The Black & Decker TRO480BS Toster Oven is a 1200W, 4 slice toaster oven, which is a way to bake and toast without going through the energy drain of using the full sized oven. It is also a good solution for spaces, in which a larger or full-sized oven is impractical. This toaster oven has been designed to handle broiling, baking, toasting, bagel heating and functioning as a warming tray. A 9” pizza or personal-size pot pie should be no challange for this little oven. The three knob setup is meant to offer ease of function and deliver a wide range of cooking options. The temperature of this unit may be adjusted up to 450 degrees. The timer can be set at various intervals up to 30 minutes or be set to continuous. There is a crumb tray which can be easily removed, while the door to the toaster oven is closed, for the purposes of cleaning. This unit measures 10” x 8.5” x 16”, which means there is room to place the baking rack in two different positions. This Black & Decker toaster oven also comes with its own baking pan.
There are many who have purchased the Black & Decker TRO480BS and fortunately, a good number of reviews have been left about this toaster oven. Even though the reviews are mixed, overall this little oven comes out ahead. On a popular retail site, the over 750 ratings average out to 3.5 stars. Having some idea of what these consumers experienced, can give some insight into how well this Black & Decker unit performs. When it comes to the highest ratings, while performance definitely weighs heavily, it would seem that the price of this toaster oven strongly helped it gain those extra stars.
The drawback about this is that this unit is, currently, no where near the price range, which elicited many of these higher star ratings. That being said, there are numerous people, who have posted about how well this unit toasts. That may seem rather mundane, but there are quite a number of people, who purchased this toaster oven, and have stated that it has been more of a hassle to make toast and that in their experiences, it did not toast well, at all. At least one owner of the Black & Decker TRO480BS, stated that as it was used as a main oven and that a toaster was used for toast, and as such could not speak on the issue that many had with the toast. For those who have had delightfully, delicious toast prepared in this toaster oven, there has been enough room for 4 slices of wide pan bread, which had even toasting. There have been evenly browned bagels and perfectly toasty toaster pastries.
There are some users who were confused by the timer setting function. It would seem that to set the Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven in intervals under 10 minutes, one has to rotate the dial past the 10 minute mark and then back down to the lower time frame. There also seems to be an issue for many users with the up to 30 minutes or continuous settings on this unit. Many users have found accidently found the continuous setting and know not how to cease it. This may mean that the design of the timer on this Black & Decker toaster oven, may need some alterations. It would seem that the “Stay On” setting is just past the “Off” setting and that the “Off” setting does not always catch or is simply too close. For those who have had positive cooking experiences with this unit, they have been largely positive. This toaster oven has performed beautifully for many, who wanted a larger, but not too large, unit, which also did not have convection capabilities.
Now one more recent buyer of the Black & Decker TRO480BS noted that many of the positive reviews came along in 2009. The more recent reviews have tended to be more negative and this may be, as the aforementioned consumer surmises, the result of this Black & Decker unit being made elsewhere and of different quality. Some of these negative reviews include the ones previously mentioned, including the price versus the performance, and that this unit gets incredibly hot to the touch. That means not placing it near any thing that may melt or catch fire. It is also important not to touch these areas without oven mit style protection. One user even noted that this unit heated up the kitchen more than the main oven did.
There are those, who have given lower ratings to this toaster oven, who are used to using the Black & Decker line, who suggest potential buyers of the Black & Decker TRO480BS, look for an older model instead. Some of the 2 star users have been disappointed enough with their experiences, to stop making purchases from Black & Decker. It would seem that some have found the 2 year warranty to fall flat, as there are no longer in person service centers. This means having to ship it and pay some sort of processing fee. Some, who are used to using Black & Decker appliances, have said that while an older model has lasted for 10 or 20 years, their Black & Decker TRO480BS has had a break of some sort in less than a year. Many have waited for at least a year, before posting their reviews on this unit. This has provided better accuracy of experience.
It seems that Black & Decker TRO480BS Toaster Oven may be a mixed bag, but it does seem that if it costs more than $25, it may be best to avoid this purchase. It would seem that the chances of it working beautifully and continuing to do so, is if the unit purchased is one which was sold for the 2009 time frame. The most recent reviews are peaks and valleys and some are from in the past and others appear more recent. Even if one is still confused on whether or not to purchase this toaster oven, it is good to know that so many have taken the time to post their experiences, with this product.