1. Rowlett Rutland Esprit
Rowlett Rutland has been designing and hand-making bespoke toasters in Britain for over 65 years, so you can probably gather there are few better ways to crisp up that slice of bread. The Esprit is a retro looking addition to your kitchen, with four slots, including one that's especially for toasted sandwiches.
2. Smeg TSF01
The closest most of us will get to owning an iconic Smeg fridge, their new small appliance range is all retro curves and candy colours with the two slice toaster boasting six functions including reheat and defrost.
3. Graef TO102
Brutalist black lacquer and stainless steel styling the two slot Graef has four individual heating elements and despite its dinky dimensions is big enough for four doorstep slices. Comes with bun warming rack, six browning levels, high lift mechanism and piles of style.
4. KitchenAid Artisan 2-Slice Toaster
More retro styling, but this time with American muscle, the heavyweight KitchenAid is made of die cast metal and features a huge bagel swallowing slot, LED countdown timer and a sensor that lowers and lifts the toast automatically when it’s ready.
5. Hotpoint TT44EAX0UK 4-Slice Toaster
Good value, impressively modern design finished in stainless steel (red, black and white also available) with eight browning levels, LED display, defrosts facility and a keep warm function.
6. Bugatti Volo 2-Slice Toaster
Drool-inducing and available in nine bold colours the Volo has a motorised lift system, six precise electronic browning levels and elegant one-touch controls. As if heating bread wasn’t exciting enough!
7. Cuisinart CPT2000BKU
Looking more Blu-ray player than kitchen appliance this new design has more tech than most with a motorised lift, LED display and countdown timer, bagel setting that toasts the cut sides and warms the outsides and a defrost mode that defrosts and toasts in one cycle.
8. Kitchen Aid Artisan
Kitchen Aid makes beautifully designed and highly functional kitchen gadgets, this Artisan toaster is no different; offering a load of quirky options to ensure your toast is the best it can be. There’s an automatic sensor which lowers the bread into place, plus an LED countdown timer – for ultimate browning control. An added toastie rack lets you make those gooey, cheesy grilled sandwiches – for when toast just doesn’t cut it.
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9. Dualit Architect 2 slot
While their Classic range of toasters boast retro styling, the Architect versions are a tad more colourful, offering up replaceable side plates available in a wide range of hues. Extra wide slots provide plenty of room for thick cut slices, while the defrost function lets you go from freezer to plate in a matter of minutes.
10. Sage Smart Toast 4 Slice
With settings for crumpets, frozen bread and even the option to give your slice ‘a little more’ browning, this is a really do-it-all toasting machine. The ‘A quick look’ button lets you gaze upon your creation before it’s done, ensuring perfect crispiness. Thick sliced? No problem – extra large slots lets you experiment with a variety of breads.
11. Panasonic NT-ZP1VXC
With its violet sides and stainless steel rim, this toaster is a little garish, but it’ll definitely stand out on your kitchen worktop. The built-in warming rack is great for heating up a croissant, while the seven browning levels ensure your toast is crisped to perfection
12. Tefal Toast n’ Bean
On one side this is a classic looking, two slice toaster with a range of browning functions; however what sets it apart is the baked bean warmer which sits next to the slots. Capable of warming half a tin of beans, while it toasts the bread, this appliance could severely cut down your brekkie washing up.
13. Kenwood kMix Toaster
The kMix can toast bread from frozen and has variable browning controls, much like any other toaster these days. However, it also brings a bun rack to the party for teacakes et al, and the ‘Peek and View’ function lets you check on the progression of your toast thus giving you a chance to avoid those morning mishaps.
14. Magimix Vision Toaster
The Magimix engineers have spent 15 years trying to overcome one of the questions that has dogged mankind since the invention of fi re: how do you know when a piece of toast is perfectly cooked? Here, metal plates sit behind quartz elements that spread heat evenly across the bread whilst allowing a panoramic view from both sides.
15. Morphy Richards Ascent
If you’re looking for something a little simpler, but that still has a nice design, this Ascent toaster could be the one. There are two slots, a control for adjusting the browning and the ever handy defrost setting. It’s not flashy, but it still provides crispy toast.
16. Bodum Bistro Toaster
Adding a dash of colour and style to your kitchenette, the Bistro toaster is a great compact option. The adjustable toast slots aren’t quite big enough for a bagel, but there’s a rack to keep breakfast warm – or your pants, if that’s how you roll.
17. Dualit 4 Slot NewGen
This British classic is great once it warms up. You can check toasting progress without interrupting the timer, and even control each slot and element individually, for one-sided bagel and bun toasting. It’s the toaster with the most-er.