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Toaster or toaster oven? The decision will depend on how picky you are about that morning toast.
If you want perfectly browned bread, opt for the straightforwardness of a basic toaster. Toaster ovens generally don't toast bread as well. They leave tiger stripes on one side, and they take longer to do the job--4 to 6 minutes compared with 2 to 3 minutes for toasters, on a medium setting. But if you prefer a multifunction appliance that can not only toast but also bake muffins, heat frozen entrees, or broil a small batch of burgers or a small chicken--and the space savings that result from having one machine that can do the work of two--choose a toaster oven.
Either way, you can get good performance without spending a lot. For $20 or less, you can buy a competent product that will …