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Are toasters strictly necessary? Well, no. If you have an oven, you can use it to toast bread. Toasting bread on the stove is similarly easy.
But, if you’re a frequent toast haver, you probably can’t imagine life without a toaster. We get it. A humble piece of toast can make other humble foods feel like a satisfying meal, from beans to a poached egg to a kale salad. It transforms soup from a spartan situation to a cozy, delicious dinner.
If your household is on the larger side or if you just eat a lot of toast, a 4-slice model may be a better fit than the regular 2-slice models. Our picks were chosen for their ease of use, ease of cleaning, and consistency. If you’re making toast in the morning for breakfast, you’re probably making it before your coffee. And, we firmly believe no one should have to deal with a frustrating kitchen appliance pre-coffee.
Here are the best 4-slice toasters to have on your counter.
Best Overall: Cuisinart CPT-640 4-Slice Custom Select Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11 x 11 x 7.6 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds | Wattage: 1800 W
If you’re looking for a 4-slice toaster that always has your back, look no further than the Cuisinart 4-Slice Custom Select Toaster. This stainless-steel beauty will look great on your counter and performs admirably for whichever toast needs you may have.
Cuisinart designed this with seven browning settings. There’s a “single toast” setting and a dial to specify what you’re toasting: bread, waffles, bagels, pastries, or English muffins. With 1.5-inch wide slots, it can handle whatever you’re hoping to toast. There’s a high-rise carriage for no-burn toast retrieval, and the crumb tray slides out for easy cleaning. In other words, an ideal toaster.
Best Budget: Oster TSSTTR6330-NP 4-Slice Long-Slot Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 15.2 x 7.3 x 7.4 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Wattage: 1500 W
If you’d like an alternative to the Black+Decker, we also really like the Oster 4-Slice Long-Slot Toaster. For one thing, it may work better for some countertops with its longer design, meant to accommodate two slices per slot (i.e. it has two slots, but they’re each very long). It looks high-design and is slightly more versatile—you can make four regular slices of toast, or you can toast two pieces of baguette or another favorite artisanal bread.
This doesn't mean Oster has skimped on other features though. It has internal guides to automatically adjust to the thickness of your bread slice and comes with seven shade settings. We also appreciate the “warm” setting and the fact that the crumb tray is safe to stick in the dishwasher. And the sides stay cool during toasting, protecting everyone's hands.
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Best Splurge: Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11.9 x 10.9 x 7.7 inches | Weight: 13 pounds | Wattage: 1800 W
We’re solidly in the 21st century now, why should your toaster be stuck in the 1950s? For a next-level machine that incorporates technology to bring you excellent toasted bread, we recommend the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster.
This toaster features an internal smart chip that regulates the heating cycle, ensuring that your toast is perfect every time. It also features a patented Lift and Look feature so you can check on your toast without canceling the toasting cycle. There are bagel and defrost settings, as well as the signature Breville “A Bit More” feature, where you can add another few seconds of toasting. The slots are extra-wide at 1.2 inches, and there are five browning settings. It looks great on your counter and has a removable crumb tray.
Best Wide-Slot: Hamilton Beach 24810 Keep Warm 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 15.7 x 7.5 x 7.8 inches | Weight: 13 pounds | Wattage: 1800 W
The Hamilton Beach Keep Warm 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster is another one that is low on frills but solid on design. The slots are 1.5 inches wide and over 5 inches long, meaning there’s plenty of room for your favorite bread, bagels, and beyond.
This option offers several functions, including keep warm (which holds your toast at its temperature for three more minutes without over toasting), defrost and bagel, plus auto shut-off and cancel. There’s an extra lift, so you don’t burn your fingers when you pull out the toast. There’s a very loud beep when your toast is done, which may be obnoxious or may be great if you tend to get distracted in other rooms as you’re making meals.
Best Design: Smeg TSF03 4-Slot Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 13 x 11.75 x 7.5 inches | Weight: 8.4 pounds | Wattage: 1800 W
For those who think that a great kitchen appliance should also be beautiful, there’s Smeg. Smeg is an Italian brand that collaborates with architects and designers for a mid-century retro look without sacrificing utility. They’re as delightful to post to your Instagram feed as they are to use.
The 4-slot Smeg toaster, which comes in a range of neutral and vivid colors, makes great toast. One unique feature it offers is independent controls for each set of two slots, meaning you can make four slices of toast with two different brownness settings. It offers six levels of browning, reheat, brown, defrost, and bagel settings, even browning, and removable crumb trays. It’s pricier than our other picks, but it’s a beautiful, effective toaster.
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Best for Brunch: KRUPS KH734D Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster
Dimensions (LxWxH): 13.5 x 13.3 x 8.5 inches | Weight: 5.2 pounds | Wattage: 1500 W
If your interest was piqued by dual controls and you want something you can show off during brunch gatherings, we really like the Krups Breakfast Set 4-Slice Toaster. Maybe your household has strong opinions on toast levels, or maybe you host a lot of brunches where you like to offer several kinds of toasted bread.
The Krups offers six levels of browning, plus extra-large, self-centering slots, so whichever type of bread or bagel you’re toasting comes out perfectly. It has defrost, reheat, bagel, and cancel functions, a high lift for easy toast retrieval without a burn, and removable crumb trays. And when brunch is over, the cord easily stores away.
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If you just need a great 4-slice toaster, we stand by the Cuisinart 4-Slice Custom Select Toaster (view at Amazon), which will serve you well. If you’re a bread connoisseur and plan on toasting lots of oblong loaves, the unique design of the Oster 4-Slice Long-Slot Toaster (view at Amazon) will be just the thing.
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