Why the Balmuda Toaster Is a Game-Changer in My Kitchen

Sleek and minimalist in design, my Balmuda toaster has become a fixture in my home. Within minutes, croissants get warmed to buttery perfection, flaky on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside. Bagels get crisped without getting burnt and leftover pizza is revived to its original fresh-baked status. This is all due to Balmuda’s innovative steam technology, designed in Japan by Gen Terao. The key to its technology is a small teaspoon of water deposited into the toaster, where it begins to envelop around the dish, whether it’s a pastry, piece of toast, or fried chicken (I’ve honestly tried everything)—the water helps seal in moisture and flavor. 

I’ve tried many toasters over the years, as well as my fair share of toaster ovens and regular ovens. My main qualms have always been the lack of consistency in settings which prevents me from achieving the perfect “toast” each and every

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The best toaster ovens in 2020

If you’re here in pursuit of a perfect toaster oven, one that you really must buy right this instant, then I’m sorry to say I’ve got some discouraging news for you: Toaster ovens are, in my humble opinion, largely overrated.

Maybe it’s a hard truth to hear. For generations, the toaster oven has been a trusty, crusty countertop companion for toasting and baking — an appliance that doesn’t just toast bread, but also doubles as a second, small oven — and with faster heat (and reheat) times to boot! 

The problem? Most food you’d want to toast, like bagels or bread, would be better off in a standard toaster, and most food you’d want to bake would be better off sitting on an oven rack in your traditional

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