There are countless toaster ovens and countertop convection ovens on the market that claim to do it all. Whether it’s cooking cakes to perfection, crisping up chicken wings, or putting out consistently crispy French fries, there’s no shortage of claims to fame. Nevertheless, you’ll find few that live up to expectations. Let alone exceed them with every use.
Precisely where the Breville BOV900BSS enters the conversation - considered by many a home cook and professional chef to be the ultimate smart oven. The Breville BOV900BSS is a convection air fry smart oven with more smart features and functionalities than a dozen other air fryers and toaster oven models combined.
In this condensed smart oven air review, I’ll be going over just a handful of the most useful features the Breville BOV900BSS brings to the table. For the simple reason that to go through each and every one of them would take hours - it really is THAT versatile.
Breville BOV900BSS Review (Convection & Air Fry Smart Oven)
The Breville BOV900BSS is one of the most capable and powerful precision cooking devices of its kind on the market. It has the kind of raw power and reliability that rivals even the most advanced convection ovens of conventional size.
But what’s even more remarkable about this Breville air fryer and convection oven is the way in which it has already been around for quite some time.
Nevertheless, it is still wiping the floor with basic toaster ovens and it's giving the competition in its price range a serious run for its money.
Long story short - this compact toaster oven is capable of replacing several other kitchen appliances, including your convection oven, dehydrator, and air fryer.
From a technical standpoint, the Breville BOV900BSS gets the job done by combining 6 quartz elements with IQ technology and a powerful convection fan. Cooking cycle times are reduced by as much as 30%, and even temperature distribution is guaranteed. From slow cooking to flash air frying to dehydrating fruits and vegetables, it simplifies the cooking process like nothing else out there.
Precision cooking at the touch of a button, irrespective of what you plan on preparing.
Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Design
The folks at Breville have kept things simple with the design of this countertop oven, which is always a bonus. This neat little Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer never fails to look sleek and sophisticated in both classical and contemporary kitchens alike. It has a brushed stainless steel exterior and features a large LCD display, under which you will find several dials to control its various features. The fact that the LCD display changes color depending on what the oven is doing at the time is also a cool little feature as is the ability to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, depending on your preferences.
Super Convection Technology
Arguably the most popular feature of this Breville smart oven air fryer is its twin-speed convection fan. Being able to adjust the speed of the convection fan provides much greater control when preparing meals and can seriously reduce the overall cooking time. One of many features that set the Breville BOV900BSS smart air fryer apart from most comparable devices in its class.
Precise Cooking and Element IQ
The combination of smart element IQ technology and 6 quartz heating elements adds up to exceptional heat distribution, optimal cooking, and a temperature range to rival that of any conventional convection oven. All the different functions the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer brings to the table are overseen by its precision heating technology, ruling out the prospect of undercooked, overcooked, or unevenly cooked food.
Air Fry and Dehydrate
You’ll probably find yourself using the air frying function on a regular basis, which uses hot air to ‘fry’ foods using only a small amount of oil. Air frying can be great for preparing healthier meals without sacrificing all the flavor and crunch of your favorite deep-fried foods. The dehydrated and air fryer setting can also be used to effectively remove the moisture from a wide variety of foods, preserving them indefinitely. Up to four trays of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, or meats can be loaded in at a time, with an intelligent mesh basket rack designed to ensure even dehydration.
Getting to grips with each of the 13 cooking functions can seem tricky at first but quickly becomes a walk in the park. The options available include Toast Mode, Roast, Warm, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Pizza, Proof, Air fry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cooking, and Dehydrate. All of which are fairly self-explanatory - you simply need to select which you’re cooking and let the cooker’s intelligent technology take care of the rest.
Integrated Oven Light and Tray
The interior oven light automatically turns on at the end of the cycle or when you open the door. The cooker comes complete with a high-quality enamel roasting pan to make the most of its large cooking capacity, with a useful magnetic auto-eject rack feature for added convenience. Placing ingredients into the cavity and removing them - even at high temperatures - really couldn’t be easier.
