The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of tech gear

Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven Review

A decent oven if you want something inexpensive and aren't too picky about cooking performance
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $90 List | $135 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, decent cooking performance
Cons:  Poor temperature accuracy, no preheat function
Manufacturer:   Hamilton Beach
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 21, 2017
  • Share this article:
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
48
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#9 of 10
  • Baking - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 2
  • Frozen Food - 15% 7
  • Toasting - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven is a low priced oven that offers decent performance and a unique rotisserie function. It excels in preparing frozen foods and would be a perfect choice if you're looking for an inexpensive way to make frozen pizza. If you don't want to spend too much but want a bit more versatility, you'll get better all around performance from the Best Buy Award winning Black and Decker Countertop Convection Oven.


Compare to Similar Products

 
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $90 List$500 List
$349.99 at Amazon
$250 List
$239.99 at Amazon
$450 List
$172.10 at Amazon
$180 List
$129.99 at Amazon
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Inexpensive, decent cooking performanceExcellent temperature accuracy, great all-around cooking performance, bevy of cooking modes, user-friendlyEasy to use, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracyGreat temperature accuracy, good all around performanceCompact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracy
Cons Poor temperature accuracy, no preheat functionVery expensive, may be too large for smaller kitchensExpensiveExpensiveSmaller capacity
Bottom Line A decent oven if you want something inexpensive and aren't too picky about cooking performanceThe highest performing, most fully-featured model on the market, but it comes at a high priceTop notch cooking performance and incredible temperature accuracyGreat baking and temperature accuracy, but slightly lower toasting quality than competing modelsA perfect oven for those that want high performance but don't have much counter space
Overall Score Sort Icon
100
0
48
100
0
89
100
0
86
100
0
79
100
0
78
Rating Categories Countertop Oven Breville Smart... Breville Smart... 12" Convection... Breville Mini...
Baking (30%)
10
0
6
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
8
Ease Of Use (25%)
10
0
4
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
7
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
10
0
2
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
9
Frozen Food (15%)
10
0
7
10
0
9
10
0
7
10
0
7
10
0
7
Toasting (10%)
10
0
5
10
0
8
10
0
8
10
0
6
10
0
8
Specs Countertop Oven Breville Smart... Breville Smart... 12" Convection... Breville Mini...
Outer Dimensions 13.1" x 20.6" x 16.5" 17.2" x 21.4" x 12.8" 11.2" x 18.5" x 16.2" 16.1" x 18" x 12.1" 15.5" x 14" x 8.8"
Maximum Pizza Diameter 12" 13" 12" 12" 11"
Accesories 2 cooking racks, 2 baking pans, broiler rack, rotisserie accessories 13" Pizza Pan, Oven Racks x2, 9"x13" Broil Rack, Enamel Roasting Pan, Mesh basket rack Baking pan, Broil rack, Pizza pan Baking pan, Broil rack Baking pan
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year Limited 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 1 Year Full 1 Year Limited
Power Consumption (W) 1500 1800 1800 1800 1800

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison



Baking


The Hamilton Beach performed admirably in our baking tests, scoring a 6 out of 10 in a metric where scores ranged from 4 to 9. It generally created a nice texture; drumsticks skins were crispy, cakes fluffy, and cookies crunchy. However, it tended to dry things out a bit. This was particularly true with smaller items like cookies, which ended up a little too dry and crumbly. The Hamilton Beach's main competitor, the Black and Decker Countertop Convection Oven, was just the opposite. It sometimes struggled to produce a great texture, but was a bit more adept at retaining moisture.

The Hamilton Beach's cookies were good  but maybe a bit too dry and overly crispy.
The Hamilton Beach's cookies were good, but maybe a bit too dry and overly crispy.

Ease of Use


The Hamilton Beach received a relatively poor score of 4 out of 10 in our ease of use testing, putting it towards the bottom our user friendliness score sheet. Its interface has three knobs, one each for temperature, function, and time. We like this dedicated knob system, but this oven lost a considerable number of points due to its lack of a preheat function. Most ovens alert you when they reach your desired temperature, but the Hamilton Beach does not. You have to set the temperature and then assume the oven has reached temperature after a certain amount of time (the manual suggests setting a 10-minute timer after you turn the oven on). This required guesswork made using the oven feel quite clunky and unrefined.

The Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven does not display the current temperature nor does it alert you when it has reached the desired temperature.
The Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven does not display the current temperature nor does it alert you when it has reached the desired temperature.

Temperature Accuracy


The Hamilton Beach's inability to alert you when it reaches the set temperature may be largely due to its general temperatures inaccuracy. It was the worst performer on our temperature accuracy testing, earning the low score of 2 out of 10 in a metric that saw score as high as 9. It ran incredibly hot in our testing. At temperatures of 400Ëš or less it was consistently 50Ëš warmer hotter than the set temperature, and at one point was a full 65Ëš hotter. When we set the oven to 450Ëš this discrepancy dropped to around 20Ëš. All in all, these results made the Hamilton Beach's temperature knob seem more like an on/off switch.

Frozen Foods


The Hamilton Beach did quite well in our frozen food testing, scoring a 7 out of 10. This put it towards the top of a metric where scores fell from 5 to 8. It did a great job of making the outsides of tater tots and the crusts of pizza nice and crispy. However, it sometimes left the insides of these foods just a tad underdone. This was no big deal for our testers that liked their pizza a little doughy, but disappointing for those that liked their pizza on the well-done end of the spectrum.

The Hamilton Beach put a nice crisp on the crusts of frozen pizzas  but sometimes left the center just a tad under done.
The Hamilton Beach put a nice crisp on the crusts of frozen pizzas, but sometimes left the center just a tad under done.

Toasting


The Hamilton Beach was a lackluster performer in our toasting testing. It scored a 5 out of 10 in a metric that had scores ranging from 4 to 8. It does not have a specific toast or bagel function, and thus struggled with consistency in preparing both of those items. It did manage to leave the backsides of bagels slightly less toasted than the front side, however, which salvaged its score a bit.


Value


At a list price of $90 the Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven is fairly inexpensive and provides decent performance. However, if you're looking for a low priced option we think you get just a bit more value from the Best Buy Award winning Black and Decker Countertop Convection Oven.

Conclusion


The Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven offers acceptable performance at a low price, and is a decent option for those looking for an inexpensive toaster oven.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata