Black & Decker TRO480 Review

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Experts say the four-slice Black & Decker TRO480 can bake a cake as well as a full-sized oven and consumers say it produces proper toast without a long wait.

The cheap and popular Black & Decker TRO480 (starting at $30, Amazon) is a four-slice model that garners praise from many, but not all, quarters for its versatility and performance. In Black & Decker TRO480 reviews at Macy's most consumers report bread products emerge evenly toasted and meals for two emerge well baked; a minority contend the opposite, saying toast burns in splotches and the oven leaks heat. Users reel off the positives in reviews at Bon-Ton -- right size and price, good alternative to a full-size oven, nicely done toast -- while some posts at Amazon harp on the negative -- toasting is unpredictable and choices are limited to "light" or "dark," the outside surface gets too hot, oven calibration is off, durability is limited.

Like other budget toaster ovens, the Black & Decker TRO480 can toast, bake, and broil but unlike many others, it features a "keep warm" function. The timer runs for 30 minutes and a "stay-on" function can override the timer. It boasts a removable crumb tray and two rack positions and comes with a bake pan. The curved glass door helps accommodate a medium-size pizza. The footprint on this model is 16"(l)x11"(w)x7.5"(h) and it's backed by a rare two-year limited warranty.

The Black & Decker TRO480 has its share of critics but a far larger proportion of the hundreds of reviewers offer commendations. Overall, this model is a very good value.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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