04.What to look for
Use these tips to make shopping for a toaster easier:
- Smooth joins on the exterior and relatively few buttons make the toaster easy to clean.
- Stainless steel is popular but hard to keep fingerprint-free.
- Removable crumb tray that slides out easily.
- High-lift carriage lever makes it easier to remove smaller items like crumpets and muffins.
- Wide slots with a self-centring mechanism helps ensure crumpets and muffins don't jam, and also help ensure bread is evenly toasted.
For people with a disability
- None of the tested models is ideal for someone with a disability, but the best choice is probably the SUNBEAM Cafe Series. Its controls are reasonably well labelled and easy to use. The crumb tray is easy to remove, but replacing the tray could be difficult for some people. It's also the heaviest model on test.
- People with dexterity problems are likely to have difficulty with the HOME COLLECTION and MAXIM toasters. The controls are difficult to grip, you need a screwdriver to remove the crumb tray, the walls get very hot (around 130°C, compared to below 68°C for most other models) and there's no high-lift mechanism to help remove the toast.