The abundance of toasters on the market sometimes complicates the choice of the optimal model. Of course, the choice primarily depends on the price of the model and its functionality. Technical characteristics significantly affect the functionality of the model and, accordingly, the its choice. The modern toaster is a rather complex device and is characterized by a wide range of technical parameters.
Current models are made of metal (stainless steel or aluminum alloys) or plastic.
Plastic models are cheaper, lighter and have a more diverse design. But plastic is more heated during operation and melts at intensive operation due to high temperature.
The metal housing is more reliable and durable. It easily withstands high temperatures, but is more expensive and heavier.
Power is one of main parameters of toaster. Time toasting directly depends on the model power.
The power of modern toasters varies from 600 to 1600 W. Models with power from 800 to 1000 W are the most common. They are optimal for everyday toasting for average family.
Power depends on the number of toasting slots. Of course, models with several slots for simultaneously toasting four toasts should have a large enough power.
Number of the slots.
Standard models for two toasts have one elongated or two short slots for placing the slices of bread. Models with one slot often have a narrow elongated shape.
Device for four toasts typically has two elongated or four short slots.
Such models consume more electricity and have more large dimensions.
Most budget models use electric heating elements. They are fairly easy to maintain and easily replaced.
But today many models are equipped with quartz heating elements. They consume less electricity, more evenly distribute the heat and have high reliability. The high cost is their main drawback.
The toasting is accompanied by a large number of crumbs. Dry crumbs can provoke ignition. Therefore, the device should be cleaned regularly.
Cleaning the model without the crumb tray is complex and inconvenient. Of course, crumbs can be shaken out of the toaster in an inverted position. But this method can lead to its damage. Bottom of some models is made of metal grating. In this case the crumbs are falling directly on the table top that also requires cleaning. Of course, crumb tray is the most correct solution to this problem. It’s located at the bottom and periodically is freed up from collected crumbs.
Almost all modern models are equipped with this function. It eliminates scorching and provides a more uniform browning the bread slices on both sides regardless of their thickness.
This function is performed using a special mechanism that provides the identical distance between surfaces of bread and heating element regardless of the initial placement. This eliminates the dependence of the toasting degree from bread thickness.
The electronic control is designed to select the toasting temperature. It calculates the toasting duration, beeps at the end and switches off the toaster.
Toasters with electronic control have touch panel or an ordinary graded circular dial.
Compartment for electric cable.
Compartment simplifies the device storage.
The coating prevents the soot formation on the heating element surface.
Keep warm function.
Removable grate above the slots provides warming up of the buns and sandwiches with the help of hot air flow.
But more often it is implemented as a separate mode. Video demonstrates the work of such a model.