There are many different types of toasters today. To help you decide which model suits your needs, the most common types with their advantages and disadvantages are explained below.
1. Slot toaster
The slot toaster is one of the best-known models. The bread slices are clamped between two heating plates and simultaneously roasted golden brown on both sides. One of the biggest advantages here is that the toast slices are not turned over, but are automatically browned on both sides.
In order to classify the slot toaster even more precisely, there are so-called "single slot toasters", "double slot toasters" or special models such as a "four-slot toaster". Nearly all models now include the most important features such as the bread slice centering. This function ensures that if the slice gets a little too close to the edge into the toaster, the slice of bread automatically slides closer to the centre by actuating a lever. This ensures that the slices are evenly browned.
- Low purchase price
- Space-saving (especially toasters with only one slot)
- No turning of the toast slices necessary
- Usually with additional functions such as a bread roll attachment
- Scope of functions can vary greatly
- Usually unsuitable for larger quantities
- The slot size is the same as a toast-slice
- Not suitable for a ham and cheese toast
Slot toasters are particularly suitable for small or single households, as they do not consume such large quantities. In general, such models are also cheaper than special sandwich toasters.
2. Long slot toaster
If you are interested in toasting not only toast but all kinds of pastries, you should consider buying a long slot toaster. These are characterised by a narrow and particularly long slot, in which for example two toast slices next to each other or conventional bread slices can be browned.
Some manufacturers even offer devices, with which the slot length can be adjusted depending upon need. Here, too, it is not necessary to turn the toast slices. Also, bread rolls can be baked with a special attachment with this toaster. This model does not require ham and cheese toasts or filled sandwiches.
- Suitable for all types of bread, including large American toasts
- The slot size can be partially adjusted
- No turning necessary
- Do you usually have additional functions?
- More expensive than normal slot toasters
- Bread rolls can only be baked with an attachment
- Toast of filled sandwiches or ham-cheese toasts is not feasible with this model
A long slot toaster usually requires more storage space than a normal slot toaster. Functions such as a stop button, a crumb tray or bread centring are usually included. Such models usually cost a little more than conventional slot toasters. The biggest advantage of a long slot toaster is that XXL toast slices can also be roasted here.
3. Flat toaster
Originally flat toasters come from Denmark, therefore there are relatively few models of this kind on the market in other countries. The special thing about this type of toaster is that it has no slots, but a rust. Under the grill there are heating spirals, similar to a grill, so that first the rolls or toast slices are only browned from one side. For this model, the selected bread must therefore always be turned.
- Several slices of bread can be toasted at the same time
- Suitable for all bakery products and bread
- Also, sandwiches and breads can be roasted
- A defrost function is standard on almost all models
- Needs more storage space in the kitchen
- Turning of the bread slices is necessary
- During the roasting process, there is a high development of heat
- Few additional functions as standard
This model makes it possible to roast any kind of bread, it is important not to forget to turn it around.
4. Sandwich toaster
A sandwich toaster, also known as a sandwich maker, was first introduced to the market in 1974 by the Australian company Breville. Although this model has no slots, it still belongs to the family of toasters.
Generally, the sandwich toaster resembles a waffle iron, because here too the toast is placed on two folding heating surfaces. In most cases, the heating surfaces are coated so that the sandwiches or bread do not stick. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that the heating plates are always rubbed with a thin layer of oil before use.
- Principally, all bread sizes can be toasted due to the large contact surface.
- No turning of the slices necessary
- Also filled or baked toasts or sandwiches can be toasted
- Besides bread, you can also grill other foods in a sandwich toaster
- Usually, require more storage space than conventional slot toasters
- No possibility to defrost rolls or to bake them with the help of an attachment
- No crumb drawer
The biggest advantage of a sandwich toaster is that it can be used in many ways. These models are ideal for baking over delicacies, cheese toast and, depending on the equipment, also for grilling vegetables, meat or fish.