Toasters: Ratings of Sources
Editors at ConsumerReports.org conduct extensive testing on an array of toasters and outline their specs and features. Two-slice toasters and four-slice toasters are included in this report. The toasters are ranked and rated against each other, and each entry in the ratings table includes a link to a more extensive review.
Max Mutter and Steven Tata systematically test 10 toasters, scoring them on a 100-point scale and ranking them in four categories: bread toasting, usability, bagel toasting, and frozen/defrosting. Two toasters are named Editor's Choice, while one is named a Best Buy. Reviews are thorough and comparative.
Brendan Nystedt and Michael Sullivan conducted "dozens" of hours of research and testing on toasters, comparing products side by side, assessing "slot size, ease of use, batch-to-batch consistency, features, controls, and overall tastiness." Reviews of chosen models are thorough and even-handed.
Editors with YourBestDigs.com spent 30 hours researching and testing seven leading toasters culled from expert reports and reviews. They name one toaster best overall and also pick a runner-up, a "most versatile" model, and best two-slice toaster. Testing is systematic and reviews are thorough and comparative, noting pros and cons for each model.
Aaron McCarter ranks 10 toasters on performance; design; features; safety; and help and support. Reviews indicate first-hand testing of factors such as speed, evenness and consistency. They also note pros and cons for every model. It's unclear how these toasters were chosen for inclusion in the tests, however.
The toasters listed on Amazon.com have garnered hundreds, sometimes thousands, of owner reviews. Many of these reviews are quite comprehensive, detailing customers' experiences with the products over the course of several months or even years. This is a great resource for finding out how toasters hold up in real-world, real kitchen use.
Like Amazon.com, Walmart.com contains a wealth of owner reviews for toasters, with some earning hundreds. Reviews tend to be thorough and often include pros and cons. Owners can also specify whether they would recommend the product to a friend.
BestBuy.com is another popular destination for appliances, and several toasters earn hundreds of reviews. Major brands such as Oster, Breville and Cuisinart feature prominently here, and reviewers can say whether they would recommend the product to a friend. BestBuy.com is a particularly good source for appliance reviews because reviews are all unique to their site.