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chefwong Jan 25, 2012 03:29 PM

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. Chemicalkinetics Jan 25, 2012 04:17 PM

    "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. Veggo Jan 25, 2012 04:36 PM

      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.

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        CanadaGirl Jan 25, 2012 04:36 PM

        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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          Chemicalkinetics Jan 25, 2012 04:56 PM

          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
            BobB Jan 26, 2012 12:03 PM

            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.


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              CanadaGirl Jan 26, 2012 02:30 PM

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

              1. re: CanadaGirl
                BobB Jan 26, 2012 02:43 PM

                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
                  pdxgastro Jan 28, 2012 11:32 PM

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

            2. tim irvine Jan 25, 2012 05:00 PM

              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.

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                rasputina Jan 26, 2012 03:28 PM

                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
                  CanadaGirl Jan 26, 2012 05:59 PM

                  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
                    BobB Jan 27, 2012 08:57 AM

                    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.

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                      BobB Jan 27, 2012 02:02 PM

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

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                  monopod Jan 27, 2012 02:00 PM

                  Another vote for the Breville oven here. Just got it a couple of weeks ago, and it's the most even toast I've ever had - if you set it for two slices, medium-dark, that's exactly what you get (on both sides, no less). Plus it can roast a chicken and bake a pie, and it allows you to cook for two (or more) without heating up your whole kitchen with a full-sized oven. Definitely worth the investment.

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                    chefwong Jan 29, 2012 12:03 PM

                    Have read and heard many good things about the Breville...
                    I'm so over the SS look.

                    We have matching wood panels on the fridge and dw.
                    Out current Krups toaster oven is black...and sorta melts into the Black Granite we have.

                    Fashion vs. function...I know..

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