Four slice toasters review 2006

Will price guarantee a better toaster?
 
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  • Updated:2 Mar 2006
 

02.Results

What to buy

  • # KAMBROOK Wide Slice KT98 $35
  • # KENWOOD Eon Auto Toast TT980 $152
  • BREVILLE Emporia CT45B $100
  • BREVILLE Freestyle BT905 (A) $43
  • SUNBEAM Cafe Series TA9400 $180
  • SUNBEAM Quantum Thick & Thin 4 TA4400 (B) $40

(A) Not recommended if you often toast only one slice.
(B) Not recommended if you often toast frozen bread.
# Discontinued models. Prices and availability checked November 2008.

What about the rest?

  • The BELLINI and DELONGHI have good overall scores, but you could do better for the price.
  • The RUSSELL HOBBS, TIFFANY, and HOME COLLECTION don't handle single slices very well.
  • The SANYO failed to brown the toast evenly and also struggled with toasting frozen bread.
  • The TEFAL, HELLER and MAXIM weren't easy to use, and also had mediocre toasting scores.
 

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Performance table

  Performance Components of toasting score  
Brand/model
(in rank order)*
Overall score1
(%)
Ease of use score2 (%) Toasting score3
(%)
Repeatability score
(%)
Evenness score
(%)
Single slice bread score
(%)
Frozen bread score
(%)
Toasting time4
(first cycle) (min.sec)
Price ($)**
# KAMBROOK Wide Slice KT98 88 68 96 100 100 70 100 2:37 35
# KENWOOD Eon Auto Toast TT980 87 84 88 85 100 70 85 4:14 152 (J)
BREVILLE Emporia CT45B 85 67 93 100 100 70 85 2:52 100
BREVILLE Freestyle BT905 83 68 89 100 100 40 85 3:15 43
SUNBEAM Café Series TA9400 81 70 85 70 100 100 70 3:00 180
SUNBEAM Quantum Thick & Thin 4 TA4400 79 76 80 85 85 85 50 2:01 40
DELONGHI Metropolis CTM4023 75 59 82 70 100 70 78 3:09 129
# BELLINI Stainless Steel BTT400 73 67 75 50 100 85 68 3:22 79
# RUSSELL HOBBS Classic Satin 9379 69 72 68 70 70 50 78 2:56 89 (J)
TIFFANY Cool Touch TAT48 69 68 69 70 70 50 85 3:19 30
# HELLER Ultimate Series TAH4S Long Slot 64 56 68 70 60 60 93 2:43 40
# SANYO White Cool Touch SKST4 63 76 57 70 40 75 50 2:51 30
MAXIM Kitchenpro Four-Up Family Toaster AT-804 62 44 69 70 70 60 70 2:56 25
TEFAL Avanti Deluxe 532851 61 59 62 40 70 85 73 2:42 80
# HOME COLLECTION HCTA4 59 44 66 70 70 50 60 2:50 18
 

Table notes

* All models are manufactured in China.
** Recommended retail, as advised by manufacturers/distributors in November/December 2005, unless noted otherwise.
# Discontinued models. Prices and availability checked May 2009.
(J) Price paid in August 2005.

1 Overall score
This consists of:

  • Toasting score: 70%
  • Ease of use score: 30%

2 Ease of use score
We rated the ease of cleaning the toaster and crumb tray, and how clearly marked and easy to use the controls were.

3 Toasting score
This consists of:

  • Repeatability: 35%. We assessed how well the toasters could reproduce a target brownness, slice after slice.
  • Evenness: 35%. We assessed how evenly each side of each slice was toasted to the desired colour.
  • Single slice test: 15%. Unevenness can be more of a problem when toasting a single slice (due to increased heat in the centre that would otherwise be absorbed by the other slices).
  • Frozen bread test: 15%. If you often toast your bread frozen, look for a high score here.

4 Toasting time
The time it took to cook the first four slices of bread, starting from a cold toaster.

Feature table

  Features
Brand/model
(in rank order)*
Wall / finish Cord storage Self- centring High-lift mechanism Crumpet setting Reheat setting Frozen bread setting Element off instantly when bread gets stuck
Dimensions (LxDxH,mm)
Warranty (years) Manufacturer/ distributor
# KAMBROOK Wide Slice KT98 Plastic 400 x180 x 210 1 HWI Electrical
# KENWOOD Eon Auto Toast TT980 Aluminium (B) • (E) 395 x 155 x 190 1 Kenwood / Delonghi
BREVILLE Emporia CT45B Stainless steel • (C) (G) 285 x 315 x 210 1 HWI Electrical
BREVILLE Freestyle BT905 Plastic (G) 400 x 160 x 195 1 HWI Electrical
SUNBEAM Café Series TA9400 Stainless steel 345 x 255 x 210 1 / 5 (H) Sunbeam
SUNBEAM Quantum Thick & Thin 4 TA4400 Plastic • (F) 400 x 165 x 185 1 Sunbeam
DELONGHI Metropolis CTM4023 Steel (G) 310 x 360 x 205 1 Delonghi
# BELLINI Stainless Steel BTT400 Stainless steel (G) 300 x 310 x 205 2 Mistral
# RUSSELL HOBBS Classic Satin 9379 Stainless steel (G) 275 x 315 x 215 2 Salton
TIFFANY Cool Touch TAT48 Plastic (G) 400 x 175 x 190 2 GAF
HELLER Ultimate Series TAH4S Long Slot Stainless steel (D) 400 x 175 x 195 2 GAF
# SANYO White Cool Touch SKST4 Plastic (G) 400 x 165 x 195 1 Sanyo
MAXIM Kitchenpro Four-Up Family Toaster AT-804 Steel (G) 360 x 115 x 160 1 Maxim Housewares
TEFAL Avanti Deluxe 532851 Stainless steel • (C) • (C) 300 x 280 x 225 ns Groupe SEB
# HOME COLLECTION HCTA4 Steel (G) 360 x 115 x 160 2 GAF
 

Table notes

* All models are manufactured in China.
# Discontinued models. Prices and availability checked November 2008.
(B) No high lift mechanism, but still easy to remove crumpets and muffins.
(C) For two slots only.
(D) Has a bagel setting that toasts one side only.
(E) Warming rack on top of toaster.
(F) By using lowest temperature setting.
(G) Switches off after carriage rises by approximately 5mm.
(H) Toaster/element.