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Jan 11, 2012 11:35 AM

BOV800XL Breville Smart Oven

For those of you that have one of these, Williams-Sonoma has the Breville Pizza Stone on sale for 29.99$. Mine just arrived today

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  1. is consistently $29.99 from Amazon (and free shipping) as well

    1. Can anyone who's bought one of these in the past year or so comment on the reliability? Read a lot of complaints about low temps, LCD display problems, or total failures (mainly on Amazon).

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      1. re: JoeBlow65

        I've had mine for a year and have had no problems at all with it. We use it multiple times a day for everything from toast to baking.

        1. re: JoeBlow65

          Mine is solid and works like a champ. It was a great purchase.

          1. re: JoeBlow65

            Thanks to all for your replies. Glad to hear most of you have had no (or minimal) problems with your Brevilles. I'll have a week in-country to try and break it before I take it overseas. Planning to buy from BB&Beyond with a 20% off coupon. A return should be no problem if something goes bad within the week.

            Also looking at the Calphalon XL Digital Convection Oven, but can't find many objective reviews.

          2. I have a chance to redeem points for this. What is the current view of this particular model? Thanks!

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            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Mine lasted until just out of warranty and then the bottom heating element went out. Breville traded me mine for a reconditioned one with a one year warranty and I think I just paid the shipping IIRC. So far it's been a year and it works fine although I noticed the bottom of toast isn't evenly browned as the top anymore. So I'm not sure if the bottom heating element is going again or what. When this one dies I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I had a cheap toaster oven prior to this and it lasted for easily 10 years it was still working when we replaced it with the Breville. But it didn't get the workout my Breville does, we use it numerous times a day for everything from toast to baking cakes.

              For the price, I'm not at all happy with the longevity of the product. Their customer service was decent but I'm not willing to pay over 200 dollars every few years to buy a new one if they don't last.

              1. re: rasputina

                Following up: Still got our oven, still working perfectly. We use it about every other day or so, sometimes multiple times in a day. Keeps from overheating the kitchen up on these hot days

                1. re: rasputina

                  <I'm not willing to pay over 200 dollars every few years to buy a new one if they don't last.>

                  Absolutely agree. I hope mine last a long time. It would be rather ironic because I have used two super cheap toaster ovens before this. Those $20-25 ones, and they both last forever. The first one was lost/given away during a move, and the second one was tossed away for this Breville. It would be truly ironic if this Breville dies.

                  <I had a cheap toaster oven prior to this and it lasted for easily 10 years >


                2. re: wincountrygirl

                  Mine has been working ok thus far, but I only have mine for a few months. I have the smallest one -- Mini.

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    Mine is 3.5 years old, still works like new. I wondered how the door magnet and hinges would fare with several times a day usage, but need not have worried. All is good. I would purchase it again.

                    Regarding the bottom of toast not being properly toasted, this is common for the Breville and has been a "feature" of my oven since day one. What I normally do is flip the bread at some point in the cycle; the machine isn't picky, nor am I. It just works. I get good results on settings 5 (med-dark) and 4 (slices).

                    OTOH, if you leave it alone what you'll get is bread that's perfectly toasted on top, and almost toasted on bottom. It will be stiff, but won't be golden caramel colored.

                    FWIW - English muffins come out gorgeous on the toast setting and the bagel setting is a wonder.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      Are there any issues with the toast in that it gets super hard once you take it out and butter it? That is a big concern of mine. At work they have a big convection oven/toaster and the toast does not toast evenly and hardens to tooth shattering doneness by the time I get it back to my desk to eat it. Does the toast stay tender? I don't mind flipping!

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                        Mine stays tender. I start with cold bread from the fridge. If it becomes an issue, you can toast it on the Bake cycle with the convention fan turned off. It's a very versatile oven.

                        1. re: DuffyH

                          Thanks. It would be awful if I hated my toast!

                  2. Does anyone use the cutting board? I don't get why that is an accessory. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks!

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                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      I have it as I frequently store things on top of the oven and this prevents melting, etc.

                      It's certainly not a necessity, but I have found it pretty handy and have used it for serving crackers/cheese/etc on occasion.