At first i was skeptical about a counter top, multi-function, oven. This oven does, bake, convection, broil, toast. Warm, with a ‘probe’ that fits nicely in a ‘little compartment’ in the front of the oven. Also, listed on the front door are food products and the temperatures needed to be fully cooked. The directions are easy to follow unlike the ones given for a microwave i once bought that made. Just press the function button you need,the temperature you want, press timer or just go directly to, ‘start’. It doesn’t get easier than this. The price is right for this oven. The size is just right for a counter top. My very large stoneware 9 inch pie dish easily fits in the oven. Cooking is fast and efficient.
Have only used it for toast, sandwiches, and pita bread pizzas. Convection feature is useful for a small oven. Checked the temperature with an oven thermometer. When i pulled the probe out of its storage slot while setting everything up and cleaning it down before its first use, the probe seemed to be covered with a dark graphited grease or something. Easy to clean off, but i think there’s still residual grease in the storage slot. Not sure why it’s there – maybe a mistake during mfg. For what i use the oven for, i couldn’t justify a $250+ breville. I’d recommend this toaster oven.
Hamilton Beach 31230 Set & Forget Toaster Oven with Convection Cooking
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- Serve perfectly cooked meat every time with built-in probe
- Fast and even convection cooking
- Temperature probe cooks meat to safe food temperatures without overcooking
- Cooks food the traditional way when probe or convection settings are not needed
- Can shift to warm when time or temperature is reached in any mode
- Fits six toast slices, a 12 inch pizza or a 7 lb. chicken
Does everything it claims to. Great product for the price. Only two issues are:- items like the broiler pan are a little ‘cheap’ in materials and this makes them difficult to clean easily. – if you try to use the 450f setting the poor thing has to work so hard that the heating elements have to stay on all the time and things get a little browner than you would like. But, all in all, well worth the money.
We were looking to replace our dead black and decker toaster oven. We did research on ovens and were just about to buy the top rated breville oven but admittedly were not looking forward to $249 for a toaster oven. This oven was the #2 rated oven by americas test kitchen so we thought we’d try it since it’s significantly cheaper. We have been totally happy with our purchase. This thing makes absolutely perfect toast and we have used it about 5 times to cook chicken breasts and a small pork roast. The meat came out perfect and whats even better is we didn’t have to heat up our entire kitchen. We have not yet used the temperature probe to cook but if it is as good quality as everything else so far, i think it will be fine. This is our 3rd or 4th toaster oven and to date it is absolutely the very best.
I recently read studies about the hazards of microwaving foods to human health, so we put ours away and looked for alternatives. Convection ovens were the closest thing and my research led me to this one. The hamilton beach is priced right, has many useful and convenient features, such as digital, timer, pre heat cycle, etc. It is quiet and does not get too hot–there’s a written warning about the top getting hot, so don’t touch it when unit is on and heated upthis weekend we first used the probe and it worked great for a boneless leg of lamb. I highly recommend this oven for all its intended uses, especially if price is a concern.
Hamilton Beach 31230 Set & Forget Toaster Oven with Convection Cooking : I love it ,it is very well made. It can do everything my maytag gemini range does. I was looking for a new toaster when i came across the “toaster ovens”. After going through 2 in 2 years i decided to go with this because it was high recommended by american test kitchens. Amazon had it a great price. I have tried out all it’s features and even my husband said the convection feature was easy to use. It has a timer and will shut off if left on after 30 minutes. It takes up very little counter space and is very roomy inside.
I’m a big time foodie and love to cook, so i tend to have high expectations whether it’s the quality of my ingredients, my cookware or my appliances. I’m a single guy and cook for myself from scratch every night, so i was mostly looking for a small oven to replace my regular oven to bake, roast or broil whatever protein i’m cooking that evening. I’ve only had it 2-3 weeks now, but so far, no complaints. The size is goldilocks for my counter top, but obviously, this all depends on your layout. The controls are very intuitive and after reading through the easy to understand manual, i was up and running within a few minutes. Although at this point in my life i’m pretty good at not overcooking food, i have to say that the probe is pretty awesome. I’ve cooked pork tenderloin, boneless/skinless chicken breasts and salmon, setting all to the desired temp and the results were pretty impressive. I haven’t taken the time to compare the final food temp with my pricey and super-accurate thermopen, but my guess is that you could probably nail it perfectly by setting the desired food temp five degrees below what you actually want it to be. I don’t toast very often, but i ran a quick test on one english muffin set to medium+ setting and it came out exactly like i wanted it to. I was considering the very expensive $250 breville recommended by cook’s illustrated, but i just couldn’t justify the cost.
After toasting my first mini pizza, the entire digital panel is peeling off. It looks like the glue used was really cheap and the heat from the toaster just loosens it up. I took pictures (can see the wiring behind it). I’ve been purchasing a lot of stuff recently and unfortunately returning lots of stuff too, so i choose not to send this back. I am just going to superglue the panel like another reviewer mentioned. The actual heating/other-features of the toaster are top-notch though (been using for a week). Pre-heating is done in a minute or two (barely enough time to walk away) and cookies, pizza, bread (dough made in bread machine), and everything turns out great. Accurate, fast, even cooking.
I have never owned a toaster oven before, though i have used one on occasion. This has become a staple appliance in our kitchen. It is so easy to use, even for someone who can have trouble figuring out fancier microwaves. We haven’t used it for many of its advanced features yet, but it makes a fine hot sandwich, nachos, toast, bagels, etc.
I have wanted an toaster oven for years and after searching for a while, selected this one and am very happy. I like the extra features and use toast, broil, bake, and like the thermometer very much. I use it mostly for reheating instead of using the microwave. Things taste so much better heated by oven (brisket gets crispy edges instead of rubbery, leftover lasagna is as delicious as it first was). I was surprised at the large interior. This oven heats up so quickly, but beware that things left on top will melt. It’s just right for a couple or small family. Update march 2015: still enjoying this little oven. I’ve used it often for cooking smaller dishes, roasting veggies, and broiling, as well as reheating leftovers.
I’ve had the set and forget for a month now and, overall, it works pretty much as advertised. Toast settings are accurate and produce perfect toast, although it takes a while. Baking works well as long as you are mindful that the temperature settings are up to 25 degrees low across the range, particularly on the lower rack position. This can be corrected of course by raising the temperature, or by using convection mode which more evenly distributes the heat (don’t look for 450 degrees). I have not tried roasting a chicken, and probably never will. Baking a 12 inch pizza works fine, but takes longer than expected. The warm setting is a nice feature. Broiling works fine, but for some reason the instuctions don’t mention keeping the door in the detent open position for broiling. Speaking of the instructions, at one point they recommend not placing the toaster-oven inside a full size oven. But i must say that really got me thinking. The exterior quality is a little cheesy. It was probably made in china,(ha ha). I only hope that the heating elements don’t become distorted as on my old delonghi.
I’ve only been using the oven and toaster feature but so far i like how easy it is to use. The toaster has a couple of settings so you can accurately toast the bread. You would think the oven was complicated to use because of the variety of uses it offers but the prompts on the screen guide you through all the steps. . Even my husband was able to navigate the toast feature without asking me for help. So i highly recommend this oven.
The set and forget function is great. Bake automatically put it into convection mode. The readout is clear and operation is straightforward. If this is for a sight impaired person there are function markings that are small but suitability depends on how sight impaired the user is. Cooking is even and it’s easy to clean.
Works exactly as described in product description. I was concerned because a review i read that said this ‘dries out’ bread more than toast it, not so. This makes toast more evenly than my former (expensive) dedicated toaster. It bakes perfectly at the recipe temperature, and will bake a little faster than normal on the convection setting. I’ve made cookies, toast, chicken, roasted vegetables and more. I researched toaster ovens for 2 months before i selected this one. I had this on the top of my possibilities list when a cooking show rated this toaster oven a close second to an oven that costs 2-1/2 times as much. When preparing large or small meals, this toaster oven is great assistance.
Have had it for a month now and we are both extremely happy with our purchase. Bought it because we need an oven. Our expensive name brand full size gas convection doesn’t work and it will be very expensive to repair. This counter top oven is great for 2 people, can’t roast a 20 lb turkey but 9′ pie or a small meat loaf comes out great.
I wanted to give the oven a 5 star rating, but held back only because i couldn’t afford the oven i really wanted that would absolutely get the 5 star – the breville. Is the breville worth the $150. just not in my budget right now. Having said that – i’m a avid follower of america’s test kitchen on pbs stations. They did give the breville the higher rating, but said the hamilton beach is a very close second and well worth the price with terrific qualities. I was extremely disappointed in the control panel – it’s extremely flimsey. It’s my biggest worry that it will quickly break down. I love the safety feature that the oven shuts off when the times goes off or the probe reaches it’s desired temperature.
I don’t use the full-size oven in my home, so i get a lot of use out of my toaster ovens. This one has proven to exceed my initial expectations even if it is a bit pricy for what it is. I did not think i would really use the built-in temp probe, but i have cooked a few pork roasts using it and it’s nice to be able to program the oven to beep and shut off when the food reaches a specific internal temp. I gave up on making toast in these things a long time ago, but this one actually does a decent, even, job and it does not take forever. The broil setting does not mess around, don’t turn your back on it for a minute unless you like burned food. The construction materials are thin and only as thick as necessary to withstand gravity. You don’t want to touch this thing anywhere if it’s been running, it gets quite hot, and the owner’s manual even states you should unplug it every time after you use it. The door hinge is ‘interesting’ and can bind-up and potentially bend if you are not paying attention when closing it. You have to set a baking time unless you are making toast.
It works as advertised, but the push-button approach really sours when the printed letters on the thin plastic covering the buttons fades and wears off, leaving you to hope you remember which button does what. The timed cooking works fine, as does using the temperature probe.
I’ve had this unit for about 8 months and i love it. I use it everyday for all kinds of things from making toast to baking salmon and quiche. The convection cooks things a bit quicker with a nice finish. I love that i can set the timer and the unit shuts off when done. Also the probe is way cool for making roasts. When the desired temp of the meat is reached the unit shuts off. Only downside is toast takes a bit longer to make and crumbs tends to collect in the door hinge.
The best toaster oven i’ve ever had. That may not be a high standard, but still i’m really enjoying this. Love the space, that i can bake small items without having to heat a large oven, the temperature gauge and pre-heat indicator, etc.
This is the best toaster oven we have owned yet. I found out about it because cook’s magazine rated it their best buy. We’ve only had it a few weeks, but so far it seems to be living up to its hype. It toasts well, evenly and quickly. Lots of settings, so everyone is happy. Have used the bake feature a few times and it seems to heat well and evenly. The only negatives are the crumb tray which seems a bit small and drops crumbs into the bottom of the unit whenever i tilt it to take it out, and the unit is smaller than many others we’ve owned. However, as we are working with a smaller kitchen just now, it suits.
That’s really all i ask: to be able to put a two dollar frozen pizza in a toaster oven, set the temperature and time, walk away, and when i hear the buzzer pull it out evenly cooked so i can split it in half and feed each of my kids dinner for a buck and then let them go back to ‘screen time’. This toaster oven does the job. It’s the fourth one our family has owned. I just hope it keeps working for a year or two. Nice going hamilton beach division of chinese small appliance manufacturing inc.