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BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB Review

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Price:   $70 List | $68 at Amazon
Pros:  Makes great frozen pizza, easy to celan, convection mode, great toast
Cons:  Mediocre temperature accuracy, only average baking performance
Manufacturer:   Black+Decker
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Oct 19, 2020
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RANKED
#7 of 11
  • Baking - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 5
  • Frozen Food - 15% 6
  • Toasting - 10% 8

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a cheap yet effective toaster oven, the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB is a great choice. Despite a below-average price tag, it offers a convection setting that allows for faster and more efficient cooking. It is also easy to celan, offers a simple and sleek interface, and excels at making toaster oven staples like frozen pizza, leftovers, and toast. It certainly isn't a gourmet machine — a slight lack of temperature accuracy makes it hard to get perfect and repeatable results for baked goods and more sensitive dishes — but for people seeking a utilitarian and inexpensive cooking device it checks all of the boxes.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB provides better performance and more features than most other models in its budget-friendly price range, making it a great choice for those looking to maximize the money they spend.

Performance Comparison



Baking Performance


The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB displayed good but not great baking performance in our tests. It will likely be plenty good enough for most people, but may disappoint if you're looking to make more advanced, temperature-sensitive dishes.


When using this oven to make chicken drumsticks the meat remained fairly moist, but the skin only got crispy in certain spots and remained chewy in others. Cakes similarly retained moisture, but displayed some uneven browning on the surface. The oven seemed to struggle a bit with smaller items, namely cookies. No matter what adjustments we made the oven consistently sucked the moisture out of cookies and tended to cook them somewhat unevenly. Still, it's hard to ruin a cookie, and we still enjoyed the ones made in this oven.

The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB performed well but didn't particularly excel in our baking tests.
The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB performed well but didn't particularly excel in our baking tests.

We found the convection mode to significantly speed up cooking times. Considering convection settings are generally only seen on much more expensive models, this is a great added bonus.

Ease of Use


The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB features simple operation, but largely lacks some of the extra user-friendly touches that many of the more expensive models offer.


The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB utilizes a simple control panel with one knob to set the temperature, one to set the cooking time, and one dedicated to making toast. This makes operation quite easy and straightforward. However, the lack of an LCD screen means you can never tell exactly what the temperature is nor exactly how much time is left on the timer. We do like the crumb tray, which we found to slide out quite easily with little to no spillage.

The controls are simple  but the lack of an LCD readout can be annoying.
The controls are simple, but the lack of an LCD readout can be annoying.

Temperature Accuracy


We found the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB to run a bit hotter than its set temperature in our testing, often to varying degrees depending on the situation.


When we set the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB to 375˚ fahrenheit and allowed it to preheat our testing thermometer fluctuated between 400˚ and 425˚ — much hotter than the set temperature. When we cranked the temperature higher that discrepancy shrunk a bit. For example, when we set the temperature to 400˚ the actual temperature never got above 410˚. When we cranked the temperature even higher to 450˚ the oven actually ran a bit cold, maxing out at 445˚.

Frozen Food


The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB prepped all the frozen food we cooked in it adequately, but with some minor flaws.


Frozen pizzas fared best of all the frozen foods we made in the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB. They came out quite even with slightly crunchy crusts and gooey cheese. Tater tots were subject to a bit more unevenness, but still maintained a good texture. Frozen meals and leftovers were heated thoroughly without sacrificing too much of their moisture.

The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB makes great toast.
The BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB makes great toast.

Toasting Performance


Overall the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB made near perfect toast in our tests. Both sides received an even amount of browning without any colder or hotter spots. Our only real complaint is that if you fill the oven wall to wall with toast, which comes out to eight slices, the slices around the edges of the oven will have some colder spots where they touch the wall.


Value


While certainly not a high-performing gourmet machine, the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB packs a lot of capability and convenience into a relatively inexpensive package. This combination makes it a great overall value for those shopping at the budget end of the spectrum.

Conclusion


For those whose cooking needs and fare are relatively simple, the BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB offers everything you need and then some at a relatively low price.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell