If you’re short on counter space, the Black + Decker TO1313SBD Toaster Oven may be just the appliance you need – read our review below to find out if it’s right for you.
Featuring four cooking functions and a 30-minute timer, this model may be smaller than other models but it is still mighty – taking only 10 minutes to preheat.
It’s ideal for those evenings when you want to reheat that leftover takeaway from the night before. Reheating food like pizza in a microwave can often compromise on taste (read our comparison blog here), which is why most people prefer to use a toaster oven to reheat leftovers, as it often tastes a lot better!
From baking biscuits to toasting bread, cooking tater tots to melting cheese onto a sandwich – you can do so much more than just make toast in this compact kitchen appliance.
Because this is a lower-end model, there is no convection feature. Convection features are ideal for baking to ensure heat is evenly distributed throughout the toaster oven. It does this by using a fan that circulates hot air. Convection features usually reduce the time it takes to cook food, so they are a useful feature to have.
If you aren’t going to be doing a lot of baking in your toaster oven, you probably don’t need a model with a convection feature, but it is a handy function to have.
Black + Decker TO1313SBD Toaster Functions
This stainless steel toaster oven has four functions:
– Keep Warm
I find the Keep Warm setting is ideal for the days when I’m making a big meal. It means I can cook the main meal in my regular oven while cooking the side dishes in my toaster oven. And, if my side dishes are ready first, I can leave it on Keep Warm so everything is still hot when it’s time to serve.
Black + Decker states it uses EvenToast technology to ensure heat is distributed evenly when using the Toast function. The Toast setting requires the user to choose how light/dark you want your toast to be by using the Timer dial. The Timer dial has these symbols below to help you customize your toast, but it may take a few tries to get it just right for you.
Many reviews have said that toast takes a little longer to be ready than it would in your usual toaster, however, this is common across many makes and models of toaster ovens.
30 Minute Timer
Compared to other models, this is a relatively low maximum cooking time, but it’s ideal for people who just want to quickly cook a pizza or reheat leftovers. If you think you’ll need to cook food for longer than 30 minutes, one solution would be to simply reset the timer again after it has gone off. Or, there is a Stay-On Function which will keep your food cooking until you manually turn it off yourself.
The Timer dial does make a ticking noise while your food cooks. Once the timer has finished and your food is ready, it makes a bell sound to alert you. It’s important to note that some users have found that it doesn’t always turn off automatically after the timer has finished, so it’s important to take your food out immediately and turn it off manually to avoid burning.
If you do need to cook for longer than 30 minutes, you can use the Stay-On Function. This is ideal for people who don’t mind keeping an eye on their food while it cooks, as there will be no alarm bell to sound when it is ready.
Ease of Use
A common complaint I have found in reviews is that it takes more than just a push of a button to turn the toaster oven on. For example, to toast bread, you would have to turn the Temperature dial to toast, then turn the Function dial to toast, then turn the Timer dial past the 10-minute marker and then back to the desired toast darkness/lightness level.
Another complaint concerning the function dial is that it is very easy to mistakenly turn the oven onto the Stay-On function rather than the Off setting, causing a potential fire hazard. This is easily avoided by ensuring you take notice of where you turn the dial to when switching the toaster oven off.
Black + Decker TO1313SBD Temperature Range
The Black + Decker TO1313SBD goes up to 450°F and the manual advises to wait 10 minutes for the oven to preheat before placing your food in.
Is it easy to clean?
This model has a removable crumb tray to make cleaning easy. Generally, it is advised to avoid metal scouring pads when cleaning toaster ovens, as this can cause damage. Instead, when the oven is turned off, unplugged from the wall, and has cooled down, it is generally advised to use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces.
Exterior dimensions: (W)16.4 x (D) 11.3 x (H) 9.4 inches
Interior dimensions: (W) 15.5 x (D) 10 x (H) 8.5 inches (approximately)
This toaster oven is small compared to other makes and models, so it is ideal for people who have very limited counter space. Because it has a small interior, it’s important to make sure your food is not touching the heating elements, as this could cause a fire hazard.
