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Toaster Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a toaster.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.

Types

Toasters
Toasters are very convenient, fast and easy to use. You can find them in a wide range of colors and styles and they can even match your kitchen and other small appliances. 

When you are choosing a toaster you should consider the size of it. There are models with 2 and 4 slices. If you have a large family, the 4 slices might be the one to go for. You should also consider the amount of space that you have in the kitchen. 
Toaster Ovens
Toaster ovens are ideal for cooking small quantities of food. They preheat quickly and are capable of toasting bread on both sides at the same time. These appliances are useful as second ovens or can be used in place of a large oven to reduce energy consumption.

There are two types of toaster ovens: regular toaster ovens, which you use for toast, bread or warming up food, and convection toaster ovens that use energy the same way as convection ovens, but more efficiently. In these ovens you can bake smaller pieces of chicken, small pizzas, and even a small cake.

Toaster ovens come in different sizes and colors, and they tend to be big and bulky, so make sure that you have enough space on your counter. Regular toaster oven size is 0.5 Cu. Ft. and can fit 4-6 slices of bread. The bigger the model you want, the more expensive it is.

Features

When choosing the one with 4 slices you want to have a feature called the "slot selector" that allows you to toast only 2 slices at the time if you want to. 

If you also do bagels, thick bread or muffins make sure that slots are wide enough for them to fit in. Some toasters offer the "bagel" setting that will toast only on one side. 

Toasters usually have a feature where you can select how dark you want your bread to be. They come with the crumb tray, which should be easy to remove and clean and some might even offer "defrosting' and "reheating". A bread lift is handy and good feature to have. 

If you are worried about the safety consider a plastic housing, which is less likely to retain heat and feel hot to fingers than those made of metal. 

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