10 best toasters in the UK: tried and tested

Whatever your requirements for your toast, we’ve found the best toasters right now.

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by Piper Huxley |
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Finding the best toaster for your kitchen doesn't have to be a tricky task. And yet, in the UK, it seems like we have too many choices. We're here to help lessen the load, so you'll be replacing your beloved toaster in no time. You'll be back to enjoying warm, freshly toasted bread in the mornings, no matter your spread of choice. Whether you're a one-slicer or like to push the boat out with two, we've got you covered.

In our round-up, we've handpicked a wide range of toasters for you to choose from. Only the best two and four-slice toasters have been picked, respectively, to cater to your needs as a household. Are you grazers – or are you toast fanatics? Plus, we've sprinkled in some of our favourite toastie makers for all of you grilled cheese lovers and matching kettle and toaster sets for those after a coordinated look in the kitchen.

Best toasters UK at a glance

Our favourite: Luminosa, Four-Slot Toaster, Grey + Blue - view at Currys
Best four-slice toaster: Cookworks Pyramid 4 Slice Toaster - Almond - view at Argos
Best kettle and toaster set: Russell Hobbs Inspire White Kettle and Toaster Set - view on Amazon UK
Best two-slice toaster: Tower Bottega 2 Slice S/Steel Toaster White/Rose Gold - view at Wilko

Before you get started, there are a few things to consider. Namely, the number of slots suitable for your household and the features worth having. Most toasters come equipped with reheat, defrost and cancel functions, but you may appreciate high-lift from a smart toaster. So, you're not dangerously fishing your freshly cooked toast out of the slots at breakfast, or bread-type settings if you're partial to other treats, such as a bagel or a slice of rye bread. You can find out more in our FAQs section further below.

Best toasters UK: tried and tested

Four-slice toasters

First, we have four-slice toasters, which are equipped to handle toast lovers and larger households.

Best for a sleek, polished finish

Sleek never looked better. Russell Hobb's best-selling four-slicer comes in this moody Midnight Blue that looks fantastic. Not only does this toaster look very groovy, but it comes equipped to deal with the fussiest of toaster-enjoyers. It has independent variable browning control, lift and look to check on your bread - as well as cancel, reheat and defrost. Plus, there's an ever-so-useful removable crumb tray to keep it in tip-top shape.

Our review: "This toaster is a brilliant all-rounder — it looks good, is a decent size and has a host of brilliant functions. My favourite has to be the 'lift and look' function, so I can check on the status of my toast without having to cancel the whole cycle (ideal for those who are prone to burning it). I really like its sleek design too. I'd say it's more grey than blue though in colour which, to be honest, I think is better, as it will suit more kitchen interiors. It is a slightly pricier toaster than I'd usually go for, however, the quality is made to last, so it's worth it."


  • Efficient and stylish
  • Smart features
  • Variable browning function


  • More grey and blue

Best two-slice toaster

With a self-centring function for even toasting, this stylish white and rose gold two-slice toaster from Tower is another favourite of ours. The easy-to-use buttons allow you to cancel the cycle at any time, reheat and even defrost your bread. Not only is it stylish, but this toaster is practical with variable-width toasting slots for bagels, crumpets and more. It has adjustable browning control and time, a removable crumb tray and useful cable storage for a tidy worktop.

Our review: "I chose this two-slice toaster mainly because it matched my home décor, but it's super practical for me. I live on my own so a two-slice toaster is a perfect size for a couple of slices of toast or a bagel cut in half. You can adjust the level of toastiness and clean up is easy, too, as all the crumbs get collected in the bottom and can be conveniently chucked in the bin afterwards."


  • Tidy cord storage
  • Adjustable controls
  • Stylish and practical


  • Little small

Our favourite

Convenient and intuitive, this Lumiosa electric toaster from De'Longhi is tasteful, and cooks toast to perfection. With progressive browning controls, this toaster can handle any preferences. It adds a touch of taste, glamour and minimalism with the rich matelassé finish. It has all the bells and whistles that you'd expect from a decent toaster, such as a removable crumb tray, extra-lift for easy removal of small slices and integrated controls.

