Reviewers praise the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL for its ability to bake, roast, broil, reheat and toast food evenly. It handles everything from a 4-pound chicken to a full-size pizza, and its convection setting speeds cooking. The Smart Oven's quartz elements consistently cool and reheat, producing a steady, controlled temperature. Some owners say the oven died after a few months of use, but Breville customer service replaced those still under warranty.
Cooks uniformly. Although consumers often complain about the shortcomings of toaster ovens, users praise Breville's The Smart Oven BOV800XL for all the things it does well. It bakes, roasts, broils, reheats and toasts food uniformly at a temperature that remains consistent throughout the cooking time. It's roomy enough to handle a 4-pound chicken or six slices of toast. An automatic timer shuts the oven off when cooking is complete and a convection setting means foods cook up to 30 percent faster. It's also energy-efficient and comes with a one-year warranty.
Quick and intuitively simple. The Smart Oven's large dial controls are easy to set and the bright LCD is easily readable, so setting the oven is quick and intuitive, say experts and owners. The interior racks automatically slide out halfway when the door is opened for easy food removal. A pizza pan, bake pan and broiler rack are included. Cleanup is easy with the stainless exterior, nonstick interior and a removable, front-loading pullout crumb tray, but accessories need to be washed by hand.
A bit of a space hog. Reviewers say the Breville BOV800XL looks good on the countertop thanks to its stainless steel housing and classic, beefy design, but it takes up a lot of space. Some report that since they can also use it as a toaster, they've retired their toaster to make more room. A few users say the knobs seem flimsy, but most call The Smart Oven extremely durable and well made.
1. America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen features reviews of toaster ovens in Season 12's "Rise and Shine Breakfast" episode, and equipment critiques are continuously updated on its website. Reviewers test each oven's ability to make evenly browned toast and cook various foods correctly, user-friendliness and temperature accuracy. Ratings are available only to registered users.
Review: Toaster Ovens, Lisa McManus, Jan. 2, 2012
ConsumerReports.org editors test 21 toaster ovens and rate 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: Toaster Ovens, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Ho, a writer and recipe developer, uses the Breville Smart Oven every day; it remains firmly in place even after she pares down her kitchen tools. She calls this toaster oven a "counter hog," but says the trade-off is worth it.
Review: My Essential Appliance: Breville Smart Oven, Emily Ho, Feb. 10, 2012
The Breville BOV800XL ranks No. 1 in this roundup of the top 10 toaster ovens of 2013, earning an overall score of 9.5 points out of 10. Rowland compiles the list by considering a variety of features that are crucial to a well-performing toaster oven.
Review: Best Toaster Ovens: Top 10 Rated Toaster Ovens 2013, Brittany Rowland, Not dated
Breville The Smart Oven gets 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 1,375 users. Most rave about the toaster oven, although a number of owners say it died after a few months and the LCD light failed or flickered.
Review: Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
More than 90 owners give the Breville The Smart Oven an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5. They praise its ability to cook a variety of foods well, and say it preheats/bakes faster than a conventional oven. However, some complain that the oven died after a short time.
Review: Breville The Smart Oven Convection Toaster Oven, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of June 2013
Cooking.com names Breville's The Smart Oven its "top rated toaster oven" based on a 5-star rating from 27 user reviews. For Cooking.com to identify a top-rated item, it must receive a minimum average rating of 4 stars out of 5 from 20 or more customers.
Review: Top Rated Toaster Ovens, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of June 2013