Vintage Modern Maid built-in toaster

modern maid toastermodern maid toasterHere’s a fantastic idea — a recessed toaster. This Modern Maid built-in toaster toasts four slices of bread… it’s meant to be hard-wired in between stud walls… I’m not sure if it’s to code today, but it sure is sweet. And — it’s for sale on craiglist near San Diego right now.

Thanks to reader Linda for spotting this beauty. And thanks to the craigslist sellers for giving us permission to archive this shiny relic. The listing says:

This is a one-of-a-kind, vintage built-in chrome 4-slot toaster by Modern Maid (McGraw Edison, then Toastmaster now Salton in case you ever need parts). It is meant to be hardwired of 14-guage (14-2) wire when installing. Cut out dimensions 14 1/2 x 8 inches. Worked fine when we removed it for a kitchen re-model. Chrome exterior is in really good shape (nice and shiny like that 50’s chrome look). This item is a must-have for anyone looking for a true retro look to their kitchen!

Indeed, recessed appliances were “a thing” back in the day. Here are some others that we have show in the past:


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  1. Katie B. says

    I love recessed appliances. They allow for much more counter space. This one is so shiny and new looking too!

  2. Kelly Wittenauer says

    My brother & his wife bought a house built in the early 60s that had a similar built-in toaster. They removed it during a kitchen remodel – was in poor condition and not working. Also with it recessed into an exterior wall there wasn’t room for insulation, resulting in cold drafty area. But really cool & I would have cleaned it up & kept it anyway.

  3. priscilla says

    All of these built in small appliances are so smart. It seems as though kitchen design is regressing, these ideas were so sleek compared to today’s kitchens.

    • Kevin says

      Yes, and look at the decline in quality of most small appliances being made today. Lots of plastic, limited availability of parts…. most are built to basically be tossed out once they stop working. Back in the day, if a company was building a toaster which was going to be installed in a wall, you know they had to care about build quality. Just look at all the chrome and metal on that baby!

  4. William Wickwire says

    I purchased this wall toaster…and it is now installed in my 1956 home in Palm Springs…called Palm Roc. I have a photo post-install, and can send.

    • pam kueber says

      Ann, we can’t answer questions like this here – since this is an electrified device, please consult with your own properly licensed professional.

    • pam kueber says

      Vintage, you need to find them vintage. Not sure if they are still to code – check with your own properly licensed professional.

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