Black & Decker TO3250XSB Review – Extra Wide Toaster Oven

When you buy a countertop oven, remember to check the dimensions to ensure that you will have enough space for the appliance in your kitchen. For the Black and Decker TO3250XSB, it is wider than most models and some people have found it to be a little too large when they received their order. In this review, we will let you know the exact measurements and the features of this Black & Decker extra wide convection oven to help you in your buying decision.

Black & Decker TO3250XSB Review

Black & Decker TO3250XSB toaster oven

The features of this unit include:

  • 1500-watt
  • 4 cooking functions
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Convection cooking
  • Timer with stay-on function
  • Toast timer
  • Extra wide interior
  • Size (approximate): 12.75” (L) x 21.5” (W) x 11.75” (H)

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The number of cooking functions for this stainless steel countertop oven is pretty basic – bake, broil, toast and keep warm. Its main selling point is its extra wide interior whereby it can hold up to 8 slices of bread or a 12” pizza. It is specially designed to accommodate a 13” x 9” pan to give you more cooking options. The convection function also means air will be circulated within the oven for fast and even results.

You can choose cooking functions and set the timer by turning knobs that are located beside the door. The oven operates with a dual timer – one for cooking and another specifically for toasting. The unit will automatically shut off after a cooking cycle ends.

The maximum time you can set with the cooking timer is 60 minutes but there is also a stay-on feature which keeps the oven running should you need to cook for a longer period. If you activate the stay-on feature, you will need to shut the oven off manually. As for the toast timer, you can use it to choose the level of darkness for your toast.

The Black & Decker TO3250XSB has 3 rack height slots to give you the flexibility to cook food of varying sizes. The maximum temperature is 450°F with a ready indicator light. For clean-up, the crumb tray is removable from the front for easy cleaning.

Should You Buy The Black & Decker TO3250XSB Extra Wide Convection Oven?

Pros
  1. Large – The size is a drawback for those who have a lack of space, but a plus if you want an oven large enough to toast a few more slices of bread for the family. The width is about 21.5” and even a large smart oven like the Breville BOV800XL is only about 18.5” wide. This is why it has enough room for 8 slices of bread for more cooking volume.
  2. Easy to use controls – The controls are rotating knobs that are intuitive to use and set. Compared to digital displays, knobs may be less precise but they are easy to understand. The Cuisinart TOB-40 is another toaster oven which uses knobs as controls.
  3. Heats up quickly – This Black & Decker oven heats up fast with the convection feature. You will be able to cut your waiting time for the pre-heating and many customers also like the cooking results that they get from this oven.
  4. Attractive price – The price for this large Black & Decker Convection Oven is reasonable at less than $70 at the time of writing. As comparison, the Oster Extra Large Convection Oven which has more or less the same width with analog knobs costs about $80 instead.
Cons
  1. Bad instructions – Some buyers have noted that the manual’s instructions could be better written. Information is scant and takes time to understand. So, if you are new to toaster ovens, you might need to figure things out on your own.
  2. Long toasting time – A few users have complained that the toasting time is too long. It takes 4 to 5 minutes to get to medium darkness and that too may still be too light for some. If you want it to be darker, it might take you the full 7 minutes which means you might be better off with a simple toaster than this unit.
  3. Flimsy – This is a lightweight toaster oven. Weighing around 17 lbs for such a large appliance, some users have mentioned that it feels flimsy in its construction. Even the smaller Cuisinart TOB-135 Deluxe convection toaster oven weighs about the same.

If you are interested in this toaster oven, make sure you have the counter space ready for the unit. This is not a model for those with space constraints. Bear in mind that you will also have to make room allowance for the heat because the oven does get hot when in operation. The cord is short (about 2 feet) which also pretty much limits where you can place the oven.

Overall, we like the Black and Decker TO3250XSB Extra Wide Convection Oven for the price given the size. It is not the best toaster ovens out there, but it is good enough for everyday meals for a family as it takes away the need to fire up the full-sized oven each time.

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