toaster oven

Illustrations: David Wyffels

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You're Using "Toasters" Interchangeably
A discussion of toasters wouldn't be complete without bringing up the toaster-versus-toaster-oven debate. Some people have only one of the two, yet others need both in their appliance arsenal. If you're serious about good toast, though, what you most need is a toaster. Pennington explains that's because a toaster oven's heat usually comes at the bread from two different distances; the bottom heater is usually closer to the bread than the top heater, so it won't toast evenly.