I thought it was about time I write a review for the Breville BOV845BSS. If you’re anything like my mother, you store all your baking trays and pizza trays in your oven. Maybe you don’t, but it’s a sure inconvenience to lug all that stuff out each time for my mother. Not only that, she has to wait a long time for the oven to heat up, so just using the oven for a quick 15-minute pizza bake can be quite inconvenient. That’s why I decided to buy her a toaster oven.
But not just any toaster oven. To replace her kitchen oven, it needs to have all the bells and whistles… It needs to create the tastiest toast, the crispiest pizza crust and the crumbliest, most delicious cookies – just like a normal oven would.
Toaster ovens can start as low as $50 and will offer plenty of functions, but not as many as the Breville BOV845BSS, which is a little pricier. Find out if this is the right model for you by reading our review below.
The Breville BOV845BSS is so much more than just a toaster oven. It offers 10 pre-set cooking functions, including Toast, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Warm and Slow Cook. Not only that, the Breville BOV845BSS features Element IQ technology, and you can learn more about this technology in our review.
Convection baking offers greater flexibility when using your toaster oven. Your food will have crispier crusts and more delicious insides by choosing a toaster oven with the convection feature. Not only that, this function circulates hot air throughout the oven for a more even bake. Plus, convection fans can reduce the cooking time between 20 and 30%, so it’s important to adjust your cooking times accordingly when in use.
Unlike other toaster ovens, the convection feature on the Breville BOV845BSS can be used with multiple cooking functions, including Bake, Roast, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat and Slow Cook.
When the convection fan is in use, it does produce a little noise, but many users don’t think the noise is too disruptive to their kitchen.
The Breville BOV845BSS is a high-end toaster oven, and you certainly will be getting more for your money.
Unlike lower-end models, this toaster oven has 10 pre-set cooking functions, including Toast, Bagel, Bake, Roast, Broil, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Warm and Slow Cook.
Plus, you can even select the size of your pizza to ensure it cooks perfectly – and the feature is really simple to use. After choosing the PIZZA function by turning the FUNCTION dial, the preset size of 12” will show on the screen. To change this, turn the TIME dial to the left to reduce size, or to the right to increase size. The pizza sizes range from 6” to 13”.
A unique feature of the Breville BOV845BSS is its Slow Cook function, which is hard to find in any other brand. This feature allows you to cook your food slowly for up to 10 hours.
When considering buying a new toaster oven, it’s important to think about what kinds of foods you’ll be cooking in it and what temperature range you’ll need. The Breville BOV845BSS reaches 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s ideal for a variety of dishes.
Element IQ is Breville’s trademarked heating technology. This technology uses its knowledge of the nine preset cooking functions to quickly and evenly cook your food by heating the quartz heating elements accordingly. It is recommended to experiment with the cooking functions depending on your recipe, amount of food, and your personal taste. The toaster oven will remember your customised setting until changed, or until the oven is unplugged from the outlet.
Is the Breville BOV845BSS easy to clean?
The Breville BOV845BSS’s nonstick interior coating and removable crumb tray makes it incredibly easy to clean. Simply use a damp non-abrasive sponge and liquid cleanser to clean the exterior and crumb tray; and wash all accessories in warm soapy water with a soft sponge.
Do not place any accessories in a dishwasher, as it will remove the protective coating and your accessories will not last as long as they should.
It is also important to remember to let each part dry completely before placing them back in your toaster oven, otherwise the water may damage the product.
The measurements for the Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro are approximately:
Exterior: 18.5″ (W) x 15.75 (D) x 11″ (H)
Interior: 13.25″ (W) x 11.25″ (D) x 5.25″ (H)
The manufacturer’s manual advises users to keep a minimum distance of 4” of space on both sides of the appliance and 6” above. This is because the exterior of the oven will become very hot when in use. Therefore, it’s important to also take these measurements into consideration before purchasing.
How much food can be cooked in the Breville BOV845BSS?
It was Virginia Woolf who said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
And to dine well, you need a toaster oven that will easily fit the dishes you so desire. The Breville BOV845BSS effortlessly fits six slices of bread in one use, a 13” pizza, one 4-pound leg of lamb, or 12 bone-in skinless chicken thighs. Lots of space for lots of cooking.
Breville has designed the BOV845BSS with many unique features, including an Assist Plug, which has been created with a finger hole to allow easy removal from the power outlet.
Not only that, the auto-eject rack means that instead of cautiously placing your hands into the oven to pull out your food, you can effortlessly remove your cooked items. However, this feature only works on the middle rack position.
The Breville BOV845BSS features an interior oven light to help you keep an eye on your cooking. It means you won’t have to open your oven’s door and lose heat to track the progress of your food. Plus, when a cooking cycle has finished, the oven automatically switches off, which is a great safety feature – as I’m sure we’ve all forgotten to take our food out of the oven at least once in our lives.
The Breville BOV845BSS comes with one year’s warranty. Many users have found their toaster oven works perfectly fine for up to one year, however, not long after the warranty expires, many start to experience problems. For this reason, I recommend purchasing an extended warranty where available.
– 10 cooking functions
– LCD display
– Convection fan
– Non-stick interior
– Auto shut-off
– Time and function control dial
– Auto-eject rack
– Temperature conversion button
– Pull-out crumb tray
– Interior light
– 12” x 12” enamel broiling rack
– 12” x 12” enamel baking pan
– 13” non-stick pizza pan.
Rather than having to search the web on your own for suitable additional accessories, Breville has already created some items ideal for use with this product.
The top of the toaster oven is very hot during and after use, so it is best advised not to store anything on top of the oven. However, Breville has created a Bamboo Cutting Board which fits into the ribbed section on top of the oven. You can then put food on top of this and use it to serve your food.
For crisper pizza, Breville has also created a 13” Non-stick Pizza Crisper and a 13” Pizza Stone. All have been ideally made for use with the BOV845 models.
– 10 pre-set cooking functions, including slow cook
– Interior light
– Convection heating
– Built-in timer
– Auto shut-off
– Auto eject tray
– Cooking temperature and time can be adjusted during cooking cycle
– Easy to operate
– Some noise is made while using the convection feature
– Exterior is hot during and after use
The Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven fits into the higher-end of toaster ovens, and while it is pricier than many ovens, it also gives you a lot more than the lower-end models. Its overall rating in reviews is very high, and many users are very happy with their purchase. Users enjoy this model because it’s easy to use, it’s quicker than your usual kitchen oven, and it cooks a variety of dishes perfectly.
However, one consistent complaint in reviews is that this toaster oven tends to start having problems after just one year of use. Therefore, as previously mentioned, purchasing an extended warranty may be in your best interests, as if a problem occurs Breville will be obligated to amend it.
Breville BOV845BSS Price Summary
Toaster ovens, in general, are ideal for individuals who live alone, or for smaller families of two or three. This is because although it has the capacity to cook a variety of dishes, its smaller dimensions make it harder to cook for a bigger group of people.
Many users have commented on how easy this oven is to use, even for older individuals who are used to a more traditional kitchen oven. Plus, its auto shut-off feature may offer peace of mind to individuals who have elderly, forgetful parents, as they won’t need to worry about their parents remembering to turn the oven off. It is important to ensure they understand all the instructions in the manual, just to be on the safe side.
This model is available in three colours. The BOV845BSS in Stainless Steel; the BOV845BKUSC in Black Sesame; and the BOV845CRNUSC in Cranberry Red. All models operate in exactly the same way and vary a little in price; however, the only difference appears to be the colour – offering you more options to suit your kitchen’s aesthetics.
See the Breville BOV845BSS in action: