Reviewing the Black & Decker CTO4500S Toaster Oven

Black & Decker CTO4500S microwave is currently #5 in Convection ovens Category. With this microwave, cooking has never been easier because the circulating hot air and microwave “Perfect broil” function helps to maintain heat in the microwave for outstanding results. But, let’s be honest, its affordable price is the first thing that attracts buyers. It is made of stainless steel making it easy to maintain. This microwave fits into every part of your kitchen and takes up minimal space. It has many pros and cons, but it is perfect for one thing for sure – to make a tasty piece of toast.

Black & Decker Toaster Oven

Its main characteristics are:

– Huge capacity – “60 minutes” timer

– Interior made of stainless steel

– Maximum heating power is 450°

– 2 years warranty

– The power of 1200 W

– Extremely strong light inside the microwave

There is more good news – say goodbye to breadcrumbs for good! The crumb tray does a perfect job, you can completely pull it out and clean it very quickly from the leftovers and small pieces of bread. Also, it has a rack slot for dual positioning and the broiling rack. The microwave is very functional, easy to clean with clever functions and big enough for a 12″ pizza. According to customer reviews, the microwave is certified and tested by Underwriters Laboratories. Be aware that it can get really hot when it is turned on. Make sure to always use pot holders before you touch it after use.

The microwave elements include:

– Light indicator

– Temperature selector

– Function selector

– Timer

– Slide rack

– Door handle

– Crumb tray

– Curved interior

– Bake pan

For additional details, you can download the manual on their website.

Now, let’s get to the pros and cons of this awesome toaster oven.

The Pros of this model are as follows:

– The price is very reasonable

– It has protectors and metal arms so you can safely pull the tray out without getting burned.

– It has a nice design and modern look.

However, there are some cons such as:

– It heats only up to 450 degrees.

– The toast can easily burn, so you have to be careful about the timing.

– There is no self-cleaning function. However, cleaning is still quite easy.

Most customers are very pleased with the baking and toasting functions. The convection fan is an extra cool feature that this product has, and it makes cooking faster and easier. On the other hand, some customers did complain about how loud the fan was. Overall though, this isn’t such a big deal when you consider all of the other features.


This model is definitely a keeper. Although it has some flaws, it is an excellent product. Compared to other similar models from the same range, the Black & Decker CTO4500S comes out on top in terms of design, price and the quality of toast produced. It has a rough rating of 3.9 of 5 stars from over three hundred customers.

This microwave can be purchased in silver color and has a total weight of 16 pounds. The  “keep warm” function can be very handy if you want to heat up food from the refrigerator. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Black & Decker. If not, let’s just say that it is a well-known brand with quality products and good warranty plans, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing this product.

How to clean a convection oven

For most people, domestic activities such as cleaning stoves are favorite as same as scrubbing toilets and cleaning gutters. Instead of using chemical substances, the best recommendation for cleaning the microwave is to try something natural. To clean convection oven, you will need four lemons, fireproof bowl and cloth or sponge.

First, cut three or four lemons into slices and put them on a baking dish, add enough water to cover the lemons and place in the oven you warm at 250 degrees. Close the oven and allow it to run for about 30 minutes then turn off and leave it in a bowl until the oven has cooled of. The acid from the lemon will soften any grease and food residues.

Open the door and make sure the oven is cool enough that it can be cleaned. Remove the shelves and leave them on the side, wipe the inside of the oven with a cloth or sponge and clean up the remains of grease and food. Pour in ¼ cup of baking soda and add water.

Convection oven cleaning

Then, apply a soda at the place where the remains are. After 30 minutes, gently scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse off any residue from the oven so that it will wipe with a clean cotton cloth. Wash the shelves with soap and warm water and scrub stubborn food residues with a sponge.

Another way to clean a convection oven is to use special cleanser to the inside of the oven. Always wear gloves when you clean a microwave, because these cleansers contain chemicals that damage the skin. This will help you to clean the oven thoroughly, if there are places that you cannot clean, use a brush or wire to scrub. Then remove leftovers when you’re all finished.

Modern ovens have a self-cleaning program. Before you turn on this program, turn off the oven completely and let it cool down for a while.

Prepare oven for self-cleaning cycle according to the manufacturer’s guide. Select button to start the cycle. Usually, this cycle lasts two to three hours, be sure to avoid not touch it as long as the cycle runs, because the oven will get warm. When cycle is complete slowly open the oven and wipe the remains with a paper towel.

Drown towels with detergent and warm water and wipe the outside of the oven and glass. When you’re done, wipe remains of moisture with dry towels in a circular motion.