This is a product review of Black & Decker’s Toast-R-Oven toaster.
A trusted name ~
The Toast-R-Oven is made by Black & Decker. Black & Decker has been a household name for more years than you can probably remember. They’ve always stood for quality and reliability, and I was encouraged to buy this product because I’ve had such good results with other Black & Decker products in the past.
The Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven is a solidly made product. My Toast-R-Oven has survived numerous moves (some with very rough handling), and more run-ins with incompetent roommates and friends than I’d like to admit. It stands up to being dropped occasionally, strongly jarred frequently, and (more than once) being exposed to freezing temperatures and then brought back inside. Although I’m sure Black & Decker doesn’t recommend treating their products so harshly, the reality is that some of us really ask our appliances to put up with a lot. The Toast-R-Oven can take it, and continue to provide excellent service.
The Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven can make toast, four slices of standard bread at a time. But it also bakes, broils, and reheats, just like a full-size oven would. The cooking chamber is big enough for loaf pans and small casserole pans, and it comes with a jelly-roll type cookie sheet and a broiling rack. For a household with just one or two people, this could be their only cooking tool, and it would be just as effective as a full-size oven, but with just a fraction of the electrical costs to operate it.
Black & Decker’s Toast-R-Oven is compact, but not heavy. It has smooth edges, with nothing to poke into a car seat, if you want to take it along when you travel. If plugs into a standard electrical outlet, and doesn’t heat up the surface below it very much when it’s cooking. I’ve taken mine into hotel rooms without any complaints from the staff. Unlike a hot-plate, the Toast-R-Oven doesn’t have a tendency to start fires, so it’s much more welcome as a traveling companion.
Easy to clean ~
The Toast-R-Oven has an easy drop-open bottom. Just hold it over a sink or trash can, and let all the crumbs fall out. The front door usually wipes clean with a damp towel, and even the crustiest mess comes off with just a squirt of your favorite blue glass cleaner. The cookie sheet and broiler pan that come with the Toast-R-Oven are dishwasher-safe, as is the removable toasting rack. This is a very low-maintenance appliance!
Space-saving bracket ~
Although the Toast-R-Oven already has an impressively small footprint for such a powerfully handy cooking tool, you can free up even more counter space by using Black & Decker’s space-saver bracket with your Toast-R-Oven. This nifty accessory screws to the underside of your upper cabinets, and then the Toast-R-Oven slides into it, snapping into place. Since no tools are necessary to take the Toaster in and out of the bracket, you can take it down to clean, or travel temporarily, quickly and easily.
The Toast-R-Oven by Black & Decker is one of the handiest kitchen appliances you’ll probably ever own. For 20 dollars or so, this is an investment that you’ll reap the benefits of for a very long time.
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