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Is an Under Cabinet Toaster Oven Right For Your Kitchen?

Updated on March 2, 2012
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Real Cooking with an Under Cabinet Toaster Oven

Under cabinet toaster ovens are a handy kitchen appliance. They can allow anyone in the household to quickly and easily prepare snacks, sandwiches, and even small meals. They are affordable, easy to use, and efficient. Of course, because they mount under the kitchen cabinet, they offer the added advantage of saving precious counterspace.

On this page you can learn a bit about these small appliances, see one of the most popular options available, and even find resources for toaster oven recipes.

The Advantages

Toaster ovens in general can offer a number of advantages.

1. Perfect for snacks and small meals.
If you're cooking a small amount of food, say for just one or two people, it's smart to use your toaster oven for the task. Toaster ovens will use significantly less energy than the average size conventional oven. This will result in savings on your utility bills.

2. A good supplement to your conventional oven.
These appliances are also great to use in addition to your conventional oven. If you are cooking a large meal, your toaster oven can take over a few extras that won't fit in with the larger items in your conventional oven.

3. Ideal for kids.
These small ovens can also be perfect for teenagers who want to prepare their own snacks. If you have problems working in a kitchen that's simply too hot, a toaster oven can help prevent the build up of excess heat, they simply won't generate as much heat as your conventional oven.

But don't think that toaster ovens are only for making a piece of toast or warming a Pop Tart either. They can broil some meat, bake a pastry, or create a wonderful sandwich.

4. Ideal for small spaces.
The primary advantage of an under cabinet toaster oven is that they can be mounted up off of the countertop, leaving that space available for meal preparation or for hosting other kitchen appliances. For this reason, these models are especially useful in smaller kitchens, apartments, condos, and so forth.

Of course mounting a toaster oven under the cabinet also makes them easy to access. For the average adult, this places them at, or near, shoulder level. Not only is this convenient for taking food in and out of the oven, but also for viewing it during the cooking process. It also makes them easier to clean them.

5. Easy care.
Some of the under cabinet toaster ovens have a drop down panel that allows you to empty crumbs without even opening the oven. Once this is done, you can use a damp cloth to clean the bottom (or remove the tray to wash), wipe the inside surfaces, and the window as well.

6. Affordable and easy to install.
Toaster ovens are also budget friendly and even the under cabinet style models are easy to install. Installation generally requires a drill, screws, and a screw driver. You'll have to choose a location that will accommodate the dimensions of the oven and have it within reach of an outlet. Some type of template generally comes with the oven. Once you've placed the template where you want it, you can drill the holes, and begin the simple process of mounting the oven.

Black and Decker SpaceMaker Plus

The Black and Decker SpaceMaker Plus allows you to bake, toast, grill, and keep food warm. It can toast up to 4 slices of bread at a time and can accommodate a 9" pizza. It includes a crumb tray with a drop down panel below for easy cleaning. It also features a 30 minute timer, touch button controls, and a LED clock/display.

This is an under cabinet toaster oven that comes with a pre-sized mounting template to help during installation. This allows you to make use of the counterspace below. It also allows you to connect other SpaceMaker appliances, like a mini-food processor, grinder or can opener directly to it in order to keep other outlets free for other uses. This oven measures 18.1" x 11.4" x 10.6" and has a black and stainless steel finish that will look great in both modern and traditional kitchens.

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      Cheryl 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the information on under cabinet toaster oven. I agree there are many benefits to leaving space available for food preparation. Great and useful hub.

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      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Very smart ideas and good use of space. Thanks for the info.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I would like an undercover toaster.

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