Review of Breville Smart Oven Air BOV900BSS

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My Verdict
This is the toaster oven to rule them all: it cooks whatever you throw at it, and does so splendidly. Make sure you have plenty of counter space though and be prepared to spend more than you would otherwise from the start. If you do though, rest assured: you’re getting the best.
9.5

Function: 10/10

Design: 9/10

Reliability: 10/10

Pros

  • Quality of cooking is bar none
  • Versatiliy – it does it all
  • Massive interior – you can feed a whole family at once
  • Presets and smart features – very easy to use
  • Massive interior

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Big – it’s the size of four small toaster ovens
  • Fans are noisy

What spurred my quest for efficiency was that I wanted to love every second spent in my kitchen. I also wanted to have plenty of time for everything else. Somewhere down the line, this brought me to try out several different appliances.

I tried toasters, blenders, microwaves, breadmakers, and of course, toaster ovens. It was hard for me to find one that would fulfill all of my family’s needs, but eventually I discovered the Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven. 

Breville Smart Oven Air Toaster Oven front view

It wasn’t the first one to win my heart, but once it did win me over, I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without a convection toaster oven ever again. Breville comes very close to ticking every single box for me, and that’s why I often recommend it. 

Let me tell you what I liked about Breville so that you too can make up your own mind!

Simply the Best at its Job

Do you know how I said above that I didn’t necessarily love all the toaster ovens I’ve ever tried? That’s because I really wanted to find something capable of doing the job of a wall oven without too much of a hassle, and a lot of them fell short of that.

This Breville smart oven boasts an impressive 1800 watts of power coupled with a 2-speed convection fan and 6 independent quartz heating elements. Long story short — this thing is pretty strong.

Plus it’s a convection toaster oven. This means that your food heats up all the way throughout instead of being warm at the back of the oven and cold by the opening. The food was always crispy and I had no issues with the browning, which is more than can be said about my wall oven. Generally, it simply did the baking, air frying, cooking and roasting better than the others I’ve tried.

It allows for pretty granular controls also. It’s a smart oven, and that means it comes with a lot of fun additions that make lives easier… although my husband was happier about the money we saved when I realized we didn’t need to buy an air fryer anymore.

Smart Enough to Replace Several Tools

This Breville smart oven is capable of doing a whole lot of things. I mentioned an air fryer, so let’s start with that. An air fryer was something I’ve been wanting for a while, as I’m not a fan of deep-frying our french fries. Little did I know that a toaster oven would be enough!

Breville comes with 13 different cooking functions that make it more of a multipurpose tool than just a smart oven. It has a lot of pre-set cooking modes, but it also allows you to set your own temperature and fan speed. Thanks to that, I was able to take it easy and just let the oven set the right temp, but if a recipe ever called for adjustments, I could set it by myself.

The settings in Breville are: Toast, Bagel, Bake, Broil, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook, Proof, Air fry, Dehydrate.

Of course, there are also settings for the convection phase: you can switch to higher fan speeds. There’s also a light switch that lets you peek inside and check on your cooking.

All of the above are clear and easy to see thanks to the bright LCD panel, so even if you’re in the mood for a midnight snack, you won’t have to alert your family members by turning on the kitchen light.

You can control the Breville using its four dials that are located below the LCD panel. There are a few smaller buttons as well. So many settings may take a little time to get used to — I know I spent a while reading the manual — but they’re worth it.

With all these different presets, I was able to forego buying an air fryer and dehydrator completely. I don’t think I have to mention I almost completely gave up on my wall oven. I’m sure you can tell I wasn’t a big fan, and then Breville came along and did the job better, sealing the fate of my oven even further.

Big Enough For A Thanksgiving Turkey

No, I’m not kidding — I did actually use the Breville to prepare our Thanksgiving turkey one year. Granted, we didn’t really have the space to entertain the entire family, so it wasn’t the biggest turkey I’ve ever seen – just below 14 pounds, which is the maximum Breville recommends. However, keeping in mind that this is a toaster oven, I find that pretty incredible.

This Breville model (BOV900BSS) is really spacious: it measures at 21.4 x 17.2 x 12.8 inches it has a 1 cubic feet interior. It does take up a bit of space on the counter, but as it combines several appliances into one, I actually found it myself with more room to spare.

Aside from the aforementioned turkey, I was able to comfortably fit most 9 x 13″ pans and even muffin trays into this smart oven. Up to four trays can fit into it at any given time, which I found to be a real time-saver when preparing a lot of different things at once.

Thanks to the size of this thing, I was able to prepare a whole bunch of meals: dinners, lunches, hot breakfasts, snacks, and sweets — you name it, I’ve done it.

