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Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot Review

This 4-slice model boasts amazing design, good toasting performance, and a great interface
Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot
Credit: Breville
Top Pick Award
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Price:   $200 List | $199.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Great user interface, lift and look function, aesthetically pleasing
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jan 26, 2022
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  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 6.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Breville looks and feels like a high-end piece of toaster machinery. Its sheer weight oozes a sense of quality and its solidness is apparent when using the controls. Its sleek, smooth, all-metal exterior can really only be described with the phrase, 'ooh la la.' The Breville performed well in our bread and frozen goods toasting tests, scoring just above average in each, but where it really shines is in the ease of use category. Its smooth electric elevator and intuitive controls made it our favorite model to use. It is the only model we tested that, at the push of a single button, will raise the toast out of the toaster just long enough for you to see how it's cooking, and then immediately lower it back down to finish the cycle. Good performance combined with amazing construction and a 4-slice capacity earned it our Top Pick for 4-Slices award. If you're still not sure it can handle your bagel or bread of choice, a toaster oven or other appliance might be called for.

Editor's Note: This toaster gear review includes new information about the toasters we'd recommend to a friend. This review was updated on January 26, 2022.

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Pros Great user interface, lift and look function, aesthetically pleasingGreat toasting performance, incredible bagels, stylish looksStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelBudget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudelsInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenly
Cons ExpensiveExpensiveMediocre bagels, wafflesSubpar bagel toastingNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overall
Bottom Line This 4-slice model boasts amazing design, good toasting performance, and a great interfaceThe perfect choice, particularly if you're a bagel fan and love unique designIt may not be the most aesthetic, but this toaster is compact, practical, and budget-friendly for its high performanceAn easy-to-use toaster that is also easy on the wallet, and great for strudel lovers, but not for bagel loversThe best option we've found for people seeking a 4-slice or long-slot model on the cheap
Rating Categories Breville Die-Cast 4... Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
6.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
Frozen Food (15%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Breville Die-Cast 4... Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Weight 8.4 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 3.5 lbs. 6.4 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.3" x 7.0" x 7.8" 12.7" x 7.7" x 7.6" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 11.7" x 6.9" x 7.3" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7"
Standard / Long Slot Long Standard Standard Standard Long
Available with Long Slot? Yes Yes No No Yes
Available in 4 slot? Yes No No No No
Color/Finish Options Stainless Steel Cream, Red, Black, Chrome, Pastel Blue, Pink, Pastel Green White, Red, Black Gray Black Plastic/Stainless
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Coated Steek Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
End of Cycle Indicator Beep None None None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Read on to discover how Breville did in each of our testing metrics.

Performance Comparison



Bread Toasting Quality


The Breville is above average in our bread toasting tests and well ahead of the worst score but behind our two top performers.


It toasted fairly evenly across sides, but slices tended to be a bit darker towards the bottom than at the top. The long slots can handle two slices in each slot, for a total of 4. This feature is great for families or people who often host overnight visitors. However, if you're only making 1 or 2 slices of toast at a time, we found that the vertical edges burned when toasting a single slice in each slot. This problem almost disappeared when toasting two slices in each slot. So, if you want to use the Breville to toast two slices of toast, we suggest you put both of them into the same slot. Most people won't mind these slight inconsistencies and the corresponding drop-off in quality from the top performers to the Breville. If you are especially particular about your toast, you may want to consider different toaster options, but all others will find the Breville's toast perfectly acceptable and delectable.

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot toaster - toasting one slice of bread in each of the breville's slots tended...
Toasting one slice of bread in each of the Breville's slots tended to burn edges (left), but that problem almost disappears when two slice are put in each slot (right).
Credit: Steven Tata

Ease of Use


In most of the metrics, we tested the Breville scored in the average to slightly above average range. Ease of use is where it separated itself from the crowd. It earned the top score in this metric, putting it well above the bottom score.


The crumb tray can easily be removed from the front with one hand, and its deep channel avoids any mess on the way to the trash can. Except for the shade dial, all of its controls sit on top of the toaster, where they are easy to see. LEDs illuminate a ring around the buttons when they are pressed, giving you clear feedback. The toast/cancel button glows blue before toasting; when pressing, it will initiate a cycle and glows red while toasting when pressing, it will cancel a cycle. It utilizes a sliding adjuster to select the shade setting, which several LEDs indicate. Those same LEDs function as a countdown clock while toasting.

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot toaster - the breville's sleek and intuitive controls made it our favorite...
The Breville's sleek and intuitive controls made it our favorite model to use.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

This is great, but the creme de la creme is the lift-to-look button. One simple press lifts the toast out of the toaster, revealing what crispy shade of brown was obtained, and then quickly lowers it back in, all without interrupting the cycle. No more guesswork; if you think your toast may be close to done, just take a peek without canceling the cycle and readjust settings. It was Breville's seamless lift and look function that finally quelled our trepidation about using a leverless toaster with an electric elevator. The Breville also has a 'bit more' button. If your toast comes out just slightly too light for your liking, you can push this button to lower the toast back down for a short finish cycle. While this is an interesting feature, we did not find ourselves using it that often in our testing.



Bagel toasting quality


The Breville produced decent bagels in our testing. The models we tested that could fit bagels in their slots scored between 4 and 8, which puts Breville towards the middle of the group.


Its problems with burning edges were magnified when dealing with bagels. It often left one side scorched while the other was still reasonably white. It slightly redeemed itself by managing to warm up the backside of bagels without actually toasting them. This performance was acceptable but much worse than even low-end toaster ovens, and a far cry from the top-scoring Smeg 2-Slice.

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot toaster - we found the breville to toast the faces of bagels inconsistently, a...
We found the Breville to toast the faces of bagels inconsistently, a problem shared with most of the models we tested.
Credit: Steven Tata

Frozen Food/Defrosting Quality


The Breville again scored average in our defrosting tests.


It produced decent toast from frozen bread, but, as also occurred in our bagel testing with bagels, its problems with burning edges seemed to be somewhat magnified by the added challenges. It had similar results with frozen waffles, thawing and toasting them all the way through but with a good amount of burning and scorching at the edges. Breville's defrost setting simply extends the cycle time rather than utilize the two-phase thaw then toast technique of other models. This is most likely why it was outperformed in our defrosting tests by the competitors. However, despite its less than optimal setting, it could still perform better than the majority of models we tested.

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot toaster - the breville's defrost setting made decent frozen waffles, with just...
The Breville's defrost setting made decent frozen waffles, with just a few inconsistencies.
Credit: Steven Tata

Should You Buy the Breville?


The Breville is the most expensive toasters we tested. For someone who just remodeled their kitchen and wants appliances that will fit in with all their shiny new appliances, the Breville is a great value. Its all-metal body exudes a sense of modernness and quality, and models with a similar aesthetic from other manufacturers can cost double. The Breville Die-Cast is probably the most visually stunning model we tested. It's the toaster all the other toasters want to ask to prom but are too intimidated to do so. On top of its aesthetics, the Breville offers the best user interface we experienced. With its higher price, the Breville isn't for everybody. If you're someone whose primary concern is toasting quality, the Breville is not a great value. But if you don't mind spending a little extra, want something on your counter that looks like a monument to quality, and want to be reminded of that quality every time you use it, then the Breville is a clear choice.

Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Long Slot toaster - we enjoyed this model for its ease of use and overall decent...
We enjoyed this model for its ease of use and overall decent performance.
Credit: Katherine Elliott

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


There is no doubt that the Breville is a handsome toaster, but the price and lower scores make it one that might not appeal to all readers. The Smeg 2-Slice, is somewhat cheaper and earned higher scores overall, by over 10 points. If budget is a concern, the Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 earns almost the same score overall and is nearly a third of the price.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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