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Redmond 2 Slice Retro Review

An aesthetically pleasing toaster that performs well across the board except for toasting bagels
Redmond 2 Slice Retro
Credit: Redmond
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Price:   $50 List | $43.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Sleek appearance, available in a variety of colors, good bread and frozen food
Cons:  Poor bagel performance
Manufacturer:   Redmond
By Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok  ⋅  May 18, 2022
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  • Bread Toasting Quality - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Bagel Toasting Quality - 15% 2.0
  • Frozen Food - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Redmond 2 Slice does a decent job of most toasting tasks overall. It has a sleek, retro appearance and isn't much more expensive than more stylish models. Like many standard toasters, it could do a better job at toasting bagels, and there wasn't anything stand out in the Redmonds performance. However, we found that it was quite easy to use, as a toaster should be, but overall we would not recommend this product. We suggest skipping over the Redmond and looking at some of our other better-performing toasters.

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Pros Sleek appearance, available in a variety of colors, good bread and frozen foodStrong toasting, small storage, easy to use, budget friendly, good strudelBudget-friendly, easy-to-use, great strudelsInexpensive, toasts 4 slices at once, toasts bagels evenlyGood toast, decent bagels, inexpensive
Cons Poor bagel performanceMediocre bagels, wafflesSubpar bagel toastingNo specific bagel mode, toasting can be slightly inconsistent overallHard to clean crumb tray
Bottom Line An aesthetically pleasing toaster that performs well across the board except for toasting bagelsIt 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 loversThe 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 well
Rating Categories Redmond 2 Slice Retro Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD
Bread Toasting Quality (35%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Bagel Toasting Quality (15%)
2.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
7.0
Frozen Food (15%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Redmond 2 Slice Retro Cuisinart CPT-122 Oster 2 Slice Elite Gourmet ECT-3100 Black+Decker TR3500SD
Weight 4.2 lbs. 3.7 lbs. 3.5 lbs. 6.4 lbs. 2.7 lbs.
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.4" x 7.1" x 7.3" 6.5" x 11" x 7.2" 11.7" x 6.9" x 7.3" 14.7" x 7.1" x 7.7" 10.0" x 6.5" x 7.4"
Standard / Long Slot Standard Standard Standard Long Standard
Available with Long Slot? No No No Yes No
Available in 4 slot? Yes No No No Yes
Color/Finish Options White, Light Green, Cream, Light Pink, Dark Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Black White, Red, Black Gray Black Plastic/Stainless Stainless Steel
Exterior Housing Material Stainless Steel Plastic Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
End of Cycle Indicator None None None None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Redmond 2 Slice is another appliance we tested that does a decent job of most toasting tasks overall. It has a sleek appearance, is only slightly more expensive than less stylish models, but could do a better job on bagels.

Performance Comparison



Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - the redmond 2 slice retro is attractive and easy to use with a...
The Redmond 2 Slice Retro is attractive and easy to use with a modern touch to enhance a classic design.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Bread Toasting Quality


The Redmond 2 Slice performed decently in our bread toasting tests. The toast it made was evenly colored on both sides and was pretty consistent across the faces.

We started our tests on the low setting, which resulted in a crisp texture, but only a slight color change. This model did not toast the bread as evenly as we would have liked and left more to be desired.

Higher heat settings resulted in a better slice of toast. Medium heat settings resulted in a golden color and an even and desirable crunchy texture. The highest heat setting performed just as well, producing consistent results with dark and crunchy textures.

Whether you like softer, less toasted bread slices, or a darker toast with a crunchier texture, the Redmond 2 Slice will satisfy you with its performance.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - redmond 2 slice retro bread toasting result comparison.
Redmond 2 Slice Retro bread toasting result comparison.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Ease of Use


The Redmond continued to perform well in our ease of use series of tests.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - the crumb tray located at the rear of the redmond 2 slice retro is a...
The crumb tray located at the rear of the Redmond 2 Slice Retro is a bit finicky to remove.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The Redmond 2 Slice uses a removable crumb tray, although the poor access to the crumb tray at the back of the toaster, which was fussy to remove from the toaster body, made this model more difficult to use.

During use, the body of the Redmond 2 Slice would become warm to the touch but never hot, so it adequately passed our surface temperature test.

The interface is where the Redmond made up for an annoying and finicky crumb tray. Like many other products we tested, heat settings are controlled by a dial, and activation is controlled by pulling down on a lever. This model has an attractive and shiny knob at the end of the lever and backlit buttons. Buttons control options for bagels, defrosting, and canceling. These are simple and straightforward controls that helped this model's performance when it came to ease of use.

Bagel Toasting Quality


The Redmond 2 Slice did a dismal job in our bagel tests. Its performance was well below average and scored one of the lowest scores that our testers have ever awarded for the test metric.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - left: cuisinart cpt-122 round two bagel test. right: redmond 2 slice...
Left: Cuisinart CPT-122 Round two bagel test. Right: Redmond 2 Slice Retro bagel round two test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Across all of our tests, the Redmond failed to toast bagels, create any desirable coloration or texture, and barely warmed the bagel. Perhaps you enjoy a soft, lukewarm bagel with a minimal crunchy texture. If that's the case, this is the perfect bagel warmer.

However, you will be sorely disappointed if you expect bagels with a nice golden coloration, uniformly warmed center, and delectable texture.

Frozen Food/Defrosting Quality


After those terrible bagel performance tests, we moved on to frozen food tests. The Redmond 2 Slice did surprisingly well across our series of tests after its disappointing bagel performance.

In our waffle tests, waffles ended up with a crunchy texture throughout. However, coloration and heat distribution was uneven, resulting in waffles with one darker gold side and a lighter, less cooked light gold side.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - left: cuisinart cpt-122, frozen waffle test on medium heat. right:...
Left: Cuisinart CPT-122, frozen waffle test on medium heat. Right: Redmond 2 Slice Retro, frozen waffle test on medium heat.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

The Redmond performed similarly when it came to frozen bread. The resulting bread in our tests had a toasty texture and was generally enjoyable. However, the toaster heated the slice unevenly, producing slices with one darker, more cooked side than the other.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - left: cuisinart cpt-122 frozen bread test. right: redmond 2 slice...
Left: Cuisinart CPT-122 frozen bread test. Right: Redmond 2 Slice Retro frozen bread test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

While the Redmond 2 Slice did well across the other frozen food tests, it did exceptionally well when cooking strudel and was just shy of a rare perfect score. Strudels were warm at the center, fillings had a nice gooey consistency, the edges were properly warmed, and strudels ended up with an attractive golden color.

Should You Buy the Redmond 2 Slice?


If you are looking for a retro-style toaster, and don't care much for toasted bagels, then the Redmond 2 Slice is a good choice for you. Its overall performance and ease of use were above average, with its overall performance mostly negatively affected by poor bagel toasting. Although this model isn't noted as the best bang for your buck, it does provide good value at the price point, and you won't pay a premium for the retro styling.

Redmond 2 Slice Retro toaster - the redmond 2 slice retro looks good on a lot of kitchen counters...
The Redmond 2 Slice Retro looks good on a lot of kitchen counters, additional color options give consumers an opportunity to blend in and stand out at the same time.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Toaster Should You Consider?


While you won't get the Retro styling, it would be a good idea to consider either the Cuisinart CPT 122 or the Oster 2 Slice. Both are slightly cheaper, and both provide better overall performance.

Genaveve Bradshaw and Benjamin Hickok

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