Breville BOV650XL Review
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|Dimensions||16x13x9 inches||16.5x15.5x10.25 inches||18.5x16.25x11.25 inches|
|Capacity||11 inch pizza, 4 toast slices||12 inch pizza, 4 toast slices||13 inch pizza, 6 toast slices|
|Heating Elements||4 (quartz)||4 (quartz)||5 (quartz)|
|Accessories||Baking pan||Baking pan, broil rack||Baking pan, broil rack, pizza pan|
Why the Breville Compact Smart Oven?
Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Oven began with the simple fact that different foods require different methods of heating: some, like baked goods, need to be cooked evenly; others, like meats, need to be seared on top. Most toaster ovens fail to distribute heat in a consistent way throughout their interiors, let alone change heat distribution to suit the different foods being prepared. This is how the Breville Smart Oven stands apart: whatever the food, it adjusts its heat distribution for perfect results.
Smarter, better, faster, more efficient than your average toaster oven
Element IQ Variable Power Distribution
The Compact Smart Oven is equipped with Element IQ cooking technology, which adjusts the power of four individual quartz heating elements to cook food more evenly and quickly. This sophisticated heating system distributes heat throughout the oven when and where it is needed, to guarantee more efficient cooking. Eight different menu options allow users to choose the best setting for the food they are cooking. In addition to dynamically distributing heat to different areas, the Compact Smart Oven can adjust the wattage of its heating elements for even more cooking flexibility. Most ovens have elements with fixed wattage that can only switch between ON and OFF, but Element IQ functions much like a dimmer on a light switch, increasing or decreasing element power with a simple turn of the knob.
For example, toast needs to be cooked evenly on both sides without drying out the inside, so the Compact Smart Oven uses high radiated heat from above and below (1800W distributed between the four elements) to crisp the outside quickly.
On the other hand, baking needs more gentle, even heat that will cook the inside of the baked goods without toughening the outer crust, so the Compact Smart Oven uses 1500W distributed over the top and bottom elements.
Each of eight functions (bake, broil, roast, cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, and toast) is preset with recommended settings, taking the guesswork out of cooking. However, each can be customized according to recipe, volume of food, or personal taste. Customized settings will remain in the memory of the oven until changed or until the oven is unplugged from the wall outlet, streamlining your cooking process.
Huge innovation on a compact frame
Small but powerful, the Breville Compact Smart Oven has a reduced physical footprint without sacrificing quality or style. It boasts many of the same features as the larger Breville Smart Oven, but with dimensions of 16.5 x15.5 x10.25 inches it requires less counter space. A smaller oven means less time to heat up and less time to cook, perfect for preparing a meal in a hurry (or for cooks who like to create in the heat of the moment). This also translates into a cooler kitchen (particularly convenient in the hot summer months) and less energy consumed. It is also perfect for cooks that are preparing fewer servings of food, since it is more energy-efficient than cooking small portions in a huge wall oven.
Designed with the consumer in mind
The Compact Smart Oven is carefully constructed from the most durable materials. Attractively housed in reinforced stainless steel, it is a striking addition to any kitchen. The heating elements are composed of quartz, rather than the metal elements found in other toaster ovens. Quartz responds more quickly to heat change, which results in more even heating throughout the oven. The interior is coated with a non-stick material that can safely withstand high temperatures, making cleanup easier. A crumb/drip tray that is accessible from the front of the oven (rather than the back, like many other toasters) also makes it easier to clean between cooking sessions.
- Easy-clean, stainless steel housing with ribbed plate warming tray
- Non-Stick Interior with 3 rack positions
- 12” pizza, 4-slice toast capacity (0.6 cu ft. interior)
- Tempered glass door
- 4 quartz elements with Element IQ for smart cooking
- Back-lit easy-read LCD that calculates the correct the time and temperature, illuminating orange during preheating and cooking and blue once the cycle is complete
- Function dial with 8 pre-set cooking functions: bake, broil, roast, cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, toast
- Temperature and time dial with auto shut-off and sound alert
- Easily removable pull-out crumb tray
- 1800-watt 3/5-cubic-foot 4-slice oven with 8 preset functions and Element IQ technology
- Backlit LCD screen; time/temp control dial; defrost button; temperature-conversion button
- Tempered-glass door; 3 rack positions; removable crumb tray for quick cleanup
- Includes 10-by-10-inch enamel baking pan and 10-by-10-inch enamel broil rack
- Measures 16-1/2 by 14-1/4 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Breville BOV650XL Reviews. Part 1
My feedback is about the new toaster I bought on eBay fully titled as Breville BOV650XL Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ which is small, sophisticated and really smart enough to serve you as an oven as well.
Despite its compact size the Breville BOV650XL toaster/oven is perfect for cooking bakery because it is very powerful (according to the manual, 1800 Watt and 3/5 cubic foot) and is capacious enough to be filled in with 4 slices of bread in its mini-oven. I prefer the toasters to be smart that is why the first thing I noticed is the LCD screen where I can dial the temperature according to the regime I chose and set up the timer to make sure my toasts or pizza won’t become dry while I am checking my Facebook’s updates. The model has the glass door letting me watch how my toasts are baking. Within the toaster/oven by Breville there are three racks for placing 4 huge bread slices or a 12” pizza.
By the way there is also the integrated defrost regime if you don’t like to eat your pizza cold within few hours after delivery. My girlfriend likes to bake and was glad to know that along with the Breville BOV650XL smart toaster we got the enamel baking pan and broil rack. I don’t know if such pans are usually supplied with this unit but for me that was a surprise to get them along with the toaster.
I used to my old GE’s toaster that is why at first it was hard to figure out how to set up all those numerous regimes for baking, defrosting, drying and crisping the Breville BOV650XL has. Right now I don’t understand how I could live without this kitchen appliance. Seriously, the Breville’s smart toaster-oven comes to be very handy when your friends visit and you have only a cold pizza in a fridge.
Breville BOV650XL Review. Part 2
The Breville’s toasters have the perfect mechanical timer and thermostat. I found about this before buying the BOV650XL model. But still it surprised me how accurate these settings are and how many temperature regimes my new toaster lets choose from. Fascinating thing, especially when it comes to baking. Despite the small size of the oven you can easily bake buns or muffins using the special regime provided by the Element IQ system. You can also try to bake bread according to a family recipe. The appliance seems good enough for such experiments.
The toaster I had before was classy but it was not very easy to wash. With the Breville’s unit I don’t have such problems because there is the slide out crumb tray which is easily detachable.
In general, the Breville BOV650XL toaster/oven looks very good for its price of 200$. It has multiple automatic regimes for baking or defrosting and a very handy thermostat and timer for manual adjustment of your own baking regime. There were shipped along two pans and a recipe book. The oven of this toaster in spite of the size is perfect for baking the small things like rolls or buns. My rating for this Breville’s smart toaster is 5 from 5.