Frigidaire's first toasters are top picks

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More brands associated with big-ticket appliances are eyeing the small-appliance market, where sales have been brisk. Frigidaire, known for major products such as refrigerators, ranges, and air conditioners, is getting in on the act with an expansive line of countertop wares. Based on the results of our latest toaster tests, Frigidaire could give brands such as Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Hamilton Beach a real run for the money.

We rated nearly 60 two- and four-slice toasters in all, and recommended 10 models. Two of those picks are the Frigidaire Professional 2-Slice Wide Slots FPTT02D7MS, $60, and the Frigidaire Professional 4-Slice Wide Slots FPTT04D7MS, $80. Both models popped out very nice full batches of toast, whether you like it evenly browned or a bit on the light or dark side. They weren't quite as effective at one-slice toasting, so if you do a lot of that in the morning, you should consider one of our recommended models from Breville, Calphalon, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, or Magimix.

In terms of features and ease of use, Frigidaire gets a lot of things right with its entry into toasters. The bagel, defrost, and reheat settings are nice conveniences and the countdown timer tells you how long until your toast is done. A lift-out lever lets you remove toasted items without burning your fingertips and the stainless steel housing should look sleek on the countertop.

As for pricing, Frigidaire's toasters are about midrange, which is consistent with the brand's major appliance lines. You can spend less and still get very good toast, and you can spend more for slightly better results and a few more bells and whistles.

Daniel DiClerico

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