Toaster review - 09/2019

It is hard to imagine a household without a toaster. Nowadays, they are available in various variations: for 4 slices or for single-use, in bright colours or in simple stainless steel design, with roll-top, warm-up function or tanning regulator. They are also an ideal gift!

We have tested 9 products from different manufacturers. Our test winner is the Aicok stainless steel toaster 1700W: The device is of high-quality workmanship and provides with a good browning regulation for a crispy tasty toasting result. Our favourite with the test mark 9.1/10!

last modified: 14.10.2019, 15:53
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Our winner: Aicok Stainless steel toaster 1700W Cloer 3890 Single-Toaster 600 W Severin AT 2287 Automatic Toaster, 700 W Profi Cook Profi Cook Toaster PC-TA 1170 Bosch TAT6A114 Compact-Toaster 1090 W Morphy Richards 242018EE Accents Toaster WMF KITCHENminis 600W DeLonghi Kenwood TTM 020BL AmazonBasics Toaster, 850 W

Aicok
Stainless steel toaster 1700W

Cloer
3890 Single-Toaster 600 W

Severin
AT 2287 Automatic Toaster, 700 W

Profi Cook
Profi Cook Toaster PC-TA 1170

Bosch
TAT6A114 Compact-Toaster 1090 W

Morphy Richards
242018EE Accents Toaster

WMF
KITCHENminis 600W

DeLonghi
Kenwood TTM 020BL

AmazonBasics
Toaster, 850 W

  • Quick preparation
  • Good tanning regulation
  • Separate operation of toast slots
  • Good workmanship

  • Very fast preparation
  • Up-lift function
  • Warm-up function
  • Toaster does not overheat
  • Bun attachment
  • Cable compartment
  • Sensor touch operation
  • Bun attachment
  • Cable holder
  • Extra wide toast slot
  • Indicator lights
  • High-lift
  • Cable rewind
  • Individual preparation
  • Lighting
  • 7 different browning levels
  • Integrated bun attachment
  • Control function
  • Magnetic crumb tray
  • Bun attachment
  • Fingerprints remain visible
  • Fingerprints stick on the surface
  • No lighting
  • Smoke formation
  • Fingerprints and grease marks remain on the surface
  • Smoke formation
  • Fingerprints remain
  • Throws out the toast every time
  • Fingerprints stick on surface
  • Squeaks
  • Chemical smell
  • Design
  • Push feature
  • Toast can fly out of the toaster
  • Fingerprints
  • Risk of burns

Very well processed toaster with a good browning regulation and quick preparation.

Quick preparation and up-lift function. Optimal device for singles.

Reliable toaster including bun attachment, a cable compartment, but without a visual aid in the form of lighting.

Versatile toaster which is easy to use.

A rock-solid toaster with which allows you to pick out the toast easily due to the high-lift function.

Convinces through individual preparation possibilities. But beware: toast jumps out of the toaster regularly!

Fast toaster with 7 adjustable browning levels, a roll attachment and low energy consumption.

A good toaster with useful functions, but seems slightly unstable due to squeaking.

Versatile toaster. But: Toast slices can burn easily and fly out of the machine during toasting.

Speed
Safety
Overall impression
Cleaning
Additional warranty 90 extra days possible Extended warranty for registered consumers - - - - - - 1-year limited warranty (Europe)
Height 19,0 cm 18,6 cm 17,2 cm 19,0 cm 19,0 cm 21,0 cm 17,5 cm 18,6 cm 18,6 cm
Width 31,5 cm 10,0 cm 28,5 cm 24,5 cm 29,5 cm 28,8 cm 25,0 cm 26,5 cm 26,7 cm
Depth 28,0 cm 25,2 cm 13,7 cm 16,5 cm 16,0 cm 27,5 cm 10,5 cm 15,5 cm 14,0 cm
Weight 1954 g 930 g 944 g 1520 g 1702 g 2327 g 1040 g 1884 g 1369 g
Power 750 W-1470 W, varies according to the number of toasts 600 W 700 W Max. 950 W 950 W 820 W - 1600 W Max. 590 W 850 W 750 W
Material Stainless steel Stainless steel Plastic, metal Stainless steel casing Plastic Stainless steel Cromargan Metal, stainless steel Stainless steel
Cable length 75 cm 95 cm 90 cm 90 cm 98 cm 80 cm 85 cm 95 cm 93 cm
Stop button Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of toasts 4 1 2 2 slices 2 4 1 2 2
Crumb tray 2 pieces Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 items Yes Yes Available
Different browning levels 7 browning levels, 1-4 for toasting, 5-7 to roast 6 browning levels 7 browning levels 7 browning levels Yes, 6 browning levels 7 browning levels 7 browning levels 5 browning levels 7 browning levels
Defrosting feature Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colour Silver Black/ silver Black/ silver Silver/ black Red/ anthracite Grey/ silver Silver/ black Silver/ royal blue Black
Bun attachment - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes
Warm-up level Yes Yes - Yes - Yes Yes - Yes
Test seal: Aicok Stainless steel toaster 1700W, Rating 1.65
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Test seal: Cloer 3890 Single-Toaster 600 W, Rating 1.9
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Test seal: Severin AT 2287 Automatic Toaster, 700 W, Rating 2
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Test seal: Profi Cook Profi Cook Toaster PC-TA 1170, Rating 2
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Test seal: Bosch TAT6A114 Compact-Toaster 1090 W, Rating 2
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Test seal: Morphy Richards 242018EE Accents Toaster, Rating 2.2
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Test seal: WMF KITCHENminis 600W, Rating 2.2
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Test seal: DeLonghi Kenwood TTM 020BL, Rating 2.55
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Test seal: AmazonBasics Toaster, 850 W, Rating 3
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*All prices include VAT (if applicable, extra charge for delivery. Check the particular online shop to find information about the availability. Changes of indicated prices since the last update remain reserved.

