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Breville 4-Slice Die-Cast Smart Toaster BTA840XL

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  • 1800 watts
  • Die-Cast metal body
  • Bagel, Defrost and A Bit More functions
  • Lift & Look option to take a look at the browning without cancelling the cycle
  • 5 browning settings and LED cycle progress

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Product Details

Size: 4-Slice
  • Product Dimensions: 33.7 x 33.7 x 23.5 cm ; 4.3 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: BTA840XL
  • ASIN: B001415B12
  • Date first available at Jan. 10 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,444 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Size:4-Slice Product Description

The 4 Slot Die Cast Toaster
Breakfast will never be the same.

Not Your Average Toaster

Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville die-cast toasters are for toast lovers and breakfast enthusiasts. Make the perfect piece of toast every time. White, wheat, sourdough, Cinnamon Raisin, English Muffins, frozen waffles, and bagels, you name it - you can toast it. Utilize the 'Lift and Look' feature and stop under cooking and burning your toast. Now with the Breville Die-cast toasters you can see how the browning is going, without stopping the toasting cycle. The toasting carriage lifts up automatically to let you view your food, and then returns down into the toasting for continued browning.

Designed with the consumer in mind

The Breville die-cast toaster features several consumer driven innovations to help you make the perfect piece of toast. The Breville 4 Slice Smart Toaster has an internal smart chip that lowers bread into the toasting slots with a single touch and also regulates the toasting time.  On the "a bit more" setting bread is automatically lowered for additional toasting time.  The auto lift and look feature automatically raises the bread carriage during toasting without canceling or resetting the cycle.  This enables you to view, and if necessary, cancel the browning cycle at any time.

Fruit Bread
How will you PERFECTLY TOAST ANY SLICE no matter what type of bread?

Levers Are a Thing of the Past

The die-cast toaster uses a motorized carriage system so simply place your favorite type of bread into the slots and press the 'Toast" button. You can also use the 'Bagel' and 'Defrost' buttons to select the perfect option for your food of choice. The die-cast toaster features and LED toasting indicator so you can see the progress of your food. You can also adjust the degree to which you want your toast browned with the variable browning controls.

Breville toasters are a striking addition to any kitchen counter top. The body of the toaster is carefully constructed of die-cast metal, as are the button controls and power level sliders. The toaster features the Breville Assist Plug, making it safe and easy to store and take out the toaster at a moment's notice. The toaster also features hidden cord storage to help de-clutter your counter or kitchen cabinet.

Product Features:
  • 4 slice capacity
  • Motorized carriage with push button controls
  • Independent toasting controls
  • High powered 1800 watt heating element for a swift toasting and reheating
  • A Bit More Button to add a little extra time
  • LED toasting progress indicator
  • Variable browning control
  • 'Lift and Look' feature to see progress without stopping cycle
  • Bagel and defrost settings
  • Slide out crumb tray
  • Cord storage: for a reduced counter-top footprint
  • Breville Assist Plug
  • Die-cast metal body

Model 2 Slice A Bit More 4 Slice A Bit More 2 Slice Die-Cast 4 Slice Die-Cast
Model Name 2 Slice "A Bit More" 4 Slice "A Bit More" 2 Slice Die-Cast 4 Slice Die-Cast
Capacity 2 Slices 4 Slices 2 Slices 4 Slices
Dimensions (L,D,H) 28.5 x 20 x 19.5 cm 17.5 x 40 x 19.5 cm 17 x 28.5 x 19.5 cm 30 x 28.5 x 19.5cm
A Bit More Feature? Yes Yes Yes No
Lift and Look? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fully Automatic? No No Yes - No Levers Yes - No Levers
Wattage 900 1800 900 1800
Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Settings Frozen, Reheat, Bagel, Cancel Frozen, Reheat, Bagel, Cancel Frozen, Reheat, Bagel, Cancel Frozen, Reheat, Bagel, Cancel
Special Features? Progress LED & Adjustable Alert
Progress LED & Adjustable Alert Variable Sound Alert Variable Sound Alert

