Oster Jellybean 2-Slice Toaster

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
7.5

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We looked at the top 1 Toasters and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Best Reviews Guide, New York Times Wirecutter, Tech Gear Lab, BestReviews, Toaster Review and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster you should buy.

Overall Take

This two-slice model evenly browns your morning toast without leaving a dent in your wallet. Seven shade settings help you get that perfect browning on your English muffin, and the design adds a retro kick to any kitchen. This toaster is still a steal for the money. We liked its low-profile design in our testing. In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Oster Oster Jellybean 2-Slice Toaster placed 8th 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
7.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
1,922 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Excellent in full batch toasting. Excellent in color range toasting. Very Good in one slice toasting. Excellent in ease of use.
- Consumer Reports
Great bread toasting ability, great defrosting capability, inexpensive.
- Tech Gear Lab
Smooth retro look. Seven browning settings and a frozen bread setting. Affordable.
- BestReviews
The Oster TSSTTRJBG1 Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster is a relatively good option, especially for the users on a budget. It performs regular toasting and browning functions and can offer a varied type of breakfast with 7 different toast settings.
- Toaster Review
What experts didn't like
This model had no discernible flaws in its performance.
- Consumer Reports
Although our previous two-slot pick, the Oster Jelly Bean, still browned bread better than most other budget toasters, it paled in comparison with the Cuisinart. Despite having slots deeper than those of the Black + Decker and Hamilton Beach toasters we tested, the Jelly Bean still left pure white crowns on otherwise nicely toasted bread. These white tops get even bigger if you forget to push the bread down as far as it will go in the slot, which we found irritating and hard to remember.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Average user interface.
- Tech Gear Lab
Some types of bread are too tall for this machine. Occasional reports of machinery defects.
- BestReviews
Uneven browning at sometimes. Some bread cuts do not fit into the slots.
- Toaster Review

From The Manufacturer

Start your day with toast made your way using the Oster Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster. This bread toaster features extra-wide slots that can accommodate a wide variety of bread types, including thick bagel halves, hamburger buns, English muffins, frozen waffles, and other toast-able favorites. Dual bread guides automatically adjust to the thickness of the slices for perfect alignment and even browning on both sides, while a toast-lift lever promotes safe removal of toasted items. With the slight turn of a knob, the 2-slice toaster provides seven toast shade settings from light to dark, while Advanced Toasting Technology ensures consistent, even results every time. An anti-jam feature automatically shuts your toaster off in case of a jam for safe, hassle-free operation, and a cancel setting lets you stop the toasting process at any time. A removable, dishwasher-safe crumb tray makes cleanup simple. The sleek design with metallic purple finish will brighten up any kitchen.

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.

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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.