Facts About Toasters

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Toasters are used daily in American households and restaurants. However, many who use the simple appliance do not know its history, evolution and many uses.

Function

  • Toasters are used in the kitchen to toast bread products. Toasters typically range in size, and at the push of a button toast sliced bread, biscuits and bagels.

History

  • The first electric toaster was known to be invented in 1905 by Albert Marsh, who called it "El Tosto." However, the first toaster patent was issued in 1909 by General Electric. The first electric pop-up toaster was invented in 1926.

Evolution

  • The first patented toaster simply had a wire cage enclosing exposed heating elements. Today, toasters come in stainless steel, can be adjusted in size depending on the bread and contain various temperature gauges.

Fun Fact

  • The toaster did not gain widespread popularity until after sliced bread was invented. After 1933, toaster sales began to rise.

Significance

  • While the toaster may be one of the more simpler kitchen appliances, it's used quite frequently. It's estimated that more than 75 million Americans eat toast everyday, making the toaster a busy appliance.

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