Microwave Toaster

Most kitchens have both a microwave and a toaster, so the motivation to get a microwave toaster is obvious. Microwave toasters are two in one appliances that allow both functions to happen either simultaneously or separately in the same machine. They have the potential to save both space and money because they hold to appliances, but whether this actually comes to pass is a whole different issue. There are several ways that a microwave and toaster can be integrated, but there are flaws with all of those methods. And because the idea of a microwave toaster is fairly new, most new designs focus on saving money, space or in working together as well as possible. Rarely does a design encompass all three of these goals.

For the past decade or so, there has been substantial effort into combining different kitchen appliances in the same device. This follows the old design of the toaster oven, which allows people to toast and bake small items with the same device. Microwaves have been combined with different items for a while now, whether they are placed in a pair with conventional ovens, combined with a toaster, or combined with their own oven system. None of these combinations have gained a great amount of traction in the consumer market, but a few have gained a limited audience due to the conveniences they present.

There are two types of microwave toasters: those that come with a small bread toaster, and those that come with a separate or included toaster oven. The former is the more popular type by long shot, and can be pretty easily found at most stores that specialize in kitchen appliances. A microwave with a toaster oven, on the other hand, is very rare. This is especially true with the advent of convection microwaves, which use a fan to distribute heat, and are capable of heating bread in much the same fashion as a regular oven, browning instead of softening it.

The primary idea behind microwave toasters is in saving space and money. On the space issue, their record is fairly mixed. If you’re going to buy a medium-size microwave anyways, then a microwave toaster can save space. On the other hand, they are bigger than most countertop microwaves, and that bulk can make a difference depending on your kitchen’s layout. If you have enough space for a microwave toaster, then it will be better than buying a separate toaster and putting it somewhere else. But for people with small sections on their counters, a microwave toaster might be too bulky to fit.

As for saving money, microwave toasters usually do a decent job. Microwave toasters work in an odd way, fanning out the microwave’s heat instead of using their own radiant heat source like most toasters do. Because of this, they don’t have to cost much more than a normal convection microwave; they aren’t adding much new hardware other than what contains the bread. This doesn’t cause the same problem as a regular microwave, because it’s using the heat on the bread, not the actual microwave.

In the end, you will save money on buying a microwave toaster versus what you would spend on buying a new equivalent microwave and a separate toaster. Assuming you buy it new, a toaster usually costs about $30, and a microwave toaster, if you get the right deal on it, won’t cost that much more than an equivalent microwave. Combined with the potential to save space, it’s easy o see why microwave toaster can be a useful item. It’s not close to being worth throwing out what you have, unless you’re very space conscious, but if you’re in the market for a new microwave, there are worse ways to spend your money.

This Microwave Toaster Review is Written/Updated on Nov 23rd, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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