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Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven 1000 is a mixed blessing.
Jan 22, 2002
Review by Jo Levy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
My daughters gave us the product I am reviewing, the Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven Series 1000. It took me a few moments to make sure I was reviewing the correct product because there are so many but this one has a unique look to it. The only difference I can see (to save you time) between the 1000 and 2000 is that mine is white with gray and the 2000 is white with black. It wasn’t a totally altruistic gift on their part. They were tired of having burnt toast when they came to visit because our old toaster didn’t shut off on its own!
Recommend this product?
What I like-
~ Probably the feature I like the most is that this toast-r-over has a crumb tray that can be removed. It literally pulls out like a draw with a handle. I have never had one that was this easy to clean. I don’t have to open the bottom of it and either shake out the crumbs onto my counter or wipe them off with a sponge. I can just put it in the sink and wash it. I love this feature.
~ It has a 15% larger capacity than Black & Decker's Toast-R-Oven Classic line. (From the product page). The inside measures 7.5 inches x 9.5 inches and can easily fit 4 pieces of regular-sized bread, for example without having any of them overlapping the others.
~ This model bakes with settings from 200 degrees F–500 degrees F (95C-250C).
~ It broils and toasts with settings of light, medium, dark and top browns.
~ It also claims to defrost and really any toast-r-over will defrost if you bake it at a low setting. The slide rack has two positions and the instructions say that the position of the slide rack (higher or lower which happens just by turning it over) is determined by what you are defrosting. For example, thin cookies would be defrosted on the higher side of the rack; frozen entrees would be put in the lower position of the rack.
~ It comes with a bake pan and broil rack. The broil setting is on the same knob as the one on which you choose a temperature to bake.
~ If I can call a can opener attractive then I guess I can call this toast-r-oven attractive as well. In fact, silly as it sounds, the two appliances (I reviewed a Toastmaster can opener) look like they match. They both have a sleek design. If you look at the picture you’ll see that it curves a bit on the right side. In person that really does look nice. It is 15 inches wide, 8 inches high and 8 1/2 inches at the deepest part of it. The handle of this product seems to me to be extra large making it easy to grasp if you are holding a plate in your hand.
~ The start button pushes in with just a light touch. That is what broke on our other toast-r-oven. It doesn’t click in or seem that it won’t work because it won’t “catch.”
What I don't like-
~ It toasts and bakes and does all it is supposed to do very well. I do notice, however, that after toasting something, although the bread isn’t burnt, there is a slight burnt odor from the toast-r-oven.
~ What it doesn’t have is a retractable cord like my can opener.
~ I can't clean the metal piece inside (read below).
~ This is simple to clean, especially with the pull out tray. The slide rack can go in the dishwasher and the outside and inside can just be washed with a sponge.
~ I do have one problem with it, however, that doesn’t affect performance, but does affect appearance if you look inside. The metal piece on the bottom that heats up is mostly brown at this point as if it has been burnt. Perhaps this happens to all toast-r-ovens (I looked for my old one but my husband must actually have brought it to the dump – he usually keeps things that sort of work.) but I don’t remember not being able to clean it and I can’t clean this. I would need steel wool and the instructions say not to use any kind of scouring pads for the inside of the oven.
There is a 1-800 number that we are given for any problems, questions, service or repairs but before making use of the one-year warranty, the company wants you to call them before you mail the toaster back or bring it back to the store (unless, of course, you are returning it before you use it).
Black & Decker’s website is http://www.blackanddecker.com/
~ For $19.98 plus $3.00 in shipping you can get a mounting hood if you want to put it under a cabinet.
~ Also promoted is bakeware by Mirro. For $9.99 plus $3.50 for shipping you can get a 6-piece set of bakeware that is toaster-oven size.
This product was a gift and the price isn’t listed on epinions but I know my kids bought it at Sears since I had to wait in the mall while they bought it and then put it in the car. I called Sears and it sells for $42.88.
This is a hard one for me to rate because my children gave it to us as a present so I want to say it is the best appliance I have ever used. However, I am going to rate this a 3 although I might give it a 3.5 if I could. There is nothing really outstanding about it except that it looks really nice and has a pull-out tray. It is also on the lower end price range. It is an average toast-r-oven, perhaps a little larger inside than others and I am going to recommend it if you are looking for a toast-r-oven in this price range as long as you keep in mind what I don’t like about it.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment.
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Amount Paid (US$): 42.88
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