“Who Needs A Breville Toaster Oven Anyway?”
Well, to answer that you need to first think about what you use your full size conventional oven for, and consider what benefits having a smaller, more efficient convection oven offer. Throwing just those adjectives out there makes the Breville BOV800xl sound pretty attractive from the start, but you may think this applies to all toaster ovens.
Here we will discuss the Breville toaster oven, and figure out what advantages, if any, this machine has over its full size cousin and, admittedly, less expensive counterparts.
THE BREVILLE BOV800xl
Firstly, the Breville BOV800xl is not a small appliance. As a replacement for your conventional oven, the smart oven makes a more convincing case from the first glance than others. Aside from the possibility of not having one at all, we all understand the downsides of a full size oven, heating up your house or apartment, power usage, etc… but most “toaster ovens” compromise themselves out of usability due to real world size or power constraints. With the ability to cook a 13” pizza or a rack of ribs, this 1800 watt powerhouse really can do most of the jobs that you would normally ask of your oven.
If you are planning on purchasing a Breville product, and have an internet connection, which you do, because you are reading this, you owe it to yourself to check out the Breville website. There’s no doubt that some of the money that is asked for their products is funneled back into the slick production of their site. Who thought a short clip about an oven could be so dramatic? Certainly not I.
I laughed, I cried, I’m going to buy the oven now!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Looking over the vast reviews and comments online about this oven, you find that customers in the majority of cases are very pleased with their purchase. The average Breville customer appears to be well versed in what it is they want and expect of a product at this price point, and going by the opinion of those who own this machine you need look no further than their enthusiastic comments.
Some of the Highlights Include:
“The electrical plug, of all things, is also a bonus! It has a large hole in the middle in which to insert your finger to help remove it from the outlet. This seems minor but is much better than having to “wiggle” a tight-fitting 3-prong grounded plug to remove it from the wall. This is really attention to detail!”
Now if you’re not like me, or this person, this probably would seem like no big deal, but it has been my experience that when a company truly sets out to improve on the little things such as this, they do not skimp on the big things.
“The oven has nice big rubber no-slip feet that keep the oven elevated about 1″ above your counter top. So don’t be afraid of it possibly damaging your counter if your surface is susceptible to heat damage.”
“UPDATE AFTER A YEAR OF USE: I began using this oven in December of 2008, and here in December of 2009, I still love this oven. It has performed well over the past year, and I hardly ever use my big oven anymore.”
“Don’t even start to think of this as just a toaster oven – there’s a reason they don’t use the word toaster in the product title.”
Going through many, many reviews, the benefits of the oven are pretty consistent. The oven does a fantastic job of cooking things, which is not exactly shocking given its logic system and element set-up. What I liked though, is the consistent reports of quality in design, and I noticed something I don’t often see in customer reviews – people reporting back after a period of time to update their review. It would appear that many people continued to enjoy the product after the initial purchase period.
There are areas of concern, of course, as with any consumer product some things should be kept in mind before making your purchase.
- Some consumers felt that the three foot cord was too short. It is a good idea to make certain that you have the space for this device before you purchase it. You will not want to use an extension cord or “power strip” with it.
- The Smart Oven is an 1800 watt device. While that gives you, great cooking ability it also means it draws a lot of power. The oven can use 15 amps. If you plan on using the oven and anything else on the same circuit, you need to make sure you have at least a 20 amp breaker on the plug you are using. In addition, a three pronged grounded outlet is required. If all of this is totally foreign to you and your house/apartment was built in the last 20 years you are probably fine.
- There really aren’t a lot of complaints so it’s a bit of a stretch, but I felt I had to include three, so then, there is no interior light. There you go, three.
NOTE: In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll point out that I’m skipping the most isolated negative consumer experiences. Any product, electronic or otherwise, can have a malfunction, and the reports for this one are rare enough, in my opinion, to disregard.
Breville is a Sydney, Australia based company, and you may have gathered that from their excellent web based videos, but more on that later.
Founded in 1932, Breville also has a U.S. based office in Los Angeles, CA. Their statement on design theory as they put it is to “…engineer kitchen tools to deliver commercial quality performance that looks great and are easy to use. We are passionate about listening to what obstacles the home chef encounters and creating a simple solution.”
Straight forward, and simple enough.
BREVILLE MISSION STATEMENT:
“To design the best kitchen tools in the world.”
About as generic as an unlabeled can of beans, but what do you expect? If they deliver, then that’s all you could ever want for your money.
Breville points out that they make several other products, juicers, blenders, coffee makers etc… They certainly do make a fabulous espresso maker, but that’s another review.
On the topic of their line-up, I like that you can look at a Breville product and see the family resemblance. It’s like an Apple product in that way, it’s a lovely look, and the spun steel switchgear that you find on the smart oven can be found on many of their products. In the automotive industry, they refer to it as “parts-bin” sharing, but here it works nicely.
- Limited One Year Warranty
WEIGHT & FEATURES
Weighing in at a relatively heavy 17.3 lbs., this Breville toaster oven is not going to be sliding around on your countertop, which in my humble opinion is a distinct mark of quality. While machines that do not require it, again in my opinion, look better without a digital display, the Smart Oven looks great and could not offer its long list of features without it, and if you must have a digital display the cool blue color is my choice anyway.
Speaking of features, the Breville Smart Oven has plenty. There are several dials, and buttons that configure your settings simply and efficiently. Nine pre-set programs including toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, re-heat and warm are at your fingertips from the outset but with Element IQ you can adjust any of the settings to your liking, and your favorite settings will be saved for future use. Another cool feature is a magnet on the inside of the door that, when opened, pulls the rack out for you. They call it Auto-Rack Eject. It’s meant to help keep your fingers from getting burnt, and appears to work nicely.
QUICK FEATURE LIST
- Functional Dial
- Time Dial
- Temp. Conversion Button
- Frozen Foods Defrost Button
- Backlit LCD
- Convection Fan
- Pull-Out Crumb Tray
- Insulated Dual Wall Door and Glass Window
HOW MUCH CAN IT TAKE?
- 13” Pizza (33 cm) Capacity
- 6 Slices of Toast
- 0.8 cu ft. (.02 cu m) Interior
- 13” (33 cm) Non-Stick Pizza Pan
- 12” x 12” Enamel Baking Pan
- 12” x 12” Enamel Broil Rack
HOW BIG IS IT?
11.25 x 18.5 x 16.25 (inches H x W x D)
WHERE CAN I BUY IT AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?
The liast price for this oven is $299 but you’ll get it cheaper than that online. If you’re familiar with Amazon we recommend checking out their current price – it’s usually the most competitive.
When designing the Breville BOV800xl the company appears to have completed their mission statement. As a company that has been around for a long time and yet has a relatively narrow list of products, they seem to be able to gather their strengths and develop devices that work well and look great.
I called their Barista Express espresso maker “countertop jewelry” and I kind of feel that way about all of their products. If you are fortunate enough to be able to put this “toaster” oven or oven replacement, whatever you want to call it, on your countertop I have a feeling you will feel the same way.