The Seren toaster (£60) is designed to fit a range of different-sized breads. In fact, its unusual side-loading toasting rack is claimed to let you toast almost anything, including ciabatta, crumpets, sausage rolls, samosas and toasties. But can it blow other toasters out of the water, or will it end up ruining your breakfast?
Few things are more British than sitting down to a cup of tea and a piece of toast, and for more than 100 years, not much has changed with the trusty toaster. We often see high-end toasters with unusual features, but the Seren offers a completely different way to enjoy toast, and more besides.
We put it through our standard toaster tests, to see how it compared on the essentials to other leading toasters. But we also tried out some of its more unusual features, including toasting bagels, sausage rolls and fish fingers. You can see it in action below, or head to our YouTube channel to watch the .
According to Seren, the side-loading rack allows you to fit a much wider range of foods in the toaster, making it a more versatile appliance. It's also meant to be quick and easy to check on progress, and remove smaller items, such as crumpets, without burning your fingers.
Not convinced by the side-loading toaster? Our most recent tests also included traditional two-slice toasters with some handy extra features, such as the three models below.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you're probably more often than not disappointed with your afternoon snack. Gluten-free toast can get burned to a crisp on standard toast settings, so this luxury Lakeland toaster could be just the ticket. It has a dedicated gluten-free setting designed to toast slower and for longer to suit the denser crumbs of gluten-free bread.
It's rare to find extra features on a cheap toaster, but this £20 Next own-brand model comes with its own warming rack, and has trendy rose gold and textured accents, too. If you love a croissant in the morning, or want to quickly warm up a burger bun for dinner, you can simply pop them on the rack to get them toasty.
If you buy tall toastie-style loaves or like to make your own in a bread maker, you may end up frustrated by traditional two-slice toasters. If the slots aren't quite long enough, you could be left with unappealing strips of raw bread along the top of slice.
The Russell Hobbs Elegance 23380 tries to solve this problem with one long slot for toasting taller slices on their sides. Find out how well this worked, and if the bread was toasted properly, in the full
Extra features can add value to your toaster, making them more versatile or easier to use.Beware, though, as sometimes added extras add up to less than the sum of their parts. We've seen toasters that seem to have the whole package, but just can't toast an entire slice evenly.
Prices correct as of 3 August 2018.