The toaster oven has come a long way. From its early beginnings as a glorified toaster, through the current appliances that can take up the full countertop, the toaster oven has progressed from novel appliance to must-have accessory. However, at some point during its evolution, the toaster oven breached the event horizon and became a tool of diminishing returns; quite often they're just too big and bulky to be considered compact appliances.
As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, the reason this outlook may be expressed in the first place is because "they" may have designs on your breakfast--especially when it comes in the form of breakfast sandwiches. After all, who can resist the allure of an egg sandwich? Topped with ham and cheese, the classic combination is suitable for one and all. Thankfully the breakfast staple is easy to make, and therefore not solely relegated to the fast-food drive-through window. But that doesn't mean it couldn't be made even easier to … Read more
I don't have a lot of counter space in my kitchen. My toaster spends most of its time on a shelf. If it's not toasting, it's put away. I don't mind this arrangement, but I think toasters could be a little easier to store. The Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster seems to have a similar thought behind its design. Not only is it an attractive toaster--stainless steel with black accents--but it's square enough that it won't take up a disproportionate section of the shelf, and its cord retracts so you don't even have … Read more
I feel sorry for toasters. They all seem to suffer from an identity crisis. We've seen toasters that can fry an egg, toasters that think they're panini presses, and here's a toaster that thinks it's an oven. Wait, what's that you say? Toaster ovens are nothing new? True, but they don't usually come with temperature probes.
The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Toaster Oven with Convection Cooking (Model 31230) can toast six slices of bread at a time, but it can also do so much more. With an integrated temperature probe, the miniature oven … Read more
Because the Bistro Flatbed Toaster, from Bodum, offers a hot, flat surface, it can do a lot more than your average toaster. You can use its heating surface to defrost, toast, and heat up your food. Pizza, tortillas, and hamburger buns all fit comfortably. Want to melt cheese on your bread as you toast it? The Bistro Flatbed Toaster can handle it, just as it can easily toast big rolls that won't fit in most toasters. The heating surface of the Bistro Flatbed Toaster is stainless steel.
The Bistro Flatbed Toaster is designed to fit in with any kitchen, … Read more
Toasters are probably the most riffed-upon kitchen appliance. (Coming in a close second would be the indoor grill.) The fact that they are comparatively easy to manufacture probably has something to do with it, but iteration after iteration of the device can also be attributed to their iconic status. Toasters may have come a long way since the early days, but the basic size and shape is still in production models today. Even when they go digital.
Despite what some advertisements would lead you to believe, frozen pizza will never equal fresh pizza (unless, of course it is New York pizza, but that's another topic altogether). However, for the ultimate in convenience, pulling a food item out of the fridge and popping it in the oven can't be beat. In truth, frozen pizza has come a long way, but the other items on the refrigerator shelves could use a bit more convenience. At the very least, a do-it-all appliance is needed to enjoy the convenience of easy-to-make food at the press of a button.
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Having a second appliance at the ready to do our culinary bidding is the well-deserved right of the modern human. After all, once upon a time the only kitchen gadget that existed was a stick. When early humans moved inside, they brought their fire with them, and for millennia a home-cooked meal was made with this one and only "appliance." Eventually this gave way to the wood-burning stove, but the concept remained the same: one place to cook every meal. Then somebody, somewhere brought home the first toaster and all of a sudden home cooks everywhere had to … Read more
Mornings can be fraught with difficulty. Navigating the treacherous confines of the refrigerator all too often leads to breakfast dashed upon the shores of our kitchen counters. Some of us seek morning sustenance in a manner that is as easy as can be, and have learned that to get through those fateful first minutes of the day the best advice is to simply keep it easy. This evolution of understanding has made it clear that nothing more complicated than a toaster is safe to operate in the morning. As such, bread products are the favored breakfast item--until faced with the … Read more
The future of toasting is here. And it may be bright, but you don't have to wear shades. In fact, obscuring the vision is exactly opposite of this particular toaster's intended nature. The Magimix Le Toaster Vision favors transparency over the opaqueness of stainless-steel. However, a toaster, no matter how shiny or clear as the case may be, still needs to accomplish the one task it was designed for, namely, the toasting of bread.
Featuring easy viewing thanks to the double-walled glass exterior, the Toaster Vision is also constructed of stainless steel and cast aluminum. Actual toasting is … Read more