BLACK+DECKER 6-Slice Digital Convection Countertop Toaster Oven TO3280SSD Review

BLACK+DECKER 6-Slice Digital Convection Countertop Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel, TO3280SSD

If you have a need for speed when it comes to cooking really great pizza, the Black + Decker TO3280SSD is engineered to cook 20% faster compared to their TO1660B model – read our review to find out more.

From baking cakes to reheating leftovers, you can do so much more than just make tasty toast in this three-rack toaster oven. Its easy-to-use digital controls provide accurate control over time, temperature, and its cooking functions – and it also has a digital display screen so you know exactly what you’re selecting.

Plus, its 120-minute timer includes stay-on and auto shut-off functions for peace of mind when cooking. We’re taking a closer look at all these features and more in our review.

Toaster Functions

If you’re tired of waiting around for your regular oven to preheat, this toaster oven will heat up in minutes – saving you time in the kitchen.

This model has 7 cooking functions:
– Convection Bake
– Broil
– Toast
– Bagel
– Reheat
– Pizza
– Frozen Snacks

You wouldn’t bake a cake the same way you’d cook frozen snacks, so that’s what these cooking functions are for. Once pressed, these cooking functions will set the ideal cooking environment inside the toaster oven for your food – and they’re completely customizable to your preferences. This means you can change the time and temperature for each cooking function.

Reviewers report that this model heats up very quickly, meaning you won’t be waiting long for your tater tots to be ready! However, one common complaint is that the Toast function takes a little longer than your regular toaster. I have noticed this across a few makes and models of toaster ovens, so this is not exclusive to this particular one. Many people aren’t too bothered by this as their toast still comes out how they want it.

The Toast function is customizable to your preferences, as it has 7 shades of ‘darkness’ you can choose from. This may take a few times to find the ideal ‘darkness’ setting for your toast. Luckily, it will remember your preferences for next time so you won’t have to re-enter it every time you make toast. However, it will go back to its original settings if it is unplugged.

After selecting a cooking function, the digital display screen will begin to flash as it begins to preheat. You can then select the ideal time and temperature. Once it has preheated, the digital display screen will stop flashing, alerting you that it’s ready for your food to be put in. Once the cooking cycle has finished, it will beep again to alert you that your food is ready. Bon Appetit!

Convection Feature

Convection features are ideal for ensuring your food is cooked evenly. This feature works by circulating hot air throughout the toaster oven for a more even bake. It’ll make your pizza crusts crispier and the insides of your cakes more spongy.

Users have found the Convection feature works well in the TO3280SSD – and its fan doesn’t make too much noise.

It’s important to note that when using the Convection feature on any toaster oven, you will need to reduce your cooking time between 20 and 30%. This is because Convection speeds up the cooking process, meaning you won’t have to wait around long for your food to be ready.

Black + Decker TO3280SSD Temperature Range

Minimum temperature: 150
Maximum temperature: 450

This toaster oven is customizable to your needs, so you can change the temperature measurement from Celsius to Fahrenheit and it will remember this until you unplug it.

As with all toaster ovens, the stainless steel exterior and glass door becomes very hot while in use, so it’s important to be cautious and wear oven mitts when removing food.

Toaster ovens have a small interior which is why you’ll notice this product preheats very quickly. Your food will cook a lot quicker in this toaster oven compared to your regular kitchen oven, so you may have to reduce your cooking time.

The heating elements in this product cycle on and off to maintain heat distribution and ensure your food is cooked evenly!

Is the Black + Decker TO3280SSD easy to clean?

Toaster ovens tend to get dirtier quicker than regular kitchen ovens – but they’re also a lot easier and quicker to clean.

Fitted with an external crumb tray, clean-up is a breeze in the Black + Decker TO3280SSD.

Before cleaning, it’s important to switch the appliance off, unplug it, and wait for it to cool down if it’s hot. Only then can you use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt and grease. Metal scouring pads cannot be used. This is because bits may fall off onto the heating elements which could cause a fire.

The accessories cannot be put into the dishwasher and should be hand-washed in warm, soapy water.

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions – 5x12x12 inches (HxWxD)
Exterior Dimensions – 12x18x15 inches (HxWxD)

Because toaster ovens get so hot while in use, I tend to leave 4-inches of space between the toaster oven and other appliances in the kitchen to avoid any damage. This is an extra measure to take in mind before purchasing.

What can be cooked in it?

Cakes, cookies, bagels, 6 slices of bread, muffins, a 12” pizza – tater tots – and so much more can be cooked in this versatile toaster oven.

