Two-slice toasters review

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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Breville Emporia $70
Russell Hobbs Reflections $99
# Tefal Avanti Deluxe $60
# Bellini BTET300 $45

# Discontinued


About the rest

  • Morphy Richards produced good single slices but was let down by the poor frozen bread score.
  • Sunbeam also made good single slice toasts but, at three minutes, took the longest time to toast two slices of bread, compared with Tefal and Modern Living at 1 minute 50 seconds.
  • Kenwood used the least energy in the process of toasting eight slices of bread (94 Wh), but performed poorly on toasting frozen bread and crumb removal.
  • Both DeLonghi and Modern Living were let down by their low frozen bread scores
  • Modern Living also did not produce evenly brown toast.
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE FEATURES
Product Overall Score (%) Ease of use score (%) Performance score (%) Toasting time (min:sec) Cord storage Reheat setting Defrost setting High-lift carriage Extra settings Dimensions (mm; W x D x H) Price ($)
Breville Emporia CT25B
www.breville.com.au
76 74 77 2:16 C 305 x 190 x 200 70
Russell Hobbs 10618 Reflections
www.salton.com.au
72 82 67 2:36 305 x 180 x 190 99
# Tefal TT7041 Avanti
Deluxe
www.tefal.com.au
72 66 75 1:50 290 x 185 x 240 60
# Bellini BTET300
www.mistral.com.au
71 62 75 2:10 B 295 x 195 x 190 45
Sunbeam TA6220 Toastum 2
www.sunbeam.com.au
68 66 69 3:14 C 285 x 165 x 195 60
# DeLonghi CT021
www.delonghi.com.au
65 80 58 2:38 280 x 170 x 205 59
# Kenwood TT427
www.kenwood-australia.com
64 74 60 2:30 300 x 165 x 200 50
Morphy Richards 44067 Accents
www.morphyrichards.com.au
59 69 55 2:55 275 x 180 x 205 85
# Modern Living 130502
www.target.com.au
58 76 50 1:57 295 x 185 x 225 50
 

Using the table

Scores The overall scores is made up of:

Performance: 70%

  • Evenness of browning 35%
  • Repeatability of colour 35%
  • Frozen bread 15%
  • Single slice 15%

Ease of Use: 30%

  • Controls 40%
  • Cleaning exterior 30%
  • Crumb removal/ cleaning 30%

High lift carriage Allows you to raise smaller items above the toaster slots.
Extra settings Includes crumpets, bagel setting.
Price Recommended retail, as of May 2009.

# Discontinued models.

How we tested

  • Performance: Our tester used both white and multi-grain bread to perform the evenness of browning test. After determining the optimum browning setting, he did four toasting cycles with 30 seconds between each run. He then looked at the evenness across the face of each slice, consistency between runs, evenness of colour of each slice, and the average toast colour. For the frozen bread test, we used bread slices directly out of the freezer and did two toasting cycles with 30 seconds between each run.
  • Safety: All toasters passed electrical safety. Toasters outer temperatures were not excessive, within the expected limit of less than 68°C.
  • Ease of Use: This included how easy it is to use the controls, the ease of cleaning (both inside and out), as well as the ease of crumb removal.
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