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One of the best toasters from Consumer Reports' tests.

Best Toasters for Sliced Bread and Everything Else

Consistent toasting and innovative design distinguish our latest batch of winning toasters

A toaster isn't the most exciting holiday gift, and we don't recommend giving one to your better half unless you both agree you really need it. 

And while a toaster can’t compete with, say, wireless speakers or a virtual reality headset, it's big on practical value—right up there with coffee makers and other small appliances you rely on every day.

So, yes, we think a toaster can be a great gift, especially if you choose from this roundup of the best toasters from Consumer Reports' latest tests.

In addition to serving up almost flawless batches of toast, many of the models come in appealing designs that look good on the countertop.


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Watch While You Toast
Cuisinart View Pro Glass 2-Slice CPT-3000

Cuisinart View Pro Glass 2-Slice...

This two-slicer from Cuisinart serves up evenly browned toast with every batch. But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself by watching bread turn golden brown through the toaster’s glass walls. The toaster also has several helpful convenience features, including touchpad controls with LED shade indicators and special bagel, defrost, and reheat settings. Other toasters with transparent sides include the Magimix Vision Toaster, $250, and the Dash Clear View DVTS501GY, $50.

    Bargain Buy
    Crux CRX 14544 2-slice

    Crux CRX 14544 2-slice

    Spending too little on a toaster can mean trade-offs in performance and features. This new two-slicer from Crux is an exception, toasting as well as models costing two and three times as much. It even looks more expensive than it is, thanks to the stainless steel housing with copper accents. Features include push-button controls and a bagel setting. 

      Have It Your Way
      Cuisinart CPT-620 2-slice

      Cuisinart CPT-620 2-slice

      Aimed at families with a wide range of morning preferences, this two-slice Cuisinart has the most settings among recommended models, including bread, bagels, English muffins, frozen waffles, and pastries. In our bread-toasting tests, it earned solid marks across the board, and it turned out a nice English muffin. Its high-lift lever is good for checking toasted items without burning your fingertips.

        Black Beauty
        Black+Decker Designer Series TR2200SBD

        Black+Decker Designer Series...

        Here’s another competitively priced toaster with a unique design that could look the part in a contemporary kitchen. In addition to sharp styling, the two-slicer popped out evenly browned toast in our tests. It features extra-wide slots and a special bagel setting. Its ease-of-cleaning score is lower than some because of the presence of crumb-trapping grooves. The four-slice version of the toaster, the Black+Decker Designer Series TR4200SBD, $50, should perform similarly.              

          Professional Styling
          Wolf Gourmet 4-Slice WGTR104S

          Wolf Gourmet 4-Slice WGTR104S

          With its iconic red knobs, this four-slicer from Wolf brings pro styling to the toaster category. It’s also adept at turning out evenly browned toast with every batch. The toaster features a combination of dial and push-button controls, as well as extra-wide slots and settings for bagels, defrost, and quick cancel. Its price is definitely high for a toaster, but it’s nothing compared with the $6,400 you’ll spend on our highest-rated Wolf range.

            Formidable Four-Slicer
            Breville BTA840XL

            Breville BTA840XL

            Though not exactly cheap, this four-slice Breville costs about half as much as the Wolf and delivers slightly better toasting overall. All the button controls are on the top of the toaster, giving it a particularly sleek design. It uses a motorized lift instead of the traditional lever design. And its ‘A Bit More’ button is a convenient way to make your toast or bagel a little darker. 

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              Daniel DiClerico

              I've written about remodeling and home products for 17 years. When I'm not covering the subjects for work, I’m putting the knowledge to use on the renovation of a Brooklyn brownstone, where I live with my wife and kids. You can also find me most weeks on the soccer field.