Nesco© Upright Turkey Roaster

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There are many ways to cook a turkey, and the Nesco© Upright Turkey Roaster only does one thing, but it does it well. There was a bit of trial and error so my advice would be to do a trial run before cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. The turkey came out overcooked the first time I used the roaster, but I learned about timing and heat in the process. The turkey tasted fine; it was just the skin that looked bad. The second attempt was with a large chicken and it came out perfect, so this article is about cooking the chicken, not the turkey.

Nesco© Models and Alternatives:

Black and Decker has been making toaster ovens for a long time and they have many models on the market, but only two have air fryer functionality. They're called the Black and Decker Crisp 'N Bake Air Fry Convection Countertop Ovens, and the model number for the one in this review is TO3215SS. The B&D air fryer oven also comes in a wide version which is model number TO3265XSSD, and the wide model measures 21.5 inches long instead of 18 inches long. *Note - the model numbers use capital "Os" (as in Oscar), not zeroes. If you use zeroes instead of Os, you'll probably get a Black and Decker weedwhacker instead of an air fryer toaster oven.

Nesco© Turkey Roaster Controls:

The Black and Decker Crisp 'n Bake has five functions: toast, bake, air fry, broil, and keep warm, which are controlled by three control knobs: function, timer, and toast. The oven has a 60-minute timer along with a stay-on timer for longer durations, but if we were going to cook something for that amount of time we'd just use the regular oven. The toaster oven is large enough to fit six slices of toast or a 12" pizza. There's no interior light, but the large glass window gives you a good view of the food during the cooking process.

It comes with a wire oven rack, drip tray/bake tray, air fryer basket, and slide-out crumb tray. It's made of stainless steel, is rated at 1500 watts, and comes with a two-year limited lifetime warranty. The Black and Decker website said hand wash only but the instructions seemed to indicate that the wire rack could be put in the dishwasher. The image below shows the three function knobs:

Crisp 'N Bake dimensions:

The specs on the B&D website has the height listed at 11.2" tall which is the height of the oven itself, but if you include the handle the height is 12", so the overall dimensions are 18" long, 12" tall, and 14.1" deep. The interior dimensions are 12" wide by 11.5" deep. With the wire rack in the lowest position there's 5" of clearance between the rack and the top heating elements, and the instructions recommend keeping food 1.5" away from the heating element. According to Black and Decker the toaster oven weighs 16 pounds. It wouldn't fit on our scale so we'll take their word for it. The image below shows the dimensions for the Black and Decker Crisp and Bake air fryer oven:

Black and Decker air fryer instructions:

You can download a pdf of the instructions from the B&D website before buying but the instructions are basic and only cover setup, using the control knobs, and safety info. There's no information on cooking, recipes, or air frying times, so plan on some trial and error when it comes to cooking if, like us, you've never used an air fryer before. Cuisinart offers a basic air frying chart, but their air fryer is 1800 watts and the B&D air fryer is 1500 watts so it's probably not the same. It would've been nice if Black and Decker included some info on air frying times for the popular air frying foods like fries, wings, and chicken tenders.

Miscellaneous notes:

  • The instructions said the oven might smoke or smell during the first use so we put all the included pans and baskets inside the oven without any food, and set it to bake at 300° for ten minutes. It didn't smoke, but it did smell a little for a few minutes. Not really bad, but enough to notice.
  • There are four heating elements - two on the bottom and two on the top. The top of the oven gets hot, especially in broiling or baking mode so don't put oven mitts or (worse) your phone on top of the oven.
  • The power cord is two feet long with a three-prong plug so you'll need a grounded outlet. The cord comes out of the appliance on the far right side so if you have a small 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 make sure it will reach the outlet.
  • One of the many nice things about air frying is the reduced amount of oil needed to fry things, but you'll still need to use some oil. We've had a Misto Olive Oil Sprayer for years that we use when making kale chips or nettle chips in the dehydrator and so far it's working well with foods for the air fryer.

Everyone knows you get what you pay for in this world, and the Crisp 'N Bake oven is a budget model so you can't expect high-end results. It's like choosing a Toyota. There's the Corolla, Rav4, and Pathfinder. The budget model is the Corolla which is an affordable, dependable car that gets great gas mileage, but it lacks the acceleration and power of the more expensive models. The Crisp 'N Bake gets great toaster oven mileage, but lacks the air frying power of more expensive air frying ovens. If you want better performance, you can head to Amazon

Final thoughts:

We grow our own vegetables but don't want to crank up the oven during the dog days of August when most of the vegetables are ready to be harvested, so the Black and Decker air fryer countertop oven will definitely come in handy to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Your needs may be different depending on family size and how much you're going to use the air fryer, but for us, the oven capabilities alone made it worth the price. There are better air fryer toaster ovens on the market, but they're considerably more expensive so we're happy with our purchase.

Black and Decker Crisp and Bake air fryer video:

Here's an unboxing and basic review of the Black and Decker Crisp 'N Bake air fryer countertop toaster oven: