Black & Decker TO1303SB Review

Black & Decker TO1303SB Review 

Black & Decker TO1303SB Summary

4.5 out of 5

Classic by design, highly functional and easy to use, the Black & Decker TO1303SB is a reliable toaster oven that can do more than just make fine toast. Yes, it’s primary objective is to toast bread but it can also bake and broil. All accessories come included with the packaging too. Find out what we think of this affordable toaster oven.

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Black & Decker TO1303SB Introduction

A countertop classic, the Black & Decker TO1303SB is a 4 slice toaster oven with nothing fancy about it. This is a reliable machine built to standard and easy to use. Just four options of toast, broil bake and keep warm should keep things quick and simple while giving you enough options to make more than just your morning toasts. The included manual does introduce a few recipes that are designed exclusively for this particular Black & Decker model, allowing you to experiment with the oven from the first day onwards. Moving on, this conventional oven comes with a cooking timer, stay-on feature and a large see-through front window. Besides it is large enough to take a complete 9-inch pizza too.

The timer function on this oven has a limit of 30 minutes or you can simply keep it in the stay-on position if you intend to bake for longer. It comes with a removable crumb tray too. Together with the front downward opening window makes this oven mighty easy to clean and maintain. Along with the oven you also get a baking pan, a broiling rack and the crumb tray. At less than $30, we feel this toaster oven packs in a lot of simple functionality and calling it a mere toaster oven would be a gross understatement of its capabilities.

Our Black & Decker TO1303SB Review

First and foremost, this is not an expensive toaster oven. The Black & Decker TO1303SB in fact, falls under the banner of cheap and affordable toaster ovens. However, in our brief period together with this toaster oven, we were pleasantly taken aback by the possibilities it gave. If you compare this oven with more expensive models, then the real difference lies in the overall construction and number of heating elements. When it comes to functionality or cooking options though it does everything you expect from a $100 plus machine.

Total of four cooking options that include baking, broiling, toasting and keep warm – for a conventional homeowner it should be enough. What the TO1303SB excels at though is in making toasts but don’t make this your primary objective for getting the toaster oven. Fact is, if you only plan on toasting bread then a more conventional electric toaster will suffice and be less of a hassle too. With a toaster oven you actually have to experiment the first few times to get that perfect toast. Not everyone likes full toast and then some don’t like light toasts. Play around with the settings till you get the perfect toast.

However, if you plan on occasionally baking, broiling then this is a good purchase. With a heating element in the top and bottom of the unit, you can expect your baking results to be even throughout. This particular toaster oven does ship with the baking pan and broiling rack included so no additional purchases are necessary.

Coming to the performance metrics, we felt the timer option was a bit unreliable especially with heating pizza or bread. Unless you sacrifice a few slices of pizza first, getting to understand the time and heat relationship can be a pain. Our advice, just stand alert and wait till you feel it is hot enough. Don’t complain here considering this particular model from Black & Decker costs just under $30. As for maintenance, the unit cleans up pretty easy. A bread crumb tray lets you collect any droppings and since the glass window up front opens up entirely, you can wipe the complete interior clean with a dry wipe. Just don’t put anything that might splash or splutter since this is a toaster oven and it has plenty of places that can catch splashes.

Black & Decker TO1303SB Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Simple and Reliable – We like our toaster ovens to be simple and reliable. This unit is just that with its limited functionality and detailed manual.
  • Multi-functional Nature – It comes with the ability to bake, toast, broil and keep warm. If you need more than this then better switch to a full-fledged oven.
  • Choose Your Time – With a 30-minute clock and always-on feature, you can either set the time beforehand or stand vigilant while it bakes, depending on the intricacy of the recipe you are attempting.
  • Perfect Toasts All the Time – After a few practice runs, recreating the perfect toast each time is no big deal.
  • All Accessories Included – You won’t have to purchase additional items for this toaster oven because it ships with a baking pan, broiling rack and breadcrumb bin.
  • Even Heating – The Black & DeckerTO1303SB features dual heating elements, one fitted to the top and the other in the bottom. This ensures even heating all the time.
  • Knobs and Dials – Big round knobs make it easy to pick settings. The entire look and feel of this compact toaster oven is reminiscent of classic designs.
  • The construction is decent but it could have been a bit better. For instance, while the sides do not heat up, the top and front glass window certainly does.
  • Can handle no more than 4 toasts at a time. Making toasts for four naturally takes a long time.
  • Has a slight learning curve attached with the machine as the settings are not perfectly calibrated. Besides, if you plan on more intricate recipes, you may actually end up running more than two batches before getting the result right.
  • The toaster oven measures about 14.5 by 8.8 by 10.8 inches and weighs around 7.5 lbs. The internal space though is restricted to about 10.75 by 9 by 7 inches approximately.
  • Total of four functions that include toast, broil, bake and keep warm. It is actually more than just a toaster oven. To toast you can either go full char or keep it as light as you wish.
  • Two heating elements, one on top another at the bottom ensure even distribution of heat. The top element however stays off during broiling and warming.
  • Features Black & Decker exclusive Even Toast technology that ensures an even toast each time.
  • Timer can be set to a maximum of 30 minutes or alternatively kept at stay-on state for prolonged usage for baking.
  • It comes with a broiling rack, baking pan and crumb tray – all of which are easy to clean.
  • The entire unit is protected by a long 2-year warranty from Black & Decker.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Black & Decker TO1303SB

The right answer is often the simplest one. It is amazing just how true this statement stands when it comes to kitchen appliances. Too much gadgetry or gimmicks do help in making intricate recipes but aren’t really necessary for something as simple as heating toasts. The Black & Decker TO1303SB 4-slice toaster oven is a classic design with knobs to set options and it is overtly simple too. Just pick the time you wish the oven to work for, the charring level for your toast and that’s about it. Moreover, don’t forget the additional modes of bake, broil and keep warm. At under $30, this surely is a reliable yet affordable gadget to keep on your kitchen countertop.