I was really sort of glad when my old toaster oven (that I really didn't like) got too hot and melted its own cord. That meant not only could I dump it, but I could get another. So, after a little shopping around, I ended up getting the Hamilton Beach Toastsation, model 22708. Seems like I paid around $30 for it at Wal Mart. The main colors are black and silver, and I don't think they make any other model color, so for those of you with a white kitchen this may be a turnoff.
Recommend this product?
One thing that really drew me to this is that it not only had a toaster oven, but a toaster too! A hybrid toaster oven so to speak. This really is a nice size, only about 15 inches long, so it doesn't take up much counter space. It comes with a cooking tray as well as a crumb tray, and it is removable so you can wash it via the dishwasher. I would recommend covering the cooking tray with foil just to help it last longer, because they can get rather skuzzy fast. The tray is sort of thin, but there again this model is a lot smaller than the one I was replacing.
On the right side, you have a switch where you switch the oven from toasting function to oven function. Under there is a cancel button, then you have a toast color selection knob and the next knob is the oven temperature knob, and it goes to 450 degrees.
Something that turns me off about this unit is that there's no timer on it! All the others I have owned have had one, but I suppose if you have a kitchen timer it will do the job. I find with all the temps and toast settings I really have to toy around with it to find the right setting.
The first time I used the oven, I set it to 400 with the intention of cooking some frozen garlic bread, and when I put it in the oven, it scalded the top right off the bat. I find that the lower temperatures cook much better with this thing. The higher temps tend to burn the top of the item. As for space, well I was able to stick garlic breadsticks in there, but don't expect to stick a little pizza or anything in there. Chicken nuggets, yes, but anything too big and you can forget it. My husband complained that the oven was a tad small on it, but I mean, you have a full sized oven for larger items anyway, but if you're wanting to just warm up some frozen stuff it will do ok as long as it is not too large.
As for toasting, well I like my toast light anyway, so on the #2 toast setting mine comes out just fine. I find that's what I use for waffles too and it doesn't get them too crisp on the edges. I would recommend taking the tray out of the oven when using the toaster part because it tends to make larger items squished.
Overall, I would recommend this- it's not perfect- it could use a timer and the higher settings can burn, but it's nice for the most part for those that need something like this.
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Amount Paid (US$): @30