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Which? tests reveal best and worst toasters

Toasters priced from £20 to £179 go head to head

Toaster toasting toast

A great toaster makes even, golden toast

Toasters made by Breville, Dualit, KitchenAid, Russell Hobbs and other big brands have been vying for the top spot in our latest toaster group test. 

In this latest batch we’ve pitted a £20 two-slice Russell Hobbs toaster against a four-slice Magimix model that costs £179 – and several others priced in between.

Find out if any excelled enough to earn our Best Buy toaster recommendation in our full toaster reviews section. 

Worst toasters

Among the toasters on test was a dodgy model that only just missed out on being a Don’t Buy, so we can’t recommend it.

Slices emerged from it looking patchy and stripy, with less than half of the slice turned brown.

Which? toasters expert Jane Darling said: ‘Over the years, we’ve come across plenty of toasters that just don’t deliver decent toast. While some models have fancy features, we think all toasters should, as a minimum, make evenly-browned toast.’

Best Buy toasters

A Best Buy toaster will turn most of your slice an even, golden brown. And it will do this regardless of how many batches you get through at breakfast time. For some, time is short in the morning – so speed of toasting is important. With quick toasters, it’s just a couple of minutes before you get to slap on the butter. 

You can’t tell in the shops which toasters will give you consistent, tasty toast. And that’s where our testing comes in. Only the best toasters get to be Which? Best Buys, and they aren’t necessarily the most expensive – we’ve previously uncovered top models for less than £50 in our toaster reviews. 

Toaster reviews

Below are the latest toasters we’ve tested. Click on the links to read the full reviews (prices typical as of 23 October 2014).

AEG 7 series AT7800 £85
Breville VTT132 £29
Dualit Stoneware Lite £85
KitchenAid 5KMT221BAC £100
Morphy Richards 242004 Accents £40
Magimix Le toaster 4 £179
Russell Hobbs 1870 Futura £20
Russell Hobbs 20750 Buckingham £50
Sage BTA830UK £150

More on this…

  • How to buy the best toaster – how to choose the best
  • Toaster Best Buys – the toasters that are the pick of the crop
  • Kettle Best Buys – the best kettles from our testing
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