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Breville Bit More 2 Slice Review

A pricey pick with a sleek appearance, and a fun user interface, but mediocre toasting performance
Breville Bit More 2 Slice
Credit: Breville
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Price:   $80 List
Pros:  Cool user interface, check progress and add time, sleek appearance, great waffles
Cons:  Mediocre toasting performance, pricey
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok  ⋅  May 18, 2022
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RANKED
#7 of 16
  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 7.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Breville Bit More 2 Slice has a sleek look, a couple of interesting features, and is great for frozen waffle lovers. However, it only offers consumers a mediocre all-around toasting performance and does not always toast as consistently as we would like. It is also unfairly priced based on its performance. After spending all that money, we had hoped that this toaster would have something to show for it besides good waffles and an easy-to-use interface. It's certainly a decent toaster, but nothing wowed us enough to merit our star of approval.

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Pros Cool user interface, check progress and add time, sleek appearance, great wafflesStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelBudget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudelsInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenlyGood toast, decent bagels, inexpensive
Cons Mediocre toasting performance, priceyMediocre bagels, wafflesSubpar bagel toastingNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overallHard to clean crumb tray
Bottom Line A pricey pick with a sleek appearance, and a fun user interface, but mediocre toasting performanceIt may not be the most aesthetic, but this toaster is compact, practical, and budget-friendly for its high performanceAn easy-to-use toaster that is also easy on the wallet, and great for strudel lovers, but not for bagel loversThe best option we've found for people seeking a 4-slice or long-slot model on the cheapA good, inexpensive option that does just about everything well
Rating Categories Breville Bit More 2... Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
7.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
7.0
Frozen Food (15%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Breville Bit More 2... Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD
Weight 4.0 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 3.5 lbs. 6.4 lbs. 2.7 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 8.2" x 11.3" x 7.3" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 11.7" x 6.9" x 7.3" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7" 10.0" x 6.5" x 7.4"
Standard / Long Slot Standard Standard Standard Long Standard
Available with Long Slot? Yes No No Yes No
Available in 4 slot? Yes No No No Yes
Color/Finish Options Stainless steel White, Red, Black Gray Black Plastic/Stainless Stainless Steel
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
End of Cycle Indicator Indicator Light, Beep None None None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Breville Bit More 2 Slice is not the best option for all-around toasting performance but does make a killer waffle, has a sleek overall appearance with a fun interface and a couple of interesting features, but is also a little bit pricey.

Performance Comparison



Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - the breville bit more 2 slice is a sleek-looking toaster with a...
The Breville Bit More 2 Slice is a sleek-looking toaster with a different take on the traditional interface.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Bread Toasting Quality


Bread toasting is one of the most essential aspects of performance that we test. Unfortunately, the Breville failed to deliver a consistent and enjoyable slice of toast.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - difference between level 1 and level 2 heat setting on breville bit...
Difference between Level 1 and Level 2 heat setting on Breville Bit More 2 Slice
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

On the lightest setting, the sliced bread barely seemed to change, and it certainly wasn't what anybody would consider a good slice of toast. The medium setting didn't do much better. It did produce some golden coloration, but what became apparent was an inability to heat bread evenly. The highest heat setting created a dark brown color and highlighted the uneven heat to a single corner, which remained lighter in color than the rest of the slice of toast.

Ease of Use


For our ease of use testing, we evaluated the crumb tray and access, how hot each model was to the touch during use, and the interface. The Breville Bit More produced a wide range of results across these sub metrics.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - the crumb tray on this model slides out the back.
The crumb tray on this model slides out the back.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

This model did poorly when it came down to crumb tray cleaning and access. It was less than convenient to clean compared to many other products we tested. During use, the body of the toaster got hot. Other toasters had a more comfortable, barely warm-to-the-touch surface temperature, but this one was hotter.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - the breville bit more 2 slice interface utilizes cool, backlight...
The Breville Bit More 2 Slice interface utilizes cool, backlight buttons, and a heat setting slide with a corresponding LED indicator bar.
Credit: Chris McNamara

We can say that the Breville Bit More 2 Slice has an easy-to-use and even fun interface. The five heat settings are controlled with a sliding tab, while almost all other products use a dial. There is also an LED indicator light along the heat settings slide that indicates the selection.

There are buttons for bagels, frozen items, and one canceling, but there is also a button to add "a bit more" and extend cook time, giving the model its bit more name.

A lever lets you check progress without ending the toasting cycle, or you can wait patiently until an audible notification lets you know the cooking is done. The great interface makes it easy to use and makes up for a crummy crumb tray.

Bagel Toasting Quality


After a poor performance on our bread toasting test, we were pleasantly surprised by the device's ability to make a decent bagel.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - left: breville bit more 2 slice bagel testing results round two...
Left: Breville Bit More 2 Slice Bagel testing results round two. Right: Revolution InstaGLO R180B bagel testing results round two.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

The bagels produced in our tests had dark gold sections with some nearly burnt bits on the front and an exterior side that was warm but not toasted. It may not have produced the world's greatest bagel, but it would certainly be acceptable by most standards.

Frozen Food/Defrosting Quality


Incredible waffles carried the Breville Bit More 2 Slice in our series of frozen food tests. It started strong on our waffle sub metric — the waffles it produced were a quintessential golden color, crisp texture, and evenly heated.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - left: breville bit more 2 slice frozen waffle testing on medium...
Left: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen waffle testing on medium heat. Right: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen waffle testing on medium heat.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

We moved on from waffles to frozen bread, and the Bit More produced rather unimpressive results. Bad performance was mainly due to an uneven spread of heat. Tops of slices were noticeably darker in color than the bottoms, and the disparity was consistent for both slices. The texture was crunchy, but the only real accolade earned is that the frozen bread ended up more like toast than reheated bread.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - left: revolution instaglo r180b frozen bread toasting comparison...
Left: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen bread toasting comparison. Right: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen bread toasting comparison.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Any hope that the Breville Bit More 2 Slice would perform better on our frozen food tests died when we moved on to strudels. While the outside heated up, it failed to heat the inside of the strudel properly.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - left: breville bit more 2 slice frozen strudel test. right:...
Left: Breville Bit More 2 Slice frozen strudel test. Right: Revolution InstaGLO R180B frozen strudel test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Should You Buy the Breville Bit More 2 Slice?


The Breville Bit More 2 Slice is pricey for the range of performance you get. Perhaps you like the aesthetic and only care about waffles, then it may be a pretty good choice for you. However, there are better choices for better value or all-around performance.

Breville Bit More 2 Slice toaster - there may be better options for toasting bread, but the breville bit...
There may be better options for toasting bread, but the Breville Bit More Two Slice is still a decent toaster that brings a different look and feel to the traditional toasters.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


In our product test lineup, many other toasters exhibited better all-around performance than the Breville. Two of those products, the Cuisinart CPT-122 and Oster 2 Slice fit that bill and cost significantly less. If your budget allows it, it would be worth considering going up in price and looking at the high-performing Smeg 2-Slice.

Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok
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