The inexpensive Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H (red) is an all-in-one appliance that functions as both a toaster and a toaster oven. It has slots in the top for making toast and an oven on the bottom. Experts say it toasts as well as more expensive toaster ovens, but the compact size limits the capacity of the oven and it lacks the convenience of a timer. Many users say it lives up to their expectations and that they have been using it for years. However, some owners aren't happy with the design, particularly the toast slot. If you need a toaster oven that also excels at baking and broiling, reviews recommend the Cuisinart TOB-195 Convection Toaster Oven (*Est. $180) .
ConsumerReports.org doesn't include the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H in its latest roundup of toaster ovens. We did read reviews at Real Simple magazine and BiteOfTheBest.com. This toaster oven has amassed most of its owner reviews at Amazon.com. We found a fewer number of reviews at Walmart.com, Cooking.com and Target.com.
1. Real Simple
The Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H is the runner-up best buy in this short review that picks six winning toaster ovens in three categories. Editors say "it toasts and broils almost as well as top-end models," despite the fact that it doesn't have a broil setting.
Review: The Best Toaster Ovens, Editors of Real Simple, June 2007
BiteOfTheBest.com is a foodie website that reviews the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H. Bonnie Tandy Leblang, the website's founder, and her two sons praise the versatility of this toaster oven and say it is the "best toaster on the market, period."
Review: Hamilton Beach Toastation Toaster & Oven, Editors of BiteOfTheBest.com, July 30, 2008
The Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708H has accumulated more than 330 reviews at Amazon.com. It averages a decent 3.4 stars out of 5, but about one-third of reviewers rate it with 2 stars or less. The main complaints in recent reviews are that the oven doesn't have sufficient height clearance and lacks a timer.
Review: Hamilton Beach 22708H Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com
About 240 owners give the black version of the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. They agree it combines the conveniences of a toaster oven with the toasting ability of a conventional toaster. Many owners say they have been using this appliance for years without any problems. One recurring complaint is that there's not much height clearance in the oven, and a few say the baking tray warps when it gets hot.
Review: Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-in-1 2 Slice Toaster & Oven, 22708, Contributors to Walmart.com
The black model of the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22703H receives an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 at Cooking.com in more than 30 ratings. Nearly 20 owners also contribute written reviews. Owners say it works well at toasting, browning and baking. They like the compact size, but wish the interior had more height clearance.
Review: Black Toastation Toaster/Toaster Oven, Contributors to Cooking.com
The Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708H receives a middling score of 3 stars out of 5 in nearly 60 reviews, but toaster oven reviews tend toward the negative at Target.com. About a dozen owners say it's a great size for toasting and reheating for two people. A few reviews say toast gets stuck in the slot.
Review: Hamilton Beach Toastation, Contributors to Target.com