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Smeg 2-Slice Review

The perfect choice, particularly if you're a bagel fan and love unique design
Smeg 2-Slice
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $220 List | $219.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Great toasting performance, incredible bagels, stylish looks
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Smeg
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jan 26, 2022
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  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 7.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 10.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The brightly colored, throwback styling of the Smeg 2-Slice makes it an attractive kitchen appliance on any countertop, but this thing has more than just looks. It led the scoresheet in almost every one of our testing metrics. It made the most evenly toasted and delectable toast, blew us away with bagels so good that mere words can't do them justice, and served up frozen waffles so good that we didn't mind eating them with fake maple syrup. This performance made it the clear winner of our Editors' Choice Award. The Smeg certainly isn't cheap, and it doesn't have the fancy leverless technology of the other high-end models (like the Breville Die-Cast), but if you want the best toast and something that looks like it was designed by someone that went to RISD, then the Smeg is for you.

Editor's Note: This toasty review was updated on January 26, 2022, with more information on which toasters are our favorites.

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Pros Great toasting performance, incredible bagels, stylish looksStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelBudget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudelsGreat user interface, lift and look function, aesthetically pleasingInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenly
Cons ExpensiveMediocre bagels, wafflesSubpar bagel toastingExpensiveNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overall
Bottom Line The perfect choice, particularly if you're a bagel fan and love unique designIt 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 loversThis 4-slice model boasts amazing design, good toasting performance, and a great interfaceThe best option we've found for people seeking a 4-slice or long-slot model on the cheap
Rating Categories Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Breville Die-Cast 4... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
10.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
9.0
Frozen Food (15%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Specs Smeg 2-Slice Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Breville Die-Cast 4... Elite Gourmet ECT-3100
Weight 5.4 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 3.5 lbs. 8.4 lbs. 6.4 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.7" x 7.7" x 7.6" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 11.7" x 6.9" x 7.3" 15.3" x 7.0" x 7.8" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7"
Standard / Long Slot Standard Standard Standard Long Long
Available with Long Slot? Yes No No Yes Yes
Available in 4 slot? No No No Yes No
Color/Finish Options Cream, Red, Black, Chrome, Pastel Blue, Pink, Pastel Green White, Red, Black Gray Stainless Steel Black Plastic/Stainless
Exterior Housing Material Coated Steek Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
End of Cycle Indicator None None None Beep None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Read on to find out how the Smeg fared in each of the individual tests compared to other toasters in our kitchen appliance testing.

Performance Comparison



Smeg 2-Slice toaster
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Bread Toasting Quality


The Smeg 2-Slice impressed us with its near-perfect bread toasting capabilities. This result put it a good bit ahead of the worst-performing model.


The toast that the Smeg produced in our toaster testing was nearly perfect with nice crisp outsides that yielded slightly softer insides as we bit through them. Bread faces were toasted almost perfectly even, with just a hint of a cold spot towards the bottom of most slices. Additionally, the Smeg could produce everything from just lightly browned toast to blackened all around. So whether you like to make your toast with a delicate touch or a heavy hand, the Smeg has you covered.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster - the smeg made the best, most even toast in our testing.
The Smeg made the best, most even toast in our testing.
Credit: steven tata

Ease of Use


The Smeg has a simple, easy-to-use interface and is a solid performer for the metric.


The Smeg has six shade settings that are selected using a knob on the front of the toaster. Within the knob is a prominent 'Stop' button for when you want to cancel the toasting cycle.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Two buttons on either side of the knob let you turn on the bagel and defrost modes. Both of these buttons light up to indicate which mode is on. The lever feels solid and can easily be engaged. We wish you could use the lever to push items a bit further out of the slots, but alas, you cannot. This design can make it difficult to get short items out of the toaster, but generally, it is not a problem. The crumb tray is sturdy, easy to clean, and has a push to release latch that secures it in place.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster
Credit: steven tata

Bagel Toasting Quality


The Smeg was nothing short of a revelation in our bagel testing. It earned a rare perfect score, well ahead of the low score (excluding models that can't toast bagels).


The Smeg took plain old grocery store bagels and turned them into mouthwatering ambrosia in our testing. The toasted faces were almost perfectly even, and the backsides were nice and warm but remained doughy and chewy. Slap on some cream cheese, and you've got a spectacular, indulgent breakfast. This slot toaster is the only one we've found that can make better bagels than a toaster oven and is the only model we'd suggest to the pickiest of bagel aficionados.

Consider buying a toaster oven, if your toasting needs vary in size and shape or level of coldness.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster - the smeg toasted bagels so evenly we almost couldn't believe our...
The Smeg toasted bagels so evenly we almost couldn't believe our eyes, but our taste buds confirmed the exceptional quality.
Credit: steven tata

Frozen Food/Defrosting Qaulity


The Smeg was one of the top scorers in our frozen food testing.


The Smeg maintained its high toasting quality when preparing frozen slices of bread, still producing stellar toast. It also met all the challenges associated with toasting frozen waffles. It made the waffle pockets nice and crispy and perfectly browned the ridges, all without burning a single square inch. Our only complaint was that the defrost button didn't seem to add that much time to the cycle, so we often had to adjust the shade setting up a bit when making frozen items. This issue is certainly not a deal-breaker but was a slight annoyance to some of our testers.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Smeg 2-Slice?


The Smeg 2-Slice offers top-notch performance, and Paris runway quality looks at a correspondingly high price. Those not concerned with aesthetics could get nearly the same performance for less money with some competitors. The Smeg 2-Slice is on the extreme high end of the price spectrum, but this price feels worth it if you covet quality and stylish design.

Smeg 2-Slice toaster - the smeg 2 slice stole our hearts in this review.
The Smeg 2 Slice stole our hearts in this review.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


If you want something high-end that would fit into a kitchen with a more modern aesthetic, you will find a better value in the Breville Die-Cast. If you're not fussed with aesthetics and just want a good piece of toast, the Amazon Basics KT-3680 is a better value.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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