Our review: "Typically I've always gone cheap-and-cheerful with my kitchen appliances, but this investment toaster is one I know is going to last. Available in a choice of stylish colours to suit most modern kitchens (I have Twill White), the toaster looks beautiful and sits proudly on my countertop. It has dual controls so you can just use two slots at a time if you wish, with the option to adjust browning, defrost, cancel and reheat for each. It has a removable crumb tray and has never fallen foul of fingerprints. The only thing I would change is the extra lift - it doesn't lift as high as I'd like so getting bagels and hot cross buns out has proven tricky."


  • Rich matelassé finish
  • Integrated controls
  • Has a matching kettle


  • The extra lift could be higher

Best four-slice toaster

Cook up your toasted favourites with this Cookworks four-slicer, which comes in several styles. We love the cream model, which looks classy with a vintage twist. No matter what's for breakfast, this Cookworks model is set to warm up and deliver well-toasted treats. No matter bagel, crumpet or brown bap, you're in good hands with a wide slot and high-lift feature. Plus, the crumb tray keeps the mess to a minimum. We like this toaster.

Our review: "A brilliant toaster. I love that it fits four slices in. It can cook bread even;y with ease. Plus, it looks fantastic and is easy to clean. My only 'con' is that the breadcrumb storage can leak when the toaster is moved."


  • Independent slot operation
  • High-lift function
  • Wide, adjustable slots


  • Can get really hot
  • Crumb tray can leak

Best for a pop of retro

If you're looking for a pop of retro, we love this Dunelm four-slicer. Not only is it surprisingly good value, but it looks absolutely stunning. But, it's not just a looker, it's packed with some fabulous features that you need from a toaster. These include integrated variable browning control dials, adjustable bread width slots, a high lift facility and a mid-cycle cancel function. It comes with a two-year guarantee, too, so it makes a fab addition to your kitchen.

Plus, you can grab a matching retro pink microwave and kettle.

Our review: "I love my Dunelm toaster. I was attracted by the pink - obviously - and I'm such a fan of retro kitchen appliances. We are not disappointed by this bargain buy. Though it's a little on the bulky side, it cooks our toast well - and we're able to cancel and check on our bread whilst it's toasting. We have the matching kettle and microwave, too."


  • Stunning design
  • Has high-lift facility
  • Removable crumb tray


  • Large toaster

Best budget four-slice toaster

Perfect for busy families, we like this Spectrum Brushed Stainless Steel Four-Slice Toaster. It comes with a four-slice capacity and a high-lift facility to help you retrieve your toast safely. Its attractive chrome-esque finish is versatile and will fit in nicely with any kitchen. Boasting defrost, reheat, and mid-cycle cancel functions, this toaster is easy to use and clean.

Customer review: "I've knocked one star off only for the fact that it can be a little overzealous with some kinds of lighter bread; it takes practice to avoid burning these, and you need to keep an eye on it. I use a lot of sourdough, which is absolutely fine. It's a great-looking toaster, less bulky than some similar styles, but still able to handle a range of slice sizes, including tea cakes. I've had it for a month and so far very happy. It was a better price, with slightly more consistent reviews than comparisons in other stores."


  • Good value four-slice toaster
  • Compact and stylish
  • Quick and user-friendly


  • Not too sturdy

Two-slice toasters

Ideal for a smaller household, we recommend a two-slice toaster. You won't be compromising on quality, either.

Budget 2-slice toaster

The John Lewis ANYDAY 2-Slice Toaster, Grey is your convenient countertop companion, featuring reheat, defrost, and cancel functions, along with 6 baking settings for personalized toasting. Easy cleaning is ensured with a removable crumb tray, and the high-lifting rod automatically pops up toast after baking for added convenience. Intuitive and easy to use, it's a favourite of ours.

