Best Red Toaster Picks and Reviews 2017/18
A red toaster makes a great addition to your kitchen, one that is both stylish and functional. But with so many choices in the market today it is not easy to choose the right one for your needs and budget. In this article we review the top 3 rated 2 slice red toasters, 4 slice red toasters and red toaster ovens including an unbiased review of the pros and cons of each model, plus details of where to buy at the best prices.
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How to buy the best red toaster for you
Buying a new red toaster can be confusing with so many choices available on the market today, each promising to be the best thing since, pardon the pun, sliced bread. We have spent hundreds of hours testing toasters and toaster ovens and provide some easy-to-follow buying advice and guidance below to help you understand what are the important features you should be looking for before reading our red toaster reviews.
Should I buy a 2 slice or a 4 slice red toaster?
Unless you live alone, or are very tight on kitchen countertop space, then we would recommend a 4 slice toaster because it gives you greater flexibility, allows you to cook wide bread and generally makes busy breakfast times easier. That said, there are plenty of great 2 slice red toasters on the market which may better suit your needs hence why we have provided Top 3 reviews for both options below.
The performance of a 2 slice and 4 slice toaster should be similar, however you may find that the controls on the 4 slice option are a little more complex and may include, for example, dual slot controls and timers to allow you to control each pair of slots seperately so you can toast say bagels on one side while toasting bread on the other.
What features should I look out for in a toaster?
Most decent red toasters available today will have a reheat, bagel and defrost function. Let’s take a look at what each of these does and why they are useful:
- Reheat – the reheat button is something we tend not to use as we prefer our toast to be freshly prepared. It activates a short (e.g. one minute) cycle to heat up your cold toast. Some toasters have the reheat function marked on the timer dial rather than being a seperate button.
- Bagel – if you love bagels as much as we do then this setting is a must have; bagels should only be toasted on the inside and selecting the bagel function disables the outer toasting elements so you can toast on one side only. Without this function there is no other way to cook your bagel, or indeed English muffin, properly.
- Defrost – the defrost button is actually quite a simple one, all it does is add around a minute to the selected timer setting. Not rocket science but useful nevertheless because it means you don’t have to adjust your timer control from its ideal setting.
How much should I spend on a toaster?
If you intend to use your toaster frequently, are fussy about having perfectly cooked toast with even browning or appreciate having options to check your toast mid-cycle then investing in a more expensive toaster would be a worthwhile investment. Red toasters vary in price between approximately $20 and $300 depending on the brand, style and features it comes with.
At the upper end of the budget scale are toasters such as the Dualit, which are not only hand-built but come with fully replaceable or repairable parts, and have a unique ejector lever which means you can check your toast mid-cycle without resetting the timer. The Dualit timer dial also means you can see how long your toast has left to cook, a feature that is unique to this brand.
At the lower end of the budget scale some things to watch out for include toasters which get very hot on the exterior (safety hazard) and do not brown the toast evenly. That said, there are certainly some buget options reviewed here (e.g. KitchenAid 2 slice red toaster) which perform admirably well and come in at a very reasonable price point.
Should I buy a toaster with a crumb tray?
Yes. The crumb tray is a very useful feature which allows you to easily dispose of the crumbs. We recommend looking for a single large crumb tray instead of twin crumb trays because it’s just easier for cleaning. Also, look for a design where the crumb tray doesn’t get too hot after use to avoid any potential incidents of burning your fingers while tidying up.