Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like knife sharpeners), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best toasters on Amazon — we’ve also recently picked out our favorite immersion blenders and egg timers — according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best budget toaster
“You can’t beat this toaster, especially at this affordable price. I purchase thick bagels regularly from the grocery store. This toaster can handle my bagels with room to spare. The crumbs are easy to clean out with the slide tray. This was a great find!”
Best 2-slice toaster
“I love this toaster! When I was looking at toasters I was a little surprised at how many bad reviews there were for all of the different toasters out there. I took a chance with this one because the reviews seemed better than many in this price range, and I like the streamlined look of it and the matte stainless finish. I think it works great. I eat avocado toast pretty much every day, and this hasn’t failed me after a few months of usage. It toasts the bread evenly. I usually use sourdough, and that works great. It doesn’t have the longest slots in the world, so I stopped buying the large loaf of sourdough and get the regular loaf now, so the slices fit perfectly. The width is more than enough, even for large bagels. My favorite feature is that the buttons light up to a pretty blue color when they’re being used. I know that’s a minor aesthetic thing, but it makes me happy when I walk in the kitchen. No complaints.”
Best 4-slice toaster
“The stainless steel look of this toaster is very aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t look or feel cheap. Another neat function of this toaster is that it actually has a musical tone that plays when the toast is done instead of just listening for the ejection of the toast. Let’s be honest, the real reason you bought this toaster: to toast bread. And it does just that. Four slots are perfect since we have two children, and the slots are split. There are some toasters that only give you the option to toast all four slots at the same time, and this wastes energy. The ‘darkness’ knob works as expected and so does the bagel function. I know this may seem like common knowledge, but people have asked me, ‘What does the bagel button do?’ It simply just toasts the inside of the bagel and not the outside. I love this feature because the inside is crunchy and ready for cream cheese, and the outside is warm and chewy!”
Best stainless-steel toaster
“This toaster does a fantastic, consistent job. Every time. From frozen waffles to bagels and English muffins, this toaster toasts very evenly and consistently. Would highly recommend to anybody. Has all the features you could want or need, and think this is the best toaster I’ve ever owned.”
Best long-slot toaster
“This is, hands down, the best toaster I’ve ever owned. I was looking for a very versatile toaster that would handle a wide variety of bread sizes and also bagels. I frequently purchase artisan breads that are longer and sometimes thicker than normal packaged breads, and this toaster handles everything I’ve tried. And this includes toasting bagels perfectly. And on this topic, there is a bagel setting (along with defrost and normal) so only one side of the bagel will toast … It will easily accommodate two slices of ‘normal’ bread in each slot. And there are heating elements on both sides of each slot, but again, in the bagel mode, the elements on only one side of each slot glow red when you depress the bagel mode. I can’t imagine anything one would want to toast that this toaster couldn’t handle. I am very pleased with how it toasts, as well. Very evenly, or as evenly as one could hope for. A little browner around the edges, which I love, but pretty uniform overall, and fine for my tastes. … There is nothing flimsy or poorly designed with this toaster.”
Best toaster with wide slots
Best retro toaster
“I cannot say enough nice things about this toaster! By far, the best toaster I have ever owned. … The toaster has a retro look and would pair well with ‘steam punk.’ It comes in red and black, and I purchased the black. It goes perfectly with my Russell Hobbs electric kettle. It is solidly built, and well insulated. There is a gauge in the front that counts down the time it takes to toast an item. There is a lever that controls the length of toasting … It has buttons for use with bagels and frozen items and a button to press to cancel the toasting. … The unit takes up no more space than an average toaster (I purchased the two-slice). It is very easy to keep clean, as the sides are enamel, and the top is a chrome finish. There is a crumb tray that slides out easily for cleaning. I am so very happy with this purchase! I love the look and love the way it operates!”
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