Ever think about investing in a toaster or a toaster oven but are unsure which one is the most compatible? While there is no definite answer to this question, I am going to review some pros and cons to help you decide which one to go with. Side note, the majority of consumers prefer a toaster oven although it takes up more space on your counter it can not only perform the same function as a toaster but also function as a “mini oven”. Here, we’ll delve into the good and bad of a toaster vs. toaster oven.
The toaster oven, since debuting in 1926, has evolved over the years; the majority nowadays have multiple different modes to use. These can include, but are not limited to, air fry, air cook, prepare, bagel, toast and many more. They have a wider slot now for muffin tops and certain breads
On the other hand a toaster is much more basic, a classic toaster has a box shape with two slots at the top for toasting bread. While it has not evolved much over the years there have been more color types introduced and some toasters have four slots at the top.
Pros of Toaster Oven
The biggest pro is the various settings that come with it, the wide variety really lets you use one application for different cooking types.
Cleaning is much more simpler on this application then others due to the wide opening making it accessible to the inside. Just make sure it’s not turned on before reaching your hand into it.
If you’re someone that may travel it is very lightweight and portable, instead of bringing a whole oven which is virtually impossible you can bring this on your travels. Another added plus is the energy that is saved compared to an oven given the size. Notable note: Not as energy efficient as a toaster.
Cons of Toaster Oven
The average lifespan of a toaster oven is only five years and given the price of it many consumers may think that it’s not worth investing in a product that will only last a few years.
Despite the many different settings that it has it also takes a bit of time to heat up unlike a toaster where you insert the toaster and it heats up instantly.
Pricing: Toaster vs. Toaster Oven
Prices can vary for a toaster oven, some more modern and up-to-date ones can have a price range of $250 to $500. In reality, the majority of consumers are just looking to purchase one that does the basic job, these can range from $20 to $50. It’s all up to you how much you’re willing to pay, what you put in is what you will get out.
Pros of a Toaster
The size of this appliance makes it essential in many homes. When investing in appliances for your kitchen the first thing you should think about is size and if you’ll have enough counter space. Basic two slot toasters are very small and can fit on just about any amount of counter space you have.
For anyone that has used a toaster knows it’s very fast to use. You pop in your bread or bagel and within seconds to a minute, you’ll have your finished product. While they don’t have various settings like a toaster oven it does let you adjust the time and temperature your bread is toasted.
The lifespan of a toaster is a bit longer than a toaster oven, 8 years. While also not that long this is just an average, they may last longer. Considering the price of toasters this life span makes it all worth it.
Cons of a Toaster
The most obvious and making it a big competitor with a toaster oven is the lack of versatility. It does its job of toasting different types of bread but that’s all it is capable of.
Have you ever heard of people getting electrocuted from toasters? Yea that could be another major turn off. It’s very simple to not get electrocuted just don’t stick a fork or knife to achieve your bread until turned off but it’s also very common.
Prices of toasters
Unlike toaster ovens, basic toasters are very cheap and don’t range much when it comes to price. A basic two slot toaster can go from $10-$20, ones that may have 4 slots can range from $30-$50 but still moderately inexpensive.
Toaster Vs. Toaster Oven Conclusion
I think what will really sell you on which one is what you’re looking to use it for. You can consider what kind of foods you typically eat, if you’re only looking to toast bread, a toaster will satisfy your needs. For me, I have both and use both. I prefer a regular toaster when I’m running late to school or work and need to toast a quick bagel before leaving. But if I’m ever reheating food or breads that are too big to fit in a regular toast I use the same old toaster that it feels like we’ve had forever in our household.
Written by Keri-Anne Slevin