Summary: Bought this to replace a Black & Decker toaster oven that died after 8 years of fairly heavy use. I've only had this about a month but it has performed very well so far. Much smaller over all than my old one but the interior is surprisingly adequate for most things. Not big enough for a 12" pizza but anything smaller will fit. Faster to cook than my old one, even when the old one was new. I am totally pleased so far, and hope it lasts as long as my last one.
Summary: I just purchased this model from Target to replace our previous Toast-R-Oven. I was surprised that there were no hooks on the door to catch the rack. The pictures on the box and manual show metal on the door where hooks would presumably be. The manual even refers to using the hooks to pull the rack out. I called the Customer Care line to make sure these things applied to my model before I returned it and was told that the newer ones don't have the hooks.
Summary: The automatic timer was stuck; it kept toasting and toasting the pita bread until (when I realized the whole kitchen was ambushed in thick smoke) it was charcoal. The toaster itself - the glass front is completely blackened and so as the top edge of the white toaster. I haven't had this oven all that long...am still looking for the receipt from Target...definitely less than a year.
Summary: Buy at your own risk! Wish I had read all of the reviews prior to getting this model. Like other users here, we had owned a Black & Decker toaster for years thinking there wouldn't be any problems getting a new toaster when the old one finally kicked the bucket. Stuck a piece of bread in the unit, set it to "toast" mode, and then the next thing you know, the piece of bread caught on fire! There was smoke all over the kitchen which set the smoke alarms off.
Summary: I grew up in a household that had B&D toaster ovens. When my siblings and I moved out, we bought the current model B&D toaster ovens. I have replaced with the same about every 3 years (when the color of the oven not longer looked clean, even though it was). I purchased my current B&D TRO 964 approximately 1-1 1/2 years ago. I hate the new dial design for toasting. The push down lever on the older models always worked much better for me.
Summary: My dad worked for GE, and in 1957 brought home the first "Toast-R-Oven". Unlike modern toaster-ovens, in which the toasting and baking are performed in the same cavity, it was a conventional toaster with a tray underneath where items could be inserted for cooking or light grilling. (You can see a picture of it in the 12/2009 or 1/2010 issue of Consumer Reports -- I don't remember which.
Summary: I had a B&D toaster oven for years and therefore decided to stay with the brand. WHAT A MISTAKE. Purchased from Target. This is the worst thing I have ever purchased. I've used it twice and it's going back today. Baked fine but the toast is an issue. I first set the bagel to "Stay Warm" at 150 degrees. Because the knob is evenly shaped at both ends I was set at 450 degrees. Almost a fire.
Summary: Just bought one. Nice size, nice looks, has what I am looking for. Crumb tray pulls out from the bottom. Tray hooks worked fine to pull out tray a bit... other reviewer must have gotten a defective one. Toasting seemed to take a while, warm-up of leftovers was fine. Seems to have plenty of heat for baking. Small outward curve in the back seems to be designed to accomodate small pizza or round pan. Clever!
Summary: I love the price,size,and what it does.The reason I purchased it is that I had one before (8 years old) and it worked great till the temp control gave out.I use it at work instead of fast food.It allows me to cook hotdogs to steak.Hope this helps.Steve