Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven Review Posted in: Ovens, Reviews – Tags: , , , ,

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven

I really like Breville as a company, they clearly value their customers and I’m yet to use a poor product of theirs. After using their BOV800XL oven for a few weeks here is my review.

I started using this counter top oven after my conventional oven started to lose power and I still needed to cook basic things, despite a steep learning curve my results are very positive.

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Design

The design is very simple and the user interface is easy to understand, firstly the BOV800XL is one of the larger counter top ovens available currently. With a width of 18 1/2 inches high and just over 16 inches deep it can fit a 13 inch pizza inside, room for a lot of food. With a function dial for nine preset cooking options featuring; bake, broil, roast, cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, toast and warm it makes cooking even quicker by preselecting the heat and time required for each of these options.

Three smaller buttons are defrost, fan and switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius. The two biggest dials on the interface are for darkness/temperature and of course time. With its LED backlight in a cool blue it’s one of the smarter looking countertop ovens available.

Out of the box it includes a wire rack, a broiler tray and drip pan, as well as a 13 inch round pizza pan.

 

Cooking quality

I have used eight of the nine functions aside from bagel, I don’t really like bagels so it’s never been necessary however I very much doubt that any problems there! The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven is so simple to use with these dials, after a hard day of work if I want to cook a pizza quickly for myself or someone else I just select that function come back a few minutes later and the oven has shut off automatically with the pizza fully cooked. It’s quite amazing how perfect the results are using the functions. If however I need to set the heat and timer dials for a specific food that works very well too. In truth my favourite function is the reheat option, if I have leftover vegetables I just pop them in a bowl and a minute later they are nice and hot.

With three rack positions the Breville BOV800XL is very flexible, with a tempered glass insulated door heat is kept within the oven and it won’t heat up the kitchen at all. Once cooking is finished there is a small beep and the LED display turns back to blue (it turns orange while cooking).

One extra benefit to mention about the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven is the frozen button, this button is to let the oven know that it needs to thaw the food before starting the cooking, not a huge feature but appreciated nonetheless.

Lastly, the portability is a big plus. If you have a caravan or you take trips to the lake you will really appreciate the BOV800XL, just take it wherever you need to go, plug it in and it’s ready to use right away!

Amazon rating and reviews

With a huge 3375 reviews to date the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven has a score of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars with 75% of customers giving five out of five. Reviewers love the high quality design, the brilliant cooking quality and the large size of the countertop oven. One negative I did read which I fully agree with is that the lower rack placement is quite low, with this minor design flaw please be careful getting the rack out while the oven is still part.

Overall however I would certainly recommend the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven to anyone short of time or just looking to cook efficiently.

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