Rating- This Breville model (BOV800XL) has an impressive overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars
Size– this unit measures approximately 18-1/2 by 12-1/2 by 10-3/4 inches
Features- This model features quartz heating elements, a user-friendly control panel, a LCD screen and 3 different rack positions. This unit features Breville's unique Element IQ technology for smarter control over the heat. It has 9 pre-set functions. It has an auto-eject wire rack and a removable crumb tray. This Breville model comes with a pizza pan, baking pan, and broil rack included.
Overall Review- 87% of the toaster oven reviews for the Breville 1800 watt Smart Oven are very favorable and paired with a 4 or 5 star rating. This is one of the best (if not THE best) toaster ovens you can buy. It consistently receives the best ratings and reviews, even besting models that cost more. This is an incredibly impressive appliance.
First, the Element IQ technology is ahead of other toaster ovens by miles. It has 5 heating elements with multiple heat options to be able to offer the best cooking possible for every item. But the makers of the Breville BOV800XL didn't want to make this unit difficult to operate, so they developed a system where the user can just pick a food item or type of cooking and have the oven do the rest. Many reviews relate surprise at the ease of which this is done; many people said they expected it to be complicated yet they never even had to consult the user's manual. The reviews repeatedly admire the how intuitive and user friendly the Breville BOV800XL actually is. Also, the oven remembers your settings. Let's say you bake cookies at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes, then switch to cooking a pizza at 425 degrees F for 12 minutes. The next time you switch to cookie baking, the oven will be automatically set for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. It is indeed a "smart oven."
A few of the positive points mentioned repeatedly in the reviews include: the convection feature on this toaster oven is very quiet, unlike most other brands. The toaster oven heats up quickly and evenly. It shuts off automatically after every cooking cycle. The door is magnetic and the middle rack automatically pulls out when the door is opened. The door seals quite well, very little heat escapes. This adds to the energy efficiency of this toaster oven; it uses about 50% less energy than a full-sized oven. The handle always stays cool to the touch. This toaster oven comes with 3 pans: a 13 inch round pizza pan, a 12 x 12 baking dish and a 12 x 12 broiler pan. The crumb tray is located in the front, making it very easy to clean. This model is incredibly well designed, both for function and beauty. This is a toaster oven that can replace your regular oven most of the time, saving you time and energy.
What could the negative reviews possibly say about such an impressive kitchen appliance? The most common complaint: there is no interior light. Even some of the positive reviews mentioned this. I suspect this was done to maintain such a high energy efficiency level. Most toaster ovens do not have interior lights. A few users bemoaned its large size, even though many people saw this as a plus (you can't cook a 13 inch pizza or a whole chicken in a smaller oven.) There is a smaller version (the BOV650XL) if this unit is too large for you. Many reviews complained about the short electrical cord (3 ft) even though this is due to modern electrical codes and will be found on any other model out there. Some one star reviews said they were disgusted by the owners manual barring the use of glass and foil. A quick check of the Breville manual reveals this to be untrue; the book cautions users to only use oven proof glass and never let foil touch the heating elements. It seems to be common sense that only oven proof glass can be used, after all, this is indeed an oven. And it is never a good idea to let foil (or anything else) touch the heating elements in any appliance. These issues account for about half of the negative reviews. The other half stem from first receiving defective toaster ovens and then having to deal with less than stellar customer service. If you do want to buy this Breville toaster oven, get it from a reputable supplier, such as Amazon. If the oven you receive has any defects, they will exchange it or refund your money with no questions asked. You can bypass any need to deal with the manufacturer. That is one of the reasons we have partnered with Amazon and all sales from this website go through them. This will protect in the event of any problem with a defective unit.
There are 794 toaster oven reviews available for the Breville BOV800XL, written by real people who have used this handy kitchen appliance. See 794 toaster oven reviews