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The Best 2 Slice Toaster: Reviews for 2014

Updated on September 5, 2014

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I don't know about you, but I simply cannot live without my toast. In the morning, there is nothing I love better than a chunky piece of warm toast coated in raspberry jam. Likewise, in the evening, a thin slice of toast and sweet honey is a great way of finishing off a savoury meal.

If you are a lover of toast as I am, you'll know that owning a well-made toaster is important. We're not talking about cheap $9.99 toasters from the local Walmart. No, I mean toasters than will do the right job again and again without burning your toast, browning it on only one side, or hacking it into a million little pieces as you try to lift it out of the slots.

On this page, you will find a list of the best 2 slot toasters by toaster brands such as Dualit, KitchenAid, T-Fal, Breville, Kalorik, Hamilton-Proctor, Waring, Oster, and Hamilton Beach. Each model shown here has been given at least 4/5 stars on Amazon by satisfied toast lovers like you and me. While no toaster is completely flawless, these toasters have left the majority of buyers happy with their purchase.

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Dualit Lite Soft Touch Toaster

Dualit is well-known as one of the top producers of two-slice toasters today. This model, the Dualit 2-Slice Lite Soft Touch Toaster, combines all the necessary toaster features you can imagine into one efficient machine. It comes with extra wide slots to accommodate breads of all thicknesses, a high-lift mechanism which removes small bits that might break off from your toast, a defrost function for frozen items, and a bagel function that only toasts the cut face of the bagel. Sturdy and pleasing to the eye, this Dualit 2 slice toaster will look perfect in any kitchen.

Positives:

Toasts evenly.

Long-lasting and durable.

Bagel setting works like a charm.

Attractive appearance and good size.

Lift feature works very well.

Negatives:

The toast jumps quite high when it pops up.

The soft touch material on the trim can attract dust.

Any setting above 4 will burn your toast so keep it between 2-3.

Red KitchenAid 2-slice Toaster

The first thing you'll notice about this KitchenAid 2 Slice Toaster is its attractive dark red metal housing - perfect for any modern or country-style home with rustic colours. However, looks aren't everything, of course. This toaster also comes with an astoundingly wide variety of functions, from an intelligent LCD display that remembers your previous toasting setting to a digital process bar that counts down the time until your toast is ready. In addition, you also receive a mb>bagel, defrost and reheat function, an easy lift lever to remove small bits, and self-centreing racks that adjust according to the size of the bread.

Positives:

All the features work like a charm.

Very attractive design.

All you need are levels 1-3 - anything higher is too intense.

Negatives:

Some people find the beep the toaster makes when it finishes toasting annoying.

A little on the expensive side.

T-fal TT5600004 Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster

Whilst a relatively unknown name in the toaster world, T-Fal has proven itself a worthy contender with its high quality toasters. At a very reasonable price, you receive a knob with six browning levels, a bagel, reheat and stop function, a high lift lever to remove small bits, a crumb tray, and a beautiful stainless steel body that is easy to clean. It isn't as high-tech as some of the other toasters on the market, but it makes great toast, and isn't that all that matters?

Positives:

Durable and attractive on any countertop.

Makes amazing toast at around a 5-6 setting.

Also very good at making bagels.

Quick toasting.

Excellent value for money.

Negatives:

Toasting can be slightly uneven.

When in doubt, eat toast! (Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons)
When in doubt, eat toast! (Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons)

Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster

Breville is another heavy hitter in the toaster production world. Here you see one of its most popular models, the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster, with all the best toaster functions you could imagine and more. Besides a high-tech LED panel that controls browning and toasting time, you also receive buttons for toast, "a bit more", bagel, and defrosting. The lift-and-look function is useful as it allows you to check on your toast as it browns without having to restart the cycle. There is also a control that gradually lowers your toast into the slots. With its wide slots, you can easily fit any sort of toast, bread or pastry into this toaster. In short, this toaster is a technological monster!

Positives:

The LED lights always let you know when your toast is ready.

Easy-to-use controls.

Can toast all sorts of bread, from normal toast to English muffins.

The lift-and-look function is great for taking a "sneak peek" at your toast.

It does a good job at centering unevenly cut bagels.

Negatives:

Expensive purchase.

Slots, at 5.5. inches, are not as long as they could be.

Has been known to stop working after only a couple of years.

Kalorik 2 Slice Toaster

Kalorik is another relatively unknown maker of toasters, but it probably receives some of the highest reviews. Not only are their toasters extremely affordable, but they also come in fun and simple designs such as the lime green model you see here. Some of the best features include: browning control, reheat/defrost/stop functions, two slots that fit average sized pieces of bread, and a crumb tray. Sure, it isn't as technological as some of the other models, but it is reliable and that's what matters.

Positives:

The crumb tray slides all the way out, making cleaning the toaster easy.

Cute and cheerful appearance.

Fast and efficient.

Has a clever warming rack.

Toasts evenly.

Small and compact.

Negatives:

Not good for people who like really dark toast.

No way to pop toast up before the cycle has finished.

Will not fit very large slices of bread.

Smells like plastic for the first few toastings.

Hamilton Beach 22313 22313 Toaster

This sleek toaster by Hamilton Beach has a few extra bits and bobs other toasters don't have, such as a cool-touch exterior and an automatic shut-off function. In addition, you also get many of the more common features, from the bagel setting to the automatic toast boost function. There is even a crumb tray that collects any crumbs or leftover pieces of bread. For the price, this Hamilton Beach toaster is a true bargain!

Positives:

The bagel function browns bagels perfectly.

Toasts very evenly.

Easy to clean.

Excellent value for the money.

A good size for any kitchen.

Negatives:

The toast, when it pops up, flies quite high.

Oster 6595 Inspire 2-Slice Toaster

Oster is another dark horse in the toaster making business. The model that you see here is one of their most attractive, with its deep red and black outer housing and rounded corners. While small, it will easily toast all sorts of bread and bagels. Some of the most important functions include: toast/warm/frozen/cancel buttons, Electronic Toasting technology for consistent browning, a removable crumb tray, and a useful anti-jam feature that shuts off your toaster when bread gets stuck.

Positives:

Attractive colour and style.

Easily accommodates all bread sizes.

Lightweight and easy to store.

Easy to clean.

Browning of toast is very even.

Good price.

Negatives:

Cord is rather short.

Not the best for people who like dark to burnt toast.

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      Claudio 2 years ago

      Those look good. It made me smile when I read about your method for not hainvg the pressure to eat them all! I don't think it'd work out for me if I just froze baked cookies I think I might just eat them while frozen, although it's getting colder here these days. I might try though to freeze some of them and then bake them . we rarely get to keep a dessert much longer than 24 hours here we're that bad.

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      Avari 2 years ago

      Good point. I hadn't thuhogt about it quite that way. :)

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