Black and Decker TO1303SB Toaster Oven Review

Introduction

When I wake up in the morning I know that breakfast is always the first thing on my mind and there is nothing I like more than being able to make a delicious slice of toast. The art is in finding a machine that can create the perfect slice of toast, not too burnt and not too undercooked. So without further ado, this review will see if this Black and Decker toaster oven is a contender for best toaster of the year or not!

Features

This machine may be small, but it has a lot of features for its size. This particular model can hold four slices of bread at a time so you won’t be going hungry over breakfast. The large front window allows you to check on the progress of your toast as it is cooking, and this means that you can make it just how you like it! There is also a 30 minute timer on the machine should you want to be slightly more adventurous and cook a pizza or something similar in the oven, and with the removable crumb tray in place you won’t have to worry too much about the clean-up efforts after.

Design

This toaster has a sleek, chrome like finish and the colour combination of the stainless steel and solid looking black plastic dials & stands create a very pleasant looking machine. Fortunately this is a toaster you won’t mind leaving out on your kitchen side! Internally the dimensions of the toaster are 10.75 x 9 x 7 so you have plenty of room to experiment with your cooking creations.

Pro’s

The machine is compact in size and this means that it can easily be stored away once you have finished using it. Four slices of toast is more than enough in one sitting, and with Black and Decker’s exclusive “Even Toast Technology” your toast should come out just as you like it. The toaster is also not just limited to toast as it comes with a bake pan and broil rack included!

Cons

Complaints about this toaster are limited but it is not perfect. The even toast technology seems to be inconsistent and doesn’t work for everyone. The darkness dial on the machine is also said to be imprecise, so you may end up with very black toast if you are not careful. The power lead is short for health and safety reasons, but if you only have a limited number of plug sockets and they are tucked away then you may struggle to reach them without an extension cord.

Summary

When all is considered it does seem that this toaster oven has more positive features than negative ones. It’s capacity means that you can make more than enough toast for a hearty breakfast, its design is sleek and elegant enough to be at home in most kitchens, and it includes enough setting to ensure that you can customise your toast just how you like it. It may not be the perfect machine, but for its size it does a lot more than you would expect it to. It’s true, good things do come in small packages!