Consumer Reports: Top toasters

(WMC TV) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay put his name on a toaster for Kmart. The Food Network put its name on a toaster sold at Kohl's.

Consumer Reports tested those toasters along with dozens of others to see which deliver perfect toast.

The magazine's testers found it's actually not so easy to find a toaster that turns out evenly browned toast. Testers evaluated how well a toaster makes light toast as well as dark. They tested whether the pieces of toast came out evenly. They checked to see whether successive batches produced the same color of toast.

Gordon Ramsay's toaster didn't do well. The slices of toast were pretty dark. It was the
worst toaster in the ratings.

The Food Network's toaster wasn't great at making multiple batches either.

Then there's the Nostalgia Electrics Egg'n'Muffin Toaster. It lets you cook bacon or fry
an egg while it toasts. Unfortunately, the Nostalgia's griddle was pretty slow. It took more
than 10 minutes to fry bacon and cook eggs.

The $80 Cuisinart CPT-420 topped the ratings. It consistently delivered evenly toasted bread.

For much less, the Hamilton Beach 22502 is a Consumer Reports Best Buy for $35. Though it has fewer features, it rated "excellent" for toasting evenly.

Consumer Reports recommended the $50 Hamilton Beach Digital 24502 as the best four-slice toaster.

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