KRUPS 4-Slice Toaster

Last updated date: January 23, 2019

DWYM Score
7.2

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We looked at the top 1 Toasters and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, Digital Trends, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the KRUPS KRUPS Breakfast Set 4-Slot Toaster placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 24, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
7.0
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.6
1,423 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Design doesn’t factor into our overall Ratings score, but we will say that the blue LED indicators add a touch of high-tech sophistication and the brushed-and-chrome stainless steel housing should look sharp on most countertops. Those features might delight users in the beginning, but down the line, it's the practically perfect toast that pops out of the Krups 2-Slice KH732D50 that will make for a fine start to every day.
- Consumer Reports
The shiny chrome gives the KRUPS KH an amazing counter aesthetic.
- Top Ten Reviews
Although the Krups Control Line toaster only features a mere six toasting settings, the removable, top-mounted bun warmer more than makes up for the absent seventh setting. The extra-high lift feature means even the most hard-to-reach breads can easily be removed without burning your fingers. LED indicators and a stainless steel exterior add to the toaster’s modern aesthetic, while the removable crumb catch makes cleanup a breeze.
- Digital Trends
Commercial-grade, solid metal toaster that accommodates four slices. Two sides can be programmed independently.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
The Krups KH732D Breakfast Set did poorly in just about all of our tests. Our testers discovered its chrome exterior is wrapped around a cheap, lightweight interior frame that doesn’t sit securely on a countertop. If you push the lever to bring the toast up to the top, it tips over.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Some convenience features, like cool-touch sides and a hideaway cord, are missing.
- Top Ten Reviews
Exterior gets extremely hot. Longer toasting times, especially for denser bread products.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Housed in brushed and chrome stainless steel, this high-quality KRUPS KH734D50 toaster not only looks good on the counter, but it also toasts bread to perfection—up to four slices at a time. The unit's extra-large, self-centering slots (1.5 inches wide by 5.75 inches long) can accommodate a variety of items, including bagels, buns, English muffins, and thick slices of homemade bread. For added convenience, dual independent controls make it possible to use only one side or the other, or to toast two unique orders simultaneously, like bread on one side and waffles on the other, making it easier to get the whole family out the door on time in the morning. Choose bagel mode for warming the outside and toasting the cut side of bagels; defrost mode for toasting items like frozen waffles, toaster pastries, or toaster hash browns; reheat mode for warming without toasting; or the cancel function to end the session at any time. You just have to turn the knob to select one of the six browning settings, from light to dark. Other highlights include blue LED indicators, a high-lift lever for smaller items, two removable crumb trays for easy cleaning, and cord storage to help keep countertops looking tidy. The KRUPS KH734D50 four-slice toaster offers exceptional convenience on its own or as part of the matching KRUPS Breakfast Set ensemble. wattage is 1508

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. Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
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: 8.3
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: 7.6
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.

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.