Some of my favorite Breville-made meals include:

  • All kinds of roasts (chicken, turkey, etc.)
  • Pizza
  • Lasagna
  • Bagels
  • Toasts
  • Cookies and cookie cups
  • Cakes
  • Nachos
  • Tacos
  • French fries (Thank you, air fryer!)
  • Muffins
  • Casseroles
  • Chicken wings
  • Ribs
  • Steaks

I also really liked the fact that Breville has a few suggestions for tray placements when it comes to different types of food. I have burnt a pizza or two in my time, so this was especially handy when I first got the Breville and had to learn all the functions.

One thing you should know is that this Breville model actually comes in four sizes! I used the biggest one (BOV900BSS) and that’s the one I recommend. You never know what you may want to cook, and if you’re like me and you have kids or you like to entertain, you’re better off aiming a little bigger.

Quick to Use and Clean Up

If you’ve read the list of food I used to make in my Breville, you can probably guess that some of them made a bit of a mess. Take pizza, for example — who doesn’t love some extra cheese? I know that my kids do, but extra cheese comes at the price of extra cleanup. Fortunately, Breville made it as close to a breeze as it can be.

It has a non-stick interior, so all I had to do was use a bit of liquid cleaner on a sponge and get to work. Not all of the trays pull out, but the one that is not non-stick does, so cleaning it up is not an issue at all.

Not only is the cleaning quick to do, but the oven itself operates quite fast. I think it’s the fastest toaster oven I’ve ever had — it heats up in minutes and is ready to go. However, keep that in mind if you have small children around, because the exterior warms up a lot too, and it does so faster than you’d probably expect.

It also has a rather loud alarm that rings when the cooking process is over, so a lot of the time I’d just leave the kitchen and let it do all the work. After all, that’s what I ask from kitchen appliances. They have to earn their place on my counter by making my life considerably easier — Breville really did.

Pros and Cons

I feel like I covered the majority of the things Breville is capable of. Let me tell you, it had done a lot of good in my back-then otherwise inefficient kitchen, so I won’t lie if I say that I loved it. However, I want to give you a good overview of the good and the bad, so let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of this Breville smart oven.

Pros

  • Versatility – the number of things I’ve cooked in the Breville is really off the charts. From brownies to a roast turkey, you can pretty much say goodbye to your wall oven.
  • 5-in-1 – with all the different functions, this toaster oven can work as a substitute for a wall oven, an air fryer, a dehydrator, and a microwave.
  • Cooking presets – Breville has 13 settings that make it easy to adjust to most types of food. I didn’t use all of them on a daily basis, but I really loved the slow cooking and air frying options.
  • Massive interior – I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a toaster oven that can fit a 14 lb turkey or a 12 muffin tray, but this one does!
  • Four trays at a time – tied to the above, Breville allows you to use four trays at the same time. It’s especially great for movie or game nights with a lot of different snacks!
  • Easy cleanup – the non-stick coating made cleanup relatively painless.
  • Quick pre-heating and cooking – this is one powerful smart oven, so making dinner was considerably quicker than I expected.

Cons

  • Expensive – you go for Breville if you want the best quality and customer service, but be prepared to spend more than you would otherwise.
  • Noise – when I’ve used it on the super speed convection setting, the fans would get quite noisy.
  • Space – as you can probably guess, Breville takes up a bit of room on your counter due to its huge interior.

Conclusion

If you’re like me, you probably always try to find better ways to do certain things. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook — if I could, I’d spend half the day just trying out different recipes. Unfortunately, time doesn’t stretch to accommodate my hobbies, so I have to make do with what little time I have. 

As such, whenever I try out a new kitchen gadget, the usefulness and efficiency of it are always the first things I look at. With the Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven, I was satisfied almost right from the start. It wasn’t perfect, of course not, but it came as close as possible for me. I’m a rather demanding shopper — after all, we all want to get what we pay for.

This Breville toaster oven improved my kitchen experience with its powerful convection cooking, lots of pre-set cooking modes, quick heating followed by a fast cleanup, and lastly, the versatility of it. Sure, I may not have really utilized all the different settings, but I know I used a lot more of them than I initially thought.

After getting the Breville, I found my wall oven and microwave started collecting dust because the food prepared in this smart oven just tasted better. That, combined with how easy it was to use, really sealed the deal for me. 

I looked for a smart toaster oven that could feed my entire family, and I found that in Breville. It remains one of my favorite purchases to this day, so if you need an oven that’s large and capable, I recommend looking into it:

FAQ
How do you clean the Breville Smart Oven Air (BOV900BSS)?

Since it has non-stick walls, the clean-up is a breeze. Just take it apart and use a mixture of baking soda and dish soap. Here’s a link to a more detailed toaster oven cleaning guide made by me.

Can you dehydrate several baskets at a time?

Yes, up to four.

What does the Breville Smart Oven Air (BOV900BSS) come with?

There is a pizza pan, two racks, an air fryer rack, and then a black pan that’s almost the width and length that sits on top of a rack.

What is the highest temperature setting for the Breville Smart Oven Air (BOV900BSS)?

480F.

Does the top get hot?

Yes, it does. Please leave some room above the oven for safety reasons.

See you soon,

G.

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