The Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ
If your kitchen space is less, the smaller version Breville BOV650XL Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ is a smart choice. It comes jam-packed with features including Brevilles ‘Element IQ’ in a smaller dimension with reduced (but still good enough) capacity. It is an economical alternative to a bigger and traditional oven. It’s a space saver an will d fit perfectly on your kitchen countertop.
Table of contents
Breville BOV650XL Review
What is Element IQ?
The Element IQ is a smart sensor technology that allows Breville BOV650XL to ensure more energy-efficient operations, as it distributes the power right where it’s needed. The Element IQ feature automatically adjusts the power needed for each of its eight pre-set functions, calculating the cooking time and letting you know what is the best option.
Both the temperature and the time for these pre-set programs can then be adjusted manually in order to accommodate any individual preferences. The Element IQ functions allows the oven to remember a new setting and use it later if you need it.
Pre-sets and Interface
Breville BOV650XL comes with 8 unique pre-set functions, including: Bake, Toast, Bagel, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Roast and Reheat. Moreover, if you think these pre-set functions won’t fit your needs, you are allowed to create new customized pre-set programs.
The control dial allows you easily to set the cooking time from 1 to 120 minutes and also to adjust the desired temperature, which can be from 120 to 145 degrees F. This simple-to-use interface allows you to set the number of slices needed and even the toast shade, which can vary from light to dark. The control panel brings additional reliability, offering a large start and cancel button, a temperature conversion button and a defrost button.
The oven’s backlit LCD screen is easy to read, showing you the current functions, the adjustments made and also the temperature. A special feature that has been praised by the customers is that it illuminates orange to indicate cooking and preheating and blue in order to show you that the cooking process has ended.
The Breville BOV650XL has a powerful 1800-watt motor that allows for a proper cooking of almost anything, from pizza and bread to lasagna, poultry and chicken. Its 0.6 cubic-foot interior is pretty large and can accommodate a medium 12-inch pizza or 4 slices of bread. Its 8 functions allows you to cook almost anything you desire.
The toasting functions are excellent, as they give you a total control on how the food is cooked. This browning control allows you to set the color of your bread, on a scale from 1 to 10. This allows you to keep the inside moist and very soft while the outside will be nice and crisp. The toasting functions also work extremely well for English muffins or waffles.
The modern baking function is specially designed for packaged frozen foods like lasagna. Its broil function can be used for poultry, meat and various fish dishes, not to mention dishes such as gratins.
Breville BOV650XL features three different rack positions: the top one is designed for a broil function usage, the middle one for toast, pizza, cookies and bagel, and lastly the bottom rack for reheating, baking and roasting. This smart oven can come in handy in anytime you want to experience the taste of a favorite food.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Breville BOV650XL features a removable crumb tray that aids you in the cleanup process, as it slides out easily. Cleaning the interior is also very easy and all of the interior space is easy to reach and clean.
Design and Build Quality
Breville BOV650XL has a strikingly modern design due to its combination of durable materials and steel-coating. This is a modern kitchen appliance that looks great in each modern kitchen.
Features of the Breville BOV650XL:
What is really unique about Breville BOV650XL is the color coded temp setting: orange for cooking and preheating and blue to show you that the cooking process is over.
There is a timer/temperature dial, control for toast shade and a defrost button The timer can be set from 1 minute to 120 minutes and the temperature can be adjusted from 120 degrees to 450 degrees. There is a conversion button for changing temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
You can set up to 2 hours with the dial setting along with the adjustable timer. Other appealing features include Backlit LCD screen display; Enamel baking pan, Enamel broil rack and Removable crumb tray. The Breville BOV650XL is big enough to toast 4 slices of bread at the same time or a 12″ frozen pizza.
Breville BOV650XL is fairly compact for an oven, measuring 16.5 X 14.25 x 10 inches. Its size makes it fits on most countertops, therefore it could prove a good choice for you, even if your kitchen is quite crowded.
To sum up some of the best features of the Breville BOV6500XL:
Unique color coded temp setting: this feature really helps you to see if your food is cooked already or still defrosting. Moreover, it saves you some time.
Temperature conversion: there are cooking directions where you need to use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit. At a press of a button, you can easily toggle between the two temperature settings.
Breville BOV650XL is a great appliance, but it shares the very same drawbacks that big brother Breville BOV800XL has:
A somewhat short power cord: First off, the power cord is only 3 feet, and may be considered a little short if you don’t have a power outlet nearby
High wattage: Due to the high wattage of the unit, you might have to be careful with running other high-power appliances at the same time (depending on how your electric system is set-up)
Should have a 4″ clearance all around when in use: And lastly, despite being insulated the outside does gets hot when in use. When operating, nothing should be within 4″ of any side which should be kept in mind when planning where it will fit in your kitchen.
This product has received a really good rating on Amazon: 4.3 out of 5 stars. Below are some consumer comments:
“I was impressed by this toaster features: door very easy to open, auto shut off function and the fact that is very easy to clean.”
“My whole family loves it. I think Breville BOV650XL is built to last forever!”
“It’s a shame you have to spend over $150 for a good toaster oven, but if the cost is not an issue, this is an excellent one.”
At the time of this review, Amazon were one of the cheapest places to shop at. With the free shipping, and a $50 discount on the Breville BOV650XL recommended retail price, it is my top recommendation for purchase. The most current price for the Breville BOV650XL is available below:
|Breville BOV650XL Compact 4-Slice Smart Oven with Element IQ|
$179.00used from: $147.09
Go to Store
|Breville The Compact Smart Oven|
Go to Store