Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Toaster Oven Review

Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Toaster Oven Review

If you are looking for a compact toaster oven equipped with advanced Element IQ technology, look no further. The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Toaster Oven is one of the bests out there, commanding a respectable 4.4 stars out of 5 in Amazon.com as of December 2016.

Measuring at 17″ x 15″ x 10″, the Breville BOV650XL is as compact as a 4-slice toaster oven can get. Weighing in at 18.8 pounds, this model is quite hefty as it’s constructed with brushed stainless steel and tempered glass door for extra durability.

Equipped with Breville’s signature Element IQ, the independent heating elements in the smart toaster oven put the power where it’s needed most. Elements adjust automatically for each of the eight preset functions to deliver right cooking temperature at the right time. You can also save your personal preferences into memory for future use.

The eight preset functions of this model includes: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies and Reheat. However, with its limited interior dimensions of 11.75″ x 10″ x 4.25″, you will have to cut up larger food items such as a whole chicken to fit into Breville BOV650XL.

Breville BOV650XL

Features of Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Toaster Oven

 

There are not many 4-slice compact toaster ovens equipped with smart features, so the Breville BOV650XL becomes an obvious choice for consumers who value sophisticated functions and a small footprint.

prosBack-lit LED screen

As other Breville models with smart functions, this model is equipped with a back-lit LED screen that changes its color from blue to orange when it’s in use.

prosRemovable Crumb Tray

A crumb tray is located at the bottom of the toaster oven to catch food debris that may fall from the racks. With Breville BOV650XL, the crumb tray can be removed from the front (just like sliding out a drawer) without opening the tempered glass door for easy cleaning.

prosSmart Controls

Unlike traditional toaster ovens, the smart controls make cooking easier by adjusting the time, temperature and heating condition automatically. For example, you can set the Breville BOV650XL to toast 4 slices of breads at level 3 darkness, and the conditions will be adjusted for you automatically to achieve optimal results.

pros3 Rack Positions

Unlike most toaster ovens that come with 1 or 2 rack positions, the Breville BOV650XL features 3 rack positions that are optimized for different purposes. The top position is optimized for Broiling, middle position is optimized for Toast, Bagel, Cookies and Pizza, while the bottom position is optimized for Bake, Reheat and Roast.

prosIncluded Accessories

The purchase includes 10″ x 10″ enamel baking pan and 10″ x 10″ enamel broil rack.

 

Breville BOV650XL

Advantages

 

This model is designed for consumers who have limited space on the countertop yet requiring a fully-featured smart toaster oven. It’s easy to use since the Element IQ automatically adjusts the power and calculates the cooking time, essentially taking guesswork and blind estimation out of the picture.

prosTemperature Conversion

Some cooking instructions may come in only Celsius or Fahrenheit. If you need to manually control the cooking temperature, the temperature conversion function will come in handy for real-time conversions.

prosWide Choice of Accessories

Apart from the original accessories that come with it, the popularity of Breville BOV650XL gave rise to a wide range of third party accessories. Some of the frequently purchased items that go well with Breville BOV650XL include the ProBake Teflon Platinum Nonstick 12″ Pizza Pan and OvenStuff Nonstick 6-Piece Toaster Oven Baking Pan Set.

prosEasy to Operate

Parents with small kids at home don’t always trust them when it comes to operating toaster ovens alone, but the Breville BOV650XL Smart Toaster Oven may be an exception. With preset functions and personal preference settings, many parents reported letting their small kids (7 to 11 years old) use it on their own with minimal supervision.

 

What Could be Better?

 

consLack of Interior Light

However, some consumers may be disappointed with the lack of interior light, given its relatively high asking price. If you want to monitor cooking process every once in a while, you may want to keep a small flashlight in your kitchen to illuminate the interior when required.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Being one of the household names, Breville definitely does a good job designing home appliances and especially smart toaster ovens. The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Toaster Oven is designed to take up very limited space on your countertop but at the same time excels at toasting, baking, broiling and heating food at a very affordable price tag.

 

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