Toaster Oven

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Product Description

We dissected a 6-slice toaster oven made by Oster, Model#TSSTTVXLDG. It has two heating elements on the top and bottom walls of the oven. It is a 120V, 1500W oven. It also has a fan that circulates the heat within the oven. This enables the heat to spread evenly all around the cooking area so the food retains it original flavor. It has a glass door that opens out and is held in place with a spring, so you have easy access to the food.


Major Subsystems

• Control Panel


• Two Heating Elements


• Fan


• Inner & Outer Shell


How It Works

The electricity comes into the control panel where the power is adjusted for strength and time based on input by the user. The electricity is sent through two heating elements at the top and bottom of the unit while a fan is powered to circulate the hot air around the food in the oven to allow for even cooking. The unit has an inner and outer shell, inner holds the actual cooking elements and food, while the second shell creates an air barrier which allows the toaster to cool and not transfer the heat to its outside surroundings.


Comparison to Toaster

The toaster oven is very similar to a toaster. The 6-slice toaster oven is about four times the size of the average 2-slice toaster. The toaster oven has larger versions of the heating elements that are inside a toaster. In the toaster, the heating elements lie on the side walls in each toasting compartment. While the toaster oven has larger heating elements on the top and bottom of the inside. The toaster oven has double the wattage (1500W) than the toaster (750W). The toaster oven is capable of cooking more of a variety of foods than the toaster because of its size and the placement of the food. Overall, the toaster oven is a cross between a toaster and a conventional oven. It works similarly to a toaster, but has similar cooking capabilities to the oven.

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Enviornmental Facts

• The toaster oven when recycled can help keep the environment clean and healthy. If the toaster oven is not recycled properly than it can introduce greenhouse gases, toxic chemicals and heavy metals into the environment. You have to recycle the toaster oven through a reputable recycling center.

• The toaster oven uses less electricity than some toasters and electric stove. The average toaster oven uses 1225 watts per use. Some toasters can use up to 1400 watts and electric stoves use up to 2000 watts. The toaster oven which pretty much has the same function of the electric oven and toaster uses less energy.

Global Facts

• Before the development of the electric toaster, sliced bread was toasted by placing it in a metal frame or a long-handled fork and holding it near a fire or kitchen grill. Simple utensils for toasting bread over open flames appeared in the early 19th century.

• The first machine-sliced and machine-wrapped loaf of bread was sold on July 7, 1928, using Otto Frederick Rohwedder's technology.

Societal Impact

• Toaster ovens were invented before the toaster. The pop-up toaster was invented about a decade after the toaster oven. In 1910, William Hadaway designed the first toaster oven for Westinghouse Corporation. Toaster ovens make up one of the many countertop appliances that have been introduced in the last that have aided in making cooking faster and easier.


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