221 of 221 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small enough to fit on a countertop, large enough to be useful
Make no mistake, this is no mere toaster oven. It's the first portable oven of the many that I've owned that is actually large enough to do some serious cooking. The two included removable racks allow you the versatility of baking on two levels simultaneously or of accommodating a taller cooking vessel on a single level. The usable interior space measures 8.5" high,...
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136 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thermostat is sloppy
For the cost of this oven, it is OK. Nothing special. There are some things this oven does well, but to excel at baking is not one of them. For reheats and those things that are not critical, it does the job. Two things that bring it down for us. The main thing is how sloppy the thermostat is. When placed on just "bake" with out the use of the convection fan, the...
Published 18 months ago by Gary
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221 of 221 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small enough to fit on a countertop, large enough to be useful,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)Make no mistake, this is no mere toaster oven. It's the first portable oven of the many that I've owned that is actually large enough to do some serious cooking. The two included removable racks allow you the versatility of baking on two levels simultaneously or of accommodating a taller cooking vessel on a single level. The usable interior space measures 8.5" high, 13" deep and 13.75" wide and will fit two 13" round pizza stones or two 9" x 13" baking dishes. Just be sure that the baking dishes don't have handles which might put them over the limit.
It shipped with rotisserie equipment, two metal shelf racks, one large enameled metal baking pan and one smaller aluminum broiler or baking pan with a rack that fits inside. The enameled pan is a shelf unto itself and it fits into the rack slots whereas the smaller pan sits on one of the supplied shelf racks. You may never need anything else but if you do, Amazon sells many other accessories which will fit the oven.
One thing that should be noted is that the exterior can get hot; I gather that it's not particularly well insulated, possibly a result of cost-cutting. That's generally not a problem as long as you're aware of it and take precautions. And it can even be turned into an advantage because the top can be used as a warming tray.
The oven has seen constant use since I've had it and has turned out a delicious crusty loaf of French bread, two batches of chocolate chip cookies (on quarter sheets which I purchased separately) and a homemade pizza. It's also broiled filet mignon and heated up various other items. As far as I'm concerned, the Hamilton Beach Countertop oven has paid for itself already and I look forward to using it for a long time to come.
144 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super for outdoors!,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)I bought this to go in the garage so that I could get the cooking heat out of the kitchen. So far I've done quickie dinners like chicken strips and frozen pizza but I have also done cornish game hens using the rotisserie feature as well as homemade bannana bread, pigsnblankets, baked fish and augrautin potatos. It's done a great job at everything. I chose this oven because it was the only one with rotisserie and the ability to fit a 9x13 casserole (actually it holds two!) and should come in handy for Thanksgiving and the like. I will point out that casserole dishes with handles or grab sides will not fit, so don't be disappointed when your go-to pyrex dishes with handles won't fit.
If your plan is to use this inside your house to keep from having to fire up your full size oven then I would discourage you from getting this because I think this oven will heat up the house just as much and take up a ton of space. If you plan on keeping it in the garage or a covered outdoor kitchen then this is the one to get. Lots of value for the price.
The oven heating elements quit working properly around August 2012, so this oven only made it about one year. At first I thought I had just screwed up my cooking time/temp, because it had been so reliable previously. It just will not get hot enough to cook. I used to be able to broil steaks and they would come out perfectly, now they won't even cook on the highest setting. I'll be tossing this one out and spending the extra money on a name brand.
136 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thermostat is sloppy,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)For the cost of this oven, it is OK. Nothing special. There are some things this oven does well, but to excel at baking is not one of them. For reheats and those things that are not critical, it does the job. Two things that bring it down for us. The main thing is how sloppy the thermostat is. When placed on just "bake" with out the use of the convection fan, the temperature is where it should be, but only after I calibrated it. It was found to be 25 degrees high. But when used with the convection fan, the temperature can go as high as 60 degrees over from what the thermostat is set for.
I have many years behind me repairing appliances. Have calibrated more ovens then I can count. I had to calibrate this oven and it was then when I found the difference between convection and normal bake. I knew from the results of what we cooked that the two were not even close. While I was able to calibrate for ether convection use or normal, there was no way I could do both. Convection ovens do cook differently than none convection. But the temperature should still be good. 350 should be 350 plus our minus about 15 degrees on each side of 350.
When trying to cook something wrapped in tin foil, the oven struggled with this.
We also are not all that crazy about the outside of the oven getting as hot as it does. If you want to use the top of the oven for a food warmer, then fine, you can do it. I really don't wish to have an oven that gets about has hot on the outside as it does on the inside.
Be careful when pulling out the rack with something when you have something on it. They tend to let go.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOISY AND BROKEN AFTER 9 MONTHS,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)We are on our third HB Convection Oven similar to this one and we use it daily. The first one lasted for about six years and the timer/switch went out. We purchased another one about two years ago and after 18 months that timmer/switch also stopped working and even smoked a little. I contacted Hamilton Beach and complained about an oven that only lasted 18 months and to their credit they replaced our oven although it was out of warranty. The replacement was a newer model and slightly different but with the same oven size and features. However,this replacement unit is very noisy when set to Convection. There is a persistent rattle that comes and goes every minute or so, even with both racks removed.
