Breville Mini Smart Oven Review

Countertop toaster ovens have become increasingly popular in kitchens across the world for several good reasons. They are packed with the latest innovation, showcase sleeker designs, provide great value for money and best of all, are a joy to use, just like the the Breville Mini Smart Oven.

This device not only ticks all the aforementioned boxes, but steps it up a few notches with class leading baking performance that allows you to cook foods faster than a few full size models. If you’re looking to cook pizzas or bagels, drumsticks, delicious cakes or cookies with a single appliance, the Breville BOV450XL is worthy of a second look. Keep reading this review to see if the model is right for your kitchen!

Breville Mini Smart Oven Overview

The Breville Mini Smart Oven is a superior quality appliance that allows you to cook for one or two individuals in its generously spaced 0.45 cu ft. interior (4 slices of bread or an 11” pizza). It measures just 16 x 13 x 9 inches and tips the scales at 15.2 pounds, making it a perfect fit for tight spaces and hauling around when travelling.

Durability

In terms of craftsmanship and durability, this one takes home the gold owing to its robust reinforced stainless steel construction coupled with a striking design that allows it to blend in seamlessly with your overall décor.

Uniform Heating

Unlike some over-the-counter toaster oven models that are generally fitted with metal elements, the Breville BOV450XL features quartz heating smart oven with Element IQ for accelerated uniform heating. Adding to this, it offers a choice of 8 different cooking functions with their respective preconfigured settings, allowing you to bake a wide range of succulent foods on autopilot.

Speaking of settings, they can be reconfigured according to your preferences, and changes are saved in the onsite memory.

Usability

Usability is one of the biggest factors to consider when shopping for the best toaster oven or any other appliance for that matter. This is an area where the Breville doesn’t disappoint thanks to its onboard LCD display that lights up orange when the appliance is in use, and turns blue once the cooking cycle is complete.

Toasting bread can leave you with bread crumb spills over the counter, but this mini toaster oven not only cooks food well, but also fields the messes with its removable crumb tray located at the front of the appliance. The model allows you to do a lot more than toast, such as roast and bake with the same or higher quality output compared to a larger wall oven or range.

What’s Included?

The Breville Mini Smart Oven, just like a few Cuisinart models, comes with everything you need to create tantalizing baked items right out of the box. This includes the appliance itself, a wire rack, user guide to help you get acquainted with its rich set of features, and a baking pan as a bonus.

Even though it boasts a compact footprint, it is highly recommended that you determine its rightful slot in your kitchen near a wall electrical outlet, so that you can easily take the unit out of the box and set it in its dedicated slot.

Overview of Features

The unit comes with a rich set of features, some often lacking in a few premium models in its segment.

Element IQ technology

This is one of the noteworthy features of the Breville Mini Smart Oven, which helps with uniform heat distribution and provides heat where it is needed when a specific cooking function is selected. Further, Element IQ(1) technology automatically adjusts the heat in the interior of the appliance by decreasing or increasing the heat output for efficient cooking.

Compact footprint

The model is lightweight at a little over 15 lbs., and measures 16 x 13 x 9 inches, making it a great choice for tight spaces. Its interior offers 0.45 cu ft of space, which is just the right capacity to bake a few cupcakes, toast 4 slices of bread, bake an 11-inch pizza, or bake a small, whole chicken or turkey with the rack at its lowest height setting.

Function dial

The dial of the Breville Mini Smart Oven allows you to choose between 8 preset functions – bagel, toast, bake, broil, roast, cookies, pizza, and reheat – and this takes the guesswork out of cooking. These preset functions can also be reconfigured to match the volume of food and different recipes. This smart over-the-counter oven saves these customized settings in its onboard memory until they are changed or you unplug the appliance from the electrical wall outlet.

Top notch construction

It is crafted from powder-coated steel on the exterior and features a non-stick interior.

Robust power

It offers an industry-leading 1800 watts of cooking power spread across four quartz heating elements, allowing you to bake foods with ease and to perfection.

LCD display

This handy addition to the Breville Mini Smart Oven allows you to set the time and temperature, and monitor these metrics on an easy-to-read display. Furthermore, the LCD display lights up orange when cooking is in progress and turns blue when it’s ready to be served. Its auto-shutoff feature turns on the unit automatically, and emits three beeps when the cooking cycle is complete.

“Bit More”

Located under the LCD panel is the “Bit More” button, which when pressed allows you to add a bit more time to the current cooking cycle without completely resetting the cooking time or stopping the unit.

“Snowflake” symbol

Set next to the “Start” button, this button, when pressed, tells the appliance that the meal you are preparing is frozen, so that it can use the Element IQ Technology to adjust the heating cycle accordingly.

Adjustable racks

The rack included with the Breville Mini Smart Oven can be switched between three different positions, allowing you to cook the meal or recipe your way.

Tempered glass door

The transparent tempered glass door allows you to watch your food cook, without opening it to check its status.

Crumb tray

The pull-out crumb tray gathers crumbs, prevents messes, and is extremely easy to clean.

Accessories

The package includes a wire rack and a 10″ x 10″ enamel baking pan, as well as a wire rack.

Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

Using this Device

This model offers a no-fuss user experience owing to its preset functions, digital controls, and backlit LED. It is easy to use just like Panasonic or Oster oven models, where you simply turn the dial to the desired setting to engage the cooking function, and use the “TEMP” or “TIME” button to change the temperature or time of any of the 8 functions.

This triggers the timer to keep track of the time, and shuts off the unit automatically and emits three beeps when the cooking cycle is complete. In an effort to improve usability, the side of the oven door provides wire rack recommendations to help you select the right rack position for each cooking function.

Alternatives

The unit offers many great features, but does not feature a fan for convection-style cooking. If this is an important feature for you, the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven might be a better option. It offers the same top-notch performance as the Breville Mini Smart Oven, but adds a few other features such as 9 preset functions, 5 quartz heating elements, and a bigger cooking area.

What We Like

  • Sleek and elegant design looks good on any countertop
  • Quick and uniform heating thanks to Element IQ technology
  • Easy to use with integrated LED display, 8 preset functions, and auto-shutoff
  • Doesn’t leave a mess owing to its removable crumb tray
  • Solid construction with easy to clean non-stick interior

What We Don’t Like

  • Lacks convection function
  • A little expensive compared to similar products, but offers great service life
  • Timer may be a bit loud for some users, but on a brighter note won’t let you forget there’s something cooking in the oven
  • Rack doesn’t slide out, but can be adjusted between three positions

Final Thoughts

This product is undoubtedly a great consumer choice in the compact over-the-counter toaster oven segment. The term “Smart Oven” best describes this appliance owing to the smart features it offers such as 8 preset functions, dedicated button to cook frozen foods, Element IQ technology for efficient heating, and more. It also has a “Bit More” feature for extending the time of the current cooking cycle without resetting or shutting off the oven.

All in all, the Breville Mini Smart Oven is a great consumer choice to bake several different types of foods even slice bread without occupying a large amount of space on your counter top, and is constructed with premium materials, so you can rest assured it will last you for years to come with proper care.

You might also like this: Oster Extra Large Digital Convection Counter Top Oven

Article reference: (1)http://www.brevilleusasupport.com/bov800xl/sample-page/element-iq/

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