More slots for more slices
Most toasters come with either two or four slots, though some commercial-type toasters will have six, and there are even one-slot varieties available. If you have a large household, 4-slice toasters, like these models from KitchenAid, will help you serve up more toast than 2-slice toasters in fewer batches.
Extra long and wide slots
Longer, wider slots are made to toast more than sandwich bread. They’ll help give thicker artisan and homemade breads a satisfying crunch as well. For example, KitchenAid® toasters come with slots up to around 1 ½-inches wide to accommodate whatever you're toasting—bagels, english muffins, artisan breads and homemade breads.
The lever is what you press to lower bread into the appliance and pop toast out. But on some older models, the toast doesn’t always pop up high enough, and you end up having to go in after it. A high-lift lever lets you raise even small pieces of toast up high enough to grab them easily, protecting your fingers from the heat. Most models, like the KitchenAid® 2 Slice Long Slot Toaster let you use the lever to raise up the bread mid-toast and check its progress.