I just can't see a salamander being useful at home, at least, not for me. In my restaurant we primarily use the sally for one of three things:
-To toast toast, which it does a great job of, as long as you keep your eye on it constantly.
-To flash soup bowls or other plates that got missed on a plate call, and need to be 'RED HOT, RIGHT NOW'
-To flash the majority of our hot plates before they leave the kitchen, just 8 seconds under or 'until the protein is painfully hot...