One of the most common questions I’ve seen during my research has to do with mounting toaster ovens under counters. It is obvious to me that people are unwilling to give up counter top space unless they absolutely have to. As someone who owns a lot of kitchen gadgets, I totally understand not wanting to have any more appliances on my counter than needed.
When it comes to toaster ovens, the sad truth is that there are very few models that can safely be counted under a counter. In fact, as of this writing, I couldn’t find a single company that makes a mountable toaster oven. The only ones being sold on Amazon are from people who are selling theirs, and they are asking ridiculous prices for them. I swear I saw I listing for one that was selling for $699! That’s insane.
Didn’t Black and Decker Make Spacemaker Toaster Ovens?
Once upon a time Black and Decker made mountable toaster ovens under their Spacemaker line of products. They sold them for several decades, then took them off the market. Any of you who grew up in the 80’s might remember that there were a lot of mountable Spacemaker products for a wide variety of kitchen appliances by Black and Decker.
I have been unable to figure out why Black and Decker pulled their Spacemaker toaster ovens off the market, but I did find information about a recall for the Black & Decker Spacemaker Optima Model T1000, which was not a toaster oven but a toaster. This toaster caused almost 250 fires. I am left to wonder if this was the reason why Black and Decker initially stopped making mountable toaster ovens.
Then, in 2008, they made a new Spacemaker toaster oven that was sold exclusively at Target. Target sold this product for a few years, then it, too, was removed from their inventory. From what I can tell, this happened either in 2012 or 2013.
Can’t I Just Mount Any Toaster Oven?
There is no doubt that it is convenient to attach an appliance to the underside of a cupboard. But you should never install a toaster oven under a counter unless it is specifically designed to be mounted.
Just about every toaster oven made right now gets very hot on the exterior during use because they aren’t insulated the way conventional ovens are. Heat rises, and if a model is mounted under a cabinet, the heat will rise up to the cabinet. The heat caused by the toaster oven is an extreme fire hazard. The Black and Decker Spacemaker models all had fire shields on top to prevent fires, but the fire shields and brackets were included with each model and not sold separately.
The one thing I found while researching this was a comment someone made about how people did not properly install the fire shields, and that Black and Decker made the decision to stop making mountable models to prevent lawsuits. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it would make sense if this is the reason why you can no longer find these type of toaster ovens.
The bottom line is that, unless you can find an old Spacemaker model, any toaster oven you buy will have to go on your counter. If space is a concern, you can choose a smaller model. Take a look at my Toaster Oven Comparison page to sort each model that I have reviewed by size.