The Black and Decker TRO480BS is a very popular budget-priced toaster oven in the world of kitchen appliances. It is a compact, 4-slicer with everything you need in the world of toasters.
Here is a general overview of the Black and Decker TRO480BS;
- Dimensions – 18.1 x 13.3 inches; 9.6 pounds
- Weight – 10 pounds
- Functions – Bake, broil, bagel, toast, and keep-warm
- Timer – Built-in 30 minute timer
- Additional Features – Slide-out crumb tray, baking pan
The first thing that stood out to me was the sleek stainless steel and black exterior, which really makes it look great along my other kitchen appliances. The handle is securely attached to the glass door, so it will not come unattached and fall off – a common complaint with other toaster ovens. The door is slightly bowed in the center; I suppose this is to help fit a pizza or other just shaped item inside. The toaster oven itself looks sturdy and well built and feels like it will stand up well; no complaints here.
The wire shelf is reversible, and if you turn it a certain way, you can slide the included baking tray under it so that it catches any drippings from the food. If any drippings or messes do occur, the trays all come out, making it easy to clean down with a wet rag. The included cord is shorter than most other toaster ovens, but I find this to be a positive, as with some other models I've found that the cord just gets in the way. It is long enough that you can pull the toaster oven out and clean behind it without unplugging it, though. Also, there are longer cords on the market if you do require one.
One of my favorite things about the Black and Decker TRO480BS is that it's the perfect size to bake an 8-inch mini pizza. I taught my son how to use the toaster oven safely and those little pizzas have become an after-school favorite. It seriously makes the perfect pizza; nicely cooked and since it heats heats up inside quickly, you do not have to wait long for your food to start cooking. It also works great for bagels and toast; it toasts very evenly and I've never had it burn anything as long as I kept an eye on it.
I should note, however, that the outside of the unit does tend to get pretty hot, but this is standard with most toaster ovens. It does not get overly hot, so as long as you keep your hands and plastic objects away from it, you should not have anything to worry about.
Is the Black and Decker TRO480BS Worth the Price?
In my opinion, absolutely! There's no wonder this model is so popular; it's very well made and comes with features that stand out from others at its price point. If you are not in need of a convection oven, this is a great little unit that will definitely suit your needs.