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Breville BOV650XL the Compact Smart Oven Stainless Steel
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- Pull-Out Crumb Tray 1800 watt Element Temperature Conversion Button
- Element IQ™ puts the power where it’s needed most. For each of the 8 pre-set programs, Element IQ™ delivers the right power at the right temperature at the right time. And when adjusted for taste, it remembers that, too. 8 pre-set programs: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, and Reheat. Backlit Easy-Read LCD calculates the correct time and temperature, illuminating orange during preheating and cooking and blue once the cycle is complete.
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The Compact Smart Oven from Breville
A smaller version of our popular Smart Oven. This 1800 watt counter-top oven has smart features, but takes up less space.
Independent heating elements put the power where it's needed most. Elements adjust automatically for each of the eight preset functions to deliver the right cooking temperature at the right time. Oven remembers personal preferences as well.
Presets include: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, and reheat.
8 Preset Functions
Included with the oven is a 10" × 10" enamel baking pan and an10" × 10" enamel broiling rack. Purchases come with a 1 Year Limited Warranty.
Oven has the capacity to fit: 4-Slices Toast or a 12" Pizza with 0.6 cu ft Interior. Oven uses 110-120 voltage.
Exterior: (W) 17 x (D) 15 x (H) 10, Interior: (W) 11¾ x (D) 10 x (H) 4¼, Weight: 15lbs
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|Item Dimensions||17 x 15 x 10 in||18.5 x 22.4 x 13.07 in||16.93 x 18.5 x 10.04 in||11 x 20.5 x 17.38 in||18.5 x 26 x 17 in||17 x 11.74 x 8.35 in|
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|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
Similar to the Breville Smart Oven, but in a smaller, more compact design, this 1800-watt oven offers exceptional cooking convenience while taking up less space on the counter. The unit's 3/5-cubic-foot nonstick interior can accommodate a 12-inch pizza or four slices of bread at a time, while its push-button and turn-knob control panel makes it easy to program. Turn the control dial to select the function--options include Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, and Reheat. The oven's Element IQ "smart" sensor technology puts the power where it's needed most to ensure energy-efficient operation. For each of the eight pre-set functions, Element IQ automatically adjusts the power and calculates the cooking time. The time and temperature for the pre-set programs can also be manually adjusted to accommodate individual preferences--the oven will even remember the new settings for next time. Use the second control dial for setting the time (from one minute up to two hours) and for adjusting the temperature (from 120 to 450 degrees F), as well as for selecting the number of slices and for setting the toast shade, from light to dark. The control panel also offers a large start/cancel button, a defrost button for frozen foods, and a temperature-conversion button for recipes with cooking temperatures in Celsius. The oven's easy-to-read backlit LCD screen shows the current function, temperature, and adjustments made--plus it illuminates orange to indicate preheating and cooking, then blue to indicate the end of the cooking cycle. Other highlights include a tempered-glass door, three rack positions, and a front-access removable crumb tray for quick cleanup. Accessories include a 10-by-10-inch enamel baking pan and a 10-by-10-inch enamel broil rack. Attractively housed in coated steel with a strikingly modern design, the countertop oven measures 16-1/2 by 14-1/4 by 10 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
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Enter the Breville. Rather than the mechanical timer and temperature control of the Hamilton Beach (and the GE before it) this unit has fully electronic control that promises to be more accurate in both functions. It can handle (they say) a 12" pizza, and 4 slices of toast. So how does all this work in practice?
As a toaster, it's great. It toasts more evenly than my $20 Target toaster, and the slide out crumb tray makes cleaning easy. Repeatability if excellent, and of course you can watch the bread/bagel/whatever as it toasts, keeping an eye out for burning. It compensates for heat buildup when you toast multiple items in sequence- a major help. Still, for close to $200 you expect more than just toast from a machine like this.
I haven't tried baking a pie yet, but I did do some miniature muffins, and they came out fine. I haven't done any bread yet, as it's just too small to handle a standard loaf of the size I bake. Maybe I can make some buns or rolls in it.
The timer function is a bit annoying in the way it works. You set the time and temperature, and when it comes up to temperature, it starts the countdown. This is fine for frozen pizzas and TV dinners, but less helpful for bakers trying to control the baking environment. I'd prefer something that would come up to temperature and then wait for me to start the timer.
Half the functions on the main knob are for preset cooking programs- like the microwave ovens in lunchrooms that have buttons labeled "soup", "sandwich", and so forth. There's a "cookies" function, but I have dozens of different cookie recipes with different time and temperature settings. This program is useless to me.
So: A great toaster, and a useful oven for baking very small items. It's a little deeper than the old Toast-R-Oven, but still not big enough to handle more than a quarter sheet of cookies or a small pie. Useful, for what it is, but given the price, it's getting close to being a luxury easy bake oven. I think the Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ, which adds convection and a somewhat larger oven is a better deal overall, and if you really want a useful secondary oven, something like my Hamilton Beach 31197R Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie is a lot more flexible.
After a little over three months of using this oven, I'm more convinced than ever that this is a superb (if expensive) toaster. Unlike the pop-up toaster on my counter, you can precisely set the actual toasting time- very handy- and you can watch until you get the precise shade of browning you're looking for.
I'm also becoming more favorably inclined to its use as an oven, too. It's still a bit small for most baking uses, but it's big enough for roasting peppers or baking a few potatoes, or even a tiny batch of cookies. I still think the larger version is a better all-around appliance, but for a tiny apartment kitchen this may be a good choice.
Six month update:
I find I've been using this oven more and more for all my toasting and small baking needs- it's even taking over some of the tasks I used to do in my microwave. It's still reliable, easy to maintain, and the accurate electronic timer is a great improvement over the mechanical timers in cheaper ovens in both accuracy and reliability.
Update: It's now three years since I wrote this review, and I find myself using this toaster oven almost every day. I toast in it, I bake, and I broil. In hot weather it gets more use than my oven, and it still works as good as it did the day I received it.
Five year update: Still going strong, although one of the lower quartz heater tubes has broken. Doesn't seem to affect the performance of the oven, but I'm going to see if I can't find a replacement on-line.
Breville does have repair centers in a number of states, but the nearest to me was in CT, and shipping it both ways would not be worth the shipping costs. I contacted Breville and they were willing to sell me a new (most likely reconditioned) one for about $140, but frankly, I am not sure I trust this model again and of course, I bought some of the model specific accessories that are now useless.... We thew it in the trash and are now searching for a new toaster or toaster oven.
So before you purchase, READ THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS AS WELL AS THE POSITIVE. $200 is rather expensive for a small appliance that will only last 2 years and then need repairs...This is just a glorified toaster after all.