I am yet to come across a toaster oven that doesn’t get very hot on the outside while in use. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your other appliances aren’t close to your toaster oven on the counter. That’s why I always advise people to leave an additional 4-inches of space around their toaster ovens and to take these extra measurements into account before purchasing.
For this model, in particular, people have found that the handle gets very, very hot while in use, so it’s important to use protective wear when touching the handle.
Possibly the most important question of all – how much food can you fit in the Black + Decker TO1313SBD Toaster Oven?
The small but roomy interior can comfortably fit 4 slices of bread or a 9” pizza.
This product has been designed with three dials – the top dial controls the temperature, the middle dial sets the cooking function, and the bottom dial acts as the timer for baking, broiling, and toasting.
Some toaster ovens are made with buttons to press and an LCD screen. Although the models with buttons and an LCD screen provide more precision when setting the time/temperature, they often aren’t suited to people with conditions such as arthritis. This is because sometimes the buttons can be hard to press and cause pain to the user, making the dials a preferable option for some people.
Ultimately, whether buttons or dials are better is completely up to you.
Writing Around Dials
Each dial has writing around it to indicate either the temperature, cooking function, or timer. A common complaint in reviews is that the writing is too small around the dial, forcing the user to get up close to the toaster oven in order to pick a function.
There are some toaster oven models – like the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 – that have an auto-eject rack. This means that when you open the toaster oven, the rack will come out a little by itself, so you won’t have to reach all the way in to get your food out.
This model does not have this feature, making it a little harder to remove food without burning yourself. Caution and the use of oven mitts are always advised when using toaster ovens, but especially when there isn’t an auto-eject function.
This is a nice, long warranty, as some manufacturers only offer one year. I have found many reviews where people have called Black + Decker with an issue during the warranty period and have found their customer service to be very helpful.
The average toaster oven runs on 1200 watts, so this model falls a little under the average. Watts are important, as the higher the wattage, the more powerful the appliance is and therefore, the quicker the toaster oven heats up.
To put this in perspective, on average, it costs around 12 cents per 1000 watts per hour of usage. This means that the lower the watts, the longer it will take to preheat. If the product has higher watts it will preheat quickly, meaning the cost differences may be minimized according to a machine’s efficiency.
– Baking pan
– Broiler pan
There have been a few complaints that these trays stain very quickly which indicates that they aren’t made from high-quality materials. Generally, it is advised to avoid dishwashers when cleaning baking pans and broiler pans that have come with a toaster oven to protect its coating.
Pros and Cons
– Affordable price
– Baking and broiler pans included
– Stay-On Function
– Customizable toast setting
– Small, so ideal for kitchens with little counter space
– 4 cooking functions (Bake, Broil, Toast, and Keep Warm)
– Maximum 30-minute timer
– Long, complicated process to switch on and use
– Poor quality accessories
– No convection feature
Ultimately, I found a lot of mixed reviews when I did my research for this product. People were either extremely happy or extremely disappointed. However, one consistent positive was how helpful Black + Decker’s customer service was when dealing with issues within the two-year warranty period.
Purchasers love how affordable this toaster oven is, as well as how little space it takes up on their counters – it’s ideal for people who have very little counter space.
Common complaints I found in reviews included: how difficult it is to use, how easy it is to accidentally turn the Timer dial to ‘Stay-On’, and how hot the handle gets in use.
Ultimately, it seems very 50/50 in regards to how happy people are with this product.
Black + Decker TO1313SBD Price Summary
The Black + Decker TO1313SBD definitely falls to the lower end of the market and is incredibly affordable. The higher-end models, like the Black + Decker TO3280SSD, have more toaster functions (including Convection baking) and therefore offer more cooking versatility which is why they cost more.
If you’re living alone or only with your partner, this model is perfect for those evenings when you come home from work and don’t have the energy to make a big meal. Although it’s small, it is mighty and will heat up quickly.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more space, you could purchase the Cuisinart TOA-60 , but you will be paying a lot more. This toaster oven fits more food, has a convection feature and an air fryer.