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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 and what features they offer.

Getting Started

As we all know, Toasters are a very convenient appliance to have in any Kitchen. With their ability to evenly toast Bread, Bagels, English Muffins, and more, the possibilities are endless. Though toasters have been around for a while, there are plenty of new technologies and advancements that have been added to them over the years, keep reading below to find out more!

For assistance selecting the perfect toaster for your home, contact one of our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888.228.5800.


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, as well as ones with a Bagel feature. If you have a large family or are a toast fanatic, the 4 slice toaster 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 baking, broiling and more. These appliances are useful as second ovens or can be used in place of a large oven to reduce energy consumption. For more information about Toaster Ovens, check out Abt's Toaster Oven Buying Guide.


Slice Capacity: Toasters currently come in either a 2 or 4 slice capacity, though some offer 2 wide slots that can easily accommodate 4 slices.

Bagel Setting: If you enjoy bagels or happen to only wish to have one side of a piece of bread toasted, you will love having a Bagel setting. The Bagel setting lets toasters toast only one side of the bagel instead of both. When using the Bagel setting, be sure to put the bagel in so that each open face of the bagel is facing inwards, otherwise your bagel will only be toasted on the outside! Most toasters that feature a Bagel setting will have an image that indicates how to properly place the bagel.

Shade Setting: Most toasters usually have a feature that lets you select how dark you want your toast to be. Typically, the higher the shade setting the darker the toast will turn out. Be sure to pay attention to the specific model's instructions to properly select your perfect shade.

Crumb Tray: Many toasters now come with a crumb tray. Crumb Trays are extremely convenient because they easily are removed, letting you quickly dispose of any crumbs. Crumb Trays also help make cleaning the toaster a breeze.

Defrost: Some toasters feature a Defrost setting that will defrost your bread and then toast it in one easy step. Defrost settings come in handy for any family that typically freezes their bread. Not all toasters offer the ability to defrost, so be sure to pay close attention to the specific models features prior to purchasing.

Reheat: Toasters that feature a Reheat setting will reheat your food without any browning or toasting. A Reheat setting is a great way to warm up leftovers without losing the crunch. Toaster Reheat settings are unlike microwave reheat settings, which typically result in soggy or soft reheated food.

Lift: Most toasters both old and new feature a lift lever that lifts your food up once it is finished being toasted for easy removal. Though lift levers are quite typical in toasters, some newer toaster models feature automatic lifts. Toasters that feature an automatic lift will lift your toast with just the press of a button.

Display: Displays are not as common when it comes to traditional toasters, however they are frequently found on toaster ovens. Toasters with displays may indicate the setting you currently are on, the shade setting, or even the time remaining. Though displays may not be common, they do offer a convenient way to ensure that you are on the desired toast setting.

Housing Material: If you are worried about safety, you may want to consider the toaster housing. Toaster housings that are made out of metal typically retain heat. However those that feature cool reach steel or a plastic housing are less likely to retain heat, making them perfect for any family with young kids.

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