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Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs COMFEE CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 31401 vs COMFEE CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven. A near-peer comparison between two inexpensive and simple small countertop toaster ovens.

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Hamilton Beach 31401

COMFEE Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach 31401 vs COMFEE CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance50% Design25% Usability25% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 25%Design 25%Usability Hamilton Beach 31401COMFEE Toaster Oven4.65.13.64.64.55.32.94.5
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The Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven and the COMFEE CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven had a back-and-forth battle. There wasn’t a clear winner overall—while the former had a slightly higher score than the latter, it also cost a bit more.

The Hamilton used 1200 W while the Comfee used 1000 W, which wasn’t all that different. Moreover, both units had two quartz heating elements, so it was hard to tell what food was cooked better because of which feature.

The Hamilton had a slightly higher score in baking pizza, while the Comfee edged it out in baking french fries. Then, the Hamilton suffered a heavy loss in roasting a whole chicken because it couldn’t properly cook the chicken within our time limit.

However, the Hamilton quickly struck back with its results in toasting bread. This was mostly due to the Hamilton’s control dials being more precise than the Comfee’s. The Comfee did have a detachable crumb tray, which made it more convenient to clean, though.

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
  • Extra-small size
  • Energy-saving
  • Quartz heating elements have safeguards
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Stay-on feature
  • Detachable crumb tray
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door

Key Specs

Dimensions
L14.96 x W12.2 x H8.5 inches
L13.85 x W11.18 x H8 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
Control Type
3 control knobs
2 control knobs
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Cooking Functions
3
3

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$58.77
$42.50

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.1
5.3

Toast

7.7
4.5
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.
COMFEE CFO-BB101 ToastFrom 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 45s; In the middle: 3m 50s; On the right: 4m 10s
COMFEE CFO-BB101 ToastFrom 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 white COMFEE CFO-BB101 Compact 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.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
Medium
Medium
Cooking Time
4m 15s
3m 50s
Second Batch
4m 15s
3m 50s
Convection
No
No

Pizza

5.5
5.0
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.
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.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
 450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
10m 30s
11m
Convection
 No
No

Whole Roasted Chicken

1.0
7.1
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 the Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 183°F and 189°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 20m
Convection
No
No

Baked French Fries

4.0
4.7
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 the Comfee CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
Pieces of baked french fries using the Comfee CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Comfee CFO-BB101 on a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
Four pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a grooved silver baking pan.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
400°F
400°F.
Cooking Time
30 m
35 m
Convection
No
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
3.6
2.9

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, a white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven, a box, and a grooved silver baking pan.

Exterior

4.0
8.0
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 white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right side has holes.
The back and left sides of the Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven have holes. The back has a power cord and two buffers.
The top of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven on a grey background.
On a grey background, the bottom of the Comfee CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven has a detachable crumb tray, four stands, and holes.
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
Length
15.0" (38.0 cm)
13.8" (35.2 cm)
Width
12.2" (31.0 cm)
11.2" (28.4 cm)
Height
8.5" (21.6 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
White
Door Handle
cool-touch
cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
No
Crumb Tray
Removable
Detachable

Control Panel

The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven has 3 control knobs for temperature, function, and timer.
The control panel of the Comfee CFO-BB101 Toaster Oven has a control dial for temperature/mode above and one for timer below.
Type
3 control knobs
 2 control knobs
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
No
No
Convection Toggle
No
No
Rotation Toggle
No
No
Automatic Preheat
No
No
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 mode dial of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven has 3 cooking functions including Toast, Bake, and Broil.

Interior

1.0
1.0
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 Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guards and 2 guide rails.
The Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact 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 guide rails on the left wall of the Comfee CFO-BB101’s cooking chamber.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
2 quartz
Convection Fan
No
No
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 two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven.
Length
29.9" (76.0 cm)
26.4" (67.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Power
1200 W
1000 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 white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven on a grey background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
10.2" (25.8 cm)
Width
8.8" (22.3 cm)
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Height
0.9" (2.3 cm)
0.4" (1.1 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

5.0
2.0
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 white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven with an oven rack and a grooved silver baking pan.

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 white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
10.2" (25.8 cm)
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
9.6" (24.5 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)
6.9" (17.5 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.6
4.5

User Control

7.0
5.0

Ease of Use

3.0
4.0

Cleanability

5.0
5.0
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 glass door of a closed white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven.
Grease on the glass door of a closed white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven.
Grease on the right wall of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber.
Grease and chicken skin stuck to the grooved silver baking pan of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven.
A cleaned grooved silver baking pan of the white Comfee CFO-BB101 Compact Countertop Toaster Oven with some discoloration.

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