The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230 earns praise among professional reviewers for its low price, even cooking and toasting, and ample capacity. This affordable convection toaster oven offers digital controls, a meat probe to ensure safe temperatures, a baking pan, broil rack and slide-out crumb tray. Owners like the auto-shift function, which transitions to a warming setting after time or temperature has been reached to avoid overcooking. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230 can toast up to six slices of bread at a time and can accommodate a 12-inch pizza or a 7-pound chicken. Some owners mention the preset temperature settings, which limit users to certain settings without the ability to adjust to in-between temperatures. Unlike the Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven 22703H (*Est. $40) , it doesn't have a rotisserie.
We found comprehensive reviews of the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230 at ConsumerReports.org and Cook's Illustrated magazine. Each review is based on thorough testing of several toaster ovens, resulting in a useful comparative study. There aren't many user reviews available on the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget, but we did find feedback from about a dozen owners posting to Amazon.com.
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The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230 is one of nearly two dozen toaster ovens evaluated in ConsumerReports.org's most recent roundup. Toasters are evaluated on how evenly they toast a single slice of bread as well as a full batch of bread and subsequent batches. Other features, such as ease of use and cleaning, are also rated.
Review: Toaster Oven Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2010
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Ten toaster ovens, including the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230, are put through thorough testing by editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine. Models are evaluated on toasting and cooking ability, temperature accuracy and ease of use.
Review: Toaster Ovens, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2011
About 15 owners offer feedback on the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 31230, which maintains an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Two-thirds of reviewers are highly pleased, although there are a few isolated complaints of malfunctioning units.
Review: Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Toaster Oven with Convection Cooking, Contributors to Amazon.com