All I Wanted Was a Toaster

toaster karen schulz

All I wanted was a toaster. And I still don’t have one.

It all started about a year ago when we were visiting our daughter, Jennifer, and her family. She had recently purchased a Ninja 6-1 Digital Air Fry. Not only did this appliance air fry, roast, broil, bake, cook bagels, and serve as a toaster;  but it folded up when not in use. This feature, more than anything else, drew me in. I am not fond of having a lot of appliances on my kitchen counters. This Ninja would replace 2 of the ones that I had and would look quite nice all folded up and tucked under a cabinet. Before we even left her house, I ordered one online. It would be a race to see who would make it home first, me or the Ninja.

The thing is, almost every time we visit Jennifer, I come home with a list of things to buy. She has good taste and always finds the neatest gadgets, whether it’s something for the kitchen, for storage, or just a home decor piece.  It’s kinda sad to say, but the last time her son, our grandson was visiting us,  he said, “Oh, my mom has that…” at least a half-dozen times. He said he felt right at home.

When we arrived home a few days later, the Ninja was sitting on our porch. I carefully unpacked it, placed it exactly where I wanted it, and then tried to fold it up. Drat. Our countertops were 1/4 inch too low for the Ninja to fold up and tuck under them. I was disappointed, but at least I was still trading 2 appliances for one.

I’m not at my best in the kitchen (unless it’s eating cookies or potato chips).  But I did enjoy using the Baking feature on the Ninja, because I didn’t have to heat up my whole kitchen by turning on the oven.  The Air Fryer and Broiler work really well. The toaster feature… not the best. It takes 4 minutes to toast 2 pieces of bread. And, actually, the end result seems more like the bread has been heated in the oven rather than being toasted.  I was definitely not a fan. Neither was my husband. But buying a toaster would mean, once again, I would have 2 appliances on the counter, rather than the one I was hoping for.

Yesterday, though, I decided we REALLY need a toaster. I want a piece of TOAST, not warmed-up bread, and I don’t want to wait 4 minutes to get it.

I went to a very popular home store, where I thought I would have a lot of choices. Not true. They had one. Yes, ONE toaster in the whole store. It’s not like they were sold out, they just carried one toaster model.  And it was $95.  If I toasted 2 pieces of bread a week, that would be 8 pieces a month, approximately. If I paid myself $1 for each piece of bread I toasted, it would take me nearly a year to make that toaster pay for itself. And I’m not going to pay myself $1 to toast 1 piece of bread.  I’m just not.

So I came home without a toaster.

I’ll go back another day and try again, somewhere else.   But I’m wondering if just plain old toasters – ones that do nothing but toast a piece of bread – are a thing of the past. I sure hope not.

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Comments (4)

  1. glee storm

    Karen, this made me laugh. And wish that I could send you our toaster, which is languishing in the cupboard, unused for ages. My son actually requested it for his maybe 8th birthday. I thought that was so adorable of course i had to buy him one. I think i paid less than $20 for that toaster, too. He wanted to be able to toast his own bread, Eggos and whatnot. Now we have a small convection oven that actually lives in the garage, just outside the kitchen door. We use it a zillion times a day. But it took up to much counter space for the kitchen!! Luckily, we live in Hawaii and pretty much have only our screen door closed, so bopping to the garage to toast, bake or convect (? no, i never really do that) something is easy peasy.

    March 30, 2023 at 4:05 pm
    • 🙂 How absolutely adorable that your 8-year-old requested a toaster for his birthday. It reminds me of how my son at the age of 5 wanted an alarm clock – so he could wake himself up each morning. The way you describe your house, the place where you live, and the place where your toaster is… I can just picture it. How idyllic!

      March 31, 2023 at 5:00 am
  2. Genie Wooden

    I just bought a 2 slice toaster at Walmart and only paid around $25.and it’s fast, also try Amazon. Does you ninjas fryer cook enough for 2. I have been looking for something like you described that does it all but big enough for 2. Have a great day.

    March 31, 2023 at 2:48 am
    • HI Genie, Yes, the Ninja is a GREAT kitchen appliance, except I just didn’t like the toasting. We use it all the time for baking, rather than heating up the oven. I checked Amazon and did find a toaster. Yeah!!!

      March 31, 2023 at 4:58 am
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