Paul has been passionate about preparing and consuming healthy food and beverages for forty years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.
If there's one thing in life that never loses its appeal for me, it's toast. The aroma, taste, and texture of a hot buttered slice is unique and irreplaceable. That's why I've always taken my toasters seriously and demonstrated discretion when buying. I've tried out and owned a lot of them in my time. Although they essentially do a pretty straightforward job, advances in technology over the years has vastly improved the amount of control that one has over the toasting process, and provided the potential for perfect results every time.
Top Three Toasters (Two-Slice)
Here are my selections for the best three two-slice toasters.
- KitchenAid KMT2115CU: Elegant and Sturdy
- Cuisinart CPT-122 Compact: Simple and Affordable
- Breville Bit More: All the Bells and Whistles
I will explore each of my recommendations in more detail below.
KitchenAid KMT2115CU: Elegant and Sturdy
I have a KitchenAid KMT2115CU in the food prep area of my home office. It's a well made and well designed appliance that's built to last. The all-metal construction gives it an attractive appearance and makes it easy to clean. It's a quiet and efficient operator, all in all a great toaster.
KitchenAid KMT2115CU Pros:
- This toaster has a solid, high quality feel to it. Everything about it, the buttons, the lever, says it's built to last.
- It has cord storage underneath the base for when it's not in use, making it especially good for kitchen areas where space is an issue.
- It's easy to clean and the removable crumb tray means no build-up of burnt bread bits.
- The settings are very straightforward to use.
- I know that appearance isn't a priority for some, but if I have to look at something every day, I want it to look good and this toaster checks that box for me. The design combined with the all-metal construction give it an elegant appearance.
KitchenAid KMT2115CU Cons:
- There was a chemical smell when I first took my KitchenAid out of the box. I solved this by using it without toast a couple of times on high heat. It's been fine ever since.
Cuisinart CPT-122 Compact: Simple and Affordable
I've included the Cuisinart CPT-122 Compact as a recommendation simply because it's a great example of a basic, affordable toaster that does its job exceptionally well. It was available online for less than $30 the last time I looked. I bought one of these for my daughter when she moved into her new apartment. She doesn't need lots of fancy functions. She loves it. This two-slice toaster is simplicity at its best.
Cuisinart CPT-122 Pros:
- Straightforward toaster for a reasonable price.
- All the main settings that you need (toast, bagel, reheat, defrost) and nothing extra to confuse you, or go wrong.
- Well-designed and well-built for the price, it may not last you a lifetime, but it's likely to last a few years, probably much longer.
- It's quiet.
- Toasts fast, which is great if you have a busy life.
- The slots are extra-wide, so it can cope with French toast, bagels, and frozen pancakes, as well as sliced bread.
- The plastic sides do have an advantage, as they remain touchable and don't get hot like stainless steel can.
Cuisinart CPT-122 Cons:
- There are better, more elegant toasters out there, but you will have to pay more money for them.
Breville Bit More: All the Bells and Whistles
The Breville BTA720XL Bit More is our current kitchen toaster and quite possibly the best two-slice toaster that I've owned (my wife would agree!). This appliance has all the bells and whistles. I love the LED that lets you track the progress of the toast, as well as the "A Bit More" button, which is for when you want to add a little more time to the process without interrupting the toasting. And this machine looks impressive too, super-sleek, it's not uncommon for visitors to our home to comment on it positively.
Breville Bit More Pros:
- The "Lift & Look" feature lets you check your toast manually to see if it's done to your requirements. You just raise or lower the lever.
- If you want to give your toast a little more time, the "A Bit More" button will do that.
- There's an LED progress bar that enables you to follow what's happening regarding the toasting time.
- Extra-wide slots for thicker bread, bagels, and pastries.
- It's a very easy toaster to clean, plus there's a removable crumb tray.
- This toaster isn't just attractive, in my estimation, it's positively beautiful. It looks like a high end toaster and that's exactly what it is.
Breville Bit More Cons:
- Certainly not the cheapest toaster out there, but you get what you pay for.
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