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My Review of the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven

tro480bs toaster ovenMy kids had all left home leaving my wife and I on our own. It was beginning to be a bit of overkill using our big kitchen stove to prepare most of our meals so I began to look around for something a bit more suitable for just the two of us.

I didn't want to get rid of my stove but I did want a quicker easier option for when I didn't want to use the stove.

I began to look around and came across the concept of the Toaster Oven, which despite its name does a lot more than make toast. I thought I had found what I was looking for. But as I investigated further I found that choosing one was not as simple as it first appeared. There was a lot more to choosing one than first met the eye.

However my extensive research into the various makes and models of Toaster Ovens led me finally to the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toast-R-Oven.

What to Look for When Buying a Toaster Oven

When I started researching which Toaster Oven would be most suitable for me and my wife I quickly realised that there were a few important things to keep in mind, namely:

  • How much food it will cook
  • How quickly it will cook the food
  • What varieties of food it will cook
  • How easy it is to use
  • How much space it will take up in your kitchen
  • How easy it is to clean
  • Does it come with any extras?

Price does come into it but don't base your decision on price alone. Other factors do need to be considered so stick with me here while I go through each of these in respect of the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven.

Feast or Famine - How Much Food Will it Handle?

Toaster Ovens come in various sizes with the majority being designated 2 slice, 4 slice or 6 slice toaster ovens.

Defining them in terms of "slices" appears to be a bit misleading for me, after all these toaster ovens can cook almost anything. Why then measure or limit them to "slices"? The quantity of food you can prepare obviously depends on the size of the Toaster Oven you purchase.

The TRO480BS Toaster Oven is designated a 4 slice toaster oven and is big enough inside to cook, amongst other things, a 9 inch pizza. It is of an ideal size to cook most meals suitable for 2 people.

It's All About Time

Rated at 1200 watts the Black & Decker TRO480BS is able to get up to temperature quickly and also get to the 450 degrees needed to cook many foods. This allows you to spend more of your time doing what you want instead of hanging around the kitchen waiting for things to happen.

The 30 minute timer the appliance comes with is sufficient for most foods you will probably cook. However if you are cooking foods that take longer then it is very easy to override the timer so that the cooking can continue uninterrupted.

Predictable and Boring or Spontaneous and Exciting

You have to admit when first considering buying a 2, 4 or 6 slice toaster oven the first thing that comes to your minds is ...toast. Which is really boring. After all why buy a toaster oven if all you want out of it is toast. Buy a toaster!

So then, what can the Black & Decker TRO480BS cook? I was really amazed when I found out exactly what you could cook with a toaster oven. How about, chicken pieces, steak, pork, lamb chops, fish fillets, cookies, biscuits, dinner rolls, white or sweet potatoes, frozen snack foods, frozen pizza... just about anything you can think of.

Rocket Science is Not Required

Simple to operate the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven comes with only 3 controls.

  • A temperature control knob allows you to select and adjust temperatures from 0 to 450 deg F.
  • A cooking selection knob allows you to choose from bake, broil, bagel, toast and keep warm settings. Just depends on how you wish to cook whatever you put in the oven.
  • A toast/timer control knob with a "stay on" setting if the food you are cooking needs to be in the oven for more than 30 minutes. This control also allows you to choose the shade setting when toasting bread or bagels.

Will it Fit?

At 15.75" wide by 8" high and 9" deep the Black $ Decker TRO480BS should easily fit on your counter top or underneath it if you need to store it when not using it.

What About Cleaning it?

One of the things I really liked about the TRO480BS is the slide out crumb tray. It really does make the appliance so easy to clean. Saves you time and no more having to tip the oven to get the crumbs out. The stainless finish also allows the outside to be easliy wiped and cleaned.

How Much Should You Expect to Pay?

The Black & Decker TRO480BS is available on the Black & Decker website for $39.99 but you really shouldn't be paying more than $30.00 for this Toaster Oven. The cheapest I have seen is on Amazon who consistently sell this Toaster Oven for less than $30.00.

What's Included?

  • Quartz heating element
  • "on" indicator light
  • See through glass door
  • Stay cool door handle
  • Bake and toast signal bell
  • Slide-out crumb tray
  • Stable feet

Does it Include a Warranty?

Depending on where purchased The Black & Decker TRO480BS comes with a 2 year limited warranty.

What Others Are Saying

This Toaster Oven has received rave reviews from most consumers who have purchased it with an average of 4 stars out of 5 given to it by reviewers on Amazon.

Here are some of the comments to date:

  • "... for the PRICE it's a great mid-sized counter top oven."
  • "I have had this toaster oven for a while now and I am very happy with it!"
  • "This toaster is 5 star to me because you can't beat the price and the performance."
  • "I really like this toaster oven."
  • "It works great. Toasts and broils VERY fast and the timer is quiet."
  • "...it's absolutely perfect."
  • "It does a great job."

Any Complaints?

I found few complaints but one area of concern expressed was the metal body of the unit gets quite hot with use and care should be taken if placing anything on top of the oven.

Where Can You Buy The Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven?

You can buy this Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven from Amazon. Currently it can be bought with free shipping and what I have seen when comparing prices with other suppliers is that Amazon have the best deal at the moment. Click here to view on Amazon.

Where Can You Read More Reviews for the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven?

The best place to find and read reviews from people who have actually used the product is Amazon. Click here to read more.