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Best toasters in Australia

Our editorial team analysed hundreds of customer reviews and compared key product specs to find the best toasters you can buy right now.

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How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews on websites like The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Appliances Online. For each category, we carefully selected key parameters and identified the toasters that had the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

The best toasters in Australia

Breville the Smart Toast 4 Slice Toaster

Best overall toaster

Breville the Smart Toast 4 Slice Toaster
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Pros

  • Variable browning control
  • Clever features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some complaints about uneven toasting

Why we chose it

If you're looking for a toaster and only the best will do, it's hard to go past Breville's the Smart Toast. The Smart Toast is our top pick for a number of reasons. Not only does it have a host of advanced features to help you prepare the perfect toast (or crumpet or muffin), but it also offers the ability to cook four slices at once — a handy feature for any busy family.

Best of all, this toaster boasts a wide range of positive customer reviews, including an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 70 The Good Guys customer reviews, an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 90 Harvey Norman customer reviews and an average score of 4.3 out of 5 from over 500 Google reviews.

The Smart Toast features four extra-wide slots for toasting bread, bagels, crumpets and more, with dual independent controls so you can control each pair of toasting slots separately. Variable browning control allows you to get your toast just right, while an LED display indicates the browning progress.

This toaster also offers a range of clever features to help make toasting that little bit easier. That means options like "Lift and Look", "A Bit More" and special settings for fruit bread, bagels and defrosting.

It's far from the cheapest toaster available, which may deter some buyers. However, it's worth noting that despite the RRP or $249 quoted below, the Smart Toast was widely available for less than $200 at the time of writing. So if you're looking for a toaster that can do it all, there are plenty of good reasons to add Breville's the Smart Toast to your shopping list.

How do Australians rate Breville's toasters?

90% of surveyed Australians recommend Breville
4.4
Value for money
4.5
Overall
4.5
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.4
Cleaning and maintenance
4.4
Product features
How Breville compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, Breville was ranked 3rd for value for money, 1st for performance, 1st for ease of use, 1st for cleaning and maintenance and 1st for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


DeLonghi CTOC2003 Icona 2 Slice Toaster

Best two-slice toaster

DeLonghi CTOC2003 Icona 2 Slice Toaster
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Extra-lift feature
  • Stylish look

Cons

  • Plenty of cheaper options available
  • Some buyers complain about uneven toasting

Why we chose it

If you don't need the extra cooking capacity of a four-slice toaster, the DeLonghi Icona Vintage is our pick as the best two-slice toaster. This clever little unit looks great, offers a host of useful features to make it as easy as possible to prepare the perfect toast and is easy to use. It's also been largely well received by consumers, as shown by its positive ratings from customers at The Good Guys, eBay and Appliances Online.

The first thing you notice about this toaster is its vintage looks. There's a definite retro styling to the Icona Vintage that helps make it stand out as a design piece in its own right, and the sky blue colouring combines with textured brown details to add a further unique touch. If you're after something a little more modern looking, the Icona is also available in black and silver options.

In terms of settings, the Icona Vintage lets you choose between reheat, defrost and one-side bagel options. There's also a neon indicator beside each function so you know which option you've chosen and a cancel button if your toast is ready before the cycle has finished. Progressive electronic browning controls are included too, allowing you to choose the ideal setting for your perfect breakfast.

When the time comes to pull your toast out, the extra-lift feature makes it easy to access those smaller slices without burning your fingertips. A removable crumb tray is designed to make the cleaning process a breeze, plus non-slip feet to help secure your toaster on the benchtop.

If you're in the market for a two-slice toaster, the DeLonghi Icona Vintage is definitely worth a look.

How do Australians rate DeLonghi's toasters?

89% of surveyed Australians recommend DeLonghi
4.2
Overall rating
4.2
Value for Money
4.5
Ease of Use
4.3
Features and Functions
4.2
Performance
How DeLonghi compares

In the 2021 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 8,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 158 product categories.

