10 best cheap toasters for making breakfast on a budget

Kelsey Chapman
Wednesday 28 April 2021 21:16
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A toaster is a fairly mundane kitchen tool you’ll need, so why spend a tremendous amount of cash on such a simple appliance?

We looked at some of the most affordable and popular models on the market for under $50, and we were pleased to find everything from fun, campy cartoon toasters to more stylish, sleek options all at a reasonable price point.

Whether you’re looking to chow down on a waffle emblazoned with Spongebob’s face or just want a nice, crisp bagel to start your day, keep scrolling to find our favorite cheap toasters and upgrade your kitchen on a budget.

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iSiLER 2 Slice Toaster, 1.3 Inches Wide Slot Toaster

More than 2,000 ratings give this yellow two slice toaster a 4.5 average rating, making it a certified Amazon’s Choice product, not to mention a total standout from the sea of black and gray options out there. There are seven different toast shades to choose from so everyone can find a setting to love, and an easy-to-clean sliding tray pops out so you’ll never struggle to empty the crumbs.

Keenstone Toaster 2 Slice Compact Bread Toaster

Retro lovers will flip over this icy blue, vintage looking option with wide slots, a removable crumb catching tray, and a high-lift lever perfect for snagging even the smallest pieces once they’re cooked.

“When I looked at the reviews before buying this I could not understand why many focused entirely on how it looked and not how it worked,” one reviewer who loves her choice wrote. “Now that we have it, I can totally understand this reaction. It really is gorgeous! Aesthetics aside, so far it is working well and making toast that is actually toasted the way we want... This is simple and has a little smaller footprint than other toasters I have had, which makes it easy to tuck under the cabinets and leave more counter space.”

Proctor Silex 4 Slice Toaster

For families or couples who need their breakfast baked goods heated in a hurry, this four slice toaster does the trick for well under $50. Its sleek black and steel lines will look great on your countertop, and the cool-sided walls, extra high popup feature, and drop down crumb tray are a few other benefits that make this a great choice.

Pioneer Woman 2 Slice Toaster

The inner workings are basic, but this toaster is built to wow with its beautiful red and white floral pattern, designed to match a whole line of kitchenware available through The Pioneer Woman. Check out the cancel, defrost, bagel, and seven shading options as well on this well-rounded, under-$30 product.

Disney® Classic Mickey 2-Slice Toaster

Perfect for families with little kids, or just folks who never let the little kid in their heart grow up, this Mickey Mouse toaster looks dashing on any countertop and leaves an imprint of the cartoon icon right there on your toast. Bonus: Beyond members (free to sign up) save $5, making this just $19.99 with the discount!

KitchenSmith by BELLA 2 Slice Toaster

Anyone looking to cut the bells and whistles and save a ton of money will love this $12.99 option from Target. Wide slots, quick heating, and six shade settings give you everything you need while barely making a dent in your wallet.

SpongeBob SquarePants 2-Slice Toaster

Another fun cartoon option is this goofy Spongebob toaster with its bright yellow color and fun, adorable face. It’s a bit on the pricey side for a “cheap” toaster roundup, but who can resist taking a bite out of Bikini Bottom’s favorite resident every morning?

Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child Mint Toaster

If Spongebob or Mickey aren’t quite your cup of tea but you still want something fun and novel, perhaps you’ll love this Mandalorian-themed toaster featuring everyone’s favorite character of the past few years: The Child aka baby Yoda. The mint green shade is surprisingly beautiful, but you’ll also be delighted every time you toast a waffle or bun and get to chomp down on the big-eyed cutie charred onto your food.

Continental Professional Series 2-Slice Stainless Steel Wide Slot Toaster

For a more standard, stainless look, check out this Continental basic toaster that has extra-wide slots, a chic and timeless look, and a handy three year limited warranty all for a cost of under $25.

Cuisinart 2-Slice Touchscreen Toaster

This one just barely squeaks in under the $50 limit we set, but it manages to do so while having a fancy touchscreen! Leave it to Cuisinart to create a state-of-the-art way to toast bread while looking sleek, cool, and ready to blend into the background of your counter without overwhelming the layout.


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