How to Select A Good Multifunction Breakfast Maker
Rise and Shine! Start your morning right with a complete breakfast with a multifunction breakfast maker of your choice. Enjoy freshly fried egg, brewed coffee, toasted bread or whatever your morning palates desire. Everything could be done with just one machine, saving space, your energy and time! As you are spoiled with several choices of multifunction breakfast maker, how do you narrow your options to choose the ideal maker? Well, here’s a simple guide to assist you with the selection process. The best way is to identify the type of breakfast meals that you will like to prepare every morning.
A typical complete American breakfast consists of the following:
- Eggs – Griddle / Pan / Boiler
- Bacon – Griddle / Pan
- Sausages – Griddle / Pan / Boiler
- Pancakes – Griddle / Pan
- Grilled tomatoes and potatoes – Mini-Oven / Griddle / Pan
- Hash Browns – Mini-Oven / Toaster
- Bread or pastry – Mini-Oven / Toaster
- Coffee or Tea – Coffee Maker
Griddle or Pan or Boiler
The most important component of the cooker is where the eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, grilled tomatoes and others are cooked.
What you need to pay close attention to is the material of the griddle, boiler or pan and whether it is easy to clean. Non-stick surfaces are excellent since you can cook with less grease and easily remove the grease when you are done cooking. It would even be better if the griddle comes with a removable dish tray. There will be no scrubbing required if the grill plates, the pan and the boiler are all dishwasher-safe.
Lastly, look for models that include heating controls with an extensive temperature range which allows you to heat up evenly and rapidly or to maintain a steady lower temperature as part of the “Keep Warm” setting. Some griddles may offer detachable grill plates so that you can mix up your cooking styles by making sausage or pancakes.
Mini-Oven / Toaster
What constitutes a good toaster oven? It is better to have the size that is sufficient for baking and toasting (9L capacity at least) that allows you to fit up to 4-slices bread at a time or 7-inch frozen pizzas.
Beyond size, It’s also better if it comes with a precise temperature control knob, wide thermostat range (preferably 100°C and up to 250°C) and automatic shut off timer as it allows you to set the ideal amount of heat and duration depending on the type of food.
Other recommended features would be a removable crumb tray, bake pan and rack for easy cleaning. Anti-rust bakeware and heating tub that is coated with protective oil to prevent rusting is also a feature to have. Not forgetting built-in clear glass doors so that you can easily monitor your food and enjoy the moment and view of your piping hot food that is being prepared by you.
One of the main criteria of choosing a good coffee maker is leakage control and prevention. Just imagine who would want to have their coffee to be spilled over when you are just about to enjoy a cup of nice coffee. In order to prevent this, it is recommended to choose a coffee lid that is secured, not fragile and sits perfectly straight. Otherwise, it will leak.
Furthermore, make sure the coffee maker has at least 3-cup capacity with a removable water tank, coffee scoop and removable filter basket for easy cleaning.
Glass carafe is preferable as you can easily see the amount of coffee in it. It would be better to have cup levels that serve as it marks. This could serve as a guide with the amount of coffee you want to make easily.
Lastly, make sure the size of the carafe is big enough to prevent spillage and there is Anti-Drip feature to avoid any drips from the soleplate.
Integrated Control Panel
This is a nice-to-have feature as having an integrated control panel to easily control and manage your breakfast maker will certainly assist with the cooking and preparation of the food. The panel should allow you to choose between your desired settings – grill, toast, bake, warm, heat, or oven on/off. Look out for smart appliances with WIFI enabled that allows you to also control the device from your mobile.