Hamilton Beach 31331 Convection Toaster Oven Review

Looking for an oven that can cook faster? Searching for an appliance that uses lower temperatures without compromising the quality of your food? On the lookout for a kitchen device that could help in saving energy? Tired of having unevenly cooked food?

If most or all of the answers to these four questions is a resounding yes, then perhaps it is time to have a go with a convection oven. And when it comes to this type of oven, the Hamilton Beach 31331 Convection Toaster Oven is certainly a go-to product.

Features

  • Easy access and stylish design
  • Color: black
  • Curved large glass door
  • For even cooking
  • With 3 separate dial settings
  • Settings for baking, broiling and toasting
  • Has settings for “stay on” operation, and timer for 30 minutes; ready bell
  • Temperature setting from 150°-450°F
  • Has huge capacity enough to fit 6 slices of bread or a 12” pizza
  • Removable crumb tray
  • Item weight: 13 lbs.
  • Product dimensions: 18.7” x 15” x 10.9”

Advantages

One of the advantages of having a Hamilton Beach 31331 Convection Toaster Oven is its convection capacity. With a convection oven at hand, cooking will be significantly faster and better. On top of that, your cooked food will be evenly cooked, the appearance browner, and the texture crispier.

It also does not hurt that with the convection oven uses lower temperatures which, when paired with faster cooking, can translated to less energy consumption. This way, the product becomes cost effective and energy saving.

Furthermore, it also bears noting that this convection oven has a streak for versatility to it, for it can be used not only for simple toasting, but also for broiling, roasting, and baking. No need to buy additional appliances that can only perform one specific function; the convection oven is able to perform multiple functions.

To easily accommodate large pans and containers, this convection oven has a large-capacity interior supported by a curved glass door to allow as many items to fit into the appliance.

For an easy and convenient operation, the convection oven also has features to help with that aspect, such as the “stay on” operation, the 30-minute operation, and the ready bell for a quick reminder. It also helps that the adjusting of the temperature from 150°F to 450°F is also quick and easy.

Finally, the maintenance and cleaning process of the convection oven is also fast and easy. The crumb tray is removable and washable, while the entire convection oven is not difficult to clean. Because cleaning is easy, it can be done regularly and help in giving the appliance a long-lasting service life.

Disadvantages

Although you get many benefits from using the Hamilton Beach 31331 Convection Toaster Oven, it should be known that there are also some reported downsides to it.

The size of the convection oven is good enough to cook a large pizza, yet the appliance does not come with a pizza tray, and a size that will fit the convection oven is difficult to find.

The toasting setting only has 2 modes and adjusting the dial setting to medium heat is difficult; a consistent medium setting cannot be achieved most of the time. To add, toasting can take more time, unlike another toaster ovens because of its size.

Also, the toaster indicator light is positioned below the knob and is not very bright; sometimes it is not clear whether the oven is still running or not.

Furthermore, the rack is not positioned straight and sometimes it is easy for the tray to slide off the rack when the food is being taken out of the convection oven, a safety problem, especially when the tray is still hot.

Verdict

Despite the size of the Hamilton Beach 31331 Convection Toaster Oven, it can perform just as well as any convection oven, only in smaller quantities of food.

The convection oven may have several downsides attached to it, but for the relatively inexpensive price you have to pay for the product, the appliance works surprisingly well. With this convection oven, you will get your money’s worth and even more.

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