Toasts evenly in both slots. Shiny and classic looking. Removable crumb tray makes cleaning easy. Six levels and 5 functions including defrost. Fingerprint-resistant sides. Outside walls stay cool.
Lower settings do not tend to put a "toast" level of crispy crumbs on the bread.
Seven easy-access settings for toast, bagels, waffles, and more. Stainless steel design for tough exterior and 2 wide slots for more space and functionality — especially for bagels and buns. Many buyers note how well the defrost feature works for frozen products without sacrificing quality.
Not easy to clean. Wide slots are good for bigger slices but not for smaller ones.
Great toaster from a staple of affordable kitchen products. Simple design with a lift lever, 2 wide slots, and easy-to-spot buttons for bagels and frozen products. Works 50% faster than previous models. Includes several shade settings from light orange to dark brown.
Those who like their toast crispy the whole way through take issue with the product's focus on exterior char.
Retro look. Seven settings for browning. Wide slots for a small toaster. Cancel button. Self-centering function on the toaster helps to get the bread toasted evenly every time.
Fits many wider breads, but slots are still not as wide as some on the market
Made of brushed stainless steel with black dials and buttons. Toasts 4 slices of bread at once. Each slot measures 1.5 inches wide. Has separate controls for each side of the toaster. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
May not toast bread evenly.
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Whether you like toast piled high with avocado or toasted bread for sandwiches, a toaster is one of those essentials no good kitchen should be without. Stainless steel toasters are both a stylish and sensible choice. Not only do they look great and add shine to your countertop, but they also tend to be more durable than models with a plastic outer.
One of the first factors to decide on when shopping for a stainless steel toaster is whether you require a two- or four-slice model. If you pick out a four-slice option, you may want to consider one with independent controls, which means you don’t have to use all four slots at once and you can select different browning shades for each slice. Other factors to consider include the size of the slot and what settings you require. For instance, some toast lovers may also appreciate a setting that’s just for bagels.
Stainless steel toasters can either be two-slice or four-slice models. Unless you live alone or only one or two people ever eat toast at the same time, it’s best to choose a four-slice option. The vast majority of four-slice toasters feature four single slots side by side, but you can find some slimmer yet deeper models with two extra-long slots next to each other, each of which can hold two standard slices.
A standard stainless steel toaster slot is designed to hold a regular piece of store-bought sliced bread. However, if you want to slice and toast nonstandard bread products, such as bagels, burger buns, artisan loaves, or baguettes, you might find that they either don't fit in your toaster at all or you need to turn them around partway through so that you don't have one untoasted part. The answer is to choose a toaster with extra-wide or extra-long slots. Extra-wide slots are great for thicker items, such as bagels or buns, which are often too thick for standard toasters. Extra-long slots can fit the equivalent of two slices of bread side by side, so they can fit demi-baguettes or slices of homemade boules.
Four-slice toasters with independent controls allow you to control pairs of slots independently of one another. With independent controls you aren't forced to use all four slots at once if you're only making one or two slices of toast. They also let you choose different browning settings for each pair of slots, which is great if you're making toast for two people with different toasting preferences.
The bagel setting is becoming popular to the point where you can find it on the majority of stainless steel toasters. This setting toasts only one side of your bagel (or of any other bread product of your choice) to prevent your sesame seeds and other bagel toppings from burning.
All stainless steel toasters, without fail, have browning settings to control how light or dark you want your toast. So, whether you enjoy toast that’s so pale it's basically just warm bread or a piece that’s been blackened to a crisp, simply choose the correct setting and your toast will come out to your liking.
The high-lift function allows you to manually lift the level higher than its neutral point, which is handy for getting small bread products out of the toaster. Choose a stainless steel toaster with a high-lift function if you regularly toast bagels, crumpets, burger buns, or anything similar.
Stainless steel toasters generally cost a little more than those with plastic outers. Expect to pay between $30 and $50 for basic models with just the standard features. However, toasters in this price range may not toast evenly, and you may have issues fitting tall or thick slices in the slots.
Mid-range stainless steel toasters are usually priced between $50 and $100. Unless you want all the latest features, you should find a solid model in this price range.
High-end stainless steel toasters cost from $100 all the way up to $300. These are the best toasters on the market, they're highly durable, toast evenly every time, and may offer a range of high-tech features.
Q. What is a crumb tray?
A. A crumb tray is a tray that fits in the bottom of the toaster to catch any crumbs that fall from your bread as its toasting. Whichever stainless steel toaster you choose, it will have a removable crumb tray, either pull-out or spring-loaded. It's important to remove and empty the crumb tray regularly. This will help keep your toaster doing its job effectively and will increase its longevity.
Q. How can I tell which shade setting to set my toaster to?
A. The majority of stainless steel toasters have between five and seven shade settings, which you can choose from depending on how light or dark you like your toast. But which is the right one to get your desired level of toasting? You can get a rough idea of which setting to use according to your preferences — the lowest setting for extremely light toast, the highest setting for extremely dark toast, or somewhere in between — but it can take some trial and error to find the exact setting that will get your toast precisely how you like it.
Q. Can a stainless steel toaster rust?
A. Although it is technically possible for stainless steel to rust under certain conditions, your stainless steel toaster won't rust in a normal kitchen environment. It's fine to wipe it down with a damp cloth, but make sure it's unplugged from its power outlet first.