I am pretty good and dropping hints to my family when the holidays come around and they usually come through for me. This time I really got my heart set on a new countertop toaster oven and so when Thanksgiving rolled around I had start to lay on the charm. Luckily for me, my daughter took notice and got me the exact model that I was hoping for. Now I know it seems petty, but with the amount of cooking that I do for everyone they will more than benefit from my present.
So What Did I Get?
Initially I had hoped for the Breville BOV800XL as it has for years been rated as one of the best toaster ovens. However, after reading some of the newer convection toaster oven reviews I noticed that they had come out with a newer model. This one has an interior light and one extra cooking function, so I set my mind to get the BOV845BSS. They both are basically the same oven except for those two features. Now this is perhaps the most expensive convection countertop oven on the market but I can tell you that is well worth it after just having it for almost a couple of weeks.
What Can This Oven Do?
I have literally used it every day and I already know that my full sized oven is just going to collect dust or store pots and pans. This Breville “Smart” oven can do everything I need and more.
The very next day I decided to really put it to the test as I wanted to cook some ribs for three of us. The interior is quite roomy and I was able to use a regular sized baking dish for the ribs. I set it to cook for just under 2 hours with the convection fan on. After that I took them out, loaded one side with BBQ sauce, and then I broiled it for 6 minutes. I flipped them and repeated the sauce and broiling on the other side. You want to talk about tender, these ribs came out perfect. Falling off the bone and tender and juicy, we were all amazed. We couldn’t stop talking about how good they came out.
The following week I ended up making bread, baking cookies, frozen dinners, baking salmon, roasting peppers, and reheating some pizza. Everything came out great. The one remarkable thing that I love about this oven is that I didn’t even have to read the instruction manual to learn how to use it. The controls are really simple to master after playing with it for a couple of minutes.
The oven operates at a pretty low noise level, even with the convection fan going. Clean up has been a breeze as well. The front crumb tray was something that I also love about this oven as my older toaster oven had one that you could only get to from the back. It is easy to keep looking brand new which is a great thing because it looks so modern in my older kitchen.
Any Issues With This Oven?
One thing to be aware of, and I think this goes for most toaster ovens, is how hot the top gets when in operation. You really cannot keep anything stored on top of this appliance while it is cooking. Here is the kicker, I also got a bonus gift from the hubby as he got me the Breville cutting board made to sit on the top of the ovens. I do not know how many people use them to cut anything on, but they make great shelves. This way you can reclaim some of the countertop space. The cutting board has heat resistant feet and lets you store items on top of it without worrying about them melting. This is the ideal accessory for the BOV845BSS.
Clearly we have been enthralled with this toaster oven and if you spend a ton of time in the kitchen then chances are you will too. This is probably the best convection countertop oven that you can buy and even though it is expensive, it is so worth it. I just hope it holds up over time as I plan to put it to good use. Cooking is more fun and eating is now more rewarding. This turned out not just to be a great Xmas present for me, but one that the whole family is sure to enjoy.