Customer review: "I bought this and the kettle for my 'mature' parents 91 and 88!! They love it. Nice and easy to understand but really good quality."


  • Reheat, defrost, and cancel functions
  • 6 baking settings to suit all tastes
  • Intuitive controls for easy use


  • May be too basic for some

Best premium two-slice toaster

We love this 'A Bit More' two-slice toaster from Sage. Coming in a sleek silver, this handy appliance promises to cook your carb of choice to perfection, with a progress indicator so you know when it's nearly ready. Need a little more browning time? Send it back with the 'A Bit More' for a little more time under the grill. Plus, there are dedicated crumpet and fruit bread settings - simply adjust and enjoy! Check how your bread is doing without interrupting the cycle with Quick Look_™_. Step aside your average two-slot, this is a superior toaster in every way.

Our Review: "Worth busting out the Lurpak and Bonne Maman! Sage 'A Bit More' toasts bagels, crumpets, fruit bread, and toast to perfection - even from frozen. It's a robust brushed stainless steel toaster that's slightly larger than the average two-slice. However, the concealed power cord storage in the base means you can fit the appliance snuggly in a nook when it's not in use. Self-centring slots close in around the bread to hold it in place; this means you can toast anything from chunky bagels to slim potato cakes. There are four large buttons to make toasting your favourites hassle-free. Additionally, there is an easily accessible crumb tray drawer in the bottom left of the appliance.

"The A Bit More function is this toaster's biggest asset. It just gives a touch more crispiness. I tried it on toast, bagels and crumpets, and it's almost like the toaster is thinking as it toasts. The result is perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, without any burned bits. An illuminated status bar above the browning level gauge shows the toasting progress by decreasing flashing blue lights. You can even adjust the volume level of the beep, which indicates your toast is ready.

"It takes a little bit longer than an average toaster, but it gets the job done perfectly, and if you're in any doubt, you can do a Quick Look to check. The exterior stays cool to the touch, and the whole appliance cools down quickly after use.

"Just a word on fruit bread: I recommend lowering the browning setting to 1 as fruit bread doesn't need as much toasting, and nobody wants burnt raisins. When you begin to smell that lovely aroma of cinnamon is ample toasting time. Just press the red cancel button to retrieve your toasted treats. My favourite was toasting bagels from frozen, using the Frozen button. I was impressed by how evenly cooked and crisp the bagels were. Now, where are my Pop-Tarts?"


  • Large slice capacity
  • Innovative auto functions
  • Easy clean and use


  • Fruit bread needs less toasting than the pre-set button

Stylish 2-slice toaster

The Smeg TSF01 2-Slice Toaster, Emerald Green with its iconic 50's styling, adds retro charm to your kitchen. Available in various colours, it features 2 extra-wide slots, 6 browning levels, and 4 functions, including defrost and bagel. Non-slip feet ensure stability, and the removable crumb tray makes cleaning easy. Integrated cable storage keeps things tidy. It comes in quite a few colours, too.

Customer review: "I love the look of this toaster and noticed that Barbie had one in pink in the Barbie film. It feels and looks very solid. I would have liked it in a navy colour to match our new kitchen but the pale blue still looks great. And now for the toast … It toasts evenly on both sides The bagel function is useful. It would have been useful to have a high lift function for smaller items."


  • Non-slip feet make the toaster safe and stable
  • 2 extra wide slots with automatic centring racks
  • With 6 browning levels, defrost a bagel setting


  • Cooks quite hot - so, you have to be careful not to over-toast

Best kettle and toaster set

Russell Hobbs Inspire White Kettle and Toaster Set
Price: £78.95 (was £86.45)

This Russell Hobbs set is designed with premium textured high gloss plastic and is currently available in black or white. Whether you choose to go with the two-slice or four-slice toaster, this matching set has certainly got you covered for breakfast times. The kettle has a capacity of 1.7L, and the toaster has variable browning control and cancels function for personal toasting preference. Additionally, we love the handy "lift and look" feature, which means you can check on the browning process without having to cancel!

