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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Okay, not great
on December 15, 2012
I haven't used a toaster oven in a long time but thought it would be nice to have one again for heating up things quickly without having to use the oven.
I did a bit of research and decided on this Hamilton Beach 6-slice toaster oven mainly because it looked like a good deal and the reviews were good.
I've used it a few times and it works good enough. I made a small frozen pizza for my son and it did a fine job of heating it and melting the cheese. I've also used it for toast and it worked really well.
The main drawback I have found is the timer knob, which is also the knob you use to determine how dark your toast will be, is really hard to turn. I mean, really hard. I was surprised at how difficult it was and a little disappointed as well. Also, it says it's a 6-slice toaster oven, but I'm not sure what kind of bread they're putting in there because it definitely doesn't fit 6 pieces.
All in all though, if you're going to use it occasionally, then it's probably a good deal. It does get very hot on the sides and top, but I think all toaster ovens are that way, aren't they?