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The 10 Best Toasters - June 2017

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 509 toasters, 2,420 reviews and 741 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.

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#1 in Toasters
Vision

Magimix Vision

60 Reviews
Chrome
Sep 2016
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  • $163.00
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#2 in Toasters
Volo

Bugatti Volo

23 Reviews
Green
Jun 2015
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  • $207.79
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#3 in Toasters
TTP220

Kenwood TTP220

White
Sep 2016
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  • $112.00
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#4 in Toasters
Icona CTO 2003.

DeLonghi Icona CTO 2003.

Red
Mar 2015
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  • $151.58
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#5 in Toasters
Newgen

Dualit Newgen

Expert Reviews - Ultimate
1 Review + 1 Award
Stainless Steel
Aug 2015
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#7 in Toasters
Subito

Moulinex Subito

Black
Nov 2015
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  • $114.00
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#11 in Toasters
Lineo

WMF Lineo

1 Review
Black
Jun 2015
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  • $202.16
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#13 in Toasters
TSF02

Smeg TSF02

Cream
Dec 2016
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#16 in Toasters
23332

Russell Hobbs 23332

Grey
Jul 2015
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  • $41.78
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HD4825

Philips HD4825

Black
Apr 2016
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  • $76.69
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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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