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Small enough to fit on a countertop, large enough to be useful
on January 6, 2012
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.