Best 4-Slice Toaster

Top 10 Rated 4-Slice Toasters 2014

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A 4 slice toaster is perfect for a household full of toast lovers. If three or four people are around for breakfast every morning, a toaster this size is going to be just right. Even if one person wants toast and another wants a frozen waffle, you’ll be covered. A toaster is truly a necessary kitchen appliance that will never outgrow its usefulness. Four slice toasters come is all sorts of designs with sometimes interesting features. Use our top 10 list to find out which one will be best for you. We looked at 10 of the best 4 slice tosters on the market and rated them based on the following criteria:

1. Even toasting
2. Adjustable toast level to achieve perfect toast
3. Ease of getting toast in and out of the slots
4. How fast the toaster heats and toasts
5. Design of the toaster
6. How easy it is to clean
7. Price

Black & Decker TR1400SB  9.5/10

$35.99
Stainless Steel
High-lift carriage

The Black & Decker TR1400SB comes in a stylish brushed stainless steel housing with black accents. The controls are labeled with icons indicating the bagel, defrost, reheat, and cancel settings. Handy features include a retractable power cord for easy storage and an auto-eject removable crumb tray. The toasting functions work reliably and satisfactorily.

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T-Fal TL6802002  9.5/10

$31.99
Black
High-lift carriage

A sleek black toaster, the T-fal TL6802002 digital toaster looks like an appliance from the future, with its extra-long slots that accommodate two slices of bread or bagels. We liked the digital countdown that lets you know exactly when the toast will be ready. Even better, the slots self-adjust for bread thickness, so bread comes out evenly toasted every time.

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Breville Ikon CT7  9/10

$85.10
Stainless steel
1500 watts

A long toaster with two slots that can each accommodate two slices, the Breville Ikon Toaster CT7 has a convenient LCD display and a “lift and look” option. If you’re the impatient type, the digital countdown lets you know exactly how much longer you have to wait, and you can also peek at the toast at any time. A beeping sound lets you know when it’s done.

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Waring Pro Cool Touch 4  9/10

$29.24
Black
1800 watts

With a sleek black housing that stays cool, the Waring Professional Cool Touch Toaster has wide 1.3 inch slots that prevent bagels and English muffins from getting jammed. The slots are also self-centering to allow for even toasting. We appreciated the simplicity of the design and the way the toast is lifted high enough for easy removal. Best of all, the crumb tray slides all the way out.

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Oster RWF4S  9/10

$35.99
Stainless steel
Retractable cord

With a stainless steel housing like the classic toasters of the old days, the Oster TSSTTRWF4S keeps things simple with two dials and levers. The slots are extra wide to accommodate even thick artisan bread, and the removable crumb tray is dishwasher safe. Most importantly, it toasts bread and bagels evenly on both sides. For a reliable, no-fuss toaster, this one is a winner.

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Breville Lift and Look  9/10

$75.70
White
Motorized carriage

A high-end toaster with some handy features, the Breville Lift and look Touch Toaster has a special button that allows you to peek at the toast to see how it’s doing. Completely motorized, the toast lowers itself down smoothly, and the grills automatically close to hold it in place. The bagel setting gives you a crisply toasted top without burning the outside.

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Cuisinart 4-Slice Metal  8.5/10

$68.33
Brushed stainless steel
1.5 inch slots

A sturdy metal toaster like the classic ones from the past, the Cuisinart 4-Slice Metal Classic Toaster has wide 1.5 inch slots to easily handle bagels and thick artisan bread. The controls are as simple as can be: just press the button you want (defrost, reheat, bagels, and cancel), adjust the dial, and press the lever. Also, we like the high-lift carriage that prevents burning your fingers.

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Black & Decker T4030  8/10

$46.61
Stainless steel
1400 watts

A modern-looking toaster with extra-wide slots, the Black & Decker T4030 has a mix of electronic controls and simple dials to make programming easy. No matter which slot you use, the toast comes out evenly browned, and with the bagel setting, the inside is crispy and the outside warm. Sturdy and reliable, this 4-slice toaster is also moderately priced.

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Calphalon 4-Slice  8/10

$79.99
Stainless steel
1800 watts

A handsome stainless steel toaster that will look attractive on the counter, the Calphalon 4-Slice Toaster has four settings: toast, bagel, defrost, and reheat. The toaster works quickly with even results, and the carriage can be lifted up higher to make removing the toast easier. Each pair of slots can be set to different shades or settings, giving you more options.

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Hamilton Beach 4-Slice  8/10

$39.88
Brushed stainless steel
Automatic shut-off

The Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Toaster has a rounded exterior that tapers at the top for a unique look. Each side has separate controls for bagels, defrost, and cancel. As for function, it browns toast to the selected shade with no problem. A nice safety feature is the automatic shut-off, and the slide-out tray keeps maintenance simple.

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Top 5 Features to Look for in a Toaster

1. High lift carriage

No one wants to have to stick their fingers (or worse, a fork) down into the toaster slot to get that thin slice of bread out. Many toasters let you “boost” the toast up so it’s easy to grab with no burnt fingers.

2. Bagel setting

The difference with toasting bagels as opposed to toast is that you don’t want both sides browned, just the cut part. With a good bagel setting, the cut part is toasted while the other side is warmed, giving you a delicious blend of crispy and soft.

3. Cord storage

Appliances are in competition for prime countertop space. If you want to keep your toaster out all the time, then a retractable cord or a hidden cord storage is ideal for keeping your counter free of messy-looking wires.

4. Lift and Look

This isn’t an essential feature, but it sure is cool. With a lift and look button, you can quickly raise the toast to get a peek at how it’s turning out. The toast then descends and continues its business. This can prevent burning and help you get the toast at that perfect shade.

5. Front-access, removable crumb tray

Yes, toaster crumb trays get filled up pretty quickly with toast remnants. Unless you want to be lugging the toaster across your counter to reach the crumb tray in the back or to shake it out over the sink, a front-access, removable crumb tray is best for cleanup.

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