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Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster Toaster Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 15, 2023 at 08:23 am
Latest change: Retest Feb 13, 2024 at 10:44 am

The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is a high-end toaster with quite a few extra features, including buttons instead of levers for pushing the bread down and countdown indicators so you can tell when your toast will be ready. As a four-slice toaster, it's on the bulkier side, and its aluminum design makes it quite heavy.

Our Verdict

8.5 Toasting

The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is excellent. The dial provides a fantastic range of results, so it can make golden brown toast from white sandwich bread, and items that need more toasting, like bagels or thicker slices, can be browned in one cycle. It toasts evenly in all the slots, so you can expect every slot to produce similar results using the same setting. However, it tends to heat up if you use it for several batches in a row, which might lead to accidentally burning your bread.

  • Fantastic toasting range.
  • Cycle countdown indicator.
  • Inconsistent between batches.
  • 8.5 Toasting
  1. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We've retested the toaster's Toasting Evenness performance, and the score has changed from 7.6 to 8.2. The original lower score was due to texture issues with the bread, and when we repeated the test with different bread, it performed better.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster comes in one aluminum style. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. The manufacturer also makes the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster, which is a long-slot toaster that we've tested separately. There's also the Breville Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster, which we'll be testing separately in the future.

If you encounter another variant, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Toasters

This 4-slice toaster has several extra features and offers a good overall performance. Its slots are wider than the Smeg 4-Slice Toaster's, which can help it fit thicker slices of bakery bread or bagels. Its preset settings provide a fantastic range of shades, so if you like well-done bagels or multigrain bread, you might prefer it to the Wolf Gourmet Four Slice Toaster. However, it tends to heat up after multiple batches, making darker toast after the first batch.

Check out our recommendations for the best 2-slice toasters, the best 4-slice toasters, and the best toasters.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 7.6" (19.3 cm)
11.7" (29.6 cm)
11.2" (28.5 cm)
Weight 9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Power Cord Length 3.22 ft (0.98 m)
Toaster Type
Measured Wattage
1,700 W
Slot Length
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Slot Width 1.4" (3.6 cm)
Slot Depth When Toasting
5.2" (13.3 cm)
Slot Depth When Fully Raised 2.4" (6.1 cm)
Controls And Functions
Bagel Button
Frozen Button
Stop Cycle Button
Cycle Countdown Indicator

Unlike a lot of toasters, it has cycle countdown indicators. The bars of LED lights above the sliders illuminate depending on your chosen setting, with one light on for the lowest setting and all the lights on for the highest. They switch off gradually during the cycle so you can tell approximately when your toast will be ready. You also get a button for the 'A Bit More' function, which you can press before, during, or after a toasting cycle to run an additional short cycle. Finally, the 'Lift and Look' feature lifts the slots so you can see if your toast is ready without interrupting the cycle.

Toasting Range
Pale Toast
Light Brown Toast
Golden Brown Toast
Dark Brown Toast
Charred Toast
Golden Brown Toast Setting
Setting 4
Cycle Time At Lowest Setting
99 s
Cycle Time At Highest Setting
307 s

The photo above shows the results for one slot, but you can see a full montage showing all the bread toasted here.

Toasting Evenness
Evenly Browned Area
Face-To-Face Difference
Slot-To-Slot Difference
Repeated Toasting
Run-To-Run Difference

The photo above shows the results for one slot, but you can see a full montage showing all the bread toasted here.