Best Toaster: Dualit Toaster Review

by TerriRexson

I've owned a Dualit toaster for many years. I think it's the best toaster you can get. Read my review to find out why.

As a teenager I worked in a restaurant. We were open for breakfast and served vast quantities of toast every day. It was made with a gorgeous Dualit toaster.

As a student I lived in various shared houses with various toasters. They never came up to the standard of the Dualit toaster I remembered.

When we had our first home we couldn't afford a Dualit toaster so we settled for a cheap toaster. It was always disappointing to use.

I always remembered the chunky, shiny and functional Dualit toaster from my restaurant days. Eventually I could afford one. It's now been making my toast for about 10 years.

My Dualit Toaster

My Dualit Toaster is the 4-slice chrome and charcoal version. There's a completely chrome version which is very gorgeous and shiny, but this one doesn't attract so many fingerprints. 

My Dualit toaster makes toast for our family every morning and has done on most days for years. When we first got this toaster we were just a couple and now we're a family with two children - they both love toast!

A Dualit toaster is expensive. It's not just a toaster. It's a design statement. I get a kick out of using my Dualit toaster every morning. It's a pleasure to use and it looks gorgeous. 

I wonder how many cheap toasters I would have worn out in ten years? And my Dualit toaster is still going strong. 

Dualit 4-Slice Toaster, Charcoal

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Not Everyone Loves Their Dualit

Before going any further, it's important to point out that not everyone loves their Dualit toaster. There certainly are negative reviews on and as well as the many positive reviews. 

There are reports of problems with the toaster: the timer, the element, and even the mechanical toast lifter. You can buy replacement element or timer (Dualit recommend it's fitted by a qualified electrician) if it's outside of the warranty. We would certainly take this approach if we had a problem with our toaster. 

The New Dualit Toaster

The NewGen is the latest commercial quality toaster with replaceable parts from Dualit. (There's an older Vario model with a rocker switch.)

The NewGen allows you to choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 slots being turned on. 

There a fancy bagel setting which will toast the inside of the bagel and just warm the outside. Clever. 

There's also a defrost setting to defrost frozen bread before toasting. Um, I've always popped frozen bread straight in. But I guess the defrost setting would do a better job. 


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Dualit Toaster Review

There are several reasons why I love my Dualit toaster:

  1. It has a mechanical lever so you can pop the toast up and check on it without turning the toaster off. I love this. It really annoys me when I'm staying somewhere else and have to use a toaster that you have to stop to check on your toast. It's such a simple feature, but it works brilliantly. 
  2. You can easily switch between 1, 2 or 4 slices by turning a knob. 
  3. Once it's heated up it cooks toast really quickly so you can have another batch done by the time the first lot is buttered (this is becoming more important in a house with two growing boys ....)
  4. I love the sound of the mechanical timer. I don't know why, it's just pleasing!
  5. The toaster is easy to clean - just pull out the tray from underneath and empty it of crumbs now and then. 
  6. It's beautifully designed aethetically as well as functionally. I love having a design classic in my kitchen. 
  7. Oh yes, and it makes good toast too. I'm not sure I'm that fussy about toast, but it works just fine. 

The main downside to the toaster for me is its price. It's not cheap! However, for me it's worth it. I could afford the toaster and I enjoy using it and looking at it every day. 

A Quality Toaster that Lasts

The Dualit Vario and NewGen models are commercial quality toasters made to last a very long time. You can get replacement elements and a replacement timer should you ever need them - these are the main working parts that could eventually go wrong. 

The Dualit toaster is made in the UK. The toaster appeals to people who want to reduce waste and would rather own one quality toaster than a succession of cheap plastic toasters that end up as landfill. 

But you should be aware that from a financial viewpoint you can buy a lot of cheap toasters for the cost of a Dualit Vario or NewGen!

Dualit Toaster Close Up

I do like the red ...
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Dualit 4 Slice or 2 Slice Toaster?

You may be able to get away with a 2 slice Dualit toaster rather than the larger 4 slice model. Once the toaster is heater up it makes extra slices of toast very quickly. 

I find that I can pop more toast in while I'm buttering the first lot and it's ready but the time I've done the first lot. This means that a couple might find a two-slice Dualit toaster is big enough for them. 

If on the other have you have kids, or plan to have kids (this toaster should last a long time!) then you'll appreciate the ability to make four slices of toast at once, and then another four slices ...

Want a Cheaper Dualit Toaster?

Dualit also make cheaper non-commercial standard toasters while have the gorgeous Dualit look but are only designed to stand up to home use. The Dualit Lite toaster is less expensive, but still offers retro Dualit design. 

Some reviewers actually prefer the Dualit Lite toaster to the classic. It has a more modern set of features and is a less expensive toaster. (It doesn't have the same parts replaceability as the Classic and NewGen models though.)

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Updated: 02/24/2012, TerriRexson
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Vincent on 10/29/2015

Hi, Sam. I just plan to replace my old and broken toaster and your recommendation is useful for me. I have made a decision to choose one of them.

TerriRexson on 02/24/2012

Paula, I didn't have a toaster as a child either, we made toast under the grill (broiler) in the oven. I remember a lot of burnt toast!
And yes this toaster manages to look at home in a retro kitchen or a modern one like mine.

lakeerieartists on 02/24/2012

They sure are good looking. It's funny, but I never used a toaster like this when I was growing up, because we always had a toaster over. I loved going to my grandmother's house to use her pop up toaster. Of course, this brand is much, much nicer than what she had. It would look really good in a retro kitchen.

TerriRexson on 02/24/2012

Thanks Sam. Yes, I've started replacing household items with really good quality ones when they wear out. They last longer and you get to use nice stuff every day. Better for the environment too, than all the cheap stuff that gets discarded.

Sam on 02/24/2012

You make a good point when saying "I wonder how many cheap toasters I would have worn out in ten years? And my Dualit toaster is still going strong" That is my experience with most electric appliances also, that cheap can be more important in the long run. Investing in a well made toaster like the Dualit is worth the money as it simply last longer and you get more for your money in the end as when you would just buy a 'cheap and cheerful' toaster that has to be replaced each year.

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