Toshiba AC25CEW-BS vs Hamilton Beach 31127D Side-by-Side Comparison

Alan Nguyen
Alan Nguyen
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 30, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 1, 2022
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven Review
Hamilton Beach 31127D Small Countertop Toaster Oven Review
Power
1500W
1400W

Our Verdict

7.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.7/10
  • Design (25%)
    7.5/10
  • Usability (25%)
    6.8/10
6.2
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.6/10
  • Design (25%)
    5.2/10
  • Usability (25%)
    6.4/10

Although both use four nichrome heating elements, the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS was the winner in all of our performance tests, probably due to its higher wattage. In addition, the Hamilton Beach 31127D stands out with its neat roll-top door but nothing changes the fact that it doesn’t have a convection system like the Toshiba.

While the Toshiba’s digital display allows for more unique cooking functions, the Hamilton’s analog control has a stay-on feature. Both are very simple to operate.

The two ovens are similar in size but the Hamilton is a lot lighter. Not necessarily due to the height difference, the Toshiba has three tray levels while the Hamilton only has two.

Both have the standard baking rack and pan but the Toshiba further comes with a rotisserie kit and rack clamp. However, none of the two has an interior light or any of the other usual convenient features.

As medium-sized countertop toaster ovens go, the Hamilton Beach 31127D and the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS both feature sturdy construction and durable material. While the first one is considerably cheaper, the second one is our best-value choice for a number of reasons.

Performance

7.7
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    7.2/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    9.1/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    7.8/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    6.1/10
6.6
Performance Scores
  • Toast (40%)
    7.3/10
  • Pizza (25%)
    6.6/10
  • Whole Roasted Chicken (25%)
    6.3/10
  • Baked French Fries (10%)
    5.1/10
7.2

Toast

7.3
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast
On the left: Level 3; In the middle: Level 4; On the right: Level 5
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 1
Best level: Level 4
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 7.5
50% * 7.5 = 3.8
Even Surface Color: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Consecutive Usability: 6.3
30% * 6.3 = 1.9
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: 4/6
  • Cooking Time: 3m 55s
  • Second Batch: 3m 55s
  • Convection: No

Following the procedures of our Toast test, we determined that level 4—3 minutes 55 seconds on the timer—was the best option with the score of 7.3/10. The level 3 and 5, in addition to being lighter and darker than ideal respectively, had very uneven surface color.

The toast level 4 of the Toshiba produced four pieces with a light golden brown color but a few areas too light. Due to not having the convection fan running, the color was about 80% even and we could only give it an 8/10.

The first batch of toast was nicely crispy while soft and moist inside so we gave it a 7.5/10 for taste. Our head chef Tuyet Pham determined that it would be great to go with omelet and eggs benedict, as well as good for sandwiches. Although it may not be particularly good for soup, the second batch was.

The second batch was browner and crispier while still being moist so it got a 6.5/10. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to lower it by one level.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Toast
On the left: 1m 55s; In the middle: 3m 30s; On the right: 4m 15s
Hamilton Beach 31127D Toast 1
Best level: 3m 30s
Hamilton Beach 31127D Toast 2
The first batch vs the second batch
Taste: 8
50% * 8 = 4.0
Even Surface Color: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Consecutive Usability: 5.5
30% * 5.5 = 1.6
  • Function: Toast
  • Number Of Slices: 4
  • Toast Level: ¾ to Medium
  • Cooking Time: 3m 30s
  • Second Batch: 3m 30s
  • Convection: No

We initially set the toast knob to Medium—right at the Toast icon—for our Toast test. The bread came away very dark on the bottom but barely toasted on top. Then, the halfway point to Medium gave the toast no color.

Eventually, we settled on a point ¾ the way to Medium—around 3 minutes 30 seconds on the timer—as the best option, and awarded it a score of 7.3/10.

At our optimal toasting setting, the Hamilton Beach produced 4 pieces with a great, slightly golden-brown color. Though the oven doesn’t have a convection fan, the color distribution was about 80% even so we gave the toast an 8/10.

