A toaster is a small kitchen appliance designed to toast bread and other similar foods. Toasters are popular in households worldwide, though regional variations exist.
Toasters are often powered by electricity, although toasters powered by other sources have been manufactured. Toaster ovens may be used as a type of toaster. Pop-up toasters are typically categorized as toaster appliances. A wide array of additional features exist that can add functionality and convenience for the user.
A toaster oven can be used to toast bread, muffins, bagels and other similar food products. These appliances are often equipped with a variety of features that improve convenience for the user. Toaster ovens may include settings to adjust both time and temperature. Settings may also exist to change how the appliance ejects its contents once finished toasting.
For example, a toaster oven may include settings such as "high heat" or "keep warm." Toaster ovens are often equipped with a safety feature that prevents the appliance from becoming too hot. Very few toaster ovens include an interior light, however these machines can typically accommodate some type of night vision device, such as night vision goggles or a traditional magnifying glass.
Toaster ovens can be used to cook a variety of different foods, including chicken and other meats.
Pros: A toaster oven can provide the user with added functionality that not every standard toaster may offer. For example, a toaster oven may include a timer setting in addition to temperature and time settings. This feature can allow users to set the appliance for later use, such as when preparing dinner before work or school.
Cons: Some types of toaster oven may not be able to toast bread evenly, leaving burnt and un-toasted sections. The surface area of a toaster oven may also prevent some types of food items from achieving an adequate warmed state.
A pop-up toaster features a lever that the user can push down and then place bread on top of. The lever is released and the bread is then toasted. Pop-up toasters are often equipped with an interior light that assists the user in determining when the toast has finished cooking.
These appliances can be purchased at a relatively low price and are generally easy to operate. Most types of pop-up toasters do not include any additional features that improve convenience for the user.
Pop-up toasters may be equipped with multiple levers, each of which can control the appliance's settings independently. These dual levers allow users to set different amounts of time and temperature for the top and bottom bread sections independently.
Pop-up toasters are considered small appliances and are not typically large enough for heating larger products such as hamburgers or chickens.
Pros: A pop-up toaster is inexpensive when compared with other types of kitchen appliances, such as a traditional oven. This type of appliance is easy to use, requires little maintenance and can be cleaned quickly with little effort on behalf of the user.
A pop-up toaster features a lever that can make the appliance easier to use. Some models also feature an interior light, which may allow users to achieve more consistent cooking results.
Cons: Many of these devices are small and do not include many additional features compared with other types of toasters. Although a pop-up toaster can be relatively easy to use, it is an appliance that does not offer the user many features for convenience.
Retro Style Toasters
A retro style toaster is an appliance that resembles a toaster from the early 20th century. These appliances typically feature a larger, oblong design and often include built in crumb trays that can be removed for cleaning purposes.
Retro style toasters are often equipped with modern functionality that allows them to toast more than one slice of bread at a time. Retros come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are often marketed as collector's items rather than cooking appliances.
These toasters were inspired by the classic pop-up toaster. However, retro style toasters provide additional features that are not often found in traditional pop-up toasters.
Pros: A retro style toaster is a unique appliance that can help users create a theme for their kitchen. These types of appliances are often designed with additional features that appeal to users who may enjoy the latest food trends or fads.
Because these devices do not look like traditional pop-ups, some consumers find them more attractive than other types of toasters.
Cons: Because these devices can look very different than other types of toasters, it may be more difficult for the user to determine when the appliance is ready for removal from a standard kitchen outlet. The more modern features found in this type of device, such as multiple-slice capability and additional temperature settings, increase the overall cost of the appliance.
A leverless toaster is a type of toaster that uses the same method used by pop-up toasters. A slice of bread moves along a pair of tracks, and then rises vertically when it reaches the heating elements. If the user wants more browning on one side than another, he/she has to rotate the bread in midair.
Since leverless toasters don't have any levers, they're much simpler than non-leverless toasters. This makes them less expensive, but also more prone to malfunction.
A leverless toaster with some bread in place on the second track. The user is about to rotate the bread 90 degrees so that it will brown evenly on both sides.
This leverless toaster has malfunctioned so that the bread doesn't move forward when it hits the heating elements. It still gives off some heat, though, since a resistor heats up and produces electricity. The user must be careful not to burn himself as he manipulates this particular leverless toaster.
Pros: This type of toaster is cheap and simple. It also makes good toast. A leverless toaster is also quite easy to clean.
Cons: The heating elements tend to be unevenly spaced, so that the toast isn't browned evenly on both sides. Also, since there's no lever to press down, it can be hard for users with arthritic hands to start the process of making toast. To make matters worse, a leverless toaster is more prone to malfunction than a non-leverless model.
