Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708 Review
This two-slice pop-up toaster and oven is fine if toasting is the main event, but watch out for the small interior and note the low-key grumbling about the depth and width of the toast slots.
One advantage of the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708 (starting at $37, Amazon) is its narrow profile and the other is the pop-up toaster function. One disadvantage is the relatively small oven size. And yet, Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708 reviews indicate that the unusual combo design is the main attraction of this bargain toaster oven. Posts at Cooking.com note that vertical toasting inside the oven makes for properly-done toast (the cancel button lets you pop the toast if a glance through the glass door reveals things are progressing too quickly) and the almost-traditional toaster plus oven is a functional and clutter-avoidance space saver. Other reviews note that the oven treats reheated/baked foods with the proper respect.
That said, grumbling surfaces in Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708 reviews at Target and Amazon about toast slots that aren't deep enough and leave exposed the tops of large slices, toast that sticks in the slots, and, contrarily, toast that leaps out when the cycle ends. Some users also consider the oven too small -- okay for an open-faced sandwich, say, two slices of pizza or frozen biscuits, but not much else -- which makes for speedy cooking but requires monitoring to avoid burning.
The Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708 toasts and bakes but does not broil. When used as an oven, there's a lever to close the toast slots and trap the heat inside. One of the two dials controls the oven temperature and the other, the shade of the toast. This model has an automatic toaster shutoff but no timer, and a crumb tray that drops down. The included bake pan and rack are dishwasher-safe and the unit is backed by a one-year limited warranty.
Novelty seekers with high demand for toast will gravitate to the Hamilton Beach Toastation 22708. Like others in its price range, it has its flaws but also its charms.