If you are on the look out for a good toaster and have been looking around for one for some time, you should try the toaster ovens. Granted that it is more expensive than the toaster, but then you also get many more features. Of course you may not need all the features that it gives you, but then it is good to keep it as an option in your mind before deciding against it.
Firstly most people think of toasters only because they want to toast their bread. A toaster is pretty much useless for anything except the West Bend toaster that gives you the option of poaching two eggs on the side. Even here the egg poaching thingy is not as effective as advertised, and it is only in the pictures that you can get two eggs so perfectly in such a small place. For all of us the whole toaster would have egg splash marks the first time you use this.
A toaster is very effective and that is the only reason why it is still selling in such large numbers even now. It is cheap and gets the job done. The only problem is that nowdays where space has become so much of a premium that people are having to make do with tiny kitchens it is more practical to have multi-purpose kitchen appliances rather than have dedicated ones. This is where the toaster oven comes in.
A toaster oven is not only a toaster, it is also a mini oven and if you get one, you can pretty much use it just as you would a full fledged oven. The only problem that most people would have is that it does not toast the bread as well as a toaster would, but then you get toaster ovens that have slots on top that you can use to toast your bread.
Even though it is more expensive, if you have space constraints it might be a good idea to go with one of these because it gives you two appliances in one. Out of all the models that are available in the market the black toaster ovens are the best looking of the lot. Even if the stainless steel ones may be easier on maintenance, the black ones give a certain contrast to all the other utensils in your kitchen, and it is definitely better than a white one anyway. In any case, most of the painted ones only require that you wipe them out with a damp cloth once in a while to remove any stains.