Written by Sierra Rein
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Toasters are found in kitchens, restaurants, sandwich shops, and bagel delis across the world. In residential homes, they are made to heat and brown bread for the entire family. In professional eateries, they are meant to heat and cook a number of different types of bread for a large group of people, and over a long period of time.

Industrial toasters are incredibly hard working, especially during the early hours of the day. There are two basic types of the average toaster: the traditional top-loading slot style, and the conveyor-belt heater. The top-loading toaster can process two, four, six, or even eight pieces of flat bread at a time and is best for quickly fulfilling an individual order.

However, for large volume and for irregularly shaped pieces of bread (bagels, buns, muffins, etc.), conveyor-belt toasters are excellent. These utilize a constantly moving tray of metal that continuously passes the bread underneath an electric heat source. The toasting power depends on how fast the conveyor is set and how long the bread stays under the heat.

Choosing the Right Toasters for Your Home or Business

There are three major things to consider before purchasing a toaster: speed and reliability, ease of cleaning, and counter space. After these factors are narrowed down, you can then take into account any special features it might have, such as energy-saving wiring, control panel functions, and safety features if small children are around. If you are in the food service business, you must research how many slices of toast must be heated within the average high-customer hour, and discover which toaster fulfills your high-volume needs.

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