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Hamilton Beach 31408
 
Approximate retail price:
$50
Summary: This Hamilton Beach toaster oven has
  • Dial controls.
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About - Hamilton Beach 31408

The Hamilton Beach 31408 is part of the toaster test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, toaster oven models like the 31408 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


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Ease of use:
Reflects how easy the controls are to set and how clear they are.
About This Brand

Among the market-share leaders, Hamilton Beach toasters tend to be more expensive than others. Styles vary from the contemporary look of the Eclectrics line to the retro look of the Classic models and the modern appearance of the long-slot model. Hamilton Beach products are widely available at department stores, Wal-Mart, Target, specialty stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, and regional outlets.

Features & Specs - Hamilton Beach 31408
info Convection oven No
info Rotisserie No
info Six slices No
info Touchpad No
info Dimensions (HxWxD) 9x17x15
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User Reviews - Hamilton Beach 31408
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Don't recommend this
8/21/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Good Capacity
Cons
Imprecise Controls
Poor Heat
Best Uses
Comment:
First, the thing would never heat up. It's about 100 degrees too low, which I checked with an oven thermometer. A 350 setting yields 250. Even when set to 500/Broil, it never got over 325 - and it took forever to do that! (Reviews on other web sites have the same complaint.)<br /><br />But even if it worked I still would have returned it. The big dials are easy to use, but they also obscure the tiny settings beneath. You have to stoop down to countertop level to read the numbers, and you may need to borrow some reading glasses. The stainless cabinet makes it even more difficult. I tried using a flashlight, but the background reflection just made it worse.<br /><br />I returned it and got a Black and Decker TO1675W. It's not as large, but it works like a charm. The white cabinet and high-contrast numbers around the top and sides of the knobs allow you to easily see them while standing up. Bonus: It was $20 cheaper.<br />////
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
it's going back
5/7/2013
Pros
Easy To Clean
Cons
Burns Pop Tarts
Best Uses
Comment:
This toaster oven burns more than it toasts. It didn't matter where the rack was set. The timer ticks too loud. There are too many dials. you have to turn 2 dials just to make toast. My kids couldn't figure it out to make breakfast. It is going back to the store. I miss my old B&D toaster oven.
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Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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