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Oster 2 Slice Review

An easy-to-use toaster that is also easy on the wallet, and great for strudel lovers, but not for bagel lovers
Oster 2 Slice
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Price:   $35 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Budget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudels
Cons:  Subpar bagel toasting
Manufacturer:   Oster
By Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok  ⋅  May 18, 2022
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  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 5.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Oster 2 Slice is an easy-to-use toaster, just as easy on the wallet, makes a great toaster strudel, but could be better at other kitchen toasting tasks. If you're someone who finds yourself eating a bagel and schmear every morning for breakfast, you might want to look elsewhere as this toaster produces so-so bagels. If you want something affordable that also does a pretty decent job all-around, we recommend this toaster. Overall, we quite liked this model for its price value which seemed to correlate well with the overall performance. You'll get what you pay for and then some with this particular toaster.

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Pros Budget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudelsStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenlyGood toast, decent bagels, inexpensiveGood toasting, inexpensive
Cons Subpar bagel toastingMediocre bagels, wafflesNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overallHard to clean crumb trayMediocre defrosting, poor cleaning access
Bottom Line An easy-to-use toaster that is also easy on the wallet, and great for strudel lovers, but not for bagel loversIt may not be the most aesthetic, but this toaster is compact, practical, and budget-friendly for its high performanceThe 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 wellThis toaster delivers the best bagels you can get at such a low price
Rating Categories Oster 2 Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD Amazon Basics KT-3680
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
5.0
5.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Frozen Food (15%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Specs Oster 2 Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD Amazon Basics KT-3680
Weight 3.5 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 6.4 lbs. 2.7 lbs. 2.5 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.7" x 6.9" x 7.3" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7" 10.0" x 6.5" x 7.4" 10.7" x 6.4" x 7.6"
Standard / Long Slot Standard Standard Long Standard Standard
Available with Long Slot? No No Yes No No
Available in 4 slot? No No No Yes No
Color/Finish Options Gray White, Red, Black Black Plastic/Stainless Stainless Steel Black Plastic/Stainless
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Plastic
End of Cycle Indicator None None None None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Oster 2 Slice offers great bread toasting performance and the opportunity to make the perfect strudel for a budget-friendly price. However, while this model isn't expensive, you pay the price for great sliced toast and perfect strudels — with a terrible bagel, waffle, and frozen bread performance.

Performance Comparison



Oster 2 Slice toaster - the oster 2 slice is a traditionally styled toaster with predictable...
The Oster 2 Slice is a traditionally styled toaster with predictable performance and a simple interface.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Bread Toasting Quality


The Oster 2 Slice did well on toasted bread, and with a range of toasting power levels, you will consistently make toast to your preference level.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - oster 2 slice bread toasting test comparison, round two.
Oster 2 Slice Bread toasting test comparison, round two.
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On our light setting tests, this model made lightly gold-colored toast that was crispy and enjoyable. The golden color on the toast was further improved on the medium setting, resulting in a better spread of golden color. The texture was, again, consistently crispy.

The toast was distinctly darker when we switched to the high setting but never burnt — what you'd expect from a heavily toasted piece of bread.

We repeated our tests to ensure the results were never a fluke and to determine if the performance of every model was repeatable. The Oster 2 Slice proved it can repeat the same performance over and over again and does a stellar job at producing consistent results.

Ease of Use


The Oster did a great job designing a toaster that is easy to use and easy to clean. Most models we've tested utilize a removable tray at the rear of the toaster, and the Oster 2 Slice is no different. However, while the tray location is no different, it was much easier to slide the tray in and out than in other models.

We checked how hot each appliance got during use, and the body of the toaster was warm but not hot to the touch, thus passing our surface temperature test with ease.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - the oster 2 slice interface is simple and easy to use. buttons are...
The Oster 2 Slice interface is simple and easy to use. Buttons are enhanced with an indicator light.
Credit: Chris McNamara
The Oster 2 Slice is also really easy to operate. It makes use of seven heat control settings on a straightforward dial, a simple activation lever, and buttons for bagels, defrosting, warming, and cancelation. There is nothing innovative or new here. It is just simple and easy to use.

Bagel Toasting Quality


The Oster 2 Slice performed poorly in our bagel tests. Many toasters we've tested seem to produce mediocre results in our bagel tests, but the Oster 2 Slice wasn't mediocre; it was a disappointment.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - oster 2 slice bagel testing round one results. bagels could be a lot...
Oster 2 Slice bagel testing round one results. Bagels could be a lot better.
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Heating bagels on a medium setting produced burnt bagels that were mostly deep brown in color with some blackened areas and very poor texture. In repeat tests, the Oster managed to toast half a bagel to an attractive gold coloration; but coloration, heat distribution, and texture were uneven across the bagel.

Overall, the Oster consistently performed poorly, resulting in badly toasted bagels.

Frozen Food/Defrosting Quality


The Oster 2 Slice didn't perform well across the full range of our frozen food tests but did incredibly well when it came to preparing the perfect strudel. Its poor performance also resulted in waffles that were mostly crispy and dark gold on one side and burnt on the other. The uneven cooking was the same across both slices for multiple tests.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - left: the bella 2 slice frozen waffle test medium heat. right: the...
Left: the Bella 2 Slice frozen waffle test medium heat. Right: the Oster 2 Slice frozen waffle test medium heat.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

The Oster 2 Slice exhibited poor performance in our frozen bread tests. It can toast frozen bread and create an attractive golden coloration, but heat distribution was uneven, and it didn't achieve what we considered a good slice of toast in our tests.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - left: the bella 2 slice frozen bread test. right: the oster 2 slice...
Left: The Bella 2 Slice frozen bread test. Right: the Oster 2 Slice frozen bread test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

After doing poorly on our first two frozen food tests, we didn't expect too much on our third and final frozen food test for strudels. That's why we were blown away when the Oster produced perfect, delectable strudels.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - this model produced a nicely toasted strudel.
This model produced a nicely toasted strudel.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

The perfect strudel from a countertop appliance isn't unobtainable, but it is pretty rare and even more shocking than a toaster that did a horrendous job on all other frozen foods we tested.

Should You Buy the Oster 2 Slice?


The Oster 2 Slice is easy to use, easy to clean, and makes a perfect strudel, for a budget-friendly price. We find this to be an acceptable purchase.

Oster 2 Slice toaster - there are more aesthetically pleasing toasters that are better...
There are more aesthetically pleasing toasters that are better performers all-around, but the Oster 2 Slice is sure to please strudel lovers.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


If you are looking for a well-rounded kitchen appliance that will handle waffles, frozen bread, and bagels, you should consider something other than the Oster. We'd recommend taking a look at the Elite Gourmet ECT-3100. If you are looking for better all-around performance and don't care too much for bagel toasting, consider the Cuisinart CPT-122.

Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok
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