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Toasters to avoid buying

These models from Kmart, Sunbeam and DeLonghi definitely won't give you the toast with the most.

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

They're only toasters, you may think – how bad could they be? Well, it turns out that 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 Award in 2018 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. 

In our most recent toaster tests, we uncovered some serious bread winners and some crummy contenders. Save your dough by not buying any of these duds (instead, check our latest toaster reviews to help you make the best buy).

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This four-slice Sunbeam toaster performed poorly in our tests.

Sunbeam Simply Shine 4 Slice Toaster TAP4004BK

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 52%
  • Toasting evenness score: 30%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 55%
  • Price: $90

It may look fancy and shiny, but you won't be toasting the success of this Sunbeam number when it comes to your morning slice. If you like your toast evenly browned, it will disappoint (scoring only 30%), plus our testers said it was 'only OK' at toasting a single slice of bread. With a CHOICE Expert Rating of just 52%, it falls far behind all the other toasters we've tested. 

That's a lot of bench space to waste on something that doesn't really do what it's supposed to (not to mention there are better things you could spend $90 on). Next! 

Read the full Sunbeam Simply Shine 4 Slice Toaster review.

sunbeam quantum plus 4 slice toaster ta2340

Unevenly toasted bread, delivered consistently: the Sunbeam Quantum Plus 4 Slice Toaster.

Sunbeam Quantum Plus 4 Slice Toaster TA2340

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 60%
  • Toasting evenness score: 30%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 65%
  • Price: $45

A second entry for Sunbeam! Although it's at the cheaper end of the price spectrum at $45, this toaster is anything but a little ray of sunshine to use. It scored a tepid 30% for toasting evenness, and a lukewarm 48% for toasting frozen bread. It does rate well for consistency, but considering that it doesn't toast well in the first place, that just means that you'll end up with consistently average toast. 

But don't write off the Sunbeam brand altogether – other Sunbeam models have performed well in our tests. To find out which ones, check our toaster reviews.

Read the full Sunbeam Quantum Plus 4 Slice Toaster TA2340 review.

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It may only cost $35, but this Anko toaster is a lukewarm performer.

Kmart Anko 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster LD-T7037

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 61%
  • Toasting evenness score: 50%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 65%
  • Price: $35

Yes, it's only $35, but let's put things in context. We tested 46 toasters in our latest reviews and about a third of those (13 in fact) cost $50 or less. This one received the lowest score of them all, which means that even if you're on a budget, there are better toasters you could buy that will leave you more satisfied in the toast department. Our testers noted this one is very easy to clean with very good controls. But it's poor at toasting frozen bread, poor at toasting multigrain bread, and it doesn't brown too evenly. Keep shopping.

Read the full Kmart Anko 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster LD-T7037 review.

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Style over substance: the DeLonghi Brillante Exclusive.

DeLonghi Brillante Exclusive CTJX4003.BK

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 61%
  • Toasting evenness score: 60%
  • Single-slice toasting score: 55%
  • Price: $125

If you're after the perfect slice, you won't find it here. This DeLonghi toaster may look stylish on your kitchen bench, but it scores a paltry 57% for performance. It was particularly poor at toasting frozen bread (scoring just 45%) and at toasting a single slice of bread (55%). 'Brillante' by name but not by nature, it's also not great at toasting evenly or consistently. 

Read the full DeLonghi Brillante Exclusive CTJX4003.BK review.

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