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Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven Review

Est. $180
Reviewed
November 2014
by ConsumerSearch

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Pros
  • Powerful at 1,800 watts
  • Eight presets
  • Good capacity in a compact footprint
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Some durability complaints
  • Wire rack doesn't automatically pull out

Bottom line

The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven may be labeled "compact," but it still has a decent capacity. It toasts four slices of bread, roasts a 3- to 4-pound chicken or bakes a 12-inch pizza, and does all of those tasks very well, owners say. Durability is a concern, however. Some report that their BOV650XL died in a relatively short time -- two to three years; for the price, these owners feel that the toaster oven should have lasted longer.

Breaking it down

Performance

Big features in a small package. The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven is a smaller version of Breville's wildly popular, large convection toaster oven, the Breville BOV800XL (Est. $250). Though the BOV650XL does not have a convection feature, with 1,800 watts of power and "smart" heating elements, reviewers say it cooks everything -- from chicken to pizza to cake -- evenly and fairly quickly. It can also toast four slices of bread at a time. The backlit LCD on the BOV650XL calculates the correct time and temperature, and it shuts off automatically. Many love that the timer displays a countdown until your food or toast is done. A number of users note that the instruction book includes some good recipes.

Ease of use

One-touch cooking. The eight pre-sets on the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven -- toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies and reheat -- mean that many of your common cooking tasks are no more complicated than pressing a button, according to reviewers. It even remembers personal-preference settings. There are three rack positions for various tasks; however, the rack does not pull out automatically when the door opens and plenty of owners say the rack can be awkward to pull out when it's hot. The BOV650XL's interior walls feature a nonstick coating and its pullout crumb tray is easy to clean. Accessories include an enamel baking pan and broil rack, as well as a ribbed plate warming tray. None of the accessories are dishwasher-safe.

Appearance/durability

A solid, mid-sized option. Although it bills itself as "compact," the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven is actually comparable in size to other mid-sized toaster ovens. The Breville's stainless steel finish looks attractive in a variety of kitchens, and its large display and minimalist controls give it a modern styling that many reviewers like. We did read some instances where the BOV650XL died after two to three years, which seems like a decent length of time for it to last; but owners with broken appliances feel that, for the price, it should last longer. Many note that customer service was very responsive, even after the toaster oven was out of warranty, though others say the company was less than helpful -- wanting to charge them $99 to have the Breville BOV650XL shipped to them for repairs. It comes with a one-year warranty.

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Breville BOV650XL Reviews

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org editors test 22 toaster ovens, including the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven, rating them on multiple criteria, such as how evenly they bake and broil, how easy the controls are to set and how intuitive they are to understand.

Review: Breville BOV650XL, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Good Housekeeping

The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven earns an A grade based on lab tests conducted by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and rates the highest in this comparison of 34 toaster ovens. Experts test products for performance, safety and ease of use. Although it's an older roundup, the BOV650XL has not undergone any changes since these tests were conducted.

Review: Breville Compact Smart Toaster Oven BOV650XL, Editors of Good Housekeeping, September 2011

3. Amazon.com

The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven earns 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 730 user reviews. Owners say the oven cooks very evenly, controls are intuitive and it cleans easily. Quite a few prefer it to their full-size oven. There are some scattered durability complaints, however.

Review: Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven 1800-Watt Toaster Oven with Element IQ, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2014

4. BedBathAndBeyond.com

After more than 50 reviews, the Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven earns an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5. According to owner feedback, the oven has a well-built look and feel, and its pre-sets and bright, clear display make it easy to use. However, some report problems with the oven failing within two years -- too soon for such an expensive appliance, they feel.

Review: Breville Compact Smart Oven Toaster Oven, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of October 2014

5. Macys.com

In more than 45 reviews, the Breville BOV650XL earns an overall average of 4.5 stars out of 5 and 86 percent of owners would recommend the toaster oven. Most say it's great for almost anything you'd use a toaster oven for -- cooking frozen pizza, potatoes -- as well as baking cookies and roasting meat.

Review: Breville BOV650XL Toaster Oven, Compact Smart, Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2014

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