Rated 4.0 out of 5Â by 4
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by Stella Quality has gone downhill over the years
The oven is a nice, compact size, but not without its problems. It does not seem to get as hot on the outside as others have mentioned. Maybe that's because the door does not close all the way... There is about a 3/8-1/2" opening. The glass front is curved, and seems to match the curvature of the front opening. Maybe the return spring is too weak to hold the door closed, or the hinge is bent. Either way, it is a problem.
I washed the metal drip pan with soap and water with a soft scrubby sponge, as per the instructions, and whatever coating was on the pan started peeling off. Hmmmm... My old B&D toaster oven came with real aluminum pans and accessories.
The convection fan makes moaning and rattling sounds. I've already requested a return, and have ordered another. I have had good experiences with Black & Decker in the past. This oven was a replacement of another slightly smaller toaster oven I have had for more than 20 years. Only recently has it started to not heat up past about 250F. I gave the insides a good clean, but it just doesn't work like it used to. My old oven has a door switch. When opened, the oven turned off, this new one stays on. Too bad they have abandoned the classic thermostatically controlled toaster function. I just don't see a lot of toasting in my future with this new oven if I have to watch the toast to keep it from burning.
I looked quite a bit for an replacement, and chose Black & Decker over other brands for a few reasons. Their ovens are one of the only brands that have a protective guard over the heating elements to prevent spills and food burning into the element surface. This oven has four evenly spaced elements unlike some brands with only one element on top. The thermostat seems accurate. I placed my oven thermometer from my big oven on the grate, and set the temperature dial for 350F. The oven clicked off just as the temperature was approaching 350F. As it cycled on and off, the temperature stayed within 25 degrees of 350F. There is a lot to like about this oven. My hope is this particular oven just turned out to be a dud.
Another reason for the two-star review is the lack of replacement parts. There are many reports of broken knobs, and every appliance repair part site lists most all replacement parts as "obsolete" or "unavailable from manufacturer" OK, I get it, you want me to order the parts directly from B&D, but these ovens are not even listed at the B&D parts website. Really!?! I can understand if I was looking for parts for a 10 year or even a five year old oven. I feel it is ridiculous not to offer replacement parts for an oven in current production.
I understand this is not a commercial convection oven. It does do a better job of even cooking with the small amount of air-flow from the noisy fan. Cooks bacon on a rack just fine. Good for warming up leftovers, and I cooked a whole (small) chicken; I would recommend a cut up chicken instead for even cooking. Overall is has potential to be a great little counter-top oven. It just seems quality has suffered, and longevity of the product will not be as useful as products manufactured, in years past, in the USA.
December 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by ToasterJoe Satisfactory on the whole.
I bought this to replace a Black & Decker toaster-oven that I had bought 14 years ago and that was ailing (toast function stopped working). In comparison:
1. The new one is much bigger, but that won't be much use to me.
2. The removable crumb tray is a considerable improvement.
3. The TEMP. & TIMER/TOAST knobs are badly designed: it was impossible to align them precisely with the scales around them. I remedied that with a strip of tape going down to the edge of the knob.
4. The toast function is less convenient: It has to be reset each time, so it cannot be left at the setting that has proven to give best results.
5. The quality of the toasting & the broiling seems to be improved.
6. The door, when fully open, tilts upward, so that it is hard to remove things through it without touching it. Care is needed to keep my hands away from it when it is hot.
July 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Kayze Love it.
Works great. Looks good in my kitchen. We've only used it for toast so far. I'm a toaster oven user all the time. Glad to have a new one.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Hughesman Awesome little oven!
We bought this oven 4 years ago, and it's still cooking great.
It has cooked everything you can imagine. And has lasted through three teenagers.
January 20, 2014