Breville Smart Oven

The Good The Breville Smart Oven is a well-made, smartly designed appliance that performs consistently well.

The Bad Some of the cooking presets don’t work very well, and its "smart" functions aren't all that obvious.

The Bottom Line Consider investing in this trusty, solid and clever toaster oven if you plan to use yours for serious cooking and as long as you're not turned off by a $249 price tag.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.0
  • Usability 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Maintenance 7.0
8.1 Overall

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Review

Not connected, but still smartly designed

With a retail price of $249, the Breville Smart Oven sits among the most expensive toaster ovens in our test group, second only to the $299 Cuisinart CSO-300 Combo Steam + Convection Oven. Breville's oven performs well and handled nearly every food we tested with ease. I particularly liked its easy-to-use control panel and preset cook functions. If you're in the market for a luxury, large-capacity toaster oven, the Breville Smart Oven is recommendable, even if its "smart" features aren't immediately obvious. If you don't need a lot of space, however, it's hard to justify its price when you can purchase the smaller, equally effective Panasonic Flash Xpress for $100 less.

Usability and design
The Breville Smart Oven is a sturdily built, well-designed toaster oven. Its stainless steel construction gives it a modern appearance, and it will look attractive on your countertop. In addition to the appliance itself, the Smart Oven comes with a broil rack, baking pan, and pizza pan. These are fairly standard accessories for toaster ovens, but Breville also offers accessories like pizza stones on its Web site. The Smart Oven is large, with a width of 18.5 inches and a depth of 12.5 inches, though it is not the largest toaster oven we reviewed. If your counter space is not limited, this size is a good thing, as it enables the Smart Oven to cook a 13-inch pizza or handle a roast or chicken pieces. Even though it does not have the largest exterior, the Smart Oven has a 0.8-cubic-foot interior, the largest of any other toaster oven we've tested so far.

In addition to its sturdy construction, the Smart Oven boasts a few design conveniences, though not all are perfect. You don't need to open the oven door to remove the crumb tray. Its top, which heats up during cooking, doubles as a plate warmer. That's useful if you have a plate to warm, but the surface can get warm enough that you'll want to avoid setting anything on it that might melt or combust. The sides, at least, stay relatively cool during cooking.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Breville
  • Compliant Standards cULus
  • Product Type Electric oven
  • Color Category Silver
  • Special Features 9 programs, Assist Plug, Element IQ, auto-rack eject, convection fan, crumb tray, double walls, temperature indicator
  • Exterior Features blue backlight LCD display, drop down door, removable crumb tray
  • Cooking Function bagel, bake, warm, broil, convection, cookies, defrost, pizza, reheat, roast, toast
  • Timer Settings Features temperature conversion, timer
  • Type LCD display
  • Appliance Accessories bake pan, broil rack, pizza pan
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