How to Choose a Toaster

There are as many types of toasters out there as there are different bread types. It can be a bit overwhelming. Are you just looking for something simple that will brown 2 pieces of commercial bread, or do you want a toaster that can do everything from bagels to hamburger buns?

Here are a few tips and hints for choosing the right toaster for you.

Toasters all work the same way, you stick a piece of bread into them and a heating element browns it. What makes a toaster different from another is the various options available?

  • Number of Slices – How much toast do you need? If it’s just for you a standard 2-slot toaster will be plenty. Do you have a large household? You might want to go with a multi-slot toaster. You can find these in 4, 6, even 8 slices.
  • Browning Control - How dark do you like your toast? If you like variety look for a toaster that lets you control how long the bread toasts. It’s a common feature on even the most basic models
  • Size of Bread Slot – Higher end toasters will allow for varying bread sizes. This option lets you plop in a bagel and not have to worry about it turning to charcoal or sticking when it pops up. The top end models will have a spring-loaded slot that adjusts to whatever sized bread you’re putting into it.
  • Style – Since there are so many toaster options out there you just have to look for the right one to fit your kitchen. You can find any color out there all the way up to stainless steel. The choice is yours.

Use these four tips and hints for choosing a toaster and you’ll have a stylish product, and perfectly browned bread for years to come.