I’m a bit of a self-professed toast perfectionist; an ideal piece of toast, in my opinion, should have a golden brown top and a satisfying crunch, while still retaining a soft and fluffy middle.
Sadly, finding a good toaster to make the perfect slice of toast is a real challenge. It seems like most toasters make me go through two cycles just to get it right, leaving me with dry, overdone bread.
That’s where the TikTok-famous Balmuda toaster comes in. I’ve always been a fan of the popular Japanese toaster, having heard great things about its magical toasting capabilities, sleek appearance, and, of course, the cute little mini water cup that accompanies the toaster.
And, knowing that the iconic appliance is now officially available on our shores, it felt like all my wishes were answered. The Balmuda toaster, as I learned from its experts, doesn’t just simply toast my bread: It gently warms it by steaming, bringing out its rich flavours and hidden notes. Die-hard fans of the appliance would say it’s not just a gadget – it’s the ultimate bread toaster that could revolutionise how we enjoy our toast.
Besides my humble piece of morning toast, the Balmuda is also able to toast other members of the bread family, including baguettes, bagels and croissants, as well as revive leftover pastries and pizza, thanks to its unique steam-powered technology.
However, good things come with hair-raising price tags: The toaster costs $539. I’m certainly not opposed to a kitchen appliance changing my life, but is this magical toaster worth its steep price?
Here’s what I learned over the course of using the toaster for a week: