The "Balmuda the Toaster" has a humidifying function and finely controls the inside temperature.
The "Balmuda the Toaster" has a humidifying function and finely controls the inside temperature.
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Gen Terao, president of Balmuda Inc. The product comes in two colors: black and white.
Gen Terao, president of Balmuda Inc. The product comes in two colors: black and white.
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When the door is opened, a water supply port can be seen on the top surface.
When the door is opened, a water supply port can be seen on the top surface.
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Slices of bread being baked (left) and toasts (right)
Slices of bread being baked (left) and toasts (right)
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Balmuda Inc (Musashino City, Tokyo) announced the "Balmuda the Toaster," a toaster equipped with a humidifying function.

The Balmuda the Toaster is a new toaster that generates water vapor inside it and finely controls the pattern of temperature change. It can bake both sides of a slice of bread well while keeping enough amount of moisture in it, the company said.

The price of the toaster is ¥22,900 (excluding tax, approx US$184). Balmuda will start to ship it in mid-June 2015.

The toaster has two major features. First, it is equipped with a boiler using a mica heater in the lower front side in addition to a pair of conventional bar-shaped heaters located on each of the upper and lower sides. Second, it controls inside temperature with its own heating patterns.

The user of the toaster supplies 5cc of water through the water supply port located on the top face before baking bread. When it begins operation, it starts to be filled with water vapor by the boiler, forming a thin water layer on the surface of the bread. As a result, the surface of the bread is lightly baked by the upper and lower heaters first, keeping moisture inside it. Then, the bread continues to be heated to warm up the inside. After that, its surface is browned at a high temperature to finish the cooking.

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