Providing slightly above average performance for a well below-average price, the Black+Decker Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake is a great choice for those seeking the convenience of a countertop oven on a budget. In our testing, it made fantastic toast, near-perfect bagels, crunchy cookies, and craving-satisfying frozen pizza. While we enjoyed every bit of food this oven churned out, it did display some temperature accuracy and consistency issues in our testing. This makes it harder to hit the sweet spot when baking particularly temperature-sensitive items and results in some darker and lighter spots on the crust of your pizza. For those that want reliable toast and the ability to effectively cook frozen pizzas and basic meals, this toaster oven still provides one of the best values we've found for accessory kitchen appliances.Editor's Note: This gear review now includes new information about our favorite ovens and the one we'd suggest to a friend. It was updated on January 28, 2022.
Black+Decker Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake Review
Pros: Inexpensive, good overall baking performance
Cons: Poor tempertaure accuracy, results can be less than consistent
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|Pros||Inexpensive, good overall baking performance||Great baking performance, great temperature accuracy, can also air fry and dehydrate, flips on its end when not in use to save space||Easy to use, accurate temperatures, well-built, very versatile||Inexpensive, easy to clean, small footprint, consistent performance||Makes great frozen pizza, easy to clean, convection mode, great toast|
|Cons||Poor tempertaure accuracy, results can be less than consistent||Somewhat expensive||Pricey, somewhat large, heavy, tendency to slightly overcook||Small size limits portions, cooks on the cool side||Mediocre temperature accuracy, only average baking performance|
|Bottom Line||A verstaile budget option that will please most, but struggles with temperature accuracy||One of the best multi-function cooking devices on the market||This multipurpose oven is sleek, easy to use, and performs well across the board, but definitely takes a bite out of the wallet and your counter space||Compact, consistent, and budget-friendly are the defining characteristics of this easy-to-use oven||A convenient and reliable budget option with reasonable performance at a great price|
|Rating Categories||Black+Decker Extra...||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Cuisinart TOA-60||Hamilton Beach Easy...||Black+Decker TO3250XSB|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Temperature Accuracy (20%)|
|Frozen Food (15%)|
|Specs||Black+Decker Extra...||Ninja Foodi Digital...||Cuisinart TOA-60||Hamilton Beach Easy...||Black+Decker TO3250XSB|
|Outer Dimensions||21.5" x 23" x 11.2"||19.7" x 7.6" x 15"||15.5" x 16" x 14"||11.9" x 16.1" x 9"||14.5" x 22" x 11.5"|
|Maximum Pizza Diameter||13"||13"||12"||9"||13"|
|Accessories||Baking pan, wire rack, air fry basket||Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan||Oven rack, baking pan, air fryer basket||Bake pan, oven rack, slide-out crumb tray||Baking pan, wire rack|
|Power Consumption (W)||1500||1800||1800||1200||1500|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Black+Decker Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake is the perfect budget toaster oven option for those that want an easy way to make standard meals with a kitchen appliance other than a conventional oven. Still, those that seek out recipes with higher degrees of difficulty may be disappointed by its propensity for temperature inaccuracies.
The Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake provided good but not spectacular results in our baking tests. Every item we pulled out of this oven tasted good but had some minor imperfections. For example, chicken drumsticks were fairly evenly cooked with crispy skins, but the meat was slightly on the drier side of things. Cookies likewise cooked evenly but tended towards the crispy side of things, which is great, but even recipes meant to produce chewy cookies came out relatively crispy. The cakes we made also lacked a little moisture, and some surface areas browned a bit more than others but still provided enjoyable afternoon treats for the office.
The Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake also provides an air frying setting, a unique feature, particularly for an oven in this price range. However, we weren't impressed with the setting. Air fry is meant to make things crispy and/or cook faster by quickly circulating very hot air. However, when we engaged this setting, things like tater tots failed to come out particularly crispy unless we let them cook for considerably longer than the recommended time.
Overall, all of these items tasted good, but none elicited the "Oh my, I can't believe this was made in a toaster oven" response that some of the top models garnered. Therefore, we think most people will be more than pleased with the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake's results. However, if you like to make minor changes to fine-tune recipes to maximize the results, the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake may lack the consistency needed to make those efforts worthwhile. This is certainly a utilitarian tool rather than a gourmet one.
Ease of Use
Using the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake is quite straightforward. There are three knobs — one to select the cooking mode, one to set the temperature, and one to set the timer. However, these knobs are labeled with relatively small writing that can be hard to read, and there is no digital readout, meaning there is no way to verify that you've turned the knob to the exact temperature or time that you want. Additionally, the door will slam down onto the counter if you don't guide it down with your hand. While this is a minor thing, those who were used to ovens with spring-loaded doors got an unpleasant surprise every time we opened the door.
On the good side, we found it easy to clean the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake. The oven compartment is roomy and doesn't have many places for grease and grime to hide, making it easy to wipe out. The Crumb tray also fits snugly and slides in and out without much effort.
In our testing, the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake never managed to nail a temperature setting, with the actual temperature always differing from the set temperature by a relatively wide margin. The saving grace is that it always ran hot, so you could somewhat counteract this by setting the temperature a bit lower. However, the degree to which it runs hot is not consistent either — it usually ran 15-30˚ hot in our tests, but sometimes was as much as 50˚ above the set temperature, and occasionally only 5˚ over. Therefore, you can't really assure that you'll get the exact same results from a recipe over and over.
Akin to its performance in our baking tests, the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake cooked frozen foods effectively but with some inconsistencies. The frozen pizzas we made consistently came out crispy on the top and slightly softer/doughy on the bottom. This is great for those who like a softer crust, but we found it difficult to get a crispy crust without overly browning the cheese. Frozen tater tots were similar, with some cooking faster than others. We got better results if we shook the tray a few times during cooking.
The Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake produced quite consistent toast in our testing but displayed some cold spots around the edges of the cooking chamber. We were impressed with its toast, with both sides receiving even browning and taking on a nice texture. However, if you cram the toaster full of bread, the toast near the edges and the door come out considerably lighter than those in the center.
Should You Buy the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake?
The Black+Decker Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake is one of the best low-cost toaster ovens we've tested, offering all most people want and need from a countertop oven for a below-average price. Just don't expect any gourmet miracles from this wallet-friendly machine. Though not a top-performing model, the Extra Wide Crisp N' Bake offers good all-around performance for a relatively low price, making it a great option for those shopping on a budget.
What Other Toaster Oven Should You Consider?
If you hope to do more than make quality toast, you'll likely need to spend a little more money than the Crisp N' Bake. We prefer the Breville Mini Smart Oven which provides better performance for the other cooking tests like baking and frozen foods. It does cost almost twice the price, but depending on your goals, it can save you frustration and headaches too. If you just want the best and money is not a factor, then the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro is a versatile machine to consider. However, with a higher price tag, the Ninja Foodi Digital Oven could be the answer to finding a capable and versatile machine for a lower price.
— Max Mutter and Michelle Powell
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