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Toasters review

Last updated: 15 October 2015

When it comes to choosing a toaster, you'll need to look at capacity (two slices or four?), ease of use and design, as our buying guide explains. Due to the popularity of multigrain, we now test this bread in our toasters: find out more in how we test toasters. Now, which ones actually make great toast?

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We review 15 toasters priced from $45 to $399. Our test tells you which ones:

  • are CHOICE Recommended products
  • brown toast evenly and consistently, cycle after cycle
  • are good at browning multigrain bread
  • are easiest to use.

We did test crumpets with these toasters due to popular demand, but most are only poor or borderline when it comes to toasting crumpets. For most toasters, you'll only get a good result by supervising the process closely to make sure they don't burn, or by putting them down for a second toasting.

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Number of slices
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Number of slices of bread the toaster accommodates.

High lift carriage
Frozen bread setting
Cord storage

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Overall score
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The overall score is made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).

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Performance (%)
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The performance score is made up of browning evenness and consistency of results (50%), multigrain bread (20%), single-slice bread (15%) and frozen bread (15%).

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Ease of use (%)
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The ease of use score is made up of controls (40%), cleaning exterior (30%) and crumb removal/cleaning (30%).

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Single-slice score
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Score for toasting a single slice of bread.

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Toasting evenness score
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Using a reference photograph we see whether the toast is evenly browned, and to an appropriate shade. We use Wonder White bread for this test.

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Ease of cleaning crumb tray

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  • Performance (%)
  • Ease of use (%)
  • Measured toasting time (min:sec)
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Single-slice score
  • Multigrain score
  • Toasting evenness score
  • Toasting consistency cycle after cycle
  • Ease of exterior cleaning
  • Ease of cleaning crumb tray
  • Ease of controls
  • Overall score
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  • Model
  • Number of slices
  • Cord storage
  • Frozen bread setting
  • Separate carriage control
  • Separate temperature control
  • High lift carriage
  • Dimensions (cm, l x w x h)
  • Bread carriage dimensions (mm, LxWxH)
  • Warranty (yrs)
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