Recently, we posted about the new Toas-Tite replicas from Replica Products. Now it’s time to get to the detailed comparison to the vintage originals. We compared the replica to one of our post-patent original Toas-Tites (rather than the pre-patent, “deluxe”, Boy Scout, or Tid-Bit). Please note that Replica Products did provide us with their replica Toas-Tite in order to write this comparison, but we are not affiliated with their company.
|Date of Production||1949||2011|
|Made In||Cincinnati, Ohio||China|
|Manufactured By||Bar-B-Buns, Inc.||Replica Products|
|Weight||464 g (1.02 lb)||424 g (0.93 lb)|
|Length (from hinge to handle)||15-13/16″||15-13/16″|
|Diameter (measured across clamshell)||4-5/8″||4-5/8″|
|Availability||Used from eBay / flea markets, etc. for varying prices ($1-100)||New from the Replica Products website for $29.95|
Toas-Tite Grill Comparisons
Here’s a top view of both original (post-patent) and the replica.
The logo is slightly different as the replica says “Toas-Tite Grill” and the lettering is slightly different. The original also lists the patent number and the replica says “Replica Products – Replica of Original 1949 Toas-Tite Grill”.
The hinge is also nearly identical, though the original has a larger head on the hinge pin.
As you can see from our measurements on our food scale, the replica is 40 grams (or 1.4 ounces) lighter than the vintage version, which is noticeable if you’re used to the feel of the vintage models.
Our box is actually at Boy’s dad’s house right now, so we didn’t have it to take side by side pictures but hopefully some pictures we took a few months ago will give you an idea of the comparison.
The top of the replica box is very similar to the original, though similar to the logo, it says Toas-Tite Grill and “Replica of Original 1949 Toas-Tite Grill”…
…while the original box we have says “Makes a Luscious Sealed-In Drip Proof Hot Toasted Sandwich”.
However, the side of the replica does bare (almost) the same slogan.
And here’s the original:
The original also has a perforated edge around the woman’s head and along the top of the orange.
Last but not least, the literature. The replica comes with an instruction sheet on how to season your grill for the first time as well as cooking instructions. It also includes a copy of the original instructions and a copy of the original recipe booklet.
Okay, but how does it compare for the cooking? That’s the most important thing!
The Cook Test
For our test, we went with the most basic Toas-Tite sandwich you can get – grilled cheese. We used 4 identical pieces of white bread, the same weight of butter (measured to the gram), and 2 identical slices of American cheese.
We toasted each side for exactly 2 minutes on each side over the same level of flame.
We pulled out the sandwiches and compared both sides (i.e. the side that cooked first versus the side that cooked second). Here’s the first side (we accidentally swapped our arrangement from the other pictures):
Here’s the second side:
And here’s the cross-section:
As you can see, the replica sandwich bread is more toasted than the original in the same amount of time, though the cheese was similarly melted. Using a replica does require shifting your cook times so bear that in mind.
So whether you have an original Toas-Tite, are looking for one on eBay, or get a replica or a different brand all together (Nut Brown, jaffle, Pie Iron, etc.), happy toasting!