Aicok

Stainless steel toaster 1700W

Test seal: Aicok Stainless steel toaster 1700W, Rating good

The Aicok Edelstahl Toaster is high quality processed and has user-friendly handling. The tanning control is well adapted to the individual steps and you don't have to wait long before eating the toast. Separate use of the toast slots is possible and individually adaptable. The only disadvantage is that fingerprints stick on the surface.

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Aicok - Stainless steel toaster 1700W

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  • In order to start, heat the toaster several times to remove production residues. Leave your windows open.
  • Once the toast slice has cooled down, simply heat it up to make it crispy again.
  • Almost every toaster has the option of winding the cable underneath the toaster to save space.
  • With the thawing function, not only frozen slices of bread can be unfrozen, but also "toast schnitzel".
  • To find the perfect degree of browning regulation, slowly work up from the lowest to the highest level.
 

Test procedure

In the run-up to the test, we have defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Speed
  • Safety and security
  • Cleaning
  • Overall impression

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the toasters. First, the scope of delivery and functions are checked. During the test runs, toast slices are toasted at the lowest, middle and highest levels. Meanwhile, power consumption and time are measured. Additionally, a thermal imaging camera is used to check the heat development of the devices and assess whether there is a risk of burns.

Thermal picture of a toaster
A thermal picture of one of our test devices

Once the toast slices are finished, the degree of browning and crispness are assessed. If the toasters have a warm-up, defrost or roast function, these are also tested. Rolls and toasties are used for this purpose. Finally, the toasters are cleaned.

In order to rule out errors and ensuring durability despite their exposure to everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. A final score is objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection
Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. These new products pass through the same test as already tested devices.

Since April 2018, food manufacturers in the EU have had to comply with stricter production guidelines. This applies both to recipes and to the various production processes. One of the substances classified as hazardous is acrylamide. It is believed to cause cancer in humans and is found in chips, biscuits, cornflakes, fries and coffee, for example. But the danger of acrylamide is also present in cooking and baking at home.

A perfect morning includes a perfect breakfast. What better way to start the day than with a crispy, golden brown toast? Whether with a sweet or hearty topping, toast is always a real treat. Nowadays, there are a lot of models and finding the right toaster is getting more and more difficult. That's why you can read all the important information about toasters here.

Toasters are household appliances that are used to simply toast or brown different types of bread. Almost all toasters today are powered by electricity, but the method of adding taste to bread is almost as old as the existence of bread itself.

The word 'toaster' comes from Latin. It is derived from the words 'torrere' or 'tostum', which means to dry or roast. The Latin words became "toast" in English which comes close to the terms roasting, warming or browning.

Principally, a toaster is a small device with which it is possible to roast slices of toast or bread in a few minutes. By now, there are many other functions besides roasting, such as the warm-up or thawing function, as well as a crumb drawer or a roll top. Before you consider a purchase, you should think about which functions are important to you and which model you prefer.

There are many different types of toasters today. To help you decide which model suits your needs, the most common types with their advantages and disadvantages are explained below.

1. Slot toaster

The slot toaster is one of the best-known models. The bread slices are clamped between two heating plates and simultaneously roasted golden brown on both sides. One of the biggest advantages here is that the toast slices are not turned over, but are automatically browned on both sides.

