Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Toasters and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, Digital Trends, The Spruce Eats, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster you should buy.

Overall Take

Breville's modern toaster has LED lights to indicate how far along it is in the toasting process. The "Lift and Look" button lets you check on your bread without cooling it off. You can hit "A Bit More" if you want things just a little more toasted. It's a little bigger and pricier than our other picks, but the smart features make it well worth the investment. In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Breville Breville 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Toaster for a detailed review of all the top toasters.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.5
958 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very Good in full batch toasting. Excellent in color range toasting. Very Good in ease of use. Excellent in ease of cleaning. Shows progress on panel. Deep toaster wells (>5.2 in.).
- Consumer Reports
The Smart Toaster is high-end in both design and performance.
- Top Ten Reviews
Once your toast is ready, an alarm sounds so that you and everyone in your house will know it’s officially time for breakfast. You can adjust the audible alarm to sound either high or low and mute it if the proclamation seems like a tad much. Extra design bonuses include an LED toasting indicator, automatic toasting carriages, and a cool-touch die-cast metal exterior. The Lift and Look feature also allows you to take a sneak peak at the toasting progression without interrupting the cycle. It is a little bulky given its 15-inch length, but the concealed cord housing make stowing it both convenient and easy.
- Digital Trends
In that case, look to the super-sleek Breville BTA830XL, a streamlined appliance with simple controls and some highly intuitive features that you probably haven't seen on a toaster before. Fitted with extra-long slots for all kinds of bread (or four slices of sandwich bread), the BTA830XL is a surprisingly unobtrusive addition to your countertop. Set your shade level on the slider, put in your bread, and allow the motorized lift to quietly lower it into the toaster. The LED lights indicate your toasting progress, and when it’s done, the BTA830XL quietly raises your bread (no sudden “popping up”) and dings to let you know it’s done. If you don’t like noise in the morning, there’s an option to lower or entirely mute the sound. As for those intuitive controls: the BTA830XL has some unique button options. Besides the expected bagel and defrost settings, there is also a “Lift and Look” buttons as well as an “A Bit More” button. The first raises the motorized carriage so you can check your toasting progress without starting over, and “A Bit More” does just that: toasts it a bit more.
- The Spruce Eats
Offers the highest quality and performance. Two extra-large slots can accommodate any type of bread.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
This model had no discernible flaws in its performance.
- Consumer Reports
The Breville BTA830XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Smart Toaster toasted evenly, but it left the bottom of the lower corners of some pieces untoasted. Because it’s expensive, we expected more from this model.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The toaster is relatively heavy, so moving it is inconvenient.
- Top Ten Reviews
Expensive, but owners say they wouldn't think twice about making the investment again.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

How do you toast any type of bread and get it just the way you like it? The Breville BTA830XL Die-cast Smart Toaster has one touch 'Lift and Look' toasting carriage which automatically moves up and down to show the browning process without interrupting the toasting cycle, as well as features one touch 'A Bit More' which allows you to add a little extra time to the toasting cycle for any shaped bread. Motorized carriage with push button controls include both a Bagel setting and a Frozen setting.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
2. KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Bella Pro Series 2-Slice Toaster 11.8″
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Breville The Bit 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
7. T-fal Avante Icon 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Oster Jellybean 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 6
9. KRUPS 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Vremi 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Toasters

Toasters are a kitchen counter standby that make every meal a little tastier. Browned English muffins add crunch to your breakfast, a toasted bagel warms your lunchtime tuna melt, and browned buns add a “wow” factor to your burgers.

The small-but-mighty toaster is responsible for all of these creations. You might not give much thought to this little appliance, but there’s a lot going on after you hit the “Toast” button.

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Toasters brown your bread by turning electricity into heat. Electricity flows from your wall’s outlet through your toaster’s power cord to the inside of the unit. 

The electric current moves through a series of slender conducting filaments. If you’ve ever looked inside your toaster while it’s working and noticed glowing, red hot wires around your slice of bread, those are the filaments doing their job. The filaments beam heat towards your bread using infrared radiation. The steady supply of heat from the filaments rapidly cooks your bread.

When your bread has reached the desired toast level you selected, the toaster either turns off automatically with a timer or pops your bread up with a spring-loaded tray. All four of our top picks have removable crumb trays built into the toaster, so you can grab your piping hot bagel without getting crumbs all over your kitchen.

Toasters all use similar internal heating mechanisms, but different models have different features and options. A standard model, like Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster, has two slots to toast two slices of bread at once. Higher-end models, like Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster, has four slots, including an “Extra Long” slot for larger slices of bread.

You’ve got choices when it comes to controlling your toaster’s time and intensity levels, too. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster has a timer that goes up to seven minutes, plus a lever so you can manually lift your toast out. It also has Bagel, Defrost and Reheat buttons. Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has seven toast shade settings, and it uses Advanced Toasting Technology for a consistent result every time.

Different kinds of bread may require different toasters. The Oster Jelly Bean Toaster has extra-wide slots to accommodate heartier bread, while Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a special setting for bagels and frozen bread.

Toasters aren’t purely utilitarian — they can also add a fun edge to your kitchen’s decor. Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a modern, rounded design with a tough gunmetal finish. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster goes the classic route with a white body and stainless steel accents, while Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster comes in a fresh pop of purple.

Whether you go high-tech with a modern toaster or low-key with a classic design, you’ll want to think about a few things before you choose your new appliance. Our Tips & Advice can help you make a smart decision.

DYWM Fun Fact

Toasters might seem like a simple appliance, but nailing down the technology that makes it safe to heat up bread was trickier than you’d think.

Up until the early 1900s, people were still toasting bread by placing it in a metal frame and holding it over an open flame. Inventors struggled to find a safe heating element for countertop toasters. It needed to be sturdy enough to withstand repeated heated and cooling, but most materials got brittle and broke apart after a few tries. A few inventors tried making a toaster with iron wires, but they melted at high temperatures, creating a serious fire hazard.

An engineer named Albert Marsh finally solved the toaster’s troubles in 1905. He patented an alloy of nickel and chromium called Nichrome, which could heat up toaster filaments without breaking or catching on fire. The days of warming morning toast over an open fire were finally over — and today, we have more toaster options than ever before.

The Toaster Buying Guide

  • How often will you use your toaster? If you’re a big fan of toasted sandwiches and bagels, you might want to drop some extra cash for a feature-rich mode,l like the Breville Long Slot Smart Toaster. On a budget? Cuisinart’s reliable Compact Plastic Toaster works just as well without the bells and whistles.
  • What kinds of bread will you be toasting? Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster has an extra-long slot for artisanal bread, and Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has a one-touch option for warming up bagels.
  • How much free countertop room do you have? The Kitchenaid 2-Slice Slot Toaster takes up as much space as a standard piece of computer paper, and it has Under Base Cord Storage to keep things tidy when it’s not in use. Breville’s Smart Toaster is several inches larger and weighs twice as much, but it’s loaded with extra features.
  • How particular are you about your toast’s done-ness? Oster’s Jelly Bean, Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster and Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster all have seven shade settings from a little crunchy to extra crispy. The Breville Smart Toaster has 12 browning settings on an LED control slide, plus a “Lift and Look” button to make sure your toast looks perfect.