The 8 Best Long Slot Toasters Reviewed

Are you ready to take your toast to the next level? If you’ve never owned a long slot toaster, you’re in for a treat. Toasted sourdough bread or artisan bread is such a step up from plain old toast. But finding the right toaster can be daunting. Well don’t worry, we’re going to provide you everything you need to know to purchase the best long slot toaster!

We’ve researched hundreds of toasters to bring you the top in each category of long slots. We’ll give you our top 3 picks, other best options, and some important considerations at the end.

Our Top 3 Long Slot Toasters

Best Overall

Cuisinart 2-Slice Artisan Bread

Cuisinart 2-Slice Artisan Bread
  • Designed for Artisan Bread
  • Hi-Lift lever / beautiful chrome finish
  • Bread slots self-center

 

Premium Choice

Breville "Bit More" Long Slot (BTA730XL)

Breville “Bit More” Long Slot (BTA730XL)
  • Gorgeous, simple design
  • Best for even, quick toasting
  • Durable, Stainless Steel Construction
Best Budget

Dash 2-Slice DVTS501BK

Dash 2-Slice DVTS501BK
  • Can’t beat the price for a solid toaster
  • See through window help prevent overheating
  • Extra wide slots for various breads

What to Look for in a Long Slot Toaster

Sliced artisan bread on table for best long slot toaster

Before we dive headfirst into our in-depth product reviews, let’s cover a few important characteristics you should be looking for in your next long slot toaster!

Design / User Experience

An attractive design is important, particularly if you keep the toaster on your countertop; but most people don’t want to sacrifice performance for a pretty toaster. For example, The Smeg 50s Retro toaster offers a beautiful design, but it’s not our best performing toaster. Both the Cuisinart and Breville are tasteful, high performing toasters, and equally attractive (unless you’re set on the retro look).

User experience is incredibly important. Will your toast come flying out of the toaster when toasting is complete? What if you don’t have time to finish the toasting cycle; does the toaster have a cancel button that gently lifts the toast out or do you need to manually pop it up with a lever?

Are you looking for a 4-slice toaster or will a 2-slice toaster suffice? We have the best long slots in both categories. Finally, take note of the toaster dimensions. The specs can often be confusing so we define length, width, and height for you at the end of the article in case you’re interested.

We cover all these factors and more in our individual product reviews below.

Performance

Toasting speed and uniform (even) browning are the two most important performance factors. Our top 3 recommendations are also our best-performing toasters when it comes to speed and evenness. We’ll be sure to tell you if the product stands out one way or the other when it comes to performance in our reviews below.

High Lift Lever / Automatic Raising

High lift levers will help you retrieve your toast without burning your fingers. Automatic raising takes this to the next level with a push-button to gently lift your toast to the top of the toaster.

Bagel Function

I’m a huge fan of bagels. If you’re with me, you should strongly consider the bagel function. Because bagels tend to be thicker, this feature will increase the time to cook for a given session (so you don’t have to toast your bagel twice). Some toasters also remove the outer heating elements to toast the cut side of the bagel while only warming the outside of the bagel.

Controls

Do you prefer the toaster controls on the front, side, or top of the toaster? We feature toasters in each of these categories, so make sure you take this into consideration.

Now that you’re equipped with the most important characteristics you should pay attention to, let’s get into our individual product reviews.

Long Slot Toaster Reviews

Best Overall
Best for Artisan Bread - Cuisinart Bakery Artisan Bread 2-Slice (CPT-2400P1)

Best 2-Slice Long Slot – Cuisinart Bakery Artisan Bread 2-Slice (CPT-2400P1)

Cuisinart is a well known, trusted brand in kitchen appliances. The chrome finish on the CPT-2400 is beautiful and I love the four-button selections (Toast, Bagel, Reheat, Defrost). It enables you to toast thick bread without breaking it down thanks to its extra-wide slots.

The controls are large, intuitive, and easy to handle for a great user experience. You get the best quality toaster for the best price which is why we rate the Cuisinart CPT-2400P1 the best overall long slot toaster.

