I tested this TikTok viral toaster. Here's how it compared to my old toaster
How does this $300 toaster compare?
After all of this time inside has turned me into a TikTok lover. I went from hating the app to following all of the hot new trending products. If you've been on TikTok at all in the last few months, chances are you've seen the Revolution toaster.
I know I'm officially getting old when testing out an appliance is an exciting thing for me. I get asked to try alcohol all the time, but I was far more excited to try out this glitzy toaster.
Revolution Toaster Features
In case the name doesn't already imply it, the Revolution toaster is supposed to be a revolution in toasting. That is a huge promise to make, considering how great toast is, but I was eventually won over. The Revolution toaster offers more settings than any basic toaster.
The toaster has:
- 5 food settings (bagel, bread, pastry, waffle, and English muffin)
- 3 toasting modes (frozen, fresh, and reheat)
- 7 browning levels
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The Revolution toaster has "fixed" the English muffin and bagel problem. The toaster has an algorithm to perfectly toast your bagels and English muffins every time. Yes, I just said the toaster has an algorithm. It even has a setting for a large bagel!
On top of the settings, the toaster has a touchscreen, as well as touchless features. You don't need to push down on a button to get your food into the toaster and you don't need to dig into it to get your food out. It automatically lowers your food when you hit start and lifts your food when it's done. It also has a nifty countdown clock that starts when there are 10 seconds left, and it plays a little celebratory song when your food is done.
I've been re-watching Star Wars for the last two weeks, so I dubbed this test Toaster Wars because I was pitting a hot young toaster against an old staple in my kitchen. It was an unnecessary hot take, but I chose to consider the Revolution toaster pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker and the Hamilton Beach toaster Obi-Wan Kenobi. I am clearly spending too much time inside, but here we are.
I decided to put this brand new toaster up against my 3-year-old Hamilton Beach toaster that cost me $25.
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For the sake of testing all of the features, I bought sliced bread, pastries, English muffins, and bagels. I also enlisted the help of a friend so I had someone else's opinion. We put a slice of each carb-heavy food in both toasters and tried to toast them at the same level.
Pepperidge Farm Bread
Oddly enough, the bread is the one food out of all in the group that didn't seem to toast as expected in the Revolution. On the same setting (four), the Hamilton Beach toaster had a better toast. While the Revolution toast tasted good, it was less "toasty." Of course, the next time I used the Revolution toaster I upped it to level five and ended up with a far more satisfying texture.
The Pop-Tarts came out slightly browner looking in Hamilton Beach toaster, but the taste and texture were the exact same from the Revolution toaster.
Thomas’ English Muffin
As you can see from the photo, I messed up. After the bread didn't toast as expected, I instantly had trust issues with the Revolution toaster. So we put the setting to high on the Revolution toaster (level six) and it came out a little too toasted. Oddly enough, at level five in the Hamilton Beach toaster, the English muffin was not toasted enough. This was our least favorite round by far.
Thomas' Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
Sorry, we forgot to take a photo of this one!
The Revolution bagel looked better, but when we bit into the Hamilton Beach bagel it was a bit crunchier. Ultimately, both bagels tasted good. I should note, the bottom half of the bagel went into the Revolution and the top side went into Hamilton Beach. The top side of a bagel is fluffier and tastier, so I should have expected that I'd like that one better.
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
This was a tricky one. We put the toaster strudel in the Revolution twice. The pastry setting has no level options, so we put it on the "frozen" setting. When it popped up, it wasn't brown at all, so we decided to put it in again, this time on the "fresh" setting, to see what happened. That double toast gave us the exact result we wanted: a toasted outside and a warm inside.
While the Hamilton Beach toaster strudel looked perfect on the outside, the inside wasn’t warm. But if we re-toasted in the Hamilton Beach, the toaster strudel would have burnt.
Eggo Buttermilk Waffle
We toasted on level five on Revolution toaster and our waffles came out perfect. But on the same setting, we had to double toast the waffle in the Hamilton Beach toaster to get the same result.
Overall, it seemed like the Revolution toaster was harder to burn toast in. It also toasted significantly faster than the Hamilton Beach toaster did, even when on a higher setting.
Verdict on the Revolution Toaster
This is a very cool toaster and it looks really pretty, but $300 is a hefty price tag for what it offers. If you happen to love the latest tech and need cool kitchen gadgets, then it is certainly something worth looking into. If you only ever toast bread in your toaster, then it is probably not for you.
After all the futzing around and testing, I also think the Revolution toaster is great for people who are notorious for burning toast. When choosing your browning level, you can see on the touchscreen just how toasted your food will be. Level one is barely toasted at all, whereas level seven is burnt toast. So you really need to be going to burnt to get burnt toast from the Revolution toaster. You have to actively try to burn toast in this thing, or at least screw up like I did with the English muffin. But until they invent a toaster that can take human error completely out of the occasion, this might be as good as it gets.