Best 2-Slice Toasters 2021 Buying Guide

Published on
March 13, 2021
A white toaster with toast

The 2-slice toaster is a classic kitchen appliance that is instantly recognizable by its long, narrow, slightly wedge-shaped design. The two slots are ideal for toasting a couple slices of bread, English muffins, or bagels at a time, and the toaster's basic controls allow you to adjust the browning level of the toast for a perfect match with your morning eggs or whatever else you're eating.

If you're in the market for a new 2-slice toaster, check out our guide for the best toasters to purchase in 2021.

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Picking the best 2-slice toaster can be challenging, but we hope our guide will help you make the perfect choice. When choosing a toaster you should consider its price, features, and the material that it’s made of. For example a toaster with wide slots is better at toasting bagels compared to one with more narrow ones. If you don't like having to manually adjust your toaster you might opt for one that has preset buttons on it.

Alright enough intro speech, let's get to the good stuff!

Black+Decker 2-Slice Extra Wide Toaster T2569B

If you're looking for an all-around great toaster overall, you should check this one out. This toaster made its debut on Amazon over 10 years ago and it is currently an Amazon top seller in the toasters category (impressive!). People love how easy it is to use. You shouldn't need a degree in rocket science just to toast some bread with a toaster, hah!

This toaster features a removable crumb tray, so it'll be easy for you to discard all the ole bread flakes. There's also a cool little cable wrap feature on the underside of the toaster so you can wrap the electrical cord up when you store it away.

The heat can be adjusted with its 6 levels of heat settings. This will come in handy when those in your household include some who like their toast soft while others like theirs nice and crispy (maybe burnt is a better word here lol).

The toaster also has 3 feature buttons on the front of it. The cancel button allow you to cancel toasting (that should be self-explanatory I guess). The bagel button will tell the toaster to toast the inside, but only warm the outside (that sounds yummy with some cream cheese 😋). The defrost button will allow you to toast frozen bread (sweet!).

The extra wide slots of it will allow you to toast a variety of different breads.

Pros
  • Price
  • Cancel, bagel, and defrost functions
  • Easy cleaning with removable tray
Cons
  • Not as fancy as some of the other toasters on the market

2-Slice Compact Toaster by Cuisinart CPT-122BK

This toaster has a BUNCH of good reviews, and for good reason. One reviewer went as far to say that it makes perfect bagels and toast.

The Cuisinart CPT-122BK features 4 feature buttons on the front of it. The bagel button is used when toasting bagels. The defrost button can be used to toast frozen waffles. Oh no! You waited too long after your toast was done and now it's cold. 😢 The reheat button will warm your cold toast back up. This will come in handy when you have something you want to spread on the bread (like butter or peanut butter) The cancel button of course will cancel the toasting process.

There are seven temperature settings that can be used to select what level of toastiness you want your toast to be.

The 1.5 inch wide slots will allow you to toast various kinds of bread in it (because we all know that buying a toaster for only toasting sandwich bread is boring...).

The body is plastic, however it does feature stainless steel accents. Maybe you'd call this cheap, but sleek?

Pros
  • 1.5 inch toasting slots which will allow you to toast a variety of breads
  • 7 temperature settings
  • Bagel, reheat, cancel, and defrost functions
  • Compact
  • Price
Cons
  • Not as fancy as some of the other toasters

2-Slice Cusinart Black Stainless Metal Toaster CPT-160BKS

This cool toaster features a smooth brushed stainless exterior with polished chrome and black accents.This is a great toaster for someone who likes the commercial kitchen style. It’s dependable, and it includes a 3-year limited warranty.

There are 6 browning levels that you can use for different bread toastiness. This toaster also features 4 buttons. One for cooking bagels, one for defrosting frozen bread/waffles, another to reheat bread that has cooled down, and lastly one to cancel the toast cycle. The cancel button comes in handy for those times where you accidentally forget to adjust the browning level before starting the toast cycle.

