Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster Review

Review of the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

When You Want the Very Best: Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

I admit it: my previous toaster before the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster came out of the dumpster. Well, not exactly inside the dumpster. It had been placed thoughtfully next to the dumpster at the chi-chi condo on the beach where I was renting last summer. Knowing that most of my neighbors probably had excellent appliances, I saved that toaster from the trash and used it for a good six months.

And then I got sick of it. No matter what setting I put it on, it always either undercooked or slightly burnt my toast. It was never nice and evenly brown. So in the last few weeks, while eating raw and/or blackened English muffins, I scoured the internet (and picked my friends’ brains) for info about a replacement.
Since I hadn’t spent anything on my previous toaster, I splurged on a high-end one this time – the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster. The price I paid – just over $165 – at Amazon.com seemed more than fair, considering that the usual retail price is closer to $230.

I want it my way


But I didn’t just buy by price. I wanted a four-slice toaster that would cook my bread precisely, to my specifications, not its whim. That’s what endeared the push-button controls to me, especially the one called “a bit more”! I also like the “lift-and-look” feature that lets you do just that – raise your toast, check it out, and then take it out or let it sink back in if you want it browner.

Other toasters, as you know, don’t let you do this – they start the toast all over again when you replace toast, which usually ends up burning the bread. Then you repeat the whole cycle. This Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster, though, shows a countdown to when the toast will be ready and beeps at the end of the cycle – so even if I haven’t had my coffee yet, I know the toast is ready.

I also like the size of this toaster – a moderate 11-3/4 by 11-3/4 by 7-3/4 inches is big enough for four slices, but it doesn’t take up most of the countertop like a toaster oven. The slots are wide enough that even the fattest bagels fit easily, without getting wedged into place – and there’s a bagel “function” that makes sure the bagels are warmed but not burnt on the outside.

This is a small detail, but I like it that the crumb tray is pretty small and neat, and it comes out easily from the front of the toaster – I don’t have to flip the whole machine over and get crumbs everywhere just to clean it out.

Toasts to Breville at Amazon

Seems like a lot of people like this Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster as much as I do. Average review on Amazon gives it 4.1 out of 5 stars, and other people also appreciate the “bit more” function. Here’s a comment from a guy who sounds like a great host to toast with – he’s looking for breakfast guests to appreciate his new kitchen appliance!

Techno Toast!, June 25, 2009
By Charles Grubmeyer
This review is from: Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster (Kitchen)
I spent about a year looking at toasters on Amazon. Needed one for my renovated house. I just could not bring myself to pay $128 for a toaster, but after reading features, was also unable to buy anything else. I convinced myself that it would look so great with my black soapstone counters and brushed stainless appliance junk that I should really consider it a renovation cost. Problem solved!

Toaster arrived last weekend, have taken several days off from job to make toast. First, let’s just say how cool the thing looks and works. Yes, it is weighty, but I don’t carry it around much. But, it’s got these cool tech buttons that do all the heaviest work, like moving the toast up and down. Then there is that row of LEDs that flash to show how much toasting time remains. Also very cool! And it wasn’t until I read reviews here that I understood what “bagel” settings were. This one has ’em. “Lift and look” takes away some of the dark side of toasting, but is great for the anxiety-ridden. “A little bit more” is also fun, though there is no “little bit less”. Anyway great fun and great looks. I can’t wait to see how house-guests respond. I have to find a house-guest.

One of my biggest hesitations about the Breville, aside from humorous price, was the reviews suggesting it was unable to toast evenly. I immediately bought bread at Acme and found even toasting, slice after slice. The local sparrows were happy with the experiment and urged a repeat run. I guess reviewers here must have gotten bum units? I am surprised Breville does not want to take back the product they bought? I noted in the manual (RTFM) that they recommend a dedicated circuit (and what next, a dedicated toast house?), but they do say if it doesn’t get sufficient amps it may perform poorly. I agree with reviewers that an examination of the heating ribbons was disappointing: they are a bit dim and patchy; for this price I was expecting an advance view into Hell.
 Anyway, so far I still think 1.Beautiful 2. Functionality supreme! And all for only $129 or so!

You can see more reviews of Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

You can read the other reviews similar to this one “I have never had toster like this before. Very nice. Heavy duty, makes great toast and you can adjust very easily. Easy to clean and very even toasting. Love it.” of the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster by clicking on the link.

Carb-happy Reviewer of the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

The only negative about owning this toaster is that I’m putting on weight! It arrived very fast after I ordered the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster from Amazon. Since the day it arrived I’ve eaten an awful lot of carbs. I can eat toast three meals a day if I let myself, and this toaster does every kind of bread, bagel, muffin, etc. so nicely that they even seem like different meals (you can even defrost things like waffles on one side while toasting on the other two slots – at the same time!). Maybe once the novelty wears off I’ll go back to salads and soups, but for right now beans on toast, sardines on toast, and cheese on toast are my favorite meals.

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About Pat Tate

Always a very busy person Pat has been interested in cooking and collecting recipes. In an effort to sort out a mound of favorite recipes and to be able to pass them on to the next generation she started this site Family, Foods, and Friends. Again she invites people to join her and to share their cooking adventures.

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