The first batch of toast was crispy on the outside while still soft and moist on the inside, so we gave it an 8/10 for taste. Our head chef, Tuyet Pham, said it would go very well with everything including sandwiches, soup, omelets, and eggs benedict.

The second batch represented a significant decrease in performance, scoring only 5.5/10 for consecutive usability. The toast had an uneven, dark brown color plus a burnt flavor. If you want the second batch to be the same as the first, remember to only turn the knob halfway to Medium—around 1 minute 55 seconds on the timer.

9.1

Pizza

6.6
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Crust
Toshiba AC25CEW Pizza Toppings
Cooking Time: 9.3
20% * 9.3 = 1.9
Crust: 9.5
20% * 9.5 = 1.9
Toppings: 9
30% * 9 = 2.7
Taste: 8.7
30% * 8.7 = 2.6
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 5m 15s
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba baked a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza evenly throughout in terms of doneness and color earning it a 9.1/10.

Even though the Pizza preset of the oven is 450°F for 10 minutes, it only took 5m15s to cook. It was really fast compared to the recommended 10 minutes on the label. In comparison to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, it scored a 9.3/10.

The crust wasn’t dry and turned out a beautiful golden brown with some nicely charred spots. It deserved a 9.5/10. The cheese was also nicely melted and caramelized so it got a 9/10. After tasting, our chef gave the pizza an 8.7/10.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Pizza
Hamilton Beach 31127D Pizza 1
Hamilton Beach 31127D Pizza 2
Cooking Time: 5.8
20% * 5.8 = 1.2
Crust: 7
20% * 7 = 1.4
Toppings: 7
30% * 7 = 2.1
Taste: 6.5
30% * 6.5 = 1.9
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 450°F
  • Cooking Time: 9m 10s
  • Convection: No

This oven left a bit to be desired when we tried baking a 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza. We gave it a score of 6.6/10.

It took 9 minutes and 10 seconds to bake a pizza which was slightly faster than the recommended 10 minutes on the label. It only garnered a score of 5.8/10 after being compared to other toaster ovens in our Pizza test, though.

The crust had a good golden brown color but was soft, so we could only give it a 7/10. The toppings were caramelized unevenly and some areas of cheese got darkened. On the bright side, the toppings weren’t dry, so they got a 7/10. After tasting, our chef gave it a 6.5/10.

7.8

Whole Roasted Chicken

6.3
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Skin: 7
20% * 7 = 1.4
Doneness: 7.8
20% * 7.8 = 1.6
Taste: 8
40% * 8 = 3.2
  • Function: Rotisserie
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 1h
  • Convection: No

Even though we chose a 3 lb chicken—in accordance with our Whole Roasted Chicken test—and despite the 4-pound claim on the label, it barely fit. In addition, there wasn’t enough space below to use the drip pan so cleaning up was a hassle.

Luckily, the fat from the chicken didn’t splatter too much inside the oven. Overall, the Toshiba scored a 7.8/10 for this test.

It took the oven 1 hour, the standard amount of time, to roast the chicken to golden brown so we gave it an 8/10.

The smooth rotation caramelized the chicken skin to a superb color while maintaining the juiciness of the meat. However, the skin wasn’t really crispy without convection so we only gave a 7/10.

The rotation also allowed the whole chicken to be thoroughly cooked in 1 hour with no pink spots. The internal temperature, however, was a bit too high at 207°F compared to the USDA recommended 165°F-180°F, so it got a 7.8/10.

Even though the chicken was cooked to slightly well-done, the meat was still moist and tender so our chef gave it an 8 for taste.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Whole Roasted Chicken
Hamilton Beach 31127D Whole Roasted Chicken 1
Hamilton Beach 31127D Whole Roasted Chicken 2
Hamilton Beach 31127D Whole Roasted Chicken 3
Cooking Time: 8
20% * 8 = 1.6
Skin: 5.5
20% * 5.5 = 1.1
Doneness: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste: 6
40% * 6 = 2.4
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 350°F
  • Cooking Time: 1h
  • Convection: No

Even though the Hamilton Beach could comfortably fit a 3 lb chicken for our Whole Roasted Chicken test, its performance was far from perfect, scoring only 6.3/10.

