After 18 hours of research and 12 hours of testing, we found the two-slot Oster TSSTTRJBBG1 Jelly Bean Toaster is the best toaster for most people. The simple, inexpensive Oster made toast, bagels, and frozen waffles better than similarly priced options and even outperformed premium models in some tests. Plus, its plastic controls stayed cool to the touch even during multiple rounds of testing, and it was the smallest of any toaster we tested.
After more than 51 hours of research and toasting stacks and stacks of white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies, we found the Panasonic FlashXpress is the best toaster oven for most people. The Panasonic performed as well as ovens that cost twice as much, cooking toast and other foods to an even, lovely golden-brown better than the competition, and its toast-shade settings were among the most accurate we tested.