The Best 4 Slice Toasters


Not all toasters are created equal and, if you’re looking to prepare breakfast for the whole family, you’ll need something with the capacity to match.

4-slice toasters nevertheless come in many shapes and sizes so we put a huge cross-section through their paces over the past week. After extensive testing, we whittled these down to the 20 toasters that impressed us most.

We used a variety of different bread from conventional white sliced loaves through to specialty artisan bread. We also toasted up plenty of bagels since they are incredibly popular at breakfast time and throughout the day.

Here at The PrinceLA, we’ll always deliver a buying guide if the product dictates. In the case of toasters, there’s not really any need for this. They are all so similar and so basic in functionality that we’ll save your time by focusing only on reviewing these toasters rather than providing a needless batch of generic advice you could do without.

On that note, we’ll jump straight in and laser in on the very best 4-slice toasters money can buy.

Top 20 Best 4-Slice Toasters

1. Our Pick: Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster

Our overall winner for the best 4-slice toaster comes from the stellar Breville. We can’t help but mention the price but we’d have to say this automated toaster is worth every red cent.

You can operate each side of this toaster independently with separate shade levels so you can get breakfast for the kids while also making breakfast in bed for your wife.

5 settings give you all you need and nothing you don’t. The novel A Bit More function does exactly what the name promises while you can also sneak a peek with Lift and Look without interrupting the timing. Defrost and Bagel settings are a nice touch.

Smart simplicity extends to the simple slide controls with everything you need illuminated above in LED lights.

If you’re looking for a tech-driven toaster large enough for 4 slices of bread without requiring a PhD to operate it, we can’t recommend this Breville strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • Potent 1800-watt heating element
  • Intelligent 1-touch controls for each side of the toaster
  • Rock-solid die-cast housing for increased lifespan

Things We Dislike

  • Ruthlessly expensive but you won’t regret the investment

2. Runner-Up: KitchenAid 4-Slice Pro Line Toaster

If you’re looking for a toaster that seems like it’s stepped right out of a 1950s diner, this KitchenAid makes the ideal choice.

There are 4 slots each 1 ½ inches wide so whether you’re toasting a thick doorstep loaf, artisan bread or bagels, you’ll have no problem accommodating them. We should mention that a few disgruntled users have complained about bagels needing quite some time to reach optimum temperature but this is fairly subjective.

The crumb tray slips out for ease of cleaning but it’s not dishwasher-friendly so you’ll need to take care of it manually.

A nifty Keep Warm feature ensures your toast stays heated without further browning for 3 minutes, a great extra on those super-busy mornings when you’re dashing round the kitchen with abandon.

The KitchenAid makes a great and inexpensive addition to any design-led kitchen without making too much of a dent in your finances.

Things We Like

  • Stunning retro aesthetics and some commanding colorways
  • 4 super-wide slots ideal for artisan bread and thick bagels
  • Self-centering rack streamlines toasting thinner slices of bread

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with bagels needing more than one stint to reach their best

3. Best 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster (2 x 2 slice long): Breville 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster

Next up we’ve got another entry from industry powerhouse Breville with our winner for the best long slot toaster capable of dealing with 4 slices of bread.

While the appearance of this toaster is striking, it’s not a case of form over function. Attention to detail extends throughout right down to the bagel feature that optimizes toasting to avoid the burned outside so frequently doled out by inferior toasters.

The long slot capacity means you’ll also be able to stuff in artisan bread and any other substantial specialty loaves without the outside edges catching on.

For a durable and powerful toaster from a brand you can trust, this long slot from Breville is worthy of a place on any shortlist.

Things We Like

  • Sleek and utilitarian design to set off any minimalist kitchen
  • Dedicated bagel mode gets the insides toasted to a turn without scorching the outside in the process
  • 1600-watt heating elements kicks out more than sufficient power without drawing down too much electricity

Things We Dislike

  • Only works on 110/120 volts so make sure your supply suits or you’ll need a transformer

4. Makes Perfect Toast and You Can Also Use It For Cooking, Baking, and Broiling: Cuisinart Exact Toaster Oven Broiler

Next for something completely different with a multipurpose workhorse from Cuisinart that’s far more than just a toaster.

