Best toaster 2024 in the UK – our tried and tested top 9

The best toaster will be the hardest-working appliance in your kitchen. Here are our tried and tested favourites

The best toaster, the De Longhi blue toaster on Ideal Home pink background
(Image credit: Future/De Longhi/Funky Appliance)

Find the best toaster for you, based on the tests we've carried out here at Ideal Home. In this guide, you'll find toasters with varying slice space, looks, styles and features from well-loved brands, meaning there's bound to be one to suit you.

All of these toasters bring heaps of style to any kitchen counter, and come in matching sets so that you can pair your new toaster with one of the best kettles.

We tested these toasters on factors such as value for money, sustainability, and performance in a range of tests, including how long toasting took and the number of functions they could perform, with some having settings for bagels and specialty breads bundled in. 

Discover more about how each of these testers performed in our tests below, or for more kitchen must-haves, take a look at the best microwaves.

Best toasters - the quick list

Not got a lot of time on your journey to buying the best toaster? That's where our very handy quick list comes in, which allows you to see the pros and cons of our favourite toasters at a glance.

Best four slice toaster

Blue shiny four slice toaster with De 'Longhi letteringproduct badge

(Image credit: De'Longhi)

1. De'Longhi Ballerina Toaster

Best toaster overall 

Specifications

Slices: 2 and 4 both available
Colours: Green, black, white
Features: Fluted exterior, toasting dial, defrost, reheat, cancel

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design
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Even toasting
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High rise slots

Reasons to avoid

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No variable temperature across slots

Quality toasting is important, but the best toaster will sit on your kitchen counters for years to come. That's why our top pick is the De'Longhi Ballerina Toaster, which boasts wide slots, levers with added lift, and the most beautiful and high-quality design which looks a treat when sat next to the matching kettle on your counters. 

We also think the De'Longhi Ballerina Toaster is reasonably priced for how luxe it feels to use. Its design was noticeably sturdy during testing and the toast comes out with far fewer lines on the bread.

What we did miss was the ability to set each side of the toaster to different brownness settings, which is something De'Longhi has featured on other toasters and is perfect for picky families in a hurry. 

During testing, we also loved the dial which sets the duration of toasting time with the De'Longhi Ballerina Toaster. It is tactile and gradual, meaning you won't have to compromise if your ideal slice is between 3 and 4.

Best toaster and kettle set

Dualit Classic 2 Slice Vario Toasterproduct badge

(Image credit: Dualit)
Best toaster and kettle set

Specifications

Slices: 2
Colours: Silver
Features: Bagel, one slice at a time, keep warm, defrost

Reasons to buy

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Handmade in the UK
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Repairable, replaceable parts
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Kettle is a joy to pour
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Toaster lifts nice and high
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Iconic retro-style build

Reasons to avoid

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Kettle gets quite hot to touch
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Toasts slightly more on one side than the other

Hand-built in the UK since 1945, this is the toaster and kettle set to buy if you don't want to fork out for another one for many years to come. It's a steep investment, yes, but the price reflects the fact that its makers believe it’s a toaster that will last a lifetime.

While its unique patented ProHeat elements are virtually indestructible, if anything should go wrong, parts are super easy to replace or repair. That makes this a sustainable, quality and durable buy - the full works. 

There’s no automatic pop-up, although it does have lovely wide slots, you just lower your toast in manually using the lever at the front then turn the browning control to the desired setting and it starts to count down. 

It browned faster and more evenly than most other models on test, producing perfectly browned bread in a little over a minute and a half. Most others took more than two minutes and while 30 seconds might not seem much, if you’re rushing to get the kids to school, that could make all the difference.

Our Dualit Classic review has the full low-down on the iconic brand and its sustainability efforts, as well as how the kettle performed in testing.

Best toaster for large slices

Large cream toaster with four slots and large buttons and leversproduct badge

(Image credit: The Funky Appliance Company)

3. The Funky Appliance Company Funky Toaster

Best for large slices

Specifications

Slices: 4
Colours: Cream, chrome, rose gold
Features: Defrost, reheat, cancel

Reasons to buy

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Even toasting
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Quirky look
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There is a great kettle to pair it with

Reasons to avoid

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The colour selection could be better

The Funky Toaster lives up to its name and will tick your boxes if you love the look of Smeg buys but don't quite have the budget. 

The controls are appealing, with defrost and cancel buttons front and centre, which make a satisfying click when pressed. The quality of the toasting was seriously impressive; it had one of the most even finishes in our lineup, with no visible difference between the two sides of bread.

You can buy this toaster in three colours, but we tried it (and loved it) in cream. You can control the dial on both sides of the toaster, so if a lack of variable settings is off-putting, this one will suit your family's various toast preferences.

We also really enjoyed the Funky Kettle that pairs with this toaster and together, they make a show-stopping pair in a kitchen.

Best budget toaster

Black four slice toaster with large control panel and two leversBudget buy badge

(Image credit: Morphy Richards)

4. Morphy Richards Verve Toaster

Best budget-friendly toaster

Specifications

Slices: 4
Colours: Black, white, cream
Features: Lift-to-look, defrost, reheat, control dial

Reasons to buy

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You can lift to peek at your toast as it cooks
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Love the look
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Great price point

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic-y design

The Morphy Richards Verve Toaster is budget-friendly toaster with a range of great features. We love the levers, which allow you to lift and look as your bread toasts, and the slider dial means you can adjust your level of toasting completely. 

We tested the four-slice, but there is also a two-slice with the same sleek finish if you've got less space. The Morphy Richards Verve Toaster comes in cream, black and white. It's not the best range of colours but if you have a neutral kitchen it will slot in perfectly. We tried out the matching kettle too and had few complaints, so if you're after a matching pair this could be the one for you.

The slots of the Morphy Richards Verve Toaster are relatively wide, and your toast will pop up once done so you can leave it to brown while you prepare your morning cuppa.

Best 2 slice

Silver SMEG toaster on a white backgroundproduct badge

(Image credit: Smeg)
Best looking toaster

Specifications

Slices: 2
Colours: Silver, pink, white, blue, and more...
Features: Wide slots, self-centering, defrost, reheat

Reasons to buy

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Clean, minimal design
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Huge array of inspiring colours
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Easy grip kettle handle
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Practical toaster features

Reasons to avoid

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A pricey investment
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Powerful toasting power takes getting used to

With an exterior that’s pure 1950s Americana – the shape’s not unlike that of a classic 1950s Airstream motorhome – we thought it might be all about the looks with this machine. And while the looks are five star, luckily the performance is too.

Although it’s not huge, it does everything you need it to, and it does it all well. There are six browning functions; we opted for mid-way but noticed that once the toaster was warmed up, we could dial it down a bit.

It also has a defrost button so there aren’t any ‘Oh no, I forgot to take the bread out of the freezer’ moments, while the one side toasting function is good for bagels and the reheat perfect for those of us that sometimes get distracted and leave the toast to cool.

The two wide toasting slots were more than big enough to cope with doorstop slices carved from a whole farmhouse loaf, as well as standard supermarket medium pre-cut bread. For a gorgeous-looking toaster if your budget is a bit bigger, look no further.

Our full Smeg toaster and kettle review has the full information.

Best deep toaster

Black toaster with Breville logo, gold accents and four slicesBudget buy badge

(Image credit: Breville)

6. Breville Aura 4 Slice Toaster Shimmer Black

Best deep toaster

Specifications

Slices: 4
Colours: Black Shimmer
Features: High lift, wide slots, dial