Overall, I believe that this is the best oven for the money that is on the market. We tried several other brands, including Oster, that sold for more but they felt cheap and did not perform like the Hamilton Beach. We have never tried the higher end brands so I cannot comment on how this oven performs as compared to the $250-300 brands.
The replacement unit that I reviewed above has completely failed after just nine months (and during the nine months it rattled almost constantly). Now, the Timer Switch will not move to the "STAY ON" position and when trying to cook with the timer, the timer will not always turn the oven off, which is a fire hazard. The Selection knob will not turn past Convection (only to Broil and Convection) and the top heating element has stopped working, which keeps the oven from reaching temperature even on Convection and obviously makes the Broil setting useless.
We now realize that this product is a real piece of junk!! Hamilton Beach refuses to honor the 12 month warranty that we were assured would be valid with this oven. After purchasing HB products for thirty years we are now forced to desert them as they have deserted us....
These ovens look great and are big....but after two defective and dangerous ovens we will chose some other brand....too bad!
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)The oven has a big interior as listed. This is what I was looking for. But the temperature is off by at least 25 degrees, and not accurate. The convection
motor started making a horrible loud noise after the second use and so now I don't use that feature. I would return it, but it is so much trouble to repackage it and lug it to a mail facility due to it's size. I would buy from a local store next time which is easier to return.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No toast setting.,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)This works good as a secondary oven to bake or convect. I haven't tried the rotisserie yet but think it will work fine. Just beware that there is not a toast or bagel setting. It only has bake, convect, broil, and rotisserie. I've learned to set the temp on 450 and bake for about 8-10 minutes to have toast come out good. Just keep an eye on it or it will burn. It won't brown like a regular toaster.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Success on first loaf of bread and pan of meat loaf,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)My 4-5 year old Delonghi Rosterrie and Convection oven died with a loud pop (probably a blown fuse) and I had to find a new one within half a week because that's how long the last loaf of sourdough bread I baked typically last. I paid the $99 list price at Target without checking Amazon because I want to get it from a store where I can exchange it within a day if it's defective. Our old Delonghi was used heavily to bake pork loin, roasted chicken and meat-loaf (for use in lieu of over-salted lunch meat). For the last 9 months, we also used it twice a week to bake bread. I'm a pretty handy guy and have fixed my own computers & laptops, but I cant find a socket small enough to squeeze inside the countersink in the four foots of the Delonghi oven, to reach the secure-Torz screw holding down the wrap-around cover.
Our old Delonghi Rosterrie Convection Oven has a highest labelled temperature of 470F on baking and an interior height of 7.5 inches. I costed us about $140 4-5 years ago at Macy's on a sale. I'm sure my wife and I put it through much more use than it was designed for. From the review's I've seen of various countertop ovens or toaster ovens, I can see many users are using these in lieu of their regular oven for convenience, energy conversation as well as keeping the house cool in the summer. When I checked the label, I can see that the oven was made in China. However, the use of special screws and tools made this oven not serviceable by someone other than probably authorized service shops. I happened to own a sets of Torx screws suitable for this repair because I own a mountain bike that sold for $900. In removing six screws that hold the top cover to the back panel, I had to resort to locking pliers to remove two Torx screws of different and rare size. Seeing that these two screws were mounted at symmetric spots along the edges, I belief the special screw size was by design rather than due to quality control on the screws. After trips to Lowes and Home Depot, I still couldn't find a socket small enough to fit inside the counter-sink hole in the four legs of the oven to remove the secure Torx screw. The stores carried such screw drivers only as a set arranged as in a switch-blade knife or as bits. Yes, secured Torx screws needed a new set of screw drivers for me. I can see no reason at all to use such convoluted design other than to make the oven not serviceably by consumers. Snobbish and high cost of ownership. Besides, who would pay about $80 plus parts to fix an appliance that cost $90 to $150 new?
Here's another lesson I'm learning about some European brand appliances. They are still manufactured in China (No problem with China since they also build the iPhone and iPods, and their quality has not been a problem with Apple.) but they are built (presumably as specified by the European companies who designed them) to be not self-serviceable.
Despite the warning from the one and two star rating of this Hamilton Beach oven, I am happy with it for several reason.
1. Price is low enough that I can buy three Breville 800XL Smart Oven I'm returning to BB&B because the useable inside height of 5 inches in not enough for our Corningware baking dish with cover on. Users manual recommend one inch or more of headroom for your baked food. So this Hamilton Beach need to last only one-third as long.
2. The internal dimensions are hugh! Internal height is 8.5 inches. Last night I bake a loaf of bread and a chicken meat-loaf for sandwich meat at the same time, with room to spare. Could never do that with my old Delonghi.
