The Breville Smart Toaster has several clever features, including a blue LED toasting countdown, motorized slots that easily submerge and eject toast, a lift-and-look feature (you can check on food without interrupting the cycle) and a button that allows you to extend toasting time a bit. This is the four-slice version of the Breville Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster BTA820XL (*Est. $130) , which also gets better (though not perfect) reviews than other toasters. The four-slice version has separate controls on each side of the slots. Although this toaster gets better reviews than its competitors, we still found some complaints about uneven toasting, which is somewhat shocking considering its high price tag. A much less expensive four-slice toaster is the Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster CPT-140 (*Est. $50) , which doesn't enjoy the same higher rating but costs a lot less.
The Breville Smart Toaster is reviewed by ConsumerReports.org. It gets good scores from users at Amazon.com and Cooking.com. In addition, because it's virtually identical to the two-slice model, reviews for that model can probably be applied to this one.
ConsumerReports.org provides the most comprehensive toaster reviews we found. In a recent report update, ConsumerReports.org tests and evaluates 38 toasters, including the two-slice version of the Breville Smart Toaster, based upon performance, consistency and ease of use.
Review: Toasters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2010
This is one of the most highly rated toasters at Amazon.com, earning 4 stars out of 5 with more than 130 reviews. A handful of owners complain of uneven browning, but overall we found far fewer complaints of this nature for the Breville toaster than for others.
Review: Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster, Contributors to Amazon.com