Making a toast manually for breakfast or an evening snack is a time-consuming affair. Instead of using the stove or the power-hungry microwave oven at your home, you can use a toaster. Toasters consume lower power than ovens and they are easy to use. To make a toast, all you have to do is insert the bread in one of its slots, press a button, and wait for a few seconds or minutes. Within a few seconds of pressing the button, the slots of the toaster will heat up and the bread you put inside the slot will be baked evenly and quickly. When the toast is ready, the toaster will pop it up.
How much does a toaster cost? Well, toasters are available for purchase for a price starting at $20. Here are the best toasters you can purchase for below $50 (or around 50 USD):
Best toasters under 50 dollars
Cuisinart CPT 180P1
CPT 1801 is the best-rated toaster around $50. It is built using brushless steel and ships with the bagel function. What does this function do? When the toaster is operating in bagel mode, it will heat only the upper part of the loaf by enabling only one heating element. The Bagel function ensures that the bottom part of the bagel remains soft and the upper part is toasted. CPT1801 also ships with the shade control function. If you want the toast to appear dark or light, use this function.
In addition to Bagel, this Cuisinart toaster supports reheating and defrosting. CPT 1801 has a 1.5-inch slot and its weight is 2.7 kilograms only. Its dimensions are 29.21 x 27.05 x 19.05 centimeters. Cuisinart provides 3 years warranty on CPT 180P1 toaster. It also offers an instruction manual. You can go through the manual and learn to use various functions of CPT1801 before using it.
Black + Decker T4569B
T4569B toaster by Black + Decker is a beautiful, and sleek four slice toaster under 40 dollars that works in one of these two modes – bagel and toast. The bagel function of this device is similar to that of the above toaster. T4569B features a breadcrumb tray. While defrosting or toasting, breadcrumbs might fall on the tray. You must pull this tray out and discard the breadcrumbs. This Black + Decker toaster has a dedicated cancel button. If you think that your toast is ready, you can press this button. The weight of the T4569B toaster is 5.21 kilograms only.
Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
ECT-3100 is a 4-slice toaster priced below 50 dollars that supports 6 toasting levels and has the reheating function. If the toaster doesn’t have a re-warm function or a button to adjust the toast’s lightness/darkness, the re-heated toast may have a burnt flavor. In addition to the reheat function, this device has a toast shade adjuster button. ECT-3100 also has a cancel button, slide-out breadcrumbs tray, and lacks the bagel function. According to the manufacturer, ECT-3100’s slots are wider and longer to support bread and bagels of various sizes. ECT-3100’s weight is 2.41 kilograms and it carries 365 days warranty.
8200E is priced in the same range as the above devices but it is more advanced. Unlike CPT 1801T, ECT-3100, 8200E has a LED timer. The timer shows the minutes left for your toast to be ready. The presence of the timer is a great feature as you will know the exact time in which your toast will be ready. While the bread/bagel is being warmed, you can do some other work. 8200E supports the defrost function. It includes a removable crumb tray and features a rotatable cord and a cancel button. KitchMix 8200E has 1.5-inch slots and its weight is 2.57 kilograms.
Oster has introduced multiple variants of this toaster. The model that supports two slices is priced lower than the model that supports 4 slices and has advanced features. TSSTTRGM2L looks nice and its weight is under 2 kilograms. It is the lightest toaster on our list. This device by Oster has a tray for crumbs and has wider slots. The costlier models of TSSTTRGM2L are designed to toast the bread evenly.
CPT-435 is a stainless steel toaster priced around 50 dollars. It has 7 shade settings and features 1 to 0.5-inch self-adjusting slots, digital settings, and a backlit LCD display. CPT-435 has a removable crumb tray like other devices. Its weight is 3.22 kilograms.
Conclusion: These were the top budget toasters under 50 dollars you can purchase right now. Are cheap toasters worth buying? Yes, although the toasters aren’t expensive, they look elegant and work great.