When it comes to the kitchen, using the right equipment can make the biggest difference in how your food tastes. While we are not afraid of our standard oven, we prefer not to mess around with it if we can help it. For every day cooking we found that using a toaster oven can be just as rewarding. It uses less energy and it is a lot easier to clean. Cooking vegetables and healthy meals for our family has never been simpler since we started using one of these.
There are many quality options for every price range, but we decided to splurge a bit and went with the BOV800XL from Breville. This modern appliance has done nothing but shine for us in the kitchen. It is something that came highly recommended from friends. After setting off to find the best countertop oven we could afford we started reading some of the latest toaster oven reviews. We quickly figured out that this was the model that we wanted. We decided to pass on some of what we learned to give you a sense of what this “Smart” oven is truly capable of.
Dimensions: 18.5×16.25×11.25 inches
Capacity: 6 pieces of toast, 13” pizza, 1 whole chicken
Element IQ Technology: All of Breville’s top toaster ovens are smart ovens thanks to their Element IQ cooking technology. Throughout the cooking process the oven can sense where heat is needed and distribute it accordingly, ensuring that food is cooked evenly and efficiently. It knows when more heat is needed on the top or the bottom and it can use as much or as little power as needed to make sure your food turns out correctly. Automatic adjusting technology means that you can set it and forget it.
Convection Heating: This oven has the added feature of using convection heating when baking. This involves using a fan to blow and circulate the heat inside the oven to make sure everything is baked consistently from outside to in. This is extremely beneficial on foods such as cookies and cakes.
Quartz Heating Elements: Most toaster ovens come with stainless steel heating elements, however quartz responds better and quicker to changes in heat improving the cook quality and lowering preheat time. The BOV800XL comes with 5 such heating elements inside.
Auto-Eject Rack: When the door is open the rack automatically ejects half way to make loading and unloading more convenient and safer.
High-Grade Materials: Along with the quartz heating elements, this oven also makes use of other high end materials. The body is stainless steel and the inside has a durable non-stick coating, along with a tempered glass door. It was built not only to look good, but to last.
User Friendly Control Display: This oven comes with a LCD display screen that is easy to read and use. It also has 9 cooking presets: bake, broil, toast, warm, pizza, reheat, cookies, bagel and roast.
Accessories: The Breville Smart Oven comes with 3 accessories: a pizza pan, baking pan, and broil rack.
Pros & Cons
- 1800 Watts of power make it capable of a wide variety of cooking, baking and broiling tasks.
- Smart technology can sense when more or less heat is needed while operating, making it more efficient all the way around.
- The high end construction not only makes this look like a sleek and modern kitchen appliance, but the oven was built to to last. It was designed to perform and also be easy to operate and clean. According to users, it hits on all of these points beautifully.
- Convection heating. Great feature for baking that works as described. Owners love this feature.
- Comes with pizza pan, broil rack and baking pan.
- Big. Despite being designed for the countertop, it has a large capacity.
- Price. If you are on a budget, this oven is towards the higher end of the price spectrum for toaster ovens.
- Cord length. A longer cord could have been used to provide a little more convenience.
What Do Owners Love About the Breville BOV800XL?
To be honest, this is one of the most highly rated kitchen appliances we’ve come across. After reading hundreds of reviews, we were quite impressed with the response this oven continues to receive from owners. Some of the most talked about positive aspects of this toaster oven include;
Performance: Owners are typically pleasantly surprised with just how well this little oven compares with a traditional sized oven. Feedback after feedback is filled with praise for just how this oven performs and the quality of the food that comes out when it is finished.
Value: For a lot of owners, spending this much for a toaster oven seemed like a splurge at first, but then that thought tends to disappear when they start using it. An overwhelmingly majority of customers are happy that they decided to buy this appliance and how it saves them time and money in the long run by using their full-sized oven less and less.
Versatility: The BOV800XL does a lot of different cooking chores and it does them well and owners really appreciate this aspect of the oven. They may have initially bought it for one or two cooking tasks, but a lot of folks quickly migrate to having this oven take care of most of their daily, cooking, baking, broiling needs.
Design: Owners also love the way this machine looks and operates. From its modern LCD control panel and stainless steel body, to its large door handle, if something is going to sit on your counter top it might as well be eye catching, and this oven seems to deliver on that point for customers.
Clean-Up: Owners are typically very happy with how easy this unit is to clean up. Its non stick coating on the inside as well as its durable crumb tray that empties from the front help make this appliance a breeze to clean.
What Could Be Better?
Cord length: Some owners wished that it just came with a little bit of a longer power cord. A shorter cord could limit where on the counter you can place this oven without the use of a small extension cord.
Accessories Could Be Better: Some folks express concerns over the lower quality of the pans that are included with this unit and ended up buying higher quality baking and pizza pans to replace them.
Price: Even though you get what you pay for, this is one of the higher priced toaster ovens.
Who Should Buy This Toaster Oven?
Anyone looking for an alternative to using their full-sized oven and wish to use something that is more efficient and convenient, then the Breville BOV800XL is a wonderful option. It is almost like having a second full range oven, only in smaller package that can fit on top of your kitchen counter.
If you are looking for a toaster oven can do more than just toast, then this unit is also for you. This convection toaster oven is an extremely versatile appliance that can cover a wide variety of cooking needs. It is very comparable in price and features to the Cuisinart TOB-260 convection oven but with a slightly better design.
If you want the best, then this one is almost a no-brainer. Some of the latest feed back from owners as well as the top toaster oven ratings and reviews bear this out.
Who Should Not Buy This Toaster Oven?
If counter space is extremely tight, this might not be the best model for you. This is the biggest oven in Breville’s line, so make sure to double check the dimensions against where on your counter you think it may go. It may also need some space around the oven for venting purposes. If space is too tight, then one of Breville’s smaller units, like the BOV450XL, may be a better alternative for your needs.
If you are on a tight budget then the Cuisinart TOB-135 or the Waring Pro would be suitable options.
The Breville BOV800XL is hands down one of the best customer rated toaster ovens on the market today. It’s power and versatility, coupled with its built-in smart technology makes this a true customer favorite. For a demonstration of this model’s performance features check out the video below.