In order to classify the slot toaster even more precisely, there are so-called "single slot toasters", "double slot toasters" or special models such as a "four-slot toaster". Nearly all models now include the most important features such as the bread slice centering. This function ensures that if the slice gets a little too close to the edge into the toaster, the slice of bread automatically slides closer to the centre by actuating a lever. This ensures that the slices are evenly browned.

Advantages:

  • Low purchase price
  • Space-saving (especially toasters with only one slot)
  • No turning of the toast slices necessary
  • Usually with additional functions such as a bread roll attachment

Disadvantages:

  • Scope of functions can vary greatly
  • Usually unsuitable for larger quantities
  • The slot size is the same as a toast-slice
  • Not suitable for a ham and cheese toast

Slot toasters are particularly suitable for small or single households, as they do not consume such large quantities. In general, such models are also cheaper than special sandwich toasters.

2. Long slot toaster

If you are interested in toasting not only toast but all kinds of pastries, you should consider buying a long slot toaster. These are characterised by a narrow and particularly long slot, in which for example two toast slices next to each other or conventional bread slices can be browned.

Some manufacturers even offer devices, with which the slot length can be adjusted depending upon need. Here, too, it is not necessary to turn the toast slices. Also, bread rolls can be baked with a special attachment with this toaster. This model does not require ham and cheese toasts or filled sandwiches.

Advantages:

  • Suitable for all types of bread, including large American toasts
  • The slot size can be partially adjusted
  • No turning necessary
  • Do you usually have additional functions?

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than normal slot toasters
  • Bread rolls can only be baked with an attachment
  • Toast of filled sandwiches or ham-cheese toasts is not feasible with this model

A long slot toaster usually requires more storage space than a normal slot toaster. Functions such as a stop button, a crumb tray or bread centring are usually included. Such models usually cost a little more than conventional slot toasters. The biggest advantage of a long slot toaster is that XXL toast slices can also be roasted here.

3. Flat toaster

Originally flat toasters come from Denmark, therefore there are relatively few models of this kind on the market in other countries. The special thing about this type of toaster is that it has no slots, but a rust. Under the grill there are heating spirals, similar to a grill, so that first the rolls or toast slices are only browned from one side. For this model, the selected bread must therefore always be turned.

Advantages:

  • Several slices of bread can be toasted at the same time
  • Suitable for all bakery products and bread
  • Also, sandwiches and breads can be roasted
  • A defrost function is standard on almost all models

Disadvantages:

  • Needs more storage space in the kitchen
  • Turning of the bread slices is necessary
  • During the roasting process, there is a high development of heat
  • Few additional functions as standard

This model makes it possible to roast any kind of bread, it is important not to forget to turn it around.

4. Sandwich toaster

A sandwich toaster, also known as a sandwich maker, was first introduced to the market in 1974 by the Australian company Breville. Although this model has no slots, it still belongs to the family of toasters.

Generally, the sandwich toaster resembles a waffle iron, because here too the toast is placed on two folding heating surfaces. In most cases, the heating surfaces are coated so that the sandwiches or bread do not stick. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that the heating plates are always rubbed with a thin layer of oil before use.

Advantages:

  • Principally, all bread sizes can be toasted due to the large contact surface.
  • No turning of the slices necessary
  • Also filled or baked toasts or sandwiches can be toasted
  • Besides bread, you can also grill other foods in a sandwich toaster

Disadvantages:

  • Usually, require more storage space than conventional slot toasters
  • No possibility to defrost rolls or to bake them with the help of an attachment
  • No crumb drawer

The biggest advantage of a sandwich toaster is that it can be used in many ways. These models are ideal for baking over delicacies, cheese toast and, depending on the equipment, also for grilling vegetables, meat or fish.

What all toasters have in common is an included heating element that is controlled either electronically or with a bimetal. It is particularly convenient that the degree of roasting can be set individually and the toaster then switches itself off automatically. The roasted toast slices can then be easily removed.

  • Bimetal control: On models with a bimetal control, the heating plates are closed after the lever is pressed down. A separate heating conductor then heats a bimetal strip until it deforms and reaches the desired intermediate state. The toast is then roasted until the bimetal strip has completely cooled down again. The degree of browning is determined by adjusting the degree of deformation of the bimetal strip.
  • Electronic control: In a toaster with electronic control, an electromagnet holds the toast and the switching contacts at the bottom. The end of the toasting process or the release of the electromagnet is controlled by an integral circuit. The output temperature of the toast slices is adjusted by a control program in the circuit.
  • Safety functions: Some safety standards for toasters have become established worldwide in the meantime. Within the EU, all approved toasters must have protection against short circuits, harmful emissions from heat-sealing bands and electric shock. Almost all models also have a safety cut-out if a slice of bread gets stuck in the appliance.

