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. The convenience resembles what the Breville Smart Toaster provides.
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.
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.