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Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off Review

While it offers an intriguing aesthetic appeal, in a compact appliance, its performance is merely average
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Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off Review
Credit: Bella
Price:  $25 List
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Manufacturer:   Bella
By Benjamin Hickok and Lesley Robinson  ⋅  Feb 19, 2024
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RANKED
#4 of 12
  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 7.1
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 7.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off is an economical choice that offers satisfactory toasting performance in a compact size and colorful range of options. It even includes a gluten-free toasting option. However, we found the crumb tray access to be less than ideal, and performance to be mediocre and less than exceptional overall.
REASONS TO BUY
Attractive colors available
Small footprint
Inexpensive
Gluten-free function
REASONS TO AVOID
Rear-accessed crumb tray
No cycle indicator

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Bottom Line An aesthetically interesting option but only provides an average level of performanceOverall this toaster brings to the table a strong performance, is compact, and budget-friendlyAt the lower end of quality, but a budget-friendly option that worksA modern-looking but very basic toaster that has exceptional frozen bread resultsAn incredibly affordable model that lacks the performance of better models
Rating Categories Bella 2 Slice Auto... Cuisinart CPT-122 Black+Decker 2-Slic... GE 2 Slice G9TMA2SSPSS Elite Gourmet ECT1027B
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Ease of Use (35%)
7.1
8.2
6.6
7.5
6.8
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
7.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Frozen Food (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Bella 2 Slice Auto... Cuisinart CPT-122 Black+Decker 2-Slic... GE 2 Slice G9TMA2SSPSS Elite Gourmet ECT1027B
Functions Bagel
Frozen
Cancel
Gluten Free
Reheat
Bagel
Defrost
Reheat
Cancel
Bagel
Frozen
Cancel
Bagel
Frozen
Cancel
Cancel
Measured Slot Dimensions 5 x 4.25" 5.4 x 4.25" 5.4 x 4.75" 5.5 x 4.5" 5.1 x 4"
Measured Dimensions 9.8" x 5.8 x 7" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 7.3" x 12" x 8" 11.1" x 6.7" x 7.5" 9.5" x 5.5" x 6.1"
Measured Weight 2.1 lbs 2.6 Ibs 2.6 Ibs 2.9 lbs 1.7 lbs
Measured External Surface Temperature During Toasting 86.5 F 84.9 F 101.2 F 98.6 F 91.5 F
Measured Product Footprint 56.8 71.5 87.6 74.4 52.3
Measured Watts 865 W 935 W 885 W 877 W 780 W
End of Cycle Indicator None None None None None
Exterior Housing Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Stainless Steel Plastic
Color/Finish Options Aqua, Black, Blue, Red, Sage, White White, Red, Black Black Stainless Steel Black
Standard/Long Slot Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Available with Long Slot? Yes No No No Yes
Available in 4 slot? Yes No Yes No No
Model Number BOB137 CPT-122 T2569B G9TMA2SSPSS ECT1027B

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off is uncomplicated and budget-friendly, delivering adequate performance across the board. It's lightweight and has a small footprint, so you can easily leave it out or transport it to and from storage with no trouble. It is available in a handful of fun colors too.

Performance Comparison


bella 2 slice auto shut off - an attractive, inexpensive, and capable toaster.
An attractive, inexpensive, and capable toaster.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Bread Toasting Quality


First and foremost, a toaster needs to create excellent, crispy toast. With that in mind, we put bread toasting performance at the top of our list. The Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off performed well in these tests, and using lower heat settings our team produced toast with a lightly crisped exterior and small patches of golden color. When we increased the temperature settings, our team produced beautiful golden brown toast, and very dark toast on the most extreme settings.

Our test results highlighted that the Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off provides enough range in settings to achieve an equally wide range of texture and level of toasting, which should satisfy all but a truly picky toast eater.

bella 2 slice auto shut off - generous slots accommodate a range of toast and frozen bread sizes.
Generous slots accommodate a range of toast and frozen bread sizes.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Ease of Use


Aside from the crumb tray access inconveniently located at the rear, and requiring a little more effort than most to remove, the Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off is a fairly easy-to-use toaster. During operation, the body of the toaster never warmed up beyond 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit remaining comfortable to the touch.

Four buttons for frozen foods, gluten-free foods, bagels, and a cancel function, as well as a lever, and a browning dial with six settings, are all located on the front narrow face. They are all well-labeled, adequately sized, and exceptionally simple to operate.

We would have preferred a crumb tray that is accessible from the front.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Bagel Toasting Quality


During our bagel toasting trials, the Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off consistently delivered evenly toasted bagels with a satisfying crunch contrasting the mostly soft and chewy center. In subsequent tests, the resultant bagels were evenly heated, but the centers were firmer than most would prefer, keeping the toaster from scoring higher in our bagel toasting metric.

bella 2 slice auto shut off - the bella 2 slice offered decent bagel-toasting performance.
The Bella 2 Slice offered decent bagel-toasting performance.
Credit: Lesley Robinson

Frozen Food


The Bella 2 Slice exhibited mixed performances in frozen food tests, proving more capable with some food items than others. The Bella started the frozen food metric with strong waffle heating performance. The results weren't perfectly even across both sides of the waffles, but the results were certainly enjoyable.

Unfortunately, this model didn't do as well when preparing frozen bread or strudel. While reheated bread was generally enjoyable with good color and texture, strudels had a crispy exterior and hot filling, but the crust was overdone, resulting in a slightly burned flavor.

Waffles were mostly evenly cooked in our testing.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Should You Buy the Bella Two Slice?


One of the most essential kitchen appliances, a toaster, stands as a stalwart tasked with delivering perfectly toasted bread, waffles, and bagels to kickstart our mornings. While we generally found the Bella 2 Slice Auto Shut Off to perform satisfactorily across most of our tests, it was outperformed by comparably priced models, and we can't recommend it over those models.

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


When it comes to performance at a modest price point, the Cuisinart CPT-122 delivers. It outshines the Bella 2 Slice and is our top recommendation for a value-minded toaster. For the most premium toasting performance, you'll have to pay a premium price. The Smeg 2-Slice offers impressive performances across most food items, creating consistent and delectable snacks, but you'll pay significantly more for it than other capable toasters. Additionally, the Smeg 2-Slice boasts attractive colors and retro-modern styling, if you are into that.

Benjamin Hickok and Lesley Robinson