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Your Guide to Buying a 4-Slice Toaster

Oster 4-Slice Toaster Cuisinart 4-Slice Toaster
Yehuda Posnick

Toasters for household use have been around since 1909. Later, in 1925, they made pop-up toasters, where you could time how dark you want your toast. That was good for two slices of bread. But if you have a big family, you would like the option of preparing a large breakfast quickly. Having a 4-slice toaster is a way of achieving that. They are essentially two 2-slice toasters, side-by-side. For example, you can toast two slices lightly, and the other two more dark brown. There are other settings with which its worthwhile to be familiar. Here is a guide to some of the best 4-slice toasters on the market.

Oster 4-Slice Toaster

Oster TSSTTRWF4S 4-Slice Toaster

Types of 4-Slice Toaster

Here are some typical functions of today’s 4-slice toasters:

  • ToastThese accommodate slices of regular bread, and toast both sides.

  • BagelThis is an option to toast only one side (you don’t need to toast the outside of a bagel or English muffin, just the inside). Make sure you know which side is toasting—otherwise you might end up toasting the crust of the bagel by mistake.

  • DefrostIf you put frozen bread or bagels in the 4-slice toaster, the defrost option adds extra time to defrost the bread as well as toast it.

  • ReheatThis is useful if the bread is already toasted, but you’re not ready to serve it yet. It’ll keep the toast warm, without retoasting it.
Cuisinart 4-Slice Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-180 4-Slice Toaster

What People are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Easy cleaning: Some toasters have a removable tray, to catch crumbs from the toast. It’s best to clean out that tray after a week of use, since the crumbs tend to accumulate. Also, when cleaning the 4-slice toaster, you should unplug it first, and invert it, to shake all the crumbs out. Don’t insert a fork or other sharp metal object in the toaster—it might damage one of the heating elements.

  • Cancel option: If you want to stop the toasting in the middle, many toasters have a “cancel” button, that pops out the toast in the middle of the cycle.

  • Toast lift: Some 4-slice toasters have a toast lift button, to allow you to push the bread a little further up. This way you don’t have to insert your fingers into the area of the heating elements to get the toast out.

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Save stale bread: If you see your bread is getting stale, making toast out of it is a great way of salvaging it. Toast can stay a lot longer than fresh bread without getting moldy.

  • Extra-Wide Slots: This allows you to toast more than just sliced bread: English muffins, bagels, and waffles are also an option.

  • Digital Electronic: Some 4-slice toasters are digital, where you can program when they shut off. This is useful in instances where the toast gets stuck in the toaster—you have a back-up option to keep it from burning your toast.

  • Settings: 4-slice toasters will have number settings, usually where the lowest number will yield light toast, and the higher numbers will give darker toast.

  • Cool-touch Exterior: This is a nice feature, to make sure that the toaster doesn’t get hot on the outside, even after heavy use.

Top Brands

Cuisinartis a brand of home appliances. They are a part of Conair Corporation. They were founded by Carl Sontheimer in 1971, and have their headquarters in East Windsor, New Jersey. They make electric appliances, as well as cookware, bakeware, cutlery, and gourmet tools.

Hamilton Beachis a manufacturer of home appliances. It was founded in 1910 by Frederick Osius in Racine, Wisconsin. He took the name Hamilton Beach from two of his employees, Louis Hamilton and Chester Beach. They started by producing motors for mixers and blenders, but then expanded to hair dryers and fans, toasters, slow cookers.

Osterwas started in 1924 by John Oster. He originally made hair clippers, but they quickly expanded to a wide range of kitchen appliances and tools: blenders and juicers, toasters and ovens, coffee machines and kettles.

Electroluxis a maker of home appliances. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden since 1919, and are a merger of two companies: Elektron and Lux. They make many brands of home and kitchen appliances: toasters, blenders, kettles, irons, ovens, dishwashers, and more.

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