Breville BTA840XL Smart Toaster Reviews 

 January 23, 2022

By  Jonathan Maxwell

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Why does it seem like the alarm clock always goes off when you just fall asleep? On mornings like this, youll surely hit the snooze button a few times and when you do wake up, youre running late, which makes everyone else run late. 

While you may not be able to make the kids get dressed any quicker, the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster can help you make breakfast a little faster.

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the toaster had to say about their overall experience with it.


Then, were going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this toaster is something you should consider purchasing for your own kitchen!

About The Product

When you're looking at toasters, you may not think one is more special than the other they all make toast. Sounds pretty straight forward, right Well, yes and no. The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster has a few extras that make it a little different than others. 

This unit has 2 separate control settings, allowing you to select two different cook settings for each set of toast.

When you press the Toast/Cancel button, the toast will lower itself into the toaster, beginning the toasting process. The button eliminates the need to press down a lever that you find with other toasters. Everything with this toaster is controlled by pressing a button. When the toasting process has finished, press the Toast/Cancel button again and the toast will come back up.

Notable Features Of The Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster Include:

  • 1800-watt 4-slice toaster with intelligent one-touch auto lowering function
  • Push-button controls for toast, a bit more, bagel, defrost, and lift-and-look functions
  • LED panel illuminates according to selected setting on variable browning control
  • Brushed die-cast metal housing; end-of-cycle beep; 1-1/5-inch-wide slots; cord wrap
  • Measures 11-3/4 by 11-3/4 by 7-3/4 inches
  • 1-year limited warranty


Other useful functions of this toaster are the Lift-and-Look setting and A Bit More setting. The Lift-and-Look feature will allow you to check on your toast in the middle of the toasting process, without actually cancelling the process.


Once you press the button, the tray will rise, allowing you to check on the toast. Then, it will lower itself back down so it can complete the cycle. The A Bit More feature will tack on an additional 30 seconds to the toasting process, making your toast a bit darker than the original setting.

On top of all these great features, the toaster features an LED process bar at the bottom. You can slide the browning control and the progress bar will line up with your desired setting. The timer will start counting down when the toasting process begins.

When the process is complete, the tray will automatically rise to the top and the unit will beep, letting you know breakfast is ready.

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What People Had To Say

When looking at what people had to say about the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster, there was an overwhelming amount of positive reviews. Many customers enjoy that this toaster is nice enough to leave on their counter without taking up too much counter space despite it being large enough for four slices of toast.


Customers also enjoy that the unit delivers nicely browned toast quickly, but they also appreciate that you can choose the A bit more setting if you want your toast to be a little darker; all of this is done with intuitive button controls.

People also like that the slots on this toaster are wide enough to fit bagels, but they can toast frozen food as well, simply by pressing a button. This means the toaster strudel won't be frozen in the middle anymore, like what would happen with the generic type of toaster.

While many people enjoyed this toaster, there were quite a few folks who were less than impressed with the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster.

Of these negative reviews, customers mentioned that their toaster didn't actually brown their bread as quickly as they would have expected. Some also said that they felt like the toaster was more of a heater than an actual toaster.

Of the functionality of the toaster, several people mentioned that their product malfunctioned shortly after they received it. Some have said their Toast/Cancel button didn't work, while others said 2 of the toaster slots didn't work. One person reported that their toaster caught on fire because the crumbs that accumulated on the ledge of the crumb tray started to burn.

Our Recommendation

When you're running late, making toast is the simplest breakfasts you could have be it toast, an English muffin, bagel, or some type of frozen pastry. When you're making toast in the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster, you can press the button to begin the toasting process, finish packing the kids lunch, and it will make a beep sound that will let you know the toast is done.

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If you want the toast a smidge darker, you can press the A Bit More button, which will toast it for an additional 30 seconds.

We are particularly fond of this toaster because it really is a smart toaster. This toaster allows you to fiddle with the temperature settings until you find the setting that will give you the desired darkness you like for your toast.

The independent controls also makes it possible to toast two sets of toast at different levels of darkness. So if someone likes dark toast and another likes mild toast, you can do that without worry!

What we like the most about this toaster is that even if you have it set for really dark toast, which requires high heat for longer periods of time, you never have to worry about the outside getting hot it stays cool to the touch regardless of temperature. For parents, accidental burns is a big concern with young children around.

If you're in the market for a state of the art toaster, the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster is an excellent option!

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Jonathan Maxwell

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