Let's cut straight to the chase: the Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro is an oven that you should seriously consider investing in. Having owned this oven for the past two years I’m confident that you’ll be satisfied with this kitchen appliance. Keep reading to find out if the Smart Oven Pro is right for your cooking space.

Overview of the Breville BOV845BSS

What you get: A countertop convection oven, broil rack, baking pan, and pizza pan. Additional trays and pizza stones can be purchased separately.

The Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro is more than a premium toaster oven. It could potentially replace your existing oven, with the ability to broil, bake, roast, slow cook and even keep food warm. With 1800 watts of power it won’t struggle to cook larger food items. 13” pizzas, roast beef or chicken pieces can all be cooked with ease. Some view this product as an expensive toaster, I look at it as a very affordable multi-purpose oven.

For me, the biggest benefit of this oven is that it’s an extension of my existing oven. When I’m cooking for a larger crowd it’s a life saver! No more stressing about a lack of space in the oven for a large roast, vegetables and that pumpkin pie for dessert.

Initially, I was skeptical that a small appliance could evenly roast a chicken, bake a cake or do much more than toast bread. Gradually, I’ve ticked off all my favorite dishes using the Smart Oven and I’m still waiting for it to let me down.

If you have kids that love to bake then a countertop oven like this one is ideal. Kids find a regular oven hard to operate and it isn’t safe for them anyway. The Breville Smart Oven is simple to operate thanks to a smart display that can set the times for you and a small door that children can easily open.

Who is a toaster oven good for?

  • These ovens do more than just toast bread – they’re a multi-purpose kitchen appliance that do everything a conventional oven will do. Only on a smaller scale.
  • If you live in an area that gets hot in summer then these smaller ovens are an excellent option.
  • They don’t turn your kitchen into a furnace.
  • If you’re in a rental that has a run-down old oven and the landlord isn’t interested in replacing it, this is a good choice.
  • If you’re like me and love to entertain, or simply have a big family, your oven may not be big enough to fit everything in.

If you’re happy with your current oven you may want to consider this analogy of transport in Downtown, New York. Think of a toaster oven as a bicycle and a large oven as a limousine. They both have their uses and you’ll get to your destination across town no matter which choice of transport you go for. The limo has the comfort of space, but the bike will get you there faster and will be a lot more efficient for short trips. This sums up a toaster oven, it’s exceptionally quick and efficient for those smaller dishes. The ideal add-on to a regular oven.

What's good (and not so good) about the Smart Oven

Pros

  • Sleek designed appliance that suits any kitchen bench
  • Cooks a wide range of foods to perfection
  • Easy to use, intuitive control panel
  • A safer option if you love to bake with children
  • Easy to clean
  • Quick to pre heat

Cons

  • Too small to fit muffin trays or 9×13” baking pan
  • Price may be prohibitive for those on a tight budget
  • Small kitchens probably won’t have room for one

The design

The Breville BOV845BSS is a sleek looking, stainless steel oven that will look impressive on any kitchen bench. The unit measures 15¾ x 18½ x 11″ so you’ll want to check it fits your kitchen. For small apartment kitchenettes this probably won’t work for you. At 18.5” in width, it’s not a largest countertop oven on the market and this size does have one drawback – baking. If you enjoy making brownies in a 9×13” pan or muffins in a standard sized tray you’ll be disappointed as they won’t fit. It’s an inconvenience, but I’ve found there’s always the conventional oven for those bakes.

I had hoped to be able to use the top of the oven as storage space but it gets very hot. Keep this in mind, especially if you have young, inquisitive children that love to touch everything. The best use for the top of the oven is a plate warmer. It does a perfect job of warming plates before serving.

Top of Breville Smart Oven
The top of this oven gets very hot.

The inside of the oven has a non-stick surface which means cleaning is easy. There is an interior light which also needs to be regularly wiped; otherwise it can lose some of its brightness.

There are three different heights for the oven racks. If it’s placed in the middle level there is a magnet which slides the tray out as you open the door. So simple yet very handy, especially if you’re in a hurry.

Top rack: grilling and crumpets
Middle rack: toast, cookies and pizza
Bottom rack: baking, roasts, reheating and slow cooking

You don’t need to worry about memorizing the above settings as there is a sticker clearly labelled on the oven door with this information.

The control panel

The intuitive controls won’t help you with the recipe, but they’re super helpful when it comes to the cooking stage. Unlike some appliances that are quite difficult to work out how to use, the Smart Oven Pro is child’s play. Just three main dials with obvious uses.

LED SettingsFunction dial

This allows you to choose between grill, toast, crumpet, bake, roast, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm and slow cook. When you choose one of these options, the oven automatically adjusts the temperature and cooking time. However, you still have full control of the settings if you want to adjust temperature or cooking time.

Temperature dial

Allows you to adjust the temperature or if you’re cooking toast, the level of darkness.

