Black & Decker Crisp and Bake Air Fryer – How Does It Work?

We spent months researching air fryer toaster oven combos before settling on the Black and Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven. Although we had never used an air fryer, the Crisp and Bake toaster oven provided a decent balance of convenience and features while still being small enough to fit in our somewhat limited area and was reasonably priced. Black & Decker Crisp and Bake Air Fryer

Crisp and Bake model number:

Only two of the several toaster oven types produced by Black & Decker, who has a long history in the industry, may be used as air fryers. The one in this review is a Black and Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Convection Countertop Oven with model number TO3215SS. The TO3265XSSD variant of the B&D air fryer oven is also available in a wide form, which is longer than the standard model by 21.5 inches rather than 18 inches. *Take note that the model numbers do not contain zeros but rather capital “Os” (as in Oscar). You’ll probably receive a Black and Decker weed wacker instead of an air fryer toaster oven if you enter zeroes rather than ones.

Black & Decker Crisp and Bake Air Fryer

Toaster oven functions:

With three control knobs—function, timer, and toast—the Black and Decker Crisp ‘n Bake offers five functions: toast, bake, air fry, broil, and keep warm. The oven includes a 60-minute timer and a stay-on timer for longer cooking times, but we would just use the standard oven if we needed to cook something for that long. Six pieces of toast or a 12-inch pizza may fit in the toaster oven. Although there is no inside lighting, the sizable glass window allows you to see the meal as it is being cooked.

It has a slide-out crumb tray, drip tray/bake tray, air fryer basket, and wire oven rack. It has a 1500 watt rating, is composed of stainless steel, and has a two-year guaranteed lifetime warranty. Although the Black & Decker website said that the wire rack should only be hand washed, the instructions appeared to support this. The three function knobs are depicted in the figure below:

Crisp ‘N Bake dimensions:

The height of the oven itself is 11.2″ according to the specifications on the B&D website, but if you add the handle, the height is 12″. As a result, the overall measurements are 18″ long, 12″ tall, and 14.1″ deep. The inside is 12″ across and 11.5″ deep. The instructions advise keeping food 1.5″ away from the heating element while the wire rack is at its lowest position, leaving 5″ of space between the rack and the upper heating components. Black & Decker claims that the toaster oven weights 16 pounds. We will accept their word for it because it wouldn’t fit on our scale. The following picture displays the Black and Decker Crisp and Bake air fryer oven’s dimensions:

Black and Decker air fryer instructions:

Before making a purchase, you may obtain a pdf of the instructions from the B&D website, although they are simple and simply cover setup, operating the control knobs, and safety information. If, like us, you’ve never used an air fryer before, be prepared for some trial and error when it comes to cooking as there is no instruction on cooking, recipes, or air frying timings. A simple air frying chart is provided by Cuisinart, however because the B&D air fryer is only 1500 watts and their air fryer is 1800 watts, it is probably not the same. If Black and Decker had included information on the recommended air-frying times for items such fries, wings, and chicken tenders, that would have been excellent.

Black & Decker Crisp and Bake Air Fryer

Miscellaneous notes:

We put all of the accompanying pans and baskets inside the oven without any food because the instructions warned that the oven could smoke or smell during the first usage. We then set the oven to bake at 300° for 10 minutes. Although it didn’t smoke, for a short while it did have a little odor. Not terrible, but awful enough to be noticed.

Two are located at the bottom and two are located at the top of the heating components. Avoid placing oven mitts or, even worse, your phone on top of the oven since the top of the oven gets hot, especially when broiling or baking.

You will want a grounded outlet because the power wire is two feet long and has a three-prong socket. If you have a tiny kitchen and your electrical outlet is to the left of the oven, measure the two-foot distance from the right side of the oven to be sure it will reach the outlet. The cable exits the appliance on the far right side.

The fact that less oil is used while air frying, albeit you’ll still need to use some oil, is only one of the numerous advantages of this method. We’ve used a Misto Olive Oil Sprayer for years to dehydrate kale chips or nettle chips, and so far it’s been effective.

