Do you ever give much thought to your toaster? Yeah, your toaster. If you’re like me, that’s one kitchen device you tend to take for granted. Bread (or bagels or leftover pancakes) go in and toast (or toasted bagels or warmed pancakes) comes out. What’s to improve on?
But, then I started thinking about the things that drive me crazy about my toaster:
Now, without a doubt, these are not "end of the world" problems—it just seems like it. But, wouldn’t it be nice if a toaster could anticipate these scenarios and respond appropriately?
I’ve been using a new toaster lately, and I have to say I’ve been thrilled with the results. The Vision Toaster by Magimix is bringing sanity back to my morning toast routine—and it’s doing so in a visually appealing way.
You see, the key feature of the Vision Toaster is that it has double-insulated, see-through, glass windows. You can watch your bread toasting, which is actually kind of cool. But other than the cool factor, it also means no more briquettes!
Delightfully crisp on the outside, while remaining light, fluffy, and moist on the inside—toast perfection.
A minor quibble: We like artisan bread. The Vision Toaster is a wide, single slot toaster. It easily holds two normal, store-bought-size slices of bread, as well as two slices of many artisan breads. But some of the breads we like are pretty wide and we can only toast one piece at a time. (I said it was a minor quibble.)
Another plus is that there doesn’t seem to be any “toasting fatigue” on the Vision Toaster. Each piece toasted gets browned to the same degree (depending upon where you set the dial, of course), even if placed in the toaster while it is still warm from a previous use.
Rather than the traditional coils of most toasters, the Vision Toaster uses four quartz heating elements—two at the top and two at the bottom—to ensure even toasting every time. While the metal housing at the top—where you put the bread in—does get warm (though not hot), the glass windows stay remarkably cool because of the double insulation. So, if curious little hands that live in your home try to touch the windows there is no risk of getting burnt or even startled.
Another quibble I have with my old toaster—I should say, a quibble my wife has, let’s be honest—is that we have to turn the toaster upside down and shake out the crumbs that accumulate at the bottom. With the Vision Toaster, a collection tray slides out from one end of the toaster for easy dumping.
Under the toaster, just off to the side, is a latch that releases the glass windows. Each window is on a hinge to swing down for cleaning. With the window down you can, if you’re that kind of person, take a damp cloth to the interior of the toaster as needed.
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