Breville Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster BTA820XL
Best stainless-steel toaster
It's easy to find attractive stainless-steel toasters, but harder to find one that works well. The Breville Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster BTA820XL gets great reviews from experts and users for its brushed-metal finish, nifty lift-and-look feature (which allows you to check on the toasting process without interrupting the cycle), and the "just a bit more" button, which adds a few seconds of toasting time. Additional features include bagel, defrost and cancel settings, an end-of-cycle signal and an auto-lowering feature. Although we found fewer complaints for this toaster than others, there is still a smattering of owner complaints about uneven toasting. A four-slice version, the Breville BTA840XL (*Est. $180), is also available.