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The best things for sliced bread: Check out these top toasters

Civilization was once more than pleased with a slice of unevenly toasted bread. Today, however, people are finicky about their toast to say the least. Some people like their toast to be barely heat-kissed, while others prefer theirs on the verge of carbonization. In the era of the smart home, the ability to simply toast is woefully insufficient. The modern toaster is a Swiss army knife of bells, whistles, and aftermarket accessories. A company based out of Vermont even specializes in personalized metal toaster inserts that allow individuals to singe their own selfie onto a slice of toast. That being said, the perfect piece of toast is no joke. Below are a few of our favorite toasters of 2016.

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The Best

KitchenAid ProLine Toaster ($308+)

KitchenAid ProLine

The KitchenAid Pro Line Series two-slice is about as good as it gets in home toasting tech and with a price tag of over $300 it ought to be. Loaded with features, this toaster does everything except place the toast physically inside your mouth. The self-centering, automatic lifting and lowering racks actually sense when the bread has been loaded and when it has reached your desired toasting shade. One of the more unique features to the ProLine is the Keep Warm function, which keeps bready toasty for up to three minutes after toasting, preventing the existential crisis that comes with consuming toast that is less than optimal temperature. The ProLine also has the ability to toast frozen items, as well as bagels, meaning the world of toasted carbohydrates is at your fingertips. With seven toasting settings to choose from, there’s guaranteed to be an option for every member of your household.

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Amazon KitchenAid

The Rest

Toasty timer — Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless ($80)

Cuisinart Countdown Toaster

Like the ProLine, the Cuisinart Touch to Toast also comes with seven shade settings, and features slots that automatically adjust to to the thickness of your bread and ensure even toasting. The most eye-catching feature on the Cuisinart is the front-mounted LCD display. Using a diminishing bar format, the display illustrates the remaining preparation time. Even with such fail-proof design enhancements, humans may still manage to forget about their toast once it’s left their line of sight. Thankfully, the reheat option allows you to revive your forgotten, cold toast without further browning. Designed to minimize heat on the uncut sides of bagels, you can say so long to burnt sesame seeds on your everything bagels with the Cuisinart Touch to Toast.

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Amazon Best Buy Home Depot

Slanted view — T-fal Avante Deluxe 4-Slice Toaster ($211)

T-fal Avante Deluxe 4-Slice Toaster

The slanted design of the T-Fal Avante Deluxe is a simple, albeit rare, feature that allows for natural toasting observation and easy post-toasting extraction. A cord storage system located at the base of the appliance also allows for easy and convenient storage for those who aren’t looking to showcase their toaster between uses. The price tag may seem a little steep; however, the toaster’s four-slice capacity helps to minimize the risk of a bottleneck at the start the day (#FirstWorldProblems).

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Sears

Warms your buns — Krups Control Line Toaster with Integrated Bun Warmer ($53+)

KRUPS Toaster

Although the Krups Control Line toaster only features a mere six toasting settings, the removable, top-mounted bun warmer more than makes up for the absent seventh setting. The extra-high lift feature means even the most hard-to-reach breads can easily be removed without burning your fingers. LED indicators and a stainless steel exterior add to the toaster’s modern aesthetic, while the removable crumb catch makes cleanup a breeze.

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Amazon Home Depot JCPenney Sears

See clearly — Dash Clear View Toaster ($42+)

Dash Clear View Toaster

As humans, we’re sometimes skeptical of the seemingly ubiquitous helper-bots in our lives. Thankfully, the built-in viewing window on the Dash Clear View allows you to keep a watchful eye on your precious toast. If it just so happens that the toaster has done everything expected of it and you forget about your now-cold toast, the reheat option can be quite useful. The Dash View incorporates seven browning settings, extra-long slots to accommodate breads of an array of widths and lengths, and an automatic shut off function designed to give consumers some additional peace of mind. The Dash Clear View even comes with the access to the company’s expanding list of recipes.

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Amazon Kohl’s Rakuten Sears

Lovely looks — De’Longhi Icona 4-Slice Toaster ($100+)

DeLonghi Icona Toaster

The De’Longhi Icona is by far the most visually stunning toaster on this list. One-sided bagel toasting, an extra lift for easier extraction, and a removable crumb catch are all standard features as far as modern toasters are concerned. However, the Icona is clearly where toasting fashion and functionality converge. The glossy pearl finish, chrome accents, and retro look make the Icona a toaster meant for everyday countertop display. If you’re all right with your toasting tech taking a backseat to visual appeal, the Icona is the toaster for you.

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Amazon Best Buy Jet Target

Keeps it cool — Cusiniart CPT-2000 2-Slice ($90+)

Cuisinart CPT-2000 2-Slice

The extruded, insulated aluminum housing keeps the Cuisinart CPT 2000 cool to the touch while in use, rendering it exceptionally kid-friendly. Motorized lifting and lowering features also further automate and simplify the toasting process, while the narrow design means it won’t take up much counter space like some of the bulkier toasters on the market. Seven shade settings, enhanced bagel toasting, and a defrost option top off this high-end toaster.

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Amazon Jet Macy’s Rakuten Sears

Sounds the alarm — Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot ($180)

Toaster

Sometimes you just want the arrival of your  toast to be announced to the world — or just to the members of your immediate household. The Breville Die-Cast does just that. Once your toast is ready, an alarm sounds so that you and everyone in your house will know it’s officially time for breakfast. You can adjust the audible alarm to sound either high or low and mute it if the proclamation seems like a tad much. Extra design bonuses include an LED toasting indicator, automatic toasting carriages, and a cool-touch die-cast metal exterior. The Lift and Look feature also allows you to take a sneak peak at the toasting progression without interrupting the cycle. It is a little bulky given its 15-inches length, but the concealed cord housing make stowing it both convenient and easy.

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Amazon Rakuten

Simple yet mighty — Conair Cuisinart Compact CPT-122 ($30+)

Conair Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice

At a fraction of the cost of many of these other toasting titans, this little guy can still hang. The Cuisinart CPT-122 may not be clad in stainless steel per the current kitchen status quo, but the stainless steel accents still give the toaster a modern, welcome air. The seven toasting shades keep up with the other toasters on our list, and the wide slots allow you to cook thin slices as well as thick bagels. You won’t have to miss out on the latest features either, as the Cuisinart CPT-122 comes with convenient defrost and reheat options. It may look like your stereotypical toaster, but it’s as good as it gets if you prefer your toasters with more function than feng shui.

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Amazon Home Depot Sears Walmart