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Revolution InstaGLO R180B Review

A fancy toaster with an expansive user interface and a hefty price
Revolution InstaGLO R180B
Credit: Revolution
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Price:   $350 List | $349.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Awesome user interface, easy cleaning
Cons:  Expensive, unsatisfactory defrosting
Manufacturer:   Revolution
By Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok  ⋅  May 1, 2022
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  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 9.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 7.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Revolution InstaGLO R180B appears to be a new-age toaster with an almost over-the-top touchscreen display that is sure to attract modern consumers. This did not hide the fact that it actually provides mediocre frozen food performance when put to the test and commands a pretty hefty price tag that is also sure to turn away more than a few buyers. Although this model outperforms many toasters, there are other toasters that perform just as well at a far more manageable price point. Unless you're captivated by the modern design and the price doesn't scare you away, we wouldn't recommend this product to the average consumer.

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Pros Awesome user interface, easy cleaningGreat toasting performance, incredible bagels, stylish looksStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelGreat user interface, lift and look function, aesthetically pleasingInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenly
Cons Expensive, unsatisfactory defrostingExpensiveMediocre bagels, wafflesExpensiveNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overall
Bottom Line A fancy toaster with an expansive user interface and a hefty priceThe perfect choice, particularly if you're a bagel fan and love unique designIt may not be the most aesthetic, but this toaster is compact, practical, and budget-friendly for its high performanceThis 4-slice model boasts amazing design, good toasting performance, and a great interfaceThe best option we've found for people seeking a 4-slice or long-slot model on the cheap
Rating Categories Revolution InstaGLO... Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Breville Die-Cast 4... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
7.0
10.0
5.0
6.0
9.0
Frozen Food (15%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Revolution InstaGLO... Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Breville Die-Cast 4... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Weight 6.4 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 8.4 lbs. 6.4 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.6" x 6.1" x 8.4" 12.7" x 7.7" x 7.6" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 15.3" x 7.0" x 7.8" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7"
Standard / Long Slot Standard Standard Standard Long Long
Available with Long Slot? No Yes No Yes Yes
Available in 4 slot? No No No Yes No
Color/Finish Options stainless steel Cream, Red, Black, Chrome, Pastel Blue, Pink, Pastel Green White, Red, Black Stainless Steel Black Plastic/Stainless
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Coated Steek Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
End of Cycle Indicator Chime None None Beep None

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Revolution InstaGLO R180B has an awesome user interface and is easy to use and keep clean, it proved to do a mediocre job toasting frozen foods, and it commands a pretty high price.

Performance Comparison



Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - the revolution instaglo r180b is an ultra-cool countertop appliance...
The Revolution InstaGLO R180B is an ultra-cool countertop appliance that is sure to get some attention.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Bread Toasting Quality


Our first test measured how well the InstaGLO produced toast — a simple and fundamental feature that some products we've tested are surprisingly not that good at. However, this model is not one of those products and performed very well. We toasted bread on low, medium, and high settings with good results. On the lightest setting, the Revolution produced slices of toast with light gold coloration and an evenly crunchy texture.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - the revolution instaglo r180b bread toasting results - round two...
The Revolution InstaGLO R180B bread toasting results - round two comparison.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

The medium setting produced deep golden colors that were even and consistent but definitely on the darker end of what our testers considered a medium-level toast. On the highest setting, the toast evenly blackened, and while that may not be our personal preference, the results were consistent across multiple tests. Whether you like a lighter toast or a charcoal briquette, this toaster does a great job consistently making toast that will satisfy any preference.

Ease of Use


The Revolution started our ease of use series of tests strong. Unlike every other toaster we've tested, this is the only appliance with a crumb tray in the front. The easy-to-access crumb tray releases with a gentle press and does not require moving the toaster away from a wall or making a huge mess.

Unfortunately, the surface temperature of the InstaGLO would get fairly warm during use. It doesn't get high enough to cause initial burning, but it is fair to say things get a little toastier than we'd prefer.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - the interface of the revolution instaglo r180b is easy to use and...
The interface of the Revolution InstaGLO R180B is easy to use and super cool; dare we say fun.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The interface is where the Revolution shines, literally and figuratively, with an illuminated touch screen display. The user experience is simple and intuitive. There are seven heat settings for each food choice: bread, english muffin, bagel, waffle, and toaster pastry. There are also three preparation choices, which include fresh, frozen, and reheat.

The InstaGLO also utilizes an automatic lift and lower for inserting and removing items, adjustable screen brightness, and a countdown timer. When food is ready, it signals you with a pleasant chime. This model takes things next level, with a reminder to clean the crumb tray when it needs to be emptied, crumb tray removal with the press of the button, a clock, and even a sleep mode.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - even the digital clock on the sleep mode of the revolution instaglo...
Even the digital clock on the sleep mode of the Revolution InstaGLO R180B is sleek.
Credit: Chris McNamara

This model remained surprisingly very simple and easy to use for having so many options.

Bagel Toasting Quality


Our third test metric measured how well each toaster in our product lineup can prepare bagels, and the Revolution did not disappoint us. In fact, it did above average and better than the majority of the products we tested.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - left: breville bit more two slice bagel testing results round two...
Left: Breville Bit More Two Slice bagel testing results round two. Right: revolution InstaGLO R180B bagel testing results round two.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

In our first round of bagel toasting, bagels achieved an evenly spread golden coloration and a crispy interior texture. The bagels showed no signs of burning, and the outside of the bagels was warmed but not completely toasted. The second round of testing produced results consistent with the first round and proved that the InstaGLO could consistently make a pretty great, but not quite perfect, bagel.

Frozen Food/Defrosting Quality


The Revolution was a real let-down in our frozen food tests, and the waffles it produced were unevenly cooked. One side ended up much darker than the other, and many of our waffles were burnt.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - left: breville bit more 2 slice frozen waffle testing on medium...
Left: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen waffle testing on medium heat. Right: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen waffle testing on medium heat.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Unfortunately, the performance of the Revolution in our frozen bread tests was not much better than its poor performance in our waffle tests. The result from our frozen bread test was warmed bread that was never fully toasted. While bread started to exhibit the beginnings of a golden coloring, it was not spread evenly throughout.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - left: revolution instaglo r180b frozen bread toasting comparison...
Left: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen bread toasting comparison. Right: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen bread toasting comparison.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Strudels fared no better with the InstaGLO. The strudels that it produced were warm at the perimeters but cold at the center. While the outside of the strudels browned, the strudels were never crispy and had very minimal crunch. Nothing was desirable about the strudels that this model produced.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - left: breville bit more 2 slice frozen strudel test. right:...
Left: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen strudel test. Right: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen strudel test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Should You Buy the Revolution InstaGLO R180B?


If you like toast, don't care for reheating frozen goods, and want one of the coolest interfaces available in a toaster, then the Revolution InstaGLO R180B is a good choice for you. However, if frozen goods are important to you, you'll have to consider the trade-off in performance on frozen goods for a cool interface.

Revolution InstaGLO R180B toaster - the revolution instaglo r180b may not excel in frozen foods but is...
The Revolution InstaGLO R180B may not excel in frozen foods but is super cool and makes a decent bagel.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


If you care about reheating and preparing frozen goods, you should consider options like the Smeg 2 Slice. You won't get a crazy modern interface, but you will get good performance across the board and at a fraction of the price of the Revolution.

Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok

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