Dualit toasters in-demand designer kitchen appliances, but can often cost £100 or more. So, when you can buy a Best Buy toaster for £25 or less, is a pricey Dualit toaster really worth the investment?
With their distinctive retro look, there's no denying that Dualit toasters can add a touch of style to your countertops. However, we've had mixed results from them: some are high-scoring Best Buys, but others are outperformed by much cheaper alternatives.
We've tested all the main models made by Dualit, from the Classic range, still made by hand in the UK, to the newer Architect, Lite and Domus toasters.
Dualit's self-proclaimed 'Perfect Toast Technology' is a patented featured that's included on all Domus, Lite and Architect models. It's designed to calculate the temperature of your toaster and its surroundings in order to provide 'consistently golden-brown toast'.
Dualit says its technology takes into account each variable, from room and toaster temperature, to how many slices the appliance has already toasted, and how long it has had to cool. This should enable you to enjoy perfectly coloured toast every time, without having to touch any of the toaster's settings - and currently it's the only toaster on the market that offers this feature.
Below, you can learn more about each of the popular Dualit models, including advice on settings, features and how much you can expect to pay.
This is the cheapest Dualit toaster you can currently buy. It's best suited to smaller households as there's only a two-slot option.
The Dualit Studio CSL2 is the smallest member of the Dualit family. It's still relatively expensive for a two-slot toaster, but if you like the idea of owning a Dualit model it's perhaps one of the best value options.
A slightly more versatile option that's probably a better option for families or other busy households.
The Dualit Lite has 36mm-wide slots specifically designed to accommodate thicker bread, as well as 'peek and pop' technology that lets you check on your breakfast without disrupting the toasting cycle and non-slip feet to keep it safe on your worktop.
An ergonomically-designed toaster that doesn't compromise on style.
The Dualit Domus toaster is another good option for those that prefer larger loaves, as the slots are designed to hold large slices of bread up to 14cm wide when inserted sideways. It also benefits from the peek & pop function as well as Dualit's Perfect Toast Technology.
A modern-looking toaster with interchangeable panels in a wide variety of colours and designs to suit your kitchen décor.
If you buy a new version of Dualit's Architect toaster you'll benefit from its 'Perfect Toast Technology'. Check the serial number on the bottom of the box so you can be sure you're not ending up with one of the older, less advanced models. There's a specific bagel setting, too.
A level up from most of Dualit's alternative models, this is one of the most advanced toasters the brand offers, but it's also one of the most expensive.
One of Dualit's 'Classic' options, the NewGen toaster has been around for quite some time - it was first designed in 1946. It comes with ProHeat elements so the filaments are 'virtually unbreakable' (according to the brand), as well as an old-school mechanical timer and an adjustable rear foot to compensate for uneven surfaces.
We've tested and reviewed three variants of Dualit's NewGen toaster:
You aren't just paying for style when you buy a Dualit toaster - added features aim to give you more bang for your buck, such as:
If your budget can stretch to it after shelling out for your new toaster, you could also consider buying a sandwich toasting accessory for £20. These toasting cages are designed to fit in the wide slots of the Dualit Lite, Architect and Domus toasters, and could be your ticket to quick and easy toasties, without needing another gadget to clutter your kitchen.
If your budget just can't stretch to a Dualit, you can still take home a well-designed, effective toaster that won't let you down at snack time.
The average cost of a Best Buy toaster is £55, so you don't necessarily need to splash out when the time comes to replace your toaster. In fact, we've found a handful of cheap Best Buy toasters that cost £25 or less, so there's plenty of choice even if you're on a strict budget.
* Prices correct as of 15 July 2022.