Black and Decker Toaster Oven Review
This Black and Decker Oven is the replacement for the Europro Appliance that I reviewed a year ago. It may have been a lousy toaster oven, but it sure didn’t last very long. Just as well, I got sick and tired of always having to monitor it like a little toddler to prevent it from either burning my toast, or under-toasting it. The Eurorpro Toaster Oven was complete garbage. One morning, it decided to stop turning on at all. No Power, no toasting. Goodbye, good-riddance, I say. My wife insisted we replace it, so she went to Kohl’s and found something new in the way of a Black and Decker Toaster Oven.
Introducing the Black and Decker
Black & Decker used to be known for making tools, not toaster ovens. Like any other household appliance though, this product is made in China not the Black & Decker Factory that made your father’s electric power drill years ago. This Black and Decker Toaster is the model CTO4300W and cost $59.00 at Kohls. One distinguishing feature on the B&D Toaster is its deep, 12″ Pizza capacity. I like the way the large, 12″ cooking tray slides out as you open the door, whether it’s for toast, pizza or anything else. There are three large knobs :
- Temperature Settings Knob that goes from 150 – 450 F
- Bake Function Knob with four settings: Keep Warm, Bake, Broil and Toast
- Timer Knob which ranges from 0-50 minutes
How well does the Black and Decker Toast Bread?
With the Temp set on high, the function knob on toast, I gave it a whirl. There is a little black toast icon graphic right under the 10 minute mark indicating how dark you want your toast. Just above the off switch is a clear toast graphic indicating how light you want it. I don’t like the guessing here. Why not A digital setting like a microwave for a toaster oven? It would help me make perfect toast every time. Also, I don’t like the way you are forced to turn the knob past the 20 minute mark, then back to the desired setting to get the toasting started. The good news is that it actually works and using the 2-3 minute guess, made perfect light-brown toast the way we like it. I made toast every day for five days and never had the problems I did with the Europro where it wouldn’t shut off, or stay on long enough. The Black & Decker actually does what we paid it to do: Make Toast!
Additional Functions and Features
The Black and Decker oven also comes with four very convenient rack positions. There are only two slots, but by inverting the included racks, you can have a choice of four different positions for toasting, broiling, baking or keeping things warm. This particular Toaster Oven includes a slide-in and out baking rack, as well as a drip pan for catching your pizza grease, cheese and meat drippings. Unlike, the shallow, Europro, the deep, solid Black and Decker Toaster Oven actually gives you the confidence that you really can cook just about anything. You can roast garlic and onions, bake a pizza, chicken and fish or reheat a sandwich, toast hot-dogs and just about anything else you can think of – yes, you can toast bread with the Black and Decker Toaster Oven and it won’t burn it unless you want it to. I was somewhat impressed with the user’s manual which is actually printed in clear, concise English with plenty of instructions and guide for how long to cook vegetables, meats, pizza, toast, etc., etc..
Quality, Materials and Construction
I do think this is a pretty well-made toaster oven. The parts inside are made of solid metal and ceramic and the plastic dials on the outside seem as though they are of good workmanship. I am a little skeptical about having to turn that dial to the right past the 20-minute mark, then to the left again to get toast started. That seems like a lot of wear & tear for a product made in China. We’ll see how that holds up. The trays slide out for easy cleaning. Nothing gets jammed or is difficult to remove or replace. It’s a breeze to use this toaster oven. So far, I’m happy with the black and decker oven that replaced the Europro disaster.