Unless you’re a true toast and marmalade connoisseur, chances are you pay little mind to your toaster aside from a somewhat considered industrial design that may or may not match the rest of your kitchen appliances.

Either way, your toaster is toast.

Enter Balmuda the Toaster.

Priced at a hefty 24,000 yen ($230 – or approximately 60 loaves of bread), Balmuda the Toaster is a high-tech kitchen gadget that uses steam and calibrated heat cycles to “transform store-bought bread into something that smells, tastes and feels like it popped out of a baker’s oven,” according to Bloomberg‘s Reed Stevenson.

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Currently, Balmuda – which was founded by a high-school dropout who fronted a band called the Beach Fighters and made ends meet by working in a pinball arcade – is only manufacturing 10,000 units per month and currently has a waiting list of 3 months. Sadly, the company has no plans to bring their toaster tech to the US or Europe – yet. In the meantime, you could always reverse engineer it and make one from scratch.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.