You’ll be able to toast fully 6 slices with this beast putting it in a class above the rest of our 4-slice models but it doesn’t stop there…

You can also rack up pizzas and bake cakes in this convection toaster which also comes with an integrated broiler. If you’ve got a busy kitchen countertop with limited space or you live in a small apartment, you’ll get a multifunctional appliance that might be bulky but is ultimately a space saver since it wears so many hats.

Shade control moderated by heat sensors gives you the ability to fine-tune your toast so everyone in the family gets it just the way they like it.

If you want a hard-hitting and flexible toaster capable of much more than browning bread, the Cuisinart Exact is a must.

Things We Like

  • Convection toaster with onboard broiler for total flexibility
  • Crisp and intuitive touch controls to make your life easier
  • Cook up pizzas and bake as well as toasting and broiling

Things We Dislike

  • Only the trim is stainless so don’t fall for the marketing hype

5. Best Budget: Cuisinart Classic 4-Slice Brushed Stainless Toaster

Cuisinart hits a home run with the Classic proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a highly effective 4-slice toaster.

We’ll point out off the bat that this model is not the strongest performer if you like your toast exceptionally well done. That said, you can choose from 6 browning settings so you’ve got plenty of flexibility on top.

Reheat, defrost and bagel settings ramp up functionality further giving you an extremely robust toaster considering the cut-throat price.

The cord storage is a nice touch to keep clean lines in your kitchen and to save space if you pack your toaster away between uses.

Things We Like

  • Unbeatable price without stiffing you on the performance front
  • 6 shade settings along with a range of functions you wouldn’t expect on a budget toaster
  • 4 extra-wide slots for thick bread toasted to a turn

Things We Dislike

  • Not the best model if you like your toast extremely well done

6. Upgrade Pick: Wolf Gourmet 4-Slice Toaster

We can’t avoid leading off by mentioning the price tag: the Wolf Gourmet is savagely expensive so what do you get for your money?

The key selling point is the way the guides self-center so you’ll get impeccably and evenly toasted bread whatever your chosen setting.

Build quality is first rate and this toaster will stand up to heavy punishment while returning years of faithful service.

You can toast a broad spread of thicknesses with equally impressive results and the bagel function performs admirably, too.

Only you can decide if the price tag is enough to send you scurrying off or you consider a top-notch toaster is worth paying a little extra for. We must admit we were genuinely impressed with performance and we’ll be sorry to say goodbye to the Wolf.

Things We Like

  • Commercial build quality in a toaster designed for the home kitchen
  • Super-wide slots capable of housing 4 thick slices with room to spare
  • Self-centering guides ensure remarkably consistent results

Things We Dislike

  • Eye-wateringly costly so not suitable for bargain-hunters

7. Bella LINEA Collection 4-Slice Toaster

If you’re hunting for a design classic that still serves up delectable toast and bagels with the very minimum fuss, you can’t go wrong with Bella’s LINEA line.

Available in fire hydrant red, pastel teal or full chrome, each colorway has its own merits and all have a retro edge.

At 1400 watts, the heating element gives you more than enough firepower without consuming too much electricity.

Bagel, defrost and cancel buttons keep things simple without you dipping out on the core functions you need.

The slots on this 4-slice model are wide enough to accommodate even thick and uneven artisan loaves while the self-centering guides make sure any type of bread is toasted with unerring precision.

The LINEA is a real all-rounder at a price you’ll love so check one out at your earliest convenience.

Things We Like

  • Design makes a real statement and sets off any kitchen countertop
  • Extra-wide and lengthy slots suitable for all types of bread
  • Guides automatically center to promote even toasting whatever the size of the bread

Things We Dislike

  • A few niggles about problems developing over time but you need to be realistic at this price point

8. Cuisinart 4-Slice Countdown Toaster

Next up is another rock-solid Cuisinart with this brushed stainless countdown model.

