For most households, the toaster is a kitchen appliance that many can not do without. It is just as essential as say the kettle or microwave oven. So it makes sense to invest in something that is more than just the basic white plastic box. Here, we look at 8 of the most advanced digital toasters for medium to large family.
Not only do these 4-slice toasters make the perfect toasts every time, they offer advanced features and total control over how you prefer your toast with easy touch buttons and digital display. The digital display is back lit and shows the current toast setting and time remaining. No need to stand around and wait or guess how long your toast will take to be ready. Plus, the countdown timer offers down to the second toasting progress at a glance.
All except one of the toasters in our line-up show have dual displays, one for each pair of independent toasters. Being a 4-slice toaster, they typically come with 4 wide slots, two independent pairs that can be controlled separately. For a couple, this could be his and her settings or for a family, preferred dark or light toast settings. Note that some digital displays are used to indicate browning level only and not to show progress.
Digital Toaster Features
To help pick up the right digital toaster, we list the must have features for your next toaster
- Digital back lit display showing progress and browning level
- Easy touch buttons with LED indicator
- Extra wide slots for thick cut bread, waffle, pancake, pastries or bagel
- Bagel function to toast only one side while keeping the top or bottom soft and chewy
- Defrost function to quickly defrost frozen toast. You can then use the normal toast function.
- Reheat function without additional browning and burning
- Removable slide out crumb tray
- Toast shade or browning level up to 7 settings
- Cancel button
- High-lift lever for easy removal of bread
- Stainless Steel construction
- Safe and cold to touch exterior
Top 8 Best Digital 4-slice Toasters
- Secura 4 Slice Stainless Steel Extra Wide Slots Toaster
- Hamilton Beach Digital 4 Slice Extra Wide Slot Stainless Steel Toaster
- Lofter 4 Slice Toaster with Compact LED Display
- REDMOND 4 Slice Countdown Stainless Steel Toaster
- IKICH 4 Slice Toaster Stainless Steel Digital
- Cuisinart CPT-435 Countdown 4-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
- Keenstone 4 Slice Toaster Stainless Steel Toasters with Timer
- All-Clad TJ824D51 Stainless Steel Digital Toaster with Extra Wide Slot
Now for a closer look,
The display on this Secura 4-slice toaster shows both time remaining and browning setting. Use the plus and minus buttons to change the browning level with up to 7 to choose from. The wide 1.5-inch slots are big enough or bagel, thick cut bread, waffle or fruit loaf. Quick buttons let you access the Bagel, Defrost, Reheat Functions with a dedicated cancel button. Also, any crumbs are collected underneath in the 2 removable trays, one for each side plus, there is a cord wrap system at the bottom of the toaster to keep the power cable tidy.
The Secura is the only toaster in our line-up that offers both the toasting progress and browning setting on the displays.
A stark difference from the Ségura unit above, the digital display in this Hamilton Beach Digital is used to indicate the browning level only. Use the plus of minus buttons next to the display to set the preferred toast shade. The other soft touch buttons are Bagel Defrost and cancel. The press and eject levers also combines lift boost to lift the toast higher for easy removal. Other features include two removable crumb trays, extra wide slots and 6 shade setting.
While most displays show countdown timer, this Hamilton Beach toaster chooses to show browning level only.
In two tone mirror and brushed finish, this stainless steel toaster from Lofter comes with 4 slots, two on either side. Use the rotary dials to set one of 6 Shade Settings. Insert your toasts in to the 1.5-inch extra wide slots and push the lever down to start. Other controls include soft touch buttons for Defrost (30 seconds), Reheat (30 seconds) and Cancel with lit buttons and that all important digital display. The display here shows toasting progress with a countdown timer. Other areas worth noting are fuss-free code management system, removable crumb trays for easy cleaning and built-in anti-overheat protection.
This powerful Redmond 4-slice toaster also uses a combination of dials and soft touch buttons for controls and back lit digital display. The buttons and dials are also located near the bottom of the brushed stainless steel toaster. Like the other toasters here, it comes with four 1.5-inch wide slots with self centering guides making it perfect for thick or thin slices. Choose on of 6 shade settings with option to use single-sided toasting with Bagel function and Defrost function for frozen bread. Finally, the cancel button, easy-lift, slide-out crumb trays, convenient cord storage and safety design makes this a great toaster to have.
Again, with the two-tone, mirror and brushed stainless steel aluminium finish, the IKICH 4-slice toaster offers up to 6 bread shade settings and separate bagel, defrost and reheat functions. The backlit displays here shows the toasting progress with countdown timer one for each side. It lets you know the remaining time for your selected shade setting, which you pick using the dials. The slots are slightly narrower at 1.38-inch and the easy to clean removable trays lets you remove crumbs from the bottom of the toaster. Other features include self centering guides for even toasting, high lift features to remove small items like tea cakes, crumpets or bagels and back lit cancel button.
A big name in kitchen appliances, the Cuisinart CPT-435 4-slice stainless steel toaster comes with two progress countdown timers. These back lit displays show both the countdown time during toasting and browning level with 7 incremental blocks. The supported toasting functions include standard toast, Bagel with upper half toasting only, Defrost for frozen bread and Reheat to heat without browning or burning, plus the dedicated cancel button. Use the extra wide slots for thick slice bread, french toast, bagels, pancakes and toasted pastries. High lift levers are available here to remove your food easily but for and even more advanced toaster, the CPT-440 includes motorised lift with leverless design, see second image.
Next up is the Keenstone 4 slide toaster. This 1.5-inch wide slot toaster comes with dedicated Bagel, Defrost Functions, Defrost and dedicated Cancel button. The defrost function in built into the shade setting dial. The lowest setting reserved for defrosting. The other shade settings are 1 to 6 with one being lights and 6 being brown. There are two removable crumb trays, one for each sides. The displays use self lit digital segment for the countdown timer to show the toasting progress. Finally, the lever can be lifted higher to reach the toasts or food when ready.
This attractive silver All-Clad digital toaster comes with its control panel in a cluster with mirrored controls, separate buttons, dial and display for each side. The back-lit display shows time remaining to track the toasting progress. Use the dial to adjust browning level, 6 settings are available. The dial also doubles as cancel button to stop the toast. The soft touch buttons lets you access Reheat, Defrost, Bagel and More Time functions. For reheat, press the Reheat button repeatedly to add 30 seconds to the reheat time. Other highlights include self centering slots, ready tone, high-lift lever, removable crumb trays and blue indicator lights around the function buttons.