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Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven vs Breville Smart Oven Pro Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices vs Breville Smart Oven Pro. A small toaster oven with standard features and a large unit with fancy ones.

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Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven vs Breville Smart Oven Pro

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The Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices (31344DA) is a small toaster oven with mostly standard features, whereas the Breville Smart Oven Pro (BOV845BSS) is a large convection toaster oven with some fancy details. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the latter is the victor.

The Hamilton is simply equipped with three analog control dials and no interior light for added convenience. It does have a neat roll-top door that moves out of the way to make it easier to bring food in and out of the oven—a plus in our book.

In contrast, the Smart Oven Pro has numerous cooking presets and additional toggle switches for convection, temperature conversion, frozen foods, and internal lighting. Its interior also has a non-stick coating which is rare for toaster ovens of any size.

Compared to its design and usability, the Breville’s performance is a bit of a letdown. Thanks to its high power output and convection system, the Breville was better than the Hamilton in all of our cooking tests including toasting bread, baking pizza, roasting whole chicken, and baking fries. However, the Breville didn’t make it to our top list because its performance scores weren’t as high as other units with the same advantages.

Pros & Cons

  • Lightweight and small size
  • Durable alloy steel casing
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Simple control knobs
  • Stay-on feature
  • Quartz heating elements with safeguards
  • Energy-saving
  • Useful toggles
  • High-contrast digital display
  • Non-stick interior
  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel exterior
  • Cool-touch door handle
  • Convenient slide-out crumb tray
  • No convection fan
  • No internal lighting
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • No safety mechanism for the door
  • In need of an additional oven rack
  • Not very budget-friendly

Key Specs

Dimensions
L15.75 x W11.93 x H8.39 inches
L18.39 x W15.94 x H10.78 inches
Weight
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)
Control Type
2 control knobs
LCD + 3 control knobs + 5 buttons
Temperature
200°F - 450°F
120°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 10 hours
Cooking Functions
Not available
10

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$53.49
$259.99

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.3
6.9

Toast

6.7
6.8
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Toast Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Toast From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Toast Test
From left to right, 24 pieces of toast for the top and bottom of three toast levels including lighter, medium, and darker.
The top and bottom of the best four pieces of toast from the Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven.
On the left are the top and bottom of four pieces of toast from the first batch, and on the right are from the second batch.
Function
Toast
Toast
Number of Slices
4
4
Toast Level
Medium
5/7
Cooking Time
5m
5m 13s
Second Batch
5m
3m 42s
Convection
No
No

Pizza

6.6
6.8
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Pizza Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster PizzaA toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with cheese, meat, onions, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Pizza
A toaster oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top inside a baking pan.
Two hands break apart a slice of pizza with cheese, meat, onions, and green bell peppers on top baked using a toaster oven.
Two slices of oven baked 9-inch thick-crust meat pizza with cheese, onions, and green bell peppers on top of one another.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
450°F
450°F
Cooking Time
6m
4m
Convection
No
Yes

Whole Roasted Chicken

6.6
7.5
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Chicken Test
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven Whole Roasted ChickenA whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA backside up on an oven rack and baking pan on a white background.
A whole roasted chicken using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA belly up on an oven rack and baking pan on a white background.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and displays 174°F and 183°F.
Eight pieces of a carved chicken including two carcass halves, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a baking pan.
Two hands pulling apart a roasted chicken thigh. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken on a baking pan.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Chicken Test
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Whole Roasted ChickenA whole roasted chicken using the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Toaster Oven backside up on an enamel broiling rack and baking pan.
A whole roasted chicken using the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Toaster Oven belly up on an enamel broiling rack and baking pan.
A tray of whole toaster oven roasted chicken. The thermometer has two probes inside the chicken and both display 198°F.
Eight pieces of a carved chicken including two carcass halves, two breasts, two wings, and two thighs on a baking pan.
Two hands pulling apart a roasted chicken thigh from the carcass. In the white background is the rest of the roasted chicken.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
350°F
350°F
Cooking Time
1h 20m
1h
Convection
No
Yes

Baked French Fries

3.6
6.1
Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4 Slices Toaster Oven Baked French Fries Test
Pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA Toaster Oven on a silver baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Hamilton Beach 31344DA on a silver baking pan on a white background.
Eight pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on a silver baking pan.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Baked French Fries
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Baked French FriesPieces of baked french fries using the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Toaster Oven on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
A close-up of pieces of baked french fries using the Breville BOV845BSSUSC on an enamel baking pan on a white background.
Eight pieces of broken-up baked french fries are stacked on top of pieces of whole fries on an enamel baking pan.
Function
Bake
Bake
Temperature
400°F
400°F
Cooking Time
26m
24m
Convection
No
Yes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
5.1
9.3

In the Box

A box, the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven, a user manual, an oven rack, and a baking pan.
A box, the Breville BOV845BSSUSC, a pizza pan, a broiling rack, a warranty, a user manual, an oven rack, and a baking pan.

Exterior

5.0
9.5
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven ExteriorThe front of a closed Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has holes.
The back of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven has a power cord, two buffers, and holes.
The top, front, and right sides of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven on a white background.
On a white background, the bottom of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA has four stands, holes, and carrying handles on the sides.
A closed front of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
A closed front of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Convection Toaster Oven with exterior measurements on a white background.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven ExteriorThe front of a closed Breville BOV845BSSUSC Convection Toaster Oven has a control panel and the right has ventilation holes.
The back and left sides of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Toaster Oven have air ventilation holes. The back has two buffers.
The top, front, and right sides of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
On a white background, the Breville BOV845BSSUSC’s bottom has four stands and two carrying handles with ventilation holes.
Weight
6.9 lbs (3.1 kg)
18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)
Length
15.8" (40.0 cm)
18.4" (46.7 cm)
Width
11.9" (30.3 cm)
15.9" (40.5 cm)
Height
8.4" (21.3 cm)
10.8" (27.4 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Color
Silver
Silver
Door Handle
Cool-touch
Cool-touch
Tray Indicators
No
Yes
Crumb Tray
Removable
Slide-out

Control Panel

The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven has 2 control knobs for temperature and timer.
The Breville BOV845BSSUSC’s control panel has an LCD, 5 buttons, and 3 control knobs for function, temperature, and time.
Type
2 control knobs
LCD + 3 control knobs + 5 buttons
Temperature
200°F - 450°F
120°F - 450°F
Timer
1 minute - 30 minutes + stay-on
1 minute - 10 hours
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Status Bar
No
Yes
Light Toggle
No
Yes
Convection Toggle
No
Yes
Rotation Toggle
No
No
Automatic Preheat
No
Yes
Audio Cues
No
No

Cooking Functions

The control panel of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven has 2 control knobs for temperature and timer.
Breville BOV845BSSUSC has 10 cooking functions: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Warm, Slow Cook.

Interior

2.0
9.5
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven InteriorThe Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guars and 2 guide rails.
 Hamilton Beach easy reach 4 slices toaster Oven InteriorThe Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven’s cooking chamber has 2 quartz heating elements with guars and 2 guide rails.
The Hamilton Beach 31344DA has 1 bottom heating element with a guard and 2 guide rails on its right cooking chamber wall.
The opened roll top door and upper heating element with a guard of the silver Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven InteriorBreville BOV845BSSUSC has 4 quartz heating elements with guards, 3 guide rails with safety hooks, a light, and a fan cavity.
Breville Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven InteriorBreville BOV845BSSUSC has 4 quartz heating elements with guards, 3 guide rails with safety hooks, a light, and a fan cavity.
The Breville BOV845BSSUSC has 2 upper heating elements, a shining light, and 3 guide rails on its left cooking chamber wall.
The Breville BOV845BSSUSC has 4 quartz heating elements, a fan cavity, and 3 guide rails on its right cooking chamber wall.
Heating Elements
2 quartz
5 quartz
Convection Fan
No
Yes
Lighting
No
Yes
Tray Levels
2
3
Rotisserie
No
No
Safety Hook
No
All three levels

Power Cord

A two-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven.
A three-pronged plug power cord. In the background is the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven.
Length
34.6" (88.0 cm)
3.3 ft (1.0 m)
Type
2-prong plug
3-prong plug
Power
1200
1800 W
Rated Output
120
110 V - 120 V ~ 60 Hz

Accessories

A stainless steel baking rack of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach Roll Top Toaster Oven on a white background.
A stainless steel baking rack of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven on a white background.
Length
11.0" (27.9 cm)
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Width
9.3" (23.5 cm)
11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height
1.0" (2.5 cm)
0.3" (0.7 cm)
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Build Quality

7.0
9.0
The front of an opened Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Toaster Oven with a removable crumb tray, baking pan, and oven rack.
The front of an opened Breville BOV845BSSUSC Toaster Oven with a pizza pan, oven rack, enamel baking pan, and broiling rack.

Capacity

An opened front of the Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Roll Top Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
An opened front of the Breville BOV845BSSUSC Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven with interior measurements on a white background.
Length
11.0" (27.9 cm)
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width
9.84
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Height
7.5" (19.0 cm)
8.3" (21.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
8.0

User Control

6.0
9.5

Ease of Use

5.0
7.0

Cleanability

6.0
8.0
Permanent stains on the Hamilton Beach 31344DA’s upper heating element guard, cooking chamber’s ceiling, and casing’s top.
Permanent stains on the Hamilton Beach 31344DA’s upper heating element guard, cooking chamber’s ceiling, and casing’s top.
The cleaned baking pan of the silver Hamilton Beach 31344DA 4-Slice Easy Reach with Roll Top Door Toaster Oven.
The cleaned enamel broiling rack of the stainless steel Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven.
The cleaned enamel broiling rack of the stainless steel Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven.
The cleaned enamel baking pan of the stainless steel Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven.