Do you ever wake up late for work, struggling to get dressed and rushing to the car with no hope of stopping for breakfast or even a quick cup of coffee? What you might need—in addition to a better alarm clock—is a multi-purpose breakfast machine, the type of device that can become command central for your basic daily morning meal. These all-in-one machines might be the secret to a perfect breakfast.
One of the best-looking, and potentially most useful, all-in-one machines out there has to be Bella’s Toast and Brew Breakfast Station. The red, white and black design evokes retro sensibilities, reminding me of old-school diners where one might order a black coffee and toast on a quick stop. Unlike diner coffee and toast, you’ll have to make this yourself, but it should be quite easy. The coffee maker portion of the machine brews up to 14 ounces and features a permanent, reusable filter, which is probably similar in function to a gold-tone filter. While your drip coffee brews, you can make yourself some toast or a bagel. You can set your perfect level of browning, and even reheat your toast if necessary. Also, you can use the toaster to defrost if you’re using frozen bagels. And if you’re particularly foggy on a given morning, you can give your phone a last-minute charge via the built-in USB port. It’s a strange feature but also a sort of fun one. Not bad for about $35.
For someone looking for a little more than a plain ol’ slice of toast, a machine that throws in egg-cooking abilities might be just what you need. I am totally intrigued by the MaxiMatic 3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Deluxe Toaster Oven/Griddle/Coffee Maker (retails for $39.99), which appears to be the holy grail of kitchen appliances. Not only can it do what the Bella can—that is, it can brew your coffee and toast your bread or bagel—this incredible machine can also cook an egg in the built-in griddle at the same time.
Compared to the Bella, the MaxiMatic may actually be better suited to small groups of people, such as roommates. The coffeemaker features a swing-out filter and brews into a pot, rather than an individual mug. As such, the MaxiMatic can produce up to four cups at a time, compared to the single-serve nature of the Bella machine. The 500-watt toaster is oven-style and includes a small tray; it also has a broiling option. Users can choose between three cooking function combinations: Griddle and Broiler, Oven Only, or Griddle and Oven. The coffeemaker, on the other hand, is simply controlled by an on or off switch. This machine is more toy-like than the Bella due to its design, evoking images of Easy Bake Ovens, but that’s not to say it’s not a good option for people who are short on space.
Personally, I wouldn’t buy a multi-function device like the ones mentioned here, but I imagine there are people for whom these are highly convenient and helpful. Thinking back to college, I can totally picture an all-in-one machine coming in handy on those “slept through my alarm” days.
Would you ever buy an all-in-one breakfast machine?