If you’ve made the decision to invest in a Breville toaster, be ready to get great engineering, innovative features, and amazing design that will look great on your counter.
All the above are concepts valued by Breville, the iconic Australian company that has been providing consumers with quality kitchen products and appliances for 8 decades. The company’s goal is to enhance people’s lives through thoughtful design and brilliant innovation and so far they have succeeded.
Regarding toasters, we’ve examined the company’s flagship models, scouring the internet for expert and consumer reviews. We sifted through all the available information in order to deliver a useful comparison that will help you make an informed decision. Most models share features and have a similar design, so we are presenting them ranked from best to the lowest value for your convenience.
the ‘Lift and Look’® Touch (BTA630XL)
This is a great value-for-money toaster option from Breville with excellent automated functions, which is why it tops our list.
The BTA630XL’s compact size does not sacrifice function and it’s the only toaster from the list in a white color and plastic body (all of the other models feature brushed metal and stainless steel finishes). The toaster’s extra-long and wide slots can accommodate everything from bagels and artisanal bread to 4 slices of regular bread when you need to prepare large quantities of toast for your family’s breakfast.
Users love the innovative automated features, as the toaster is fully motorized without a lever. Its LED indicator shows the browning progress and acts as a countdown letting you know when your toast will be ready. Just pressing a button automatically lowers the bread in the tray and users have commented on the machine’s smooth and quiet operation.
There are many functions for perfect toasting, such as Bagel and Frozen buttons, as well as the unique “Lift & Look” function, which pauses the browning cycle to quickly lift the bread for you to monitor the browning progress, and the “A Bit More” button which lets you toast your bread a little bit longer without having to initiate a new toasting cycle.
While the BTA630XL is the only toaster on our list with a plastic body, that is also its main drawback. It boasts a stylish white finish but the plastic gets hot to the touch when the toaster is in use and there were also some complaints about uneven browning and scorching of the bread.
It’s also worth noting that despite its compact size, the toaster is quite long so you may want to make sure it will fit on your counter if you plan to purchase it.
Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster™ (BTA840XL)
Yes, it’s pricey, but customers are so excited about this toaster and its functions that the price appears to be worth it.
Customers are raving about the BTA840XL with its 4-Slice capacity, dual independent controls, brushed die-cast aluminium body and innovative functions. We looked at many reviews saying that this is the best toaster people have bought and it was well-worth its price compared to cheaper models that might not perform as well.
This toaster is quite hefty and sizable since it has 4 separate extra-wide slots that can accommodate all sorts of baked goods. It produces great results every time and its dual independent controls mean you can toast two different levels of brownness at the same time, with the touch of a button.
The innovative Breville functions are here as well, the automatic motorized controls, the smooth operation of the buttons, the LED countdown indicator and the unique “A Bit More” and “Lift & Look” features. All these features allow excellent toasting and users are commenting about great uniformity and consistency, as well as the toaster producing “the best toast” they have ever had. Plus, it looks great on the counter!
However, customers may also feel wary of extensive automated features, as these can malfunction quite easily. There have been complaints about the toaster’s heating elements not working correctly or not lighting up, as well as the lowering mechanism getting stuck. Customers have been able to overcome the latter by “rebooting” the toaster, that is by unplugging it and waiting for a few minutes before plugging it back in.
The Bit More™ (BTA720XL)
An excellent 2-slice toaster with Breville’s unmatched functionality.
The BTA720XL is the size of a regular 2-slice toaster but with added innovative features. Its brushed stainless steel finish will look great in any kitchen and its extra wide slots make toasting bagels and thicker breads really easy. Customers are really loving the toaster’s look and mention that it looks great on the counter.
This model has a lever, the first we’ve seen so far on this list. The lever is placed on the side of the appliance, which is not very common. In fact, it may pose problems depending on your counter space, as you have to place the toaster sideways on the counter to have access to both lever and controls.
The toaster takes its name from the “A Bit More” function which lets you toast the bread a little bit more if you need to, without initiating a new toaster cycle. There’s also Bagel and Frozen controls, as well as an LED browning indicator which also acts as a countdown.
Reviews have been split between those who love the toaster’s functionality and toasting abilities and those who have mentioned that it produces uneven results. There have been complaints about the appliance having a short lifespan and being unreliable. This model also comes in a version that’s longer, to accommodate for slices of bread, and is “a bit more” expensive.
Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster™ (BTA820XL)
With its sleek design, compact size and impressive functionalities, this toaster is a big hit.
The BTA820XL is the little 2-Slice sibling of BTA840XL that we reviewed earlier. It has all the functionalities of BTA840XL in a smaller frame.
The automatic functions are here as well, with 1-touch automation that makes toast-making really effortless. It has extra-wide slots so that you can toast artisanal bread, bagels, and other baked treats to perfection. Its controls include Bagel, Frozen (which defrosts and toasts the bread), as well as the unique and innovative “A Bit More” and “Lift & Look” features, which consumers are loving. Users also love the LED brownness indicator and countdown, which lets you know when your toast will be ready.
The toaster’s sleek design and brushed die-cast metal body is also a big hit with users, who mention that it looks great on the counter. However, there are some issues with this toaster as well, as consumers have mentioned that the automatic lowering mechanism can often get stuck and the LED lights start flashing without reason. There are also some complaints regarding uneven toasting.
The main reason this model is not higher on the list is its price. Since it’s quite pricey, we would think that whoever decides to make such an investment for a toaster might well want to splurge a little more and get the BTA840XL with it’s 4-slice capacity and dual independent controls.
Die-Cast Smart Toaster™ (BTA830XL)
A cool-looking toaster with impressive performance and innovative functions.
With its extra-wide slots, automated controls and sleek design, the BTA830XL looks great and performs even better.
The extra-long slots mean that you get a 2-slice toaster that can fit up to 4 slices of regular bread and they are also wide enough to make toasting bagels, artisanal bread and other delicacies a piece of cake. With just the press of one button, the bread is automatically lowered into the toaster and there is an LED toasting progress indicator that shows you how long you have to wait.
Customers have a lot of good things to say about this toaster, some of them going as far as saying that it’s “from the future” or has a “space/robot” design. They also love its look, as well as the fact that it’s sturdy, well-made, and remains cool to the touch when in use (unlike the plastic-bodied BTA630XL).
All the – by now- familiar innovative Breville controls are here: Bagel, Frozen, “A Bit More”, and “Lift & Look”, which make toast-making really easy and produce great results.
However, here too there have been reports of the automatic mechanism getting stuck or the LED lights malfunctioning, with users needing to unplug the appliance to reset it. There have also been some complaints about uneven browning.
This is another pricey option from Breville, which essentially has the same features as the BTA630XL but is a lot more expensive. Their main difference is the construction: where BTA630XL is made of plastic, the BTA830XL boasts a sturdy stainless steel finish and sleek design. So that’s something to keep in mind if design and construction are things you value in your appliances.
the Toast Select™ Luxe (BTA735BSS1BUS1)
If you ever imagined a toaster looking like a vintage sports car, this is it.
We’re adding this option as a bonus, for its unique look and functionalities. The Toast Select™ Luxe model looks incredible with its brushed stainless steel body, backlit buttons and elegant lines. It’s the only toaster from the ones we’ve examined that has more color options than the standard metal look or the white plastic look that the other toasters on the list have. This model comes in 5 different stylish color options including black, white and grey.
It’s a 2-slice toaster but has extra-wide slots to accommodate different types of bread and this is also reflected in its unique 6 preset settings that let you select the type of bread you’re toasting and the appliance will automatically adjust the toasting time. There is also the ubiquitous LED countdown indicator.
This model has a lever and it’s located on the side of the appliance along with the controls. This also might pose a problem when placing it on the counter (just like the BTA720XL). You’ll have to make sure there’s no clutter around it so you will have easy access to all the controls.
There’s a “Lift & Look” functionality, as well as Frozen and “A Bit More/ Reheat” buttons for all your toasting needs. However, there is no Bagel function, as there is in all the other toasters on the list, and it’s not included in the preset options either.
Users love this toaster’s look and functionalities, though there are several reports that it takes too long to toast bread, that it sometimes produces uneven results and that it has a short lifespan. It seems the jury is still out on this one.
Among the impressive array of premium toasters we reviewed above, the clear winner in terms of price and functionality in the 2-slice camp is the BTA630XL, with its cool white body and extra-long and wide slots that let you toast all sorts of breads and baked goods with great results.
In the 4-slice camp, you can’t go wrong with the impressive BTA840XL: its sturdy and sleek stainless steel body houses 4 extra-wide slots with dual independent controls and all the amazing Breville functions.