The oven took 1 hour—our standard for this test—to cook the chicken to a desirable color, so we gave it an 8/10.

After roasting, the skin took on an even golden color on top but only a very light caramelization on the bottom — although that was also even. Unfortunately, the skin was very soft, so we could only give it a 5.5/10.

The chicken reached an internal temperature of 165-176°F which was very close to the USDA recommendation. However, there were pink spots near the bone so we could only give it a 6/10.

The meat was acceptable in terms of texture and juiciness, but didn’t stand out as remarkable. Our chef gave the chicken a 6/10 for taste.

6.1

Baked French Fries

5.1
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Baked French Fries 3
Cooking Time: 5
20% * 5 = 1.0
Color: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Texture: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste: 6.7
40% * 6.7 = 2.7
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 400°F
  • Cooking Time: 20m
  • Convection: Yes

The Toshiba did an acceptable job of baking 12 oz of french fries earning a 6.1/10.

Compared to other ovens in our Baked French Fries test, we had to cook the fries for 20 minutes so we could only give it a 5/10. Being baked on a tray and not in an air fryer basket, the fries lacked color resulting in a 6/10.

The fries only crisped up a little on the outside and were considerably moist inside so it’s another 6/10. Our chef gave the resulting fries a 6.7/10 for taste.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Baked French Fries
Hamilton Beach 31127D Baked French Fries 1
Hamilton Beach 31127D Baked French Fries 2
Cooking Time: 0
20% * 0 = 0.0
Color: 6.5
20% * 6.5 = 1.3
Texture: 6
20% * 6 = 1.2
Taste: 6.5
40% * 6.5 = 2.6
  • Function: Bake
  • Temperature: 400°F.
  • Cooking Time: 27m 15s
  • Convection: No

Baking 12 oz of french fries clearly wasn’t the Hamilton Beach oven’s forte, and it came away with a score of 5.1/10.

This oven took 27 minutes and 15 seconds to put some color into the french fries. That exceeded our time limit of 25 minutes, though, so it failed the cooking time criterion of our Baked French Fries test.

Even though the fries had some golden ends, most of them basically had no color. We gave them a 6.5/10.

Despite being spread out on the baking pan, the fries didn’t crisp up, so they got a 6/10. Our chef gave the fries a 6.5/10 for taste.

Design

7.5
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    8.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    6.5/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    8.0/10
5.2
design Scores
  • Exterior (20%)
    7.0/10
  • Interior (30%)
    1.0/10
  • Build Quality (50%)
    7.0/10

In the Box

Toshiba AC25CEW In the Box
  • Model: L series - AC25CEW-BS
  • Warranty: 1 year (US only)
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Rack Clamp
  • Removable Crumb Tray
  • Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

The packaging keeps all the 5 accessories firmly in place while being easy to unbox and convenient to repack. Besides showing some basic information, it also gives instructions on how to unbox properly.

Hamilton Beach 31127D In the Box
  • Model: 31127D
  • Warranty: 1-year limited in the US and 5-year limited in Canada
  • User Manual
  • Baking Rack
  • Baking Pan
  • Removable Crumb Tray

Aside from the Hamilton Beach oven itself, the box also contained a baking pan, a baking rack, a removable crumb tray, and a basic user manual.

8.0

Exterior

7.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 2
Toshiba AC25CEW Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    16.2 oz (460 g)
  • Length:
    19.0" (48.2 cm)
  • Width:
    15.6" (39.6 cm)
  • Height:
    10.8" (27.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Black
  • Door Handle:
    cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    Yes
  • Crumb Tray:
    Removable

One of the strongest points of the Toshiba AC25CEW-BS Toaster Oven is plenty of air ventilation — on two sides, the back, the bottom, and the top. It also has strong bottom stands and two buffers on the back to prevent the oven from being too close to the wall.

