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KitchenAid Breakfast Suite 2-Slice Toaster review: our honest verdict on this luxury model

KitchenAid are famous for their iconic stand mixers, but did you know that they also make everyday gadgets like kettles and toasters too? To see if they're worth the premium price tag, MNHQ editor Jenny put their Breakfast Suite Toaster to the test – here's how it fared in a busy family home.

By Jenny Wonnacott | Last updated Mar 22, 2024

KitchenAid Breakfast Suite 2-Slice Toasters in cream, red, and black
Our rating:

Price on writing: £170 | Buy now from Amazon

What we like
  • Speedy toasting

  • Slots are nice and wide, ideal for homemade bread

  • Lots of different settings

  • Seven browning levels

  • Includes a setting which toasts one side and warms the other (great for bagels and English muffins)

  • Looks lovely

  • Choice of five colourways

What we don't like
  • Pricey for a toaster

  • Not ideal for larger families (you’ll need to upgrade to the four slice which is £199)

Key specs

Capacity: Two slices, four slice also available  | Number of settings: 5 settings, 7 browning levels | Defrost function?: Yes | Bagel function?: Yes | Removable crumb tray?: Yes | Cancel button?: Yes | Power: 220 - 240V | Dimensions: 211 mm x 207 mm x 175 mm | Weight: 1.9kg 

Our verdict

KitchenAid Toaster
  • Ease of use: 5/5

  • Toasting performance: 4.5/5

  • Ease of cleaning: 4.5/5

  • Design: 5/5

  • Value for money: 3/5

I really like the look of the Breakfast Suite Toaster (or the KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster 5KMT2109BPT to give it its technical name). We got it in matte black as we have dark countertops and it goes really well in our kitchen alongside its matching kettle.

It was extremely easy to set up and use; I gave the instructions a quick read, but really all you need to do is pop your bread in and go! It took me one or two rounds of toast to get the browning level to the ideal setting, but it’s very simple and self-explanatory.

It’s nice and quick to toast, taking just a few minutes. I did find that the thicker the slice of bread, the less brown it got on the same setting compared to shop-bought bread (which makes sense!) We tend to eat homemade bread which we cut ourselves - the slices are usually a lot thicker than pre-sliced bread so having a toaster with extra wide slots is a huge benefit. This is probably my favourite feature and a highlight that makes it one of Mumsnet's picks for the best toaster.

However, it is a little more pricey than I’d look to spend on a toaster - particularly a two slot. That’s the only downside I’ve got so far.

How easy was the KitchenAid Breakfast Suite Toaster to set up?

KitchenAid Breakfast Suite Toaster in use

Extremely easy. I gave the instructions a quick read, but it was fairly self-explanatory thanks to the logos on the control panel. The only thing I needed to double-check were the different functions such as bagel, keep warm, etc. That said, really it was just a case of getting it out, plugging it in and popping in some bread - ideal when you’ve got hungry kids to feed!

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How easy was the KitchenAid 5KMT2109BPT 2-Slice Toaster to use?

It was very easy to use. There are five different settings including a bagel function, reheat, defrost, cancel and a 'little longer’ button. I also liked that you can pop toast back in to keep it warm without burning it if you’re rushing and haven’t got time to get it out straight away. The manual toasting lever has a high-lift function too, which made it easier to reach smaller/shorter pieces of toast.

The browning levels are adjusted using a sliding lever on the side with seven different levels - I found it nice and intuitive to use. I’m always a fan of an appliance which is simple and safe enough for kids to use as well as adults, and I had no problem letting my ten-year-old use this toaster to make her breakfast.

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How does the KitchenAid Breakfast Suite Toaster perform?

KitchenAid Breakfast Suite Toaster toasting results

I tried the toaster with homemade bread cut fairly thickly and pre-sliced bread. I found that the thicker the slices, the higher the browning level needed to be to get the toast to that ideal golden-brown level. Browning was even on both bread types and didn’t take long to do.

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KitchenAid 5KMT2109BPT 2-Slice Toaster: design and style

I really liked the design of the KitchenAid Two-Slice Toaster - it’s neat and classic-feeling without being outdated. It also sits very nicely next to complementary appliances from the brand if you're after one of the best kettle and toaster sets.

I do love that it comes in a variety of different shades, including black, red, cream, pistachio and stainless steel. I got the matte black colourway, and I would have loved to be bold enough to try the brighter colours, but we have dark countertops and a KitchenAid mixer in matching matte black, so I think bright red would have looked a bit odd.

I also really like the wide slots, they’re ideal for homemade or non-sliced loaves.

How easy is the KitchenAid Breakfast Suite Toaster to keep clean?

I’ve not had to wipe down the toaster much yet - a benefit of the matte black is that it doesn’t show fingerprints or spots as easily as the glossier appliances. It is easy enough to wipe though, and I tend to just use a microfibre cloth to do so. There is a removable crumb tray which is easy to remove and empty, plus it can be hand washed if needed. 

The care instructions from KitchenAid say to unplug the toaster and make sure it’s cool before wiping with a soft, damp cloth. You also shouldn't use paper towels, abrasive cleaners or liquid cleaning products and - it goes without saying - never immerse the toaster in water.

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Price: does the KitchenAid 5KMT2109BPT Two-Slice Toaster offer value for money?

KitchenAid 5KMT2109BPT 2-Slice Toaster and its matching kettle

The price is my only sticking point really. As much as this toaster is lovely, I’m not convinced it’s worth £170, particularly for a two slice (for the four slice, you’re looking at £199 direct from KitchenAid).

It’s definitely a luxury purchase - for what it does, it does it well. However, you can probably get a toaster to deliver slices just as well for a fraction of the price, so I think you’re really paying for the brand name and the look.

Having said that, I also own a KitchenAid mixer which is worth its weight in gold as far as I’m concerned, so if this toaster ends up being half as long-lasting and consistently excellent, I’d be happy to recommend it as good value for money.

How we tested

I tested the KitchenAid Toaster in my own home, carefully assessing it on its toasting performance, ease of use, style, and overall value for money.

  • Tested in a family household of five

  • Used a variety of different bread types in the toaster

  • Tested over the course of several weeks

  • Used daily, on average two to three times a day

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About the author

Mum-of-three Jenny Wonnacott is a Content Editor for Mumsnet, specialising in writing, editing and optimising parenting-related content. As a parent of three primary school-aged children, Jenny is passionate about making Mumsetters' lives easier through rigorous research of all items recommended in reviews and buyers' guides.

She regularly tests out products for Mumsnet, assessing whether their quality withstands the wear and tear of everyday family life.

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