Pros / This toaster has a retro look and is available in seven colors.

Cons / The surface gets hot while toasting.

 Verdict / This toaster is an attractive machine that performs well on low settings.

The SMEG 2 Slice is a modern toaster with an old-fashioned look. Its classic design would seem normal in a 1960's kitchen. Available in eight colors, the SMEG 2 Slice can fit in with any kitchen decor. It comes in cream, red, black, chrome, blue, pink, pastel blue and pastel green. Though retro in appearance, this unit has many features found on contemporary toasters, such as a removable crumb tray and a reheat setting. However, as cool as this colored toaster looks, it did have an issue with toasting.

This toaster runs hot. In our first test we used the middle setting and expected to get golden brown toast. Instead, we pulled out a burned slice of bread. This continued in our consistency test, in which the consecutive slices of toast came increasingly darker as we toasted one after another. It was only after dialing down the toasting power to a little less than two that we got better quality results. In fact, this toaster had the top score in the bagel test. This machine does toast well if you put it on low settings, but anything it the upper range of its settings can tend to produce scorched toast.

The high power of the SMEG 2 Slice comes with another disadvantage – the exterior gets significantly hot. Out of the toasters we tested, this one had the second hottest average external temperature of 127.9 degrees Fahrenheit. This was much higher than the overall average of 98.8 degrees. A safer toaster choice is the Breville Smart Toaster

This toaster also ranked low on our Ease of Use score, in large part because due to the position of its crumb tray. While many toasters have a front facing crumb tray, the tray of this one is accessed from the back. This is an inconvenient position, particularly if the machine is tucked into a corner, as you’ll have the move the unit in order to reach behind.

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  • Evenness Score
  • Exterior Temperature
  • Cord Length
  • Warranty
  1. The quality of toasting evenness.
    Higher is better
  2. 8  Smeg 2 Slice
    85.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 98.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    87.22 %

Summary

The SMEG 2 Slice is a chic toaster that will stand out on your countertop. With numerous colors to choose from, you can find the perfect addition to your kitchen. Although it runs hot while toasting, you can address this by using a low setting. However, be sure to avoid touching the toaster until it's cooled off.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Features

Dual Control
-
Digital Display
-
Progress Indicator
-
Lift and Look
-
Illuminated Buttons
Audio Alert
-

Help & Support

Warranty
1 Year
Phone/Email
Online User Manual

Safety

Exterior Temperature (Fahrenheit)
127.9
Automatic Shut-Off
-
High Lift
-
Stop/Eject

Design

Removable Crumb Tray
Back
Color Options
7
Cord Length (feet)
2.9
Hideaway Cord
Slots
2 or 4
Slot Width (inches)
1.5
Slot Length (inches)
6.0
Slot Depth (inches)
4.3
Lowering System
Manual

Performance

Evenness Score
85%
Consistency Score
89%
Frozen Score
85%
Bagel Score
100%
Time to Done (minutes:seconds)
1:24
Ease of Use Score
72%
Number of Shade Settings
6
Adjustable Settings
Reheat

Dimensions

Weight (pounds)
7.1
Depth (inches)
15.5
Width (inches)
8.5
Height (inches)
8