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Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven Convection Toaster Oven

Experts, professional testers and owners are nearly unanimous in their praise of the 1,800 watt Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven Convection Toaster Oven. They love the variety of cook settings, even toasting, and large capacity. The convection feature cooks foods in a snap with a steady, consistent heat. A number of users say it has replaced their full-sized oven, saving them time and money. It's also easy to use and clean.

Pros

  • Cooks quickly and evenly
  • Large capacity
  • Simple to use
  • Nine pre-sets

Cons

  • Large footprint
  • Some durability complaints

Breaking it down

Performance

A top performer across the board. In professional tests, the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven excels at every cooking task -- it bakes, roasts, broils, reheats and toasts food uniformly at a temperature that remains consistent throughout the cooking time. Owners agree, saying it works as well as their full-sized ovens for all but the biggest tasks (it can't handle a big turkey, for example). However, it is roomy enough to handle a 4-pound chicken or six slices of toast. An automatic timer shuts the oven off when cooking is complete and the convection setting means foods cook up to 30 percent faster, something busy cooks appreciate.

Ease of use

Quick and intuitively simple. The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven's large dial controls are easy to set and the bright LCD is very readable, so setting the oven is quick and intuitive, say experts and owners. The interior racks automatically slide out halfway when the door is opened for easy food removal. A pizza pan, bake pan and broiler rack are included. Cleanup is simple with the stainless exterior, nonstick interior and a removable, front-loading pullout crumb tray, but accessories need to be washed by hand.

Appearance/durability

A bit of a space hog. Reviewers say the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven looks good on the countertop thanks to its stainless steel housing and classic, beefy design, but it takes up a lot of space. We read a few reports of durability issues within about 2 or 3 years, too short of a time for such an expensive oven, disgruntled owners grouse. Customer service seems to be a mixed bag, many say it was excellent and their oven was replaced with no hassle, and others say they got no help at all. This oven comes in silver and cranberry.

Specs

  • Type: Convection toaster oven
  • Convection heating: Yes
  • Racks: 2
  • Settings: Nine pre-set programs for Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat and Warm
  • Watts: 1,800
  • Auto shut-off: Yes when timer ends
  • Timer: Yes
  • Included accessories: 13-inch non-stick pizza pan, 12 by 12 enamel baking pan, 12 by12 enamel broil rack
  • Features: Convection cooking, 9 pre-set functions, auto-eject rack
  • Darkness settings: 1 to 7
  • Width (inches): 19
  • Depth (inches): 16
  • Height (inches): 11
  • Warranty: 1 year

Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven is included in this ConsumerReports.org roundup of nearly 30 toaster ovens. The ovens are tested for cooking performance and ease of use. Quite a few consumer reviewers comment on the BOV800XL as well.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, July 2014

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test 11 toaster ovens, including the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven, for cooking performance, accuracy, toasting and ease of use. Testing was originally done in March of 2011, and was updated in July 2014.

Brendan Nystedt , Nov. 15, 2016

The Breville BOV800XL is the runner up here to TheSweethome.com's top pick, the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress. It's the top recommendation, however, for those who need a larger capacity oven.

Aaron McCarter, June 23, 2016

Aaron McCarter makes the Breville BV800XL his top pick here, saying, "Thanks to its capacity and level of performance, the Breville Smart Oven can work as an oven replacement or a second oven for your countertop." In testing, it heated quickly and the presets work well.

Rick Martinez, Oct. 22, 2016

Rick Martinez and an undisclosed team of testers put a dozen toaster ovens to the test and chose three to recommend. While the Breville BOV800XL is a runner up to the top pick, he notes that, once it's hot it turns out a perfect roast chicken. It's also dubbed, "The Looker" for its attractive appearance.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2015

Nearly 250 owners give the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5; 96 percent would recommend it. Most praise its ability to cook a variety of foods well, and say it preheats and bakes faster than a conventional oven. However, some complain that the oven died after 2 or 3 years, which they feel is not acceptable for such an expensive appliance.

7. CNET
Katie Pilkington, Sept. 8, 2013

The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven gets a thorough review here, ultimately earning a 4-star rating. Katie Pilkington says it's sturdy and is a good performer, but that the cooking presets don't work well -- a criticism we don't see reflected in user reviews. She also points out that the word "smart" has a different connotation in this age of smart phones; however, this oven was named long before that cultural shift.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2016

The Breville BOV800XL is one of the highest-rated toaster ovens here, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from nearly 4,160 owners. Most rave about the toaster oven's incredible performance and ease of use, although some say it ceased working after a few months or years.

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