Toaster Reviews: Best 4 Slice Toasters
I have fond memories of my mother making us a hot breakfast almost every morning before school. Some days she would make us pancakes or waffles, and others it would be eggs and, gulp, toast? My mother had this very unique toaster contraption. It looked like a 4-sided pyramid, was made out of some type of metal and had lots of small holes in it. She would dutifully place this "toaster" on the stovetop, lean our bread up against it, and in 10 minutes or so we had fresh hot toast.There were no automatic controls, no shut offs or modern devices. Let's just say that my sister and I became very adept with a table knife as we scraped all of the burnt stuff off!
I can't imagine a modern kitchen without an electric toaster, and the number and types you can choose from are staggering. Most families will require at minimum a 4 slice toaster, while others opt for the designer models, toaster ovens, wide slot toasters or even toasters that will cook your eggs and sausage as well!
Following are some of the best 4 slice toasters available on the market today covering a wide range of options. You're sure to find one to suit your needs and tastes perfectly well!
Back to Basics TEM4500 4-Slot Egg-and-Muffin Toaster
This Back to Basics 4 slice toaster is the one that I use almost every day. Its sleek design fits into most any décor, it's extremely easy to clean, and you can program it to cook toast, eggs or both at the same time! It's the quickest way to get a homemade egg and muffin sandwich in the morning, and is so easy, the kids can even make their own. The eggs can be "poached", or you can cook up to 8 soft- or hard-boiled eggs at a time. The toaster also comes with meat trays so that you can heat up some Canadian bacon or sausage for your egg sandwich at the same time that the eggs and toast are cooking.
It comes equipped with a dual-control panel for 2 or 4 slice toasting, bagel and defrost settings shade control and a removable crumb tray. Back to Basics offers a full 1-year warranty on each unit. A 2-slice, 2-egg model is also available.
T-Fal TT7461002 Avante Deluxe 4-Slice Toaster
T-Fal's Avante Deluxe model comes with all of the bells and whistles, and its sleek, angled design with brushed stainless face and black exterior will complement your kitchen's décor nicely. It accommodates up to 4 slices of toast, with separate 2- or 4-slice operation. The slots are extra wide to accommodate even the biggest bagels, and the slots will self-adjust to whatever you put into them. Its high-speed, 1800-watt heating mechanism makes this one of the quicker toasters on the market.
It comes equipped with 7 different customized toasting levels, an extra high lift lever (no more sticking a fork in the slot to get that little English muffin out!), reheat and bagel settings and removable crumb tray. It has a cool touch exterior making it safe for children to operate. T-Fal offers a 1-year limited warranty on each unit. This toaster is also available in all brushed stainless steel as well.
Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation 4-Slice Toaster and Oven
If you have limited space in your kitchen, this unit will be perfect. It incorporates a 4 slice toaster along with the full functionality of a toaster oven in one unit. The toaster comes with two 1-1/2 inch wide slots that matches the functionality of a true 4 slot toaster. The Toastation also includes an automatic shutoff, shade and temperature controls and a "ready" signal.
The toaster oven can easily accommodate up to a 9-inch pizza and is perfect for kids' snacks. No need to turn your oven on to cook some chicken nuggets or fries -- the Toastation will take care of them perfectly. Hamilton Beach offers a 1-year limited warranty on each unit.
Breville CT75XL Ikon 4-Slice Electric Toaster
With its minimalist design in premium brushed stainless steel, the Breville Ikon is the perfect toaster for any kitchen. It comes equipped with extra-wide and deep toasting slots that will accommodate the biggest waffles to the thickest bagels. The slots automatically self-center, ensuring even toast every time. Its high-lift lever will help to extricate smaller items without burning your fingers, and it has a unique "lift and look" feature that will allow you to monitor your toast's progress without interrupting the cycle.
A bright LCD display indicates the toasting progress, and the unit also comes with a shade-control dial, toast and reheat functions, a ready sound alert and removable crumb tray. Breville offers a limited lifetime warranty on each unit.
Cuisinart CPT-140PK Electronic Cool-Touch 4-Slice Toaster
This Cuisinart 4 slice toaster is certainly pretty in pink, and is the perfect unit for a sorority house or girly-girl kitchen. The unit comes with 9 browning levels with LED indicator lights and touchpad controls that offer reheat, defrost and bagel settings. The 1-1/2 inch wide slots will accommodate even the thickest bagels, the high-lift lever will help when removing smaller items, and the removable crumb tray makes clean-up a breeze.
The toaster also comes with dual controls allowing you to cook two separate portions simultaneously. Perfect for a young couple. It has a cool-touch exterior and is relatively compact as far as 4 slice toasters go at 7" x 11" x 10". This Cuisinart model is available in other colors as well. However, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every pink Cuisinart product is donated to breast cancer research. So buy pink! Cuisinart is also offering a 3-year limited warranty on each unit.
Krups 4 Slice Toaster FEM4W
This stylish Krups toaster comes in white with brushed stainless steel accents. With 1800 watts of power, its high speed toasting will leave the inside of your bread nice and soft. The FEM4W has 2 sets of controls and 2 separate heating chambers for dual toasting. It comes equipped with 8 browning selections, a 3-position control lever, and LED indicators.
The bagel function will toast the cut side of the bagel while warming the crust side, and the defrost function will thaw and then toast frozen breads, muffings, pastries, etc. It also comes with an integrated warming tray to warm your pastries without toasting them.
Dualit 4-Slice Toaster
The retro-styling of Dualit's 4 slice toaster will take you right back to the 1950s. It comes in chrome (pictured) and 8 other retro colors to match the décor of any kitchen. Its four slots are extra-wide and extra-deep to accommodate the biggest bagels or its Dualit sandwich cage (sold separately) to heat sandwiches. Its proprietary ProHeat system ensures even toasting every time, and its high speed toasting can output up to 130 slices of toast per hour!
In fitting with the retro theme, all functions are manually operated. It comes with 2- or 4-slice cycles and has adjustable browning selections. This model is also available in 2- and 3- slice models and comes with a one-year warranty.
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