Summary: I bought this toaster oven thinking it would only perform one simple task: toast bread. It fails miserably. The first round of toasting bread goes pretty well, if slow. I get two pieces (this thing does not come anywhere close to toasting 6 slices of bread) of nicely browned toast after about 5 minutes, which seems like a long time. The problems really start to arise when you put the second round of toast in.
Summary: I chose this oven because the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Toaster Oven with Convection Cooking (model 31230) was out of stock everywhere since Cooks Illustrated gave it such a high review. I decided to give this similar HB toaster oven a shot since we needed a new one pronto. Overall we are pretty satisfied with it. The convection setting is better for toasting than the actual toast setting.
Summary: As mentioned in the other reviews, this is a small toaster. It's small, compact, does its job, has a "convection" option which is amazingly efficient (compared to my old 4-slice toaster oven) I picked it up for $40 on sale and, to me, its worth every penny. My only gripe is that it's rather short (height-wise). Approx 11" total height, not clearance. There's not a lot of vertical space. If you want to roast a chicken, bake a casserole this is NOT the toaster for you.
Summary: PRO: Bought it from Bed Bath & Beyond and they have a no hassle return policy. Cons: The Grille is too close to the heating element even when it is at the highest level. The dial for light or dark toast is separated by a / so you can't actually make light or dark toast it burns everything. The first time turning on the unit be ready to evacuate the area cause the smoke it releases is intoxicating.
Summary: I bought a Hamilton Beach toaster oven (model # 31407) from Wal-Mart on Dec 05, 2010. Not sure if it is the same. The oven exploded when the first time I plugged it in. I followed the provided instructions closely, was trying to preheat the oven to 375 degree. I didn't put any food in the oven yet. The oven exploded after 3 minutes, glass door shattered, broken glass blow out everywhere. It is very dangerous. I have contacted Hamilton Beach.
Summary: Admittedly I have not put any research into toaster ovens. But I bought this one yesterday thinking that you could put 6 pieces of bread into a "6 slice oven" and unfortunately 4 fit perfectly.
Summary: I'm pleasantly surprised by this toaster oven. We bought this for its compact size as we have limited counter space. We had very few models to choose from because of this reason (toaster ovens are so big now!). We had low expectations but after 3 years it's still working like it did when it was new.