Toasters, Technology’s Not Done With You

Our toaster cacked this weekend. I don’t know what’s going on – we’re not huge toasters of bread yet strangely we’ve had poor luck with toasters, this being the second that’s died in as many years. So I got online to look for a replacement.

Here are the unproductive but entertaining fruits of such a Google expedition. Note some of these are in “concept” phase, and thus not THE gift for the notoriously hard to purchase for this holiday season.

Blue retro toaster

For you nostalgic car fans, this toaster was to honour Ford Thunderbird’s fiftieth anniversary (2005). Cool retro design! Stunning colour! Weird way to pay homage! To check out the full line of Thunderbird appliances, click here.

A handheld toasterThis beauty looks like a giant butter knife, but in actuality is a toasting wand. Spread it across your bread and like magic it’s toasted (less magical, toasted fingers). Nice to be able to lay thine eyes on the bread to ensure perfect browning, rather than the usual burning/smoking that happens all too often. Designer/Inventor Kim Been is the brains behind the Portable Toaster, in concept phase today, department store tomorrow?

There’s a place online called Evil Mad Scientist Laboritories that I need to put my dad in touch with. Their lab- layman term blog- is a family affair (the young son is a contributing writer) and is sort of a DIY inventors’ dreamworld. Example: this is a printer attached to a hot air gun that toasts images onto your bread. Other inventions include – well go check out the site, because honestly words fail to describe some of the incredible ingenuity found here.

Car-inspired chrome-finishedThis is Bugatti’s super sleek Volo toaster (again with the car-toaster mash-up). calls it a technological masterstroke, but surely that’s because they missed the McGuyvered toaster above. Still it is beautiful and boasts the ability to defrost food for perfect toasting, rewarms cold toast without retoasting it, and gently browns one side of your bagel while toasting the other. According to myth, some people never use theirs, it’s just too pretty. Sound like the story of your life? Retails for about $350.

Toaster that creates a Darth Vader design on the toast“Toast your bread, it will. But black with the force of the dark side will it be…”

I think we’ll go for one of these beauties. Bodum you’ve only ever done right by my family:

A pyramid of different colored toasters

One Response to Toasters, Technology’s Not Done With You

  1. Some gorgeous toasters here but why did you not consider a toaster oven rather than a conventional toaster? We are only just getting into them here in the UK so I am quite keen to try one

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