This was one of the few ovens where our measurements and the manufacturer’s completely coincided at 18.98" x 15.59" x 10.78". We do need to point out that we could see the internal circuits through the ventilation holes although we’re not sure if it affects the oven.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Exterior
Hamilton Beach 31127D Exterior 1
Hamilton Beach 31127D Exterior 2
Hamilton Beach 31127D Exterior 3
  • Weight:
    9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length:
    18.5 inches
  • Width:
    14.56 inches
  • Height:
    9.44 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Color:
    Silver
  • Door Handle:
    cool-touch
  • Tray Indicators:
    No
  • Crumb Tray:
    Removable

The Hamilton Beach has a stainless steel exterior. Our measurements of the oven’s footprint were 18.5" x 15.56" x 9.41"—marginally different from the manufacturer’s provided 18.74" x 15.24" x 9.41".

What stands out most is the roll-top door with a cool-touch handle. It moves up and out of the way, giving you safe and easy access to your food before, during, and after cooking.

The oven has a back buffer to prevent it from being pushed too close to the wall. Unlike many other toaster ovens, though, you can’t wrap the power cord around the buffer.

Control Panel

Toshiba AC25CEW Control Panel
  • Type:
    LCD display + 3 control knobs + Stop/Start button
  • Temperature:
    150°F - 450°F timer
  • Timer:
    1 minute - 2 hours
  • Indicator Light:
    No
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    No
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The control panel consists of an LCD digital display, 3 control knobs for functions, temperature, time, and the stop/start button. The glossy plastic knobs turn smoothly and seem durable.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Control Panel
  • Type:
    3 control knobs
  • Temperature:
    100°F - 450°F
  • Timer:
    1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
  • Indicator Light:
    Yes
  • Status Bar:
    No
  • Light Toggle:
    No
  • Convection Toggle:
    No
  • Rotation Toggle:
    No
  • Automatic Preheat:
    No
  • Audio Cues:
    No

The Hamilton beach has three contoured control knobs labeled Temperature, Function, and Timer which are durable and easy to grip. While the timer only runs from 1 minute to 30 minutes, the knob has a stay-on position as well.

Cooking Functions

  • Toast (without convection)
  • Bake (without convection)
  • Broil (without convection)
  • Pizza (with convection)
  • Cookies (with convection)
  • Defrost (without convection)
  • Reheat (with convection)
  • Rotisserie (without convection)
  • Keep warm (without convection)
  • Convection

One may argue that 10 cooking functions are too many but they are helpful for beginners in the kitchen. The Rotisserie and the Keep Warm functions are the two that stand out from the rest.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Cooking Functions
  • Toast
  • Bake
  • Broil

The bake and broil functions will be all you need if you know your way around the kitchen. The temperature knob also includes a Min setting which, at 100°F, can act as a ‘keep warm’ option.

6.5

Interior

1.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Interior
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Interior
  • Heating Elements:
    4 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    Yes
  • Lighting:
    No
  • Tray Levels:
    3
  • Rotisserie:
    Yes
  • Safety Hook:
    Tray Level 2

Capacity: 23.3 liters - 4 slices of toast - 12-inch pizza - 3-pound chicken

The Toshiba has 4 nichrome heating elements and 3 tray levels which are standard for its size. This oven has a convection system which is always a plus but it doesn’t have an interior light like many other units of the same size. It received an extra point thanks to its rotisserie socket and bracket.

True to the description, it can fit a 12-inch pizza. However, it can’t fit 6 slices of toast or a 4-pound chicken but is big enough for 4 slices of toast or a 3-pound chicken.

