Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven Review

Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven Review

The household brand of Hamilton Beach is no stranger when it comes to buying kitchen appliances, and the Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven is one of their classic models when it comes to affordable options.

Launched in 2012, it is a tried and true model that has proved its reliability for long-term usage.

Even though it’s a little outdated and doesn’t come with bells and whistles like the newer models, it is more than enough for basic toasting, baking and broiling – provided you are fine with using traditional turn-knob settings instead of an electronic panel.

For this reason, it is featured as one of the best choices when it comes to buying a cheap toaster oven under $100.

 

Features of Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven

 

Measuring 17.7″(W) x 14.2″(H) x 9″(D), it is not the smallest toaster oven out there as it fits up to 6 slices of toasts.

It is still considerably smaller than 8-slice models such as the Black & Decker TO3240XSBD, but make sure you take note of the measurements and have enough space on your kitchen counter before you make a purchase.

If you have no counter space to spare whatsoever, we recommend that you take a look at mounted, under cabinet toaster oven instead.

In terms of material finish, the Hamilton Beach 31330 is clad with stainless steel on the exterior and equipped with a glass door that slightly curves outwards.

Available in 3 colors, they are designated by slightly different model numbers. Regardless of the color you choose, the roof of the toaster oven is clad in stainless steel, while the rest of the body comes in the color of your choice.

Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven – Black
Hamilton Beach 31335 Toaster Oven – Red
Hamilton Beach 31333 Toaster Oven – Stainless Steel

pros Decent Size-to-Capacity Ratio

Despite its relatively compact size, the interior capacity is large enough to fit 6 slices of toasts or a single large 12-inch pizza.

pros Toast, Bake, Broil and Convection Settings

This model comes with a convection fan that allows for controlled air circulation within the toaster oven. Compared to basic toaster ovens that use heating elements alone, convection cooking provides faster cooking time and more even heating.

pros Front Access Removable Crumb Tray

We like the removable crumb tray included for this model as it’s easy to detach and slid out from the front. It’s a much better implementation compared to non-removable trays, such as the one installed in the Proctor Silex 4 Slice Toaster Oven.

pros 30 Minutes Stay-On Functionality

This Hamilton Beach model comes with 30-minutes stay on timer to allow for baking and cooking of larger food items.

 

hamilton beach 31130 convection toaster

Advantages

 

Apart from its extremely affordable price point and good capacity, there are a lot more to like about the Hamilton Beach 31330 Convection Toaster Oven.

pros Convection Fan

As mentioned earlier, the convection fan equipped in this model allows for faster cooking and even heating of food items. As a result, it uses up to 71% less energy and is 28% faster than typical kitchen oven when reheating precooked frozen chicken nuggets.

pros Sturdy Rack and Tray

The rack and tray included in the convection toaster oven are sturdy and reliable. When the rack is in the lower position it ejects slightly as you open the door. In the top position it stays in place.

pros Fits Third Party Accessories

If you need more rack and trays, you can easily purchase OvenStuff Non-Stick 6-Piece Toaster Oven Baking Pan Set and they will fit nicely into your Hamilton Beach 31330 Convection Toaster Oven.

 

What Could be Better?

 

While it is an excellent toaster oven given its asking price, there are definitely things that can be improved to make it an even more attractive choice.

cons Doesn’t Come With Interior Lights

As this convection toaster oven doesn’t come with an interior light, you should leave a small torchlight on your kitchen’s counter in case you need to monitor the cooking progress.

An interior light would’ve been extremely helpful in monitoring cooking progress, especially for food that requires longer cooking time.

cons Only 1 Wire Rack Included

The toaster oven allows for 2 rack positions, however only 1 wire rack comes with the product. Addition of a second rack would have made the purchase a lot more attractive as users can easily double its cooking capacity.

 

The Bottom Line

 

If you are looking for an inexpensive and reliable 6 slice convection toaster oven, this Hamilton Beach 31330 Toaster Oven has to be your best bet. It comes from a reputable brand and has proven to be a reliable kitchen appliance over the years.

Don’t be confused by the different model numbers as they only represent the 3 colors available – black, red or stainless steel.

However, if you are looking for a smaller model due to limited counter space, the 4 slice Hamilton Beach 31143 Toaster Oven will fit the bill at an equally low price.

On the other hand, if you need an affordable 8 slice convection toaster oven to feed a large family, we’d recommend that you go for Black & Decker Extra Wide Convection Toaster Oven instead.

 

 

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