Toaster bags are a mess-free solution to satisfy your toasted sandwich cravings that can be made as quickly as popping a piece of bread in the toaster. Oh, and they're reusable!

By Katlyn Moncada
November 04, 2019
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If you've ever craved a gooey grilled cheese sandwich but didn’t want to dirty a skillet while impatiently waiting for the cheese to melt, you're in luck. There’s a magical product that will take the hassle out of making your favorite childhood comfort food so it's ready in just a few minutes with no mess. It's called the toaster bag or toaster sleeve, depending where you look. The concept is simple, yet genius: it’s a reusable, heat-resistant, non-stick bag that will keep your toaster crumb-free. That's right, no more aroma of burning crumbs on the bottom of the toaster, they all stay in the bag!

"There are only a handful of products worthy of being called life-changing," says Diana Dickinson, senior design editor at Better Homes & Gardens. "The wet-jet floor mop, hyaluronic acid, stretch denim, and now, toaster bags."

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Buy It: 2-Pack Grilled Cheese Toastabags, $4.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

Made with heat-safe (up to 600°F) material, the bags are reusable up to 50 times and can even be washed in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. All that’s needed is your favorite bread and cheese. You can even skip the butter for a healthier option. Don't have a pop-up toaster? The bags work in the microwave and toaster oven, too!

“You pop your sandwich into your toaster and it comes out all neat and tidy on the outside while everything is warm and melty on the inside,” says Katy Kiick Condon, senior home design editor at Better Homes & Gardens. 

A crumb-free toaster is reason enough for us to buy a pack of sleeves ($4.99 for two, Bed Bath & Beyond), but the toaster bags are also peace of mind for people living with food allergies. Condon’s mother has celiac disease and no longer needs a second toaster taking up space on the counter since she’s able to use a sleeve to prevent cross-contamination.

Grilled cheese isn't all these sleeves can do. Take your regular deli sandwich to the next level by toasting it without spills, crisp-up last night’s pizza, roast some veggies or even make frozen chicken nuggets for a quick snack.

Whether you’re going for the classic American grilled cheese or trying something more ambitious, a toaster sleeve may be the way to go for your next melted cheese adventure.

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