The 8 Best Toasters for Families Large and Small

Best toasters of 2022 Editor's picks

Without a reliable, good-quality toaster, the entire day can be, well, toast (especially for parents of toddlers!)Whether your family needs a compact unit for quick breakfasts, a toaster oven that can take on casseroles, or a do-it-all number that can handle frozen bagels in a single roundthere’s a model out there for you (and it doesn’t have to break the bank!). Here are our top picks for the best toasters of 2022.

Our editor’s picks

Size: 11.81 inches x 10.63 inches

Colour finish: Stainless steel

Features: Wide slot, extra lift feature, crumb tray, bagel, defrost, cancel button, adjustable bread guide

Slices: 4

  • The seven timed shade settings allow for different levels of crispness.

  • The brushed stainless steel will show fingerprints if it’s not regularly wiped down.

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Size: 11.5 inches x 7 inches

Colour finish: White or black

Features: Wide slot, bagel

Slices: 2

  • An anti-jam feature automatically shuts the toaster off if anything gets stuck.

  • There’s no frozen function, so you’ll have to double-toast frosty foods.

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Size: 11.5 inches x 8.3 inches

Colour finish: Stainless steel

Features: Bagel, defrost, wide slot, extra lift feature, crumb tray

Slices: 2

  • Wide slots accommodate thick slices of toast.

  • The toast shade dial may wiggle out of your preferred setting.

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Size: 12.2 inches x 12.52 inches

Colour finish: Black

Features: Wide slot

Slices: 4

  • Frozen mode is ideal for those who buy waffles and breads in bulk.

  • The bagel and defrost settings don’t have indicator lights, so it’s difficult to tell if they’re activated.

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Size: 9.8 inches x 6.7 inches

Colour finish: Red or black

Features: Cancel button, crumb tray, bagel, toaster features, wide slot

Slices: 2

  • Six toast shade settings will suit every family member’s preferences.

  • This upscale two–slice toaster costs a little more than average.

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Size: 17.75 inches x 9.38 inches

Colour finish: Stainless steel

Features: Wide slot, long slot, defrost, bagel

Slices: 4

  • Can fit longer breads such as baguettes, naans and rustic sourdoughs.

  • This model has only one shade setting.

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Size: 21.5 inches x 11.5 inches

Colour finish: Silver

Features: Convection, broil, toaster features

Slices: n/a

  • Includes a bake pan, broil rack and an easy-to-clean external crumb tray.

  • Takes up more space than a traditional toaster, but less space than a traditional oven.

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Size: 12 inches x 11.5 inches

Colour finish: Chrome

Features: Wide slot, defrost, bagel, cancel button, extra lift feature

Slices: 4

  • The toast boost function lifts bread up and out for easy grabbing.

  • The rear crumb tray is not as accessible for cleaning.

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In this guide
Best Toaster Overall
Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster Black + Decker 4-Slice Extra Wide Toaster
  • Size: 11.81 inches x 10.63 inches

  • Colour finish: Stainless steel

  • Features: Wide slot, extra lift feature, crumb tray, bagel, defrost, cancel button, adjustable bread guide

  • Slices: 4

This family-friendly toaster earns top marks for all the clever ways it toasts breadIndependent heating units mean you can make lightly-toasted and super-crunchy toast at the same time. Extra-wide slots accommodate bagels, croissant halves and Texas toast, while inner self-centering guides hug the thinnest slice of toast for even cooking.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • No more double-rounds for freezer waffles—frozen mode applies the right amount of heat, while the extra lift feature makes for easy removal.    

  • With seven timed shade settings, everyone gets the crispiness level they want.

Cons
  • You’ll need extra counter space for this toaster and brushed stainless steel will show fingerprints if it’s not regularly wiped down.

The draw
The cancel button is perfect when I decide I toasted my pastry long enough! Adore the extra lift so I can remove my toast without feeling the heat or burning my fingers.
-Allison, originally posted on blackanddeckerappliances.com
The downside
The size. It’s not ideal for a small apartment counter space.
-Blairsgirl, originally posted on blackanddeckerappliances.com
Best Toaster on a Budget
Sunbeam 2-Slice Toaster Sunbeam 2-Slice Toaster
  • Size: 11.5 inches x 7 inches

  • Colour finish: White or black

  • Features: Wide slot, bagel

  • Slices: 2

As cute as it is affordable, thSunbeam 2-Slice Toaster punches well above its weight in terms of features. Bigger kids can safely make their own brekkie thanks to cool-touch housing and a high lift feature for smaller foods, which helps them (and you) remove hot items safely. This hardworking toaster also features auto-adjusting inner bread guides that ensure even slim slices get an even cook.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Boasts seven toast shade settings like its pricier counterparts. 

