It’s All About The Crisp Toast

A kitchen appliance that has been taken for granted for such a long while is the humble toaster. So ignorant are we of its origins that till now it is unknown who invented the first electric bread toaster! No doubt evolved humans have been toasting a slice of bread for a long time now, but almost two centuries ago the deed was done over an open flame. The failed attempt of Crompton & Company in 1893 to commercialize it as Eclipse, led to General Electric’s D-12 claiming the title as the “first commercially successful electric toaster” in 1909.

As the design process progressed from metal frames over fire to a sophisticated domestic device, the appliance saw itself on the shelf as three iterations: the Pop-Up, the Oven and the Conveyor Toaster. Here is a look at some inspirational designs that plan to revolutionize the browning element of our lives.

10) Jet-Powered Toaster by Petr Nestratov

Incorporating the Jet design into cars and bikes is passé; lets hitch it to a toaster and see how fast the bread burns! My guess is that this was the thought process behind this monster-toaster. No conformations, but a unique design.

9) The Toasty Charger by Hyun- A Ko

Technically this isn’t even a toaster, but imagine if your toaster could charge your gadgets while crisping the breads, wouldn’t that be fun!

8 ) Glide by George Watson

Adding a spectacle to the breakfast ritual of two pieces of toast with jam is this Glide. It artistically slides out the toast from a porcelain mold, adding much drama to the slice-holding bay.

7) Transparent Toaster by Inventables Concept Studio

Adding visual appeal to “what you see is what you get”, the Transparent Toaster expects you to enjoy the perfect brown color thanks to the glass element. Of course the technology of getting the glass hot enough is still nascent, but it would be a splendid idea to enjoy perfect crispness!

6) Nahamer T450 by Rob Penny

Slide the toast straight to your plate! Besides doing this, the Nahamer T450 touts itself as the first environmentally sustainable toaster. It can be dismantled at end of its journey of browning breads and probably be recycled. It crisps the bread faster (by 20%) while using half the usual amount of energy required. Best of all, the transparent shield allows you to see how the toasts are doing.

5) Scan Toaster by Sung Bae Chang

Get your daily news imprinted onto your toast; that’s what this scan toaster does. Hook it to a PC via USB and download what you want to read on your bread and then munch it! I would use it to probably scorch a love ode for my partner, what would you download on your bread?

4) Sunshine by Younil Lee

Got Vegas in your blood, how about rolling the dice one last time? This time the gamble is on the number burnt onto your toast. Random numbers from the dice get singed onto the bread…I bet it’s a six …shoot, it’s not; lets roll the dice again!

3) Toasty by Arthur Wu

The world is full of married people, as Jackie Collins would like us to believe, so why do singles need a big 4-toaster appliance? Toasty Single Serving Toaster should suffice, anyways you’re on a diet, and hence one slice will do. The retro look ups the likey quotient.

2) Message Toaster by Sasha Tseng

The new age Post-it or progressive toaster design, call it what you want, but I simply LOVE this concept. Just pen down your note on the message board (on top the toaster) and then see it etched onto the toast. Eat your words buddy!

1) Portable Toaster by Been Kim

The dainty butterflies that you see on this ceramic knife actually represent the heat-strength of this Portable Toaster. Like you spread butter with a knife, glide this toaster over the bread and see it transform from white to brown.


  • Carl says:

    apart from the charger, they are all flawed.

  • Vanessa says:

    This portable toaster is pretty cool ^^ i’d want something like that because it’s small and light

  • DennisD7 says:

    What’s the point with design concepts that just can’t function? You might as well propose designs that use time travel or anti-gravity.

    • Brian says:

      Initially, I said “Yeah, what’s the point?” too. But then I realized my own thoughts as a chemist were whirling as to the possibility of solutions for these awesome ideas. So I guess, it’s not about what can be done, it’s about what would you like to do? – the ultimate design question. Besides, if we only ever consider what could be done, we’d still be cavedwellers. Furthermore, I think ALL of these could be done anyways, just a question of who has the answer and how much would it cost?

    • I'm So Glad I Am Gay!!! says:

      What’s the point with design concepts you ask? The whole point to this is the fact that the technology just isn’t here yet. But the bigger point to this, That the concepts are really cool. And designs that are very cool as well. Think outside the box boy, will ya DENNISD7?!

  • csven says:

    You’re missing perhaps the most interesting concept: John Cupit’s “Toast to the Future” award winner from the early 90’s. It’s dated now, but for a 20-year old student design it puts these to shame, imo; and one reason he’s been designing vehicles at NDI since graduation.

  • Bosz says:

    Everything needs a 1st step. In this case, the design is the 1st step and hopefully interested parties would then start to find ways to make it come true. 🙂

  • Wow … The portable one is so handy 🙂

  • dylan howell says:

    these are all very futuraristic designs

  • dylan howell says:

    these are all very futuraristic designs

  • Jimmy C says:

    Where's the link to the first one?

  • Jimmy C says:

    Where's the link to the first one?

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