Sturdy build. Toasts bread quickly and evenly, even when toasting several slices in a row. Defrost function is a nice touch. Stays in one place thanks to anti-slip feet. Available in various colors.
Larger than similar toasters, taking up more counter space. Tends to run hot, requiring a few “test” pieces of toast to figure out best setting.
Self-centering racks keep bread or bagels positioned the correct distance from heating elements. Solid build with stainless steel control elements. Colors are accurate as advertised. Browns toast well, without dehydrating the inside of the bread.
Tends to toast bread more on one side than the other. Larger pieces of bread don’t fit the toasting slots comfortably. Removable crumb tray can stick a bit.
Fits bagels and wider breads without a problem. Features six browning levels. Specialty settings like defrost, plus a Euro-style setting that allows users to have their toast done on one side, the way Sting likes it. Available in multiple colors.
The control level is this Smeg’s greatest weakness, with a tendency to break after a short period of use. Heating elements are often not well-calibrated, leading to burnt toast at low settings.
Light-up button while toasting adds to retro vibe. Toast settings are very accurate with little calibration needed. Features removable stainless steel crumb tray.
Toaster’s advertised color may be off by a few shades, so don’t design a kitchen aesthetic before the unit arrives. Control lever may loosen and break after a few months.
Preset programming for bagels as well as reheat and defrost settings. Extra-long, wide slots hold two bread slices apiece. Big bagels fit this toaster, too. Good control range on toast settings.
Heavy and large, this toaster will take up quite a bit of counter space. Removable crumb tray is just average.
Smeg creates some the best retro toasters on the market. They’re not joking when they say they create “technology with style.” The curves and colors combined with modern features make these toasters a joy to have in the kitchen. They offer two- and four-slice toasters, although the four-slice models use an extra-long slot rather than a four-slot configuration. Some Smeg toasters include a defrost feature, six browning levels, and a Euro-setting that browns toast on one side. Self-centering racks hold bread and bagels in place between the heating elements. Smeg toasters come in fun retro colors or a retro body with a stainless steel exterior. Whichever model you choose, a Smeg toaster is sure to bring a chic, retro vibe to your kitchen.
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