Best Toasters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 14, 2017
What's the most popular breakfast today? Toasts! Several slices of hot crispy bread give you enough energy for the next several hours. However, making toasts requires a toaster and choosing the right one isn't as easy as you may think. Our comprehensive review will help you get the best toaster! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PARTIAL LOAD
LIGHT INDICATOR
HEATING
DEFROSTING
CRUMB TRAY
POWER
NUMBER OF SLOTS
BROWNING SETTINGS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The housing doesn't heat up, thus, provides your safety even if you touch the toaster when it works. High Lift function makes it easy for you to take even small toasts out. 

CONS

It might be a bit inconvenient to remove crumb trays.

OUR VERDICT

Stylish and practical, this appliance will prepare perfect toasts to make your breakfast tasty and nutritious. 

detailed parameters
PARTIAL LOAD

2+2

LIGHT INDICATOR

Illuminated buttons

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

2 removable trays

POWER

1500 Watts

NUMBER OF SLOTS

4

BROWNING SETTINGS

7 settings

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS
Independent slot operation gives you full control over the browning degrees and allows you to make different types of toasts simultaneously.
CONS
The power cord is rather short that requires putting the unit in the proximity of electric socket.
OUR VERDICT
It is a fantastic kitchen gadget to treat the whole family with delicious crispy toasts browned to the liking of each family member.
detailed parameters
PARTIAL LOAD
2+2
LIGHT INDICATOR
Illuminated buttons
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
2 removable trays
POWER

1800 Watts

NUMBER OF SLOTS
4
BROWNING SETTINGS
7 settings
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
Deep slots with variable width are just perfect to toast any type of bread and buns.
CONS
A polished stainless steel body is easily soiled.
OUR VERDICT
A decent toaster with 'lift and look' option to watch the toasting progress and tailor your ideal toast.
detailed parameters
PARTIAL LOAD
No
LIGHT INDICATOR
Illuminated buttons
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
1 removable tray
POWER
850 Watts
NUMBER OF SLOTS
2
BROWNING SETTINGS
6 settings
WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
The helpful removable rack is provided for warming crispy buns, rolls, and croissants.
CONS
The toast lever is a bit thin that might cause some inconvenience.
OUR VERDICT
Andrew James is an extremely versatile toaster that will make not only ideal toasts for breakfast but also heat up a crispy hot bun for your evening tea.
detailed parameters
PARTIAL LOAD

No

LIGHT INDICATOR

Illuminated buttons

HEATING

Yes

DEFROSTING

Yes

CRUMB TRAY

1 removable side tray

POWER

800 Watts

NUMBER OF SLOTS

2

BROWNING SETTINGS

6 settings

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS
Bosch toaster is perfectly matching 2 attractive kettle styles to make a nice-looking set of high-quality kitchen appliances from the well-known manufacturer.
CONS
The slots are not wide enough to toast some types of bread and rolls.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to its easy operation and stain-resistant matte black finish, Bosch toaster will become a perfect office addition.
detailed parameters
PARTIAL LOAD
No
LIGHT INDICATOR
Light indicator
HEATING
Yes
DEFROSTING
Yes
CRUMB TRAY
1 removable back tray
POWER
980 Watts
NUMBER OF SLOTS
2
BROWNING SETTINGS
6 settings
WARRANTY

1 year

What is a Toaster

A mouth-watering aroma and a delicious flavour of hot bread will become a good start of a fantastic morning. However, not every person is so fortunate to live near a bakery or a department store. Few of us make home bread, considering all the efforts necessary for this purpose. In this review, we'd like to specify 5 most popular toasters, each of them being a bestseller. A toaster is a kitchen appliance that doesn't take a lot of space on the counter. Actually, you can place it anywhere - on the dining table or on any particular working space in your kitchen. A toaster is meant for bread toasting. Surely, you can fry a slice of bread in the pan but using a toaster is going to be far more convenient. All you need to do is put slices of bread in a toaster and walk away - the appliance will do the rest for you. The toasts are going to be made in a way you like them most. Besides, a toaster will not only help you bake toasts but also reheat a bagel and even defrost the frozen loafs right out of the freezer.