Customer review: "I brought both the kettle and toaster at the same time. The kettle is great as it also has a marker inside so you can fill it to make either 1,2 or 3 cups. it boils very quick and is easy to fill."


  • Variable temperature
  • Lift and look feature
  • Illuminated water window


  •  Some designs are out of stock

Best value toastie maker

The Salter Deep-Fill Sandwich Toaster & Waffle Maker can help you to make delicious sandwiches, waffles or paninis. This mighty toastier maker has three sets of removable deep-fill plates to make any carby treat with your favourite fillings. The operation is simple, with a LED indicator - as well as cool-touch handles. Plus, when all the cooking is done, the plates are non-stick and easy to clean away. It stores away quite well, too.

Customer review: "I got this for my mum for Christmas, primarily as a panini press. We have used this many times over the last couple of months and it is definitely a hit with us. The machine itself is only small so you can only toast one panini at a time, but it is also compact enough that storage isn't a big problem. The machine heats up well, but after waiting some time the light never seemed to come on to tell us it had reached temperature. We have used it several times now and no matter how long it is left to heat up the light never illuminates. That's ok though as it is quite obvious when it is hot enough. Haven't tried the other two plates yet, but looking forward to waffles soon!"


  • Multi-purpose
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Good value


  • Cannot handle metal utensils
  • Toasts one panini at a time

Best mid-range 2-slice toaster

Savour delightful toast or crumpets with the Bosch TAT2M127GB MyMoment Delight 2 Slice Toaster - Cream. Customise your perfect toast with 6 settings. The defrost function lets you toast straight from the freezer, and the reheat function with bun warmer is perfect for croissants. Easy-access controls and a stylish design make mornings a breeze. Plus, there is Lift and Look - for checking on your toast.

Customer review: "Lovely Bosch 2 slice toaster. My old toaster never really toasted my bread on full. The Bosch doesn't take up much room and toasts brilliantly on level 3."


  • High-lift function for easy removal of smaller slices of bread
  • View your toast without pressing cancel with Lift and Look
  • Six toast settings, a bun warming rack and a removable crumb tray


  • Some customers are unconvinced by the toasting settings

Our verdict: Which is the best toaster?

For the two-slice option, we love the Tower Bottega Toaster in White and Rose Gold. It's easy on the eyes and has plenty of smart features to help your bread cook evenly, to perfection - or however you desire. Homes and Gardens Writer, Rosie Floyd, recommends this two-slicer - as it's super practical and clean-up is minimal.

If a four-slice toaster is on your radar, we recommend the Cookworks Pyramid Toaster in Almond. Parenting and Lifestyle Writer, Hannah James, vouches for this toaster. A mother of three, Hannah relies on this trusty four-slicer to help out with the morning school run - and all mouths are full and smiling. It's good value, too.

Looking for a sleek, stylish kitchen? Investing in matching appliances helps pull everything together. The Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle and Toaster Set is smart, reasonably priced and decked out with some good features, such as the 'Lift and Look'. After all, there's nothing quite like a cuppa and a slice of toast.

Hankering after a decent grilled cheese is less than ideal when you don't have a sandwich toaster to hand. That's why we love the Salter Deep Fill 3-in-1 Snack Maker, as it can handle that, no problem - and more. Now, we have to be careful about where our pennies go. So, why not curb that coffee shop craving with the panini press function? Plus, it has waffle capabilities if you like something sweet.


How do I find the best toaster?

Choosing a toaster might not seem that difficult, but there are a good few things you should be looking for when finding the best toaster to grace your kitchen sideboard. We've made sure to list these factors below for you to consider:

Slice number: After all, your chosen toaster will be determined by your household's toast intake. Two or four-slice toasters are the most common variations.

