PHILIPS AVANCE COLLECTION HD2696
$129, from Tangs and Harvey Norman Cord length: 90cm WHAT’S HOT • It worked well on regular white bread, which was evenly toasted to a nice golden brown on both sides. The country and traditional white bread were not as evenly toasted, however. • The toaster beeps when your toast is almost ready so you can enjoy it hot. And all toasted breads were extremely hot right out of the machine. WHAT’S NOT • While most breads emerged crispy on the outside, they were a bit limp in the middle, which made them more chewy. • The slots here are also a tad narrower than the other models, and caused the fluffier traditional white bread to get stuck several times. • The heat settings are on the knob that’s on the lower side of the toaster, and aren’t as easy to read or adjust. VERDICT Best for regular white bread. Its narrow slots are not able to accommodate thicker breads at times.