Enjoying hot toasts is great but if you want to get more cooking options, go for a pressure cooker. And if you are a real coffee buff, pay your attention to our review of espresso machines.

What Features to Compare

Before you decide to buy a toaster, consider the number of slots you are going to use. If your family includes just 2 people, 2 available slots will be enough. However, a family of 5-6 people might want to look for the appliance capable of making 4-5 toasts at a time. It's easy to start with a small appliance and then upgrade for a bigger toaster. Although, if you know for sure you aren't going to start your day without a buttered toast, go for a toaster with at least 4 slots.

There are automatic and mechanical toasters. Automatic toasters use a thermostat. And all you need to do is choose the browning settings. By doing so, you'll run no risk of burning a toast and always have it just as brown as you wish. Using the browning settings, you wouldn't need to predict the perfect time. Put a slice in a slot, set the desired level of browning, view the process ("Look" and "Lift" buttons let you control the process without actually stopping it), and enjoy a fresh toast on a plate. If necessary, you can always add more time and achieve additional crispiness.

The power shows the speed at which you are able to toast bread. So if you are in a hurry and have a busy morning, you will surely appreciate the speed at which your favourite toast can be done, and the faster it is cooked - the better it is. However, it doesn't mean you should base your choice on this criterion only. Some toasters that work slower offer a decent number of other useful functions that may be of a higher importance for you.

Finally, learn the extra features of each model. Cheaper models are not that rich in available functions but some things are common for all such appliances as, for example, a crumb tray. Isn't it a good idea that all bread crumbs are collected in a certain tray and they don't clutter up the unit? Quite often the unpleasant smell of burnt bread has been recognised as the main reason not to use a toaster, but not anymore with a built-in tray. Some toasters have got a LED indicator, so you can see the exact time when a toast is already done. Others are capable of defrosting bread (which is ideal if you get used to storing it in the fridge). The functions are really numerous and it's really important to decide what matters to you.

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Review of Russell Hobbs 23540

Russell Hobbs 23540

Russell Hobbs 23540

Cook for the Whole Family in no Time

If you love starting your mornings with a slice of golden toast, the Russell Hobbs 23540 toaster may be just the right appliance you need. This toaster boasts 1500-Watt power, allowing it to prepare 4 toasts in the twinkling of an eye. The 7 browning settings available and a partial load allow you both to make toasts without choosing the time and temperature and to fry them to the exact brownish shade your loved ones prefer. In addition, the Russell Hobbs 23540 has defrost, reheat, and cancel functions that can be chosen for each pair separately for each pair of slices separately. Also, we'd like to turn your attention to the availability of two crumb trays that simplify cleaning. The length of the built-in power cord is long enough to let you place the toaster in any place convenient to you. 

Review of Russell Hobbs 23540

Enjoy Even Browning

For even browning from both sides, the slice is properly secured inside the appliance after you switch it on and choose the browning shade. The slots are quite wide and allow for toasting slices of bread of all thicknesses, including teacakes, crumpets, buns, and so on.

Russell Hobbs 23540 in the use

Adds Elegance to Your Kitchen

The combination of brushed stainless steel and black plastic inserts makes the Russell Hobbs 23540 a perfect choice for every user – this simple yet stylish design will find its place in almost any kitchen. In addition to the attractive look, the appliance also has safety properties. By this, we mean that its stainless steel housing doesn’t heat up when the toaster works, so there is no chance you may accidentally burn your fingers. High Lift function adds to the usability of the Russell Hobbs 23540 allowing you to take ready toasts out of the appliance conveniently and safely.

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Irreplaceable Assistant

One more kitchen appliance that may come in handy in the kitchen when you need to prepare fast and tasty breakfast is a microwave oven. Modern microwaves enable you to heat up previously cooked meals or even make some simple dishes using auto cook options.

