The best toaster can liven up your kitchen, and many of the options in our buying guide come packed with style and color for any design. That’s not all that matters though, because the best toaster needs to deliver on perfect slices every time whether you’re toasting bagels, toaster waffles, fresh or frozen bread. For those who want a large slice, it’s also important to choose something with a wide enough slot.
We’ve found the very best 2 slice toasters for your kitchen, featuring brands like Smeg, Dualit, Breville, and Cuisinart as well as some budget options that deliver on value and style.
Some toasters even come with a rack that allows you to warm parties and other treats above the toaster as it works, for ultimate versatility. Others stick to toasting bread, but do it perfectly every time. Pair that with the best coffee maker and you’re all set for a flawless breakfast every morning.
Top 10 best 2 slice toasters in UK 2021
These are the best two slice toasters money can buy, as selected by our expert testers: the sourdough savants, crumpet connoisseurs and bagel buffs.
1. Magimix 2-Slot Toaster Vision Chrome 1450 Watt Toaster
The usual defrost and stop buttons are joined by one that we’re sure could only be found on a French-built machine – a baguette function. It heats differently, too. Replacing the standard side elements are two coiled ones at the base of the machine, which heat and toast the bread from below. We were worried this would result in an unevenly toasted slice but it was pretty consistent all the way up.
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2. Breville VTT570
The Breville VTT570 is a no-nonsense toaster. It sticks closely to the tradition of the standard toaster in its aesthetics as well as its functionality.
The simple silver vented form factor is compact and unassuming while the heating controls are basic but effective.
This model can handle two slices simultaneously, controlled by the same lever. The insulation of the form factor isn’t great, and it will get quite hot.
This product is notoriously difficult to clean, but it’s an effective toaster for those who need only the basics.
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3. Smeg 2 Slice Toaster
You expect a great design from Smeg and its 2 Slice Toaster certainly delivers. Our chrome test model looked stunning but it’s also available in a range of other colours if you don’t like the mirror-effect finish. It’s not just a pretty face, either, with sturdy build quality throughout and satisfying zip to its lever when your toast pops up.
The results were impressive: toast was evenly done and it’s faster and more power-efficient than anything at this price we’ve seen. The slots are really wide too, so getting bigger items to fit isn’t a problem. Speaking of which, there’s a bagel mode so you can get them crunchy on the inside and doughy on the outside – as nature intended.
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4. Sage the Smart Toast 2 Slice Toaster
Go smart with your appliances with this futuristic Sage toaster that will take your morning slice to the next hi-tech level. Toast everything from crumpets, to cheese toasties, this innovative device will ensure that charred food will not be in the equation. Functions include a ‘Bit More’ setting for when your bread needs that extra few setting, ‘Quick Look’ so you can check on its progress, a wide and deep slot design, an audible alert for when it is ready, high lift and a countdown so you can plan your bread to be ready at the same time as the rest of your breakfast.
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5. Tower Cavaletto 2 Slice Toaster
This is a great little toaster from British brand Tower. All the staple features are well executed, including a removable crumb tray. defrost and reheat modes, and a cancel button to stop the toaster during a toasting cycle.Fancier features can be found in the toaster’s mechanism, which has a jam-proof function to prevent bread from getting stuck, and a centring function to keep toast held evenly between the heating elements on either side.Another strong point is the Cavaletto’s chic aesthetic. It looks lovely in this black and rose gold colourway.
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6. Russell Hobbs Inspire 2 Slice Toaster
The Russell Hobbs Inspire Toaster is the best 2 slice toaster on the market. Available in a range of colours to suit your kitchen, this toaster will help you start your day the right way! The sleek chrome accents also add a contemporary touch.
With a lift and look feature, you can check the progress of your toast without cancelling the whole cycle. The cancel function and variable browning give you optimum control over your toast, while the high lift feature lets you toast smaller items like bagels and crumpets without burning yourself.
The Russell Hobbs Inspire Toaster is our top recommendation for the best two slice toaster. If you’re looking for a reliable and stylish toaster from one of the UK’s best loved brands, the Inspire is the one for you!
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7. Holife 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
This brand might not be a household name, but it has high praise from users. The design is simple, with a dial to choose the toasting settings from 1-6, and buttons to choose one-sided toasting for bagels and English muffins, a defrost setting, and a little extra toasting when you want slightly more browning.
The brushed stainless steel exterior looks attractive while hiding fingerprints and backlit buttons look attractive when the toaster is in use.
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8. Dualit 2-Slot Lite Toaster
Dualit 2-Slot Lite Toaster has a peek and pop function that allows you to check toast without an interruption in the timer. It uses an ideal toast technology to calculate each variable of the toaster for a golden brown toast every time. It has a defrost setting to tackle buns and bagels effortlessly. The Dualit 2-Slot Lite Toaster has an extra-wide 36mm slot for thicker slices with a sandwich cage. It has a removable crumb tray and an optional Lite sandwich cage for extra-deep fillings. It has a high-lift mechanism that removes small items very quickly.
Dualit Toaster has a classic design with unique styling and a solid gloss finish that stays cool to the touch. It has a patented perfect toast technology to calculate the temperature of the surroundings for precise toasting. Consider using a bread maker to make some quality bread for toasting.
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9. Russell Hobbs Textures 2 Slice Toaster 21641
If you love to toast different kinds of bread such as tea cake, crumpets and even ordinary bread with thick slice since this toaster has wide width slots.
It is the ideal toaster with a great look and practical function that you surely want. So if you want a stylish toaster without having to make a compromise on the quality, then it is the toaster that you should get.
There is a temperature dial which you can use to adjust the browning feature so everyone can have the perfect toast that they love. Other standard features are also available such as frozen toasting, re toasting, and cancelling feature.
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10. Oster 2 Slice Toaster
If you are searching for a toaster that provides the same shade of loaf every time, Oster 2-Slice Toaster gives medium toast within two minutes in every round. This is also a sleek addition for your kitchen countertop thanks to the metallic design.
Designing both a control panel and an intuitive dial, you can easily adjust and cancel toasting in a push. You also don’t have to worry about cleaning, this two-slice toaster comes with anti-jamming mechanism and removable crumb tray.
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How to choose the best toaster?
Although toasters do the same thing, there’s a huge amount of variance in them, largely dependent on your needs and the type of bread that you cook.
Take notice of the size and types of slot to make sure that you’ll be able to fit in the type of bread that you use. This is particularly true if you use artisan bread.
While toasters all have a setting for how well done they’ll make your bread, many have additional features and modes.
Some models have a defrost option. This usually doesn’t mean that your bread will be defrosted (although some have this feature) but that your frozen slices will be defrosted and then toasted. This latter mode can be called ‘frozen’ on some toasters.
How much should you spend on a toaster?
Toasters come in a wide variety of styles but spending more is not always a guarantee of better toast. In our tests we found that some of our cheapest toasters made better toast than some high-end models. Toasters can range in price from less than $20 to over $150 and can feature digital or manual controls. Generally speaking, toasters with more cooking slots cost more – depending on the quality of the toaster. Our advice is to purchase a toaster that has enough slots to fit your favorite breads or bagels and fits your budget.
Any of the toasters that we’ve reviewed would make effective companions to your other kitchen appliances. If you’re not into the Dualit, check out one of the others. Picking the right toaster specifically for your needs requires a lot of research and introspection.