Convenience and versatility :

Even while we first gave the Oster Dura Ceramic Air Fryer some thought when looking on Amazon, we quickly came to the conclusion that we truly needed an air fryer/toaster oven combo. Our initial pick was the well-known Cuisinart Toaster Oven Air Fryer, but at $199 it was a bit pricey. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have as many features, we were really glad to find a less priced alternative. We only dine together regularly on the weekends and there are now just two (sometimes three) persons living in our home, so we immediately appreciate how convenient it is to have a single-serving device that simultaneously serves five other purposes. Think of our all-time favorite dish, eggplant parm heroes. The oven may be used to toast bread, air fried eggplant, bake eggplant with marinara sauce and mozzarella for a few minutes, and then broil the cheese until it is melty and wonderful. all the while minimizing cleaning. Please, yes.

Black & Decker Crisp and Bake Air Fryer

Where to buy the Black and Decker air fryer toaster oven?

It is offered at $59.99 on the Black & Decker website, however tax and shipping may not be included in that amount. The oven was just made available on Amazon, and it is sold at Macy’s and Kohl’s. Although a Macy’s is not close by, we do have a Kohl’s, where we purchased the air fryer oven. It was priced at $99, discounted to $89, and Kohl’s offered a 20% off coupon, making the final price, with tax, only $74 for the item. We also received $10 in Kohl’s cash.

Price revision: In just two weeks, a lot may occur. Even though Kohl’s and B&D have raised their prices, the items are still appearing as sold out, despite Kohl’s pricing dropping from $99 to $79 and B&D’s price rising from $59 to $79, respectively. A lot of the new reviewers received the product for free (it will reveal that in the review), and there are now 21 reviews compared to just nine two weeks ago. The old and new prices are displayed in the graphic below:

Update on the cooking guide: Black and Decker has published an air fryer chart and a cooking guide. You’ll need to email them through the Black & Decker website as it isn’t currently available there. The cooking guide just includes two pages, but it’s a start, and perhaps they’ll add more content in the future. One page has an air frying chart for the main popular meals, and the other page contains three basic recipes: kale chips, fries, and Buffalo turkey burgers.

Update after one month: We’ve been using the B&D Crisp ‘n Bake oven almost every day for the past month and are pleased with its performance, especially the toaster oven features, which were the main factors in our decision to purchase the product; the air frying feature was a secondary consideration. Don’t anticipate getting the same fried results as you would with traditional deep frying if you’ve never used an air fryer before (we hadn’t). The name “air frying” is a bit misleading; it should truly be called “air sautéing.” Consider a dedicated air fryer appliance, like the B&D Purify Air Fryer or the more costly Philips Turbostar, both of which are sold on Amazon, if air frying is your only concern.

Everyone is aware that in this world, you get what you pay for, and because the Crisp ‘N Bake oven is a budget model, you shouldn’t anticipate premium results. It’s similar to picking a Toyota. The Corolla, Rav4, and Pathfinder are available. The Corolla is the entry-level model; it is a durable, cost-effective vehicle with excellent gas efficiency, but it lacks the acceleration and power of the more costly variants. The Crisp ‘N Bake delivers excellent toaster oven mileage but falls short of more costly air frying ovens in terms of air frying power. You may check out the Cuisinart and Breville air fryer combination ovens on Amazon if you like superior performance, but be prepared to pay more. If we were to purchase the Black & Decker toaster oven once more, we would probably choose the broader model. Our muffin tins won’t fit in the regular-width model’s 12″ width, and we can only use a limited number of Pyrex plates with it.

Final thoughts:

The Black and Decker air fryer countertop oven will come in useful to keep the heat out of the kitchen because we produce our own veggies but don’t want to turn on the oven in the middle of August when most of the crops are ready to be picked. Depending on the size of your family and how frequently you want to use the air fryer, your demands may vary, but for us, the oven features were worth the price on their own. We’re content with our purchase even though there are superior air fryer toaster ovens available that cost a lot more money.