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Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ
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- 4 Quartz 1800 Watt Elements with Element IQ Technology
- Function dial with 8 pre-set cooking functions and each element adjusts automatically for the setting you choose, to deliver the right cooking temperature at the right time for the meal you are creating
- This is not an under the cabinet toaster oven - it needs some clearance on top due to the product producing heat. Voltage : 110 - 120 Volts
- 4-Slice capacity, 11" pizza, 0.45 cu ft. interior with 3 rack positions, pull-out crumb tray and auto shut off
- Powder coated steel housing and Non-stick interior cavity coating
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From the manufacturer
8 pre-set cooking functions.
Temperature and Time Buttons
With auto-off and sound alert.
Converts between °F and °C.
Pull Out Crumb Tray
For easy Cleaning.
Includes 10"x10" enamel baking pan.
4 Quartz Elements with Element IQ.
A Bit More.
The 'A Bit More' button lets you toast your bread and bake your cake 'a bit more' if additional time.
- Temperature control ranges from 120°F to 450°F
- Function dial with 8 pre-set cooking functions
- 3 Rack positions
- Auto shut off
- 11" pizza capacity
BOV450XL: Mini Smart Oven
BOV650XL: Compact Smart Oven
BOV800XL: Smart Oven
|Dimensions||16x13x9 inches||16.5x15.5x10.25 inches||18.5x16.25x11.25 inches|
|Capacity||11 inch pizza, 4 toast slices||12 inch pizza, 4 toast slices||13 inch pizza, 6 toast slices|
|Heating Elements||4 (quartz)||4 (quartz)||5 (quartz)|
|Accessories||Baking pan||Baking pan, broil rack||Baking pan, broil rack, pizza pan|
Why the Breville Mini Smart Oven?
Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Oven began with the simple fact that different foods require different methods of heating: some, like baked goods, need to be cooked evenly; others, like meats, need to be seared on top. Most toaster ovens fail to distribute heat in a consistent way throughout their interiors, let alone change heat distribution to suit the different foods being prepared. This is how the Breville Smart Oven stands apart: whatever the food, it adjusts its heat distribution for perfect results.
Smarter, better, faster, more efficient than your average toaster oven
Element IQ Variable Power Distribution
The Mini Smart Oven is equipped with Element IQ cooking technology, which adjusts the power of four individual quartz heating elements to cook food more evenly and quickly. This sophisticated heating system distributes heat throughout the oven when and where it is needed, to guarantee more efficient cooking. Eight different menu options allow users to choose the best setting for the food they are cooking. In addition to dynamically distributing heat to different areas, the Mini Smart Oven can adjust the wattage of its heating elements for even more cooking flexibility. Most ovens have elements with fixed wattage that can only switch between ON and OFF, but Element IQ functions much like a dimmer on a light switch, increasing or decreasing element power with a simple turn of the knob.
For example, toast needs to be cooked evenly on both sides without drying out the inside, so the Mini Smart Oven uses high radiated heat from above and below (1800W distributed between the four elements) to crisp the outside quickly.
On the other hand, baking needs more gentle, even heat that will cook the inside of the baked goods without toughening the outer crust, so the Mini Smart Oven uses 1500W distributed over the top and bottom elements.
Each of eight functions (bake, broil, roast, cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, and toast) is preset with recommended settings, taking the guesswork out of cooking. However, each can be customized according to recipe, volume of food, or personal taste. Customized settings will remain in the memory of the oven until changed or until the oven is unplugged from the wall outlet, streamlining your cooking process.
The little oven that can
Small but powerful, the Breville Mini Smart Oven has many of the same features as the larger Breville Smart Ovens, but requires less counter space and and less-preheat time to accomplish the same tasks. Ideal for snack foods or small servings, the Mini Smart Oven can be used on its own or to supplement a traditional wall oven.
Designed with the consumer in mind
The Mini Smart Oven is carefully constructed from the most durable materials. Attractively housed in reinforced stainless steel, it is a striking addition to any kitchen. The heating elements are composed of quartz, rather than the metal elements found in other toaster ovens. Quartz responds more quickly to heat change, which results in more even heating throughout the oven. The interior is coated with a non-stick material that can safely withstand high temperatures, making cleanup easier. A crumb/drip tray that is accessible from the front of the oven (rather than the back, like many other toasters) also makes it easier to clean between cooking sessions.
