To find the best toaster on the market, you need to make a lot of toast. In Consumer Reports' latest review of toasters and toaster ovens, we went through more than 600 slices of Freihofer’s white bread, which has just the right texture and consistency for our precision tests. We also toasted another couple dozen English muffins, whose nooks and crannies and somewhat moister dough create a different set of challenges. In the end, a new two-slice Krups toaster took over the top spot from Cuisinart.

Krups toaster a winner in Consumer Reports' tests.

The Krups 2-Slice KH732D50, $70, and the Cuisinart CPT-420, $80, delivered comparable results in our color range test, which measures a toaster’s ability to produce toast that’s very light, very dark, or somewhere in between. But the Krups toaster was better at maintaining even results in our full batch test and it’s incredibly easy to use, thanks to a variety of convenience features, including defrost, reheat, and bagel settings. With its removable crumb tray and push-button controls, it's also easy to clean. 

Design doesn’t factor into our overall Ratings score, but we will say that the blue LED indicators add a touch of high-tech sophistication and the brushed-and-chrome stainless steel housing should look sharp on most countertops. Those features might delight users in the beginning, but down the line, it's the practically perfect toast that pops out of the Krups 2-Slice KH732D50 that will make for a fine start to every day.