From the Manufacturer

Attractively housed in brushed die-cast metal, this four-slice toaster features an internal smart chip that automatically lowers bread into the toasting slots with a single touch and regulates the toasting time. The unit provides dual control panels and each side operates independently of the other. Push-button controls allow for easily selecting toast, a bit more, bagel, defrost, and lift-and-look functions. With the "a bit more" setting, bread automatically lowers for additional toasting time. The lift-and-look function automatically raises the bread carriage during toasting without canceling or resetting the cycle, which allows for viewing, and if necessary, canceling the browning cycle at any time. The unit's LED panels illuminate according to the selected setting on the variable browning control. The display acts as a toasting progress indicator, counting down the time remaining in the toasting cycle. A beep indicates the end of the cycle. Other details include 1-1/5-inch-wide by 5-1/5-inch-deep slots, an 1800-watt heating element, a Breville assist plug for easy cord removal, and cord storage underneath. To clean, simply wipe the exterior with a soft cloth as needed. The toaster measures 13-1/4 by 13-1/4 by 9-1/2 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Iveta on Feb. 20 2011
Size: 2-Slice
I must say that I don't use the toaster daily - maybe twice per week. I am an avid bread baker and just wanted to toast the day old bread (if there is some left over). So forking out over 100 dollars for a toaster was something that I considered for a long time, but then decided to give it a try. And I must say - I am so far not disappointed. The toaster is well made, looks good on the counter, I love the timer which allows you to see how much more time is left before the toast is done and beeps when cycle is completed. I especially like the "look and see" feature where without interrupting the cycle you can preview whether the toasting is done before completion of selected time as well as the "little more" feature where after completing the cycle you can toast it for a little more time if you are not satisfied. Also, it seems that the opening for the toast is wide enough for toasting a bagel, although I have not done that yet. Finally, the exterior stays cool so you don't have to worry about burning yourself if you accidentally touch it while in use. Overall, I am happy with the purchase. Breville seems to be making really good appliances (I already own the juicer and like it a lot), this appears to be another quality item, and I am sick and tired of buying cheap stuff that does not deliver and needs to be replaced frequently - who has time to do the shopping all over again a year or two later? So paying a little more for quality actually makes sense.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By proy on April 10 2012
Size: 4-Slice Verified Purchase
Nice look, nice features and it performed well for a few months. Between my wife and I, we are no intensive users and I probably used "my side" less than than 20 times before it just quit functionning. The left side will no longer load the toasts, the motor does not seem to respond anymore. It quit will all light flashing and after unplugging and replugging, it never worked again. The other 2 slots are still working well and when it works, this is a fine toaster.

After researching on my problem, I found that several other people have had the exact same problem. I think that with the premium price this toaster is commanding, such poor reliability is simply unacceptable.

I would certainly not recommend this product to anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barb on Jan. 3 2012
Size: 2-Slice Verified Purchase
I bought this toaster when it was on sale during Boxing Week. Even on sale, I hesitated at paying that much for a toaster when I could have bought one for 1/3 the price. After using my Breville for a week, I'm glad I took the plunge.

I bought the Breville based on the mostly positive reviews here and on It does my toast to perfection - 12-grain bread done on the maximum setting turns out perfectly toasted both sides every time, nice & crunchy, without the stripes from the elements. I was surprised - no flipping required. If I have one quibble, it's that the slots could be slightly longer to accommodate larger slices. It appears to be sized towards commercial bread slices (which are getting smaller all the time) so either I start making smaller loaves, or clip the ends off the slices.

I've never had a toaster that would toast my bread-machine bread properly. My previous toaster was hit & miss. My toaster oven sort of does the job but it's slooooow and involves flipping the toast over to get both sides evenly toasted and even then, it's not really "toasted". Toasters all seem to have a problem with home-made bread - it's more dense and moist than the commercial product, more thickly sliced and takes longer to toast evenly. Every toaster I've had required the maximum setting. So far, the Breville seems up to the job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By je on Dec 26 2013
Size: 2-Slice Verified Purchase
Toast is good, and delivery was pretty fast.

The toaster is cool to the touch on the outside, which I think is an underrated plus. Really good option for doing bagels, but for a $100 toaster, I'd expect it.

After a few months, I had a light go out so it is difficult to tell how long it has to go during the final minute... then a few months later, another went.

Six months later, I tried popping the darkness level all the way to the top, and found another couple of LEDs that have burnt out as well.

If I can take the light issue away, then it does the job well for me. Who knows, maybe I just got the lemon here, but I was just a bit scared off with all the other Breville hardware/support issue runarounds to actually call and get the toaster replaced. Elements all work fine after a year.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adrien Rochereau TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14 2014
Size: 4-Slice Verified Purchase
after going through a bunch of toasters over the years, I found that the biggest cause of death was a stuck mechanism. So when I saw motorized toasters I was like... why not, at least it could die differently this time!

What I truly like about this one is that the toasting is consistant.
the bit more function is brilliant and the led indicators are working really well.

It's been a couple months already and it is used daily by kids and adults and so far we are using it more often than ever because it toasts well without dehydrating the bread, making for wonderful toasts (i.e. the distance between the toasts and the burners is optimal, roasting the outside, drying the whole thing).

*** Update ***
Updating my review after some more use. As with many user I am now suffering from the right side staying stucked in the low position. Breville Customer Service took 15 days to answer my first email and only asked for information that was already in the email I sent (problem, and toaster serial) they never ever replied to my (harsh but deserved) reply. To me this is a deal breaker for future Breville appliances. At this price point you should get 5 star customer service, not two weeks later didnot read your email.
Anyway self found the solution to the problem, which is electronical and thus should be considered a defect, you just need to unplug the toaster for 15 minutes.
Yup... you would assume that they could put that information on their website and save the customers a lot of trouble. Instead they will just ignore you.
Even though the toaster itself works perfectly and is the most even toasting toaster I used, I am lowering from 5 stars to 2. Items with a higher price point are expected to have a good customer service as well.
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