You’ll have ample room for fully 4 slices of bread and even thicker pieces slide in a treat. With smaller slices, a nifty carriage lift makes sure they don’t get stuck and have you reaching for the wooden spoon to slip them out.

If you’ve got a larger family and everyone likes their toast done differently, choose from 7 browning settings to keep them all happy.

If you’re a fan of sourdough bread, this toaster struggles slightly on that front. With pretty much all other bread, though, it delivers in fine style.

With the timer displayed clearly in LEDs, you’ll get a 4-slice toaster that looks great and performs just as strongly.

Things We Like

  • Stunning styling that would work well with any kitchen design scheme
  • Finished in brushed stainless steel so built to last the distance
  • Class-leading 7 shade settings perfect for all the family

Things We Dislike

  • Sourdough bread doesn’t respond well to toasting in this model

9. Hamilton Beach 4-Slot Toaster (2 x 2 slice long)

Hamilton Beach consistently produces excellent kitchenware at very reasonable prices and this 4-slice toaster continues that winning tradition.

While this toaster is priced firmly in budget territory, the design is sleek and the build is surprisingly strong.

If you’re rushing around in the morning and need to put your toast on hold when it’s done, you can use the Keep Warm function so your bread stays warm without blackening. Bagel, defrost and cancel complete the basic settings so you’ve got all main bases covered.

If you’re using thick and uneven bread, use the boost function so your bread will rise up higher when it’s done and you won’t end up ripping it trying to pull it out by hand or using a utensil.

For a capable and affordable all-rounder, this 2 x 2 toaster is a smart bet.

Things We Like

  • Works well with pretty much any type of bread
  • Super-simple toast lift to remove bread
  • Keep bread warm for 3 minutes without further browning

Things We Dislike

  • Some issues with slices toasting at different shades

10. Cusinaid 4-Slice Toaster

Design should always be secondary to function with any appliance but Cusinaid manages to hit both of these areas head on with this nimble 4-slice toaster.

With 2 pairs of 1 ½-inch slots, you’ll be able to control each side independently, perfect if you’re making breakfast for the whole family and you want different shade levels. You’ll have a class-leading 7 of these to choose from so everyone gets their toast just the way they like it.

The simple slide controls are supplemented with LED lights so you can see everything you need at a glance while operation is effortless.

As with any cheaper toaster, you should be realistic with your expectations in terms of lifespan. You’ll benefit from a 1-year limited warranty so you won’t have any niggling worries but don’t expect a decade of use from this appliance.

Things We Like

  • 7 adjustable settings gives you complete control
  • Highly durable stainless steel build accented with pastel colors to soften the appearance
  • Each side of the toaster operates independently for enhanced flexibility

Things We Dislike

  • A few reported issues with build quality over time

11. Dualit NewGen 4-Slice Toaster

Dualit are synonymous with toasters and this 4-slice model comes in a staggering array of 25 colors so there’s no excuse not to match it up with your design scheme.

Although the NewGen is pricey, you should consider this toaster an investment rather than a expense. While we’ve reviewed plenty of cheaper models, you normally get what you pay for and most of them simply won’t last for years on end. Dualit ensures all parts can be repaired or replaced so you should have this beauty with you for a long time to come.

The tried-and-true mechanical timer and lever are simple yet highly effective. There’s a sandwich cage and warming rack but you will need to buy these separately.

Defrost and buns/bagels settings complete a remarkably hard-hitting package from an industry legend. If you’ve got exacting tastes and a fluid budget, we’d strongly recommend roast testing this Dualit.

Things We Like

  • Outstanding choice of colors
  • All parts fully repairable and replaceable
  • Rugged ProHeat elements highly resistant to breakdown

Things We Dislike

  • Extremely expensive but in return you get a toaster built to last

12. Smeg 4-Slice Retro Toaster (2 x 2 slice long)

Smeg refrigerators are famous the world over and this toaster allows you to buy into this brand without spending four figures for the privilege.

