Toasters are one of the most popular kitchen appliances. Many people prioritise a toaster and a kettle before other appliances such as microwave ovens, sandwich makers and electric table-top grills. Toasters are available in many shapes and sizes, including those that toast vertically as well as those that toast horizontally (flat). Horizontal toasters are usually used commercially and even smaller ones can toast in excess of 150 slices per hour.
Horizontal toasters can be very versatile because not only can they toast bread, bagels, crumpets and Pop Tarts, but also items with additional toppings.
Toasters are available in virtually every colour you can think of. From a contemporary look through to vintage 50s to 60s styles, all the way to the very modern stainless steel toasters with multiple controls for heat, duration, defrosting and single-side toasting etc.
Some toasters are 2 slice and some are 4. Commercial toasters obviously can toast many slices, but for standard domestic use, 2 and 4 slice toasters are the norm.
The Best Toaster
The best toasters will toast evenly and completely – even the larger sized slices of bread. Some toasters often will not fit a slice of bread in completely and an untoasted line is left at the top of the slice. When purchasing a toaster, ensure that it is large enough to accommodate the size of bread you intend to use.
Toasters use heat electric heat elements. Heat elements using electricity are not efficient generally speaking, but because toasting is normally a quick procedure, the cost of using a toaster is not usually excessive. If many slices needed to be toasted, it may be more efficient to use a larger grill, such as that on a combination oven rather than using a toaster appliance several times. Check the power rating of your appliances to compare. Ask if unsure. Care must be taken when using any electrical device.
Toasters are made by several household brands, including Breville, Morphy Richards, Tefal, Russell Hobbs, De’Longhi, Moulinex and many more. All these companies produce several styles within each range. The best toaster for you will be the one that does the job that you intend. If you will only ever toast standard size crumpets and bagels, the size will be less of a priority. If you plan to use the larger ‘toast’ style bread, you will need to pay attention to the internal toasting area to avoid sections of the bread being under-toasted. The style is important to many. If all your other appliances and white goods are stainless steel (brushed or polished), you may wish to opt for a toaster in the same material and finish. If your appliances and other kitchen accessories are a certain colour, perhaps choosing a toaster in the same colour will be an important factor to consider.
Some people do not keep their toaster on their kitchen worktop when not in use. Often, they are stored in cupboards. This is can be the case when the kitchen is smaller than average size, there are several other appliances and accessories (including breadbins, tea/coffee holders etc.) on the work surface or the person likes their worktops to be as clear as possible, either to allow for other culinary tasks or because of neatness and order.
Check out our Buy Online section for deals on toasters. We recommend shopping around once you have selected a particular model that suits your needs. There are obviously differences in prices as well as sale periods at different outlets. We also recommend checking out sites like eBay, because many of the high street retailers have virtual stores on the eBay platform and they sell their toasters alongside smaller outlets – it is easy to compare prices and service all in one place.
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