Points to Consider When Buying a New Toaster or Toaster Oven
Naturally, when you buy a new toaster or toaster oven you will look for a reasonably priced model that has an excellent energy rating. If you want extras, there are toasters with toaster pastry and bagel settings. Upscale toaster oven models may have special settings for preheating and the larger ones have a tray in the middle to heat two items at once.
The wattage of each appliance determines how much energy it uses. Most toasters range from 800 to 1,400 watts. A higher number doesn’t necessarily mean a lower energy score however. You can check the energy consumption by looking at the rating sticker on the back or bottom of the appliance.
Making an economical choice doesn’t mean buying the lowest priced model. Check the specifications and the price and decide which features are most important to you. Do you need a slide-out tray under your toaster or would you rather have one that accommodates bagels? Pick the models that have the features you want for a reasonable price, and then check the reviews of each one online.
Four-slice toasters are convenient and it’s best to choose one that has separate controls for each half of the toaster. When buttering toast, you can set the second side to pop up a few seconds after the first instead of leaving some of the toast to cool while you butter. A slide-out tray is a necessity, in my opinion, because it makes cleanup so much easier.
Crock pots are great for setting up a meal and then leaving it to cook all day. But sometimes you need a toaster oven to quickly heat up a frozen dinner or to reheat leftovers. Depending on your needs, you can find one in many different sizes, with wattage from 1,200 to 1,700. There are toaster ovens big enough to cook a 12 inch pizza but remember, smaller ovens use less energy.
One characteristic of toaster ovens is that they can heat up the kitchen if they are not well made. This is where those online reviews can help determine which ones are the best models. Besides making the kitchen uncomfortably warm, a leaky toaster oven wastes energy.
Each appliance has unique advantages, and it makes sense to have both of them in your kitchen. Doing your homework means deciding which features are important to you and making comparisons. After you have checked the reviews and ratings, then comes the fun part – finding an appliance to match your kitchen décor!