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Single slice in a twin slice bread toaster.

I have seen a number of toasters with one of their slots marked with "One slice". Can someone give a reason for this? what would change if the other slot is used for a single slice?

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Usually, the one-slice slot has the heating elements placed so that they will more evenly toast a single slice at that distance from the wires... as opposed to the other slot, which more evenly distributes the heat for two slices.

If you were to drop a single slice in the "non-single slice slot", it would more likely burn or over-cook one side.

Some toasters have a "finger" that checks to see if there's anything in the second slot, and if it doesn't meet the resistance of a second slice in position, it doesn't turn on the second element, but defers to a third element that is between the two slots.
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Does that mean that if I check there would be a finger or whatever somewhere inside? Most probably it would be something mechanical rather than electronic because the first time I saw it would be some 35 years ago.
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I agree with the points made above.  One of the major grumbles I have with toasters is that if you only put one slice in, they have a tendency to spring up in a way that fires said piece of bread, often black at the top, white at the bottom, gradated shades of brown in between, up into the air and onto the kitchen floor.  If an end piece of bread is available, that goes into slot #2, which successfully prevents this behaviour.  Mid-loaf toasting of one slice requires me to keep my hand over the slot to knock it down when it springs up.  Toasters have been around over 35 years eh?  They can put a man in space but... well maybe that's the problem, using similar technology in the toaster's gubbins lol.