We don’t appreciate our toasters enough. It’s such a ubiquitous appliance that you don’t understand how critical it is to your daily life until it breaks. Whether you’re interested in a model with a lot of extra bells and whistles, or you’re looking for something basic and reliable, your next toaster purchase should be quick and reliable. One cannot simply wait 10 minutes for one’s 6 a.m. peanut-butter english muffin.
To get your search started, here are some solid toaster options.
AmazonBasics 2-Slice Toaster
All business. Amazon
It’s right there in the name. This is as basic as you can ask for, but that’s not a slight. It’s simple, it’s effective, it does the job. Featuring extra wide slots (5 ¼-inches and 1 ¼-inches wide) that can accommodate frozen waffles and bagels as easily as bread, the AmazonBasics option also comes with a 22-inch power cord to ensure easy and convenient placement anywhere on your kitchen countertop. A solid—not flashy—appliance.
Chefman 2-Slice Pop-Up Toaster
More than meets the eye. Amazon
From its sleek, modern design to its surprisingly versatile functionality, the Chefman is more sophisticated than a seemingly simple 2-slot pop up toaster has any right to be. In addition to some of the usual features—like a 7-shade control setting—the Chefman brings to the table a defrost setting and, best of all, a unique “reheat” mode that allows you to warm something up without the risk of burning or over-toasting it. It’s easy to clean (there’s a removable crumb tray on the bottom) and the lever lifts up an extra inch or so to make removal of toaster items easier.
Keemo 2-Slice Toaster
Blast from the past. Amazon
There’s a lot to like about the KEEMO toaster, from the red indicator lights on its three (and only three) buttons to it’s wide, bagel-friendly slots. But the key selling point here is that it’s a 2020 toaster that looks like it came straight from the 1950s. The style conscious and nostalgic will love the look (especially the powder blue option), and its non-toxic, BPA-free stainless steel construction will ensure steady and reliable usage time after time.
Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster
Bigger sometimes means better. Amazon
If you have a particularly busy kitchen, the wait for two measly slots to free up can be unbearable. Invest in a heftier option like the Black + Decker 4-slot pop up toaster. Its sleek stainless steel frame delivers extra wide slots, extra lift on your toast lever, and less wait time for your hot goodies.