Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Toaster

Buying a toaster is not as straightforward as you might think.

Most people haven’t spent too much time thinking about what to look for in a toaster. “Can it cook my toast the right amount? Then that’s all I need.” However, you may be surprised to find there are some things you should consider before making a purchase. Toasters come in a variety of styles, models, and types and you want the one that will check all the right boxes.

Small Enough to Stow

This one is compact enough to easily store elsewhere when it’s not in use. BLACK+DECKER

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If you plan to store your toaster in a cupboard when not in use, then how it looks and whether it matches the rest of your kitchen décor doesn’t matter much. However, if you plan to keep a toaster on a counter, it should go well with other things you currently have in your kitchen. Consider color and textures in your kitchen to find a toaster that matches, as well as modern-looking versus something more classic.

Extra Lift Lever for Safety

This one has a burn setting, so you can make your toast crispy but not burnt. AmazonBasics

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A toaster that has a small shade range likely means your desired toasting shade will be difficult to achieve. If you are picky about the shade of your toast (how much it’s cooked), then you want to look for a toaster that has a wide shade range. It will give you more options depending on the type of bread you’re toasting.

LCD Display

This legacy brand’s model makes breakfast as easy as pushing a button. Cuisinart

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Some toasters come complete with a defrost feature that transforms your frozen bread into a perfect piece of toast in just minutes. Some toasters are able to toast one side a certain amount, and the other side a different amount. If you are looking to do more than throw a piece of toast in your toaster, consider what extra features are important to you.