Best 4 Slice Toaster – Buyer’s Guide

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If you’re looking for the best 4 slice toaster for your family, I’m here to help. Not sure where to start looking to get the best deal? Well, I’ve rounded up 6 of the best 4 slice toasters that you’ll find on the market right now.

While they don’t vary a great degree in price, there are definitely some subtle differences between the toasters that you’ll want to note. For example, a 2000 watt toaster could be necessary if you’re doing the school run in the morning and you need that toast pronto. Of course, each design is unique in its build, and you’ll likely want to pick a toaster that fits in with the colour scheme of your kitchen.

Whilst you might not think it’s the biggest decision you’ll ever make, you don’t want to be wasting time buying a toaster that is going to break within a few weeks. Here I’ll look at all the specifications of each toaster, and then go into some further detail about what the pros and cons of each toaster actually are.

Best 4 Slice Toaster

BrandSlot WidthBest FeatureValue for Money
Breville BTA840XL1-1.5 inchesOne Touch Function10/10
Cusimax CMST-1301.2 inches6 Adjustable Settings9/10
Russell Hobbs Retro1 inchRemovable Warming Rack7/10
Hamilton Beach Smart1.2 inchesShock Resistance8/10
Breville "Bit More"1.5 inchesLift 'n Look Feature6/10
De Longhi Brillante1.5 inchesUnique Design9/10

Breville BTA840XL

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This Breville BTA820XL toaster is fantastic if you’re looking for a toaster that will fit any size of bread. If you buying whatever brand is on special at your supermarket, then this would be a great choice. As an all-rounder, it’s the best 4 slice toaster for all variants of bread (in my opinion).

Available in 5 unique colours, the retro design of this toaster will not suit everyone. Though for the people looking to add some real flavour to their kitchen, going for a retro look is not a bad idea. There are many retro kitchen ideas on the internet for you to look through, and this toaster would be a great addition to any retro kitchen.

It also has variable controls to help get your bread to the perfect level of toasted. Whilst you might not think this is a necessity, if you’re fussy about your toast, it most certainly will be. After a few attempts at using different toast browning levels, you’ll surely find a perfect level that you’ll want all your toast to reach. The only problem is that once you have your toast perfect, you never want it any other way!

Pros

1) Classy plain design. If you’re not bothered about your toaster being particularly stylish, then this might be a good choice for you – sometimes simple is the best look.

2) Really simple to use for the whole family.

3) It’s very easy to clean.

Cons

1) Can’t pop the toast up separately so all toast must be toasted at the same time.

2) Having it at full power on 2000 watts will surprise you – you’ll probably burn your first piece.

A simple toaster that will certainly provide everything that you need it to. It’s not going to set the world alight, but it gets the job done.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

Cusimax CMST-130

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Cusimax are a relatively young company, but we wouldn’t necessarily consider this to be a bad thing. By them being such a young company, they are eager to cement themselves as a valid alternative to brands like Russell Hobbs. This means that their warranty is actually really good, and difficult to beat.

This particular model is stainless steel, and it’s constructed to last you a pretty long time. Although it’s only a 1400 watt model, it actually cooks your toast surprisingly quickly. This is good if you’re in a rush, but be careful you don’t burn your toast!

There aren’t many other things to say about the Cusimax CMST-140. It’s a competent toaster that does pretty much all the basics well. With the features that it has, this makes it a pretty good competitor for the best 4 slice toaster.

Pros

1) It has variable browning control, which is important if you like your toast lightly done.

2) It’s super large size is good for a whole family, but it’s also good if you like toasting longer things like pitta bread.

3) You’re guaranteed to get a good warranty with Cusimax.

Cons

1) You can’t pop toast separately with this toaster, which is kind of annoying. I like to have that option with a 4 slice toaster, as you might need to pop a few slices early for the kids.

2) It cooks toast very fast, almost too fast – make sure that you don’t burn it!

If you need a long slot toaster, then this would be a good choice.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

 

Russell Hobbs Retro

 

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Whilst the Russell Hobbs Retro might not blow you away with looks, it’s certainly a toaster that will get the job done. Whilst it might be basic, this will suit many people who are just looking for a simple toaster without all the added features and vibrant colours that are now available.

It does all the basic stuff extremely well, and with a Russell Hobbs toaster, you can be sure that they’ll back up their product with a decent enough warranty. It also has a pretty decent frozen bread function, which is specifically designed to.. well, toast your bread from frozen. Whilst you can do this in a regular toaster, the function will help to get your frozen bread to the optimal toasting level, which we all know is incredibly important.

One negative about this toaster is that it seems to be designed for small-normal sized sliced of bread only. If you’re someone who likes massive, huge slices of Warburtons, then you might be better off looking at a toaster with bigger dimensions.

Pros

1) It’s very easy to clean.

2) The price is relatively cheap when compared with others in a similar bracket.

3) Has high lift so you can avoid burning your fingers.

Cons

1) The retro design won’t be for everyone.

2) It’s not amazing for larger, thick slices of bread.

