The famous proverb advises: "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dine like a pauper." You can see the validity of this advice if you get a good toaster for your home. Crispy, golden and flavorful pieces of bread will definitely make you not want to share them with anyone. Especially, if you spread some butter, honey, or put a thin slice of cheese on it ... To avoid salivating, let's figure out the most important thing right now - how to choose the right toaster from a variety of models.
Criteria for choosing a toaster:
number of slices that can be prepared at a time;
dimensions and design.
The last point is not very important functionally. But what kind of hostess doesn't want her kitchen to shine with harmony and beauty? The right device will complement the interior with its attractive design.
Your choice will depend on which of the criteria is most important to you.
Toasters are available with automatic or mechanical control (simple time controller with a dial).
The most forgetful and distracted ones are better to choose an automatic toaster for home. When the slices are ready, the device will automatically shut off, preventing the toasted bread from turning into coals.
If you have enough time to follow the process of transformation of bread into golden toast, you can choose less complex and cheaper models with mechanical control. You only set the frying time on them, or just turn on and make sure that the bread is toasted right.
Advanced models also have a pre-defrosting function. This is useful for frozen bread.
An important point can be a way to get rid of the inevitable crumbs. No matter how careful you are with a toast, crumbs are bound to fall. If they accumulate inside the device, they will soon begin to get charred, or even flame. To prevent this from happening, they need to be removed.
In the most primitive models, you simply have to flip over the toaster and shake out the accumulated crumbs from time to time. Some models have a grid bottom, and the resulting crumbs just fall onto the table. This is not very convenient or hygienic at all. It is best to choose a model, the bottom of which is a removable crumb tray. After each toast is prepared, the tray is removed and the crumbs are sent to the trash or for the birds.
The one that best meets your needs.
If your family consists of you and your favorite cat, it is possible to do with a compact model, designed to make 2 slices at a time. You can choose a model that allows you to heat up buns and tender croissants on a special grill above the slots.
If the house is occupied by 3-4 people, and everyone likes crispy hot slices - it is better to choose a more powerful model that allows you to toast 4 slices at a time.
If you love hot sandwiches, you can choose a good toaster grill. Some models allow you not only to toast but also bake buns and cupcakes. And hot sandwiches, made in such toasters, are simply wonderful!
Usually, all requirements are written in the manuals. Normally, toasters should not have bread smeared with butter, honey or cheese in them. All these products should be applied after the toasting process. Buns should be heated up unpacked.
Take a look at the body material. It is best to choose a toaster the body of which is the least heated during the operation. Usually, these are metal bodies; plastic ones are heated more.
As experience shows, brushed metal models are more practical, as it is more difficult to keep the polished exterior clean.
It is important that the wire length allows you to place a toaster in such a way that no one can cling to its cord or accidentally drop the device. Avoid using extension cords, especially for grid connection of models with more than 1500 watts of power.
The presence of additional functions often makes it easier to choose a toaster. The younger generation will be delighted with some funny faces or inscriptions on the slices. And, in fact, a cute smiley face, looking out of the toaster on the morning sunlit table cab charge you with positive energy for the whole day too!
A useful feature that allows you to easily get small slices of bread designed for canapés from a toaster.
Many models automatically place slices of bread in the middle of the slots, so that they are toasted evenly.
Toasters are manufactured by almost all companies producing household appliances. And the same brands that are known for other products are leading. These are BOSCH, Tefal, Philips, Rowenta, Vitek. The range of prices is so great that any buyer can choose the best suitable model, and the purchase will not make him pay through the nose.