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The Best Toasters on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of little kitchen appliances — including the best toaster ovens, the best stand mixers, and the best crêpe-makers — here, we’ve rounded up the best toasters, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated toaster

KitchenAid Toaster with Manual High-Lift Lever
$70

“Now this is a toaster,” one reviewer writes. “It is built as solid as a 1957 Buick and looks as sharp. Toasts the hell out of my toast on the highest setting.” While dozens of reviewers are impressed by the overall quality of this toaster, there are a few standout features, chief among them the high-lift lever. According to one reviewer, the high-lift “allows you to pull up on the levers to raise the bread high enough to get hold of it.” Reviewers are also pleased with this toaster’s ability to tackle bagels, both because it has a specific bagel setting as well as wide slots. One reviewer writes, “The slots are wide enough for Texas toast and bagels I like having two separate controllers for the desired crispness of the toast.” Reviewers think cleanup is also simple, because “The individual crumb trays for each end are great.”

Best-rated (less expensive) toaster