Hamilton Beach 31123D Easy Reach Roll-Top Door Countertop Toaster Oven

Last updated date: June 17, 2020

DWYM Score
8.8

Hamilton Beach 31123D Easy Reach Roll-Top Door Countertop Toaster Oven

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Overall Take

This toaster oven is great for families, as it is able to fit six slices of toast at a time. It has convection, toast, bake and broil settings and comes with two racks. The contoured knobs are designed for easy maneuverability and the roll-top door provides instant access to your food. In our analysis of 105 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven placed 3rd when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.4
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,359 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The easiest access to your food!
- Delish
Overall, the Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven (31123D) would be a great addition to your kitchen if you need something affordable and toasts food quickly. It has a large capacity and won’t take lots of space on your counter.
- Your Kitchen Time
this couple’s favorite part is still the door. “It swings up and it is great,” they write. “Cleaning is SO easy and love that it comes with a baking dish and a crumb catching tray.”
- New York Mag
This is one of the most affordable toaster ovens on the market right now
- Identifyr
A curved back creates ample room for toasting up to 6 slices of bread at a time.
- Julie Pro
With the door not under the food rack, crumbs and juices will not fall to the floor for cleaning up later. Both the roll-top door and crumb tray are easy to remove and clean being ever so convenient.
- Cookware News
Easy access to food and countertop The roll top door moves up and out of the way so you can have safe, easy access to your food before, during and after cooking
- Toaster Reviews
It has adjustable racks with dual positions, and it comes with a baking pan to help you get started with the unit.
- The Keen Hunter
But the thing that stands out most for me is its efficiency. I’ve never seen a toaster oven that heats up so fast. If I put this in numbers, this toaster oven preheats 30% quicker than any other model.
- All Kitchen Reviews
What experts didn't like
The back part of the toaster cooks a bit faster than the front so you may have to keep checking your items
- Your Kitchen Time
Exterior can overheat. Not big enough for large pizzas
- Identifyr
The outside of the toaster oven can get a bit hot. So, be careful while using it and keep this out of reach of the young ones.
- All Kitchen Reviews

From The Manufacturer

You won’t find a design like the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven with Roll-Top Door anywhere else. Its unique and large opening makes food easy to reach. And since the door opens above the oven, it frees up your countertop space in front. Best of all, it’s easy to keep clean because food can’t spill on the door. Contoured dials are easy to grip and turn, making it simple to switch between bake, broil and toast settings. The stay-on setting is safer thanks to a stop mechanism that prevents the knob from being turned to stay-on by accident.

Overall Product Rankings

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Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven
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Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Breville Smart Toaster Oven Pro
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Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
10. Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
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Expert Reviews: 8
Oster Large Digital Convection Oven
11. Oster Large Digital Convection Oven
Overall Score: 8.5
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Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Element
12. Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Element
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Cuisinart TOB 260N1 Convection Toaster
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Hamilton Beach 31344D Roll Top Toaster
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Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven
15. Cuisinart Exact Heat Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 8.1
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Cuisinart Deluxe Convection Oven
16. Cuisinart Deluxe Convection Oven
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
DeLonghi Countertop Convection Oven
17. DeLonghi Countertop Convection Oven
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
Black + Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven
18. Black + Decker 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 4
KRUPS Deluxe Oven
19. KRUPS Deluxe Oven
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Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Toaster Ovens

If you’ve never used a toaster oven, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not a toaster. Mind you, you can make toast with it, but that’s hardly its only use or even the primary one. Depending on the household, it can fill a surprisingly wide gap between the microwave and a traditional oven. Need your snacks warmed up quickly, but hate that microwave sogginess? Need your potatoes, pies or side dishes baked while your main course is taking up the oven? The toaster oven is a perfect solution, and it does all that while using less power.

Depending on the size of the toaster oven, it can even be used to cook those main dishes. Many models have modes tailored to pizza, for instance. The same goes for baked goods like cookies, cupcakes and bread, which toaster ovens are particularly good at in small batches. And finally, they’re a life-saver when foods need thawing out quickly.

How does it do all this? The heating methods vary depending on the model. Like traditional ovens, many toaster ovens use convection heating or at least offer it as an option for baking. That essentially means there’s a fan inside the oven to circulate the heat, and while it’s not as crucial in a small area as it is with a full-size oven, convection does generally mean things will cook more evenly. Other models make up for the lack of convection with multiple heating elements placed around the oven, like the Panasonic FlashXpress Compact Toaster Oven and its “double infrared heating.”

As you might imagine, an appliance that heats all these foods is going to get dirty. Luckily, most models are as easy to clean out as a traditional toaster, if not easier. There’s generally a tray at the bottom that catches crumbs, melted cheese or other debris. Pull it out and wipe it down, and most of your cleaning is done.

DWYM Fun Fact

Toasters and toaster ovens may be a relatively modern appliance, but humans have been making toast for nearly as long as they’ve been grinding grain to make bread. We know that the ancient Romans toasted their bread not so much to enjoy it with jam and butter, but to preserve it.

Once other options were presented, it didn’t take long for people to get tired of charring their bread over an open flame. Just 14 years after Thomas Edison’s first light bulb, Scotsman Alan MacMasters gave the world the first electric toaster in 1893. It took another couple decades for the pop-up toaster to appear on the scene, courtesy of Charles Strife in 1919.

The Toaster Oven Buying Guide

  • The primary thing you’ll want to consider when buying a toaster oven is size. Bigger is not necessarily better, especially if you’ve got limited counter space and you’re primarily using it to heat up snacks. If you’re making the occasional meal with it, scan the “quick-select” settings for a general idea of what a particular model can handle, but also check the measurements. Just because there’s a “pizza” setting doesn’t necessarily mean you can fit a large pizza inside. Many larger toaster ovens also include multiple racks, which is a plus for baking cookies or making toast for large groups.
  • Another quick way to gauge what meals a toaster oven can handle is to take a quick look at the maximum setting on the timer. If it only goes up to 20 minutes or so, that means it’s not exactly built for roasting a turkey.
  • Convection heating is a big plus, but may not be a total necessity if you’re just warming up bagels. The wattage can tell you a lot about how powerful the heating element is, with 1500 being a good median. Of course, that high wattage setting will also mean it’s using more power, which can defeat the purpose if you’re using it to save energy on side dishes and reheats.
  • Just like regular ovens, most toaster ovens will need time to reheat, though it generally won’t take nearly as long as their larger counterparts. Check reviews to see how long that tends to be. Some models with alternative heating elements power on with almost no preheat at all, which can be a big plus for those on the go.
  • Finally, consider the cleanup. Most models do have a crumb tray to catch all the cooking debris, but some can be easier to remove than others. As for the rest of the interior, non-stick stainless steel or similar materials are a plus. Something that gets this much use is going to see its share of stains.