I have definite ideas when it comes to toasters. In my world, the toaster oven is king. Hands down. The traditional toaster has never caused me anything but grief. What if I want to toast a really thick bagel, or a bun? You can forget about toasting egg bread, which goes from perfect to charcoal in no time.
When I was growing up we always had toaster ovens. Then one day the family toaster oven died. Much to my horror it was replaced by the pop-up variety. Eventually it was replaced by another toaster oven, but I’ve never quite recovered from the experience.