People have been choosing two-slot toasters for decades to turn their bread slices into toasty delights. Now they have the option of using their toasters to make everything from bagels to English muffins to frozen waffles.
Expert and consumer reviewers say the Cuisinart 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster CPT-122 (Est. $30) is a simple, well-priced basic toaster with a few handy extras -- it includes bagel, defrost and reheat options with LED indicators. Its wide slots enable users to toast different sizes of breads in addition to bagels. The high-lift carriage brings toasted items above the top of the toaster, which makes it easy to remove toast without burning fingers. It also has a round seven-setting dial to control the lightness/darkness of the toast and a separate cancel button.
Some reviewers complain that the CPT-122 sometimes toasts bread unevenly, but we find that complaint with virtually all toasters.
The CPT-122 is easy to clean -- its slide-out crumb tray makes it easy to remove crumbs and the toaster's exterior can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Reviewers praise its simple, classic design. It comes in white or red with stainless-steel accents. The CPT-122 comes with a better-than-average three-year warranty.
The Waring Professional Cool Touch Toaster (Est. $25) has many of the same attributes as the Cuisinart CPT-122 -- bagel and defrost settings with LED light indicators, a high-lift carriage, wide toasting slots and a slide-out crumb tray. One difference is that the Waring toaster has a light/dark shading knob that cancels toasting when you turn the knob counterclockwise. Some consumer reviewers say they wish they could simply lift the lever to cancel toasting or push a "cancel" button. This toaster has a "retro" look with cool-touch housing. It comes in black or white with stainless-steel and chrome accents.
Another two-slice toaster that gets great reviews from owners is the Hamilton Beach 22323 Smart Toast 2 Slice Toaster (Est. $24) . With a funky oval shape, this toaster has a smaller footprint -- even for a two-slot toaster. A few reviewers say it's slow, but all like its included tongs, which are tucked into a slot in the top of the toaster, for safely removing the hot breads.
The Cuisinart 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster CPT-122 is a time-tested toaster that works well and is reasonably priced. Its simple classic design enables it to fit in well with any kitchen décor.