I saw this on HiConsumption last week and I thought it deserved a mention. Not HiConsumption, the toaster. Not that HiConsumption doesn’t deserve a mention.
I am not a fan of hot dogs. They don’t taste good. They aren’t healthy. I don’t really know what they are made of but I am pretty sure that it wouldn’t pass the definition of meat in many countries. And why do they have that thick skin on them? It’s like eating your sausage without taking it out of a plastic wrapper. Weird.
But if you simply must have a hot dog on a regular basis you may as well have an easy way to cook them and this is a service that this hot dog toaster claims to provide. While looking cool and retro in your kitchen of course. Unless the red clashes with your tinted glass and black marble fittings. Then it will just look out-of-place.
The above images show the top comments at Amazon.com when I visited and while there are some good comments too I think they are generally negative. Even one of the 5-star reviews was quite negative.
Anyway for a $19.99 piece of kitchen electronics you can expect some crap and that seems to be what this is. Instead of making it easy to cook your hot dogs it seems more difficult. The aforementioned 5-star review actually included a 4 point guide on how to cook your hot dogs and a description on how she tested it. Sounds like a paid review. Here’s an excerpt:
1) Smokes during first few uses-I turned the knob to 5 and let it perform a burn-in cycle with nothing in it. Instructions say to not operate without at least 1 hotdog and bun. But in my opinion if it can’t survive 1 cycle it would need to be returned as POS. Burn-in worked fine and it did smoke like a bingo player at first, then it stopped. Subsequent uses were smoke free with no odor/taste effect on the food.
You could decide to eat better instead of getting this piece of junk but if you really must dine on junk food you can: