Pros / The slots are extra-long, ideal for toasting unusual sized bread.

Cons / The surface gets hot to touch.

 Verdict / This toaster gets hot enough to be dangerous if you’re not careful, but it toasts bread evenly and has deluxe features.

The Breville Lift and Look is one of the top performing toasters that we reviewed. It fared better than average overall in our performance tests. This means that the machine toasted white bread, frozen bread, and bagels evenly and with minimal bar marks.

This toaster is designed to toast long slices of bread. While the average slot length of the toasters we tested was is 6.5, this one has two 9.8-inch long slots. And with a slot width of 1.5 inches, fitting a generous slice of sourdough or artisan bread will not be a problem.

In addition to the impressive slot design, this toaster also come with an array of convenient features. This unit has an automatic lift that lowers the bread as if it was on an elevator. It's a luxurious feature adds to the toaster’s high-end feel. The automatic lift is also coupled with a Lift and Look feature. This feature lets you check the toast mid-cycle; it automatically pauses the toasting cycle, lifts and lowers the bread for your viewing, then resumes the cycle.

This toaster did have a few major drawbacks though. The Breville Lift and Look gets hot. In fact, in our tests it had the hottest average temperature of 129.3 degrees – more than 10 degrees hotter than the average. Furthermore, this Breville toaster only has two slots. Although they are long, each slot will not fit two slices of standard white bread. Toasting a large quantity of bread will take a while with this machine. The Lift and Look is also only available in this 2-slice version, while many other toasters on the lineup are available in a 4-slice version, as well.

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  • Evenness Score
  • Exterior Temperature
  • Cord Length
  • Warranty
  1. The quality of toasting evenness.
    Higher is better
  2. 4  Breville Lift and Look
    83.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 98.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    85.8 %

Summary

The Breville Lift and Look has some high-end features and amply sized slots. While it would make a great toaster for a couple who enjoy a wide variety of toast, this machine is not suited for a family. Its hot surface makes it dangerous for children, and the 2-slot design is slow at toasting large quantities of bread.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Dimensions

Weight (pounds)
6.1
Depth (inches)
15.5
Width (inches)
8.1
Height (inches)
8.2

Safety

Exterior Temperature (Fahrenheit)
129.3
Automatic Shut-Off
High Lift
Stop/Eject

Help & Support

Warranty
1 Year
Phone/Email
Online User Manual

Design

Removable Crumb Tray
Front
Color Options
1
Cord Length (feet)
3.0
Hideaway Cord
Slots
2
Slot Width (inches)
1.5
Slot Length (inches)
9.8
Slot Depth (inches)
5.0
Lowering System
Auto

Performance

Evenness Score
83%
Consistency Score
99%
Frozen Score
93%
Bagel Score
100%
Time to Done (minutes:seconds)
2:34
Ease of Use Score
87%
Number of Shade Settings
5
Adjustable Settings
Reheat

Features

Dual Control
Digital Display
Progress Indicator
Light
Lift and Look
Illuminated Buttons
Audio Alert