3. Although it took 15-20 minutes to get up to 410F (I only checked at 10 minutes and 20 minutes), the temperature got up there with a dial setting around 430F. I was not that exacting because our old Delonghi was not better. I fudged when dialing back the temperature to 350F to bake as the recipe called for. I did not use our temperature probe with alarm because I stuck the oven out on the sun-desk while my wife and I watched a movie on Netflix. All-in-all, one within 65-70 minutes, during pauses while we're watching a movie.
4. Using the experience I gained to check the bread when I expected it to be done, I found that the Hamilton Beach (top baking temperature 450F) actually slightly burnt the top and edge of the bread that our old Delonghi (top baking temperature 470F). Same recipe, same baking times and procedure, and this Hamilton Beach baked at a higher heat. The 1.5 lb chicken breast meat loaf came out perfect just going along for the ride. No special consideration required.
This Hamilton countertop oven is hugh. And it gets hot, though it doesn't seem any worst than our dead Delonghi. I've learned to put these counter ovens on top of a 18"x18" ceramic tile, and using it out in the sun-deck when it's not raining. The oven has the word "Hot Surface" embossed on the metal top, which is flat; so you can really use it as a warming surface, as advertised on the Breville 800XL inthere owner's manual. One way to make lemonade when dealt a lemon. Yet, I am disappointed that Breville can't fit in some heat insulation with their price.
5. The cover on this Hamilton Beach is screwed down using only standard-size Phillips screws. No fat socket wrench or wrench extension to fit into a counter-sink. This is a no-nonsence American design I can love: built for easy service.
I'll remember to update this when this Hamilton Beach dies on me, but since there is no digital controls or high-tech features (as on the Breville that I unhappily can't use), I suspect the first failure to be a blown fuse which I can fix in 10 minutes plus a trip to Lowes or Home Depot. Feeling good!
6. While the Delonghi weighs 23.4 lbs (I notice the ones listed now on Amazon weighs much less) with all accessories inside, this Hamilton, with a 28 lbs shipping weight, actually felt lighter!? Probably because it's larger and the weight is more distributed. No doubt about it, the Delonghi (as least the model I have) feels sturdy. I had a good impression moving it in and out of the house last night. It also cooled down completely within about 30 minutes.
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7. This oven is all low-tech. Three analog knobs and a red-light. Don't know if it even dings when the temperature is reached. Yet again, no LCD, LEDs or digital controls to burn out from the high heat. On a regular kitchen oven, these controls are mounted on the back panel; well away from the oven itself. Until the manufacturers design in better heat insulation, maybe I should stay away from high tech compact ovens. Judging from the 1-star and 2-star reviews of the digital ovens, premature failure of digital control and displays appears to be a common problem.
Update on the Hamilton Beach after 6 weeks of use:
Used oven for 6 weeks, bake bread 10 times, roasted a chicken once. Convection fan started rattling during the last loaf of bread I baked. After what I read here, I returned it to the store. Temperature settings were not accuracy as noted by other reviewers, but I learned to work with it. Unfortunately, after that one experience, I've decided that you can't use this oven for roasting a chicken. When we roasted chicken using the old Delonghi, the insides got greasy but it was relatively easy to clean. With the HB, the chicken oil drip through the seams and is caught inside the bottom cover. After I left the oven on the countertop for a day, I notice oil dripped out of the oven into a puddle on the countertop. Subsequently, every time I baked bread with it, the bottom feels greasy as old oil got reheated and leaked out!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the same,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)I bought a Hamilton Beach Oven exactly like this one 5-6 years ago, witch I still use every day. I liked it so well I decided to get a backup, just is case mine would quit working. Well, on the new one they have cheapened everything so much, I guess in order to keep the price down, that I am sorry , now, that I bought it. I would much rather pay a little more and get the same amount of quality.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little oven - doesn't heat up the whole house!,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)I did a lot of research before choosing this oven. I was looking for something to cook pizzas, chicken nuggets, fries, etc. without having to heat up my whole house with our main oven. After reading the reviews and seeing the price (and having never had a small oven like this before I didn't want to spend a ton only to find out I didn't like it) I ordered it. Not a big deal for me that it's doesn't have a toast option, I wasn't buying it for toast. After 2 1/2 weeks I am so glad I chose this oven! It really does fit 2 pizzas (we usually do Jack's 12" pizza). Chicken nuggets and fries, crispy! And let me tell you, the rotisserie is GREAT! We've done a couple chickens and then made stuffing on the side that we pop into this oven under broil while the chicken is resting! Chicken and stuffing when it's 104 out without raising the house temp - YUM! Will have to try w/ Pork or Beef next! The oven does get hot on the top, door and sides but NOT so hot that I am afraid it'll burn my cabinets or anything. Heat also seemed to be an issue mentioned in reviews for other ovens as well. So far I love my little oven and am so glad we got it! great product, great price, satisfied me!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oven is good but convection fails,
This review is from: Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie (Kitchen)I have owned this item for over 6 years. The oven bake and broil settings work well. Do not expect to cook 2 pizzas at same time unless under convection.
My convection started to grind to a halt after 1 year, would come on occasionally. Tried to repair but problem is riveted in. If you need for convection this is not oven for you.
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