Crumb trays: Every good toaster has a removable crumb tray. Not only is this feature important for keeping your toaster clean but makes sure your kitchen is safe, too.

Watts: This will determine how quick and powerful your toaster is - the higher the wattage, the more powerful it is.

Design: This will mostly be down to personal taste, and you may want a design that works with the look of your kitchen. We recommend getting a super-smart, matching toaster and kettle set.

Size: Not only will you need to make sure it fits on your countertop, but you'll also want to watch out for the size of the bread slots. Wider slices of bread (like Warburtons) may not fit in all toasters, and you want it ready to go with any slice.

Any more features?

Settings: These include reheat, defrost and cancel. For example, a defrost button can come in handy if you pop a loaf in the freezer for bread emergencies – which are very common.

High lift: You don't want to be dangerously fishing your freshly cooked toast out of the slots at breakfast. Good toasters will have a high-lift function to make it easier. Saves you from getting some toaster tongs.

Lift and look: This is a cheeky extra that some toasters may have. It means you can take a peek at how the toasting is going without having to cancel the whole process. That would be a right kerfuffle.

Bread-type settings: This unique function comes in handy if you're partial to other treats, such as a bagel or a slice of rye bread. Your toaster will adjust its heat and time accordingly – so everything is toasted to perfection.

Variable browning shades: This can be determined by a little dial on the front of the toaster, so you can select your preferences there. You can expect around six levels to choose from to find your shade.

Dual controls: A less common feature, but it's set to impress and saves energy, too. For a four-slice toaster, you can choose to toast only two slices at a time without using all two slots and, on certain toasters, can alter the level of browning for each.

Should I get a 2 or 4-slice toaster?

Ah, yes, the age-old question. Well, this is all down to how much toast you're wanting to make at once. If you're a larger household and typically get through lots of bread daily, a four-slicer is a no-brainer. If anything, it's recommended. However, a four-slice toaster does have some drawbacks. Not only do they take up more room, but they are generally more expensive.

On the other hand, two-slice toasters are best for households on the smaller side, who don't eat toast that often. All of this aside, it is ultimately your choice. You can get good deals on both – and you will get the same crunchy goodness, too.

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Are more expensive toasters better?

You can't go wrong with spending an extra £10 on a toaster, as the quality seems to improve as you spend more. But this is not always the case. Though swanky, expensive toasters impress with their innovative features and cool design, it's best to look at the specifications and customer reviews.

How we tested the best toasters UK

In this piece, we've included testimonials from our lovely team at Yours. For our tests, we conducted thorough research into features and specifications and looked at a product's reputation. Here are the criteria we explored to compile this round-up.

First, we tested the speed of our toasters. After all, when you're rushing around like a headless chicken in the morning, you're going to want a speedy appliance that you can rely on. Our picks across the board take between two to three minutes, which is around the average browning time.

Next, we had to consider how well the bread has been toasted, namely how even. Upon inspection, we found that the appliances managed to brown at least three-quarters of the slice, which – again – is average. Of course, you can ensure golden-brown goodness with the variable browning controls.

Ease of use is important to us at Yours. You don't want to be fussing around with a fiddly appliance. Luckily, our choices have clear instructions, functional buttons and dials, which are easy to understand. Everything is clearly labelled. Plus, clean-up is no bother with a crumb tray.

Lastly, if bread isn't the only carb you like to enjoy warmed-up, then this is for you. When testing, we varied our slice sizes to see if they can be cooked evenly. Plus, we've toasted the odd bagel and crumpet for the same reason. Our picks accommodate a variety of bread, no matter their shape.

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Yours, an all-rounder who will write on anything from décor to wellness. When not scouring the net for the best home bargains, Piper is listening to a musical soundtrack and tending to her houseplants.

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