What every best Toasters has:
- Wide slots.
- Bagel setting.
- Defrost setting.
Editors at Consumer Reports 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. One toaster is named and Editor's Choice, one a Best Buy, and one a Top Pick. 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.
Bryan Yu at Your Best Digs 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.
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Institute put a variety of toasters through their paces, toasting more than 500 slices of bread to pick the top performers. While testing is not well-detailed, each toaster gets a brief write-up that includes an overview of how it performed, along with pros, cons and an up-to-5-star rating.
Rebecca Spear 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 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, Walmart contains a wealth of owner reviews for toasters, with some earning hundreds comments from users. This is a particularly good source for basic toasters, such as those from Hamilton Beach and Black & Decker. Reviews tend to be thorough and often include pros and cons.
Target is a popular destination for kitchen appliances and gadgets and toasters are no exception. Most of the toasters here get a good number of reviews -- some in the hundreds -- and a good mix of price ranges, types and models are represented.
Bed Bath & Beyond has a good selection of some of the most popular juicers. While the models tend to have fewer reviews than elsewhere, the reviews are helpfully broken down by value, quality, features and ease of use, and owners can say if they would recommend the product to a friend.
Best Buy is usually known for electronics, but they also have a good range of appliances, including toasters. Major brands such as Oster, Breville and Cuisinart feature prominently here, and reviewers can say whether they would recommend the product to a friend. Best Buy is a particularly good source for appliance reviews because reviews are all unique to their site.