Baking and roasting of bread have a long tradition. Already in ancient Egypt slices of bread were roasted over an open fire and thus preserved longer. This method was adopted by the Romans and spread during their campaigns. Since then, the technique has changed immensely, but the principle is the same.

The first prototype of today's toaster was built in America in 1906 and a patent was applied for in 1908. A short time later, another toaster was patented in England. This was a plug-in toaster with wire rack baskets into which the bread slices were inserted. In order to achieve an even roasting result, the bread had to be turned sensitively.

At those times it was not uncommon to burn your fingers on the roasted bread slices. The models became more user-friendly at the end of the 1920s due to the invention of fireproof plastic. The operation was simplified and the first German manufacturers introduced the first toasters to the market in 1912.

In 1919, the current fully automatic toaster was patented by Toastmaster. However, models for the broad masses were only available from 1926. Since the introduction of this model, nothing fundamental has changed until today. There were always new design variants, but all models were similar and there were only a few changes regarding the additional functions or the fine-tuning.

Generally, toasters are suitable for all common types of bread that can be cut into slices. These are simply inserted into the slots and pressed down with the aid of an attached lever. The heating rods then heat up with a similar effect to an oven.

Some models also have an attachment for baking rolls at the same time. With the latest toasters, you can not only roast bread but also cook eggs or toast filled sandwiches. Toasters can be used in many different ways. It is possible to make crostinis for salads, but it is also possible to prepare snacks and other versatile quick dishes in no time at all.

What a toaster really should be able to do is difficult to answer right away because everyone has individual needs that need to be satisfied. In principle, various toasters have basic and optional equipment.

The basic equipment should include the following points:

  • A crumb tray that can be easily pulled out for cleaning
  • An attachment to bake or defrost rolls at the same time
  • A toast lift that presses the finished toast slices out so far that they can be safely removed
  • To ensure that the toaster does not become too hot on the outside, sufficient thermal insulation must be provided
  • Protection against harmful emissions from heat-sealing bands, electric shock and short-circuits
  • Adjustable tanning levels

Additional functions that do not necessarily have to be available:

  • Bread disc centring, so that the bread discs can be moved to the centre by means of a lever in order to achieve an even browning
  • A stop button, if a slice of bread gets stuck, the toasting process can be interrupted
  • A warm-up button to keep already toasted slices of bread warm without further roasting
  • A grill-, baking- or egg cooking function
  • Automatic switch-off if the toaster gets too hot to avoid fires

Before you decide on a toaster, it is important to consider in advance for what or whom the device should be used. Here we show you what you should pay attention to in order to make a good decision:

1. Material

The material of the toaster is particularly important when it comes to handling and care. Many of the devices on offer are made of aluminium and plastic, which makes them particularly easy to care for and stable. Particularly shapely models are made of stainless steel and convince with an elaborate design. Unfortunately, this is often associated with an increased cleaning effort, as the surfaces are much more sensitive.

2. Size

There are many different sizes on the market. Single-slot toasters or mini toasters are particularly suitable for camping trips or small households. Larger families should choose a long slot toaster or, if they wish, roast several toast slices at once. Sandwich toasters offer even more space and the option to grill other food on them.

3. Functions

In addition to roasting, toasters also have many more functions. Some models are optionally equipped with a bread roll-top or an integrated grate. The functions should always be tailored to your needs. Cleaning should also play an important role. For those who find it too costly to always turn the toaster upside down to remove crumbs, it is best to use a model with a crumb drawer.

4. Costs

Before the purchase, a certain budget should always be set. Since toasters are usually used for many years, it also justifies double-digit prices. If the toaster is used daily or at least weekly, a better model should be preferred so that you can enjoy it for a long time. Toasters of higher quality are available in stores between 50 and 100 Euro.

5. Colour/ Design

There are no limits to the colours and designs. The choice is almost unlimited and everyone will certainly find a model that can be perfectly integrated into the existing kitchen. If you prefer a simple toaster, it is best to choose a model in stainless steel or aluminium design.

Conclusion

In the end, you have to decide for yourself which model really suits you. Whether you prefer a lightweight plastic toaster or a more robust stainless steel toaster. For every need, there is a suitable toaster on the market. It is important that this has the usual safety functions and it pleases you optically as well as in price. In addition, all essential functions should be available to satisfy individual needs.

In any case, the toaster should be stable and have a secure stand. Who does not want to take much money into the hand and rather reaches for a very favourable toaster, should be prepared: This often turns out to be much more expensive than medium-priced devices, since the durability is usually quite limited. Then, nothing stands in the way of enjoying a tasty roll or a crispy toast.

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