I’ve never liked the look of a typical toaster oven, and like the microwave, their size and function (with an opening door) means they’re difficult to hide. Japanese design solves this problem (of course!) with compact, simple-looking toaster oven boxes. The design is vertical, as opposed to the usual horizontal shape, taking up even less counter space. So good they’re worth the shipping—and the configuring of JP to US converters (most of these are made with a AC 100V power supply). Here are our favorites.
Above: Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Muji, the MoMA Muji Vertical Toaster Oven can be found on Amazon for $149 for US use. The toaster measures 9 inches wide and 12.5 inches high. Read more about Fukasawa’s Muji designs in our post Appliances for Minimalists: The Muji Toaster Oven and More. Above: The straightforward Courant Stainless Steel Toaster Oven is 12 inches wide and 15 inches high; $48.39 from sellers on Amazon. This one is compatible with US electrical outlets. Above: The Récolte Solo Oven Toaster, shown in white, is compact, approximately 10 by 11 inches and, according to reviews, toasts one slice at a time (good for cultivating patience). The toaster oven is $190.13 from sellers on Amazon. It also comes in orange for $136.53 on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: The Radonna Oven Toaster comes in three colors (Ash White, shown; Blue; and Shell Pink) and has a slanted front/trapezoid shape. It measures 9.5 inches wide by about 13 inches high for $173.73 from sellers on Amazon. It can also be sourced through Sano Shop out of Japan. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: The Iris Ohyama Mirror Oven Toaster Vertical Type is made of powder coated steel with a mirrored glass door. It measures about 7.5 inches wide; $98.39 on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) It can also be sourced through Sano Shop out of Japan. Above: The Vitantonio Vertical Type Toaster Oven, shown in Ivory (also available in Brown) measures 10 inches wide and 13 inches high; $138.15 on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: Another design from Récolte, the Black Toaster Oven RSR-1(B) (13.6 by 12.3 inches) is the kind of design a sci-fi fiction author from the early twentieth century would have dreamed up. In black it’s $140.29 on Amazon and it’s also available in white for $140.19 also on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: The Amadana Toaster Oven Vertical Type measures a little under 9 inches wide and 13 inches high and is made with a leather wrapped handle; $278.70 in White on Amazon. It’s also available in Black for $158.57 also on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: The Koizumi Oven Toaster (KOS 1021/K) in Black measures 9.5 inches wide and 13 inches high; $184.78 on Amazon. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.) Above: While difficult to source, the Plus Minus Zero Vertical Toaster Oven, from Naoto Fukasawa, mesaures 9.5 inches wide and 11.7 inches high. It can be found from sellers on eBay (linked above and also here) for $286.23. (Power supply AC 100 V 50/60 Hz.)
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