What the Toaster’s Bagel Button Actually Does

December 17, 2010 at 2:00 am 4 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

Some toasters have a bagel button and it’s obviously meant for when you want to toast a bagel. But, what does that button actually do?

Firstly, it increases the toasting time since bagels are thicker. Secondly, it increases the heat of the inner elements and decreases the temperature of the outer elements so you don’t burn the outside of the bagel.

It’s also useful for English muffins or other thick items.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • […] The “bagel” button on the toaster not only increases the time, but increases the heat of the inner elements, and decreases the heat of the outer elements.. Ref: brokensecrets.com/2010/12/17/what-the-bagel-button-does/ […]

  • 2. smalliot  |  November 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    “but increases the heat of the inner elements, and decreases the heat of the outer elements.. ”
    How does it know which is which? A toaster I have shows how to insert the bagels with the cut side facing out then press the bagel button. A new toaster I just purchased has a bagel button but toasts both sides, it is not smart enough to sense which side is the cut side.
    None of the owner manuals I’ve read says anything about inner/outer….

  • 3. Bill G.  |  March 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I have had the same problem with the original toaster I bought just before Christmas 2017 and the replacement unit they sent me. The first one was a Black and Decker model TR2300FBC and the second TR3500SD. Upon complaining about the second unit they indicated that “When using the bagel function both the inner and outer elements will turn on. The outer elements shouldn’t heat as intensely as the inner coils when in the bagel function.” In an older model B&D toaster, model T2101 Type 1, we have, the outer of the 4 heating elements turned off in bagel mode. I guess I will start a toaster store.

  • 4. 5 Best Toasters [2018 Update]  |  May 30, 2018 at 4:44 am

    […] feature to look for is the ‘bagel’ function. This allows you to heat your bagel […]


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