Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven Review

Countertop toaster ovens have become increasingly popular in kitchens across the world for several good reasons. They are packed with the latest innovation, showcase sleeker designs and best of all are a joy to use. The Breville Mini Smart Oven not only ticks all the aforementioned boxes, but steps it up a few notches with class leading baking performance that allows you to cook foods faster than a few full size models. If you’re looking to cook pizzas and bagels, drumsticks, or delicious cakes with a single appliance, the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven is worthy of a second look.

Who is this product for?

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven is a superior quality appliance that allows you to cook for one or two individuals in its generously spaced 0.45 cu ft. interior (4 slices of bread or an 11” pizza).. It measures just 16 x 13 x 9 inches and tips the scales at 15.2 pounds, making it a perfect fit for tight spaces and to haul around when travelling.

In terms of craftsmanship and durability, the Mini Smart Oven by Breville takes home the gold owing to its robust reinforced stainless steel construction coupled with a striking design that allows it to blend in seamlessly with your overall décor.

Unlike some over the counter toaster oven models that are generally fitted with metal elements, the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven features quartz heating elements for accelerated heating uniform heating. Adding to this, it offers a choice of 8 different cooking functions with their respective preconfigured settings, allowing you to bake a wide range of succulent foods on autopilot.

Speaking of settings, they can be reconfigured according to user preferences, and once changed are saved in the onsite memory of the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven. Usability is one of the biggest factors to consider when shopping for the best toaster oven or any other appliance for that matter, and this is an area where the Breville doesn’t disappoint thanks to its onboard LCD display that lights up orange when the appliance is in use, and turns blue once the cooking cycle is complete.

Toasting bread can leave you with breadcrumb spills over the counter, but the Breville mini toaster oven not only cooks food well, but also fields the messes with its removable crumb tray located at the front of the appliance. The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven allows you to do a lot more than toast, but roast and bake with the same or higher quality output compared to a larger wall oven or range.

What’s included?

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven comes with everything you need to create tantalizing baked items right out of the box. This includes the appliance itself, wire rack, user guide to help you get acquainted with its rich set of features and a baking pan as a bonus. Even though it boasts a compact footprint, it is highly recommended that you determine its rightful slot in your kitchen near a wall electrical outlet, so that you can you can easily take the unit out of the box and set in its dedicated slot.

Overview of features

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven comes with a rich set of features, some often lacking in a few premium models in its segment.

  • Element IQ technology – This is one of the noteworthy features of the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven, which helps with uniform heat distribution, and provides heat where it is needed when a specific cooking function is selected. Further, Element IQ technology also adjusts the heat in the interior of the appliance automatically by lowering or increasing the heat output for efficient cooking.
  • Compact footprint – The Breville Mini Smart Oven is lightweight at a little over 15 lbs and measures 16 x 13 x 9 inches, making it a great choice for tight spaces. It interior offers 0.45 cu ft of space, which is just the right amount to bake a few cupcakes, toast 4 slices of bread, bake an 11 inch pizza, or bake a small chicken or turkey with the rack at its lowest height setting.
  • Function dial – The dial of the Breville Smart Oven allows you to select between 8 preset functions including bagel, toast, bake, broil, roast, cookies, pizza and reheat, and takes the guesswork out of cooking. These preset functions can also be reconfigured to match the volume of food and different recipes. This smart over the counter saves these customized settings in its onboard memory until changed or unplugging the appliance from the wall electrical outlet.
  • Top notch construction – The Smart Oven by Breville is crafted from powder coated steel on the exterior and features a non-stick interior.
  • Robust power – It offers an industry leading 1800 watts of cooking power spread across four quartz heating elements, allowing you to bake foods with ease and to perfection.
  • LCD display – This handy addition to the Breville over the counter toaster oven provides you set the time and temperature and monitor these metrics on an easy to read display. Further, the LCD display lights up orange when cooking is in progress and turns blue when it’s ready to be served. Its auto-shutoff feature turns on the unit automatically, and emits three beeps when the cooking cycle is complete.
  • “Bit More” – Located under the LCD panel is the “Bit More” button, which when pressed allows you to add a bit more time to the current cooking cycle without completely resetting the cooking time or stopping the unit.
  • “Snowflake” symbol – Set next to the Start button, this button when pressed tells the appliance that the meal you are preparing is frozen, so that it can use the Element IQ Technology to adjust the heating cycle accordingly.
  • Adjustable racks – The rack included with the appliance can be adjusted between three different positions, which allows you to cook the meal or recipe your way.
  • Tempered glass door – The transparent tempered glass door allows you to watch your food cook, without opening it to check its status.
  • Crumb tray – The pull out crumb tray gathers prevents messes and is extremely easy to clean.
  • Accessories – The package includes a wire rack and a 10″ x 10″ enamel baking pan, a wire rack.

Using the Breville Smart Oven

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven offer a no-fuss user experience owing to its presser functions, digital controls and backlit LED. Simply turn the dial to the desired setting to engage the cooking function, and use the TEMP or TIME button to change the change the temperature or time of any of the 8 functions.

This triggers the timer to keep track of the time, and shuts off the unit automatically and emits three beeps when the cooking cycle is complete. In an effort to improve usability, the side of the oven door provides wire rack recommendations to help you select the right rack position for each cooking function.

Alternatives to the Breville Mini Smart Oven

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven offers great features, but does not feature a fan for convection style cooking. If this is an important feature for you, the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven might be a better option. It offers the same top notch performance as the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven, but adds a few other features such as 9 preset functions, 5 quartz heating elements and a bigger cooking area.

What we like:

  • Sleek and elegant design looks good on any countertop
  • Quick and uniform heating thanks to Element IQ technology
  • Easy to use with integrated LED display, 8 preset functions and auto-shutoff
  • Doesn’t leave a mess owing to its removable crumb tray
  • Solid construction with easy to clean non-stick interior

What we don’t like:

  • Lacks convection function
  • A little expensive compared to similar products, but offers great service life
  • Timer may be a bit loud for some users, but on a brighter note won’t let you forget there’s something cooking in the oven
  • Rack doesn’t slide out, but can be adjusted between three positions

Final thoughts:

The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven is undoubtedly a great choice in the compact over the counter toaster over segment. The term “Smart Oven” best describes this appliance owing to the smart features it offers such as 8 preset functions, dedicated button to cook frozen foods, Element IQ technology for efficient heating and more, and “Bit More” feature to extending the time of the current cooking cycle without resetting or shutting off the oven.

All in all, the Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven is a great choice to bake several different types of foods without occupying a large amount of space on your countertop, and is constructed with premium materials, so you can rest assured it will last you for years to come with proper care.