Toasters normally come in two or four slice models. Which one you go for will be determined by how much toast you get through. Four slices are good for families or people who cook breakfasts for many people although they are bigger and take up more room.
Design: If you need a larger toaster look for a design classic (such as the Dualit models) which will be a feature piece of your kitchen or choose a colour that matches your scheme.
Slot sizes: Should be wide and deep enough to hold large slices of bread and also other bakery items like bagels, teacakes or crumpets.
High-lift facility: means you can get toast and smaller items out easily and safely.
Easy to use and clean: Crumb trays make your toaster easier to clean and stop it clogging up with burnt bits. The tray should slide out with little effort and not be stiff and fiddly to take out.
Heat settings: If you have to cater for lots of toast tastes look for different browning functions.
Defrost and reheat functions: Look for speedy defrost and reheat settings.
Pause: lets you pause the process, check your toast then pop it back to carry on cooking, where it left off. Or invest in the Magimix Vision Toaster which is transparent so you can see how your toast is browning!
Multi-functions: The Toast ’N’ Bacon from Tefal has a built in grill/oven so you can keep your bacon warm while toasting your bread. Other toasters have bun trays so you can warm croissants and other bakery on top of the toaster.
So it’s clear toasters have come far since Roman times. Now you can choose one that is the best thing since sliced bread so you can enjoy the food of the gods morning, noon and night.