The stainless steel crumb tray and power-coated housing combine to ensure you won’t be needing a new toaster for many years. As with the Dualit, the incredible durability goes some way to offsetting that stiff price tag.

The pair of extra-wide double slots let you slip in practically any type of bread from thick sliced to artisan specialty loaves on through to buns, baps and bagels.

Finished in a delightful pastel blue, the Smeg makes a real conversation piece then delivers filly when it comes to serving up the greatest toast however thick the bread.

Things We Like

  • 6 shade settings and 3 presets give you a great deal of latitude
  • Unimpeachable brand heritage married to timeless retro styling
  • Powder-coated steel for exceptional lifespan

Things We Dislike

  • Not cheap considering relatively basic functionality

13. Oster 4-Slice Toaster

Oster prices this 4-slice toaster so it falls within anyone’s budget but keeps build quality high and throws in robust functionality meaning this is one of the best cheaper toasters we tested.

7 browning levels allow the whole family to get their toast precisely as preferred while you’ll get 4 additional settings so you can optimize toasting to bread type at the twist of a dial.

While you won’t get any tech-laden bells and whistles, this translates to a toaster that couldn’t be easier to use and places a premium on the quality of the end result.

The rugged build should return plenty of faithful service.

Things We Like

  • Auto-adjusting to guarantee completely even results every time
  • Crumb tray is dishwasher-safe so no tedious scrubbing by hand is required
  • 7 shade settings alongside 4 functions for maximum versatility

Things We Dislike

  • Some snags toasting bagels

14. Evening 4-Slice Toaster

Evening proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to get an adaptable and highly capable toaster perfect for thicker loaves of bread.

The slots measure 1-½ inches across meeting the benchmark for an extra-wide 4-slot toaster. These easily accommodate bagels and muffins too so you have all your breakfast needs covered.

Indeed, the Evening is marketed as more of a bagel toaster than a bread toaster so if you love these doughy confections, you’re in safe hands. Bread also toasts effectively so you won’t be left out if you’re a fan of straight-up toast.

Things We Like

  • 1500-watt heating element for energy-efficiency without compromising power
  • 7 shade settings and 7 assorted settings gives you the ability to customize toasting completely
  • Sleek design with chrome offset with muted pastel colors

Things We Dislike

  • Levers feel a little clunky so handle with care

15. KRUPS 4-Slot Toaster

When you look at this KRUPS 4-slice toaster, you might expect it to cost far more than it does. The industrial design looks elegant and commanding but how does it actually perform?

With toasting, reheat, bagel, defrost and cancel, you have everything you need in place. You can choose from 6 levels of shade control so there’s no excuse not to get your toast just the way you want it.

The high-lift lever makes serving up a cinch and the removable tray renders clean-up equally straightforward.

For the perfect combo of user-friendliness, styling and brand heritage, this KRUPS toaster is a home run.

Things We Like

  • Eye-catching minimalist design to set off any kitchen worktop
  • 5 discrete functions with 6 levels of browning
  • Blue LEDs add another touch of elegance to this stunning toaster

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about uneven toasting

16. Cuisinart 4-Slice Toaster

If you need a squat and slimline toaster for a crowded or small kitchen, Cuisinart comes to the rescue.

Despite the smaller sizing, you’ll get more than enough space for 4 slices of thick bread along with a range of other settings. Toast waffles, bagels, pastries and English muffins along with your regular loaves and everything will be optimized perfectly.

With the pioneering single slice feature, you’ll get every slice toasting to a T from side to side with no scorching or blackening at all. If you do want your bread toasted darker, you can dial things up through 7 shade settings to achieve this without any burning.

The only significant drawback is that customer care can be less than responsive.

Things We Like

  • Compact footprint perfect for smaller kitchens
  • First-class choice of 7 browning levels
  • Single slice feature for perfectly consistent toasting across the bread

Things We Dislike

  • Customer service leaves something to be desired

17. Maxi-Matic Stainless Steel Long Slot Toaster

Maxi-Matic caters for all bagel lovers and anyone who enjoys toasting up thick and uneven artisan bread. Whatever the size of your slices, this substantial slots are a flat-out winner.

