What every Toasters has:
- Wide slots.
- Bagel setting.
- Defrost setting.
An efficient and easy-to-use appliance, the Krups KH732D earns high marks from experts. Its functions are simple: cancel, toasting, defrost, reheat and bagel. It browns evenly and quickly, toasting two slices of bread to a perfect golden-brown in just 90 seconds. Owners say the Krups toaster's chrome and stainless steel finish is attractive and they like its compact footprint. It gets good reviews for durability, too.
When toast isn't an everyday affair, a cheap toaster such as the Oster Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster can get the job done affordably. Owners say this toaster is more than a cute addition to their countertops – it's also a consistent performer that turns out evenly browned toast. There are seven different darkness settings as well as options for heating bagels and frozen bread.
With its sleek, modern design and impressive features, the Breville BTA840XL is a technological marvel. Its intelligent auto-lowering function lowers your bread with a single touch. Other controls include "a bit more" button for additional toasting; a "lift-and-look" feature for monitoring doneness; and bagel and defrost settings. Owners say the toaster is fun and entertaining to use. A two-slice model, the Breville BTA820XL (Est. $120) [B00140SC64] is also available.
An inexpensive workhorse, the Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Cool Touch Toaster can expertly handle basic toast, even for a crowd. It has dual controls, so toast lovers can control each pair of slots independently, and the slots are wide enough to accommodate thick bagels. A frozen setting easily handles frozen waffles or other frozen bread. As its name suggests, the sides stay cool during use.
If a multi-tasking toaster sounds appealing, then the West Bend TEM4500W 4-Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster is the machine for you. It can toast up to four slices of bread or muffins, all while cooking two eggs and warming cooked meat -- all the ingredients for a quick breakfast sandwich. Owners say it's easy to use, very consistent and saves them time and money by avoiding the drive-through.