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Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Black+Decker CTO6335S Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 31401 vs Black+Decker CTO6335S Toaster Oven. A comparison between a small, energy-saving countertop toaster oven and a budget large unit.

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Hamilton Beach 31401 vs Black+Decker CTO6335S Toaster Oven

Overall Verdict

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In our performance tests, the Hamilton Beach 31401 would have been a total debacle compared to the Black+Decker CTO6335S if not for the slight edge it gained when toasting bread. We suspect that the Hamilton’s performance could be improved by cooking less food compared to our test amounts at a time.

The Black+Decker has a higher power output of 1500 W and four quartz heating elements as opposed to the Hamilton with 1200 W of power and two similar heating elements. To top it off, unlike the Black+Decker, the Hamilton doesn’t have a convection system to help distribute heat evenly. 

Besides the size difference—the Hamilton is small and the Black+Decker is large—the Black+Decker scored higher in the design and usability departments. It has a tamper-resistant casing with a slide-out crumb tray.

The Black+Decker’s various cooking functions are all the more useful for beginners in the kitchen. The Hamilton does have a stay-on feature, though, which is helpful considering its short timer.

Unless you specifically want a lightweight, energy-saving, and small-sized toaster oven, there’s no reason to choose the Hamilton Beach 31401 over the Black+Decker CTO6335S. The latter is priced better and received better overall ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight and small size
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Simple control knobs
  • Stay-on feature
  • Quartz heating elements have safeguards
  • Energy-saving
  • Large capacity
  • Highly affordable
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Sturdy exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Convection fan isn’t all-applicable
  • No internal lighting
  • Buttons not reliably responsive

Key Specs

Dimensions
L14.96 x W12.2 x H8.5 inches
L19.29 x W13.38 x H10.62 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
12.9 lbs (5.8 kg)
Control Type
3 control knobs
LCD display + 13 buttons
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
200°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 2 hours
Cooking Functions
3
8

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$58.77
$86.01

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.1
7.0

Toast

7.7
7.0
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
On the left: 2m 30s; In the middle: 4m 15s; On the right: 5m 55s
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
On the left: Level 3; In the middle: Level 4; On the right: Level 5
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the stainless steel Black+Decker CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
Medium
4/7
Cooking Time
4m 15s
5m 10s
Second Batch
4m 15s
3m
Convection
No
No

Pizza

5.5
6.8
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
The cross surface of a slice of toast oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with melty cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
 450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
10m 30s
7m 30s
Convection
 No
Yes

Whole Roasted Chicken

1.0
7.7
A whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31401 Toaster Oven on a baking rack and baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31401 Toaster Oven on a baking rack and baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and both display 176°F.
Seven pieces of a carved chicken including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a silver baking pan.
The chicken thigh meat is still pink. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking pan.
A whole roasted chicken using a toaster oven on a silver broiling rack and baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using a toaster oven on a silver broiling rack and baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 189°F and 192°F.
Seven pieces of a carved chicken including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a silver baking pan.
Two hands pulling apart a roasted chicken thigh. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking pan.
Function
Rotisserie
Bake
Temperature
350°F
350°F
Cooking Time
1h 30m
1h
Convection
No
Yes

Baked French Fries

4.0
5.6
Pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31401 Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31401 Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31401 Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Six pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a silver baking pan.
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven on a silver baking pan.
Six pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a silver baking pan.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
400°F
400°F.
Cooking Time
30 m
25m 50s
Convection
No
Yes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
3.6
6.6

In the Box

An oven rack, a user manual, the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven, a box, and a baking pan.
An oven rack, a user manual, the BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven, a box, a baking pan, and a broiling rack.

Exterior

4.0
5.0
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has holes.
The back and left sides of the Hamilton Beach 31401 have air ventilation holes. The back has a power cord and one buffer.
The top of the stainless steel Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven on a grey background.
On a grey background, the bottom of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven has four stands and holes.
A closed front of the Black+Decker CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Black+Decker CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed Black+Decker CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has ventilation holes.
The back and left sides of the Black+Decker CTO6335S Toaster Oven. The back has air ventilation holes and two black buffers.
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
12.9 lbs (5.8 kg)
Length
15.0" (38.0 cm)
19.3" (49.0 cm)
Width
12.2" (31.0 cm)
13.4" (34.0 cm)
Height
8.5" (21.6 cm)
10.6" (27.0 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Silver
Door Handle
cool-touch
cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
No
Crumb Tray
Removable
Slide-out

Control Panel

The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven has 3 control knobs for temperature, function, and timer.
The BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Toaster Oven’s control panel has an LCD and 13 buttons for 8 cooking functions and 5 features.
Type
3 control knobs
LCD display + 13 buttons
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
200°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 2 hours
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
No
No
Convection Toggle
No
Yes
Rotation Toggle
No
No
Automatic Preheat
No
Yes
Audio Cues
No
No

Cooking Functions

The function knob of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven has 3 cooking functions including Broil, Toast, and Bake.
The BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S’s cooking functions include Cookies, Pizza, Frozen snacks, Potato, Bake, Broil, Toast, and Bagel.

Interior

1.0
7.0
The Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guards and 2 guide rails.
The Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guards and 2 guide rails.
The bottom quartz heating element with guard and 2 rails on the left wall of the Hamilton Beach 31401’s cooking chamber.
The BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S’s cooking chamber has 4 quartz heating elements with guards, 2 levels, and a convection fan cavity.
The BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S’s cooking chamber has 4 quartz heating elements with guards, 2 levels, and a convection fan cavity.
The stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has a convection fan cavity on the right.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
4 quartz
Convection Fan
No
Yes
Lighting
No
No
Tray Levels
2
2
Rotisserie
No
No
Safety Hook
No
No

Power Cord

A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven.
A three-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.
Length
29.9" (76.0 cm)
24.8" (63.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
3-prong plug
Power
1200 W
1500 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz

Accessories

A stainless steel baking rack of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven on a grey background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven on a grey background.
Some burnt bits on the stainless steel baking rack of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven on a grey background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven on a grey background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width
8.8" (22.3 cm)
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Height
0.9" (2.3 cm)
0.9" (2.2 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

5.0
7.0
The front of an opened Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven with a silver baking pan and a stainless steel oven rack.
The front of an opened BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven with a baking rack, a baking pan, and a broiling rack

Capacity

An opened front of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
An opened front of the BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
12.6" (32.0 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)
7.9" (20.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.6
6.1

User Control

7.0
8.0

Ease of Use

3.0
5.0

Cleanability

5.0
6.0
Caramelized bits on the upper heating element’s guard and stains on the cooking chamber ceiling of the Hamilton Beach 31401.
Caramelized bits on the upper heating element’s guard and stains on the cooking chamber ceiling of the Hamilton Beach 31401.
Washing the cooking chamber of the stainless steel Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven with dish soap.
Grease and chicken skin stuck to the silver baking pan of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Capacity Countertop Toaster Oven.
Brushing the stained silver baking pan of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven with a bowl of baking soda and water.
Grease on the broiling rack of the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the broiling rack of the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the baking pan of the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.
The cleaned broiling rack and baking pan of the stainless steel BLACK+DECKER CTO6335S Convection Toaster Oven.