- Performance (50%)8.7
- Design (25%)9.2
- Usability (25%)7.1
- Performance (50%)6.3
- Design (25%)5.1
- Usability (25%)5.5
It should come as no surprise that the Cuisinart TOA-60 Air Fryer Toaster Oven triumphs over the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven (31344DA). The former has higher scores than the latter in each and every one of our criteria. It’s also a few times larger and more expensive than the other but that’s beside the point.
Both are analog toaster ovens, so how come the difference in design score is so massive? To keep it short, the Cuisinart has many more features than the Hamilton, all of which are extremely high quality. The features include six nichrome heating elements, two convection settings, an interior light, a slide-out crumb tray, and an air fryer basket on top of the standard oven rack and baking pan.
The Cuisinart’s solid design features translate to decent usability despite not having digital controls and extra functionality. Its usability score isn’t too high but definitely above the Hamilton’s average score.
With a strong power draw and convection, the Cuisinart easily excelled at all of our performance test, including toasting bread, baking pizza, roasting whole chicken, and air-frying fries. These results cemented its status as our best convection toaster oven.
Pros & Cons
- Simple and straight-to-the-point control knobs
- Sturdy design and durable material
- Convection fan is all-applicable
- Electrical safety feature for the door
- Convenient slide-out crumb tray
- Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
- Plenty of recipes included in the user manual
- Lightweight and small size
- Durable alloy steel casing
- Cool-touch door handle
- Simple control knobs
- Stay-on feature
- Quartz heating elements with safeguards
- Opening the door also turns off the light
- A bit heavier and taller than other same-type ovens
- Not very budget-friendly
- No convection fan
- No internal lighting
- No safety mechanism for the door
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Alan Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer at HealthyKitchen101. His major in English language teaching taught him to present concise information. In addition to his cooking hobby, he values the practical aspects of household appliances.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.