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Best toasters for 2020

By Alice Williams

Need a new toaster? Take a look at our pick of the best toasters we've tested.

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We've selected five of our favourite toasters to help you choose a model that will serve up slice after slice of golden crunchy goodness.

We've tested hundreds of toasters, from budget to premium models, so we've got the inside track on which ones are worth buying – and which to avoid. 

Whether you’re after the best cheap model, the best four-slice toaster, or the best toaster for fitting larger homemade loaves, we’ve got a toaster for you. 

Want more options? You can compare all the latest toasters, side-by-side, with our independent toaster reviews

Top five best toasters

Each of the toasters recommended below has aced our rigorous lab tests, which include in-depth toasting evenness and speed assessments, as well as checking if different-sized slices fit and how easy it is to use. 

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Best toaster overall


This toaster is our best on test, and it’s from a brand with a top-notch reliability record too. It’s great across the board, being straightforward to use, fitting taller and thicker slices of bread comfortably and, most importantly, making great toast.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Best cheap toaster


There’s no need to splash out on a toaster: this budget model makes fantastic toast on the cheap. It’s fast too, and easy to use and clean. It’s a brilliant value Best Buy.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Best versatile toaster


You’ll get a speedy breakfast out of the toaster too, and a tasty one at that, with consistently evenly browned slices. You can also fit taller slices inside the deep slots, and it’s pretty user-friendly.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Best 4-slice toaster


This high-scoring Best Buy can feed all the family and do it quickly too, taking just over two minutes to brown four slices of toast. It also scores well for fitting standard and thick breads, as well as being easy to clean –necessary for a family toaster.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Best on-trend toaster


You don't need to choose style or substance - this toaster has both. It's not the fastest we've tested, but the perfect even browning makes this a high scoring Best Buy.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Table last updated: November 2019

Not found the product for you? Browse all of our toaster reviews to find the best option for your budget.

Three toasters to avoid 

These terrible toasters limped in at the bottom of our toaster scoreboard. 

They make poor, patchy toast, with burned and underdone patches. Some struggle to brown toast at all, or are very slow to do so. 

Overall, they're pretty much the worst toasters money can buy, so we recommend steering clear.

Pricey yet poor


This four-slice designer toaster does have some good points – it looks stylish, can fit most of the slices you want toasted, and is relatively easy to use. But with such poor results for the evenness and quality of the browning, we had to award it a Don’t Buy. Don’t waste your money on this expensive dud.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Cheap and cheerless


This toaster may be cheap, but you’ll soon find yourself shelling out for a replacement rather than putting up with the terrible toast it makes. It’s fast but poor at toasting, leaving large underdone patches. It's a shame, seeing as the matching kettle is a brilliant Best Buy.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Worst on test


This is a great looking toaster, but don't be fooled - it's a dismal Don't Buy. It scores poorly in every single test, meaning you’ll find it awkward to use, it won’t fit your bread inside and it will make dreadful toast.

First month only £5, then £9.99 per month, cancel any time

Buying the best toaster for you

It's a pretty simple gadget, but there's plenty that can go wrong. Here's a quick run-down of five things to consider when narrowing down your search:

1. What to spend

These days you can buy a toaster for less than £10, as well as parting with the best part of £300. 

Pricier toasters will usually have more capacity and extra features such as illuminated countdown controls and specialist toast settings for items such as bagels and crumpets, as well as stylish designs and premium metallic finishes. 

Paying more is no guarantee of good results, though. We've found some brilliant cheap toasters, and disappointingly bad expensive ones. Check out our Best Buy toasters for our top recommendations for every price point.

2. Capacity

If you've got lots of mouths to feed at breakfast time, you might want to opt for a four-slice toaster. 

If you're a bagel fan, or like a rustic loaf, check that these larger or thicker items will fit in the toaster - plenty of models are so snug that even a standard slice won't get properly toasted. See our toaster reviews to find out which models are most versatile.

3. Looks

With the rise of open plan living and dining areas, most toasters on the market have aesthetics in mind. You can buy anything from a retro-look toaster to a stylish steel model. Even the cheaper plastic toasters have colour variations. 

Patterned or textured models are popular, but bear in mind that these and polished metal finishes can be harder to keep clean. Browse our toaster reviews to find your perfect match.

4. Performance 

You'll want to know your toaster gets the basics right, a surprising number can't actually toast evenly. We make multiple rounds of toast and inspect each slice for evenness of browning. 

We also check if the toaster will fit your favourite types of bread, how quick and quiet it is and if it's easy to use and clean.

Find out more about how we test toasters.

5. Reliability 

If you’re keen to get a toaster that will last, check our guide to the most reliable toaster brands

We surveyed thousands of toaster owners in 2019 to find out which brands can be counted on to toast perfectly for years to come.

For more advice on choosing a toaster, see our full toaster buying guide.


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