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Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster TR4900SSD Toaster Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 15, 2023 at 08:23 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 13, 2024 at 10:44 am

The Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster is a budget-friendly 4-slice toaster. You can operate each pair of slots independently, so it's well-suited for busy kitchens. Its slots are wide and deep enough for bigger slices and lift high enough to grab even very small pieces without burning yourself. There are dedicated settings for bagels and frozen items like waffles, but like many toasters, it lacks a way to know how much time is left in a cycle. It's pretty big, so it's best stored on the counter where you plan to use it.

Our Verdict

9.5 Toasting

The Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster is fantastic. This 4-slice model has seven settings that each produce different results, so you can get perfectly golden-brown sandwich bread or toast rye and multi-grain bread in one cycle. It toasts bread evenly from slot to slot and on both sides, and it doesn't heat up and starts burning the bread after a few cycles. However, it leaves the edges a little rawer than the center.

  • Fantastic range.
  • Even, consistent toasting.
  • No cycle countdown indicator.
  • 9.5 Toasting
  1. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster comes in one stainless-steel variant. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.

The Black+Decker 2-Slice Toaster TR3500SD has a similar design with two slots instead of four and may perform differently. If you encounter another variant, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Toasters

The Black+Decker 4-Slice Toaster TR4900SSD is a budget-friendly option with a fantastic overall performance. All of its presets produce different results, so getting golden brown sandwich bread in one cycle is easy. Unlike many toasters, like the Cuisinart 4 Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, the maximum setting toasts enough that items that usually take longer, like multi-grain bread or bagels, shouldn't need more than one cycle. It also has more preset settings than the Breville Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster, which makes it easier to find the perfect setting for whatever you're toasting. If you're interested in extra features, you might prefer the Beautiful 4-Slice Toaster with Touch-Activated Display, which includes a cycle countdown indicator to tell when your toast will be ready.

If you're still looking for a recommendation, check out our lists of the best 2-slice toasters, the best 4-slice toasters, and the best toasters.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Stainless Steel
Height 7.5" (19.1 cm)
11.8" (30.0 cm)
10.6" (27.0 cm)
Weight 5.1 lbs (2.3 kg)
Power Cord Length 2.82 ft (0.86 m)
Toaster Type
Measured Wattage
1,465 W
Slot Length
5.4" (13.8 cm)
Slot Width 1.2" (3.0 cm)
Slot Depth When Toasting
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Slot Depth When Fully Raised 2.2" (5.7 cm)
Controls And Functions
Bagel Button
Frozen Button
Stop Cycle Button
Cycle Countdown Indicator
Toasting Range
Pale Toast
Light Brown Toast
Golden Brown Toast
Dark Brown Toast
Charred Toast
Golden Brown Toast Setting
Setting 4
Cycle Time At Lowest Setting
100 s
Cycle Time At Highest Setting
299 s

The photo above shows the results for one slot, but you can see a full montage showing all the bread toasted here.

Toasting Evenness
Evenly Browned Area
Face-To-Face Difference
Slot-To-Slot Difference
Repeated Toasting
Run-To-Run Difference

Note: Most toasters shorten their cycle time once the machine has heated up to keep its performance consistent. The lighter second batch is likely due to this toaster overcompensating and shortening the cycle too much.

The photo above shows the results for one slot, but you can see a full montage showing all the bread toasted here.