Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection Review

Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection Review

The Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection is one of the newer models that incorporate the new convection technology. Instead of having heat come from just one central area, this model’s convection technology features a top and bottom heating elements and a built-in fan to distribute heat evenly for a uniform temperature.

This makes the Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven significantly more versatile than the traditional toaster ovens. Now you can choose between traditional baking, which is ideal for cupcakes, cakes and soft baked goods – or convection baking, which is ideal for crispy pizzas, cookies or even taquitos.

Measuring at 16.8″ x 10.8″ x 19.8″, the Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven is definitely one of the bulkier models out there. Of course, it can fit up to 6-slices of toasts at once, and the deep interior permits a full 12″ pizza as well. Tipping the scale at 13.4 pounds, it’s relatively heavy and is designed to occupy a semi-permanent spot on your countertop.

 

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Features of Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection

 

Traditionally, the average toaster ovens feature doors that lift down instead of up. Breaking that tradition, the Hamilton Beach 31126 features an effective and convenient door that rolls up, granting it the “Easy Reach” moniker.

This small design change provides a lot more convenience than it seems, allowing users to place plates and trays right in front of the opened door, and at the same time enjoy more room for movement when transporting food in and out of the oven.

prosLarge Interior

Designed for the larger families, the Hamilton Beach 31126 fits a 12″ pizza (with the pizza bump at the back), or 6 slices of toasts on a 9″ x 11″ baking pan that comes with your purchase.

prosConvection Technology

Using top and bottom heating elements and a convection fan, the model covers a wide range of toast, bake and broil settings. The convection technology circulates air for even cooking.

prosVersatile Settings

Use the top dial to select a temperature ranging from 150°F to 450°F. The middle dial lets you select between bake, toast, convection bake, or broil. The lower dial lets you choose between the stay-on setting and a 30-minute cooking timer with ready bell.

prosRemovable Crumb Tray

The crumb tray can be easily removed from the front for cleaning.

 

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Advantages

 

Being one of the most affordable toaster oven in its category, it’s no wonder why the Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Toaster Oven enjoys immense popularity and praise. This model has amassed a very good rating of 4.3 stars over 5 in Amazon.com over a short period of time, with over 150 positive reviews.

prosClean and Fuss-Free

Featuring a unique design of roll-up door, the Hamilton Beach 31126 is easy to keep clean and to maintain, as food can’t spill on door while they are being transported in and out of the oven.

prosQuick Preheat and Cooking

Thanks to the powerful heating elements at 1400 watts and a convection fan, this model achieves 30% shorter time in both preheating and cooking compared to traditional toaster ovens.

prosAffordability

Most toaster ovens of its class sells at near $100 price range, but the Hamilton Beach 31126 is going for only half of the price while still offering the same versatility and options.

prosOptional Second Rack

Additional racks can be purchased and used at the same time to cut cooking time in half. There are 2 slots to place racks with sufficient space in between the racks to accommodate a 2″ tall baking tray.

 

What Could be Better?

 

consPoor Heat Insulation

Some users have complained about poor heat insulation and hot exterior during extended use. If you have young kids at home, try to keep the toaster oven out of their reach as a safety precaution.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Even though it is not a designated undermount toaster oven, this Hamilton Beach model is extremely popular among homemakers who need to place their oven right under the cabinets.

Being one of the household names, Hamilton Beach definitely does a good job designing home appliances and especially toaster ovens. The Hamilton Beach 31126 Easy Reach Oven with Convection 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.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Does the door remove easily like the smaller version model 31334?

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