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Jun 29, 2008 05:29 PM

Rotisserie/Toaster Oven opinions?

does anyone have one of these? my toaster oven went south and was looking at this
price seems really good


"Hamilton Beach 31199 Counter Top Rotisserie Oven

Product Description
Counter top convection rotisserie oven has 1.1 cubic foot interior for cooking large meals. Dual cooking racks . Rotisserie kit included for cooking up to 5 lb chicken or roast. Convection setting cooks up to 30% faster . Includes bake pan , front pull-out crumb tray . 2 Hour automatic shut off timer . Stainless steel front panel design for durability & easy clean-up."

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  1. price is good, and that is large size, but i'd want a broiler, too. seems odd that it is a rotisserie, but only one heat element below? (i've been searching to replace my countertop convection oven by farberware....)

    i find that i more readily think of features that i would want in a new oven (like broiling, or non-stick, or whatever) when i compare different brands. here is one i'm looking at...

    i look forward to peoples' responses on this thread. thanks.

    1. I don't think this one makes toast, so if that's important to you then you may want to look elsewhere. I got a combo toaster/rotisserie from Delonghi, and I find it very difficult to get a chicken to balanced properly on the spit so that it will turn evenly and not brush against the interior of the oven.

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      1. re: foo1024

        it does make toast and it broils-you just have to read the buyers comments to figure that part out

        doesnt a rotisserie make alot of mess inside?

        that farberware one is really nice as well

      2. sugarsnap, those reviews of your product are really favorable. sounds like a deal! maybe one is available at a local store (bed, bath & beyond? wally-mart?) where you could return it promptly if there were an initial problem.

        1. counter-top rotisseries, i've noticed, don't really produce very good food: burnt spots, dryness, uneven cooking, etc. BUT i recently came into a cuisinart countertop toaster/convection oven and it rocks the casbah. a little bulky, but otherwise totally cool.

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          1. re: funklight

            thanks for all the feedback-WHEN i buy an oven it will be this one for now it;s on hold we need a new refrig!

            1. re: sugarsnapp

              Well I have the oven - had it for 2 months now and it is GREAT! Very happy with the quality and the price.

              1. re: sugarsnapp

                sugar, i was just thinking about this again. i want to save energy by getting and using a toaster/convection countertop oven. thanks for the good report. was it 122.95 when you bought it? i thought it was cheaper when i first looked at your original link back at the time.

                have you rotisseried yet? did it smoke?
                how is cleaning inside/bottom?
                does it get hot on the outside?

                1. re: alkapal

                  Hi Alkapal-

                  I paid 89.99 at for it.

                  I havent used the rotiserrie yet so I can't report on it. The inside is still pretty clean because I havent roasted any meats in it-it has a slide out tray on the bottom which is nice, it's not selfcleaning (which would be nice I suppose)

                  It is BIG which is great-it can fit a 10 inch pizza pan! The outside does get hot so it can't be close to anything that would melt. The convection feature is great it makes things crispy nicely but one thing I have learned with convection is it cooks ALOT faster at the same temperature you would use baking normally.

                  I am happy with it-I would look around for one around $90 tho.

                  1. re: sugarsnapp

                    thx for the report. i always worry about too much heat coming off of the unit. of course, there will be some. yours seems really solid?

                    convection does take you on a steep learning curve, as i discovered when i got a farberware countertop convection oven at a yard sale for $20. the oven lasted at least a good three years, so i can't complain.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Hi alkapal

                      It really isnt "solid" it is a bit tinny but I am happy with the quality and the price, do they still make that farberware oven? that sounds really nice.

                      1. re: sugarsnapp

                        the farberware i had is no longer made. but the link i posted at the top of this thread has a farberware w/ rotisserie that looks good. about double the price you paid, though!

                        1. re: alkapal

                          Alka did you ever purchase a tabletop/toaster oven? Just wondering and if you did do you like it?

                          1. re: sugarsnapp

                            not yet, sugatsnapp. we've got a household project going on, and i've been too involved in dealing with that. but i need to get one, for certain.

                            1. re: alkapal

                              well please post if you get it-i would love to hear what you think of it
                              i have had it for a few months now (see post lol)
                              and i really love it!

                              gl with your project

                              1. re: sugarsnapp

                                still working on it, sugarsnapp. happy new year!!!

          2. Just got the Farberware convection/rotisserie for xmas - I LOVE it!! Takes up quite a bit of room on the counter though - but I guess that is the trade-off for such a large interior. I cooked a chicken on the rotisserie tonight for the first time, which turned out perfectly! No excessive smoke or any other problem - exterior gets hot, but the booklet tells you not to put it too near a wall or other flammable objects (dont store things on the top of it!!) for safety reasons.
            I have one, perhaps dumb, question though. When I programmed it to rotisserie the chicken, it didnt seem to want to allow the convection to run at the same time. Is it possible only to have the convection feature on bake or broil? It would be really terrific if you could have the convection feature on at the same time as the rotisserie. Am I doing something wrong? The accompanying manual doesnt mention it.

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            1. re: gharris

              guessing here: maybe the same motor is used for running the fan and the rotisserie. only one function can be supported at a time.

              1. re: alkapal

                thanx alkapal - hadnt thought of that - you are probably correct. Still love the oven - but the 2 1/2 lb chick took an hour & a half to cook - had to finish it on the bake/convection setting as DH was starving and wouldnt wait any longer. Was delish though!!

                1. re: gharris

                  rotisseries always take a while, in my experience.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I really like my Hamilton beach oven (original post)

                    it has a very large capacity and the convection really works well

                    I still havent used the rotiserrie but it is nice to know it is there if necessary :)

                    alkapal did you ever buy your oven?

                    1. re: sugarsnapp

                      no -- i'm still trying to figure out how much counter space i can afford to give up to a countertop oven.

                    2. re: alkapal

                      now disappointed - have only used my new Farberware three times and yesterday the interior oven light bulb conked out!!!! DH took a look at it today and doesnt think that it can be easily replaced - there are five tiny screws around the glass plate covering the light bulb - if removed, it looks like the glass wd fall down inside between the two walls. Now of course the supplier is closed for the weekend so no advice available. arrggghhh! Very annoyed!