Breville Lift & Look Touch
Credit: Photograph by Levi Brown

This five-setting, cool-touch model boasts a pair of large slots that fit four slices of toast or two slices of thickly sliced bread. It's also outfitted with a number of features, from an LED indicator that clearly shows the time until your toast pops up to a toast-ready chime. (There's also a great button called "A Bit More," which gives a quick browning to almost-done bread.) This all comes at a space premium: It's eight inches tall and nearly 15 inches long. The Breville is the best-looking toaster, but not the most consistent browner. [$80; brevilleusa.com]