Breville BOV650XL Smart Oven
The Breville BOV650XL is considered by many as the Breville BOV800XL’s younger brother. It shares many of the same features, including the Element IQ technology. One of the most notable differences, however, is its smaller capacity. It’s 0.6 Cu ft. nonstick interior can only accommodate 4 slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza at any given time. This model also does not have the convection baking function.
The 1800-watt toaster oven comes with 8 different pre-set cooking settings, which is more than enough for most users. Every setting can also be customized based on one’s recipe, food volume and personal taste, and stored in the oven’s memory. As a Smart Oven, it has the ability to adjust the wattage of its heating elements, which offers users with greater versatility when cooking.
Dimensions: 14.2x 16.5 x 10 inches
Capacity: 4 Slices of Toast, 12” Pizza
Element IQ Technology: This innovative technology automatically adjusts the right amount of power, heat and cooking time depending on what is in the oven. As a result, it’s able to save energy, take less time, and deliver more evenly cooked results.
Durable and Compact Design: Right from the box, one realizes that the BOV650XL Smart Oven is built to last. Its stainless steel door handle, is very strong and cool when touched. In addition, the oven looks very modern, thanks to its stainless steel appearance.. It’s a nice addition to any kitchen counter.
8 Preset Programs: The BOV650XL comes equipped with 8 preset cooking programs (cookies, broil, toast, bagel, pizza, roast, bake and reheat) to choose from. Many customers like this feature because it eliminates guesswork when setting temperature and time for cooking different foods. However, one can also adjust the settings to their own preferences if they don’t like the presets.
People who often forget to thaw their food before cooking will love this smart oven. It comes with a defrost function that will thaw your frozen food first before the cooking process begins.
Oven with a Memory: The toaster oven isn’t called smart for nothing. It comes with a built-in memory that’s able to keep track of the users cooking preferences. This feature is ideal for those who like cooking the same way each time. It helps to save time that would otherwise be used to customize cooking programs over and over again.
Temperature Conversion: For people who are used to setting their cooking temperature in Celsius, switching to Fahrenheit can be a bit confusing and vice versa. Luckily, the Breville BOV650XL has a temperature conversion button that enables users to easily toggle between the two temperature settings.
What Owners Love About the BOV650XL?
Performance: Owners were pleased with the performance of this unit. While the smaller Breville BOV450XL and the larger BOV800XL receive better overall ratings than this model, it still is a top performing toaster oven. Excellent as a toaster, and it does pretty well to decent in a lot of other areas of cooking.
Easy to Read LCD Screen: One of the things that users love about this oven is the user-friendly interface. The backlit LCD screen is very easy to read and use. It changes color based on the state of the oven. For instance, it displays orange color during pre-heat and cooking, and turns blue when a cooking cycle is complete. This helps to know exactly what state your food is in and takes out the guesswork.
Auto Shut-off Feature: Once a cycle is complete, the oven’s auto shut-off feature turn it off automatically. This helps to avoid cases of overcooking or burning of food in one’s absence.
Timer: Users love this feature because it tells one the exact amount of time left for the food to be ready, hence helps to eliminate guesswork.
Easy to Clean Crumb Tray: The crumb tray can be pulled out conveniently from the front part of the toaster oven. In addition, its interior is made of nonstick material, which makes it very easy to clean.
High Quality Accessories: Many users have applauded the high quality enamel baking pan and broil rack of the oven. Unlike other oven toasters with weak racks, these accessories are heavy and very durable.
What Could Be Better?
Despite many users being pleased with this product, there are a few changes that they wished would be effected to make it even better.
No Auto-eject Rack: Unfortunately, this smart oven doesn’t have an automatic eject rack. Many users think it would make a nice addition, considering the price of the oven.
No Interior Light: The toaster oven also lacks an interior light, which many customers wish was included.
Weak Dials: Some customers feel that the dials aren’t strong enough, and wished that they were made of something heavier to make them last longer.
Who Should Buy This Toaster Oven?
If you are looking for a counter top oven that does toast very well and will also perform other cooking tasks such as baking, broiling and reheating then this may be a nice option for you. It is a versatile, stylish and smart oven with the ability to replace a lot of the functions of your regular sized oven.
Who Should Not Buy This Toaster Oven?
If you are not looking to do a lot of cooking or baking and just want something that can toast and reheat food then this may not be the best choice. It is a full function toaster oven with a full function price. An oven like the Waring TCO650 or the Panasonic FlashXpress would be better alternatives.
Overall, the Breville BOV650XL is a high quality toaster oven that’s worth considering is you’re looking for a small, easy to use and energy-efficient toaster that cooks everything beautifully. Owners typically rate this in the low to mid 4’s out of 5 stars.