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Hamilton Beach 31401 Countertop vs Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 31401 vs Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven. Compare a small, analog, conventional toaster oven to a large, digital, convection unit.

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Hamilton Beach 31401

Oster 6 Slice Convection Oven

Hamilton Beach 31401 vs Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven

Overall Verdict

Though not the best, the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Digital Convection Toaster Oven mopped the floor with the Hamilton Beach 31401 4-Slice Toaster Oven in almost every test. The former costs around twice as much as the latter but is more than twice as large.

The Oster was significantly better than the Hamilton in baking pizza, french fries, and especially roasting a whole chicken. While the Oster’s power draw was only slightly higher than the Hamilton’s, having a convection system really gave the Oster all the necessary advantages in terms of quick and even heat distribution.

The Hamilton did earn a small victory in toasting bread, though, and the score was quite impressive. We believed the Oster could’ve scored higher if its toast presets were designed with better times.

The Oster was easier to use thanks to its LCD, control buttons, and interior light. However, its LCD was quite janky and its flat buttons required quite a bit of force to register. In this instance, we preferred the basic analog dials of the Hamilton.

On the other hand, the Oster’s spacious interior was significantly easier to clean than the Hamilton’s.

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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
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Internal lighting available
  • Extra functions
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Convection fan isn’t all-applicable
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • Buttons not reliably responsive

Key Specs

Dimensions
L14.96 x W12.2 x H8.5 inches
L19. 68 x W15.19 x H11.61 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
12.1 lbs (5.5 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 - 90 minutes
Cooking Functions
3
7

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$58.77
$99.39

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.1
7.0

Toast

7.7
6.2
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 TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 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: Level 1; In the middle: Level 2; On the right: Level 3
Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Digital 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
2/6
Cooking Time
4m 15s
6m 43s
Second Batch
4m 15s
4m18
Convection
No
No

Pizza

5.5
8.0
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.
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
6m 50s
Convection
 No
Yes

Whole Roasted Chicken

1.0
7.8
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 on a broiling rack and enamel baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 on a broiling rack and enamel baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 190°F and 192°F.
Seven pieces of carved chicken including a carcass, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a broiling rack and 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
6.0
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
Pieces of baked french fries using the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
Six pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on an enamel baking pan.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
400°F
400°F
Cooking Time
30 m
20 m
Convection
No
Yes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
3.6
6.2

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.
The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 has 7 cooking functions including Toast, Bake, Convection Bake, Broil, Warm, Defrost, and Pizza.

Exterior

4.0
7.0
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Large Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Large Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
The front of a closed stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Countertop Convection Toaster Oven
The back and left sides of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Large Toaster Oven. The back has a power cord, two buffers, and holes.
On a grey background, the top of the stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Convection Toaster Oven has holes.
On a grey background, the bottom of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Toaster Oven has a power cord, four stands, and holes.
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Length
15.0" (38.0 cm)
19.7" (50.0 cm)
Width
12.2" (31.0 cm)
15.2" (38.6 cm)
Height
8.5" (21.6 cm)
11.6" (29.5 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Black
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Convection Toaster Oven has an LCD and 15 flat buttons for 7 cooking functions and 8 features.
Type
3 control knobs
LCD display + 15 buttons
Temperature
100°F - 450°F
150°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 90 minutes
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
No
Light Toggle
No
Yes
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 has 7 cooking functions including Toast, Bake, Convection Bake, Broil, Warm, Defrost, and Pizza.

Interior

1.0
6.0
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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Oven’s cooking chamber has 4 nichrome heating elements, 2 guide rails, a light, and a fan cavity.
The Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Oven’s cooking chamber has 4 nichrome heating elements, 2 guide rails, a light, and a fan cavity.
The cooking chamber’s right wall of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Toaster Oven has 2 guide rails, a light, and a fan cavity.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
4 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 TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Convection Toaster Oven.
Length
29.9" (76.0 cm)
26.0" (66.0 cm)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Power
1200 W
1300 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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven on a grey background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
14.2" (36.1 cm)
Width
8.8" (22.3 cm)
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Height
0.9" (2.3 cm)
0.2" (0.5 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.
The front of an opened Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Large Convection Toaster Oven with an oven rack, baking pan, and 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 Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 Large Convection Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
10.9" (27.8 cm)
14.2" (36.1 cm)
Width
9.4" (24.0 cm)
12.6" (32.0 cm)
Height
7.1" (18.0 cm)
9.4" (24.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.6
6.6

User Control

7.0
6.0

Ease of Use

3.0
6.0

Cleanability

5.0
9.0
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 stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the glass door of a closed stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Convection Toaster Oven.
Grease on the stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Convection Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber wall.
Grease and chicken skin stuck to the enamel baking pan of the Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven.
The cleaned enamel baking pan of the stainless steel Oster TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 6-Slice Large Digital Convection Toaster Oven.

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