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How to choose the best toaster

Toaster buyers guide

Buying a toaster might seem like a straightforward decision, but with so many types and styles available, it’s not as simple as it first seems. There are various factors to consider: should you buy a two or four-slice toaster? Can it cater for different thicknesses or artisan breads and bagels? What colour and design will complement your kitchen?

Read on to find out how to choose the best toaster.

Things to consider when buying a new toaster

A toaster is an essential appliance in most kitchens, and the best ones will work well when toasting any type of bread. They’re also quick and will toast bread evenly on both sides. Not sure where to start? Read on to find out how to choose the perfect toaster.

Two or four-slice toaster: which is best for me?

First things first; you’ll need to choose between a two or four-slice toaster. If you have a larger household, then a four-slice toaster might be best. It will certainly help to get breakfast on the table that much faster. However, if you’re a two-person household or you don’t eat toast regularly, a two-slice toaster may be a better option.

The size of the toaster you choose can make a big difference to your morning routine, so think about this carefully.

Style and design

The look and design of your toaster may also be important to you, particularly if you want to display it on your kitchen countertop. If this is the case, you may want to match your toaster to other appliances in your kitchen for consistency. However, if you hide your toaster away in a cupboard, style and aesthetics may be less of an issue.

When it comes to colour and design, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether it’s a 50’s retro Smeg toaster or a scandi-inspired version like this Swan toaster, you’re sure to find something to suit your style and kitchen scheme.

And don’t forget to match your toaster with your kettle for a coordinated look.

Common features to look out for

Shade settings

The shade setting represents the number of minutes the toaster will run for before popping. The higher the scale of this setting, the more flexibility you will have and the more accurate you can be your toast shade. It’s an important consideration if you’re fussy about how you like your toast!

Variable width slots

This is useful for fitting different widths of bread in the toaster. When you press the lever down, a metal frame will compress and fit your slices as they are lowered. This ensures the bread is toasted evenly regardless of the thickness.

High lift

As the name suggests, this allows you to push the toast higher than it would naturally sit after toasting. This makes it a lot easier to remove the bread from the toaster without burning yourself.

Crumb tray

Most toasters now come with a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning.


This setting is designed to reheat toast that has cooled without browning it.

Metal racks

Some toasters come with metal racks that sit on top and allow you to warm items like rolls or croissants.

Additional functions

Some toasters will also feature alternative programs if you’re interested in heating more than just bread. This can range from a bagel setting to a crumpet setting and even a fruit loaf option.

Shop for toasters at Knees Home & Electrical

We stock an excellent range of toasters from top brands including Smeg, Bosch and Swan.

We have a range of toasters on display in our Trowbridge and Malmesbury stores, so you can take a look before you buy.

But you don’t have to live locally to buy your toaster from us. We deliver across mainland UK using our delivery partner, and you can see and buy our entire range on our website.

If you need any help or advice, our helpful customer service team will be happy to assist you.


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