We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be 23.3 which was a bit different from the manufacturer’s provided capacity of 25 liters. However, it could just be a difference in measuring standards.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Interior
  • Heating Elements:
    4 nichrome
  • Convection Fan:
    No
  • Lighting:
    No
  • Tray Levels:
    2
  • Rotisserie:
    No
  • Safety Hook:
    No

Capacity: 19.92 liters - 6 slices of toast - 12-inch pizza

The Hamilton Beach has enough capacity for 6 slices of toast, a 3 lb chicken, or a 12-inch pizza. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have internal lighting or a convection system.

We measured the cooking chamber’s volume to be around 19.92 liters which was vastly different from the manufacturer’s stated capacity of 10 liters. However, this could be because we measured from the cooking chamber’s walls to walls whereas the manufacturer stopped before reaching the heating elements.

Power Cord

Toshiba AC25CEW Power Cord
  • Length:
    15.7 inches
  • Type:
    3-prong plug
  • Power:
    1500
  • Rated Output:
    120

The length of the power cord is roughly 15.7"—ideal for household use. It’s also long enough to wrap firmly around the two back buffer

Hamilton Beach 31127D Power Cord
  • Length:
    35 inches
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Power:
    1400 W
  • Rated Output:
    120 V ~ 60 Hz

The power cord protrudes from the bottom of the oven which can create some inconvenient bends. Nonetheless, roughly 35" is plenty of cord length for household use. However, the oven doesn’t have a storage place for the cord.

Baking Rack

Accessories

Baking Rack
Toshiba AC25CEW Baking Rack
  • Length:
    12.60 inches
  • Width:
    11.29 inches
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The shape of the baking rack makes it easier to remove either with gloves or clamps.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Accessories: Baking Rack
  • Length:
    12.99 inches
  • Width:
    11.88 inches
  • Height:
    1 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack fits perfectly into the guide rails, reducing the chance of an accident when placing your food in the oven.

Baking Pan

Accessories

Baking Pan
Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven Baking Pan
  • Length:
    11.7" (29.8 cm)
  • Width:
    9.4" (23.9 cm)
  • Height:
    0.9" (2.4 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan has ridges and grooves which can give your food attractive roasting marks and catch the dripping better. However, it’s a little smaller than the oven capacity and has a coating but isn’t completely non-stick.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Accessories: Baking Pan
  • Length:
    11.33 inches
  • Width:
    9.37 inches
  • Height:
    0.7 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The baking pan is correctly sized to keep messy food from dripping directly onto the heating elements. It slides into the brackets on the baking rack’s underside, so it’s a perfect fit. Unfortunately, though it has a coating, it isn’t completely non-stick so it can accumulate some stains after a tough roasting mission.

Rack Clamp

Accessories

Removable Crumb Tray
Toshiba AC25CEW Rack Clamp
  • Length:
    7.5" (19.2 cm)
  • Width:
    2.2" (5.5 cm)
  • Height:
    N/a
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rack clamp fits the baking pan and rack nicely but doesn’t have a good handle. Nonetheless, not all ovens come with a clamp like this so it’s a plus.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Accessories: Removable Crumb Tray
  • Length:
    12.91 inches
  • Width:
    10 inches
  • Height:
    0.7 inches
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Not advisable

The removable crumb tray makes it easier to remove crumbs and other debris from the oven’s floor. However, some may still fall to the bottom of the oven as you take out the tray.

Removable Crumb Tray

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray
Toshiba AC25CEW Removable Crumb Tray 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    11.0" (27.9 cm)
  • Height:
    1.2" (3.1 cm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Not advisable

The crumb tray is a useful accessory — crumbs being quite a hassle to clean up. However, some still fell to the bottom of the oven as we removed the tray. Also, upon cleaning the crumb tray after the roasted chicken test, we found it showed signs of oxidation from catching the drippings.

Rotisserie Kit and Lifter

Accessories

Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter
Toshiba AC25CEW Rotisserie Kit and Lifter 1
  • Length:
    12.6" (32.0 cm)
  • Width:
    9.8" (25.0 cm)
  • Height:
    N/A
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The rotisserie kit does a perfect job of securing the chicken thanks to the angle-adjustable 2-pronged forks.