When placing food in this kitchen appliance, it’s important to make sure there are 1.5-inches of space between the heating elements and your food. This is to stop your food from burning and the chances of fire.

Design

Digital Controls
Built with digital controls, this appliance works at just the push of a button! These easy-to-use buttons provide more precision over time and temperature compared to analog dials. Once a cooking function is selected, the digital screen clearly displays cooking information.

One complaint concerning the buttons is that the images indicating what the button is can rub off after some use. This leaves users unable to identify which button is which. One solution is to keep the manual so you can refer back to it, as the manual clearly shows what each button is used for.

Curved Interior
Around the world, we share a love for delicious, cheesy pizza. Black + Decker knows this, so they’ve designed this model with a curved interior to make sure you can easily fit your 12” pizza in it.

The only complaint is that the baking pan provided is square, so a round pizza doesn’t fit and therefore hangs over the side. To stop this, you would need to find a pizza tray that fits.

Racks
As this appliance is built with three rack positions, you can enjoy more cooking versatility compared to other models – like the CTO6335S LINK – that only have two rack positions. This enables you to place your food closer to or further away from the heating elements to help you cook your food exactly the way you want it.

There is no stopping mechanism on the rack. I imagine this is so it’s easier to change the rack position, however, this means you need to be careful when removing your food, as if you pull the rack out too much, it may completely fall out.

Plug and cord
This toaster oven has a short cord to reduce the chances of a person tripping over it and causing harm. It seems a little unnecessary as the appliance is made for a countertop, so why would anyone trip over it, as it won’t be on the ground.

If the cord is too short and can’t reach your outlet, the manual provides a list of attachable cords that are ideal for this appliance.

Another safety measure Black + Decker has put in place is the use of a grounded plug that will only fit into a three-prong outlet. This is safer because it has a grounding wire that allows for an additional path for electrical currents. These particular outlets are less likely to cause short circuits compared to ungrounded outlets.

Display Screen
The digital display screen has a blue backlight making it easier to see the time, temperature, and function you have selected. Plus, it will also flash to let you know when it is preheating.

Door
Its glass door makes it easier to check on your food without opening the door. Unfortunately, this product doesn’t have an interior light so you may need a flashlight to shine on it to see your food more clearly.

Warranty

2 year warranty

I always find the longer the warranty, the more I trust the durability of an appliance. Most models only have 1 year’s warranty, so to have 2 years’ warranty is great!

If you find you’re having problems within these 2 years, Black + Decker will provide support, as well as repairs and replacements, where necessary. Like most manufacturers, you may need to pay for the shipping costs if you need to return your purchase.

Watts

1500 Watts

The average watts for a toaster oven is between 1200 and 1500, so this model is on the higher end.

It costs around 12 cents per 1000 watts per hour of usage. Higher watts will preheat quickly whereas lower watts will take longer. Ultimately, a model with higher watts may end up saving you money as it won’t be on for as long as a model with lower watts.

Accessories

Included accessories:
Baking pan

Additional accessories to purchase:
12” pizza pan

Pros and Cons

Pros
– Easy to use buttons
– Glass door
– Digital screen
– Removable crumb tray
– Easy to clean
– Three rack positions
– 7 cooking functions

Cons
– No interior light
– No tray-lock
– Images wear off buttons
– Short cord

Consumer Rating

The majority of reviews for this toaster oven are very positive reviews, with many enjoying the cooking versatility provided by the three rack positions. They really like how quickly it heats up and cooks their food – helping them fill their rumbling bellies a lot quicker than if they used their regular kitchen oven.

A common complaint is that the images on the buttons rub off, making it hard to remember which button does what. However, this is not an uncommon problem across brands and the same has been said about other makes and models of toaster ovens.

Some people are so happy with this toaster oven that they even bought two!

Black + Decker TO3280SSD Price Summary

In terms of cost, this appliance is on the pricier side. This is because of its versatile three rack positions, as the majority of toaster ovens only have two rack positions. This is ideal for people who want more cooking flexibility to place their food closer or further away from the heating elements.

Black + Decker also offers a two-rack position model (the CTO6335S) at a slightly higher price, and you can read our review of it here. This model is a little smaller in terms of height but comes with more accessories.

Using your regular oven can make kitchens so hot – especially in the summer – so with a toaster oven like the TO3280SSD in your home, you’ll be able to keep your kitchen cooler as it won’t emit as much heat.

BLACK+DECKER 6-Slice Digital Convection Countertop Toaster Oven TO3280SSD Review

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