If your day starts with healthy and delicious food then throughout the day you will feel energetic and active. We all have realized that, but still sometime we all miss breakfast just because of morning rush to reach office or institute. If you have toaster at your kitchen then you can avoid such situation. Bread toaster can help you to prepare breakfast very easily within just few minutes. 🙂
Types of toaster :
Toaster oven, Sandwich toaster, Popup toaster – These are three types of toaster what we generally use at home. There is one more toaster which is called conveyor belt toaster but that is generally used in restaurant. You may say that sandwich maker is not a toaster, it is just a sandwich maker but believe this, you can make toast also with sandwich maker and its working mechanism is same as pop up toaster. Only difference is that here you can place bread horizontally, so it helps you to make tasty sandwiches for you and your family whereas pop up toaster is used for automatic toasting of bread. Toaster oven is also largely used in offices and family kitchen. Toaster oven can do both bake and broil or grill when other two types can not to do so.
Purpose of usage :
I hope you have understand the types of toaster. If you try to notice the name of different toasters then you can understand the functions or usage of the same.
- Sandwich Toaster / Maker : The name itself suggested what it is for. If you love to eat tasty home made sandwiches very often then you should buy this one. Here you generally place breads horizontally with all stuffs as per your choice in between the breads. If you use cheese then it melts cheese and baked bread properly with little pressure. Coils are placed horizontally inside the sandwich maker and produces heat when electric current flows through this.
- Pop up bread toaster : This will help you to prepare simple toast. Heating coils are placed vertically inside the toaster. It generated heat when electric current flows through it. You can not make sandwiches or any other thing with this. But in some particular pop up toaster you may find a folding stand on the top of toaster which you can use to warm snacks or melt cheese on bread. So if you want then you can search that kind of pop up toaster.
- Toaster Oven : Oven toaster is a multipurpose kitchen appliance. You can use it to warm food and prepare toast etc. It is come with grilling function also. This OTG (Oven Toaster Grill) is also very popular. It cost lesser than microwave oven but you can do so many things with OTG. It is used to warm food, bake bread and grill chicken, paneer etc.
So if you want to make only bread toast then popup bread toaster is the best option for you.
Features of pop up toaster :
Toaster with all standard features are reasonably priced. For pop up toasters with advanced or special features, you need to pay more. Consider carefully all of these features before buying a toaster is always tricky.
Standard features :
- Power & voltage : Power and voltage are common things for any electrical instrument. It let you know about voltage level and wattage. If 1000 Watt toaster is used for 1 hour then it consumes 1 unit electricity.
- Number of slots : More number of slots for inserting bread slice means you can make more toast at a time.
- Browning Setting : People prefer different level of browned toast. So this feature helps to set different browning control to enjoy perfectly browned toasts as per own preference.
- Cord winder : It helps to manage the electric cord and look organised and clean kitchen.
- Warranty : Manufacturer warranty is an important aspect to trust on the product before buying
- Reheat : Reheat toast to warm and enjoy hot and crispy toast
- Extra wide slot for thick bread : Allows users to use thicker bread
- Slide-out crumb tray : When you use toaster, bread crumbs are stored at bottom. In many toaster manufacturer places a tray at the bottom and users can remove that crumb tray very easily for cleaning.
- Auto popup : It is a very important feature when toaster user is a working professional. So he can do other tasks for getting ready for work while toast will be prepared and automatically pop up after completion. Is it exciting right?
- Automatic shutoff : Once the cooking cycle is completed toaster will be automatically shutoff.
- one-side bagel : Toaster with this feature enable cooking one side of bagel faster than other side of it.
- Cancellation : Nowadays manufacturers provide this feature in all pop up toaster due to safety reason. There may be still some manufacturers who are offering popup toaster without this feature. If you see any then please let others know by leaving a comment here.
- Material : A pop up toaster has many parts and each part is built with different material and designed to perform best. Material is used based on considering electrical conductivity, dirt resistant, heat resistant, fire proof quality of material. For safety and protection of users, body of a toaster is built with stainless steel, heat & dirt resistant plastic etc.
Advanced features :
- Digital display : Digital display is not available in standard bread toaster within price band of Rs 800 – Rs 2500. It is an advanced feature. Though it is an important factor for toaster as you do not need to consider so many settings or parameters like other multi settings appliances (microwave oven etc). If you see any other toaster with this feature available below Rs 2500 or US $35 in any country, then please let other readers know.
- Defrost : It is a good feature for those people who keep bread in the fridge and want to keep that bread directly in toaster from fridge or refrigerator.
- Extra lift : There are different breads available in local markets. Sizes of those breads may differ or you may prefer a good quality bread which is available in small size. So you can understand the effectiveness of this feature.
- Cool touch technology : It means exterior of bread toaster will always be cool while toaster is hot inside. As user safety is an important factor, so now this feature is added in case of low priced toaster also.
- Bread slice centering device : This feature allows even toasting. Though it is considered as special feature or advanced feature but still available in many low priced toasters.
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How to select popup bread toaster ?
Before making any online shopping, you should consider many things, otherwise you may realize that the product what you have bought, does not meet your requirement and you may regret for your decision. May be the product is very low priced or you can afford little higher priced toaster very comfortably but it is your hard earned money why will you loose that due to your wrong decision?
Family size : Consider your family size as an important parameter to consider. Choose bread toaster with more than 2 slice slots if your family size is more than 4.
Budget & toaster price: Budget is the most important factor for any buying decision. If your budget is less and no product with all required features is available withing that budget then it will be smart decision if you postpone your shopping for next month or near future.
Purpose of use : Find answers of all these questions. How frequently are you going to use? When do you use this? Who will use this? This may help you to find what features do you need and what are not required.
Ease of maintenance : Any instrument needs regular maintenance to keep its performance good enough to use. Specially for electrical appliance it is a good practice to clean your appliance after each use to maintain its performance and avoid any accident or unwanted electric shocks. So always consider simple design of your appliance which helps you to clean very easily. Side out crumb tray feature is always good and desirable for this point of view.
Safety & protection : Consider auto pop up, automatic shut off, cancellation and cool touch exterior features for your safety & protection.
Aesthetic look : Passionate people may do not think about toaster price, if it is your case then choose your product according to your kitchen’s design and color. But never compromise with required features.
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