There are 3 LED lights, one each for the bagel, defrost, and reheat features. These lights can be used to verify that you did indeed press the button firmly enough. The carriage lever features an extra-lift section which allows you to lift up your bread over the top of the toaster to reduce the chance of burning your fingers. This is especially useful for those common frosted toaster pastries as they can fall over sideways into the slot and become tricky to remove.

This toaster also offers a removable crumb tray for easy cleanup. There’s also a handy cord wrap for storing it when not in use.

Pros
  • 1.5 inch wide toasting slots
  • LED indicator lights for the toasting functions
  • Carriage lever extra-lift
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Cord wrap
  • Stainless
Cons
  • A little pricier for the features it has

Amazon Basics 2-Slice Extra-Wide Slot Toaster KT-3680

This Amazon Basics toaster features 1 ¼ inch wide slots for toasting multiple types of bread. It has 3 feature buttons on it which light up when you press them. One for cancelling the toast cycle, another for frozen items, and lastly a bagel button for toasting the cut sides of the bagel (or “in-sides” if you prefer to call them that 😉 ).

There’s a handy removable crumb tray for easy cleaning and a cord wrap for when you go to store it away. The 22-inch power cord provides a decent amount of distance from your power outlet.

This toaster features 6 “shade settings” as Amazon refers to them as. Plenty of variability for those who like lightly toasted toast and those who like the more crispy (or should I say burnt) bread.


Some reviewers have noted a bad outgassing smell that occurs when using this toaster. One even told about how their work colleague knew immediately that they were toasting due to the horrible smell. If you purchase this toaster you should be sure to run it on high heat for a few cycles before toasting anything to eat. I’d recommend using it out in your garage with the door open so you don’t have to breathe the fumes. Rest assured, however, that this is a good product and if you have any problems with it Amazon is sure to resolve them.

Pros
  • Cancel, frozen, and reheat buttons with indicator lights for when they're used
  • Price
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Cord wrap
Cons
  • 1 1/4 inch wide toasting slots
  • Outgassing smell
  • No reheat function

Revolution Cooking High-Speed 2-Slice Stainless Touchscreen Toaster R180

If you are looking to buy a premium expensive toaster, look no further! This toaster features a touchscreen! That’s right, a touchscreen! Can you believe it? Who would have thought that someone would come up with a toaster with a touch screen lol.

This toaster features the proprietary “InstaGlo” technology from Revolution Cooking. It heats up/cools down in a fraction of the time that a conventional toaster takes. It has over 60 toasting algorithms (I’d never heard of a “toasting algorithm” until now...What?). Revolution Cooking claims that their toasting technology toasts 35% faster than leading premium toasters. 

When toasting is finished the bread is automatically lifted for the height of your selection. The extra-lift lever on some toasters is nice, but this is much better. There’s also a countdown timer that shows you how much longer you have to wait until your bread is finished toasting (no more surprise pop-ups!). If you happen to be a multitasker (like maybe you want to work on some coffee while your toast is toasting), there’s also a chime that sounds when the toasting cycle is complete.

This nifty toaster also contains a digital/analog clock while it’s in sleep mode, which can be handy. However, I wouldn’t recommend buying this for the clock alone as you probably already have other kitchen appliances nearby that have clocks on them, like a microwave or oven. Though, it is a cool eye candy feature and will likely be noticed by your guests.

The R180 toaster is simple to clean and even features a reminder when it’s time to empty out the crumbs. There is a button that you push to release the crumb tray (how cool!).

Pros
  • Touchscreen
  • Over 60 toasting algorithms for the perfect toastiness
  • Bread is automatically lifted for its type
  • Countdown timer
  • Clock
Cons
  • Expensive

IKICH Toaster 2 Slice with Digital Countdown Timer

Check out this toaster if you like precise toast level settings. This dandy little toaster features 9 levels of toasting along with a “R” selection for reheating. The toaster even provides a heat level guide, to help you select how brown/crispy you want your toast to be.

The neat digital LED timer on the front of the dial shows you exactly when the toasting cycle will be finished. There are 3 feature buttons: one for cancelling the toasting cycle, one for toasting bagels, and one for toasting frozen items (defrost).

