The scene I describe happens daily: An hour or two after my early morning cookie dipped in frothy cappuccino, I’m ready for breakfast. This most important meal usually consists of toasted bread with fried eggs or creme cheese and sliced Alfonso olives. When I’m in the mood to be vegan, it’s usually avocado, za’atar spice, and a drizzle of olive oil. And so, I place the bread into the toaster oven and turn two dials to where it reads “toast.” The third dial is a bit more complicated, so complicated that after doing “just one thing” while I wait, I too often return to find two charred squares fit for garbage rather than my plate. True, I should sit by the machine and wait for the opportune moment to retrieve my whole wheat slices, perfectly browned. But time and time again, I walk away, never learning my lesson, only to be confronted with a toasting failure.
Since the receipt is long gone and my husband made this appliance purchase without me, I’m stuck. In the hopes of living vicariously through you, let’s explore what toaster ovens my family could have owned:
Pricey but Worthy Toasters
Breville Compact Smart Oven is $190 on Amazon. It has a 4 1/2-star rating and is a Good Housekeeping favorite. This unit has something called Smart Element IQ, which means that it intelligently and accurately distributes the heat across four quartz elements. With eight cooking features and room enough to fit a 12″ pizza pie, this is a good choice if you are shopping in that price bracket.
Cuisinart makes a Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer that is $200 and is considered a great value because of its good reputation and its seven functions: air fry, convection bake, convection broil, bake, broil, warm, and toast. Like the Breville, it can hold a 12″ pizza and unlike the Breville, it has an air frying basket. This machine has an industrial appearance and will surely add a serious yet fancy flair to your kitchen.
Moving on to a less expensive choice, (cause sometimes that’s what you have to do in life) is this small machine by Mueller. This $60 toaster is smaller, fitting only a 9” pizza but it’s quite mighty as it can get as hot as 450 degrees F. What makes this appliance impressive is its imported premium components. Perhaps that is why it is a best seller on Amazon with a four-star rating.
If you have an eye for style and it is mainly bread you are seeking to make crunchy plus you don’t care about reheating 9 or 12″ pizzas, take a look at this cutie. The Vintage Buydeem 4-Slice Toaster is super cool! And I just know it won’t do to you what my toaster does to me. The $55 Buydeem comes in retro pastel; it has 4 extra-wide slots for thick slices, plus it can accommodate bagels and muffins. The 7 shade settings are versatile and well, I guess you can tell, I’m in love. It’s definitely “hot.”
Cheap but Good Toasters
Cookmate Deluxe Toaster Oven caught my eye because it is just $35 and has a whopping 5-star rating on Amazon. It can fit 4 slices of bread and has only 2 dials which makes it my friend. (Remember, that third dial is trouble.) Something else about this machine is appealing: In the description, it says: Support Small Businesses: Designed in Philadelphia, PA. I say it’s nice to support small businesses, especially apres’ Corona. Do you agree?
Lastly, consider the Comfee’ Toaster Oven for $30. It comes in white, stainless, and black, is compact, and can accommodate 4 slices of bread at once. It has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and no third dial which, you already know, is great!
Toasting to Perfection with Protection
Once you’ve made your choice, consider a warranty that will protect your purchase. At CYA, Cover Your Assets, you can access monthly coverage that is cancelable at any time. If indeed under the covered time period your item needs to be fixed, CYA will have it restored by a tech that is authorized by the manufacturer. Their customer service department will politely usher you onto a path of quick repair. The last bonus to mention is that OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer parts) will be used to fix your item. Check out CYA here.
Now go eat some unburnt grilled cheese – for me!
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