5 Best Compact Toasters in 2022

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We’re all familiar with toasters and their function.

It toasts bread, plain and simple, and does so arguably better than a toaster oven.

If you want to buy a compact toaster that won’t take too much counter space in your small kitchen or office, I am going to help you choose the best small toaster on the market today.

  1. 👛 The Budget Pick: Oster 2-Slice Compact Toaster
  2. ⭐ The Performance Pick: Breville Smart Toaster
  3. The Even Cheaper Pick: Cuisinart CPT-122
  4. The Stainless Steel Pick: Cuisinart CPT-160P1
  5. The Digital Pick: Cuisinart CPT-240

Compact Toaster Features

These are the basic features I expect the contender for the best toaster to have.

I only consider models that check the following boxes:

  • Footprint that is compact and does not take up limited space
  • Toasting that is quick and reliable
  • Ability to toast bread, thick bagel halves and pastries like pancakes or English delectable muffins, including special options and slots wide enough
  • Defrost and Reheat settings
  • Shade settings to make your bread light or dark enough by applying different levels of heat
  • Naturally, common features like a high-lift carriage, a slide-out crumb tray and a Cancel button
Toast on a plate

My Recommendation, Based on Your Budget

Having decided on the features, there are two main choices that people make based on their budget preferences: there is the “lean and mean” crowd and the “buy-it-for-life” crowd.

Based on your preference, I recommend either:

The Budget Pick: Oster 2-Slice Toaster

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This is the compact toaster if you’re looking for the best combination of price, reliability and consistency.

Your bread will come out quickly, it will be evenly brown, and it looks great on the kitchen counter.

Plus, Oster is a reputable brand and this model has been praised by reviewers.

Pros

  • Quick and even toasting
  • Handsome exterior

Cons

  • Outside may get hot
  • When using the Bagel setting, one side of the bagel does not get toasted at all. Use the Toast setting instead

The Performance Pick: Breville BTA820XL Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster

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This is the Lamborghini of compact toasters.

You will love the advanced features like the ‘lift and look’, the slide bar to set the brown level, the flashing LED bar count down, and the ‘a bit more’ button.

You can adjust the beep volume, brown it a bit more with just one touch — the works.

And it will toast your bread, and it will be even, quick, brown and delicious — the perfect toast.

Pros

  • Excellent toasting
  • Brilliant smart features

Cons

  • Comparatively pricy

Three Extra Choices

Now, having made my main two recommendations, I will include three that are also interesting for those that do not like the first two for some reason.

Main thing that sets apart the next three is their controls and design.

The Even Cheaper Pick: Cuisinart CPT-122 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

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This small toaster is pretty good, and has the lowest price among those that I recommend.

I do not recommend going lower – you will regret it.

If you decide on this one, it will be quick and good enough, but be prepared for the brown to be uneven sometimes and the “dark” setting to be too light, perhaps that’s the fault of the heating elements.

But it’s pretty good and easy on the wallet — something that you would buy for the office perhaps.

Pros

  • Quick toasting

Cons

  • Toasting uneven and too light
  • Simple design and plastic exterior
  • When using the Bagel setting, one side of the bagel does not get toasted at all. Use the Toast setting instead

The Stainless Steel Pick: Cuisinart CPT-160P1

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This is the Cuisinart CPT-122’s older brother.

It is more durable-looking than the previous (plastic) one with a great stainless steel design and some retro vibes.

Otherwise, it’s largely the same as CPT-122, except for the body.

Pros

  • Quick toasting
  • Steel frame with retro vibes

Cons

  • Toasting uneven and too light
  • When using the Bagel setting, one side of the bagel does not get toasted at all. Use the Toast setting instead

The All-Digital Pick: Cuisinart CPT-420

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This is the last of the Cuisinart trio.

Featuring the same trusty innards (and the same faults) as the previous two, this small toaster looks more modern with an LCD display and all-digital controls.

Pros

  • Quick toasting
  • Steel frame with a more modern look

Cons

  • Toasting uneven and too light
  • When using the Bagel setting, one side of the bagel does not get toasted at all. Use the Toast setting instead

This is it!

You won’t need to look for any other compact toasters anymore.

I hope I was able to help.

Cheers,

G.

Recreating the Famous Winco Blueberry Muffin Mix

Recreating the Famous Winco Blueberry Muffin Mix

The recipe made the most delicious, moist muffins and was easy to prepare.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 653 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 400 g blueberries
  • 325 gram flour
  • 120 gram whole yogurt
  • 120 grams of milk
  • 1/2 Vanilla berry
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate

Instructions
 

  • Combine one egg and 150 grams of caster sugar, whisking until they’re light and fluffy.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients like flour, vanilla seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir the liquid mixture into these dry ingredients until even, adding enough water to make the right consistency.
  • Combine the blueberries with this mixture. You can use frozen blueberries but don’t let them defrost; otherwise, you will have a purple dough.
  • Avoid overmixing. The mixture should have some lumps in it.
  • Coat the muffin tins with cooking spray. Place a clean paper muffin cup in each muffin pan hole and use a spoon to add batter to each of the cups. Fill each muffin cup ¾ of the way full.
  • Now the batter is ready for the oven. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown on top and cooked well all the way through.
  • Cool on a wire rack after removing them from the pan and enjoy. This recipe yields about 12 muffins.

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Nutrition

Calories: 653kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 12gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 143IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 4mg
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