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4 Slice Toaster Oven

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  • UPC: 050875535565
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Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven Classic 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven, Model: TRO490W
Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a large-capacity countertop oven with a stylish, curved, glass-door design. Its easier than ever to check on whatever youre cooking - from hearty roasts with vegetables to your favorite casserole and more!

  • Large Capacity
    - Extra-Deep Curved Interior for Medium Pizza
    - Broiling Rack Fits 4 Slices of Bread
    - Dual-Position Rack Slots
  • Easy-to-Use Cooking Functions
    - Bake, Broil, Toast and Keep Warm
    - Toast Cycle
    - Stay On Feature
    - 30-Minute Timer
  • Cleans Easily
    - Removable Crumb Tray
    - Easy-View Glass Door
    - Baking Pan


Submited By: William Sommerwerck on 01/02/2010
My dad worked for GE, and in 1957 brought home the first "Toast-R-Oven". Unlike modern toaster-ovens, in which the toasting and baking are performed in the same cavity, it was a conventional toaster with a tray underneath where items could be inserted for cooking or light grilling. (You can see a picture of it in the 12/2009 or 1/2010 issue of Consumer Reports -- I don t remember which.)

When I moved away from home, one of the first things I bought was a GE toaster oven -- the model that has become /the/ "classic" toaster oven, with the pull-down door and chrome finish. It lasted about 10 years, and I replaced it with the exact B&D equivalent (which was white, but otherwise identical), which lasted 20 years. Had the power solenoid not jammed, I would still be using it.

Looking for a replacement, I studied Web reviews. The conclusion I drew was that /all/ toaster-ovens, regardless of make, model, or price, were utter JUNK. But I needed one, so after a bit of shopping, I picked up this model for an attractive price at Targét.

It appears that most (if not all) toaster-ovens have abandoned the 70-year-old double-thermostat system. Instead, you turn a timer for the degree of darkness. On this model, there are only two markings (pale and black), with nothing in-between to make it easy to repeat your favorite setting. Is it asking too much to add markings?

Worse, this oven takes quite a while to warm up. So, as there is no thermostatic control of the toasting cycle, the setting that s right for the first batch of toast will overtoast -- possibly even burn -- subsequent batches. This is the oven s major flaw, which is probably common among timer-controlled toaster-ovens, B&D or otherwise.

There are safety issues. One poster has pointed out that the timer doesn t always shut off for "light" settings. The user manual says that, for short settings, you should turn the timer all the way up, then back. This has /always/ been a problem with mechanical spring-driven timers, but it shouldn t be necessary. And as another pointed out, the knobs aren t sufficiently asymmetrical to make it clear which end is pointing which way.

The most-significant safety issue is the lack of a door interlock. Opening the door doesn t shut off the elements, or stop the toast cycle, as it did in earlier toaster-ovens. This is something the Consumer Product Saftey Commission should look into.

As toaster-ovens go, this isn t a /bad/ one. There s room for six English muffin slices, and the glass door is big enough to reveal everything going on inside. Multi-slice toasting evenness is okay, but the toast is decidedly "stripéd", not unlike steaks or chicken breasts on a grill.

I ve had mine almost a year, and have had no problems. The TRO490W therefore gets a grudging recommendation, even though it s not up to the quality one expects from GE/B&D.

2 of 5 Stars!
Submited By: Kim on 02/05/2010
I grew up in a household that had B&D toaster ovens. When my siblings and I moved out, we bought the current model B&D toaster ovens. I have replaced with the same about every 3 years (when the color of the oven not longer looked clean, even though it was). I purchased my current B&D TRO 964 approximately 1-1 1/2 years ago. I hate the new dial design for toasting. The push down lever on the older models always worked much better for me. I am now tired of finding my toast perfect one time and lightly blackened the next. I will not buy this toaster again.

1 of 5 Stars!
Submited By: makun on 02/24/2010
Buy at your own risk! Wish I had read all of the reviews prior to getting this model. Like other users here, we had owned a Black & Decker toaster for years thinking there wouldn t be any problems getting a new toaster when the old one finally kicked the bucket.

Stuck a piece of bread in the unit, set it to "toast" mode, and then the next thing you know, the piece of bread caught on fire! There was smoke all over the kitchen which set the smoke alarms off.

Would definitely not recommend this unit. I bought it at Target so I m guessing, based on what another reviewer said, I will not be able to return it even though it is almost brand new. I plan to write a complaint letter to B&D for putting out such a sub-par unit on the market.

1 of 5 Stars!
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