My kingdom for a repeatable toaster oven!
June 3, 2009 10:49 PM Subscribe
What happened to toaster ovens? And are there any left that are any good?
posted by rouftop to home & garden (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Our humble Black & Decker died a few months ago. This was the kind where you turned a knob to your desired toast setting, then pressed a lever. The toaster would pop automatically.
When I went looking for a replacement, I found that every toaster oven -- including Black and Decker's -- had replaced this lever mechanism with something more like an egg timer. You turn the dial to your desired setting and it tick-tick-ticks back to zero, at which point it pops.
This is inherently a worse design as it's impossible to turn it to the exact same spot every time. On our replacement Euro-Pro toaster, it also doesn't even stop ticking at the same place on the dial every time. As a result, my family burns every piece of toast that isn't babysat.
What happened to toaster ovens? And are there any left that allow for repeatable toasting experiences?
(PS please don't tell me to buy a regular slotted toaster as there is no counter space for one!)