Here at IndyBest, we love a good toaster, but we’ve also never understood why more toasters don’t have four slots at a time when the nation’s love affair with bread is at an all-time high (more people currently own bread makers than ever before, in case you needed convincing). This is precisely why we decided to take a look at the best four-slice toasters.
Our testing revealed that there are several key points to consider. First of all, we’d suggest taking a moment to decide whether you prefer one central set of controls or slots which can be controlled independently.
Ease of use is also an important factor, but one which is often overlooked. How high does the toast sit, and how easy is it to insert and remove? Do the settings cover enough options for your toast preferences and are they easy to tweak? It’s also worth taking a look at components such as the crumb tray. If these are tricky to remove, it’s highly likely you simply won’t bother, which can result in a build-up of debris. This is one of the quickest ways to shorten the lifespan of your toaster, and severe build-ups of debris can pose a fire risk too.
Finally, at a time when electronics account for 70 per cent of the world’s toxic waste, getting rid of built-up debris such as crumbs is essential when it comes to keeping your toaster in tip-top condition and prolonging its life.
Dean Davies, in-house cleaning expert at Fantastic Services, urges you to “clean the inside of the toaster with a pastry brush.” He explains: “Work from both the top and bottom, then take your dishcloth or sponge and put some soapy water on it. Wipe down the exterior of the toaster and pay extra attention to dials, levers, and handles, then dry the appliance with a soft microfiber cloth.” Finally, always remember to unplug your toaster before cleaning it, and make sure it’s had plenty of time to cool before you start your spruce-up.
How we tested
First of all, we love our toast (it’s one of the reasons we purchased our beloved bread maker). We eat it every day without fail, and we’ve certainly experienced our fair share of bad toasters. So our toaster testing was extensive, to say the least. We took a huge range of factors into account, whether it was the build quality, the clarity of the controls or the ease with which the toast could be removed. In summary? You can rest assured these are the best toasters out there.
The best toasters for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Swan stealth 4 slice toaster: £69.99, Swan-brand.co.uk
- Best retro styling – Tower renaissance 4 slice toaster: £69.99, Towerhousewares.co.uk
- Best for rural chic – Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater pink hearts 4 slice toaster: £79.99, Russellhobbs.com
- Best for simplicity – Russell Hobbs honeycomb 4 slice toaster: £34.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for low maintenance – Russell Hobbs structure 4 slice toaster: £64.99, Russellhobbs.com
- Best for style – Cuisinart four slice toaster: £100, Cuisinart.co.uk
- Best value – Kenwood elegancy four slot toaster: £59.99, Kenwoodworld.com
- Best for ease of use – Delonghi ballerina toaster: £54.99, Delonghi.com
- Best for customisation options – Gastroback design toaster digital: £99.90, Gastroback.co.uk