- Easy-clean, stainless steel housing with ribbed plate warming tray
- Non-Stick Interior with 3 rack positions
- 11” pizza, 4-slice toast capacity (0.45 cu ft. interior)
- Tempered glass door
- 4 quartz elements with Element IQ and 1800 watts of power for smart cooking
- Function dial with 8 pre-set cooking functions: bake, broil, roast, cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, toast
- Back-lit easy-read LCD that calculates the correct the time and temperature, illuminating orange during preheating and cooking and blue once the cycle is complete
- "A little bit more" lets you extend the cooking time just enough to get the perfect result
- Easily removable pull-out crumb tray
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The following bakeware will fit into the oven:
- 7 ½” x 11” baking pan no handles
- 9” square baking pan
- 6 cup muffin tin
- 9” loaf pan
- Up to 11” pie plate
Now to the cooking: First thing I did after following all the directions to prepare the oven for first use, was broil a 1.5" thick filet mignon. That thickness put it very close to the quartz cooking rods and I was a little nervous about how that would work out. As it turned out, it worked fine. The toaster oven's broiling setting out-performed my stove's broiler by far. I went by Omaha Steaks' cooking chart to determine the time and got a perfect result. Unlike my stove's oven, the door should be all the way closed when using the Breville's broiler. There was flaming a couple of times, but that had no adverse effect. Next time I'll remember to add some water to the broiler pan.
After cooking the filet, I wiped the inside of the oven and the glass door to remove grease. It came right off with just a warm, damp cloth. I also wiped off the oven's rack and pulled out the crumb tray to see if it had any grease on it. I didn't expect to find any, but there was a strip of it along the outer lip. That, too, just wiped right off. I think that little bit of maintenance is all that's needed and it takes just about a minute or minute and a half.
Speaking of the crumb tray, some here have mentioned how hard it is to get the tray into the oven. It's really not hard once you know the trick: make sure the handle on the tray is positioned with the wide part of the black handle on the bottom. It may feel counter-intuitive, but it's the right way. Then do not do what I did (I kept trying to find a groove to slide it into under the door). I was trying in the wrong spot. It's not easy to see, but right under the glass door (in the closed position) there's a narrow slit where the tray slides in -- and I mean RIGHT below the glass door, almost touching it. Not lower, which to me felt like a more intuitive place for it.
The second thing I made in the oven was thick-sliced sourdough toast. I set the oven for #5 darkness and one slice. It came out perfect, though visually it could fool you. The toasting can look a little spotty and the underside is not as dark as the top side, but the proof is in the eating. If I'd closed my eyes and eaten the toast, I would not have noticed the spotty look or the paler underside. The toast was delicious (Panera Bread) and here's the thing that surprised me: the toast held its warmth even after I applied very cold butter. That is a huge plus for me because toast so often turns cold after the butter is put on it.
I haven't baked anything yet. If I have less than stellar results when I do, I'll update this review to reflect that.
Some have mentioned their fear that the heat of the oven will harm the power cord. I do not share that fear. There are protrusions on the back of the oven to keep you from pushing too close to your back splash, and I pulled it out even a little bit more than those spacers allowed. The cord is not near the oven's surfaces. Another thing about the cord is its design: it's kind of hard to describe, but it's made so you can put your finger through a loop to pull the plug from the wall. My Breville toaster's plug was made the same way and, though it seems like a minor feature, I appreciated it a lot because I was often unplugging the toaster to plug in my bread machine. I've posted a photo of the plug on the product page.
Someone also mentioned the open areas around the door as if that meant there was a poor fit. Those open areas (tiny though they be) are necessary during broiling because they let smoke escape. They are not a flaw; they're a benefit.They also allow steam to escape when moist foods are prepared.
Those who mentioned the loud beeping alerts must have ovens different from mine. Yes, I hear the beeps even a room or two away, but I wouldn't call them loud. I like being able to do other things while waiting for pre-heating or while waiting for cooking to finish, so I appreciate being able to hear a beep without staying in the kitchen. The sound is no louder than the beeping from my microwave oven.
The odor someone mentioned is to be expected. It's a burn-off you're told to expect when prepping the oven for first time use (the oven is supposed to bake -- while empty -- at 425-degrees for 16 or 17 minutes before you use the oven for food preparation).
As for those who worry about burns, I see the threat as no different than experienced with an ordinary stove. I wouldn't put my hand on the stove top or door when baking or broiling something. Use some common sense, and use a pot holder. Let the oven cool before touching it with your bare hand. Cool-down does not take long.
Be aware that the rack will pull all the way out if you tug it long enough because the oven has no built-in stops like ordinary ovens do. My former toaster ovens were made the same way. It takes very little time to get used to that and act accordingly when removing food from the oven.
After toasting, don't worry about the darkness and number of slices section remaining lighted after the toasting is finished. It will eventually shut off. It appears to be in standby for a while in case you want to toast or cook "a bit more". The light stays on for a few minutes with the other settings, too.
