Black & Decker is a company that has been synonymous with power tools and other DIY products for over 100 years now, but it is also steadily making a name for itself for its kitchen appliances and cooking aids- items such as the Black & Decker CTO6335S Convection Oven, an energy efficient countertop cooker that has been winning stellar reviews and has an ever-widening circle of supporters.
This B & D toaster oven’s performance truly speaks for itself, but to outline this product to the fullest level of detail, this piece will cover each key area of the oven, from appearance through to performance, even detailing the pros and cons. With this, it should be possible for you to have a clear idea if this is the right convection oven for your needs.
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The Black & Decker CTO6335S can lay claim to a number of features which bolster both its appeal and its efficiency- first among these is its sleek, modern interface, complete with an extra large digital readout display, simple and intuitive push-button controls, and a range of one touch cooking preset functions.
It also features a 120 minute timer with an automatic shut-off function, that itself comes with a signal chime to let you know when your food is ready. It is available with a stainless steel finish.
The exterior dimensions of the Black & Decker are as follows- 19.25 inches in width, 11.5 inches in depth and 12 inches in height. Its overall weight comes to 15.8 pounds. The unit features heat venting on its right hand side, and it is recommended that users maintain a clearance of 4-5 inches between the unit and the wall, in order to prevent the oven from overheating. You can place another appliance (a microwave, perhaps) on the left-hand side as there are no vents on the left.
Size and Capacity
The internal dimensions of the Black & Decker convection oven are as follows- 13.75 inches in width, 11.25 inches in depth and 5.75 inches in height. Putting this in the context of food items that the oven can accommodate, this unit can comfortably fit a 12 inch pizza, a large casserole, or even a roast chicken of around 5-7 pounds in weight. There’s a concave bump at the back of the oven so it can accommodate a 12-inch pizza. You can roast 2 small chickens (as shown in the picture) but the unit is too small for a whole turkey although you can roast turkey portions.
The rack can be positioned in 2 different levels. Using the lowest rack setting, you have have roughly 5 inches in height from the tray to the top. A pan that measures 13.5″ x 11.5″ or less should fit, so you can definitely use a 13×9 pan with a small rim.
The Black & Decker CTO6335S Convection Oven successfully simplifies the cooking process through its easy to follow controls and straightforward, intuitive design. The push button preset options allow you to select from a large range of dishes, which will be ready to go in no time, with the preset function automatically adjusting the cooking time and the quartz heating element’s 1500 watt output so that you are guaranteed to get exactly the results that you were looking for every time.
The Black & Decker’s preset functions allow you to broil, toast and bake items with ease, as well as defrost frozen snacks, cook pizza and even bake cookies. You can use it to thaw frozen foods like french fries and chicken strips without causing any problems.
Depending on the settings being used, this convection oven can reach temperatures of up to 450 degrees fahrenheit (on broil), despite being advertised as having a max temp of 400 F.
Ease of Use
With many pre-programmed functions, its controls can seem daunting to look, but it is actually quite easy to use. After turning it on, you need to select which cooking option you want. Each mode has a preset cooking time and temperature which can be adjusted to suit your requirement. When you choose the bagel or toast setting, you only have to choose which shade level you want. With a non-stick interior, it is quite easy to clean.
Take note that the digital display can be hard to read especially for those who are visually impaired. It is black with a grey background with no backlight to illuminate the display.
Apart from the oven rack and broil rack, it also comes with a 13″x9″ baking pan (which can also function as a drip tray) and a slide-out crumb tray (both removable) and a glass viewing window so you can easily see how the cooking is progressing with your own eyes.
When researching for owner reviews, I found that this unit received mostly positive feedbackwhich I believe to be mainly due to its inexpensive price and its versatility in cooking functions. It has over a hundred reviews online, which is a pretty good indicator of how well-received this product is. Apart from a couple of complaints which is most likely due to a defective unit, this oven is great overall. Customers loved that it has automatic settings for the most commonly baked items – it even has a setting specifically for potatoes and pizza, great if you’re baking sweet potatoes as a healthy snack. It’s a “little” oven which can fit a lot.
One other minor concern is that the digital display can be hard to read, as it doesn’t have a backlit display. It won’t be a problem if you have a well-lighted kitchen, but for those who don’t, and those who have poor eyesight, you might want to consider another model. The door design also poses a safety hazard as it opens from the top and it doesn’t have a spring so it has a tendency to “free-fall” when you open it.
The oven can also get too hot on the outside, to the point of burning stuff that’s placed on top of it. But considering that this is a convection oven, it is quite expected. Just take care when you’re using this, especially for prolonged periods as you can get yourself burned.
Pros & Cons
The Black & Decker CTO6335S Convection Oven has a lot of positive points about it that are immediately evident; it has a modern, attractive appearance consisting of a brushed stainless steel body, backlit digital display, and an elegant control button layout. It is also a user-friendly device, with simple controls, an easy-to-follow display and a raft of preset options that greatly reduce the stress of preparing meals.
It also lends itself to a wide range of dishes and cooking types- from snacks to convenient dinners to baked treats, the Black & Decker can do it all. A final positive aspect is that the interior of the unit has an easy-clean wipeable surface- combined with the crumb tray, this means that it is very easy to keep this unit in pristine condition.
One issue that has been noted about the Black & Decker CTO6335S is that its door is not spring loaded, and needs to be held as it is opened in order to prevent it from free-falling and running the risk of damaging its glass component. The unit also tends to become hot if used for prolonged periods of time, and as such, it may need to be kept out of reach of small children.
The Black & Decker CTO6335S is an efficient and attractive convection oven that gives impressive performance in a modestly-sized package. With this oven, it is possible to cook a wide range of dishes at the touch of a button, with minimum fuss and mess. It is also pleasantly designed and would fit well in most modern kitchens.