Here’s what I like:

  • Cuisinart makes great toasters
  • Gorgeous, easy to use design
  • Self-centering feature

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • At 13.5,” it’s shorter than other long slots we feature

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  13.5 x 6 x 8.25 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ✅
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ✅
Premium Choice
Best 4-Slice Long Slot - Breville

Best 4-Slice Long Slot – Breville “The Bit More” Stainless Steel (BTA730XL)

Breville sets the standard for quality toasters. This toaster easily wins our best 4-slice long slot toaster and the overall premium choice. You’ll get top-notch performance with double the number of heating coils than most toasters. 

Quickness is important in today’s day and age, but not if it sacrifices quality. This toaster browns more evenly and to your desired shade than any other toaster we review. Whether it’s English muffins or Sourdough bread, you will achieve near perfection.

No feature is missing on this toaster. You will feel safe knowing that it gets only slightly warm to the touch while in operation.

Here’s what I like:

  • Lift & Look lever checks toast with no interruption
  • The ready alert can be set to Mute, Low, or High
  • Best in class for even toasting

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • Pricey for a toaster (but totally worth the money!)

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  15.75 x 8 x 7.75 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ✅
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ✅  This feature is not advertised but we give it a “check” because it clearly meets the intent.
Best Budget
Best Long Slot Toaster Under $50 - Dash 2-Slice (DVTS501BK )

Best Long Slot Toaster Under $50 – Dash 2-Slice (DVTS501BK )

For some of you – price is the driving factor. So let me introduce you to the best long slot toaster under $50. The Dash 2-slice toaster will exceed your expectations in this price range. It boasts an attractive see-through window: a nice feature when toasting different types of bread. Seven browning levels will deliver the shade of toast you’re looking for.

Extra-wide slots allow multiple types of specialty bread. Cleanup is easy with the removable glass panel and slide-out crumb tray. I love the auto shut off safety feature in the event a foreign object causes the toaster to overheat. 

Users rave about this toaster and so will you at this price point.

Here’s what I like:

  • The best long slot for the money
  • Extra wides slots and even toast performance
  • Cleanup is a piece of cake!

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • The “pop up” feature has a tendency to “throw” toast when complete 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  15.7 x 6.6 x 7.8 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ❗️
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ❗️
Best Design
Best Design - Smeg 50's Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster (TSF02RDUS)

Best Design – Smeg 50’s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster (TSF02RDUS)

Known for their inspirational style, Smeg products are made in Italy with an irresistible flare. But you’re not just getting a piece of kitchen art with this toaster. The Smeg 50s retro style toaster is extremely durable. Boasting a simple, clean design, you can toast up to four slices at a time, or two much larger slices of artisan bread.

It’s basic, yet has everything you need with functions for reheat, defrost, and bagels. You’ll get 6 different shade settings for beautifully toasted bread to your satisfaction.

Here’s what I like:

  • Mid-century, retro-style design looks amazing in the kitchen
  • Quality Smeg brand
  • Multiple browning levels with reheat / defrost settings

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • It’s expensive
  • Less even toasting than other brands

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  15.51 x 8.19 x 8.46 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ❗️
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ✅
Great Choice
KitchenAid 4 Slice Long Slot with High Lift Lever (KMT4116ER)

KitchenAid 4 Slice Long Slot with High Lift Lever (KMT4116ER)

Kitchenaid is a popular brand in home appliances. The KMT4116 is a great model but didn’t quite make the top-3 due to its high price point. Let’s hit the highlights!

It’s great for toasting two long slices or four regular slices at one time. I love the aesthetics of the Kitchenaid – you won’t be disappointed with how this looks in your kitchen. It offers a simple, yet intuitive user interface with seven shade settings and 3 toast button functions (Bagel, Defrost, Keep Warm). 

We give it high marks for performance. It heats up fast thanks to its unique heating elements. Removing the bread should not be difficult with a comfortable high-lift lever. Cleanup is a breeze thanks to the removable crumb tray.

Here’s what I like:

  • High-performing toaster with wide slots
  • Charming look with a compact, space-saving design
  • The push-button pop up is nice

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • Toaster “beeps” when complete (and you can’t turn that feature off)

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  16.5 x 7.7 x 8 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ✅
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ❗️
Great Price
Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic 4 Slice Long Toaster (ECT-3100)

Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic 4 Slice Long Toaster (ECT-3100)

Here’s another great low-cost option! The Maxi-Matic scores a bit lower than the Dash (our Best Budget winner), but it’s priced lower and certainly gets the job done!

You’re still getting a stainless steel toaster, but many of the moveable levers are plastic (not surprising at this price point). But durability may not be your driving factor. This toaster still has many of the features you’re looking for with 1.5″ slots, 6 different shade settings, and a cancel button. It’s great for bagels and other larger slices of bread.

People love this toaster because it gives you everything you’re looking for in a long slot toaster for an unbeatable price!

Here’s what I like:

  • Warm-up items on top with the built-in rack.
  • Toast 2-slices of artisan break or 4-slices of regular bread
  • Very affordable price

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • Toast pops up quite aggressively and can fly out
  • No bagel function (to toast one side only)

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  14.68 x 7.13 x 7.68
  • High-Lift Lever:  ❗️
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ✅
Great Option
CUSIMAX 2-Slice Long Slot with Glass Window

CUSIMAX 2-Slice Long Slot with Glass Window

Cusimax brings innovative new features to this 2-slice long slot toaster. My favorite is the automatic lifting lever. Contrary to some other toasters we feature, you no longer have to worry about your toast flying up. They’ve designed a push-button, automatic raising & lowering function which really enhances the toasting experience.

Glass window toasters are becoming more popular and this model is another example. Cleaning is easy with the slide-out glass panels and bread crumb tray. And you have to love the 18-month free return or replacement policy Cusimax guarantees for any quality problems.

Here’s what I like:

  • No more lifting levers – the automatic function is great!
  • Attractive, transparent design with buttons on top
  • Even toasting and a reasonable price

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • The somewhat annoying “beep” will send your animals running out of the kitchen!

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  16.9 x 10.9 x 7.4
  • High-Lift Lever:  ✅  Technically no, but not required with automatic lifting 
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ❗️
Great Option
Russell Hobbs 2-Slice Glass Accent Long Toaster (TRL9300GYR)

Russell Hobbs 2-Slice Glass Accent Long Toaster (TRL9300GYR)

We round out our reviews with a toaster from the #1 small domestic appliance brand in the UK – Russell Hobbs. A company with over 65 years of experience making quality home appliances, they’re expanding worldwide wide and everyone’s benefiting.

You will love the elegant, narrow design of this 2-slice, long slot toaster, making it easy to store in your kitchen. The “lift & look” function lets you check toast without interrupting the process. The bagel button is great, toasting the cut side to your satisfaction while warming the bottom side.

A warming rack attaches on top of the toaster. The Russell Hobbs receives high marks for even toasting on all sides.

Here’s what I like:

  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Scores high on toasting performance
  • Trusted brand

Here’s what I don’t like:

  • Has a decorative glass front accent, but a primarily plastic body
  • Scores low on durability

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (LxWxH):  14.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • High-Lift Lever:  ❗️
  • Crumb Tray:  ✅      
  • Self-Centering:   ❗️

Dimensions Defined

We use (L x W x H) as a measurement for each toaster. I’ll explain the definitions below because it’s often confusing depending on the product.

Length

This is a measure of slot length. Most long slot toasters are at least 14 inches long (as we define length). This will accommodate a variety of artisan bread.

Width

Here we’re referring to how wide the toaster is (90 degrees out from length). Most toasters have a slot width of at least 1.5″ but the toaster width is typically 6-8″.

Height

A measurement of how high the toaster is from top to bottom. Be careful with this measurement because it doesn’t speak to slot height, only toaster height. You don’t want your bread to exceed the height of your toaster or the top of the bread will remain uncooked. Since the ideal slot height is 6-7″ to accommodate the widest bread, make sure your toaster’s height exceeds this measurement.

Conclusion

We hope you thoroughly enjoy toasting sourdough, or your favorite artisan bread in your new long slot toaster. It was our pleasure to walk you through the process of finding the top long slot toaster for your kitchen. If you found this article informative, please take a moment to share it on social media and leave us a comment below – happy toasting!

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