Top 10: Toasters

by Liezel Munez
 toaster3 SHINE ON Enemies of lukewarm toast rejoice. Dualit's sleek chrome two-slice toaster features an ejector system that keeps toast warm until a lever is pushed up. $231, Casa
 Toaster7 NARROW POSSIBILITY This stainless steel Alessi Toaster prizes the minimal lines championed by brand designer, Stefano Giovannoni, and has a cutting-edge design flair that makes it the perfect addition to any of-the-moment kitchen. $214, Fitzsu
 toaster6 POP APPEAL This tangerine kMix two-slice toaster is available in a rainbow of colours and features an adjustable thermostat for those who don't suffer "dark, medium and light" gladly. $100, JCPenney
 toaster10 CROWD PLEASER If you like your toast extra-crispy, and your breakfast partner likes his extra-light, this dual-action die-cast aluminium toaster, which caters to both of your preferences simultaneously, is for you. Bonus alert: Consumer Reports ranks it first among four-slice toasters. $180, Breville
 toaster12 EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE Krups' wood-paneled stunner looks like it could open and operate a diner all on its own. And with six browning settings and two extra-wide slots, it almost could. $140, Macy's
 toaster11 HOT COMMODITY This T-Fal Avante Deluxe Toaster is a no-nonsense high-performer that puts user-friendly features first. And, for those who have a habit of toasting-and-forgetting, it also has a reheat setting, which warms already toasted bread without burning it. $50, Target 
 toaster9 CLEAN SWEEP Everything you need and nothing you don't: All-Clad's stainless steel model is a souped-up take on the standard offering, with six shades of browning at your disposal and a family-friendly wipe-clean surface. $150, Bloomingdale's
 toaster4 BLACK DIAMOND Bodum's monochromatic toaster looks like a cross between Darth Vader's kitchen electric of choice and a clock radio from the future. We also appreciate its adjustable cord retainer, which keeps things neat and tidy. $50, Bodum
 toaster BY THE NUMBERS If your life has made the jump to digital, why should your toaster be exempt? Hamilton Beach's two-slice toaster has won raves for its defrosting prowess, displays your settings in easy-to-read numerical format, and has an automatic shut-off function, for those of us who've grown a little too reliant on technology. $40, Hamilton Beach
 toaster1 WINDOW TREATMENT The Magimix Coloured Vision Toaster is backed with a glowing Consumer Reports endorsement and billed as the only toaster with a viewing window that lets you watch the process in action. Before you disagree, ask yourself this: is your rebuttal example a toaster oven? We thought so. $200, Williams-Sonoma

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