Toaster oven size matters

The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven is an updated model of the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven. Combining a smaller size and high performance, the oven does much more than toast.

Roomy enough for four slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza.
Roomy enough for four slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza. Breville

The toaster oven has come a long way. From its early beginnings as a glorified toaster, through the current appliances that can take up the full countertop, the toaster oven has progressed from novel appliance to must-have accessory. However, at some point during its evolution, the toaster oven breached the event horizon and became a tool of diminishing returns; quite often they're just too big and bulky to be considered compact appliances.

The Breville BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven packs modern features into a small footprint. (It's a smaller version of the previous model, the Smart Oven.) Measuring a reasonable 16.5 inches across by 14.25 inches deep, with a height of 10 inches, the 1,800-watt toaster oven supplies much appreciated power in an efficient use of space. Convenient enough to be used as a secondary oven, the device comes with a baking rack, a pizza pan, and two additional enamel racks for baking and broiling.

Along with the compact size, the toaster oven has convenient features. A heat-setting range of 120 degrees to 450 degrees ensures that when using the eight preset functions, results will come out as expected. Whether you wish to use the oven to bake, roast, broil, cook a 12-inch pizza, or to simply make some toast, the countertop appliance supplies convenience both in versatility and in volume.

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