Breville BOV450XL Review

Breville BOV450XL Review 

Breville BOV450XL Summary

4.9 out of 5

The Breville BOV450XL has firmly established itself as one of the most popular and most highly praised Toaster Ovens available on the market today. With an extensive range of programmable LCD features and functions, you’re given complete control over the cooking process right from the start all the way to the finish.

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Breville BOV450XL Introduction

Toaster ovens are becoming more and more popular today. There are several reasons for this, they are great for cooking smaller sized items, toaster ovens warm up quicker than conventional ovens and consume less power. Add to that there are usually a variety of functions incorporated in to one smaller and inexpensive oven. The Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven will toast bread and bagels, bake, broil, cook, reheat, and cook a pizza and cookies.

What makes the Breville BOV450XL a cut above conventional ovens is its IQ heating function that varies the heat output from the 4 quartz heating elements to ensure that food that is cooked on the appropriate setting has the right heat distribution to help make the perfect result every time no matter what is being cooked. When cooking toast you want the outside toasted but the inside to remain moist and chewy – not dry and crisp. The Breville BOV450XL alters the way the heat is distributed in the oven to ensure that you end up with perfect toast. Bagels though are cooked so that they are crisp on the top side while the crust is only lightly toasted.

A cake on the other hand needs an even gentle heat throughout the oven to ensure that the whole cake is cooked without the top being over cooked and crusty. Again by adjusting the power delivered to each heating element this result is achieved. There are no hot sport or cold spots as in many conventional ovens.

Many foods are able to be cooked straight from frozen by using the ‘frozen’ option on the cooker while setting the controls. The Breville BOV450XL is a smaller compact oven that is designed to fit comfortably in to the most compact kitchen. Even though it is only 13 inches deep it can still handle an 11 inch pizza.

Our Breville BOV450XL Review

In many cases toaster oven are becoming larger so that some models are close to having similar capacities to conventional ovens. The Breville BOV450XL is at the other end of the scale, it is a small compact mini oven, measuring (externally) 16 inches wide x 13 inches deep x 9 inches high and weighing only 15 lbs. Even though the Breville BOV450XL is small it is still packed with features.

As with many of the larger Breville toaster ovens, the Breville BOV450XL has the Element IQ heating system. What the Element IQ system does in effect is to adjust the heating of each of the 54 quartz heating rods individually to suit the particular program that is used. When toast is made using and even gentle heat the result is dry crispy toast. What the IQ system does is adjust the elements so that a quick heat is applied giving an evenly toasted outside while maintain a soft chewy middle. There are even 3 settings to have your toast normal, slightly lighter or slightly darker.

On the bagel setting the heating is altered. With the cut face upward, they are browned, while the bottom crust is only lightly toasted. Including the toasting and bagel setting there are also settings to bake, broil, roast, bake cookies, reheat food or cook pizza. To ensure the best result the supplied rack needs to be in the correct position in the oven. To help with this there are marking on the glass to show which position is needed for each setting. If the preset setting are not to your particular liking, you can alter them and the Breville BOV450XL will remember them whenever you choose that particular setting.

Unfortunately they only remain in the memory while the Breville BOV450XL is plugged in. as soon as it is unplugged the adjustments are forgotten and the programs revert to the factory settings. There is a ‘Bit More’ button which will add a further 5 minutes to the cooking time if you want your food cooked a little more well-done. Though many toaster oven can be mounted under the counter the Breville BOV450XL cannot. The heat vents through the top which conveniently doubles up as a warming tray.

The LED display is easy to read and is normally back lit in blue. When cooking or warming the color changes to orange and then reverts to blue when cooking time is completed. There is also an audible alarm to warn you that the cooking is done. One very useful little feature that the Breville BOV450XL has is that it will switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius ate the touch of a button. Very handy when you have cooking instructions in a different temperature scale.

The Breville BOV450XL is a mini oven so how much food can it cook at one time? It will toast up to 4 slices of bread at one time or a pizza up to 11 inches in diameter. The pan that comes with the oven is 10 inches x 10 inches and there is just under 4 inches of useable height.

Breville BOV450XL Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Element IQ heating system adjusts heat to each quartz element individually to suit set program.
  • Small and compact size, only 16 inches wide x 13 inches deep x 9 inches high.
  • Can cook a pizza up to 11 inches in diameter.
  • Quick to preheat and economical to use.
  • Bit more button to give an extra 5 minutes cooking if required.
  • Shade adjustment for amount of browning on toast.
  • Audible alarm when pre-heat temperature reached or cooking time is completed.
  • 1 year manufacturer’s limited warranty.
  • Top of oven doubles as a warming tray.
  • User adjusted program setting are wiped out when the Breville BOV450XL is disconnected from the mains.
  • The Element IQ heating system – this is what makes the Breville BOV450XL a highly efficient and adaptable oven. The ability of the oven to vary the heat from each element individually to suit the food that is being cooked allows this oven to produce results that many larger ovens would be hard pressed to achieve.
  • Compact size – the Breville BOV450XL is a mini oven measuring externally only 16 inches wide x 13 inches deep x 9 inches high and weighs only 15 lbs.
  • A wide selection of cooking programs – the Breville BOV450XL can bake, broil, roast, bake cookies, reheat food or cook pizza and adjust the heating to suit each type of cooking.
  • Relatively large capacity – even though the Breville BOV450XL is a mini oven it can still an 11 inch pizza or 4 slices of toast in one go.
  • Warming tray – the upper cover also doubles as a warming tray
  • ‘Bit More’ button – if you prefer you food cooked a little more than the programmed time, pressing the ‘bit more’ button adds another 5 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Customizable program times – the pre-programmed cooking times can be altered by the user. The Breville BOV450XL will remember these alterations for future cooking.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Breville BOV450XL

The Breville BOV450XL is intended for use where space is at a premium and it does take up a very small space, but even though it is small in size it is large in features. The Element IQ heating system is the same as is found on many of Breville’s larger toaster ovens.

At the touch of a pre-programmed settings the heating elements adjust their heat individually to suit the food that is being cooked to ensure the best results. The pre-programmed settings can be adjusted by the user to suit their particular tastes and the Breville BOV450XL will remember them for future use, however, when the toaster oven is disconnected for the power supply the custom settings are wiped and the Breville BOV450XL reverts back to the factory settings.

Even though this toaster oven is small it can, thanks to some clever design on the interior, take an 11 inch pizza. The Breville BOV450XL is ideal for a single person or couples or as a second oven. This is one of the top selling toaster ovens on Amazon and users really like it, giving it mostly positive reviews across the board.