Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is your trusted product review source. Along with our in-house experts, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. We then create one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in the category.

We looked at the top 1 Toasters and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster you should buy.

Overall Take

Our No. 1 pick for toasters is easy to use, easy to clean and toasts like a dream. We like that it gives a healthy color to all types of sliced bread, bagels, English muffins and more. It toasts consistently from batch to batch, and offers great value at an affordable price. In our analysis of 58 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Toaster for a detailed review of all the top toasters.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
3,644 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Excellent in full batch toasting. Very Good in color range toasting. Excellent in one slice toasting. Excellent in ease of use. Excellent in ease of cleaning.
- Consumer Reports
After toasting over a dozen loaves of bread, as well as piles of bagels, English muffins, and frozen Eggo waffles in 23 toasters over the years, we think the Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster is the best for most people. With slots wide enough to accommodate the puffiest bagels and deep enough to toast taller slices of bread, it browns bread as evenly as toasters five times the price.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Good range of color with 1 slice. Toasts consistently from batch to batch. Very easy to read controls. Accommodates oversized slice of bread. Toast and English muffins pop up high enough to grab easily. Bagel, defrost, and reheat settings. Crumb tray is removable.
- Good Housekeeping
In spite of its rock-bottom price, the Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster in basic white is beautifully designed. We love how the gray lettering on the controls really pops against the light background, making it super easy to choose your setting. It was very fast, serving up dark toast in under 3 minutes. When we toasted five 2-slice batches in a row on medium, we got ten slices of identical toast in about 6 minutes. How great when you’re making BLT’s for a bunch of hungry kids! While it did a beautiful job of toasting a bagel on the bagel setting, we found a fat New-York style bagel fit tightly in the slots and neither bagels or English muffins popped up high enough to grab without raising the lever for an extra lift. There's also defrost and reheat features.
- Reviewed
What experts didn't like
This model has no discernible flaws in its performance.
- Consumer Reports
Top of the toaster between the slices gets excessively hot.
- Good Housekeeping

From The Manufacturer

The classic toaster gets a modern update with the Compact toaster by Cuisinart. It saves space, placed sideways or facing forward, to fit any kitchen counter. Whether making thick bagel halves or thin sliced breads, the wide slots, high-lift carriage and custom controls ensure even, precise and convenient toasting, every time.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
2. KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Cuisinart Compact 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Breville 4-Slice Smart Toaster
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Bella Pro Series 2-Slice Toaster 11.8″
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Breville The Bit 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
7. T-fal Avante Icon 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Oster Jellybean 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 6
9. KRUPS 4-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Vremi 2-Slice Toaster
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Toasters

Toasters are a kitchen counter standby that make every meal a little tastier. Browned English muffins add crunch to your breakfast, a toasted bagel warms your lunchtime tuna melt, and browned buns add a “wow” factor to your burgers.

The small-but-mighty toaster is responsible for all of these creations. You might not give much thought to this little appliance, but there’s a lot going on after you hit the “Toast” button.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Toasters brown your bread by turning electricity into heat. Electricity flows from your wall’s outlet through your toaster’s power cord to the inside of the unit. 

The electric current moves through a series of slender conducting filaments. If you’ve ever looked inside your toaster while it’s working and noticed glowing, red hot wires around your slice of bread, those are the filaments doing their job. The filaments beam heat towards your bread using infrared radiation. The steady supply of heat from the filaments rapidly cooks your bread.

When your bread has reached the desired toast level you selected, the toaster either turns off automatically with a timer or pops your bread up with a spring-loaded tray. All four of our top picks have removable crumb trays built into the toaster, so you can grab your piping hot bagel without getting crumbs all over your kitchen.

Toasters all use similar internal heating mechanisms, but different models have different features and options. A standard model, like Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster, has two slots to toast two slices of bread at once. Higher-end models, like Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster, has four slots, including an “Extra Long” slot for larger slices of bread.

You’ve got choices when it comes to controlling your toaster’s time and intensity levels, too. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster has a timer that goes up to seven minutes, plus a lever so you can manually lift your toast out. It also has Bagel, Defrost and Reheat buttons. Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has seven toast shade settings, and it uses Advanced Toasting Technology for a consistent result every time.

Different kinds of bread may require different toasters. The Oster Jelly Bean Toaster has extra-wide slots to accommodate heartier bread, while Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a special setting for bagels and frozen bread.

Toasters aren’t purely utilitarian — they can also add a fun edge to your kitchen’s decor. Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster has a modern, rounded design with a tough gunmetal finish. Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster goes the classic route with a white body and stainless steel accents, while Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster comes in a fresh pop of purple.

Whether you go high-tech with a modern toaster or low-key with a classic design, you’ll want to think about a few things before you choose your new appliance. Our Tips & Advice can help you make a smart decision.

DYWM Fun Fact

Toasters might seem like a simple appliance, but nailing down the technology that makes it safe to heat up bread was trickier than you’d think.

Up until the early 1900s, people were still toasting bread by placing it in a metal frame and holding it over an open flame. Inventors struggled to find a safe heating element for countertop toasters. It needed to be sturdy enough to withstand repeated heated and cooling, but most materials got brittle and broke apart after a few tries. A few inventors tried making a toaster with iron wires, but they melted at high temperatures, creating a serious fire hazard.

An engineer named Albert Marsh finally solved the toaster’s troubles in 1905. He patented an alloy of nickel and chromium called Nichrome, which could heat up toaster filaments without breaking or catching on fire. The days of warming morning toast over an open fire were finally over — and today, we have more toaster options than ever before.

The Toaster Buying Guide

  • How often will you use your toaster? If you’re a big fan of toasted sandwiches and bagels, you might want to drop some extra cash for a feature-rich mode,l like the Breville Long Slot Smart Toaster. On a budget? Cuisinart’s reliable Compact Plastic Toaster works just as well without the bells and whistles.
  • What kinds of bread will you be toasting? Breville’s Long Slot Smart Toaster has an extra-long slot for artisanal bread, and Oster’s Jelly Bean Toaster has a one-touch option for warming up bagels.
  • How much free countertop room do you have? The Kitchenaid 2-Slice Slot Toaster takes up as much space as a standard piece of computer paper, and it has Under Base Cord Storage to keep things tidy when it’s not in use. Breville’s Smart Toaster is several inches larger and weighs twice as much, but it’s loaded with extra features.
  • How particular are you about your toast’s done-ness? Oster’s Jelly Bean, Cuisinart’s Compact Plastic Toaster and Kitchenaid’s 2-Slice Slot Toaster all have seven shade settings from a little crunchy to extra crispy. The Breville Smart Toaster has 12 browning settings on an LED control slide, plus a “Lift and Look” button to make sure your toast looks perfect.