If you are looking for a toaster oven that is more of a replacement for a conventional oven than it is a toaster, experts and owners recommend the 1,800-watt Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL. Reviewers say its toasting, baking and broiling performance is unbeatable. The Smart Oven receives praise for its auto-eject rack and easy-to-clean design. It has nine preset cooking programs, which can be adjusted to individual preferences. If you want to spend less for similar functionality, experts and owners recommend the Cuisinart TOB-195 Convection Toaster Oven (*Est. $180) , but the Cuisinart oven doesn't garner the same rave owner reviews.
We found the best expert reviews of the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL at ConsumerReports.org and Cook's Illustrated magazine. Both publications conduct comparison testing of several toaster ovens; ConsumerReports.org covers nearly two dozen models, while Cook's Illustrated magazine editors test 10 toaster ovens. ElderGadget.com also evaluates the Breville The Smart Oven based on its ease of use for the elderly. Bestcovery.com includes The Smart Oven in its ranking of the top five toaster ovens. We also found no shortage of owner opinions at Amazon.com. We read a smaller number of owner-written reviews at Macys.com and Breville.com.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org test the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL among 23 toaster ovens and provide a chart ranking each by overall score. Separate ratings are provided for evenness of toasting, baking and broiling. The ease-of-use rating is based on the oven's settings, controls and cleanup.
Review: Toaster Oven Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2010
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Ten toaster ovens are put to the test by editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine in this recent review. Toaster ovens are evaluated on their ability to toast and bake, and other features, such as user-friendliness and ease of cleaning are also considered. The Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL is one of the 10 models tested in this roundup.
Review: Toaster Ovens, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 1, 2011
ElderGadget.com reviews products for features that make them easy for seniors to use. This author evaluates eight toaster ovens, including the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL. Toaster ovens aren't ranked, but senior-friendly features are highlighted. The Breville receives praise for easy-to-read controls, good hand clearance and an auto-eject rack. One cautionary note: The controls are more complex.
Review: Toaster Ovens for the Elderly, "Aaron W.", Sept. 24, 2009
At Bestcovery.com, five toaster ovens are recommended based on features and ease of use. The Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL takes the second spot, although it's not clear what criteria were used.
Review: Best Toaster Oven, "BC Maven", May 18, 2011
The Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL is the top-rated toaster oven in owner reviews at Amazon.com; it earns 4.5 out of 5 stars and has close to 650 reviews. The majority of users say its quality is unbeatable and the cooking performance is outstanding.
Review: Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven, Contributors to Amazon.com
Macys.com sells higher-end toaster ovens, including the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL. It averages 4.8 stars out of 5 from about 30 owners, who agree it heats faster and cooks as well as a conventional oven. One owner says stains didn't come off the pans.
Review: Breville BOV800XL Toaster Oven, Smart, Contributors to Macys.com
Approximately 120 consumers have written reviews for the Breville The Smart Oven BOV800XL at the manufacturer's website, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 stars. Reviewers say this heavy-duty toaster looks and feels like a professional-grade product. This site also features a video outlining the toaster oven's features.
Review: The Smart Oven, Contributors to Breville.com