Top five best toasters for 2019
By Alice Williams
Need a new toaster? Take a look at our pick of the best toasters we've tested.
If you love a slice of toast in the mornings, but are in need of a new toaster, we're here to help. 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. Each of the toasters recommended below has aced our rigorous lab tests, which include in-depth assessments of how well the toaster browns bread, how easily it fits different-sized slices, and how easy it is to use.
Whether you’re after the best cheap model, the best four-slice toaster, or the best toaster for fitting large slices, 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.
We’ve uncovered some brilliant Best Buy toasters, but watch out – many toasters still struggle with the basics of browning bread evenly, leaving you with a disappointing breakfast. That's why we've also flagged up the rubbish toasters to steer clear of.
Find out which toasters are - and aren’t - worth your money below. Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations. If you’re not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.
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
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: 13 November 2018
Not found the product for you? Browse all of our toaster reviewsto find the best option for your budget.
Three toasters to avoid
These terrible toasters languish at the bottom of our 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 is one of the cheapest on test, but while we’ve found Best Buys at this price, this is far from a bargain. It struggles to fit even conventional slices, and they come out patchy and poorly browned. It does make toast quickly, but the end result isn’t worth waiting for.
Worst on test
Buying the best toaster for you
Here are four key things to consider when choosing a toaster:
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, as well as stylish designs and premium metallic finishes. But when it comes to how well they toast, paying more is no guarantee of good results. Check out our Best Buy toasters to find a toaster to suit your budget.
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.
Irrespective of price, we test toasters on the things that matter. Not just the basics, like how well they toast, but also the features that matter when using them at home, from noise and speed to ease of use and cleaning – as well as whether they’ll fit your favourite slice. We've found pricey toasters that struggle to get the basics right, and some surprisingly excellent cheaper models. 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 hundreds of toaster owners in 2017 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 toaster buying guide.