The oversized LCD display provides a rundown of all the different functions available while making it easy for you to keep an eye on cooking temperatures, the cooking time as it counts down, and so on/ No touchscreen, but frankly, you don’t really need one.
The interior of the device features a removable crumb tray for easy cleaning, while the stainless steel exterior needs little more than a quick wipe on occasion with a damp cloth. The entirety of the interior cavity is coated in a nonstick material, making it a seriously simple smart oven to keep clean and hygienic. As with any toaster oven, it’s better to give it quick work after each use, rather than allowing anything to accumulate and set fast.
Breville Oven Air Fryer Pro (BOV900BSS Smart Oven Air Fryer)
18.5″ x 26″ x 17″
13 cooking functions, i.e. toast 9 slices, Roast, Warm, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Pizza, Proof, Air fry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook and Dehydrate
Super Convection Oven
Digital Display Oven Thermometer Display
PID Temperature Control
Reduces overshoot for precise and stable temperatures
Non-Stick Cavity Coating
9-Slice Toaster, 12-cup muffin tray, 14-lb turkey, 13″ pizza, and 9″x 13″ baking pan
Brushed Stainless Steel
Broil Rack, 13″ Pizza Pan, Roasting Pan, Oven Racks, Mesh basket for dehydrating and air frying
What’s Great About the Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven Air Fryer
Give yourself a week or so experimenting with the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, and its standout features become apparent in no time:
The general performance of this thing towers above that of most toaster ovens and conventional convection ovens in terms of power, versatility, and consistency.
It is by far one of the most convenient and versatile toaster ovens on the market, which can air fry, roast, bake, broil, slow cook, and even dehydrate at the touch of a button.
Top marks to Breville where the design of this device is concerned, which is both simple and sophisticated - perfect for all types of kitchens.
Super convection technology provides even greater control over all aspects of the cooking process from start to finish.
For a toaster oven that has such a long list of advanced features, it is surprisingly easy to use with a minimal learning curve to negotiate.
Given that it comes from one of the highest-rated brands in the business, you know you’re looking at a product of quality that’s built to last.
What’s Not Great About the Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven Air Fryer
As for the downsides, there are literally just one or two things that could stand to be improved:
- You could argue that the convection fan is a little on the loud side, but it’s a small price to pay for the performance it delivers.
- Some people may find that they do not use all of the advanced features and functionalities it offers, such as dehydrating.
- It’s larger in size than a standard toaster oven or microwave (see more large toaster ovens) so it needs allocating a slightly larger space on your kitchen counter.
Here's also how it compares to other oven types:
Low Wattage Toaster Ovens
These microwave ovens are budget-friendly, compact and boast a low power rating. Most of the low wattage toaster ovens are simple toaster oven that lack the versatility of Breville's smart toaster oven and air fryer combo, which can serve as a convection oven, dehydrator, or an air fryer.
4 Slice Toaster Ovens
The 4-slice toaster oven is an ideal oven for students, small apartments, and other tight living spaces, with room for four slices of bread or two pizza pies. Breville's BOV900BSS is safer and will stay much cooler thanks to its PID Temperature Control feature.
Toaster Ovens with 500 Degrees Fahrenheit
Most toaster ovens with 500 degrees have high wattage (1800 watts) just like Breville's combo oven. However, Breville BOV900BSS reduces cooking cycle times by as much as 30%, and guarantees even temperature distribution thanks to 6 quartz elements with IQ technology and a powerful convection fan.
Toaster Ovens for Camping
Smallest of the bunch are the toaster ovens for camping, and If you are moving or need to transport the oven, the weight won't be an issue. Breville's smart toaster oven is not actually meant for portability, though, due to its larger size, so any comparison with more compact camping ovens is off the mark.
In a Nutshell…
The Breville BOV900BSS Smart Oven Air Fryer could well be the most impressive and intelligent mini-oven within its category on the market right now. It may be priced slightly higher than some comparable toaster ovens, but you cannot fault the value for money it represents.
If looking for something to radically transform the way you cook pretty much everything at home, this really is it.