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Hamilton Beach vs Oster 4-slice toaster

This is a side-by-side comparison of the Hamilton Beach (24810) and Oster (TSSTTRJB30) 4-slice long slot toasters.

By checking out Hamilton Beach’s website (hamiltonbeach.com) and Linkedin page you’ll learn that it is a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. and is associated with these other brands: Electrics, Proctor Silex, Whole House (WH), TrueAir, Weston.

Instead of using the toaster’s model number 24810 you have to use its “Type” number “t97*” as a keyword in UL lookup form. You either found the “Type” number by looking at bottom of the product box or on the last page of the users manual. From there we find the manufacturer to be:

ELEC-TECH INTERNATIONAL CO LTD., located in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Website: http://www.elec-tech.com.hk
TradeName(s) noted: Wal-mart

PROS: The Hamilton has more even toasting relative to the Bella and Oster. Also it has “cool to the touch” sidewalls.

CONS: The Hamilton is taller (8″), has thinner grille/grates, uses a smaller crumb catcher opening (vs Oster), and power cord placement in front.

I already tried the Bella Linea (Bella Toaster Review) and Oster 4-slice long slot toaster.

For the current Amazon price of the Hamilton Beach Toaster click on the toaster here:

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Research Nugget: Sometimes model numbers are not helpful in UL or ETL lookups. Look for alternative numbering/marking scheme that may be unique.

 

Oster 4 slice long slot toaster review

This is quick review of the Oster 4-Slice Long-Slot Toaster, Model TSSTTRJB30.

Checking out Oster’s website (oster.com) leads you to Jarden Consumer Solutions (jardencs.com) aka Sunbeam Products.

Using the toasters model number, from Intertek ETL lookup (http://www.intertek.com/directories/etl-listed-mark/), we find the manufacturer to be:

NINGBO KAIBO GROUP CO., LTD., located in Cixi, Zhejiang, China.
Website: http://www.kaibo.com
Trade Name(s):   Oster, Ronco, Mr Coffee, Sunbeam

Good to know so that if I come across a 4-slice long slot toaster from Sunbeam, it will most likely be from the same manufacturer as the Oster. Even though externally it may look different, internally they have a good chance of being the same (depending on the model).

I already tried the Bella Linea (Sensio) 4-slice long slot toaster as mentioned on a previous post (Bella Toaster Review).

So, for my next review I will try the Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Long Slot Toaster. It looks promising from the reviews on Amazon and it is also one of the few long-slot toasters under $100!

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Happy New Year’s!

A Cold Trail on a QC hunt

Last week I picked up a new Bella 4-Slice Toaster since my cheapo 10-year old toaster broke.

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The new Bella looks very nice and has a quality fit & finish but the heating elements were not that great. You can see in pictures below how the wires are not heating up evenly and causing the bread to be diagonally toasted!

Bella-ToastingBread1Bella-UnevenBread1I’ll be returning it this weekend but I was curious why something that is this nice just missed the mark on simple toasting that my cheap toaster got right.

Underneath you can see that it is ETL certified and has a generic “QC PASS” quality control sticker. With that information you can do a little research with the model number.

Searching the ETL Directory I found that the manufacturer for this Sensio brand Bella toaster is KINWING ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD in China.

Googling “KINWING ELECTRIC” I found their website: www.kinwing.com. Interestingly enough the company on the website is: Jiangmen City Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

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Under the page for the company profile, they reference their ISO9001 quality control certification. However, the only certificate I could find on their website is from the China Quality Certification Center (CQC).

The CQC website is “www.cqc.com.cn” but only has generic info on the ISO9000 family of certifications. I attempted to use the CQC certification query tool but had no success. Luckily, they referenced that they are partners with IQNet, The International Certification Network.

IQNet has a user friendly certification query that allows for a partial matches. I tried multiple queries but never had any luck with the various company names. The closest match was for Jiangmen Pengjiang Yongkeng Electric And Hardware Co.,Ltd. with an ISO9001:2008 certification registered with CQC.

Here the trail went cold for the QC hunt. Short of emailing the manufacturer regarding their quality control process, this a fair effort when dealing with layers of alternate company names.

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Research Nugget: If possible use alternative search criteria such as business activity and location vice a company name.