Best 2 Slice Toaster

Top 10 Rated 2-Slice Toasters 2014

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A 2 slice toaster is perfect for a household that goes light on the toast. If one or two people are around every morning for breakfast, it is going to be just right. A toaster this size is also going to be great for making toasty sandwiches. If you find that you’ve had enough of toast, a toaster will take care of bagels, frozen waffles, and other breakfast items. A toaster is truly a necessary kitchen appliance that will never outgrow its usefulness. We looked at 10 of the best 2 slice toasters on the market and rated them based on the following criteria:

1. Even toasting
2. Adjustable toast level to achieve perfect toast
3. Speed the toaster heats up
4. Look and design of the toaster
5. Cleaning ease
6. Price

Hamilton 22504  9.5/10

$29.99
Silver
Cancel, bagel and defrost buttons
Cool-touch exterior

The Hamilton Beach 22504 2-Slice Toaster features the standard side by side setup for 2 slices of toast. The controls are arranged in a very simple manner on the brushed steel, giving this toaster a cool, modern look. The keep warm setting conveniently holds the bread inside until you’re ready to retrieve it. If you’re looking for a low profile appliance that is as useful as it is reliable, this is a great choice. It comes at a great price too.

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Proctor Silex Bagel Toaster  9/10

$18.99
Red
Auto shut-off

A popular choice for its function and low price, the Proctor Silex 2-Slice Bagel Toaster comes in a cheery red housing that stays cool to the touch. The toast gets a boost up to make it easier to pull out. The bagel setting nicely toasts the inside while warming (not burning) the outside. For easy storage, the cord wraps around the bottom.

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Dualit 27171  9/10

$239.99
Stainless steel
Apple candy red
1250 watts

With 1250 watts of power, the Dualit 27171 can handle defrosting and toasting with ease and efficiency. This attractive toaster has a unique curved design and bright, cheery red color that will stand out in the kitchen. Additionally, the toaster has variable controls and wide slots to handle a variety of bread sizes.

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Cuisinart Compact Toaster  8.5/10

$35.67
White
1.5-inch slots

A nicely compact appliance with stainless steel accents, this Cuisinart model offers 7 shade options and a slide-out tray. The controls are remarkably simple, and the high-lift carriage makes it easy to lift out bread without it getting jammed. We appreciated not only its great function, but also its clean, classic look. For a no-fuss, affordable toaster, this one is ideal.

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T-Fal Classic Avante  8.5/10

$27.54
Stainless steel and black
Pull-out tray

The T-fal Classic Avante 2-Slice Toaster has slots slanted to face the front, which makes it easier to remove the bread. It’s also pretty sharp looking, with its stainless steel accents over a black housing. An anti-jam function prevents frustration, and the high-lift carriage makes it easier to pull out even small, thin pieces. Its settings include bagel, reheat, and cancel.

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Waring Professional Cool Touch  8/10

$19.95
Black
1000 watts

Featuring a classic design in stark black with a silver dial, the Waring Professional Cool Touch Toaster has bagel and defrost settings, indicated by LED lights. Whether you’re toasting thick artisan bread or thin slices, the carriage automatically adjusts itself to keep the bread centered so it browns evenly. We were pleased by its sturdiness and efficiency.

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Black & Decker TR1256  8/10

$39.99
Black
850 watts

The one-touch design of the control panel makes programming the Black & Decker TR1256B simple. Your choices are displayed by LED indicator lights too. The slots accommodate both thick bagel halves and thin slices with automatically adjusting bread guides. The defrost setting is convenient if you like frozen waffles or pastries for breakfast. We liked both the performance and the sleek, narrow design.

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Oster TSSTRTS2S2  8/10

$49.99
Blue steel
Digital countdown
Retractable cord

We were pleased with the many features of this Oster TSSTRTS2S2 2-Slice Toaster. It offers bagel, frozen, and cancel buttons. There is also a convenient cord storage to keep the countertop looking tidy. We liked the extra-wide slots that allow for both thick bagels and artisan bread and thin sandwich bread. The toaster has an attractive stainless steel housing.

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Cuisinart CPT-2000  7.5/10

$99.95
Aluminum
Motorized lift

This long, narrow appliance from Cuisinart features one long slot with a motorized lift and an LED countdown display. If you like eating homemade bread, then you’ll appreciate being able to toast it in the long slot. The toaster operates quietly and only beeps when your toast is ready. The Cuisinart CPT-2000 has a nifty modern design and takes up little counter space.

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Top 5 Features to Look for in a Toaster

1. High lift carriage

No one wants to have to stick their fingers (or worse, a fork) down into the toaster slot to get that thin slice of bread out. Many toasters let you “boost” the toast up so it’s easy to grab with no burnt fingers.

2. Bagel setting

The difference with toasting bagels as opposed to toast is that you don’t want both sides browned, just the cut part. With a good bagel setting, the cut part is toasted while the other side is warmed, giving you a delicious blend of crispy and soft.

3. Cord storage

Appliances are in competition for prime countertop space. If you want to keep your toaster out all the time, then a retractable cord or a hidden cord storage is ideal for keeping your counter free of messy-looking wires.

4. Lift and Look

This isn’t an essential feature, but it sure is cool. With a lift and look button, you can quickly raise the toast to get a peek at how it’s turning out. The toast then descends and continues its business. This can prevent burning and help you get the toast at that perfect shade.

5. Front-access, removable crumb tray

Yes, toaster crumb trays get filled up pretty quickly with toast remnants. Unless you want to be lugging the toaster across your counter to reach the crumb tray in the back or to shake it out over the sink, a front-access, removable crumb tray is best for cleanup.

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