With plenty of room for big bagels and oversize artisan breads, long-slot toasters reflect the way Americans eat bread today. But do you have to spend a lot of money to get one that works well?
What We Learned
Is your toaster stuck in the 1950s, when all bread was white, skinny, and square? As recently as 2017, sandwich bread made up only 17.8 percent of bread sold in America, according to market research firm Statista. Bigger, heartier loaves made up 68 percent of bread sold: 37.9 percent were “crusty/hot hearth” breads, and 30.2 percent were “artisan.” Home cooks love to bake bread, too...