A week or so before a big holiday dinner, our oven heating element stopped working. There was some uncertainty from the appliance repair company as to how long I was going to be out of an oven. I knew that we could grill the main dish and use the stovetop but I wanted the assurance of an oven.
It was a perfect excuse to buy the little countertop convection oven I’d had my eye on for the past year. I debated whether or not I wanted to give up the counter space and $250 for what I thought was a non-essential item.
I decided to take the plunge and have never looked back. This little oven has managed to put itself in use just about every day since we bought it and I am happy to say the microwave is getting less use too. Not only can I cook anything in this little oven but there is just something superior about food warmed in an oven vs. a microwave and my new little oven heats up in minutes.
Breville was founded in 1932 in Australia with a focus on design and innovation. Their products are now sold in over 30 countries across the globe. I own one of their juicers, a tea kettle and now this “Smart Oven” BOV800XL. Each Breville product in my kitchen is hard working. (my little review here is strictly out of appreciation for their products, as are all of my product reviews– without compensation)
In this time of “planned obsolescence” for so many kitchen electrics, Breville is a breath of fresh air. Everything they manufacture is tested and tweaked until the very best product is developed.
Breville Smart Oven Features
To make room on the counter for the Smart Oven we got rid of our toaster and gave up some space. But what we got in return is an oven that:
> toasts at least 6 slices of bread all at once (which really helps when making lunches on gluten free bread that needs to be toasted beforehand)
>can bake a whole pie, cake, casserole, roast, pizza etc. to perfection (I haven’t tried the roast yet)
> cooks food faster and more evenly on the convection setting
>warms leftovers so much better than a microwave
>uses a lot less electricity than a big oven
>encourages my husband and son to bake cookies at all hours
>warms plates—we do this every night now in fall and winter
>keeps food warm
>has three levels for rack placement and a removeable crumb tray for easy cleaning
>has the ability to defrost and then toast or cook the item with the push of a few buttons
>broils—our favorite is a tuna melt
>can be calibrated for time and temperature in small increments
>adjusts use of various heating elements to what you are cooking
Needless to say we use it every day, several times each day.
Breville Smart Oven Interior Capacity
I wish I could compare this oven to others on the market for you but that would mean I would have to go buy all of them and test them out. I don’t really think that is necessary though their quality is top notch.
I believe this oven has the largest interior capacity of any countertop oven on the market. A prerequisite was that I had to be able to bake a whole pie or cake in it so I took my measurements of cake pans and pie plates with me to the store and they fit easily. Then I went a little crazy finding all kinds of cookware in the store to see just what would fit. The maximum size pan that fits in this oven is 13 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 4 ½ inches tall. It also comes with a broiler pan and a pizza pan.
There is a smaller Breville oven so be sure you are looking at their largest oven for these measurements.
All of the standard size cookware below easily fits:
Oblong pyrex: 11 x 7 x 1.5
Pie plate: 11.5 x 9.75 x 1.75 includes handles
Bundt: 10.5 diameter 3.76 depth
I do have one small complaint but it is very small. Early in the morning I am not able to sneak into the kitchen and turn it on because it makes a super loud beep upon plug in. I suppose I could keep it plugged in overnight but the instructions very specifically state it should be unplugged when not in use (and the LCD screen stays on unless unplugged).
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