If you're not a morning person, you'll probably appreciate anything that can improve your morning.
Ellen Levine, editor in chief of Good Housekeeping magazine, showed off the latest breakfast appliances reviewed by the Good Housekeeping Institute on "Good Morning America."
The Good Housekeeping Institute's Food Appliances department evaluated 14 toaster oven models by toasting slice after slice of bread, baking potatoes, meat loaf, cake and cookies, and broiling chicken breasts. The Institute also evaluated the usability of each toaster oven, which includes testing the handle and surface temperatures, critiquing the owner's manual, and reviewing the cleanability, in addition to conducting a general review of the ease of use of the product.
General advice: You don't have to spend a lot to get a great toaster oven. Some of the best performers cost less than $70.
Safety advice: Toaster ovens can cause fires if they're left on. So be sure to unplug yours after every use. And keep the crumb tray clean and free of drippings. If any food bits do ignite (which is one of the most common causes of toaster oven fires), you can pull the plug and wait until the flame goes out before you open the door.
Has lots of extras (a safety timer, cord storage, nonstick interior) that you normally find in more expensive toaster ovens.
It excelled at broiling.
Has a crumb tray that pulls out from the front, so it's easy to clean
It comes with three racks.
It comes with a pizza pan that holds a 12-inch pie. This was the only toaster oven tested that could accommodate a 12-inch pizza.
It comes with a sheet large enough to bake a dozen cookies.
You can make dinner and even dessert with this toaster oven, the highest-rated model tested by the Institute.
The convection fan lets the Avanté Elite turn out cookies and cakes as well as most full-size ovens.
It comes with a warming compartment (great for muffins) and a special tool to help you handle heated racks.
To make cleaning easy, the interior surface burns off splatters.
An excellent safety feature: this toaster oven shuts off automatically after use.
It has digital controls that are easy to read and use and an LCD display for time settings and temperature settings.
The sides and handle stay cool enough to touch while the oven is operating.
The Institute tested each wafflemaker by making waffles with a variety of packaged waffle mixes and with recipes from the owner's manuals. The institute also evaluated the usability of the wafflemakers, which includes testing the handle and surface temperatures, critiquing the owner's manual, and reviewing the cleanability, in addition to conducting a general review of the ease of use of the product. In the tests, the Food Appliances department found big differences in taste and texture of the waffles made by various wafflemakers. In some cases, the waffles didn't come out uniformly crispy or they were underbaked or overbaked.
Not many frills, but consistently made the best Belgian waffles of all the wafflemakers tested -- thick waffles that were evenly crispy on the outside, baked through and tender.