Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about kitchens before — including the best electric kettles and the best slow cookers — here, we’ve rounded up the best toasters as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall toaster
The best-rated option comes courtesy of De’Longhi’s Brillante four-slice toaster. It has 1,212 reviews in total, with a staggering 81 percent of those being five stars. Twenty-two reviewers said it was highly recommended, both for its sleek black design and its even browning function. The toaster features adjustable controls to precisely pick your level of toastiness, which 63 customers said worked well. It’s also currently 38 percent off, too, making it a pretty affordable option. Five reviewers also said it does a great job toasting bagels, muffins, and hot cross buns.
Best-rated (less expensive) toaster
A more affordable option that’s still highly rated. This two-slice Russell Hobbs model has 932 reviews, 74 percent of which are five stars, and costs less than 30 pounds; 114 reviewers loved the way it looks, from the chrome accents to the illuminated buttons. One reviewer commented on the toaster’s “lift and look” lever, which lets you lift the bread all the way out of the toaster to check if the bottom is browned too — they said it was great for toasting tea cakes.
Best-rated two-slice toaster
This toaster from Bosch currently has 563 reviews, with 73 percent of those being five stars. Reviewers think it’s a standout toaster, with 42 reviews saying this is the best model on the market. The pop-up warming tray was said to be particularly good at warming dinner rolls and croissants. The slices are wide enough to allow even artisan breads like sourdough or homemade rolls, too, according to one person. It also comes in white, black, and turquoise colours.
Best-rated four-slice toaster
If you have more mouths to feed (or you just love toast), this Breville four-slice toaster comes highly recommended from reviewers. Though 58 reviewers pointed out that the toaster’s left and right sides don’t have separate toaster settings, it was still well reviewed, with 409 reviews total and 70 percent of those being five stars. A total of 37 people wrote positively about the design of it, particularly the ridged detailing, and the high lift setting, which lets you check if the toast is, er, toasty enough without it popping up.