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Like a full-size convection range in a little package -- A+++,
This review is from: Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ (Kitchen)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)I am totally in love with this toaster oven! It is a heavy, quality appliance, with numerous handy, smart features. I just got it today, and I will update my review later if needed. I cooked some *perfect* cupcakes in it a little while ago, so I'm going on that experience.
1. The instruction book (with about 30 recipes & ideas) is very easy to understand and follow. We had it up and going in minutes, doing the initial heating for 15 minutes to rid the heating elements of a protective coating. There was some odor (no smoke) with this process, but not that bad, and I just opened a window slightly. After this, there was no smell at all when I cooked.
2. The oven door has magnetized areas that pull the oven rack about half way out when you open the door. It's a great concept, and guess what? -- it works! Makes it so handy to get your food out without reaching in and risking a burn.
3. The interior has .8 cubic feet of space. A 12" x 12" enamel baking pan, with broil rack, and a 13" non-stick pizza pan are included, and fit snugly inside -- a pan any bigger wouldn't fit. I made 12 cupcakes at a time on the pizza pan (using silicone muffin cups) and had plenty of room. (The pizza pan didn't buckle or warp, so it's obviously a sturdy piece.) My 1/4 sheet pan and several other pieces I have fit nicely inside, which I'm so pleased about. This thing fits 6 pieces of toast! (I want to mention that they don't advise using glass baking dishes in the oven. I'm scared of breakage that I've read about, so I don't use glass anymore anyway.)
3. The glass door has markings on it to tell you which position to put the rack in (bottom, middle or top), depending on what you're cooking.
4. The LCD display is very easy to read (esp for someone who needs reading glasses like me). The temperature, function, and time controls are knobs -- similar to stereo control knobs -- and I like that you don't have to keep incessantly punching a button to go up or down; you simply twist to get where you want, and you can go slowly or quickly. Also, there are a minimum of icons (there are 3 buttons for frozen food, convection, & temperature conversion) on the controls -- most functions are spelled out so that you don't have to use a "cheat sheet" to figure out what picture stands for what!
5. The convection feature is very quiet with this oven and you can barely hear it. Some settings such as "bake" are programmed to switch on the convection feature, which keeps down the need to fiddle with several controls to get what you want. I made cupcakes today on bake, and they were done a full 3-4 minutes quicker.
6. The large door handle is easy to grab and open, and stays cool to the touch.
7. The top of the oven gets hot during cooking, so you can keep food warm on a ceramic plate(s) on top while other food cooks. There is also a "cutting board and tray" that can be used on the top but I was unable to find it on Breville's website so I will call them later. (You can also get a pizza stone and pizza crisper.)
8. The crumb tray fits snugly into the front of the unit, and not in the back like other toaster ovens I've had, so removal and cleaning is easy.
The only suggestion that I would have is that a small interior light would be helpful.
As I have always liked about toaster ovens, you don't have to heat up your large oven to bake or cook a meal. And I don't think most of us have convection ranges, so having this feature on a toaster oven is great. I really do have to give this oven 5 stars because it is designed so incredibly well. I may never use my stove again -- except for a full-sized turkey!
UPDATE 12-27-2008: I received an email back from Breville, and they say the accessories for this oven (see#7 above) will be available April 2009. I have been using my Breville daily for a little over a week now, and I can see myself years from now doing the same. Still extremely impressed with this work horse!
UPDATE 3-29-09: According to the Breville website, a pizza stone and a pizza crisper for the Breville Smart Oven will be available for sale 5-9-09. The cutting board and tray that fit on top of the oven has a "TBA" availability date. And I am still considering this toaster oven one of the best I've ever come across!
UPDATE 6-08-09: *Another* delay from Breville for the cutting board/tray and the pizza stone -- those will be available at the BrevilleUSA website (and here at Amazon, I suppose) this month (June 2009), unless they change the date once again. A pizza crisper will be available in July 2009. I continue to use my SmartOven daily, and it has a prominent place in my kitchen.
UPDATE 12-21-09: Looks like all the accessories mentioned are now available at the Breville site. Hope they are soon available on Amazon and available with Prime shipping!
UPDATE: 5-23-10: I see that the accessories for this oven are now available on Amazon. I must say that the prices seem outrageous, and similar accessories at lower prices are made by other manufacturers, which I would explore if I needed/wanted them. I have the Petite Broil and Roast pan by Chicago Metallic (one of my favorite brands of bakeware) and it works wonderfully in this oven. C.M. also makes a whole toaster oven set, including a muffin tin.
It's 1 1/2 years later, and I still use my Breville almost every day -- still love it and not one hint of problems. Crumb tray in the front is SO very easy to pull out and to keep clean.
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Initial post: Sep 19, 2009 4:37:06 AM PDT
D. B. Smith says:
I bought one of these ovens and also would like the "cutting board/tray" to set on top. Like you, I emailed Breville. Their reply was that I could purchase one "next month" (October, 2009) by calling them. In light of your experience, it seems that Breville isn't above lying to its customers if it suits them!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 9:48:36 AM PDT
I just hope if we have service issues they'll be more responsive!
Posted on Dec 3, 2009 6:53:50 PM PST
i simply bought a standard hardwood cutting board in a size to place on top of the oven. Works/looks great at a fraction of the cost.
Posted on Mar 11, 2010 5:51:52 PM PST
Barbara Clinansmith says:
IF you go to the reviews and check out the first review that gave it a 1, "I love my pets" there is a discussion about the safety of glass pans and foil. They seem to be safe if they are oven proof and foil doesn't touch the elements. I am learning so much from all the reviews, thank you for yours.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2010 6:00:15 PM PST
Barbara, thanks--I'll look at that review. I'm still wary of glass baking dishes because I read that many people have said they have exploded when baking, or right after coming out of the oven when cooling. I believe it's probably when there are tiny cracks in the glass that makes the dish weak, but how would you know if you can't see them!? I guess I'm too chicken to use it because of that. :)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010 8:08:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2010 8:09:01 PM PDT
One of the problems with glass bakeware, even pyrex, is that it is sensative to temperature changes. If you have ever poured cold liquid into a piping hot glass, you have probably seen it shatter. That being said, if you use oven safe glassware (which I use regularly), do not put it under water on a cold granite countertop but on a raised trivet or something that will not be too cold. Again, I have never had a problem. And nothing has ever "exploded" on me, but maybe I am just lucky.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010 9:57:43 PM PDT
Hi there! I take good care of my glass bakeware like you described, but I've read where other people have too, but they *still* sometimes explode! I'd say that there are probably exagerrated stories out there, but I just don't like to take a chance. Nervous Nellie, I guess!! :) But if you haven't had a problem, heck, I wouldn't change anything!
Posted on Oct 1, 2010 12:44:21 AM PDT
Reading some of the negative reviews, they mentioned that using foil is not a good idea for this unit. Is this the case? I did not read any mention of this in your review and am an avid foil user (helps with clean-up) and would like to verify if this is true or not.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 11:27:25 AM PDT
Hi there! I must say that I have never used foil in my Breville. I will be most happy to do so tonight when I'm making my dinner and see what happens!! I did read somewhere when doing research that the reflective properties of shiny metal pans didn't work very well in toaster ovens in general, but I use a shiny metal pan -- a 1/4 sheet pan -- (as opposed to a dark, nonstick one) all the time to roast veggies in it. Tonight I will line that pan with foil and see what happens. :)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 8:23:29 PM PDT
Be careful! Placing the wood directly on top of the oven could be dangerous. The Breville model is held above the oven with silicon feet.