Toast is the food of the Gods. It’s quick and convenient and is a little taste of warm buttery goodness. These days it’s hard to even imagine a kitchen without a toaster, but buying the right toaster isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is an art to getting your toast evenly browned, crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.
With so many different models and types of toasters to choose from, it can be easy to get sucked into all the snazzy features and over the top specifications, which sometimes aren’t necessary. To make your decision even easier we have compiled the top things you need to look out for when thinking about buying a toaster for your home.
Before You Buy
The size of your toaster really depends on how many people will be using it and the space you have available. How many slots do you want your toaster to have? They normally come with 2, 4 and sometimes even 6. Again this is totally dependant on how many people will be using the toaster on a daily basis. 2 slots is usually enough if you are the only one using it. If it’s for the whole family then a 4 or 6 slice model is sure to feed those hungry mouths.
The next thing to consider when buying a toaster is the wattage. Is a powerful model important to you? Why does it even matter about power?
The higher the power the quicker the toast. But there is more to it. If you have a high power appliance then you will get crispy toast on the outside and soft bread on the inside. If you opt for a less powerful toaster then you get chewy toast rather than cripness. This comes down to preference but as a rough guide, you should try and get a toaster that is at least 1200 kwatts for a 2 slice model and 1800 kwatts for a 4 or 6 slice model. This also depends on the type of bread you are toasting so think about what one will suit your preference.
Depending on the type you get, they will use a different amount of energy. Obviously the bigger the toaster, the more energy will be used. You can get toasters that allow you to control which slots heat up and this can make your breakfast energy efficient. If you want this feature then you will need to look at the specifications of the toaster and see if it’s right for you. These features are only available on 4 and 6 slice toasters and not available for the usual 2 slot toaster.
Defrost – this feature allows you to defrost your bread before toasting. This means that you can defrost your bread without having to change your settings.
Reheat – this handy feature warms up your toast if for some reason you didn’t get to it quick enough and it cooled down. Just flick the switch to reheat your toast without burning your toast or soggy bread.
Crumb tray – crumb trays are very important to pick up all the crumbs that fall off your bread in the process of toasting. They are a must have for any toaster so make sure to look for a model with a crumb tray.
Peak and pop – this is a smart function found on most toasters. It means that you can pop up your toast without changing the browning settings. This way you can see if your toast is done and how crispy it is.
Bagel function – some toasters come with a bagel function meaning that only one side of your bagel is toasted, while the other side is gently warmed. Take a look at the specifications to see if a toaster offers this feature.
High lift feature – if you regularly toast smaller items like crumpets and tea cakes then a high lifting bread carriage allows you to lift out the bread carriage without burning your fingers.