Hamilton Beach 22708 Toaster Oven Reviews

Hamilton Beach 22708 Toaster Oven

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Hamilton Beach Toaster — More Kitchen Action on the Countertop

Jun 14, 2008 (Updated Jun 14, 2008)
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Pros:It's a toaster and an oven; fits nicely on the counter

Cons:Toaster oven unit is small in size

The Bottom Line: Hamilton Beach Toaster is definitely a great kitchen asset and easy to use.


It was bound to happen. Our toaster decided that it did not want to work anymore and just played dead. It was a very convincing performance, so convincing that I knew I didn’t need an encore. I received a $25 gift card to Circuit City for Christmas. Here’s the kicker: I never shop at Circuit City. However, I knew I couldn’t let the gift card go to waste; therefore, why not use it to get something that we needed for the household. While browsing through the Circuit City website, I saw something that caught my eye for a really good price. That’s when I saw the Hamilton Beach Toaster and decided it was what we needed.

The Hamilton Beach Toaster is sometimes a toaster and sometimes an oven. That’s right. It’s a two-in-one deal. The 10”x17”x10” frame fits nicely on any countertop without taking much room. It’s a great space-saving unit that stands upright like a toaster, but it also has a door and a rack to place items in the oven. I like the brushed silver finish with black front panel. It makes it feel like a modern appliance for the kitchen and plugs in nicely into the wall.

The toaster part is wide enough to fit two bagels, slices of bread, or English muffins. A lever on the top lets you switch between the toaster and the oven. Keep in mind that you can only use one or the other at a time. There are also two dial switches. One controls the temperature, ranging between 200-450 degrees Fahrenheit. The other switch controls the toast colour ranging from 1-6.

The oven itself is a bonus for us. There are many times that we want to use our conventional oven but not for little things. This unit changes all of that. If we want to re-heat pizza slices, we do so with this toaster oven. It can fit two large pizza slices at once by placing it on the removable crumb tray. It’s also great for frozen hashbrowns, personal-sized pizzas, chicken nuggets, or anything small in that nature. Because it is smaller than an oven, it cooks faster than normal so the timing of the temperature needs to be reduced in order to avoid burning. This also means that the unit becomes hot everything from the base to the glass window except for the oven handle. This is a good thing especially when you need to open the oven door.

I do love the automatic shut off safety feature in the toaster mode. Once the toast carriage pops up, the unit will shut off when it’s complete.

The toaster oven is not so lucky in that department. As I mentioned before, it heats food quicker than usually because of its smaller size so it’s best to keep an eye on the oven operation. There have been a few times when I have underestimated the baking time. The downside really is the size of the toaster oven. Remember, only small items can fit into this space. Do not try to force something larger in it at all. It won’t fit properly and you can really do some damage to the unit if the item burns. Also, the removable crumb tray gets very hard to clean when food crumbs, especially cheese, burns onto the tray. It can be quite annoying at times.

I was lucky to get the Hamilton Beach Toaster for $30 with a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty. As a two-in-one unit, we definitely make good use of it. It’s very convenient and easy to use. Even our teenage son is starting to, dare I say it, make food for himself because he knows how to use the unit. I know, it’s a shocking development. Maybe one day he might actually make us a meal. Okay, I was getting ahead of myself that time.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 30.00

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