For toasters, DeLonghi was ranked 5th for value for money, 4th for ease of use, 3rd for features and functions and 3rd for performance.

6 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Russell Hobbs Brooklyn 4 Slice Toaster

Best four-slice toaster

Russell Hobbs Brooklyn 4 Slice Toaster
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Independent browning controls
  • Extra-wide slots

Cons

  • Lacks advanced features
  • Some complaints about flimsy push-down handles

Why we chose it

The Breville the Smart Toast that we chose as our best overall pick is obviously well worth a look if you want a four-slice toaster. But there are also plenty of good reasons why you should check out the Brooklyn 4 Slice Toaster from Russell Hobbs. Not only is it a whole lot cheaper than the Breville, but it's also a good-looking appliance with a number of useful features.

It's earned plenty of fans among Australian consumers too, with lots of positive reviews from customers at The Good Guys and Harvey Norman. Thanks to all these attributes, it's our pick as the best four-slice toaster.

The four slots in this toaster are self-centring, while independent browning controls ensure you get your toast just right. The slots are extra-wide to accommodate larger slices of bread, and reheat, defrost and cancel functions are also available.

The Brooklyn features a high-lift function that makes it easier to remove your toast without burning your fingers. And because the carriages are split, you can toast two or four pieces of bread at once depending on your needs.

When you need to clean out your toaster, removable crumb trays are a handy inclusion. The Brooklyn is also quite a good-looking unit, available in black or copper colours. Choose black if you want a more modern look or copper if you want a toaster that can add a warmer, rustic touch to your kitchen decor.

The Russell Hobbs Brooklyn 4 Slice Toaster is backed by a two-year warranty.

How do Australians rate Russell Hobbs's toasters?

87% of surveyed Australians recommend Russell Hobbs
4.3
Value for money
4.3
Overall
4.4
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.3
Cleaning and maintenance
4.3
Product features
How Russell Hobbs compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, Russell Hobbs was ranked 6th for value for money, 5th for performance, 1st for ease of use, 3rd for cleaning and maintenance and 6th for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Kmart 2 Slice Toaster

Best cheap toaster

Kmart 2 Slice Toaster
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Cheap (even for this category)
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • The white finish may not appeal to everyone
  • Two-slice capacity may not be enough for some

Why we chose it

Just looking for an affordable and practical appliance to cook your toast for breakfast with a minimum of fuss? This Kmart 2 Slice Toaster could be the perfect fit for your kitchen. It's compact, affordable — buy it and you'll still get change from a $10 note — and very easy to use.

It's also been well received by Aussie buyers. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from over 80 customer reviews on the Kmart website, this budget-friendly option is our choice as the best cheap toaster.

As you'd expect at this price point, this appliance doesn't offer anything in the way of advanced features. What it does do is everything you'd want a toaster to do — toast bread simply and quickly.

A dial knob lets you set the toaster to your desired brownness level, while the defrost, reheat and cancel buttons are also within easy reach. A slide-down lever on the end lets you lower your bread down into the toasting chamber, and there's a slide-out crumb tray when you need to clean out the unit. Cord storage is also provided for added convenience, helping to keep your appliance neat and tidy when it's packed away.

The "white box" look doesn't appeal to everyone, but if you're spending this much on a toaster, then aesthetic appeal probably isn't going to be a major concern. So if you're in the market for a practical and easy-to-use toaster that won't break the bank, the Kmart 2 Slice Toaster is well worth a closer look.

How do Australians rate Kmart's toasters?

