The best toasters of today are very different from the basic two-slice or four-slice pop-up toasters. Wider slots can accommodate bagels, English muffins, and large waffles. These kitchen appliances are equipped with different settings for light, medium and dark toast. The toaster-oven is a multipurpose version that can bake, broil, brown, heat and toast a variety of food items, including casseroles, pastries and potato dishes. It’s a reliable bagel toaster because the small-oven layout can fit as many as six slices at one time. With choices as varied as these, consumers have to look at other considerations, including size and space needed, functions, features and special accessories included with the appliance.
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1. Proctor Silex 22215 Toaster with Wide Slots & Toast Boost
This two-slice toaster from Proctor Silex features wide slots for large bagels and artisan bread. It is fitted with a toaster boost that will lift the toasted food item higher for easier handling. The exterior is made from cool-touch metal to eliminate the possibility of burns to your hands while using the appliance. Additional safety features include automatic shutoff and a cancel button. The bottom slides out for easier cleanup of food crumbs.
2. HOLIFE 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Holife’s two-slice toaster has modernized the traditional toaster. Using the same familiar design, Holife added extra-wide slots, heat-resistant exterior and a six-setting LCD timer for more accurate countdowns. Settings include reheat, defrost, cancel and a special bagel setting. Cleaning is convenient with the slide-out tray collector, and a cord-wrap is provided for neater storage when the appliance is not in use.
3. Smeg 2-Slice Toaster
This chrome toaster from Smeg features extra-wide slots that can be used for bagels, artisanal bread, and thick-slice loaves. Racks are designed with a self-centering mechanism, ensuring that your toast ends up perfectly browned every time. The heating mechanism can be set to reheat, defrost and bagel settings with a choice of six browning modes from light to dark. Other features include automatic toast pop-up, an easy-clean crumb tray and non-slip feet for safe positioning on slippery surfaces.
4. Amazon Basics 2 Slice Extra Wide Slot Toaster
Customize your toast each time you use this 2-slice long slot toaster from Amazon Basics. The slots are extra-large, measuring 1.25 inches wide and 5.25 inches long, making this toaster usable for most types of bread. There is a bagel setting for browning only the cut side and a defrost setting for working with frozen bread. Buttons light up to indicate selected setting. For smaller pieces, an extra-lift lever is provided for safer handling of heated bread or pastry. Other features include an easy-clean crumb tray, a 22-inch cord and a convenient cord-wrap for neat storage.
5. Oster Convection Toaster Oven
Oster makes this brushed stainless steel toaster-oven that can brown up to six slices at once. It is equipped with convection technology for quicker and more efficient cooking with temperature settings ranging from a low of 150 to a high of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a multipurpose and versatile appliance that can toast, bake and broil with variable rack positions. A baking pan and easy-maintenance crumb tray come with the toaster.
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6. 2-Slice Toaster, CUSINAID Extra Wide Slot Toaster
This two-slice toaster from Cusinaid has extra-large slots, measuring 6.1-inch wide by 1.5-inch deep for a toasting surface that can take all types of bread or pastry. It is designed with seven browning levels between light to dark, and it heats quickly. Toasting modes include defrost, reheat and a cancel function, all of which are accessible through the one-touch LED-lighted indicators. This stainless-steel is compact, lightweight and elegantly designed for any kitchen.
7. Keenstone 2-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Keenstone makes this two-slice toaster with a special setting for bagels. It can also be used for frozen bread with its defrost function, and toast levels can be customized by choosing among six options that range from light to dark. A lever is provided to trigger extra lift for smaller pieces of bread that may be difficult to access after toasting. The slots are 1.5 inches in depth to accommodate large and thick slices. Cleaning bread crumbs is an easy task with the removable tray at the bottom.
8. Cuisinart CPT-180 Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster
This 4-slice toaster from Cuisinart is made from brushed stainless steel that is easy to clean and heat-safe. The toaster comes with two control panels with six-setting dials and three modes, including reheat, defrost and bagel settings. Led indicators display the chosen setting, and an extra-lift lever boosts the toasted bread for easy and safe access after the cycle is complete. Slots are 1.5 inches wide, and a removable tray collects bread crumbs for a quick cleanup. Cord storage is also provided.
9. Keemo Toaster 2 Slice, Retro Small Toaster with Bagel
This retro-style toaster from Keemo is compact, taking up minimum space on your countertop. Its blue metal sides and stainless steel panels are eye-catching and unique. A one-touch led button is programmed for three basic functions: defrost, bagel and cancel. Slots are 1.5 inches wide, and toasting level is controlled with an easy-grip dial. It comes with an extra-lift lever, a removable crumb tray, and convenient cord storage. Additional features include rapid cooling, rustproofing and nontoxic, BPA-free materials.
10. Dash Clear View Toaster
This uniquely designed long slot toaster from Dash provides a clear window to view the progress of your toast. The slot is wide enough for bagels, waffles, and large-slice breads. Browning can be controlled with a dial that is designed for seven toasting settings. One-touch buttons allow users to choose the reheat function to prevent over-browning, defrost for frozen breads and a special button for bagels. The clear window and a crumb tray slide out for easy cleaning. The rest of the toaster can be cleaned by wiping. An extra-lift lever is provided on the side to boost smaller pieces after the toast cycle is complete. This is one of the best toasters because it is compact and takes up very little counter space while the clear view window makes it an attractive addition to the modern kitchen.
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