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Last updated: 05 June 2018

When choosing a toaster look at capacity (two slices or four?), ease of use and design, as our buying guide explains.

As multigrain is popular, we test it in our toasters. We also use white bread to check for evennesss and consistency. Find out more in how we test toasters. Now, which ones make great toast?

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Our test tells you which toasters:

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

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Number of slices of bread the toaster accommodates.

High lift carriage

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Lets you raise smaller items above the toaster slots, so they're easier to remove.

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Crumpet or bagel setting

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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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Frozen bread score

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We toast bread that has come directly out of the freezer. Where available, the defrost setting is used. Slices are assessed for evenness of cooking and consistency of colour across cycles.

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