Time dial

Set the cooking time manually or, if you’re cooking toast, select the number of slices. The total cooking time for roasting or baking is two hours, for broiling it’s 20 minutes and for slow cooking you can set it to cook for up to 10 hours.

In addition to the dials, there’s also a start/cancel button, light button and a button to toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Other buttons

A convection button allows you to toggle this function on and off. By turning on the convection setting, the oven fans hot air through the oven evenly. Food is cooked faster and more evenly using this setting. When toasting and broiling, the convection option is disabled.

Finally, there is a frozen food selector in case you’re cooking something frozen such as bread, straight from the freezer.

In truth, most of the time I simply adjust the function dial and leave it at that.

How the Breville Smart Oven performs

The oven utilizes five quartz heating elements which allows for infra-red cooking. This means that the air doesn’t have to heat for the food to begin cooking. The radiation is immediately absorbed into the food which begins cooking. Why is this a good thing? Meat can be seared to perfection without drying out. Roast meat will be your new best friend once you start cooking in this oven!

One of the main reasons you may want a Breville Smart Oven is simply to cook lots of toast. This unit makes cooking six slices at a time easy, perfect for big families or when visitors are staying. It will take a little over 3-4 minutes to toast 4 large or 6 small slices of bread to a golden brown color. Toasting 4 slices reduces this cook time a little as you can position all the slices closer to the center.

Bread toasted in the smart oven
Perfectly toasted bread every time.

When cooking six slices of toast you’ll notice that the edges of the pieces on the left and right down get completely browned. For me, it really isn’t a big issue, but it may be for some.

Cleaning the Breville Smart Pro

Cleaning the Breville Smart Pro is much easier than a standard oven, partially thanks to its smaller size. But to help further, there is a crumb tray on the bottom of the oven which can easily slide out and be cleaned. Wiping with a damp cloth, and then a wipe along the sides of the oven, is all that’s required occasionally.

Breville's crumb tray
Cleaning the oven is easy thanks to a handy crumb tray.

5 recipe ideas using the Breville Smart Oven

Here are a few very easy recipe ideas for using your new toaster oven. I say recipes but that’s a stretch. They’re almost too simple to be called a recipe!

Breakfast

Baked eggs: Forget boiling your eggs in water, that’s old school. Bake them in the toaster oven with their shells on. Hard baked eggs take about 25 minutes to cook at 325°F.

Baked Bananas or plantains: Simply slice your bananas in half and splash with some lemon juice. Then sprinkle with some cinnamon and honey and bake for 10 minutes on 350°F.

Lunch

Tuna melt: Combine a small can of tuna with mayonnaise and diced green onion. Top white bread with your mixture and top with grated cheese. Broil until the cheese is nicely melted and golden brown on top.

If you enjoy Subway tuna sandwiches be sure to check out this scrumptious recipe.

Main

Pesto salmon: Place salmon fillets skin side down on the baking tray and cover with a squeeze of lemon, a layer of pesto and some pine nuts. Cook for 10-15 minutes on broil setting. The fish is ready when it is light pink in color.

Stuffed mushrooms: Place four large mushrooms on a baking tray with their stalks removed. Fill with diced bacon, chili, onion, tomato and bell pepper. Top with grated cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes on 350°F.

Convection oven Yes

Low oven height No

Number of slices 6

Number of rack positions 3

Pizza size 13 in

Broiling pan
Element IQ technology for precise cooking temperatures
10 cooking functions
Interior oven light
LCD display
Non-stick coating for easy cleaning
Capacity: 6-slice toaster, 33cm pizza, roast a whole chicken, 9 cup muffin tray
In-built fan which speeds up the cooking process

Power: 1800 watts
Temperature range: 120-500
Digital display: Yes
Dimensions (HxWxD): 11 x 19 x 16
Interior dimensions HxWxD: 5 x 14 x 13
Additional functions: bake, reheat, broil ,roast, pizza, cookies, warm, slow cook
Warranty: 1 yr

Final Words

I have a lot of small appliances in my house including blenders, ice cream makers, pizza ovens, mixers and much more. They’re all useful, but the Breville Smart Oven Pro is my favorite and most used of them all. For me, I love how it extends my ability to cook larger amounts of food when cooking for guests. Before the Smart Oven arrived on the scene, planning out what to cook and when was a headache! The additional cooking space makes everything so much easier.

I also love to bake with my daughter and she’s only 10. With this countertop oven she’s more comfortable using it as the door is smaller and getting burned is a lot less likely.

This oven won’t be for everyone. If you have a small kitchen or an apartment kitchenette then I think you’ll struggle with space. It’s a decent size and transferring it into the garage or some other room will become a chore as it’s a similar weight to a microwave.

If your main reason to buy this oven is for baking then take into consideration that the internal width is 14”. This size is limiting; a standard muffin tray or brownie tray will be a fraction too big.

At the end of the day though, this is a counter top oven and isn’t meant to replace your regular oven. If you can live with the size then you’re going to be the proud owner of an appliance that is well constructed and designed to cook food to perfection for many years to come.

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