Inside the Test Kitchen
At Hamilton Beach, our products are carefully tested just the way you’ll use them at home: in a real kitchen with real recipes, made with food that’s readily available in everyday grocery stores. In our spacious consumer test kitchen, our home economists (Pat and Laurie) test products, develop guides, create recipes, and more. The homey kitchen might remind you of your own cooking space, except it has two desks in the back – a workspace where Pat and Laurie write FAQ guides, research recipes, and support our consumer affairs team. While many companies outsource this work, at Hamilton Beach we are proud to have an in-house test kitchen run by our skilled team. With a newly renovated kitchen and all the appliances they could possibly need, our home economists work hard to advocate for the consumer and ensure all our products are perfectly suited for a home kitchen.
Validate Product Performance
Our test kitchen experts do more than just cook. They are a multi-tasking, multi-talented team whose expertise extends far beyond recipes. They collaborate with our engineers and test new products to ensure our appliances will work flawlessly when used in your kitchen. Test kitchen manager Pat says, “We step into the consumers’ shoes and test products as people will want to use them in their homes.”
Develop Product Literature
After extensively testing each product, Pat and Laurie develop the Use & Care guides, helpful tips, and recipes that are included with the products you buy. After they carefully construct a Use & Care guide that is consumer-friendly, eight different departments within Hamilton Beach review the guide to ensure accuracy and safety. Although you might be tempted to tuck it away somewhere, Pat explains “your Use & Care guide is a valuable resource to inspire and instruct – think of it as your peek into the test kitchen.”