Best toasters for 2020
By Alice Williams
Need a new toaster? Take a look at our pick of the best toasters we've tested.
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.
Best cheap toaster
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.
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.
Best on-trend toaster
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.