Lola’s Test Kitchen: BREVILLE SMART OVEN BOV800

After weeks of testing different recipes, I fell in love with the beautiful Breville Smart Oven BOV800. Let me tell you why.

The Breville Smart Oven is the first and only smart oven in the country. It’s bigger than a standard toaster, smaller than a regular oven, but has all their functions plus more.

Just a little background, Breville is a premium brand from Australia known as a maker of small kitchen appliances for more than 80 years. The brand created the original sandwich toaster and its name has become synonymous to the appliance, just like how the Hoover brand is associated with the vacuum cleaner. Breville also makes premium kitchen appliances, such as coffeemakers, juicers, food processors, and mixers. But today, I will be talking about their smart oven.

Baking is not exactly a piece cake (sorry for the pun), but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn. I have baked cookies and cupcakes and pasta before, and I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. But unlike cooking, I don’t bake regularly because it is a tedious, precise food preparation, and it takes lots of patience, practice, and so many tools.

I’ll talk about the outcome of my test recipes later, but for now, check out the slides below and find out what features and accessories come with the Breville Smart Oven:



The Breville Smart Oven has a 22-liter capacity. Don’t be fooled by its size though. The interior is enough to cook and bake food that is good for an average-sized family. I can put four llanera molds inside without any problem. It’s ideal for everyday use. In fact, many online reviews claim that they use the Breville Smart Oven more often than their regular oven as it consumes less energy and does not heat up their kitchen.

Its key feature is its Element IQ. There are two heating elements at the bottom and three on top. They automatically adjust their output to properly distribute the heat and evenly cook whatever food is inside. It prevents hot spots, which is a typical problem in most ovens. It’s normal to see the elements to turn on and off during the cooking process.

It also includes a grill rack, great for toasting bread. This rack must be inserted at all times when using baking pans.

A 12×12-inch enamel grill/roasting pan that can fit a whole chicken

It also includes a 12×12-inch enamel baking pan which doubles as a drip catcher when used with the grill pan. These pans are perfect for roasting just like the delicious pork roast that I posted on my blog a couple of weeks ago.

A huge 13-inch non-stick pizza tray is included in the box, fits nicely inside the oven. I haven’t used this pan for pizza yet, but I’ve baked cookies on it and it just works perfectly.

It also has a stainless steel crumb tray, which you can easily remove making cleaning a breeze.

How does a 13-inch pizza tray fit a 22-liter oven? The secret is in the back of the oven: it’s carved to fit the round pan, plus they added rubber guards to protect the back from touching the wall. That’s really smart.

The door feels solid and sturdy, just like any high-end oven. The inside has a nonstick coating which makes cleaning so much easier.

The handle does not heat up so it’s safe to hold even without mittens. Of course, the door and the rest of the body are hot during operation, so be careful!

It widely opens and holds the position to prevent burning your hands.

One of my favorite things about this door is its inside magnets, which gently pulls out the grill rack so you don’t have to put your hands inside and risk burning them.

The door magnets, however, only work if the grill rack is placed on the middle level.

Another great feature is this tiny hook/stopper inside that prevents the grill rack from accidentally tipping when you pull it out. It’s very sturdy too!

The grill rack can be extended almost fully without tipping over so you can place your reasonably heavy baking pan or casserole without having to worry if the rack will hold its weight or not.

The body is made from a full stainless steel housing with a tempered, safety, dual-wall glass door. The top portion also functions as a ribbed-plate warming tray where you can place your oven-safe dishes to warm it up.

The side front showcases a beautiful LCD display with 9 preset functions: bake, grill, crumpet, toast, cookies, roast, pizza, reheat, and warm. The local version has different names of functions compared to other international versions, but it’s more or less the same.

The function knob lets you choose which function you want. Functions may differ in their preset temperature, time, and options.

The temperature can be adjusted on all of the preset functions. For Toast, this knob will let you choose the darkness of your bread toast.

You can also adjust the length of cooking time. For Toast function, you can choose the number of bread slices.

LCD screen turns amber when the smart oven is on. Blue if it's on standby mode.

The Breville Smart Oven automatically preheats when you turn it on. And it preheats really fast saving you time and energy consumption.

The Breville Smart Oven is also a convection oven. You can easily turn the convection fan on or off by simply pressing the fan button.

