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Breville BOV800XL Convection Toaster Oven Review

Updated on June 11, 2011
Breville BOV800XL
Breville BOV800XL

Healthy home cooked meals are simply indispensable. But for most of us cooking our meals is a hassle. If your time is limited then the Breville BOV800XL can help you out.

Let This Smart Oven Do The Work For You!

Equipped with the Element IQ feature you need not worry of overcooking your cookies, pizzas and bread. You can set the oven anywhere between its 9 pre-programmed settings. Element IQ delivers only the right amount of power at the right time. Furthermore, you can adjust the time needed for your meal to be cooked.

Master Chefs know just how important time and heat is in baking or cooking. The amount of heat heavily affects the taste of the food. Think of a dimmer switch in a living room, that’s how Element IQ works. Smart Oven controls the amount of heat released thus it is energy efficient. Aside from its energy efficient feature, it also heats much faster compared with other toaster ovens.

Size Does Matter

While other toasters are bulky and spacey, this smart oven maintains a small, space-saving size. Despite its conservative dimension (18.5 x 16.2 x 11.2 inches), the Breville BOV800XL can do almost all functions that a larger oven can do. In fact, it can heat up much faster than older oven toasters. Although the exterior may appear small, it can cook medium-sized foods such as a pizza. Its 0.8 cubic feet of space allows use of 13” non-stick pizza pan, three-layered broil rack, ¼ sheet pan or a 12”x12” enamel baking pan. You’ll definitely want to have one in your kitchen.

Impressive Design and Functions

Housed in a durable casing made of stainless steel, this oven toaster has a wide, 4/5-cubic-foot, open space to put your food in. Its interior is lined with non-stick stainless steel materials and Element IQ technology. What’s great about this control is that it can easily be adjusted for your cooking needs. This 1800-watt convection oven features 9 programmed functions such as Warm, Reheat, Pizza, Cookies, Broil, Bake, Roast, Bagel and Toast. You simply need to press any of these pre-set functions for easy hands off cooking. On top of that, there is no need for guessing or estimating the amount of heat and time for every recipe you make. The toaster comes with a built-in Element IQ that stores pre-set cooking time and temperature.

Each setting follows specific heating patterns specifically intended for the recipe you’re making. For example, the Bake Function activates all heating elements, both top and bottom, as well as the convection fan to ensure even distribution of heat throughout the programmed cooking time. Similarly, its Toast Function turns on both heating elements to create a crisp finish. On the other hand, the Broil Function only uses the upper heating elements that only melt and brown the food. These pre-programmed settings, however, can be adjusted depending on individual preferences.

Unlike other toaster ovens with fixed five quartz heating elements, Breville BOV800XL has Element IQ functions that work like a dimmer and you simply increase or decrease the amount of heat by turning the knob up or down.

Added Convenience and Safety

Designed for the convenience of its user, Breville BOV800XL uses turn-knob and push-button controls. Added to that, the back-lit LCD screen makes your cooking experience an effortless task. You can clearly see what function, time and temperature of the open thus you can easily adjust the settings, if ever you need to.

Cleaning is also easy. To clean it, you can use cleaning sponge or fabric sprayed with ordinary kitchenware cleaner. Run it through the interior and the exterior of the oven until all bread crumbs, spills and dirt are removed. The crumb tray, likewise, is easy to pull out of the stove.

Aside from your convenience, this toaster oven also has safety features. Its three-layered wire rack slides mechanically halfway out of the oven. You can pick up hot foods once they’re out. Furthermore, its built-in timer automatically shuts the oven off preventing fiery accidents. Although not advised, you can cook and leave the oven while you do other important things. Its alarm sounds audibly telling you that your meal is done.

The Good and The Bad About The Breville BOV800XL


• Convenient for everyday use

• Ideal for small- or medium-sized foods

• Space saving but with wide interior space

• Time and energy efficient

• Door closes snugly

• Has 9 pre-programmed functions

• Stainless steel design looks modern and lovely

• Very functional


• Short cord

• Consumes high wattage (20 amp) thus can’t be used alongside other kitchen appliances

• Exterior gets overly hot making it risky for accidental burns

• Does not have a revert button that allows retaining of default setting

• LCD’s blue backlit makes reading from afar rather difficult

What Owners Say About Their Breville BOV800XL Oven

Sentiments for Breville BOV800XL are singular: its top-class. Consumers love its nice, simple look that goes well with any kitchen design. Furthermore, its multi-function feature has received positive comments from users. Many users also consider it safe and convenient for use. However, there are some consumers who find it much like any other smart ovens. There are also comments regarding its accessories which are quite hard to find. Overall, the Breville BOV800XL is one smart oven you would love having in your kitchen. You can find it on Amazon for a reduced price.

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