87% of surveyed Australians recommend Kmart
4.6
Value for money
4.4
Overall
4.3
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.1
Cleaning and maintenance
4.1
Product features
How Kmart compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, Kmart was ranked 1st for value for money, 9th for performance, 1st for ease of use, 7th for cleaning and maintenance and 8th for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Smeg 50s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster

Best retro-style toaster

Smeg 50s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Wide toasting slots

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Some complaints about toast being ejected out of the toaster

Why we chose it

Smeg was voted the top-rated toaster brand in the 2020-21 Finder Retail Awards after impressing consumers with the ease of use, features, functions and performance of its toasters. Smeg has also made a name for itself in recent years with its range of funky, vintage-look appliances, so it's no surprise to see the Smeg 50s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster take the win in this category.

Not only does the Smeg look stunning, but it has also earned plenty of positive customer reviews. It scores an average of 4.5 out of 5 or higher on sites like Appliances Online, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys and has an average of 4.6 out of 5 from over 550 Google reviews.

This 50s-style toaster features four extra-wide slots to help you fit in those rustically-cut slices of bread. You can choose from six browning levels depending on your tastes, and self-centring slots are designed to ensure even browning on both sides of the bread. There are also specific modes for toasting bagels and crumpets, with reheat, defrost and cancel options available too.

Other key features include automatic pop-up, non-slip feet, built-in cord wrap for easy storage and a removable stainless-steel crumb tray to help simplify the cleaning process.

Of course, the standout feature of this toaster is its gorgeous good looks. With its retro curves and stainless-steel chrome detailing, the Smeg makes you feel like you're stepping back in time. It's also available in an impressive range of colours, including everything from black or cream to red or pink, allowing you to make an eye-catching design statement in your kitchen.

How do Australians rate SMEG's toasters?

91% of surveyed Australians recommend SMEG
4
Value for money
4.4
Overall
4.5
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.3
Cleaning and maintenance
4.4
Product features
How SMEG compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, SMEG was ranked 11th for value for money, 1st for performance, 1st for ease of use, 3rd for cleaning and maintenance and 1st for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Sunbeam Arise 4 Slice Long Slot Toaster

Best long-slot toaster

Sunbeam Arise 4 Slice Long Slot Toaster
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Extra-long self-centring slots
  • LED Countdown Timer Display

Cons

  • Might be too bulky for small kitchens
  • Not cheap

Why we chose it

Looking for a toaster that can accommodate those longer slices of bread from artisan loaves like sourdough? It's worth checking out the Sunbeam Arise, a long-slot toaster with all the essential features you need to cook your morning toast to perfection.

With an average customer review score of 4 out of 5 stars across Bing Lee, JB Hi-Fi, Catch and Product Review, it's our top pick as the best long-slot toaster. Customers were particularly enthusiastic about the LED Countdown Timer Display which takes the guesswork out of toasting times.

The Sunbeam Arise features extra-long slots to help you toast ciabatta, sourdough and other bakery goodies. It includes self-centring slots to ensure easy toasting, while the high-lift lever ensures that any smaller items you toast are still easy to remove. The QuickCheck feature, which lets you check on the toasting progress without interrupting the cycle, is another very handy inclusion.

Standard functions like reheat, defrost and 7 browning levels are naturally provided. And when you need to clean your toaster, the removable crumb tray is a welcome feature.

However, it's worth mentioning that the Sunbeam Arise, like a lot of other long-slot toasters on the market that we considered, has its drawbacks. Long slot toasters tend to be larger and bulkier than regular toasters due to their extended design. Cleaning the insides can also be slightly more challenging due to its elongated shape. Compare your options before deciding on the best toaster for your needs.

How do Australians rate Sunbeam's toasters?