You’ll get a warming rack thrown in and this neatly folds up so you won’t end up with your countertop overcrowded.

While functionality is basic, you’ll get cancel, reheat and defrost so you’ve got everything in hand along with a choice of 6 browning levels.

For a rugged and no-nonsense toaster at a price you’ll love, the Maxi-Matic is well worth popping on your shortlist.

Things We Like

  • Wide and elongated slots take just about any bread, bagels or muffins you throw at this toaster
  • Foldable warming rack is a nice touch for a budget toaster
  • 6 shade settings and 3 functions giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t

Things We Dislike

  • Some isolated complaints about problems developing over time

18. Cuisinart CPT-142 Compact 4-Slice Toaster

At the very lower end of the Cuisinart range, the CPT-142 is tailor-made for bargain hunters still intent on sticking with a reputable brand.

Hitting the maximum 7 shade settings you’d expect on a pricier unit, simply push the buttons on either side of this 2 x 2 model to optimize toasting if you’re using bagels. You’ll also get buttons for defrosting bread, reheating without burning and an override button for good measure.

If you’re content with simple features and you’re looking for a beginner-friendly toaster ideal for any type of bread, this 4-slice from Cuisinart hits the spot across the board.

Things We Like

  • Unbeatable price considering robust build and oversized slots
  • Perfect for bagels, muffins, waffles and thicker loaves
  • Classic, understated design to blend in with any kitchen

Things We Dislike

  • Can be prone to overheating

19. BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Extra-Wide Toaster

Better known for their exceptional power tools, BLACK+DECKER step up to the plate in the kitchen with this toaster featuring the precision engineering you’d expect.

The looks aside – and it does look great – what does this toaster do so well?

It comes into its own with thicker bread so if you’re partial to a specialty loaf from your local baker and sick of failing to fit it into a regular toaster, you’ll have no problems here. The huge slots also house bagels, muffins and waffles so whatever you want for breakfast, you’re in safe hands.

The only real negative with the BLACK+DECKER is the fact you might need to toast your bread a little longer if you’re a fan of it practically black. In all other respects, this is a rock-solid choice from a brand you can rely on.

Things We Like

  • Self-centering guides keep all sizes of bread neatly in place
  • Slots wide enough for the thickest loaf or bagel
  • Jaw-dropping looks with a smoky finish

Things We Dislike

  • Might not be your best bet if you like your toast really darkened

20. Kenmore 4-Slice Toaster

Last but by no means least, this Kenmore 4-slicer gives you 9 settings which is the highest degree of flexibility offered on any of the models we tested.

If you don’t object to the fairly basic appearance, this toaster punches above its weight in terms of performance.

Tweak the pair of independent dials to choose from 9 browning levels. Buttons give you limited functionality with a bagel, defrost and cancel on either side.

Easy to use, simple to clean and built to give you plenty of action, the Kenmore might not be the most eye-catching toaster but it certainly does the trick with toasting, by far the most important factor.

Things We Like

  • Incredible 9 shade settings so get truly customized toast at the twist of a dial
  • Easily wipeable stainless steel housing keeps cleaning to a minimum
  • Auto shut-off for your peace of mind

Things We Dislike

  • Design is less than impressive although this is fairly subjective


Well, we hope you enjoyed today’s detailed look at the finest 4-slice toasters on the market.

As you’ll have seen, we’ve hit every price point from bargain basement toasters through to those costing as much as a standalone oven. We understand that value is subjective so you should have something appropriate to consider whatever your budget.

We’ve also attempted to cover a range of sizes and functionality so you can pick something in line with your requirements by simply scrolling on through our curated selection.

And, as always at The PrinceLA, we pull no punches when a product is flawed. We’ll frankly highlight any deficiencies so you can buy with your eyes wide open.

Don’t forget to bookmark our blog and come back any time you want some impartial advice on the finest products for your home and garden. We’ll be remaining in the kitchen this weekend and we’ll report back early next week when our next round of testing is complete.

See you soon!

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