Friday, January 15, 2021

Thank you

all for your kind comments regarding Miss Frankie Lulu Belle. I have one more odd thing to share about her but not today. 

Today we talk about toasters. I know, I know - what can anyone possibly have to say about toasters.  But I have spent an excessively long time researching the topic. 

Lately I have had a desire for toast. We do not own a toaster, haven't for years and years. I can't remember when I last had an actual toaster. We've had a variety of toaster ovens and quite frankly they do not do a great job of toasting foodstuffs. As in - warming and crisping bread-like substances. 

It would seem to be a simple matter to do that - toast bread but -Oho - it is not so at all. And after reading many (oh so many!) toaster reviews the main complaint about toasters is that none of them actually TOAST bread very well. 

Did you know that your basic toaster can cost over $300? Or even that there is no such thing as a 'basic' toaster. There are all sorts of interesting new features but I think I'd be happy with one of these - 


There was one toaster I looked at which had the most fun complaint - it actually ejects the toast so forcefully that the toast goes flying - on to the counter, the floor - it just flies through the air like in cartoons. 

There are toasters that have a high-lift function, a warming rack, an LED clock/timer, a see-through door, a 'little bit more' function and on and on and yet, regardless of the brand or cost, none seem to consistently toast the bread to the preferred doneness. Nor do any seem to last very long. Oh yeah and there are caveats that the toaster not be used by children or old people because the outside gets too hot. 

Ah, I almost forgot - because people now prefer "artisan" breads, which are usually long, there are long-slot toasters to accommodate everyone's homemade sourdough. 

My question to you is - Does anyone have a recommendation for a plain old toaster? No bells, no whistles - just something that will nicely brown my bread? 

10 comments:

  1. I think perhaps you answered your own question in the illustration accompanying. Meanwhile, on my toaster frontline, I once had one similar to the one you described. It ejected the toast like a fighter pilot being ejected from his disabled plane. Currently I have a shiny, many-lighted, many buttoned four-slice gizmo that I've no idea how to work other than drop in the bread and eat whatever comes out. Advice: buy a toaster at Dollar General for about eleven bucks. It can't be any worse than what you have.

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    1. Some of the reviews were hilarious - like this one for the highly rated Cusinart toaster (highly rated only by the rating companies, actual users were not so enthusiastic) -

      "Setting 1 is warm bread. Setting 2 is charcoal. Good luck modulating in between. If you actually get it about where you want it, it's twice as dark at the bottom as it is at the top.

      Here is the setting chart for reference. I haven't tried anything above 2 since I'm not brave enough.

      1. Warm Bread
      2. Charcoal
      3. Conflagration
      4. Insurance Claim
      5. 5-Alarm
      6. Mushroom Cloud
      7. Game Over"

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  2. I picked up a $20 two slice Hamilton Beach from Target about a month ago. It does fine for the first 2 slices, but if Hubby also wants toast the second batch will be burnt. I bought cheap because dang I know I'll have to replace it in a year anyway.

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    1. I looked at Hamilton Beach and saw that very complaint, which appeared for other brands as well. Some of the reviews were hilarious but none were very positive.

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  3. The thought of flying toast made me laugh! Like Mary, we bought a cheap one last year - March 8, 2020 to be exact - because I had no faith in it lasting but so far it has. We don't toast things very often but it does the job when we do. This is the one we got: https://www.amazon.com/Multifun-Stainless-Removable-Settings-Certified/dp/B07YTTY3PX

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    1. It seems there are several brands that feature "forceful" ejection LOL I bought this one It was $10 more at Home Depot and the yellow color was sold out on both sites. It got the most good reviews. Even the super expensive ones got bad reviews. I looked on the Breville site and a $219.99 toaster never got more than 3 stars -

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  4. I have had several different toaster over the years but none of them could compare to the one that my dad had. Him and my mother got it for a wedding present and it lasted forever. I'm going to say that he had it for a good 25 years. The toaster I have right now, even though I never change the setting, it toasts the bread different every time.

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    1. Yup, it seems 'the good old days' really were! Same complaints over and over, every brand at every price point including spontaneously catching fire!

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  5. Mine is from DeLonghi, although it appears they're no longer in the toaster game. The only problem it's had is that the warming rack (which I never used) no longer stays down on its own, so I've got it duct taped. I'm okay with that – it actually feels kind of MacGyver-ish to fix things with duct tape./

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    1. I looked at the DeLonghi web site and discovered that they no longer make toasters. We've had DeLonghi appliances before and liked them very much, what a shame they stopped making them. Not that ANY company makes appliances any more - they all come from China - in some cases it's just the parts and the appliance is assembled in the companies country. Duct tape and electrical tape are handy dandy things to have in one's tool box...I have MacGyvered many things in my life, not many with duct tape, but still...

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