I AM THE TYPE OF GUY WHO CAN’T START MY DAY WITHOUT TOASTED BREAD.
IT’S MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD.
My son and daughter have also started to copy my morning habit. So our old, two-slice toaster has become pretty much useless.
My wife suggested I shop for a four-slice toaster. Aside from obviously making more toast at once, a four-slice toaster typically has wider slots for various sizes and cuts of bread.
Here are the things I am looking for in a four-slice toaster:
1). Functions— aside from toast and bagel, I would like extra programs like reheat and defrost
3). Ease of Cleaning
I have come up with a shortlist consisting of:
This unit features a manual high-lift lever which can be used to remove the bread without the help of a tong. It has 1 1/2 inch-wide slots so toasting English muffins and thick bread should be easy. There’s also an adjustable shade control and bagel button. It isn’t the most compact toaster though, measuring 12.5 inches in width and 11.5 inches in length.
BREVILLE BTA840XL DIE-CAST 4-SLICE SMART TOASTER
A mid-sized toaster that looks intimidating at first, this is actually a user-friendly model. There are push-buttons in this unit and an LED panel which will illuminates after a function has been chosen. It has defrost and reheat functions aside from the typical programs. My only beef with this unit is the price. It’s a bit out of my range.
KITCHENAID KMT422ER 4-SLICE TOASTER
On the surface, it may look like its cousin, the KitchenAid KMT4115ER. But the main difference is that this one has more features like defrost and reheat functions. Naturally, it is also more expensive.
CUISINART CPT-180 METAL CLASSIC 4-SLICE TOASTER
From an aesthetic standpoint, I am giving this unit extra points because it simply looks good. Its brushed stainless steel body makes it stand out. It has various functions like toast, bagel, reheat, and defrost. The slots are 1.5 inches wide. Its carriage also pops up when the bread is done.
BREVILLE BTA830XL DIE-CAST 4-SLICE LONG SLOT SMART TOASTER
Rounding out the list is this smart toaster from Breville. At less than 8 inches wide, this is one of the most compact models around. The slots are also extra wide at about 1.75 inches. As you would expect from a top-rated unit, it has all the features you’d want like frozen, bagel, momentary raise and ‘A Bit More’ function.