Updated 17 Mar 2016

Dualit

DU2

Snapshot: The Dualit DU2 is a 2-slice toaster with a painted metal finish. Is it the best thing since sliced bread?

DU2
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$499

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Test results

Overall score
56
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Browning consistency
?/10
Browning evenness
?/10
Burgen
?/10

Good points

  • OK at toasting Burgen bread.
  • Very good at toasting a single slice.
  • Good controls.
  • Has bagel/crumpet setting.

But

  • Poor at producing consistently toasted bread.
  • Poor at browning evenly.
  • Just OK at toasting frozen bread.
  • Crumb tray fiddly to pull out (but easy to clean) and has sharp edges around the outside.
  • No high-lift lever.
  • No reheat setting.
  • No self-centring “cage”.

How we test

In our last two tests we also toasted Burgen bread (a multigrain bread similar to Vogels). Because of this changed test method you can’t compare the overall scores of some previously tested models.

Overall score is made up of:

Toasting performance (70%): As a toaster heats up it produces darker toast, so we wanted to check the consistency of colour from run to run. To do this we toasted slices of fresh white bread over 4 runs in quick succession. We also assessed the evenness of browning across each slice. Next we checked how well the toasters dealt with a single slice, as well as bread straight from the freezer. Where a toaster has a Burgen score, we also assessed how well the toaster cooked Burgen bread.

Ease of use (30%): We assessed how easy the controls were to use, whether the toasters were easy to clean or had dirt traps, and whether the crumb tray was easy to remove and empty.

We also measured the temperature of the sides of the toasters — if these get higher than 68°C they could burn you. (None of the models in this test were higher than 68°C but the metal around the slots can still get very hot.)

Key data

Key data

Type
2-slice

Model

Avg price
$499

More test results (/10)

Frozen slice
5.0
Single slice
8.0

Specifications

Toasting time (min:sec)
2:15
Dimensions LxWxH (cm)
26 x 25 x 23
Exterior finish
Painted metal
Number of slots
2

Features

Long slot
×
Separate slot-controls
n/a
Separate browning controls
n/a
High-lift lever
×
Self-centring
×
Cancel button
Cord storage
×
Reheat setting
×
Frozen bread setting
×
Bagel or crumpet setting
Sliding crumb tray

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