Convection Toaster Ovens
A convection toaster oven is a type of small, portable oven that's designed to be used with a traditional toaster. It usually has two heating elements (one on the top, one on the bottom) so that it can toast bread and bake food at the same time.
Convection toaster ovens are becoming increasingly popular, because they can replace the space that would otherwise be used by a conventional toaster and a small oven.
Some users don't like convection toaster ovens. For example, if you use them with ordinary bread, then the top heating element will severely brown the top of your toast and leave the bottom pale and unappetizing.
Convection toaster ovens have thermostats that control when they switch between the top/bottom heat mode and the "conventional" heating modes (toast, bake). Some users think these thermostats are too sensitive, causing the convection toaster oven to switch between modes too often.
Convection toaster ovens are less likely than conventional toasters and conventional ovens to burn toast or cookies, since they're designed for non-burnable materials. However, if the user leaves food in a convection toaster oven for more than a few minutes, then it may get burned anyway.
Pros: Convection toaster ovens are an excellent way to brown the top and bottom of bread at the same time. Also, since they can function as home "fryers" with a little oil added to them, it's quite easy for users of convection toaster ovens to make their own french fries without having to buy an expensive deep-fat fryer.
Cons: Convection toaster ovens are quite expensive compared with traditional toasters and conventional ovens, particularly if we compare them with non-convection models of the same brand. Also, they take up a lot of room on the kitchen counter, so you can't have more than one or two of them unless you have a big kitchen.
Convection toaster ovens are difficult to clean, since crumbs from things like toast tend to lodge in the heating elements. It's also rare for users of convection toaster ovens to learn how to regulate their temperature correctly, so that they don't burn toast and cookies.
Q: Should I buy a toaster?
A: It depends on your needs. If you have a family of four, or if you live alone and like lots of toast in the morning, then yes. If not, you might just want to use a traditional oven.
Q: How do you keep a toaster clean?
A: You can keep a toaster clean by cleaning it with a rag and water. Or you could put it in the dishwasher.
Q: How often should I clean my toaster?
A: You should not have to do this very often. As with any appliance, if it starts to smell or there is a buildup of dust and grime then you will want to give it a thorough cleaning. This should be done about once a month, unless your home is particularly dusty.
Q: What is the best way to toast?
A: There are many different techniques for getting your bread toasted just right, depending on what you're making and how crunchy or crispy you want it. Ideally, you should use a setting somewhere in the middle of the range on your toaster, as going too low or high can result in burning.
In general, the darker you like your toast, the more you will have to turn it over. But don't forget, if you keep checking on it and turning it around then this will cook unevenly! To remember whether your bread is done without having to lift the lid up constantly, stick a fork or toothpick into the bread before putting it in the toaster. When it pops up, you will know that your toast is ready.
Q: What is the best toaster?
A: This depends solely on your needs. If you are looking for large quantities of toast, either to give away or hoard, I would suggest a communal toaster. A communal toaster is a large machine that can produce many slices of toast per hour, as opposed to the conventional household sized toasters. You can find communal toasters at most restaurants or office kitchens.
Q: Can I make french fries in my toaster?
A: Probably. However, you will most likely have to use an extension cord.
Q: What should I look for when buying a toaster?
A: Firstly, you should look at the size of your toaster. Do you want something that looks nice, but takes up a lot of counter space? Or would you rather have a small and simple one?
Then you will also want to think about how many slices it can hold, and whether or not it has "defrost" and "reheat" settings. If you are in the market for a communal toaster, you will want to consider how many slices it can toast per hour.
Q: Are there any warnings I should know about?
A: Yes. Do not try to wash your toaster in a dishwasher, and do not drop it into the sink or tub when trying to clean. Also, although most of our toasters come with safety guards around their slots, it is not recommended that you stick anything smaller than a slice of bread or an egg inside them. This means that you shouldn't lean anything on its side up against the toaster.
Q: How much should I spend on a toaster?
A: The price range for toasters is anywhere between $20 and $200. This depends on what you want out of your toaster. If you are looking for a one time use appliance that will toast a few slices at a time, then you should expect to spend around $30-$50. However, if you are looking for a commercial unit, you will have to be willing to invest up to $200.
Q: Can I decorate my toaster?
A: Sure, it would be great for the kids to have a hand in decorating their own "toast art" with you. So if you are looking for a family activity that costs a lot less than sending them off to day camp and summer camp, this is the way to go.
In conclusion, toasters come in all different shapes and sizes. You have smooth toasters, long slot toasters, pop-up toasters and more. The prices can range from just a few pounds to hundreds. It all depends on where you buy it and what you want, but there will always be the right one for you.