This toaster includes a removable crumb tray for quick cleaning and a cord wrap. The slots are 1.5 inches wide, which allows you to toast a bunch of different kinds of bread. The level features high-lift functionality which is perfect for those items that like to hide inside the toaster.

Pros
  • LED countdown timer
  • 9 toasting levels with heat level guide
  • Reheat, cancel, bagel, and defrost functions
  • 1.5 inch toasting slots
Cons

    Dash Clear View Toaster with See Through Window (DVTS501)

    This toaster is very unique compared to the other ones we’ve listed. If you want a toaster for entertainment, you should definitely check this one out. It has a window on the front of it so you can watch your bread brown during the toasting cycle.

    There are 7 toasting levels, so you have the flexibility of cooking warmed bread all the way up to very crispy/burnt toast. The toaster also has 3 feature buttons: one for frozen bread, one for bagels, and one for reheating. There’s a crumb tray to catch those little specs that fall from your bread and the front glass is removable for easy cleaning.

    If you like watching stuff bake in the oven, this is the toaster for you!

    Pros
    • Glass front view so you can watch the bread toast
    • Defrost, reheat, bagel, and cancel functions
    • Removable crumb tray
    • 7 browning levels
    Cons

      Hosome 2-Slice Toaster with Warming Rack

      This toaster has a lot going for it! It has a cool LED countdown timer on the front of it so you can know right when the toast will pop up. It also features 6 toasting levels so you can get your toast just right.

      There are 4 function buttons included with this one: one for stopping the toasting cycle, another for toasting bagels, one for defrosting, and finally one for reheating. One thing unique about this guy, however, is the built in warming rack on top of it. This rack can be used to warm up croissants (tasty!).

      The toasting slots are 1.8 inches wide on this one, which is more than the standard toaster. This will allow you to toast even wider breads. There is a removable stainless-steel crumb tray for easy cleaning as well.

      Pros
      • Warming rack
      • Cancel, reheat, bagel, and defrost functions
      • Super wide 1.8 inch slots
      • LED countdown timer
      • Removable crumb tray
      Cons

        Picking the Best 2-Slice Toaster for You and Your Family

        Depending upon your income and how much you’re looking to spend, a 2-slice toaster can be a considerable investment. You should get the one that will work best for your and your family’s needs. Here are some things you should consider when you’re looking to purchase a new one.

        Toasting Features

        Any of our picks will work great for toasting sandwich bread, but if you are going to want to toast other types of bread you should check what modes the toaster includes. If you want to toast waffles, you should get a toaster that includes a defrost mode. If you’re a fan of toasted bagels, you’ll want one that has a bagel toasting function. This will toast the inside of the bagel while warming the outside.

        Slot Width

        Once again, any toaster will work just fine if you’re simply toasting sandwich bread. If you're going to toast wide bread, however, make sure you get a toaster with wide slots. A few dollars more could make a big difference for the variety of breads you can toast!

        Browning Levels

        Honestly, you’ll probably be just fine with a toaster that only has 6 browning levels. However, if you’re really particular about getting the “just right” toasted bread, you might want to consider one which includes even more flexibility.

        Coolness Factor

        If you’re wanting a toaster that will be a talking point you should get one that is quite different from the standard run of the mill ones. Revolution Cooking’s touchscreen toaster is a great example of a “cool toaster” and is almost certain to get the attention of your friends when they come over. The Dash Clear View toaster will also likely get attention as it has the cool toasting viewer which will allow you and your friends to watch as the bread is toasted.

        Material/Design

        If decor/style is important to you, you should get a toaster that goes well with your other kitchen appliances. You probably don’t want to get one that sticks out like a sore thumb (unless you’re going for an attention getter 🙂 ).

        Ease of Cleaning

        You should always consider how easy a toaster will be to clean. If you’ve never cleaned out a toaster before, please take a look at our cleaning guide.

        Parting Words

        Personally, I use my toaster probably at least 3-4 times a week as I eat a lot of peanut butter toast for breakfast. Lol. In this guide I have presented you with 8 different great toasters. However, if you are looking for the best toaster for artisan bread, please check my recommendation here. I hope this guide has helped you choose the best toaster for you and your family!

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