8.0

Build Quality

7.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Build Quality

The black stainless steel Toshiba AC25CEW Toaster Oven is quite robust while still relatively light and small. It also has more air ventilation holes than a number of other toaster ovens including the Toshiba and Cuisinart.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Build Quality

The Hamilton Beach is well-constructed out of durable stainless steel. Its contoured knobs turn smoothly and are a nice simple touch.

Usability

6.8
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    5.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    8.0/10
6.4
usability Scores
  • User Control (30%)
    6.0/10
  • Ease of Use (50%)
    6.0/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    8.0/10
9.0

User Control

6.0

The Toshiba has 10 functions to choose from. However, the convection fan isn’t applicable to all of them. Nonetheless, you can always choose Convection, then set the desired temperature and time.

The large and detailed timer from one minute to two hours is a strong point of this oven. It’s also specified by the minute.

The Hamilton Beach only has three simple control knobs but there are a few things to pay attention to. If you wish to set the timer knob for less than 10 minutes, you must first turn it beyond the 10-minute mark (to start the heating) and then roll it back to the setting you want.

Precisely adjusting time and temperature can be a bit difficult but it’s not a major problem. If you’re concerned, use an external timer and an oven thermometer for more accurate measurements.

5.0

Ease of Use

6.0
Toshiba AC25CEW Ease of Use

The oven door has a heat-resistant handle and tray-level indicators on the glass. The casing has good heat insulation and only gets too hot to the touch at 450°F.

The Toshiba doesn’t have an automatic preheat phase like many other digital models. The digital display automatically turns off after a period of no interaction. After the oven finishes cooking, you will hear a very clear beep similar to when you’ve just plugged in.

There’s no audio cue when you’re adjusting the knobs. Furthermore, if you need to readjust the setting during cooking, you have to press stop and repeat all the inputs. The only thing you can adjust during cooking is the timer.

It’s hard to keep the door partially open and there’s no internal lighting. Also, this oven doesn’t turn off upon opening the door, unlike some others.

Although the accessories fit well, removing the rotisserie kit from the oven can be a little tricky even with the lifter. With a little practice, however, it’ll become much easier.

The simple analog control panel makes it very easy to adjust settings on the fly. Once the timer counts down to the Off position, you’ll hear a chime and the oven will shut itself off. Since there’s no digital display, the oven won’t draw any more power even if you leave it plugged in.

The oven’s exterior only gets hot to the touch after a long cooking time at a high temperature. The door can be kept partially open at many degrees but keep in mind that it doesn’t switch the oven off.

8.0

Cleanability

8.0
Toshiba Toaster Oven AC25CEW Cleanability
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 1
Toshiba AC25CEW Cleanability 2

We cleaned the Toshiba following our toaster oven cleaning guide. Thanks to its internal and external coating and lack of difficult nooks and crannies, cleaning was pretty straightforward. In addition, enough space has been left between the heating elements and internal walls to facilitate cleaning.

Roasting a whole chicken with the rotisserie kit left some difficult stains on the ceiling but a paste of baking soda and water did the trick. One minor inconvenience was that some crumbs still fell onto the internal floor and we had to pick them up anyway.

Hamilton Beach 31127D Cleanability
Hamilton Beach 31127D Cleanability 1
Hamilton Beach 31127D Cleanability 2
Hamilton Beach 31127D Cleanability 3

We cleaned the Hamilton Beach in accordance with our toaster oven cleaning guide. The oven was easy to clean thanks to its surface coatings and the fact that it has no tricky nooks and crannies.

The removable crumb tray made it easy to clean up the crumbs, though we still had to tilt the oven to get the last of them. Unfortunately, after our Whole Roasted Chicken test, the baking pan accumulated some discoloration that we weren’t able to remove even with a paste of baking soda and water.