The toaster may be old, but it isn't obsolete, even in the age of microwave ovens.

A survey conducted by Pilgrim's Pride Corporation found that 89 percent of U.S. households own either toasters or toaster ovens, and more than 60 percent own microwaves.In households that own both types of appliances, 84 percent say that while they use microwaves more frequently than toasters, 81 percent continue to use their toasters as much as or more often than they did a year ago.

According to the survey, a typical toaster user tends to be older, with more than half of the 50-plus age group reporting usage at least once a day.