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 it on the verge of carbonization. In the era of the smart home, the ability to toast to order 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 the best toasters for getting your delicious carbs to the perfect crisp
KitchenAid Pro Line Toaster
The KitchenAid Pro Line Series two-slice toaster is about as good as it gets in home toasting tech. 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 of the Pro Line is the “keep warm” function, which ensures bread stays toasty for up to three minutes after toasting, preventing the existential crisis that comes with consuming toast that is less than optimal temperature. The Pro Line also has the ability to toast frozen items, as well as bagels, meaning the entire 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, whether you’re topping your carbs with avocado or plain old butter.
Cuisinart Touch to Toast Leverless
Like the ProLine, the Cuisinart Touch to Toast also comes with seven shade settings, and features slots that automatically adjust 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 failproof 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.
Krups Control Line Toaster with Integrated Bun Warmer
Warms your buns
Although the Krups Control Line toaster only features 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.
Dash Clear View Toaster
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 shutoff function designed to give some additional peace of mind. The Dash Clear View even comes with access to the company’s expanding list of recipes.
Hamilton Beach 2-Slice Toaster 22791
Perfect for bagel lovers
For such an affordable toaster, there’s a whole lot we like about this sleek Hamilton Beach model. It has those extra-wide slots that can easily toast thicker breads and bagels with no trouble, including guides that keep thinner slices from toppling over.
The control interface is basic, and it has three main modes: Defrost, toast, and bagel. It defrosts your frozen breads and bagels, and then toasts your slices to perfection. The bagel setting even toasts the cut side and warms the round side, so you get that perfect bagel shop-style bagel. Everything on this toaster is useful, and it’s hard to find a better price. What’s not to love?
Classy and smart
The stylish Smeg 2-slice will complement any kitchen with its retro-inspired chrome exterior. But besides being a toaster you can actually show off, the Smeg also has high-quality features for top toasting performance, including extra-wide slots, a removable crumb tray, and an automatic pop-up function to help keep your bread from burning. Modes include reheating, defrosting, and bagel, with six browning options for toast control. We also really like the little nonslip feet that help prevent it from sliding around. However, a lot of the price is focused on that incredible design, so don’t feel bad if you want less of a look and more cost savings.
Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot
Sounds the alarm
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 peek at the toasting progression without interrupting the cycle. It is a little bulky given its 15-inch length, but the concealed cord housing makes stowing it both convenient and easy.
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