toaster that takes 2slice(s) slices and is available at $112.00.

Colours

The most frequently found colour amongst new toasters is black. We found 128 toasters that are toasters that have a black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most popular colour amongst new toasters. We found 97 toasters that are toasters that have a stainless steel coloured.

Biggest Toaster Retailers

The biggest toaster retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 25 current toaster offers from eBay. The second biggest toaster retailer is Best Buy with 2 offers. That means eBay is over 12 times bigger than Best Buy when it comes to toasters. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Toasters?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest toaster prices (found to be cheapest for 23 toasters).

Proportion of Toasters for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on toasters is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 92% of its toasters.

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