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Toaster power consumption and electricity cost

Toasters are convenient appliances to have in the kitchen for quick and easy breakfast preparation. 

They are especially useful for making toast, bagels, and other toasted bread products. However, it’s important to be mindful of the electricity cost when using a toaster, as it can add up over time.

Toasters use a significant amount of electricity, particularly if they have a high wattage rating. 

This means that using a toaster frequently can contribute to higher electricity bills. 

Additionally, other appliances running simultaneously, such as a microwave or coffee maker, can further increase your electricity usage and costs.

How much power and electricity does a toaster use

A toaster’s wattage or power consumption can be found on the toaster’s specifications label.

toaster power consumption

Alternatively, if you are considering buying a new toaster, that wattage can be found online by browser search. Just browse for the toaster model followed by ‘wattage’ or ‘ power consumption.’

Toaster power consumption

For example, according to our toaster’s energy label, it uses 800 Watts (W) or 0,8 Kilowatts per hour (kWh).

Because we pay our electricity provider 0,217 euros per kilowatt hour (kWh) we consume, we can calculate that it costs us 0,173 euros per hour we use our toaster.

0,8 kWh x 0,217 euro per kWh = 0,173 euro per hour

How to calculate power from voltage and current

If you only know the voltage and current of your toaster, you can calculate the power consumption in Watts using the calculator below.


For more information about Power, Voltage, and Current, scroll down to the ‘Electricity Measurement Units’ section.

Toaster electricity cost calculator

Once you know the power consumption of the toaster, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of a toaster over time.

You need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements, and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.


For example:

> If your toaster has a power rating of 1500 Watts

> You use it 30 minutes per day and 320 days per year 

> You are paying 0,217 euros (or dollars or pounds) per every kWh you consume 

You will be paying around 52 euros (or dollars, pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.

How much does electricity cost

If you don’t know how much you are paying per kWh, you should be able to find the cost per kWh on your electricity contract or in one of the electricity bills.

how much does electricity cost

Alternatively, if you don’t have access to your contract or your electricity bills, this website does show the electricity cost per country.

Home appliances and devices electricity calculators

Here are a few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage and electricity cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:

Toaster electricity usage monitor

If you want to know the electricity usage of a toaster, your best option is to use a plug-in power meter to measure the exact power consumption and electricity cost. 

Clicking on the image below will redirect you to the Amazon page, where you can look at the specifications of the power meter we use for our measurements.

plug in power meter

Our house appliances and devices like the washing machine, the dishwasher, the TV, or the printer are plugged into a wall socket. 

So, with a power consumption meter, we can determine how much electricity our appliances or devices are using, and, more importantly, we can measure the electricity usage over time.

Have a look at this YouTube video for more information.

Plug in power meter

How to lower the electricity bill of a toaster

If you think that your toaster is increasing your electricity bill, here there are two simple ways to save some electricity and money:

1.- Buy the right toaster for you

If you have a toaster with two or four slots, but you mostly only use one most of the time, you are wasting electricity and money every time you use the toaster.

It may be time to sell your toaster and buy one that suits better your daily usage.

2.- Buy an energy-efficient model

If you have an old toaster, it may be worth considering buying a newer and more efficient model. 

But be careful, do not spend too much money on a mega-efficient toaster because it may be not worth it. In case of doubt, look at this post explaining how to calculate the payback period.

Toaster electricity usage FAQ

How much energy does a toaster use?

A toaster uses between 500 and 1500 Watts per hour.

Does a toaster use electricity when turned off?

No, a toaster does not use electricity when turned off.

How much watts does a toaster use per hour?

A toaster uses between 500 and 1500 Watts per hour.

How much electricity does a toaster oven use?

Depending on the model, between 600 and 1700 Watts per hour.

How much energy does a toaster oven use?

Depending on the model, between 600 and 1700 Watts per hour.

Does a toaster oven use more electricity than a toaster?

Depends on the model but in general, yes.

Electricity measurement units

Not everybody is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts, or Kilowatt hours, so if you would learn more about them, look at this YouTube video we have prepared about this topic.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Electricity measurement units calculators

Or you can have a look to these electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:

> What is a Watt (W), and how to transform Watts into Kilowatts

> What is a Kilowatt (kW) and how to transform Kilowatts into Kilowatts hour

> What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh), and how to transform Kilowatts hours into other units

> What are Power (P), Voltage (V), and Current (I)

Watt (W)
Watt (W) wattage calculator
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt (kW) calculator
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour (kWh) calculator
Power, voltage, current
Power, voltage, current calculator

Toasters and energy conservation

Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy.

Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less for your energy bills. 

And it also benefits the environment because conserving electricity prevents unnecessary waste of natural resources.

At the individual level, it may not look worth trying to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little one counts, and if hundreds or thousands of us save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.

Energy conservation calculator

If we could reduce our toaster’s electricity usage, even a very small amount, it would greatly impact preserving our natural resources.


For example, if 9000 households save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) on our toaster’s electricity usage, that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hours (kWh) saved per year. 

9000 households x 0,01 kWh per day x 365 days per year 

32,850 kWh saved per year

That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:

> Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euros (or dollars, pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively save nearly 6000 euros annually.

> To produce 32,850 kWh of electricity, it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.

Look at this page for more information about the resources needed to produce electricity.

In any case, small energy savings do count when looking into the bigger picture.

Proven ways to save electricity at home

Suppose you are looking for ideas to save electricity at home; look at this YouTube video. We show some useful tips for reducing electricity usage at home and decreasing the electricity bill. 

How to save electricity at home
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