Many home cooks look at listed dimensions of a toaster oven and assume they will be able to fit certain items in it, only to be disappointed when the toaster oven arrives. It is important to realize that the listed dimensions of a toaster oven refer to it's footprint, or how much room it will take up in your kitchen. The size listed in the specs of a product do not refer to actual cooking area available inside of the oven, although some manufactures do provide that information as well. We do give you the internal cooking area dimensions when that information is available. However, the dimensions listed in the overview do refer to the space it will take up on your countertop. This helps you decide if the toaster oven you are interested in will fit into the space you have available for it.