90% of surveyed Australians recommend Sunbeam
4.5
Value for money
4.4
Overall
4.4
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.4
Cleaning and maintenance
4.4
Product features
How Sunbeam compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, Sunbeam was ranked 2nd for value for money, 5th for performance, 1st for ease of use, 1st for cleaning and maintenance and 1st for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


Sunbeam BT7200 Smart Multifunction Oven and Air Fryer

Best toaster oven

Sunbeam BT7200 Smart Multifunction Oven and Air Fryer
Image: Supplied/Finder

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Air fryer functionality

Cons

  • No interior light
  • No light to indicate when desired temperature has been reached

Why we chose it

If you're searching for a benchtop toaster oven that can handle a wide range of cooking tasks, there's a lot to like about the Sunbeam BT7200. Not only can it do everything from baking and grilling to air frying, but it's also earned a stack of positive customer reviews, including an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 90 Appliances Online customer reviews and an average score of 4.5 out of 5 from over 100 The Good Guys customer reviews. It was also named a 2021 productreview.com.au award winner with a score of 4.7 out of 5 from 16 productreview.com.au ratings

This convection oven has a 22-litre capacity and is designed to fit a 12-inch pizza or a 2.8kg chicken. Available cooking modes include Pizza, Bake, Grill and Convection Bake, and the BT7200 uses a fan to circulate hot air that heats your food evenly. The maximum temperature is 230°C, and the racks can be moved around to accommodate dishes of different sizes. There's also a 60-minute timer to help ensure that all your meals are cooked for just the right amount of time.

The other standout feature of this Sunbeam multifunction oven is that it can also be used as an air fryer. It comes with a mesh air fry basket and can be used to prepare healthier fried food — Sunbeam claims it has the capacity to fit a 750g bag of shoestring fries.

In short, the Sunbeam BT7200 is one versatile kitchen appliance and well worth a look if you're shopping for a toaster oven.

How do Australians rate Sunbeam's toasters?

90% of surveyed Australians recommend Sunbeam
4.5
Value for money
4.4
Overall
4.4
Performance
4.6
Ease of use
4.4
Cleaning and maintenance
4.4
Product features
How Sunbeam compares

In the 2023 Finder Retail Awards, we surveyed over 34,000 Australians about their retail purchases to discover which were their favourite brands across 170 product categories and over 1,200 total brands.

For toasters, Sunbeam was ranked 2nd for value for money, 5th for performance, 1st for ease of use, 1st for cleaning and maintenance and 1st for product features.

12 brands were rated across these decision criteria.


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Methodology

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Brands considered
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Products compared
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Best products chosen
  • We considered toasters from more than 15 leading brands.
  • We based our top picks on key product features and reviews from real customers.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

How to compare toasters

The best toaster for you depends on how much toast you need to make, the essential features you need in a toaster and how much you're willing to spend. Once you know what you're looking for, you can compare toasters to find one that's right for your needs.

If all you want is a basic appliance to make your morning toast, you probably don't need to spend more than $30 or $40. Of course, spending more will help you find a model built from better-quality materials and offering advanced features and settings. Prices go up to $400 or more in some cases.

Here's what you need to take into account when weighing up your options:

Toasting settings

Entry-level toasters often come with basic settings for light, medium and dark, or a dial you can rotate to select your desired darkness. More expensive models offer a wider range of settings including a warming function, a reheating feature and cage for making sandwiches. Some toasters have special modes for efficiently cooking bagels and crumpets, defrosting bread and even for warming buns.

Lift

Many models allow you to lift your toast and look at it without interrupting the toasting cycle. Others provide a see-through viewing window. Advanced models also offer an extra-high lift so you can easily remove your perfectly browned bread from the toaster without burning your fingers.

Timer

Some models feature a countdown timer to show you how much longer you'll have to wait until your breakfast is ready. Others use LED lights or an LCD display to indicate the progress of your bread. Some models sound an alarm to let you know when your toast is ready.

Slot size

Extra-wide slots are important to ensure you can fit in those chunky slices of bread you cut yourself, while guides to stop thinner slices leaning over and becoming trapped will also minimise frustration. Also, consider the length and depth of the toasting slots if you plan on cooking slices cut from oddly shaped loaves.

Cleanability

Is there a removable crumb tray for quick cleaning? Some higher-end models have spring-loaded trays that pop out for easy access. Check if there are any crevices on the exterior where dirt or crumbs may get easily trapped.

