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Breville toaster oven what size?

For some reason, I never seemed to acquire a toaster oven among my kitchen gadgets. My birthday is upcoming and I thought I'd give myself a nice birthday present as I love spending as much time in the kitchen as possible. I would mostly like to use it for toasting bread, reheating (as a fried foods junkie occasionally really wanted to find out if the toaster oven can resurrect my favorite foods at least somewhat for tasty leftovers), also I'm quite interested in that it can be used to cook and broil larger dishes. We never had a toaster oven growing up so I just realized that it's not just for toast. What size would you recommend? I was probably going to go with the Compact (middle) size but wanted to see if anyone had any particular experiences.

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  1. I like the full sized model, it has the most features including convection cooking and it fits a 13x9 or a full sized bundt pan. I bake in mine all the time. Ours gets used multiple times a days.

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    1. re: rasputina

      What do you tend to use it for? Is it a supplement to the oven or do you find there are thing you do in the toaster oven more than the oven?

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I cook and bake in it on a daily basis, as long as the pan will fit. I've baked cakes, yeast breads, cooked meat, from scratch pizza, reheated, used the keep warm function, toast. It preheats faster than my full sized oven and it cooks and bakes very evenly.

        I have convection on my range oven also, at this point I only turn on the big oven if I'm using a half sheet pan, like for roasting vegetables and baking cookies, doing a layer cake ( 2 round cake pans won't fit in the toaster oven) or cooking in anything larger than 13x9 pan will hold or that is tall. At this point I mostly turn the large oven on because the Breville is occupied with something else lol.

    2. I have had the full size oven for a few months and I love it. It takes up a lot of counter space but even in my very small kitchen, I think it's worth it. My husband and I use it multiple times every day. We do a lot of cooking ahead on weekends for reheating during the week, usually just parts of meals so we'll mix reheating something made ahead of time and throw together the quick part of a meal for something fresh. The oven is great for reheating anything sort of delicate, and I love having it at eye level so I can keep an eye on things while I am prepping something else. The keep warm feature is also great for this reason. I use it on it's own but also baking something right in the oven and then just switching it to keep warm until we're ready to sit down. As for cooking in it, we've used it to bake chicken and use it to roast veggies a few times a week. I love that the interior of the large oven is warm enough to use most of our regular trays and bakeware in it. The temperature seems to be more even and regulates better than the full-sized oven in our apartment (we rent, though, so I cannot be sure that our built-in oven is of any quality or how it would change things if someone had a well-functioning oven already).

      I've always had some sort of toaster oven, and even cooked for myself in very simple, small models, but the large Breville adds more functionality than I would have expected. I love being able to have multiple components of a meal inside, or keep two full plates of food warm. We did purchase the bamboo cutting board tray for the top of it to reclaim some of the space it took up.

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      1. re: HungryHoya

        <We did purchase the bamboo cutting board tray for the top of it to reclaim some of the space it took up.>

        I've got the large Smart Oven, too. I use the top of it to warm plates. It's also great for holding batch-cooked foods. Oddly, I didn't know it has a warming feature. Don't I feel like an idiot!

        I use the Breville WAY more often than my range oven, because as you noted, it will do anything the bigger oven will do. And now that I know it has a "warm" feature, it'll get even more use, lol.

        1. re: HungryHoya

          We've never had a toaster oven. The only reason I can see in acquiring one is if it heats up the kitchen less than a regular oven does during the warm months of the year. Your mentioning of the warming feature leads me to believe that less extraneous heat might not be a reason to use a counter top toaster oven.

          1. +1 on getting the full sized model. It even fits frozen pizzas.

            1. I have the middle size and am pretty pleased. There are two of us and we seldom eat frozen pizza. I grill cheese, broil peppers toast many things, bake fish and more in it. I have convection on my stove-oven so I didn't feel I needed it in two places and would rather have room to keep other things out on counter. I too have a cutting board top.
              Whichever you choose, I'm guessing you will be pleased. The oven is very well made and designed.

              1. I bought 2 of these at Christmas last year. For my elderly parents, the Compact. They use it for all of their baked and toasted items, use it daily and love it. Great for potatoes, baked apples, chicken pieces. They just couldn't use a regular oven any longer. This is simple and easy for them to use, the slide out crumb tray is really appreciated over their old oven. For my daughter I purchased the small Breville oven that's exclusive to Williams Sonoma. She wanted the smallest possible so as not to give up too much counter space. Her family uses it daily as well. Bagels in the morning, heating snacks for the kids, smaller casseroles, a few cookies or muffins. It was exactly what she wanted, but didn't know it. She loves the "little bit more" button. Personally, I've never used a toaster oven, but they both rave about theirs. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. The larger one has convection and larger cooking space, so may be a consideration for you if you need those extra features.

                1. I have the Breville mini-smart oven and like its small size. I'm in a small space and have found it more than adequate to handle all of my baking/broiling/cooking needs. I find that it produces substantially less heat than my oven. It does a great job of crisping deep fried foods. I use it almost every day.

                  I've made custards, baked bread, done roasts, casseroles, stews, and heated up food. Due to its smaller size, it can only fit a 10x10 baking pan, and an 11 inch pizza.

                  What size you get really depends on your needs and your available space.

                  1. I overwhelmingly recommend the 800XL version. If you cook for 1 or have a small household, this will become your replacement oven. The panel gives you more a ton of control options from toasting, baking, roasting, and utilizing the convection feature.

