KitchenAid Automatic Toaster, 2-Slice

Last updated date: January 19, 2020

DWYM Score
8.7


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the KitchenAid KitchenAid Automatic Toaster, 2-Slice placed 7th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pop-Up Toaster for a detailed review of all the top pop-up toasters.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
161 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This toaster includes features that set it apart from the usual, including the ability to automatically keep your toast warm without further browning if you don’t retrieve it immediately.
- The Spruce Eats
Interestingly, the toaster has an automatic “keep warm” function which keeps the toast warm for up to three minutes after toasting. The racks are self-centering and has automatic lift and lowering.
- Minimal Daily
You can pick your choice from seven shades of browning, so you will never be disappointed; also, your other family members can choose their own favorites.
- Competition Dining
What experts didn't like
Users have noted that this is a little slower at making toast, but it toasts much more evenly, so they don’t mind the slight wait.
- The Spruce Eats
One important thing must be mentioned about this beautiful looking toaster, and that is that it is costly for a toaster.
- Competition Dining

From The Manufacturer

The KitchenAid Pro Line Series two-slice automatic toaster is equipped with a host of smart features for effortless toasting. The automatic Keep Warm function keeps toast warm for up to three minutes after toasting. Automatic lift and lower automatically lowers bread into the self-centering racks upon sensing bread in a slot, then lifts bread as soon as it has reached the selected shade. Seven shade settings allow you to choose precisely how light or dark you want your toast. Bagel and frozen functions make it easy to toast bagels or defrost. Backed by a manufacturers five year limited warranty, this professional two-slice toaster is sure to guarantee satisfaction

Overall Product Rankings

1. KRUPS Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Toaster, 4-Slice
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Dash Wide Slot Clear Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Breville Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart Metal Toaster, 4-Slice
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
7. KitchenAid Automatic Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Holife Timer Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
9. BLACK+DECKER Aluminium Toaster, 4-Slice
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
11. CUSINAID Wide Slot Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
12. AmazonBasics Wide Slot Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice
Overall Score: 6.1
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Pop-Up Toasters

Toasters have come a long way over the last 100 years. They are now an important kitchen appliance for just about every household. Since you’re likely to use a pop-up toaster several times a week, if not daily, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting a model that is designed to last.

Some pop-up toaster models are made from a durable stainless steel, while others are just brushed with it. You’ll even come across toasters with an outer plastic shell. These models are easy to clean but can become dented and scratched if dropped.

Consider the size of the pop-up toaster, once you’ve reviewed the construction material. Couples may be fine with a 2-slice toaster, but families with three or more members will benefit from a 4-slice toaster. The Cuisinart Metal Toaster, 4-Slice not only works for families, but also has extra-wide slots for toasting bagels, thick pieces of French toast and pancakes.

Determine whether you want your toaster to come with an abundance of options or just the basics. More affordable pop-up toasters come with just four browning settings for example, while pricier models, like the BLACK+DECKER Aluminium Toaster, 4-Slice, offer as many as seven browning settings. Then there’s the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Toaster, 4-Slice, which has push buttons instead of pull-levers, a countdown feature and a blue backlit LED display.

Keep an eye out for extras, like removable crumb trays and cord storage. The KRUPS Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice has a high lift lever to raise your toast high enough above the surface of the toaster to grab it without getting burned.

DYWM Fun Fact

While our ancestors had to toast bread on a stick over a fire, we are fortunate enough today to have toasters to complete this task for us. It was in the late 1800s when the first electric toaster was invented. The pop-up toaster followed not that much later. It was patented in 1921 by Charles Strite.

The toaster has proved to be an important invention, as 75 million households consume toast on a daily basis. February 23rd was even named National Toast Day. If you have an interest in learning more about how toasters have evolved over the last three centuries, head to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. You’ll find over 100 toasters on display there.

The Pop-Up Toaster Buying Guide

  • Beware that many pop-up toaster models have tops that get hot enough to burn your fingers if you touch them.
  • Look at where the toaster’s power cord is placed. If it’s located in the front of the unit, it may be difficult to use depending on where your outlet is and the length of the cord.
  • Always unplug the pop-up toaster before you wipe it down and empty out the crumb tray. Otherwise, you risk getting shocked.
  • Check for any warranties or satisfaction guarantees. It’s common for pop-up toasters to come with warranties. Some are good for 2 years without any stipulations, while others last 3 years with limited coverage.
  • There are several factors that influence the price of a pop-up toaster. The BLACK+DECKER Aluminium Toaster, 4-Slice is one of the more budget-friendly options, as it’s more basic in design. The KRUPS Stainless Steel Toaster, 2-Slice and the Cuisinart Metal Toaster, 4-Slice are moderately priced, thanks to their added settings and stainless steel construction. The most costly is the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Toaster, 4-Slice, which is hi-tech and utilizes a digital display.