Thursday, July 19, 2012

4 Slice Toaster

Best Toasters

The best toaster for many people is a 4 slice toaster, especially if you have a family or if you simply love toast and need to make a lot of toast quickly.  In our first post, we highlighted the Breville Lift and Look toaster as the best toaster in the world.  The Lift and Look has only two slots, but the slots are long so it will toast four slices of normal bread at one time.  However, we want to consider the possibility that for people who simply want a good 4 slice toaster, the Breville may not be the only choice or even the best choice.  This toaster review is focused only four slice toasters that have a user rating of at least 4 stars on Amazon.  We have ordered the toasters beginning with cheap toasters and ending with the most expensive.

Cheap Toasters

Waring Professional 4 Slice Toaster
Waring Professional 4 Slice Toaster

A cheap toaster, for the purposes of this toaster review, is defined as one that costs about $30 or less.  It is relatively easy to find inexpensive and highly-rated two slice toasters, but on Amazon there are only two cheap 4-slice toasters - the Waring Professional and the Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Bagel Toaster.  At the time of this post, these cheap toasters were both priced at slightly less than $30.  The Waring Professional 4 Slice Toaster comes in either black or white, has separate controls for each pair of wide slots (great for bagels!), a high lift carriage, and special bagel and defrost settings.  The H-B 4 slice bagel toaster does not have as many attractive features as the Waring does.  We recommend the Waring  Professional.

Waring Professional Cool Touch 4 Slice Toaster


Retro Toaster   

Black and Decker 4 Slice Retro Toaster
Black and Decker 4 Slice Retro Toaster
We love the look of a retro toaster and have an entire post dedicated to red retro toasters.  The Black and Decker, like the Waring Professional described above, is a bagel toaster with many of the same features.  A bit more expensive, but if you like the retro feel, the chrome styling of this toaster is attractive.


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Egg Toaster

Back to Basics 4 Slice Egg Toaster
Back to Basics 4 Slot Egg-and-Muffin Toaster
College students and people on-the-go really like having an egg toaster.  The Back to Basics toaster can make an egg-and-muffin in about four minutes.  It can also be used to hard or soft boil up to 8 eggs.  Not surprisingly, both the 2 and 4-egg versions of this toaster have been very popular.   This egg toaster has all the great features you would expect from a high-quality toaster.  The  Chefscape TEMPR 4 Slice Egg and Muffin Toaster has the same features and user ratings as the Back to Basics toaster, but costs a lot more.  As they say, it’s a no-brainer.  Buy the Back to Basics toaster!



Back to Basics 4-Slot Egg-and-Muffin Toaster



Long Slot Toasters

Breville Lift and Look Touch Toaster
Breville Lift and Look Touch Toaster
Long slot toasters are often presented as 4 slice toasters because 4 pieces of normal bread can be toasted at the same time.  Obviously, when toasting long slices of artisan bread, it is only a 2 slice toaster.  Only three models currently have a 4 star rating – the Cloer Electronic Cool-Touch 4 Slice Long Slot Toaster, the Waring 4 Slice Commercial Toaster , and our favorite toaster, the Breville Lift and Look Touch Toaster.  We have thoroughly discussed all the attractive features of the very popular Lift and Look in another post.  (Click here to learn more.)  The Cloer is somewhat less expensive, but at the time of this post, had only 2 reviews compared to the 96 reviews for the Breville.  Similarly, the Waring Commercial 4 SliceToaster has only 5 reviews and is considerably more expensive.  We will continue to monitor the user experiences of these toasters, but for now we heartily recommend the Breville Lift and Look as a great “4 slice toaster” that is in fact, the best toaster in the world!

Breville Lift and Look Touch Toaster


Toaster Oven

We have not addressed one tried-and-true method of toasting multiple slices of bread: using a toaster oven.  Although not as convenient as using a conventional toaster, a toaster oven can certainly toast bread.  Why else would it be called a toaster oven?  Of course, much of the time a toaster oven is used for everything but actually toasting bread and therein lies the advantage.  A toaster oven is a multi-purpose appliance.  Because of the difference in utility and function compared to conventional toasters, we will review toaster ovens in a separate post.

UPDATE:  We have now posted a toaster oven review.  (Click here)

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