The Breville Toaster Oven, also known as the Breville Smart Oven, consistently receives great ratings and glowing reviews. It is somewhat surprising, given the fact that this oven costs about $250 for the regular sized version and about $180 for the compact oven. Why are so many people impressed with this oven when they could have spent $30 for a toaster oven at the local discount big box store? Is there really that big of a difference between the Breville Smart Oven and typical inexpensive models lining the shelves of discount stores?
First and foremost, the Element IQ technology is ahead of other toaster ovens by miles. The Breville Toaster Oven / Smart Oven has 5 heating elements with multiple heat options to be able to offer the best cooking possible for every item in every type of cooking situation. But the makers didn't want to make this oven 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. The ease with which this is done is surprising; I expected to need to memorize different commands in order to get this oven to function optimally. However, I never even had to open up the user's manual. This appliance is that user-friendly and intuitive! Also, it remembers your settings. Let's say you bake apple cinnamon cookies at 350 degrees F for 16 minutes, then switch to cooking a flat bread at 425 degrees F for 9 minutes. The next time you switch to cookie baking, the toaster oven will be automatically set for 8 minutes at 350 degrees F. It is indeed a "smart oven."
When you first take the Breville Smart Oven out of the box, you are struck by how solid and well-constructed it feels. There is no cheap feel to any of the parts. This toaster oven is as much of a joy to look at as it is to use. It has a very spacious interior and can replace your regular full-sized oven for most kitchen tasks.
The convection feature on the Breville toaster oven is very quiet, unlike most other brands which simply use a loud fan to move around the air. This toaster oven heats up very quickly and evenly. The oven 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 very well, very little heat escapes. This adds to it's energy efficiency; it uses about 50% less energy than a full-sized oven. It also means the handle will always stay cool to the touch, good news for anyone who has ever been burned by a cheap toaster oven.
This toaster oven comes ready to use with 3 included 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 is one oven that is incredibly well designed, both for function and beauty. It is a joy to use it and I look forward to many years of use from this Breville Toaster Oven. Use it once and you will understand why it is consistently well-rated and deemed worth the higher price.
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