Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach 22605 Review
A two-slice toaster that's easy to clean and toasts more or less evenly, it boasts wide slots, a simple browning control dial, and hinged crumb tray. Consumers love the price and are generally satisfied with toasting performance but say it's a bit slow.
The Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach 22605 (starting at $10, Amazon) is a decent buy if you're looking for a model at the low end of the cheap toaster price range. The Hamilton Beach 22605 lacks some features found in slightly more expensive toasters, but it does give value for your money. Like most other cheap toasters, this two-slice model with extra-wide 1.5-inch slots features self-adjusting bread guides and a dial that gives you some control over browning levels.
But unlike cheap toasters that cost five or ten dollars more, the Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach 22605 lacks reheat, defrost, bagel, and cancel settings (you'll have to pull out the cord to stop the toasting early). The hinged crumb tray snaps open and closed, which is somewhat less convenient for cleaning than pull-out crumb trays. Still, a Proctor Silex/ Hamilton Beach 22605 review on Epinions says the toaster's small size (7x8.2x12.1 inches) and light weight (3.8 pounds) makes it easy enough to tidy up. The white plastic housing is billed as "cool wall," but at least one Proctor Silex/Hamilton Beach 22605 review on Amazon complains that the sides get very hot. And the short cord, inconveniently placed at the front, takes some hits from users.
As for performance, some Hamilton Beach 22605 toaster reviews say bread and bagels toast evenly, while others report inconsistent and uneven browning. Overall, though, users say this product can't be beat for the price. It seems to be long-lasting and durable and adequately performs its primary function: toasting. A good choice for those on a budget.