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Best Buy is offering Black & Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven Silver on sale for$19.99

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I've had 2 B&D Toaster Ovens similar to this, if not the exact model. Maybe using this instead of heating a regular oven up, may save energy? But:

1 - The oven function works much better than the toaster function. Therefore, if you will likely use it for many different cooking ways, it is fine, say perhaps you're in a trailer and don't have room for a regular oven and a toaster. But if you will likely use it most as a toaster, it's OK, but a traditional toaster works better and toasts much more evenly, because this has a dial that has quite a range.
2 - The exterior / top of this sucker gets HOT, so children cannot use it and it may be a fire hazard! Found this out on day 1 when my son put a loaf of bread on top and it melted the plastic bag, ruining that cooking session and many more, until the plastic had burned off after many uses. It's not unusual for food to catch on fire and since it's much smaller than a real oven, the flames can get out of hand! Manual says to unplug toaster if food catches on fire.
3 - This appliance has an upper and lower dial. If you unplug this - say perhaps to clean the dust off of it, or from underneath, and forget to plug it back in, the next time you go to toast by turning the lower (toast) dial to a setting, since it will start making a timer noise even without A/C power, you may not realize it's not plugged in and your food is not being toasted for a couple minutes.

Points 1 and 2 are applicable to most toaster ovens. Very few have the exterior/top getting hot under control, but even then they will melt a plastic bag.

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