Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Toaster

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

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If you prefer lightly toasted bread, but someone else prefers toast nearly burnt, get a toaster with a range of burn settings.Cuisinart

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.

Where Will the Toaster Live?

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Do you want your toaster on the counter at all times or only one the counter when in use?BLACK+DECKER

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.

Does it Have a Shade Setting?

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If you like your toast crispy but not burnt, get a toaster with a burn setting.AmazonBasics

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.

Does Your Toaster Need to Do More than Toast?

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Some toasters are as basic as can be, while others have a lot more bells and whistles.Cuisinart

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.