A toaster is an appliance for toasting slices of bread. Cold bread is inserted into the slot on top of the toaster, and a spring-loaded switch lowers the bread into the toaster. This switch also turns on an electric heating element that warms the bread to the user's desire.
- Multi-Slot: most toasters have two slots, but some come with four or more slots
- Bagel: bagel toasters have extra-wide slots to accommodate bagels. On these toasters, a special bagel setting will activate only the heating coils on the inside of the toaster so that the inside of the bagel gets warm and the outside stays chewy.
- Eggs: some toasters come equipped with an add-on that will fry an egg while the bread toasts. These are good for making egg sandwiches.
- Hot dog: this specialized toaster comes with two semicircular slots and two tubular slots for toasting hot dog buns and hot dogs.