I was disappointed that Amazon does not offer the broiling pan and rack for this model (the oven comes with a baking pan, but that's all in the way of cookware. I had to go to Breville's website to order the broiler pan and rack (I wasn't pleased that the shipping costs more than the item). Since I didn't have it yet when I broiled the filet, I used Nordic Ware's broiling set designed for toaster ovens (sold here on Amazon). The Nordic Ware product turned out to be pure junk and I'm returning it. On that product's page, I've posted a photo of the unfixable mess I had after one use.
I have no children in my house, but if I did, I wouldn't let them use the oven until they're mature and have been carefully taught the rules to follow to avoid burns. Before they reach that maturity, I would make sure they understand they're to stay away from the oven when it's in use -- just as you would keep them away from regular ovens when they're in use.
Finally, read the manual. Really. Some complaints I've seen in a few reviews indicate the customer did not read the instructions before firing up the oven. There are warnings and tips throughout the few pages of the manual that should be checked before using the oven. There are also some troubleshooting tips, plus a few recipes (none of which tempted me to make them).
UPDATE: I just baked some chocolate chip cookies and they came out perfectly. Didn't stick to the bake pan (I used the pan that came with the oven; there was room for nine cookies).
There's an item I recommend you buy along with the oven: Winco 3-Prong Star Ice Tong, Stainless Steel. Amazon sells it. The reason I recommend it is because it's awkward to pull out the rack using a pot holder, so I use the tongs to grasp and pull the rack. Works great and I think you'll be thankful you have it.
ANOTHER UPDATE: It took me a month to notice that the door handle on my oven was a tad crooked. Up close to it, I didn't notice it, but one day I glanced at the oven from across the room and it jumped out that the handle wasn't straight. There was no way for me to adjust it and it wasn't a big deal, but I did email Breville to tell them they had a quality control issue. I didn't ask for anything when I sent that email off late one night. The next day a Breville rep called and told me they were sending me a new oven. They wanted the old one back to study the problem so they sent me a label for return postage. I consider that excellent customer service.
Update after years of use: See that photo I posted of the side of the oven showing some sort of staining I couldn't wash off? Well, gotta admit how dumb I was. Never crossed my mind to get stainless steel cleaner. But recently I had a stainless steel sink installed and got stainless steel cleaner to make sure I don't get water spots on the finish. Well, today I got hit with a clue stick: why not try it on the oven? I did, and that discoloration went away with the wipe of a cloth.
I continue to love the oven, but I did have a mishap. I got a new electric kettle and had both that and the oven working at the same time. It tripped my circuit breaker (lesson learned). After that, my setting for toast stayed at three minutes plusnsome seconds no matter where I set the darkness. It's not a big deal. I just press "little bit longer" button and all is well. All other cooking options are unaffected. If I ever need to replace this gizmo, it'll be with one just like it -- or, if it's not available, another Beville oven. I'm totally spoiled by how good this has been.
The look! It fits in perfectly with my other stainless steel appliances.
The size! It's one of the only smaller toaster ovens I could find (with decent reviews)
The crumb tray! So very easy to clean!
Ease of use. All I really have to do is select bake or toast and move the tray.
Interior space. Deep and wide enough for many of the things indeed to cook for a 2 person family.
Cannot mount under cupboard
Cannot place anything on top of it during and immediately after use. ( burned a plastic lid just by toasting something) although someone on here placed a wooden cutting board on top and that would work!
The plug in. Seriously?! Why does it stick out so far?!
There's no on/off button, it just turns off after a few minutes of inactivity.
On the negative side, it does not toast all that evenly. There are definite hot spots which sometimes force you to rotate the bread during the toasting process. The controls are also not as useful as they could be. Attempting to control toasting by darkness and number of slices takes a lot of trial and error to find an optimum combination (I have used this product for several weeks and am still adjusting the settings to meet my requirements).
Finally, the rack inside the pan is not well designed. Rather than having a stop or mechanism to hold it in place, it just slides out. This can create a difficult situation when attempting to work with food that is not positioned at the immediate front of the oven. Several times the hot rack has fallen out and I have experienced minor burns. This oven definitely needs to be used extremely carefully to prevent injury.
After many frustrating efforts, I find myself forced to revise my earlier review. No amount of playing with the settings appears to result in toast which could remotely be called uniform. On occasion, I have had toast where the top is burnt but the bottom of the bread almost white. In addition, I have found that, although the oven is capable of holding temperature relatively during the bake cycle, the heating elements on the bottom appear to be doing the majority of the work leaving items dried out or burnt on the bottom while getting the top of an item browned is almost impossible. I would definitely return this if it was not past the permitted time - too frustrating.