I’ve Been Using a $250 Smart Toaster for Months — Here’s My Honest Review (Bonus: It’s on Sale)

updated Jul 14, 2022
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I had the same toaster for about five years. It was a behemoth, four-slot model I picked up for about $5 at a Goodwill a few days after I graduated college and moved into my first apartment. It worked great. Until, one day, it didn’t; it just stopped.

This was a problem because I use a toaster daily — and so does my husband. Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade. Which is how we landed on the Revolution Cooking Toaster, and it just so happens to be on major sale on Williams Sonoma’s site.Prime Day may be over, but deals abound elsewhere! Right now, you can snag this smart morning making machine at under $300, but for a limited time only.

Now, I’m a fan of “smart” things. Smart phones, smart ovens, smart fire alarms, and smart devices that tell me what the day’s weather is when I ask. So when I read that the Revolution Cooking Toaster features “smart technology” that, according to the product’s listing, “toasts bread in a fraction of the time, locking in flavor and producing your preferred browning and level of crispness,” I was interested. And now I’ve been using the toaster for more than four months. Here’s my honest review of it.

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Behold!

How Easy Is It to Use?

You might be thinking, is any toaster really that hard to use? Not really, but this toaster is next-level. Instead of any knobs, levers, or buttons, it has an intuitive touchscreen. The touchscreen allows you to select from bread, bagel, waffle, English muffin, or toaster pastry, and to indicate whether you’re toasting something that’s fresh or frozen. The screen also has a scale of dots that go from light to dark and tapping one of these will change the shade and crispness of your bread or pastry. Depending on what you choose, the toaster’s sensors calibrate the toaster’s temperature and voltage type.

I love placing bread into the toaster’s slot, tapping my selections, and watching the toaster slowly lower the bread into its slots. When the toaster’s not in use, the screen displays the time and date. It has another super helpful feature, too: It tells you when it’s time to empty the crumb tray — and the tray pops right out of the base. A toaster that almost cleans itself? Yes!

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The aforementioned crumb tray.

How Well Does it Work?

My favorite thing about this toaster is how quick it is. I timed how long it took the machine to toast two pieces of bread on the “4” (medium) setting: 1 minute 36 seconds. That’s way faster than any toaster or toaster oven I’ve ever used. And the toast emerges perfectly golden. I will say, though, if you like darker toast or even a more medium shade of medium, the toaster errs on the lighter side, so I would suggest always “sizing up” a shade.

So, Should I Get One?

I do wish the Revolution Cooking Toaster had Wi-Fi capabilities so I could control it from my phone or so that the date and time would be automatically updated if, say, the power goes out for a couple of hours. (How smart are you if you don’t have Wi-Fi these days?) That being said, I do love it. It’s absolutely expensive and extra, but if you love bread and want to invest in a next-level toaster, now’s the time to get your hands on it. Who knows how long this sale will last!

Buy: Revolution Cooking Toaster, $299.95 (normally $349.95)

Do you have a favorite toaster? Let us know in the comments!