Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation Toaster Oven Review

Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation Toaster Oven Review

The Hamilton Beach brand is a stranger to no one, more so in the toaster oven arena, where it has essentially carved out a market of its own. The Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation Toaster Oven is an iconic little product that caters to the singles or small families.

Measuring at just 9.6″ x 16.9″ x 9″, this model is extremely compact and light, weighing in at only 9.4 pounds. It’s primarily made of plastic, but at the same time still manages to feature a sturdy build quality. The front panel is constructed from stainless steel, giving it a clean look and a premium brushed metal vibe.

Available in both black and red variants, the Hamilton Beach 22720 is designed to take up minimal space at your countertop, while still fulfill the functions of both a toaster and an oven. It can be switched between 2 modes: toaster at the top and convection oven at the lower compartment to remain a versatile machine.

It is essentially packing the same features you would expect from a stand-alone toaster or larger convection oven into a space-saving design.

Switching between toaster and oven mode is easily done with a slide of the lever. The built-in controls signal when the food is ready and comes equipped with automatic shutoff feature for extra safety and control over cooking time.

 

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Features of Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation Toaster Oven

 

The Hamilton Beach 22720 features an extra-wide toasting slot at the top to provide more versatility. Instead of separating it into 2 different toasting slots, a single slot gives users more freedom in terms of the width of toasts (think hotdog buns) and distribution of heat.

prosExtra-wide Top Slot

The extra-wide top bread slot fits 2 slices of breads, bagels or English muffin halves.

prosMode Selector

Consisting of a lever, the mode selector lets users switch easily between toaster and convection oven mode for versatile cooking.

prosBread Lifter

Presses and stays down firmly for complete, even toasting. During our testing, the bread lifter clicks into place and remain firm throughout the toasting process.

prosToast Shade Selector

Lets you select and change toast shade each time, depending on preferred shades. The toasts produced have a good distribution of shade and appear crunchy throughout.

prosDrop-down Crumb Tray

The removable crumb tray catches any crumbs and pulls out for easy washing. Even though it’s considered a staple feature, some models still does not include a pull-out crumb tray, making this feature a welcomed addition.

 

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Advantages

 

There are not many choices when it comes to 2-slice, extra-compact toaster ovens, and Hamilton Beach produces some of the best models in this category and price range. The Hamilton Beach 22720 is an iconic model, and it’s not difficult to see why.

prosAffordable Price

Coming in at below $50, the Hamilton Beach 22720 provides one of the best bang of the buck when it comes to compact toaster oven that gets the job done.

prosDurable Material

Even though the toaster oven is partially clad in plastic, it is surprisingly durable and reliable, thanks to the use of stainless steel at parts that come in contact with high heat.

prosSurprisingly Big Oven Interior

Measuring at 10.25″ x 6″ x 3″, the interior of the toaster oven is surprisingly spacious for its size. It can fit 2 slices of New York-style pizza slices just fine, and you can even cook a whole potato without any issues.

prosEasy Cleaning

The easily removable oven rack and baking pan are dishwasher safe. To clean the crumb tray, pull tray down and out to gently shake the crumbs out. The oven walls, bottom and glass door can be wiped clean with a damp, soapy cloth.

pros30% Faster Heating

Due to the compact size and high power, the Hamilton Beach 22720 excels at short preheat and cooking time. You can quickly toast or cook fresh or frozen breads, bagels, waffles, pastries or pizza in no time at all.

 

What Could be Better?

 

consLimited Capacity

One of the short-comings of the Hamilton Beach 22720 lies in the limited amount food you can cook or heat up at one time. If you have a family of 4 or above, you may want to consider getting at least a 4-slice or 6-slice oven. This model is aimed at the singles or small families.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Being one of the household names, Hamilton Beach definitely does a good job designing home appliances and especially toaster ovens. The Hamilton Beach 22720 Toastation Toaster Oven is designed to take up the limited space on your countertop but at the same time excels at toasting, baking, broiling and heating food at a very affordable price tag.

 

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