Design

Like any other modern kitchen appliance, a toaster can also be a design feature. Whether you want the sleek look of stainless steel, a burst of colour or a funky retro look, you'll be able to find a toaster that matches your kitchen decor. Also, consider the size of the toaster. Think about where you'll be putting it and whether it'll fit in the benchtop space available

What are the different types of toasters available?

When choosing a toaster, you are going to need to decide between a two-slice and four-slice model. The two-slice option is great if you are looking for something compact and it's popular among people living in small houses or apartments.

Four-slice toasters work wonders for families. Everyone gets their breakfast on time and nobody has to wait for their food. They are more expensive than two-slice models and are generally bulkier in size and weight.

Most of the models you find on the market will be made available in both a two-slice and four-slice option.


How to clean a toaster

Gone are the days when you would have to carefully tip the toaster into the sink to get all the crumbs out. Not only is it dangerous, but it's just not practical. Most toasters now have a removable crumb tray. Over time, it collects your mess and then you can easily dispose of the crumbs. This is definitely a key factor we recommend looking for when choosing a toaster.


When do I need a new toaster?

A toaster is something you rarely even notice is there – until something goes wrong.

Maybe your current toaster is reluctant to relinquish your freshly cooked bread, forcing you to mangle your breakfast beyond recognition just to get it to your plate. Maybe its cooking performance leaves a little to be desired, resulting in toast that's soft on one side but burnt on the other. Or maybe your ageing toaster has simply come to the end of its life and will never experience the sweet sensation of heating bread again.

If any of the above scenarios are true, or if you simply need something that can better cater to the breakfast needs of your growing family, it's time to buy a new toaster.

Types of toasters

There are generally two types of toasters to choose from:

  • Two-slice. Most toasters cook two slices of bread in a side-by-side arrangement. They're a popular choice and are generally compact enough to fit on most benchtops.
  • Four-slice. For big and busy families, a four-slice toaster has more space to ensure that everyone gets breakfast on time. As you'd expect, they're bulkier and more expensive than two-slice toasters. However, many models also offer increased flexibility – for example, you may be able to cook toast in two slots and crumpets in the other two, with different settings for each breakfast food.

Toaster and kettle packs

If you're also shopping for a new kettle, or if you simply want your toaster and kettle to match, some appliance manufacturers sell toaster and kettle packages. These can help you save money compared to shopping for each appliance separately. However, make sure you compare prices closely to determine whether a toaster and kettle package offers good value for money.


Customer satisfaction rating breakdown

The Finder Customer Satisfaction Awards is an annual national survey conducted in partnership with research firm Dynata. With over 30,000 real shoppers participating, the awards serve as a reliable reflection of Australian consumers' preferences and opinions.

Here are the scores for toaster brands from 2024.

Brand Cleaning and maintenance Ease of use Overall Performance Product features Value for money Recommended Total Score
Breville 4.4 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.4 90% 4.47
Sunbeam 4.4 4.6 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.5 90% 4.46
Morphy Richards 4.3 4.6 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 85% 4.39286
SMEG 4.3 4.6 4.4 4.5 4.4 4 91% 4.39286
Russell Hobbs 4.3 4.6 4.3 4.4 4.3 4.3 87% 4.36
Kmart 4.1 4.6 4.4 4.3 4.1 4.6 87% 4.35
Black + Decker 4.1 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.1 4.3 90% 4.33
Delonghi 4.3 4.5 4.2 4.4 4.4 4.1 88% 4.33
Kambrook 4.1 4.5 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.3 92% 4.31
KitchenAid 4.1 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.3 4 86% 4.3
Target 3.9 4.3 4.3 4.2 4 4.4 91% 4.24
Homemaker 3.9 4.3 4.2 4 3.8 4.2 82% 4.07
Data: Finder Retail Brand Survey, 2023, Kantar. Metric out of 5 stars unless indicated. Methodology and more info. Kantar logo

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