Russell Hobbs 23540 application

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Russell Hobbs 23540
Russell Hobbs 23540
 
Review of Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice

Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice

Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice

Browning Settings

An incredible Morphy Richards toaster is fitted with 7 browning settings to satisfy the taste buds of the most demanding users. Separate control dials for two sections give you an opportunity to choose the right colour for your individual toast. Hence, all family members will enjoy the toasts beautifully browned to their liking. Treat your beloved ones with an aromatic toast and a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of juice for a light, yet nourishing, breakfast.
Review of Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice

Power

If you need a really powerful toaster to add to your kitchen gadgetry, Morphy Richards 242002 from Accents series is definitely worth your attention. This toaster has an impressively high 1800-Watt power that is more than enough to make appetising crispy toasts in a matter of minutes. Besides, you may select a lower power level during operation to get the desired result close to perfection.

Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice in the use

Number of Slots

This toaster will become an outstanding solution for those who plan to create perfectly toasted snacks for the whole family or a big group of friends. The toaster is designed with two independent browning controls and variable toaster chambers holding 4 bread slices. So, you can adjust the slot width to the slice thickness that enables you to toast both thin crusty bites and deliciously soft buns and bagels. Put the bread into the slots, pick the desired shade and the toaster will do the rest! Nice and simple!
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Extras

Similar to other prime-quality units, Morphy Richards toaster comes with a bunch of handy extras. 2 convenient crumb trays will make cleaning a breeze and keep your worktop tidy. Reheat and defrost functions give you an opportunity to warm up a toast or defrost some bread when in haste. A cancel function is of great use to stop the toasting process at any time, while a high-lift mechanism will help remove the toast when completed. For your ultimate convenience, the toaster features separate control buttons for all the above-mentioned functions. Besides, the controls are illuminated, making it easy to use the appliance under low light conditions. With a vibrant attractive design, this stylish black unit will bring a nice vintage touch to your kitchen interior.
Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice application

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Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice
Morphy Richards Accents 4-Slice
 
Review of Breville VTT570

Breville VTT570

Breville VTT570

Browning Settings

Breville VTT570 2-slice toaster will turn a humble slice of bread into a tasty breakfast. You can easily enjoy the appetising crispy toasts made from your favourite white, rye, whole wheat or even gluten-free bread. With 6 browning settings, this fantastic toaster will give a nice crust to any bread. Whether you are a healthy diet follower or a lover of substantial nourishing breakfast, you will get your ideal slice. Experiment with browning controls and select the perfect colour for your toast!

Review of Breville VTT570

Power

Despite the average power of 850 Watts, this elegant toaster unit will brilliantly cope with its toasting task. And obviously, it does not need more to produce 2 high-quality fully browned toasts. Sleek and compact, it will undoubtedly find its place in your kitchen to wake up your partner with a delicious flavour of hot bread and a lip-smacking aroma of coffee. With this incredible toaster, a simple and tasty breakfast will be ready in almost no time!
Breville VTT570 in the use

Number of Slots

This toaster features 2 deep toasting slots and will be an excellent solution both for personal use and for a small family. It may take some more time but eventually a yummy crunchy toast with melting butter and jam for breakfast is worth waiting a bit. Besides, owing to its stylish and space-saving design, Breville toaster will become a nice office addition to have a toasty snack in the middle of the day or when you have no time for lunch. And a variable slot width will be a remarkable bonus if you are a fan of crispy rolls and buns.
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Extras

Developed with ultimate convenience in mind, Breville VTT570 offers a decent number of additional features. A handy 'lift and look' function allows you to monitor the toasting progress without stopping the cycle. And high lift feature means that you can easily take out even the small slices without getting burned. If you need to warm up a cooling toast or bagel the toaster will do it with a reheat option in a matter of minutes. And you will enjoy the unforgettable flavour of your favourite treats. On top of that, all functions are easily controlled by illuminated buttons, contributing to versatility and easy operation.
Breville VTT570 application

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Breville VTT570
Breville VTT570
 
Review of Andrew James AJ000618

Andrew James AJ000618

Andrew James AJ000618

Browning Settings

An elegant toaster from Andrew James Lumiglo collection will quickly and easily make appetising flawless toasts for a family breakfast or just to have a bite if you have no time for a substantial meal. Unlike other models, this toaster unit features a peculiar browning control. Instead of an ordinary dial or button, it comes with a slider for choosing the toast colour that you like. Hence, you can tailor your toast to the perfect golden crust almost without effort. Besides, this peculiarity adds some special style to a simple clean design of this appliance.

