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Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Review

If you are looking for more versatility than a traditional toaster can offer, but don't have the space for a full toaster oven, this may be just right for you
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Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster Review
Credit: Matt Lighthart
Price:  $130 List
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Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Benjamin Hickok and Lesley Robinson  ⋅  Feb 19, 2024
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RANKED
#6 of 12
  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 6.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 10.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster stands out with its innovative design, allowing it to function as both a traditional toaster and a miniature toaster oven when positioned on its side. While the design's versatility enhances its functionality, it also introduces complexities such as limited crumb tray access and odd button placement. This overall average model has its downsides, but it makes a decent bagel and can handle more than a regular toaster. Nonetheless, it may provide a unique service for some homes where different-shaped snacks are frequently toasted.
REASONS TO BUY
Multi-functional
Has a timer
Uses quartz heating elements. Makes excellent bagels
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Exterior shows fingerprints
Average performance

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Bottom Line A good solution in-between a traditional toaster and a toaster oven for limited spacesOverall 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 worksAn aesthetically interesting option but only provides an average level of performanceImpressive performance at a low prices makes this a compelling 4-slice model
Rating Categories Ninja ST100 Foodi 2... Cuisinart CPT-122 Black+Decker 2-Slic... Bella 2 Slice Auto... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
6.0
8.2
6.6
7.1
6.4
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
10.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Frozen Food (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Ninja ST100 Foodi 2... Cuisinart CPT-122 Black+Decker 2-Slic... Bella 2 Slice Auto... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Functions Bagel
Defrost
Cancel
Bake
Broil
Reheat
Bagel
Defrost
Reheat
Cancel
Bagel
Frozen
Cancel
Bagel
Frozen
Cancel
Gluten Free
Reheat
Defrost
Reheat
Cancel
Measured Slot Dimensions 10.2 x 6" 5.4 x 4.25" 5.4 x 4.75" 5 x 4.25" 9.8 x 4"
Measured Dimensions 16.2" x 6.4" x 8.5" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 7.3" x 12" x 8" 9.8" x 5.8 x 7" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7"
Measured Weight 8.6 lbs 2.6 Ibs 2.6 Ibs 2.1 lbs 4.3 lbs
Measured External Surface Temperature During Toasting 104.7 F 84.9 F 101.2 F 86.5 F 96.8 F
Measured Product Footprint 103.7 71.5 87.6 56.8 104.4
Measured Watts 1440 W 935 W 885 W 865 W 1339 W
End of Cycle Indicator Beep None None None None
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Plastic Plastic Plastic Stainless Steel
Color/Finish Options Stainless Steel White, Red, Black Black Aqua, Black, Blue, Red, Sage, White Black Plastic/Stainless
Standard/Long Slot Long Standard Standard Standard Long
Available with Long Slot? Yes No No Yes Yes
Available in 4 slot? No No Yes Yes No
Model Number ST100 CPT-122 T2569B BOB137 ECT-3100

Our Analysis and Test Results

This unique option has a toaster oven and traditional toaster options. While it makes excellent bagels, it is less than impressive with most other toasting tasks. The stainless steel appliance looks sleek in most kitchens but quickly shows fingerprints.

Performance Comparison


An interesting design that works in a traditional way, but also adds a little versatility to your kitchen.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Bread Toasting Quality


The Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster exhibited consistent performance across two tests, even when toasting breads of varying thicknesses. On the low setting, it produced an overall light golden color with a crisp texture, though one side appeared slightly lighter with some pale areas on the edges. At the medium setting, the toast was a bit darker than expected and also uneven. However, on the highest setting, the toast was burnt, emitting smoke and even shooting a slice out of the toaster, resulting in very blackened slices.


Regardless of the setting, there was a tendency for some areas to remain untoasted at the bottom of each slice. It's worth noting that the highest setting should be avoided unless intentionally seeking burnt toast. The exterior of this toaster averaged around 105 degrees F, so we would recommend keeping this out of reach of any children.

ninja st100 foodi 2-in-1 flip toaster - toast foods upright or on its side like a toaster oven.
Toast foods upright or on its side like a toaster oven.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Ease of Use


The Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster is a traditional style toaster, with one of the most versatile design features that allows it to function like a toaster oven when laid onto its side.


As a compact oven, the Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster can fit two slices of thick bread, two regular-sized pizza bagels, or about an eight-inch open-faced sandwich. If you are single, in a dorm, or work in the field and have a smaller temporary living accommodation but require the versatility of a toaster oven and simply do not have the space, then the Nijna ST100 may become your go-to kitchenette tool. However, if you wish to stash the toaster between uses, this hefty model will take up a lot of space in the cupboard. Buttons are located on top of the toaster, while a lever is on the face, but it is easy enough to use and the design makes practical sense for the versatility of the toaster. What didn't make sense to our team, was the crumb tray that can not be completely removed for cleaning.

The crumb tray can't be completely removed for cleaning.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Bagel Toasting Quality


If you are all about bagels, then you'll love the Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster for its ability to produce delectable bagels that are nearly perfect in color and texture to satisfy any bagel toasting aficionado's preference.


Our first of two bagel toasting tests resulted in even coverage and a perfect texture. The outermost portions of the bagel developed an enjoyable crispness, while the bagel remained soft and chewy throughout. Our second round of testing produced nearly identical results, with a slightly darker bottom coloration, but again creating a near-perfect texture.

ninja st100 foodi 2-in-1 flip toaster - toast bagels or pizza bagel bites with the versatility of this model.
Toast bagels or pizza bagel bites with the versatility of this model.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Frozen Food


Unfortunately, as a conventional toaster, the Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster doesn't excel at preparing frozen foods. In general, frozen waffles were still a bit pale and never achieved that iconic golden color and light crispiness. More positively, frozen bread tests resulted in a better golden brown coloration and crispy texture, but were far from the best results we've seen.


Where the Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster let us down was in its ability to toast frozen strudels. Toasting produced uneven browning, with edges that were nearly burnt. Fortunately, fillings were adequately warmed, but our team had hoped for a little more from this model.

ninja st100 foodi 2-in-1 flip toaster - toast, bagel, and defrost settings make toasting a range of products...
Toast, bagel, and defrost settings make toasting a range of products rather simple.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Should You Buy The Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster?


The Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster is a unique toaster with a design that allows it to be used as a small toaster oven, when oriented on its side, in addition to being a sufficient toaster overall. While the design complexity adds versatility it also complicates things like the crumb tray access and location of buttons. We can't recommend it over top-performing traditional toasters due to its rather average overall performance, and it isn't a complete replacement for a full-sized toaster oven, but it is certainly an interesting multi-role toaster that may fit a niche or need for you and your family and may still be worth your consideration.

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


While the Ninja ST100 Foodi 2-in-1 Flip Toaster is a great toaster for bagel lovers, its performance overall wasn't quite up to earning a recommendation from our team. At a more expensive price-point, the Smeg 2-Slice stands out as a better recommendation for its all-around better performance. However, if budget is a concern, then the more budget-friendly Cuisinart CPT-122 with a good balance of performance and ease of use should be on your short list of options.

Benjamin Hickok and Lesley Robinson