The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster Review

Apparently, people are super passionate about toast and toasters! This super essential kitchen gear has evolved tremendously over the years in terms of design and functionality, but the core function is the same—make toast. Some of like evenly browned toast every time, while your partner prefers lightly golden brown. But I bet none of you want your toasts to come out very dark or light. This is where picking the right toaster becomes tricky, and frankly, the stores are inundated with great toasters.

But, we have found one of the best, or probably the best toaster money can buy. I bring to you—The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster. Right of the bat, this sucker is among the most expensive, but this machine exudes refinement and quality, and honestly, not many companies make high-quality, refined toasters. This Breville smart toaster has exceptional toasting capability and extremely simple to use. In short, everything about this toaster is upscale.

 

Product Description

The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is a four-slot toaster that makes the perfect toast for its price. This toaster offers excellent features than any other two or four-slot model we tested. The Breville Smart Toaster exterior is stainless steel, and it’s pricier and takes up more space in your countertop than any other two or four-slot toasters.

This toaster doesn’t have a mechanical lever, and the bread slices slide in the slots automatically when the “Toast” button is pushed. Meanwhile, the “Lift and Look” button automatically raises the toast when it’s done, and if you don’t like the “brownness” or “goldenness,” push the “A Bit More” button and the toaster toasts the bread for another 30 seconds.  Aside from food, you can also toast bagels and English muffins, but you’ll need to increase the heat in the settings.

The design of the Breville Smart Toaster screams classy, and in my opinion, it is one of the most stylish toasters I have come across for a long time. For starters, the exterior is brushed die-cast aluminum, which gives this toaster a sleek and modern look. If you want a toaster that blends it perfectly with any modern kitchen setting, this is the toaster you need to buy.

However, one thing we didn’t like about this 4-slice toaster is its weight. Weighing in at 9.5 pounds, the Breville Smart Toaster is on the heavier side. This can be cumbersome if you’re someone who takes off the toaster from your kitchen countertop to store it between uses. However, despite the toaster’s large size, it doesn’t take much space on your countertop. The toaster has lights that indicate the temperature settings as well as lights up when the toasting is done. A single beep will alert you once the toasting is complete, and the manufacture also allows users to adjust the volume or mute this feature. The surface of the Breville Smart Toaster stays cool during the toasting process, which is a great safety feature if you’ve children.

Pros

  • Stunning exterior looks
  • Elegant, sleek design
  • Brushed die-cast aluminum exterior
  • Great performance
  • Easy to use
  • Can toast four slices of bread simultaneously
  • Dual independent toast controls that offer various levels of brownness
  • One-touch auto lowering
  • LED Indicator for tracking toasting progress
  • Push-button controls for toast
  • 5 Settings: A Bit More, Lift & Look, Defrost & Bagel
  • One year limited warranty

Cons

  • The toaster is relatively heavy
  • Expensive
  • Lifting and lowering mechanism can cause issues over time
  • Lifting and lowering mechanism is slower than other competing models

Specs

  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Weight: 9.48 pounds
  • Manufacturer: Breville
  • Wattage: 1800 watts
  • Material type: Metal

 

Amazon Ratings

The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster has decent feedback on Amazon. It has so far earned a rating with 4.3 out of 5 stars based on over 888 reviews.

 

FAQs

Question: I want to buy this, but will this thing last longer than a couple of years?

Answer: Yes! We have customers who are using theirs for over five years now. It will malfunction a few times, but one’s you reset it, it will work as usual.

 

  • Question: What is the difference between this model and the Breville BTA730XL?

Answer: The Breville BTA840XL Smart Toaster has a digital timeline to track toasting progress. The BTA840XL also has the Lift & Look button, and you can select either or both to toast.

 

  • Question: Does this toaster have a removable crumb tray for cleaning?

Answer: Yes, it has two removable crumb trays.

 

  • Question: What is the wattage?

Answer: The wattage is 1800 watts.

 

  • Question: Does this toast bread to dark? Can it toast frozen waffles, English muffins and bagels?

Answer: Yes.

 

  • Question: Does the exterior get hot?

Answer: Yes, it gets warm while toasting, but it’s not that hot to touch.

 

  • Question: Is it certified for commercial use?

Answer: The BTA840XL Die-Cast Smart Toaster is not certified for commercial use and only for home use.

 

  • Question: How long are the slots?

Answer: The slots are 5 1/2″” x 1 1/2″”.

 

  • Question: Where is this made?

Answer: Made in China

 

  • Question: Does this toaster show fingerprints? Is it easy to clean fingerprints off?

Answer: Normally, this doesn’t show any fingerprints, and if it shows, it’s easy to wipe up with a sponge.

 

Final words

The Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is large and built like a tank. It also looks stunning and effectively toast your bread. This machine is for toast aficionados only, and unlike other toasters in its size and price—you can’t bake cookies, roast a squash, or make pizza bagels. Other drawbacks include the toaster’s automatic lever, which is slower when compared to other toasters with manual levers. If you’ve got a tiny kitchen and spaces are precious to you, we won’t recommend this appliance. A smaller toaster that can do more than just toast will suit you better. But if you have a spacious kitchen or toast is your thing, you won’t be disappointed with what the Breville BTA840XL Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster offers.