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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 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. 


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. 

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.


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