The 10 Best toasters
If toast is an essential part of your breakfast, here's a guide to the best way to brown bread, bagels and crumpets
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Two top British brands – Dualit and Emma Bridgewater – have joined forces to create this pleasingly chintzy hand-built toaster that will last you for years. Available in a two- or four-slice version, it includes a defrost setting and extra wide slots for hand-cut toast.
From £225, johnlewis
From fuchsia pink to apple green, this compact and curvy toaster comes in a range of funky colours. It's quite slow, so it's not one for those who have to rush off in the mornings, but it toasts everything from bagels to crumpets.
Bread doesn't get more evenly toasted than this, even when cooked from frozen. This solid, retro-style toaster also boasts plenty of colour options, although be warned: the stainless steel one is tricky to clean.
From £100, amazon
If you want a few curved lines in your kitchen, this high-performance toaster comes in a range of colours and finishes, and includes bagel, defrost, cancel, reheat and high-lift functions, as well as extra-wide slots, even browning, a slide-out crumb tray and cord storage.
From £49.99, amazon
This stylish toaster from German brand Graef, which comes in a two- or four-slice model, fits everything from crumpets and tea cakes to chunky slices of home-made bread – and thanks to the long slots, you don't get tips of bread sticking out of the top, remaining irritatingly unbrowned.
From £75.95, amara
This is simple to use and gets good results – all you need in the morning. Features include variable browning controls, a frozen-bread setting and a reheat function. Most bread slices fit into the deep slots, with the exception of extra-wide bread such as a bloomer slice.
Breville's Opula is a nifty little machine: the four-slice toaster has a variable browning control ( so you can get your slice of white just right) and, if you like your bread thick and handcut in the morning, there's a variable slot to accommodate even the fattest wedges of bread. It also features handy defrost and reheat functions, plus a high lift for easy toast extraction.
Add a touch of glamour to breakfast time with this eye-catching four-slice toaster that works equally well with fresh and frozen bread. Available in black or white, it features a high-lift carriage and a bun warmer and has both defrost and reheat settings.
You could be forgiven for assuming this see-through, two-slice toaster is a gimmick. But engineers spent 15 years perfecting it, so it browns bread perfectly and the controls are easy to use. Mind you, the transparent sides mean you can see all the crumbs inside.
Bring a splash of colour to your kitchen with this great-value, two-tone toaster. It has blue illumination control buttons, plus all the usual features you'd expect, along with a bun warmer for heating pastries and bread.
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