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How to buy the right toaster
Before buying a toaster, consider the type of items you usually
toast, how many people use the toaster and how much space you have
in your kitchen.
What do you like to toast? Thick sliced bread from uncut loaves,
toasted sandwiches, crumpets and bagels will need wide or
adjustable slots. A bagel or bun setting gives the option of
toasting on one side, warming on the other. Accessories like
warming racks are sometimes available for toasting items such as
croissants or pancakes. If you regularly toast small items like
toasted tea cakes or crumpets, a high lift bread carriage will make
it easy to remove them from the slots without burning your fingers,
or use a sandwich cage if one is available.
If you need a toaster for commercial use, such as in a hotel,
B&B, café or canteen, then your considerations will more likely
differ slightly. The toaster's output, for example, could be the
2 slice and 4 slice are the most widely found toaster sizes. If
there are more than a couple of people using the toaster at the
same time, then a 4 slice will be most useful or for large families
a six slice. Dualit's Classic Toasters are available to buy in two,
three, four and six slice versions. Safety Tip:
When in use, there should be nothing above the toaster that could
cause the heat produced to accumulate, so make sure you have space
in your kitchen where the toaster can be placed that isn't under
cupboards or near curtains.
How many watts does the toaster operate on? The higher the
watts, the faster it toasts. A low wattage that gives a slower
toasting speed will more likely produce toast that is chewy, rather
than crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. A good power level
for a two slice toaster would be 1200kW or above and for a four
slice toaster, 1800kW or above. However, the type of bread you
toast has the greatest effect; different varieties toast at
different speeds, with different outcomes.
The elements that are fitted inside a toasting slot is what
heats and browns the bread. The element is wrapped with wire and
this is the part that heats up. Although you can't test a toaster
before buying, you can probably look inside the slots and see the
elements - the more spaced out and less wire there is, the greater
risk of uneven browning and hotspots. Fewer gaps between the wire
will produce more even toasting.
An option to choose how many slots heat-up will help to save
energy when only toasting one slice. It will also make toasting a
lot more even; if there are two slots heating but only one slice of
bread toasting then one side will always brown faster.
Independent slot function
If you choose a toaster with four slots, then a separate timer
for each pair is useful if you and your family members have
different browning preferences or like different bread types.
Peek & Pop
This allows you to lift the bread to check it without resetting
the browning cycle.
Warms the bread then toasts it in one cycle. Ideal if you
regularly need to toast from frozen.
If your bread finishes toasting and cools before you get to eat
it, the reheat function will warm the toast without leaving it
soggy or burning the bread.
Crumb trays should be easy to remove and clean to stop the
build-up of bread crumbs, which can be a safety hazard.
Style and colour
Toasters can come in a huge range of styles, from cutting-edge
modern designs to those with retro appeal. If co-ordinating
appliances are important to you, look for toasters that come in a
variety of colours and that offer matching kettles.
This will be influenced by the quality of the elements, the
build quality and material. These factors will in turn affect the
price. Take a look at the fittings, switches, dials etc. Does the
manufacturer operate a repairs service? Are replacement parts
available? There are things you can do to help maximise the life of
your toaster; clean the slots regularly with a soft brush to remove
bread particles and any oils from the bread, empty the crumb tray
regularly and keep the toaster in a dry place where heat and
condensation cannot cause damage.
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Available with up to 6 slots, for home or commercial use.
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the Architect Toaster
Merging form & function, ergonomics & style
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Just as stylish, but with the emphasis on convenience
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2 slot and 4 slot
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When four simply isn't enough
Convenience of a pop-up toaster, designed specifically for commercial use
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Our multi-purpose range of grills and griddles are adaptable, economical and can produce everything from toasted sandwiches to burgers, pizzas, waffles, pancakes and cooked breakfasts.