Well now, that depends.
There are so many toasters, coming in so many shapes, sizes, and colors, with all sorts of fun functions and surprising features. But one thing’s certain: The perfect toaster for you and your kitchen is out there. Let’s find it!
This is your basic no-frills toaster. It’s a space saver. And it’s great for single folks, married folks, college kids, small families. The fact is, most simple 2- and 4-slot toasters will toast your bread quicker and more evenly than more expensive toaster ovens or oven toasters. So if it’s basic toast you’re looking for, give real consideration to these models.
What’s the biggest advantage of a 4-slice toaster over a 2-slice toaster? Uhm, more toast. You’ve doubled your toast potential. It’s bigger, of course; so it takes up valuable counter space. Fun Fact: The 2-slice toasters actually outsell the larger 4-slice models by about 3 to 1.
OK, now we’re getting serious. If you have ample counter space, and you want to cook and bake foods in addition to making toast, the toaster oven could be the way you want to go. Oh, and here’s a benefit: PIZZA! You can cook a small pizza in the toaster oven, no problem. In fact, a toaster oven could be the only cooking contraption you need in a dorm room or shared apartment. They actually cook dishes. Grilled cheese sandwiches? Of course. Burgers? Yes. You can bake cupcakes and roast a small chicken in there, too. They come with toaster oven pans, occasionally nonstick oven pans. And if you’re really playing on the “oven” part of your toaster oven, consider buying toaster tongs. They make easy work of turning, grabbing, and retrieving hot foods. These rigs are so versatile, it’s likely that the thing you’ll make least in your toaster oven is toast.
Buying the best toaster oven. Some things to consider:
- A broiler setting means you can cook pork chops, burgers and such in your toaster oven.
- Convection toaster ovens are a thing, it’s true. But for such a small oven, the convection action is not essential.
- Some toaster ovens include rotisserie attachments for serious toaster oven cooking.
- Infrared toaster ovens use speedy infrared heating to help quicken toasting time.
- Downside. Toaster ovens cost more than basic toasters. But you probably saw that coming.