I bought this to replace a small B&D Toaster/Oven that I had & used for over 13 yrs died. I went for the bigger size because the oven with my gas stove has a warped door making it worthless. I chose this one mainly for the digital temp control and built in timer. The bubble in the back so that it could do 12" Pizza's was a plus too.
( NOTE; I bought mine through Amazon but it was the exact same model as this one. This is the same review that I also posted on Amzon for it)
After trying it out for a few things I found out that it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. First of all the temp control, even though its digital, isn't even close to what it's set for. When testing it with a good quality oven thermometer in it, its actual temp vs the digital temp setting, it would be off anywhere from 20 to more than 100 degrees. After trying for 3 or 4 days I still cannot get it to stay anywhere close to the temp that I set it at.
Another thing is the timer. It only beeps 3 times and isn't loud enough to hear unless I'm standing right in front of it. One other thing that would be nice is if it had a light inside it. It's big enough that it's hard to get a good look at what's cooking in it without opening the door and pulling it out. And as hard a time as it has maintaining the set temp having to do that doesn't help the quality of the end result of whatever is being cooked in it. Also the sides and top could stand to be better insulated because it radiates a lot of heat! The bottoms of the cabinets over the top of it get very hot and so does the wall behind it. Better insulation around it would also help its problem with maintaining the set temp.
The first evening that I got it and got it all set up on my kitchen counter I started hearing these weird screeching noises. We were having some high winds that evening so at first I thought it was a new sound from something with the wind and my old trailer. Took me a couple days to realize it was coming from my new B&D Convection Oven! As long as its plugged in and turned off it keeps making these weird screeching noises. They last one to three seconds, and at least 3 or 4 times a minute. It sounds similar to a bearing on a small high speed motor going out. It's not extremely loud but it's plenty loud enough to be heard over the TV & to be very irritating. It hits my nerves like finger nails on a chalk board. To make it quit I just need to unplug it but its brand new and shouldn't be making this noise in the first place!
There's one other thing that's not right with it too and that's the labels on the buttons. Most are in English but some are in Spanish, and French, and of all things Portuguese! At least when I Googled them that's what came up. The instruction booklet that came with it is in English, Spanish, & French. So where the Portuguese came from I have no idea. I wonder if there are any more Tri-Lingual Convection Ovens out there? If I can get it to work I'm going to try to upload a video of the weird names on the buttons and with the screeching sounds it keeps making.
The sad part about it is this is the second B&D Oven that I've had to return. Before I tried this one I tried a smaller B&D Toaster Oven from Wal-Mart. I had to return it because the temp control didn't keep it anywhere close to what it was set for and was worse than this one is. Needless to say this one is going back as soon as I figure out how to get a shipping label out of them for it.
I got a return shipping label and return authorization today. It's a good thing that I saved the box's that it came in because this thing is going back first thing this coming Monday!
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