Which? tests uncover a Don't Buy toasterPoor performing toaster gets a 'Don't Buy' badge

24 December 2011

A range of stylish 4 slice toasters have been tested

Our latest toaster test results are in, revealing a new Best Buy toaster, our full test verdict on a toaster with a radio - as well as our first Don't Buy toaster for a long time.

It's not often we come across a toaster we'd actively dissuade you from buying, but in our latest round of toasting testing one toaster model was awarded a Don't Buy status for making terrible toast. 

You can find out which Don't Buy toaster model to avoid by taking a look in our toaster reviews. 

Toasters on test

A Best Buy toaster, on the other hand, does the most impressive job of browning fresh and frozen bread. They also need to be easy to use and easier to clean.

Which? has over 30 Best Buy toasters to choose from, ranging from £20 up to £160, so no matter what your budget we can help find the best toaster for you.

The toasters tested in this latest batch include an Argos model priced at just £10, the Breville VTT296 Radio toaster which, as the name suggests, features a built-in AM/FM radio, plus a range of stylish four-slice toasters for family-sized breakfasts.

Bread toasting tests

Which? toasters expert Lisa Galliers says: 'We test all toasters for versatility - or how many different sizes of bread will properly fit into the toaster slots. 

Which? tests reveal it's tricky getting the perfect slice of toast

'We use standard square-shaped supermarket bread, a range of taller bread including a breadmaker slice, bread that's bigger at the top, and a selection of smaller items like crumpets, tea cakes and bagels.

'It's surprising that so many toasters can't accommodate a wide range of shapes and sizes, given that not everyone uses square-shaped bread.' 

If you like to toast a slice of bread from a loaf made in a breadmaker, for example, we'd recommend a one slot, two-slice toaster, as these are the most versatile.

Review your toaster

Expecting a toaster in your Christmas present pile, or planning to pick one up in the January sales? Don't forget to share your own experiences of using it - visit the 'Customer Views' tab on any product review and leave your comments. 

More on this...

  • Search for a two-slice or four-slice toaster by filtering your results in our toasters review
  • To share your views on the products we test, find out how to leave customer views
  • Heading to the January sales? Check out our sales guide to cheap kitchen appliances