March 26, 2012

The Best Toasters and Toaster Ovens for 2012

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Picking the best toaster or toaster oven can be and is a very personal thing, and for us here at Kitchen Contraptions highly based on what you want to toast and cook. If you really just want toast - then a pop-up toaster may work for you, but if you want to use the toaster for an oven as well - then using a toaster oven combo will be a great bet. We also recognize that using a toaster to simply make breakfast sandwiches with eggs in them is also very desirable for those on the go.

We've compiled a list of best toasters and toaster ovens we think will meet these toasting needs and others.


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Cuisinart TOB-40 Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

With 1800 Watts of power to toast, bagel, bake and broil, the full size interior holds 11 inch pizza and 6 slices of toast. There's even a cool touch handle with easy clean nonstick interior and a front removable tray. The even shade control monitors the temperature and adjusts timing to consistently toast, and the toaster oven includes: baking pan/drip pan, broiling rack, wire rack, front removable slide-out crumb tray, and a clutter-free cord wrap.

This toaster is perfect for a larger crew, and also perfect if you want to do a little more cooking than just toasting.


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Black & Decker TR1256B 850-Watt 2-Slice Toaster with Bagel Function and Removable Crumb Tray

With 850 watts of power and one-touch functions for bagels, defrost and cancel with blue LED indicators this toaster is both classic and from the future. The toast shade selection knob lets you get just the right amount of toasting for all your breads, and the extra-wide slots with auto-adjusting bread guides for thick or thin slices. And the easy lift lever will make getting your toast or bagel out of the toaster easier than trying to fish it out with a fork.

We think this toaster is classic, and will meet those needs that are only toast related.


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Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ

This 1800-watt convection toaster oven with 4/5-cubic-foot nonstick interior Element IQ technology for smarter control over the heat has 9 pre-set functions. It also features 5 quartz heating elements, user-friendly control panel, LCD screen, 3 rack positions, and an Auto-eject wire rack.

Given the size you can toast a pizza in this baby, and also the LCD screen will keep you up to date on the progress of what's cooking.


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Oster TSSTTVMNDG Digital Large Capacity Toaster Oven

This toaster oven was recognized as one of the best products of 2011 in a leading consumer research magazine. The 6-slice toaster oven with convection technology for faster, more even cooking has digital controls with an interior light for easy viewing.

The extra-large interior can hold a 13 by 9 pan, whole chicken, casseroles, roast and a ham. So if you're looking for cooking and toasting - this one is for you. Also picking a smaller oven like this one will yield less electricity used than your full size oven in your kitchen.

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Hamilton Beach 22708 Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven

The 2-in-1 compact toaster and mini oven saves on counter space. The oven fits up to 2 16-inch pizza slices. This toaster also has the electronic toast-shade and oven-temperature controls ensure consistent results.

This is definitely the hybrid of our top ten toasters list. It's a toaster on top and an oven in the middle.


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Back to Basics TEM500 Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher

You love breakfast sandwiches and this toaster delivers them. The innovative 3-in-1 appliance functions as toaster, egg cooker, and meat warmer. You can make a breakfast sandwich in 4 minutes, and the toaster has an automatic shut-off for individual toasting.

What else do we need to say? It makes breakfast sandwiches and toasts - get one now. :-)


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Black & Decker TR1256W 850-Watt 2-Slice Toaster with Bagel Function and Removable Crumb Tray

With 850 watts of power this one-touch toaster will make bagels toasted to perfection. The toast shade selection knob lets you get just the right amount of toasting for all your breads. The extra-wide slots with auto-adjusting bread guides for thick or thin slices.

This is basically the Black and Decker from above, but in white. We also know how a toaster looks is very important for some people and a white toaster is perfect for those who love white appliances.


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Black & Decker T4569B 4-Slice Toaster

Okay - here's the deal - you have a big family with lots of toasting needs so you need a 4 slice toaster. This 1400-watt 4-slice toaster with extra-wide, self-adjusting slots Bagel, frozen, and cancel functions is going to meet that need. Dual control panels for operating 2 slots independently from the other 2 slots will also get everyone the toast they want - not just toast en masse.

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Black & Decker TRO480BS Toast-R-Oven 4-Slice Toaster Oven

This large-capacity 1200-watt 4-slice toaster oven can bake, broil, bagel, toast, and keep-warm lots of food. We love the rounded front, and the amount of control over all of the toasting options is stunning. Again - this is a toaster for those who want to cook and toast.


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Breville BOV650XL Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ

Our final toaster is this 1800 watt countertop oven which has smart features, but takes up less space that other toaster ovens. The independent heating elements put the power where it's needed most, and the elements adjust automatically for each of the eight preset functions to deliver the right cooking temperature at the right time. Presets include: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, and reheat. This oven also remembers personal preferences of each setting.

Whatever toaster you decided upon, make sure it meets your toasting needs based on what you toast - not what you think you'd love to toast.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 26, 2012 8:55 AM
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