Black & Decker TO3240XSBD Convection Toaster Oven Review

Black & Decker TO3240XSBD Convection Toaster Oven Review

As a household brand, Black & Decker has produced a lot of excellent toaster ovens, but few can rival the popularity of their TO3240XSBD 8-Slice Extra Wide Convection Toaster Oven.

It is the number one best-selling convection oven on Amazon at the time of writing, and it is more attractive than ever as its price has been slashed to make way for its successor, the TO3250XSBD 8 Slice Convection Toaster Oven.

Even though it’s a little outdated, this is still one of the best cheap toaster oven for families who want a big capacity and affordable appliance. It’s also featured as one of the best choices on our top recommendations for cheap toaster ovens.

 

Features of Black & Decker TO3240XSBD Convection Toaster Oven

 

Measuring 15.8″(H) x 24.4″(W) x 13.7″(D), it is slightly larger compared to its successor, the TO3250XSBD which occupies a smaller 14.8″(H) x 23.5″(W) x 12.5″ (D) footprint. It is also slightly heavier at 18.4 pounds versus the 17.5 pounds of its successor.

In terms of material finish, the exterior of TO3240XSBD looks slightly less refined compared to its successor, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Other than that, these 2 toaster ovens are virtually identical. You can find all the functionalities of its successor in this model, and they are both excellent products in their own rights.

pros Extra-Wide Interior

The interior dimensions are approximately 12.5″(H) x 16.5″(W) x 12.5″(D), which is spacious enough to accommodate a 9 x 13 inch bake pan with handles just fine.

There is no problem fitting a large 12″ pizza or 8 slices of toasts at any point of time.

pros 60 Minutes Timer with Stay-On Functionality

Due to its large capacity, the timer featured in this toaster oven can go up to 60 minutes (instead of 30-minutes or 15-minutes in smaller toaster ovens) to cook larger food items.

If you require more than 60 minutes, use the stay-on feature to keep the oven running.

pros 4 Preset Cooking Modes

This Black & Decker Convection Toaster Oven comes with 4 preset modes, namely the Convection Bake, Broil, Toast and Keep Warm functions for common day-to-day cooking needs.

For detailed instructions for each cooking mode, refer to the official user manual provided.

pros Front Access Removable Crumb Tray

We like the removable crumb tray included for this model as it’s easy to detach and slid out from the front. It’s a much better implementation compared to non-removable trays, such as the one installed in the Proctor Silex 4 Slice Toaster Oven.

 

black & decker TO3240XSBD convection toaster oven

Black & Decker TO3240XSBD (left) vs its successor TO3250XSB (right)

 

Advantages

 

Apart from its affordable price point and its generous capacity, there are a lot to like about the Black & Decker TO3240XSBD Convection Toaster Oven.

pros Dedicated Toaster Timer

The bottom knob of Black & Decker TO3250XSB is dedicated for toasting only, which gives its users a very precise control over their desired toast shades. It features 6 different toast shades and works very well.

You don’t have to preheat the oven for toasting. However, remember to turn the mode selector to TOAST position at the top knob, before selecting the toast shade with the bottom knob.

Once the toast cycle is complete, there will be an audible signal. The oven and power indicator light will turn off at the same time.

pros Convection Heating

Convection toaster ovens hold a marked advantage over its non-convection counterpart when it comes to cooking speed and consistency.

The convection fan circulates hot air throughout the oven to achieve fast and even cooking, which can cut down on electricity usage and waiting time significantly.

pros Comes with Sturdy Bake Pan and Broil/Toast Rack

The bake pan and broil rack included are sturdy and reliable. The bake pan can be placed under slide rack in broiling mode to be used as a drip tray.

 

pros 3 Rack Positions

Thanks to its spacious interior and generous height, the TO3240XSBD allows for 3 rack positions. However, since it only comes with 1 broil/toast rack, you will have to purchase a second wired rack if you want to cook multiple food items at once.

pros Cooks Significantly Faster Than Ovens

With its extra large interior space, the capacity of this convection toaster oven rivals that of a standard oven. However, it cooks significantly faster as preheating is often not required (except for baking and broiling).

For example, if you want to heat up a large 12 inch frozen pizza, just add a few minutes to the cooking time stated on the package. There is no need to preheat the toaster oven beforehand.

 

What Could be Better?

 

While it is an excellent toaster oven given its asking price, there are definitely things that can be improved to make it an even more attractive choice.

cons Doesn’t Come With Interior Lights

As this convection toaster oven doesn’t come with an interior light, you should leave a small torchlight on your kitchen’s counter in case you need to monitor the cooking progress.

An interior light would’ve been extremely helpful in monitoring cooking progress, especially for food that requires longer cooking time.

cons Only 1 Wire Rack Included

The toaster oven allows for 3 rack positions, however only 1 wire rack comes with the product. Addition of a second rack would have made the purchase a lot more attractive as users can easily double its cooking capacity.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Given its high popularity and excellent rating among customers (75% of 4-stars rating and above from more than 800 reviews) at the time of writing, it’s an obvious choice for consumers who want a good and cheap 8-slice toaster oven.

The difference between the Black & Decker TO3240XSBD 8 Slice Convection Toaster Oven and its successor lies in the exterior dimensions and material finish, with its successor sporting a smaller footprint and a sleeker outlook.

If you are looking for an inexpensive and large convection toaster oven for a big family, you will not go wrong with either of them.

 

 

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