My kitchen is filled with retro appliances like this one from Russell Hobbs. It’s a great looking toaster.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

 

Hamilton Beach Smart

 

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The Hamilton Beach Smart is a complex, multi function cooker that boasts a great number of different functions. These functions definitely put it in competition for the best 4 slice toaster, especially if you’re looking for a toaster that can do pretty much everything.

It has variable controls settings so you can get your toast to optimum brownness. You’ll probably have to set it a few times to get use to it, though eventually you will find a sweet spot and it won’t be long before you’re making the perfect toast! You can easily reheat your toast with the reheat setting, which again is another convenient feature of this toaster. You can also cook your toast directly from frozen with the frozen setting, which is fantastic.

I like the fact that it’s possible to use both sides of the toaster separately, which isn’t always the case with many other 4 slice toasters. It’s available in a variety of colours. All of this combined make this possibly the best 4 slice toaster on my list.

Pros

1) The SureGuard shock resistant feature is good, and ensures that the heating elements of your toaster are completely concealed.

2) It’s automatically turn off if your toast gets jammed, which gives you peace of mind that your house won’t burn to the ground.

3) The sides are ‘cool touch’, which reduces the chances of your burning your fingers.

Cons

1) Uneven toasting could be a problem; it doesn’t toast as even as some of it’s competitors.

2) Some slots work better that others, which is rather annoying. The outside slots work quicker than the inside ones.

The Hamilton Beach Smart has lot’s of interesting features that set it apart from it’s competitors.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

 

Breville Bit More

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The Breville Bit More is a simple toaster that is a great choice if you’re looking to utilize the most of your space in your kitchen. The wide design of this toaster makes it a great option to press back against the wall. It really will take minimal space on your work surface, so if that’s a concern, this could be a good option for you.

As with many of the other toasters in our list, it has all the necessary features that you might expect from a 4 slice toaster. Something that sets this toaster apart from the others is its ease of use, due to its simple buttons that light up in red, telling you exactly what to do. Whilst you might not need basic instructions on how to use a toaster, this is important if you want your younger children to start providing for themselves and making their own breakfast. Everyone has to start one day, unfortunately!

The main negative that we see with this toaster is that because it is quite short and wide, it isn’t particularly deep. This means that whilst it’s good for small slices of toast, if you’re looking for bigger slices, you should probably look at other options.

Pros

1) The “Bit More” feature enables you to add some time to your toasting cycle.

2) Lift and Look is good if you’re picky about the level your toast is cooked to.

3) With Bagel and frozen settings, you can customize it to your preference.

Cons

1) Although it’s pretty cheap, it doesn’t match the quality of some more expensive toasters.

2) It might just be me, but I don’t like the look of this toaster. It’s too boxy (yes, that’s a word) and it looks fairly cheap.

There are things I like about the Bit More, but it’s not my favorite toaster on the list.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

 

De Longhi

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As you might have guessed from their name, De Longhi is an Italian based company that specialises in the smaller appliances that you have in your kitchen. That includes things like toasters, kettle and toastie-makers. They’ve been around for well in excess of 100 years, so you can be assured that they provide a pretty great warranty.

And in my opinion, they’ve produced the best 4 slice toaster that you can find around at the moment. It’s strong, sturdy, and has all the necessary features that you would need from a toaster. It’s 1800 watts of power that’ll get your toast ready extremely quickly, but not to the degree that it’d be burnt. It also not only has variable temperature controls on the toaster, but it actually has variable width slots, too. That means that no matter what size bread that you buy, you can fit it into this marvellous toaster.

All of these features, and I’m yet to mention it’s fantastic appearance. Whilst it certainly won’t impress everyone, the partially chromed design with a cut diamond effect down the sides is nothing short of fantastic. It would be a great addition to any kitchen.

Pros

1) Definitely the best looking toaster I’ve ever seen. Ever.

2) It works extremely fast, so you won’t need to wait around for your toast to be cooked.

3) You can change the widths of the bread slots, which is good if you like thick slices.

Cons

1) It’s quite expensive when compared to some other 4 slice toasters.

2) It gives the option to pop both sides individually, but sometimes both sides will pop at the same time.

I really like this De Longhi toaster, especially the unique design that sets it apart from the rest.
Conor says , Full Time Chef

Conclusion

Overall, there are an abundance of options available if you’re on the market for a decent 4 slice toaster. Make sure that you try and get one that fits in with your other appliances, because from a technical standpoint, there isn’t much difference between them.

I’ve used many different toasters over the past 10 years, where I’ve been working as a full time chef. I can say in total honesty that there really isn’t too much between them. If your toaster is a slightly different wattage, just time how long it takes to cook your toaster at the first attempt. This can be a good way to ensure that you’re not going to burn your toast.

At the end of the day, you likely aren’t going to be dramatically impacted by buying the wrong toaster. I mean, it’s not really going to affect your life in general. For this reason, I advise trying to pick up a toaster that goes with your color scheme, and don’t think too much about the technical aspect of things; it’s just a toaster!

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