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Jan 25, 2012 03:29 PM

Who's got a toaster over and a toaster...

I hate having a *garage* or driveway full of appliances on the countertop.....

We use a toaster oven for toasting and just reheating of some stuff.
I have a large fancy Panasonic microwave that sits in the garage as I don't use it much.

Man, do I miss having a ~toaster~ though. There is just a extra toast level a good toaster does for breads and bagels that a toaster oven won't do it for me.

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  1. "There is just a extra toast level a good toaster does for breads and bagels that a toaster oven won't do it for me."


    In answering your title question: people who really care for good toasts would.

    1. Get married and you'll get a dozen toasters. I like the wide mouth ones that cradle and toast split bagels without burning the crap out of the outside surface.

      1. We no longer have a toaster oven, but when we did, we had a toaster too. I don't care what they all them, toaster ovens DO NOT make acceptable toast :)

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        1. re: CanadaGirl

          They are acceptable to me, just not as good as the regular toasters.

          Sometime I wonder if "toaster oven" actually means "an oven of the size of a toaster"

          1. re: CanadaGirl

            I suspect you're not familiar with the Breville Smart Oven. Not only does it toast (and roast, and bake, and broil) superbly, it's even smart enough to check its own internal temperature before it starts and adjust the timing accordingly, so your toast always comes out exactly as dark as you like, even if it's not the first batch.


            1. re: BobB

              I am not (was not) familiar with it. For that price it better slice the bread for me too :)

              1. re: CanadaGirl

                I agree it's pricy, but worth it. Search this board for discussions of toaster ovens and you'll find everyone who owns one (quite a few 'Hounds now) raving about it.

                1. re: CanadaGirl

                  The Breville was #1 for America's Test Kitchens. :o)

            2. We do. The TO is for my son who is autistic. The single button feature is the big draw. I have an ancient Dualit I love. It toasts things quickly and well, but when Drew uses it he racks the dial all the wy over and makes charcoal briquettes. All I use his toaster oven for is drying tinware after washing.

              1. I'm perfectly happy with how my Breville Smart Oven toasts, so I don't feel the need for a separate toaster. It has a bagel function too. I'm not sure what this extra level of toasting is.

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                1. re: rasputina

                  This breville toaster seems to be an exception. Most toaster ovens, including all I have ever used, take longer to make toast than a toaster and the toast is not evenly toasted.

                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                    The Breville does take a bit longer than a dedicated toaster, which stands to reason, as the bread is farther from the heating elements. But it does roast evenly.

                    1. re: BobB

                      Typo alert - I meant toast evenly. But it roasts evenly too. ;-)