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Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Oster French Door Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Oster French Door Toaster Oven. The size difference isn’t the reason why the second has a higher score.

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Hamilton Beach 31401

Oster French Door

Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Oster French Door Toaster Oven

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design25% Usability25% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 25%Design 25%Usability Oster French DoorHamilton Beach 314016.56.46.76.44.65.13.64.6
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Between the Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop Toaster Oven and the Oster French Door Toaster Oven (TSSTTVFDDG), the latter is the winner. The second one is extra large while the first one is small, but that’s not the reason why the second one has a higher overall score.

Similar to many other small toaster oven, the Hamilton has only the standard features, such as two quartz heating elements and analog control dials. Consequently, it had lower scores than the Oster in the design and usability departments.

The Oster's digital display and controls are not particularly informative or responsive. Nonetheless, it’s more useful than the control panel of the Hamilton.

The Oster has a convection system and a higher power output, allowing it to be better at toasting bread, baking pizza, and roasting whole chickens. Unfortunately, its capacity is too large for its own good and thus, hindered its ability to bake frozen fries. To the same degree, the Hamilton’s low power output made it fail to properly bake the fries within our time limit.

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
  • Interior lighting available
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Sturdy build
  • Air-ventilation holes on all sides
  • Cool-touch door handles
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • No convection toggle
  • Buttons not reliably responsive
  • Not very budget-friendly

Key Specs

Dimensions
L14.96 x W12.2 x H8.5 inches
L21.53 x W19.96 x H12.79 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)
Control Type
3 control knobs
LCD + 15 buttons
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 6 hours
Cooking Functions
3
8

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$58.77
$191.53

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.1
6.4

Toast

7.7
6.0
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.
Oster French Door Toaster Oven Toast Test
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker. On the upper row are the top sides, and on the lower row are the bottom sides of the toast.
The best four pieces of toast from the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven. On the left are the top sides, and on the right are the bottom sides of the toast.
On the left are four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch. On the upper row are the top sides, and on the lower row are the bottom sides.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
Medium
4/6
Cooking Time
4m 15s
7m 25s
Second Batch
4m 15s
5m 31s
Convection
No
No

Pizza

5.5
6.3
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.
Oster French Door Toaster Oven Pizza Test
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top. The pizza is inside a grooved silver baking pan on a white background.
Two slices of toaster oven baked pizza on top of one another. It’s a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top. The pizza is inside a grooved silver baking pan.
On a white background, two hands break apart a slice of baked pizza using a toaster oven with cheese, meat, and green bell peppers on top.
Function
Bake
Turbo Convection
Temperature
 450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
10m 30s
6m
Convection
 No
Yes

Whole Roasted Chicken

1.0
8.1
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.
Oster French Door Toaster Whole Roasted Chicken Test
A whole roasted chicken using a toaster oven on a white background. The chicken is belly up on a baking rack with a silver baking pan below.
A whole chicken roasted using a toaster oven on a baking rack with a silver baking pan below. The thermometer displays the same temperature of 181°F from two probes inserted into the right and left thighs of the chicken.
The roasted chicken is carved into ten pieces on a baking rack with a silver baking pan below. There are three pieces of the carcass, two wings, two thighs, two breast pieces, one drumstick, and two fallen leg bones.
Two hands pulling apart a juicy chicken thigh roasted in a toaster oven. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking rack with a silver baking pan below.
Function
Rotisserie
Turbo Convection
Temperature
350°F
350°F
Cooking Time
1h 30m
1h 10m
Convection
No
Yes

Baked French Fries

4.0
4.1
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.
Oster French Door Toaster Baked French Fries Test
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven inside a silver grooved baking pan on a white background.
A closeup of pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven inside a silver grooved baking pan.
Pieces of baked french fries using a toaster oven. Eight pieces of broken-up fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries inside a silver grooved baking pan.
Function
Bake
Turbo Convection
Temperature
400°F
400°F
Cooking Time
30 m
30 m
Convection
No
Yes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
3.6
6.7

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.
Top to bottom and left to right are a blue box, the Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven, one baking rack, one baking rack with supports, a user manual, and a silver grooved baking pan on a white background.

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.
An closed front of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background. The exterior is 16.75 inches long, 21.53 inches wide, and 12.79 inches high.
An closed front of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background. The exterior is 16.75 inches long, 21.53 inches wide, and 12.79 inches high.
The front and the right sides of a closed Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background. The control panel is in the front. The right side has air ventilation holes.
On a white background, the back and the left sides of a closed stainless steel Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven both have air ventilation holes. The back side has a black buffer.
On a white background, the top and the right sides of a closed stainless steel Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven both have air ventilation holes. The control panel is in the front.
On a white background, the bottom of a closed stainless steel Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven has four base stands and ventilation holes. The control panel is in the front.
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)
Length
15.0" (38.0 cm)
21.5" (54.7 cm)
Width
12.2" (31.0 cm)
20.0" (50.7 cm)
Height
8.5" (21.6 cm)
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Silver
Door Handle
cool-touch
Cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
No
Crumb Tray
Removable
Removable

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 Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven has an LCD and 15 flat buttons for Toast, Bake, Broil, Turbo Convection, Pizza, Warm, Defrost, Dehydrate, Timer, Temp, Clock, Stop/Cancel, and Start.
Type
3 control knobs
LCD + 15 buttons
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 6 hours
Indicator Light
Yes
No
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
No
No
Convection Toggle
No
No
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 eight cooking functions of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven are in the center of the control panel. They include Toast, Bake, Broil, Turbo Convection, Pizza, Warm, Defrost, and Dehydrate. The oven’s right side has air ventilation holes.

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 cooking chamber of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven has one nichrome heating element on top and two on the bottom, two rack levels, a shining light, and a fan cavity on the right wall.
The cooking chamber of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven has one nichrome heating element on top and two on the bottom, two rack levels, a shining light, and a fan cavity on the right wall.
The cooking chamber of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG Toaster Oven has one bent nichrome heating element on top and two straight ones on the bottom, two rack levels, a light, and a fan cavity on the right wall.
Two assembled guide rails on the right side of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber. A fan cavity is in between the two rails.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
3 nichrome
Convection Fan
No
Yes
Lighting
No
Yes
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 Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven.
Length
29.9" (76.0 cm)
25.8" (65.5 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
2-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 with two supports below of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
A stainless steel baking rack with two supports below of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
15.7" (39.8 cm)
Width
8.8" (22.3 cm)
16.1" (41.0 cm)
Height
0.9" (2.3 cm)
0.7" (1.8 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

5.0
6.0
The front of an opened Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven with a silver baking pan and a stainless steel oven rack.
An opened Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Toaster Oven on a white background. Inside the cooking chamber, from the bottom up are one removable crumb tray, one baking rack, and one baking pan under another baking 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 Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven on a white background. The cooking chamber is 15.75 inches long, 16.53 inches wide, and 10.04 inches high.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
15.8" (40.0 cm)
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
16.5" (42.0 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)
10.0" (25.5 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.6
6.4

User Control

7.0
8.0

Ease of Use

3.0
5.0

Cleanability

5.0
7.5
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.
A silver baking pan of the Oster TSSTTVFDDG XL Digital French Door Convection Toaster Oven with some stains on it on a white background.

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