Owners and reviewers agree that the Back to Basics TEM500 Egg and Muffin Toaster is a simple, efficient device that makes a complete breakfast in about five minutes. Eggs poach in a nonstick cup and bread toasts at the same time. The unit can also boil up to four eggs at a time. Some owners also use it to cook bacon, although the directions do not expressly address this capability. Reviewers say that toast comes out evenly browned, yet moist. The toaster has a crumb tray, a cancel button and touchpad controls.
Its biggest flaw, however, is the design of the meat tray, which allows reheated bacon to become soggy. Owners love the efficiency and clever design of this toaster, but a few say it doesn't seem to be designed to last much more than a year or so. If you're looking for a simpler toaster without an egg-poaching feature, reviews point to the Cuisinart Compact 2-Slice Toaster CPT-120 (*Est. $30) , which gets positive marks from reviewers and offers the same basic functions as most standard toasters.
The Back to Basics Egg and Muffin Toaster is one of the top-selling toasters on Amazon.com and gets above-average user feedback. It's included in a professional test conducted by ConsumerReports.org. We also consulted reviews from owners on Viewpoints.com and Target.com. There's also a four-slice version of the Egg and Muffin Toaster, the Back to Basics TEM4500 .
The Back to Basics TEM500 Egg and Muffin Toaster is among 38 toasters tested by ConsumerReports.org in its most recent roundup. Editors evaluate toasters based on color range, ease of use and ability to produce partial and consecutive batches.
Review: Toasters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
At Amazon.com, the Back to Basics TEM500 Egg and Muffin Toaster has accumulated more than 650 reviews, earning an average 4-star rating (out of a possible 5). The vast majority of users are thrilled with this toaster, but a few owners say it doesn't do a good job with bacon and doesn't last more than a year.
Review: Back to Basics TEM500 Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 75 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.36 stars out of 5, making the Back to Basics TEM500 Egg and Muffin Toaster one of the top-rated toasters on this site. Users love the ability to produce an entire breakfast in less than five minutes.
Review: Back to Basics Egg 'n Muffin 2-Slice Toaster TEM500 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
More than 115 owners offer feedback on the Back to Basics TEM500 Egg and Muffin Toaster, contributing to an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's convenient, and most agree it produces even toast. There are a few detractors who disagree, however.
Review: Back to Basics Egg 'n Muffin Toaster - TEM500, Contributors to Target.com
HomeAndGardenIdeas.com recommends several toasters as the best models of 2011, although it's not clear whether testing has been conducted or why certain models are better than others.
Review: The Best Toasters of 2011, Joseph Boyle, May 13, 2011