What to Look for When Buying a Toaster

A toaster is an essential appliance to have at home. It can cook a number of different meals besides just toasting bread. The days when this appliance was used only to toast bread for breakfast are long gone. Nowadays, modern toasters come with alternative settings to help you prepare many different recipes. Let’s see what you should look for when buying a toaster.

Types of Toasters

Nowadays, there are several different types of toasters available on the market. Let´s go through some of them to help you decide which toaster is the best match for you.

Pop-up Toasters

Pop up toasters are the most common type of toasters, what you’ll normally call just “toasters.” This small kitchen appliance has two or four slots on the top, where you drop the bread slices. Pressing down the lever or button will lower the bread inside the appliance. When the slices reach the chosen temperature or crispiness, the toasts pop up.

Pop-up toasters come in 2-slice and 4-slice varieties and they are specifically designed for toasting. Some models offer wider slots that do a better job with thicker slices or pastries.

They’re small, affordable and easy to use. The fact that they’re designed specifically for this single purpose makes the whole process simpler.

Toaster Oven

Another alternative becoming increasingly popular is the toaster oven. It offers more cooking alternatives; you can use it for making toast, and many other preparations. There are small models of this appliance that take up very little counter space. You can use it to toast several slices at one time, make grilled cheese or hot sandwiches.

Toaster ovens are often more expensive than pop-up toasters, but they are worth the investment for those looking for an toaster that can also make pizza, bake cookies and many other things. This appliance is somewhere in the middle between toasters and countertop ovens.

Things to Keep in Mind

Once you’ve chosen the type of toaster you want to have at home, make sure you consider these factors before buying:

  • Capacity: toasters have more or less capacity depending on each model. This varies significantly when it comes to toaster ovens. Keep in mind the number of people at the household and the frequency of use to choose the right model for you.
  • Budget: How much money you can spend is always a key factor when choosing a new appliance.
  • Your Own Needs: Keep in mind what you’d like to prepare with the toaster. Is it just toast or you’d like to bake other things?
  • Size: When you have little counter space available, you’ll probably need a small toaster you store away easily.

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