It also has temperature conversion feature. Not all recipes are the same, some uses Fahrenheit and some, Celsius. Simply press the C/F button to convert the temperature automatically.

The last button with an ice crystal symbol is for your frozen food, especially pizza! If you’re pizza is frozen, no need to thaw it, just simply put it in and it will automatically add an extra time. If it’s fresh pizza, just turn it off.

The LCD screen indicates which among these functions are currently set.

The following bakeware can fit into the Breville Smart Oven:
- 1/4 sheet tray
- 1/4 sheet-sized accessories, no handles
- 33 x 23 cm baking tins, no handles
- a bundt pan
- 6-cup muffin pan
- 9" pie pan
- 9" loaf pan

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THE TESTS

I must admit I was sceptical at first, mainly because of its small size. So, I tested the oven with a simple recipe first: chewy chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. It was awesome. The cookies were soft and chewy on the inside, but crumbly on the outside, just the way I like them.

The only tiny adjustment I made was the time. The Breville Smart Oven was designed to speed up the cooking process, so I had to reduce the baking time by a couple of minutes.

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My next recipe was my Crispy Pork Belly Roast. This dish was probably the one that excited me the most because, first, I like a good ol’ pork roast, and second, I was really wondering if this machine could turn the skin into cracklings without undercooking the inside. You see, traditional cracklings take several cooking processes to make, but in this recipe, I’m only roasting it.

I tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. If you can only hear that crusty sound when I ran the knife onto the skin. Unfortunately, the photo does not give it justice. Not only the skin was crispy and crunchy, the inside was so juicy and succulent too. This is, by far, the best pork recipe I’ve ever cooked. I was really impressed.

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The last recipe, which I shared with you last week, is my all-time favorite dessert: Macapuno Leche Flan. Normally at home, leche flan is steamed. But I also know that baking it is a better alternative because it adds a firmer bite. Also, it’s Christmas, so it’s a great time to share this timeless recipe with a little twist.

As expected, the leche flan was firmer and smoother. However, I had to add 15 minutes more baking time to my original recipe as it was a little undercook the first time I did the toothpick test. It’s probably because the baking rack was a little shallow, hence not enough water was used for the bath. But after cooling it down and chilling it in the fridge, the flan was just perfect.

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SIZE

The Breville Smart Oven BOV800 only has a 22-liter capacity. Now, the size can be a drawback or an advantage. If you’re preparing a meal for a huge dinner party, for instance, it can’t do the job alone. Its small size cannot cook huge portions or batches in one go. If you have a collection of baking wares that are huge and wide, it may not fit in the oven.

However, the size is also an advantage. Clearly, Breville designed the smart oven as a countertop appliance, ideal for an average-sized family and for daily use. Think about this: a whole chicken can fit inside. That’s a more-than-enough meal.

And because of its small size, it won’t heat up your kitchen. I live in a small apartment, and our gas stove releases more heat than this machine. I tried to feel the heat of the space around it, and honestly, it’s not that hot. This also means that most of the heat is contained where it is needed the most – inside the oven.

Because of that, it only takes a few minutes to preheat and cook your food, which translates to less energy consumption compared to a regular electric oven.

PRICE

The SRP of the Breville Smart Oven BOV800 is P16,900. It is not exactly the most affordable electric oven in the market. It doesn’t even have an oven lamp, although the newer Smart Oven Pro has it, but it’s not yet available in the Philippines.

However, there is also so much to love about the Breville Smart Oven BOV800. The premium brand name itself is a guarantee of its high-quality standard. Many reviewers say that they’ve had this oven for years time without experiencing any major issue. They also claim that they no longer use their huge regular oven because the size of the Breville Smart Oven is just right to create everyday meals and desserts for their family.

It also saves them in their energy consumption in the long run. Regular ovens have a huge capacity, which requires more energy to heat up. If you’re just baking a few cookies or a pizza or a loaf of bread, the size of the Breville Smart Oven is just perfect.

For its high quality, low energy consumption, user-friendly interface, compactness, and beautiful design, I think the Breville Smart Oven BOV800 is worth its price.


Disclaimer: Thanks to our friends at Breville Philippines. They have provided us with the gorgeous Breville Smart Oven BOV800 to test and play around. This is a sponsored content, however, my review and opinion are unbiased to protect the integrity and fairness of the brand, this blog, and its readers.


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