  • Aanti-jam feature automatically shuts the toaster off if anything gets stuck (hello, hot dog buns!) while a removable crumb tray makes for easy cleaning.

Cons
  • There’s no frozen functionso you’ll have to double-toast frosty foods.

The draw
Easy to use, easy to clean. Looks great, works great! Bargain of a deal!
-CJH3, originally posted on walmart.ca
The downside
It does a very good job toasting bread but the bagel feature, which is important to us, does nothing.
-patthebiker, originally posted on walmart.ca
Best Two-Slice Toaster
Cuisinart Metal Classic 2-Slice Toaster Cuisinart Metal Classic 2-Slice Toaster
  • Size: 11.5 inches x 8.3 inches

  • Colour finish: Stainless steel

  • Features: Bagel, defrost, wide slot, extra lift feature, crumb tray

  • Slices: 2

With this two-slice toaster, there’s no need to overthink toast on groggy mornings (which is most mornings, no?). It features a six-shade dial for custom control and easy-to-read buttons that light up when in use: bageldefrost and reheatIt’ll earn its keep toasting up everything from bagels to thin-sliced artisanal breads. Plus, it’s sleek and short, so you won’t have any trouble finding a home for this unit on your countertop.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Its compact size and flat sides make it an easy fit in most kitchens and not many toasters boast BPA-free materials 

  • Wide slots accommodate thick slices of toast.

Cons
  • The metal sides can heat up quickly and some customers found the toast shade dial wiggles out of their preferred setting.

The draw
It is perfect in size, easy to keep clean and best of all toasts everything just right.
-judyw, originally posted on cuisinart.com
The downside
My one little problem is that the dial for browning levels turns so easily, my toaster cover moves it unintentionally and I have to keep checking it.
-Light Brown, originally posted on cuisinart.com
Best Four-Slice Toaster
Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster
  • Size: 12.2 inches x 12.52 inches

  • Colour finish: Black

  • Features: Wide slot

  • Slices: 4

We love the space-conscious size of this fourslice toaster (it measures about the length and width of a standard ruler). It’s small but mighty and ideal for familiesdual controls and seven shade settings allow for super light to dark toast, so everyone’s preferences are metPlus, extra-wide slots can toast up bagels and thick breads, and two easy-open bottom trays make it easy to clean out crumbs.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • With self-adjusting guides that centre bread and an extra lift feature, no English muffin will slip into the abyss.  

  • Frozen mode is ideal for those who buy waffles and breads in bulk (and for busy mornings when you forget to thaw!).

Cons
  • It’s hard to know if the bagel and defrost settings are activated because they don’t have indicator lights.

The draw
I like that it is designed as two toasters in one. I can toast bagels on one side that may need a longer setting and have waffles or toast in the other side on a different setting.
-ajann1983, originally posted on blackanddeckerappliances.com
The downside
What I don't like, and miss from my other toaster is a light or indicator when the frozen or bagel button is pushed.
-FLRHCARR, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best Toaster for Small Spaces
Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster Russell-Hobbs 2-Slice Retro Toaster
  • Size: 9.8 inches x 6.7 inches

  • Colour finish: Red or black

  • Features: Cancel button, crumb tray, bagel, toaster features, wide slot

  • Slices: 2

This is one stylish, smart toaster—it offers a bevy of functions and takes up less counter space than a small laptopIt toasts anything right from the freezer with a specialized frozen setting and you can even check on your food while it cooks without interrupting the process with the lift and look feature. Best of all, the removable warming rack maximizes this little toaster’s functionality for its ability to heat up pastries, pizza slices and hamburger buns.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • With a prominent toasting timer, you’ll know exactly how long you have until toast perfection.  

  • Six toast shade settings will suit every family member’s preferences.

Cons
  • This upscale twoslice toaster costs a little more than average and you may not use the warming rack all that much.  

