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The Best Toasters and Toaster Ovens Under $50 of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster
Best Affordable 2-Slice Toaster

Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

This toaster is not only beautifully designed, it toasts evenly and very quickly. Read More

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Fast and even toasting
  • Beautifully designed

Cons

  • Lightweight and narrow
  • Not compatible with thick bagels and muffins
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Hamilton Beach 31330D

A reliable and inexpensive choice that excels at toasting bread. It will also come in handy for tuna melts, pizza bagels, and even baking biscuits or muffins. Read More

Pros

  • Toasts evenly
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No electronic controls
Product image of Oster TSSTTRGM2L 2-Slice Toaster

Oster TSSTTRGM2L 2-Slice Toaster

This stylish appliance toasts bread evenly and includes a handy "Quick 30 Sec" button if you need a little more toasting time. Read More

Pros

  • Attractive black stainless steel finish option
  • Even toasting

Cons

  • Struggles to pop up English muffins
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Hamilton Beach 22623 2-Slice Toaster

This is a bare-bones toaster with no settings other than cancel. However, it toasts quickly and evenly. Read More

Pros

  • Even toasting
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No special settings
  • Crumb tray isn't removable
Product image of Oster TSSTTR63 2-Slice Toaster

Oster TSSTTR63 2-Slice Toaster

With its rounded retro shape and glossy red finish, this is a cheery-looking toaster. English muffins don’t pop up very high and can be hard to nab. Read More

Pros

  • Fairly even toasting
  • Cheerful design

Cons

  • Struggles to pop up English muffins

We’ve reviewed some truly great toasters and toaster ovens, but as technology improves, those extra bells and whistles can add up. Fortunately, for under $50, you can still toast, bake, and broil your way to the best breakfasts every morning.

Here are the best toasters and toaster ovens for your best all-you-can-eat English muffin pizza party.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser
Product image of Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster
Best Affordable 2-Slice Toaster
Best Affordable 2-Slice Toaster
Cuisinart 2 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster

Cuisinart toasters can typically be had on the cheap and still be amongst the best toasters. In spite of its rock-bottom price, the Cuisinart 2-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster is beautifully designed and performs well, making it our best value choice (our original best value, the Black + Decker 2-Slice, was discontinued). We love how the gray lettering on the controls really pops against the light background, making it super easy to choose your setting. It toasts very fast, serving up dark toast in under 3 minutes and delivers the same great toast every time. While it does a beautiful job of toasting a bagel on the bagel setting, we find that fat New-York style bagels fit tightly in the slots and neither bagels or English muffins pop up high enough to grab without raising the lever for an extra lift. There's also reheat and defrost features.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Fast and even toasting

  • Beautifully designed

Cons

  • Lightweight and narrow

  • Not compatible with thick bagels and muffins

Product image of Hamilton Beach 31330D
Hamilton Beach 31330D

If you're not looking to spend a lot and primarily want good toast, the Hamilton Beach 6 Slice Toaster Oven will make you happy. It excels at browning bread and bagels evenly and can bake a batch of crescent rolls or biscuits or broil up some chicken breasts but is not designed for roasting a whole chicken.

This oven looks fairly utilitarian and won’t add any pizzaz to your countertop. To use it, you have to set three separate dials and it operates on a mechanical timer so it isn't terribly precise. However, it does what it’s intended to do well and won't put too much of a dent in your budget.

Pros

  • Toasts evenly

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No electronic controls

Product image of Oster TSSTTRGM2L 2-Slice Toaster
Oster TSSTTRGM2L 2-Slice Toaster

The latest thing in large kitchen appliances is black stainless steel: a softer, easier-to-clean finish than gleaming stainless steel. If you want to capitalize on the trend without swapping out your fridge, consider the Oster Black Stainless Collection 2-Slice Toaster. Naturally, we wouldn't be writing about it here unless it was also great at toasting bread at all shades. When you’re toasting small items like English muffins, you will have to use the toast lift to grab them without risking burnt fingertips. In addition to bagel and frozen bread settings, it has a "Quick 30 Sec" button if you want your toast just a wee bit more well done.

Pros

  • Attractive black stainless steel finish option

  • Even toasting

Cons

  • Struggles to pop up English muffins

Product image of Hamilton Beach 22623 2-Slice Toaster
Hamilton Beach 22623 2-Slice Toaster

Talk about no frills! The Hamilton Beach has no settings other than cancel. There isn't a removable crumb tray —you pull it open and give it a shake. However, for less than the price of a movie ticket, you get a darn good toaster.

As you would expect at this price, it’s lightweight so it might be a good choice if you keep your toaster stashed away and pull it out on weekends or when you have company.

For storage, you wrap the cord around the side, which isn’t pretty but is easily accomplished.

Pros

  • Even toasting

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • No special settings

  • Crumb tray isn't removable

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Oster 2-Slice Toaster

With its rounded retro shape and shiny red finish, the Oster 2-Slice Toaster is cheery looking. If you prefer a more neutral look, you can also buy it in gray.

English muffin lovers should be forewarned that small items don’t pop up very high and can be hard to nab from the slots.

The bagel, frozen, and warm buttons are large and clearly identified.

Pros

  • Fairly even toasting

  • Cheerful design

Cons

  • Struggles to pop up English muffins

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Hamilton Beach Keep Warm Toaster

Although it’s not a looker, you can’t beat the price of the Hamilton Beach. And you don’t sacrifice at all when it comes to getting a perfectly browned piece of bread or a bagel.

This is one of the few that is able to turn out consistent toast batches in no time. When you’re making a small item like an English muffin you’ll have to remember to use the lever to raise it above the hot slots. Its bagel button, defrost setting and keep warm setting are very well marked so they’re easy to select.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Very even toasting

Cons

  • Unattractive design

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Made by Design 2 Slice Extra Wide Slot Toaster

Target’s house brand, the Made By Design 2-Slice Extra Wide Slot Stainless Steel Toaster, sells for an unbeatable price but, as you would expect, it’s utilitarian looking and lightweight.

However, it does a reasonably good job of toasting bread. And surprisingly, it’s one of the only toasters we that stays cool enough to touch just about everywhere except the stainless steel on the top of the slots.

On the bagel setting, it extends the time but toasts on both sides of the bagel.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Sides stay cool to the touch

Cons

  • Lightweight

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Black & Decker T2569B

The Black and Decker 2-Slice Toaster T2659B really shines at toasting evenly. And when we toasting lots of bread in a row, there isn't a lot of variation from one to another.

Another big plus: Of all the models, this one stays the coolest to the touch. You only have to be careful about the stainless steel on the top of the slots.

Unfortunately, English muffins don’t rise up to the top of the slots, even when you use the high-lift lever, so you have to be careful to avoid burning your fingertips.

This toaster is on the chunky side so it may take up a little more countertop space but will easily handle a chubby bagel. Unlike most, on the bagel setting, it toasts both sides.

Pros

  • Even toasting

  • Sides stay cool to touch

Cons

  • Struggles to pop up English Muffins

Product image of AmazonBasics 2 Slice Extra Wide Slot Toaster
AmazonBasics 2 Slice Extra Wide Slot Toaster

The Amazon Basics 2-Slice Extra Wide Slot Toaster is another inexpensive generic-looking toaster with just so-so performance.

It does have frozen and bagel settings and the slots are wide enough to easily hold half of a huge bakery bagel.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Easily accommodates a fat bagel

Cons

  • Browns toast unevenly

  • Lightweight

Meet the tester

Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke

Contributor

Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

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