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Power

Opt for an eye-catching Andrew James toaster and you will get a decent gadget adding versatility to your kitchen and perfectly doing its job. Though it cannot boast an extremely high power capacity, 800 Watts are enough to make high-quality evenly browned toasts and fill your house with a nice homey smell of hot bread. And don't worry, it won't take long! With this energy-saving, yet efficient, toaster you will enjoy your crunchy treats in a matter of minutes.
Andrew James AJ000618 in the use

Number of Slots

This is a classic 2-slice model. It is compact and will find its place in every kitchen. A real catch for individual use or a family of 2 persons. Make a crusty snack to have a nash at work or take the toaster to your country house to enjoy lovely mornings and evenings with a cup of aroma hot drink, toasts, and jam. With incredible Andrew James toaster, extremely delicious and nourishing toasts will become your regular breakfast!
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Extras

This multifunctional kitchen appliance easily breaks the pattern that toaster is made only for toasting sliced bread. This adaptable unit will change the way you eat pastries. Apart from the toasting slots for bread slices of different size, it comes with a helpful rack for warming buns, bagels, and baked foods. There is nothing like a mouth-leaking hot croissant at breakfast or an evening treat of toasted cakes. Meanwhile, easy-to-use defrost and reheat functions, cancel button and easy-to-clean crumb tray also contribute to the versatility and usability of this model. Hence, a user-friendly Andrew James toaster boasts a smart combination of basic functions and helpful extras!
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Andrew James AJ000618
Andrew James AJ000618
 
Review of Bosch Village 2-Slice

Bosch Village 2-Slice

Bosch Village 2-Slice

Browning Settings

A traditional two-slice toaster is a fairly simple model that will complement your breakfast with extremely delicious well-made toasts. The control dial allows you to select one of the 6 browning settings to brown your toast to the desired degree. With this user-friendly model, you can easily make a stunning breakfast for the whole family. Just be creative and add your favourite ingredients, spreads, jams, marmalade or just butter for your family members to start the day with a tasty nutritive meal.
Review of Bosch Village 2-Slice

Power

Bosch TAT3A013GB is a compact but fairly powerful model in its class. With an impressive power of 980 Watts, it will make flavourful toasts with a nice crispy crust. Thanks to the comprehensive intuitive controls, even a child will easily master the operation of this toaster. You only need to put the slices of bread, set the desired browning mode, and let the toaster do its job. Within minutes you will enjoy a light healthy breakfast with fresh toasts and a cup of hot aroma coffee or tea.
Bosch Village 2-Slice in the use

Number of Slots

This model is fitted with two rather wide slots to accommodate slices of a different size. Automatic bread centring will ensure an even toasting to the right golden crust, just the way you like it. And variable width toasting chambers will toast even thick slices of bread and rolls to perfection. This affordable, yet functional, model is suitable for most homes and offices. Coming with no excessive features, it is easy to operate and designed to make perfect toasts time after time.

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Extras

The Bosch Village Collection toaster is extremely simple. And at the same time, it offers a variety of clever functions you may expect from Bosch. A single control dial is used for browning control and the activation of reheat/defrost functions. For maximum safety, this solid toaster has a built-in automatic shut-off function. It means that toasting will stop when the toast is stuck. In case you want to interrupt the toasting process, there is a cancel button illuminated in red to be easily found under low light conditions. Along with a high lift option, this user-friendly toaster has an integrated bun warmer for you to enjoy a nice warm roll with a melting butter. All Bosch products are distinguished by immaculate prime quality and this toaster is not an exception!
Bosch Village 2-Slice application

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Bosch Village 2-Slice
Bosch Village 2-Slice
 

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