The draw
With its sleek and retro design who wouldn’t love it? I love the rack it comes with to put the toast on to cool too!
-Megs, originally posted on russellhobbs.com
The downside
It was a little pricey for a toaster.
-msmelvin33, originally posted on russellhobbs.com
Best Long-Slot Toaster
Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster with Keep Warm
  • Size: 17.75 inches x 9.38 inches

  • Colour finish: Stainless steel

  • Features: Wide slot, long slot, defrost, bagel

  • Slices: 4

Never suffer through cold toast again with this long slot toaster. A clever, optional keep warm setting retains just the right level of heat for an extra three minutes, so you can flip your eggs, pour the coffee and still have toast warm enough to melt butter. It also has defrost and cancel features, so you can enjoy a frozen artisanal slice of bread in a snap or put breakfast on pause with the press of a button.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Sensitive and young fingers will love the coolwall stainless-steel sides along with toast boost to lift breads for easy grabbing.  

  • Unlike a fourslice toaster with limited slot space, this toaster can fit longer breads such as baguettes, naans and rustic sourdoughs. Plus, the slots are wide enough to fit bagels and Texas toast.

Cons
  • While other four-slice toasters have two independent heating elements, this model has only one shade setting. In other words, all bread gets the same treatment.

The draw
It has a true bagel function which toasts the bagel only on the cut side while warming the outside, and a clever “keep warm” setting.
-Harold, originally posted on walmart.ca
The downside
Does not toast evenly. One side of toast is perfect the other hardly toasts. It is quite attractive as toasters go. Easy to use.
-Busybee34, originally posted on walmart.ca
Best Toaster Oven
Black + Decker Extra-Wide Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel Black + Decker Extra-Wide Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel Black + Decker Extra-Wide Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel Black + Decker Extra-Wide Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel Black + Decker Extra-Wide Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel
  • Size: 21.5 inches x 11.5 inches

  • Colour finish: Silver

  • Features: Convection, broil, toaster features

  • Slices: n/a

Before you balk at the size, hear us out: this toaster oven is a true workhorse. This small kitchen appliance boasts four cooking functions so it can take on lasagna, brownies and fries, and it makes eight slices of toast at the same timePlus, it takes far less time to preheat than a conventional oven and uses convection technology to circulate warm air, cooking more efficiently. Bonus: convection also gives you crispier edges on dishes like roasted veggies, fish sticks and cubes of tofu.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Fits a standard 9x13-in casserole dish, while the keep warm feature means food will stay hot until you’re ready to serve. 

  • Comes with a bake panbroil rack and an easy-to-clean external crumb tray.

Cons
  • More of a small oven than a toaster, this unit takes up more space than a traditional toaster (but less space than a traditional oven).

The draw
I haven’t turned on my big oven since I bought this. The convection feature cooks things evenly and more quickly.
-Dksrottie, originally posted on blackanddecker.com
The downside
I only wish the cord was a bit longer. It is very short.
-cheraarad, originally posted on blackanddecker.com
Best Bagel Toaster
Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Modern Chrome Toaster 24791C Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Modern Chrome Toaster 24791C Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Modern Chrome Toaster 24791C Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Modern Chrome Toaster 24791C
  • Size: 12 inches x 11.5 inches

  • Colour finish: Chrome

  • Features: Wide slot, defrost, bagel, cancel button, extra lift feature

  • Slices: 4

While some bagel settings simply add a longer toast time, Hamilton Beach engineered a system for this four-slice toaster that toasts the cut side of the bagel while warming the round side. Translation: café-level crunch with just the right amount of softness. And if you pre-slice your bagels before freezing just pop them in, press the defrost and bagel buttons to enjoy crispy-soft bagel texture in just one round of toasting.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The extra-wide slots are perfect for toasting bagels and thick slices of toast bread.

  • The toast boost function lifts bread up and out for easy grabbing and its cord wrap makes for easier storage, too.

Cons
  • The crumb tray is at the back of the toaster, so it’s not as accessible for cleaning.

The draw
It does the job the manufacturers intended. It toasts the bread exactly like it should, the multiple darkness settings are accurate and easy to adjust. So simple a child could use it, and use it she does!
-Valkriesmurf1, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
Have had to keep toast settings to lower than I require, as it tends to burn, but I’m getting the hang of it now.
-OGKaren, originally posted on Walmart.ca
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Colleen Fisher Tully is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has been featured in Clean Eating magazine, Today's Parent, Canadian Living, Food Network Canada and others. In her downtime you'll find her hiking with her two young kids, baking savoury pies or reading about ancient history, preferably with a slice of pie.
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