The most-used piece of kitchen machinery is our toaster oven, by far. The ubiquitous cheese toast continues to be the basic unit of food consumed in our household.
Bagels are also toasted non-stop.
This was the first kitchen appliance that the kids used by themselves.
To say we use the toaster oven hard is an understatement.
What I have learned is that the planned obsolescence of all toaster ovens is 3 years. I have purchased inexpensive units, as well as the more expensive, and they all last about three years. And they also work about the same.
Now that I'm happily ensconced in middle-age and ridiculous, I buy the toaster oven with a digital display and many settings -- all just to melt the cheese on the bread. I like the styling and button that automatically will add time to the toasting if the bread is frozen.
When the toaster oven ceased toasting the other day, I dropped everything and just bought a replacement unit. The only redeeming factor is that I'm aware of how poor I am about being a discerning consumer.