Looking for a new toaster? Here are the best two- and four-slice options based on performance, features, and value. All toasters on this list will have a toast shade adjustment knob so any style or thickness of bread can be toasted to your satisfaction. To keep you safe, they’ll be wrapped in a heat-resistant shell so you won't burn yourself when touching the toaster, and all have a removable crumb tray for ease of cleaning out the bits and pieces of toasted bread falling to the bottom.
Two-slice toasters are the most popular types of toasters available. The concept has always been to be able to put in a couple of slices of bread, push the handle down, and in a few minutes - voila - you'll have perfectly toasted bread. Two slice toasters range from options that are only capable of toasting thin slices of bread, to a multi-function unit accommodating bagels, artisan breads, and muffins.
Four-slice toasters are perfect for the household which wants toast and wants a lot of it. These appliances are bigger, take up more space, and use more electricity than their two-slice cousins. However, the convenience to make twice as much toast in the same amount of time outweighs these disadvantages, making them just as viable as two-slice toasters over the long run.
Each of these toasters will evenly brown the bread, regardless of the setting; after all, first and foremost, the best toasters must make the best toast.
Cuisinart CPT-440 Touch to Toast Leverless 4-Slice Toaster
Black & Decker T4030 4-Slice Brushed Stainless Steel Toaster
Breville Die-Cast Silver 2-Slice Smart Toaster - BTA820XL
Hamilton Beach Extra Wide 2 Slot Toaster 22623
West Bend Egg and Muffin Toaster
If you’re looking for a machine with a lot of features and innovations, then the Cuisinart CPT-440 Touch to Toast Leverless 4-Slice Toaster might be right for you. This toaster has no levers, and will automatically lower whatever bread product you want into the slot, raising it when finished. One side of this toaster has an advanced bagel feature, meaning your bagels will come out just as perfect as your toast. This toaster has a backlit LCD screen for displaying toaster functions, and even has an audible alert which sounds off when toasting is completed. If you want everything to be automatic, then this appliance might be for you. It comes with a three year warranty.
For a basic four-slice toaster that just makes great toast, choose the Black & Decker T4030 4-Slice Stainless-Steel Toaster. The dual toasting controls allow you to choose how brown you want your toast, no matter the side of the toaster you’re using. You can also toast bread in one side and other products like bagels or waffles on the other. It has a high eject lever which raises your toast higher out of the slots, so you can grab them easier when they're hot. The crumb tray is removeable and the cord retracts back into the base.
The Breville BTA820XL Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster is a computer-controlled toasting wonder. This feature-packed unit has wide slots to toast virtually any bread product. The pre-programmed functions are defrost, reheat, bagels, or cancel. After that, the toaster automatically does the rest. The “lift-and-look” feature allows you to inspect the toast at any point during the toasting process while never breaking the original cycle. If you aren’t quite satisfied with how browned the bread is, simply hit the “A Bit More” button (yes, it's really labeled like that), and the cycle will continue for about 10 more seconds. Although there are five browning control settings, the toaster actually allows limitless variables between the one to five settings. The illuminated LED panel gives you a full, lighted view of all the functions, and it also comes protected by a one year warranty.
If you want the best bang-for-the-buck toaster here, get the Hamilton Beach 22623 2-Slice Toaster. It's the lowest price toaster on this list, yet it makes toast as good as any of them. There’s nothing real fancy here, although you get a wide handle to lower the bread, bagels, waffles, or whatever product you can fit into the wide slots. The reality is that for virtually anyone who wants well-toasted bread, they’ll get it with this unit, for an affordable price in an easy-to-use package.
Although the West Bend Egg and Muffin Toaster’s main claim to fame is making great toast, this reasonably-priced toaster is capable of making a complete breakfast while your bread is heated. While you’re toasting, an attached side pod will hard-boil up to eight eggs, or you can choose to make them scrambled or poached. With all of these extra features, this appliance uses 1,200 watts, twice that of most other options. If you’re trying to lower your energy bill, you may want to reconsider this one. However, as far as features, function, and toast quality, this two-slice toaster is second to none. It comes with a stow-away power cord as well.