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3 toasters to avoid buying

These toasters from Sunbeam, Kambrook and Morphy Richards all fail to impress.

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Last updated: 29 July 2019

They're only toasters, you may think, how bad could they be? Well, it turns out even toasters can give you buyer's remorse. For many of us, a nicely warmed, crunchy piece of toast is one of the first things we wake up to, so it's not really something you want to mess with.

Unfortunately, some of the models we tested won't be the toast of the town anytime soon. One of them even had the dubious honour of being awarded a CHOICE Shonky last year for failing at its only job: the Kitchenaid toaster that didn't even toast. Instead of a lovely golden brown slice just waiting for lashings of butter, it left us with a slightly warm, dry piece of white bread. And who needs that kind of disappointment early in the morning? Here are some others we suggest you avoid if you want the toast(er) with the most.

kambrook profile toaster

This four-slice Kambrook Profile toaster performed poorly in our tests.

Kambrook Profile KT460

  • Overall score: 52%
  • Toasting evenness score: 40%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 55%
  • Price: $70

You will not be toasting the success of this Kambrook number when it comes to your morning slice. Not only is it painfully slow, taking 5:40 minutes to toast a slice of bread to our preferred brownness (the longest time out of all the toasters we've tested – our two top-performers take just 3 minutes), but it only scored 40% for toasting multigrain bread. And when it comes to toasting evenness, our tester said the final slice had "large areas over- and under-cooked". There are definitely better ways you could spend $70. Next! 

morphy richards accents toaster

It may come in flash colours, but our testers scored this model just 52%.

Morphy Richards Accents 242020

  • Overall score: 54%
  • Toasting evenness score: 40%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 35%
  • Price: $99

For a toaster pushing the $100 mark, you'd hope it would score better than 35% for doing the simple job of toasting just one slice of bread. But don't be blinded by the racy red colour or sleek-looking controls, this four-slicer failed to impress our testers with a performance score of just 49%.

sunbeam london toaster

The Sunbeam London toaster costs a pretty penny but scored poorly.

Sunbeam London Collection TA2240B 

  • Overall score: 57%
  • Toasting evenness score: 70%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 45%
  • Price: $149

We propose a toast to toasters that will make your morning by delivering the perfect slice – but not this one! Charming with its retro lines and available in pretty pastel shades, it may look stylish on your kitchen bench but scores a paltry 50% on product performance. "This would come close to the worst toaster that I have ever bought," says one disgruntled CHOICE member.

To learn more about our testing process, read how we test toasters.

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