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                    1. re: cityhopper

                      I love our 800XL and we cook in it 90% more than the regular oven (which has has convection) since we purchased it. This is huge as the weather gets warmer. Between the Breville and the NG Geneis outside, our kitchen stays relatively cool so far.

                    2. I didn't realize Breville had 3 sizes...there were only 2 when I bought mine. I got the smaller one because the larger one was just way too big! I didn't want that much counter space taken up. I love my Breville...it is SO much better than the old Krups that I had (lightening knocked out that one - thank goodness!). I use it for so many things...anything small enough to bake in there, instead of the oven.

                      1. Random question but what do y'all use to clean the removable bottom/crumb tray? Mine has developed a film which seems to be beyond regular soaking. Any ideas on best degreaser or detergent that won't scratch the pan?

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                        1. re: Dax

                          You clean the crumb tray? Well, color me impressed! I just dump it, give it a quick swipe with a sponge and hope no one looks too closely.

                          No, really. That's what I do. :)

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            Well, over the last year it has developed a film, so yes I would like to clean it better.

                          2. re: Dax

                            I just wipe mine out. I have always cleaned it, from the start, so I never got any film on it. Mine is shiny clean. Maybe you should use a brillo pad?

                            1. re: FitMom4Life

                              I guess we did not clean it as often as we should. I'm pretty sure a brillo pad would scratch it completely up although I guess it is just at the bottom so will barely be visible.

                              1. re: Dax

                                Have you tried Barkeeper's Friend? I find it cleans kitchen stuff where nothing else worked.

                                http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/

                                1. re: John E.

                                  No love from the barkeeper's friend either. It does not feel like the metal of the crumb pan is stainless and feels almost like cheaper tin. But I also just found out it's only $11 to replace.

                                  1. re: Dax

                                    Just put a liner over it, that's what I did.

                          3. I made meatloaf in my large Breville tonight (love being able to bake in summer!) and just for grins and giggles, decided to test the oven temp. I set it for 350º, convection.

                            When it beeped ready, the temp in the oven was 240º. The countdown timer started, and 5 minutes later the oven was at 350ºF. I'm bummed it was 110º low when it beeped, but pleased it only took another 5 minutes to reach temp. It's better than my range's oven, which always beeps ready at 220º.

                            Ovens like mine are why every cook should own an oven thermometer. At under $10, there's no reason not to have one.

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                            1. re: DuffyH

                              Hi, Duffy:

                              So you'd buy the Breville again? My POS combi MW/conv/broiler at the beach house will be getting a Dear Jill letter soon, and the big Breville is the one I want to ask to the next Prom.

                              Would she be a good date?

                              Aloha,
                              Kaleo

                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                Hey KaleoDevil,

                                Yes, I'd buy it again. We use it daily for toast, often for garlic bread, baked fish, potatoes, lots of things. I've not used it for bread, but there's no reason I shouldn't. Haven't used it for fresh pizza, either. I found a cheap stone at Home Depot that just happens to fit, so I could do it.

                                An unadvertised bonus feature that I know you'll love - the pan set that comes with it is enameled steel and... wait for it.... MAGNETIC!

                                Mine sits next to my range and it's top makes a dandy parking spot for my CI skillet and griddle, and my pizza stone. It's often nice and warm there, good for keeping them dry. They've been stacked there for 5 months now, with paper towels between the CI pans, and no rust so far.

                                By all means, ask her. She'll show you a good time. Don't forget the corsage, she likes flowers. ;)

                                1. re: DuffyH

                                  A lei pikake should get us into the tall pili grass then?

                                  Frey's Electronics has a "lowest price" guarantee at $249, and I've seen the big Breville sister online for $188. So I think I'll get one (and a check) from Frey's next week.

                                  Thanks for the matchmaking,
                                  Aloha,
                                  Kaleo

                                  1. re: kaleokahu

                                    Can you provide the link for the Big Breville for $188?

                                    1. re: John E.

                                      +1 on the large Breville. I think I have use my oven twice. I use the Breville for everything. Toast works out great. Reheating works real well. Baked dishes in for all holidays. Its very versatile. It may as well be a large oven.

                                      1. re: longtimecook

                                        And the large Smart Oven is the only one of their line with convection.

                                      2. re: kaleokahu

                                        Kaleo,

                                        <A lei pikake should get us into the tall pili grass then?>

                                        Yes, indeed. You'll go all traditional with jasmine, yes? It being the prom and all?

                                        I love that she'll be a cheap date for you. I paid north of $200 for mine.

                                2. I have a euro-pro that is perfect for a small oven, and cost around $25, maybe less.
                                  But to leap up to a Breville and its pricepoint(s), you must determine if convection is a requirement, how large an oven you need, etc.
                                  To me, cooking for 2 will NEVER need a Breville anything.
                                  To cook for 4, I want an oven that will hold a 9x13 pan inside, or it will not be considered, and in that context, Breville is still not adequate, nor is any other product that I have discovered.
                                  Why some manufacturer can't make a regular oven of around 20" inside width is beyond me. Many countertops these days have plenty of room, or you will create plenty of room to not have to operate your full-size oven.

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                                  1. re: carter

                                    The full sized smart oven fits a 13x9 pan, I use it all the time, I'm not sure why you are saying it's not adequate for that size.

                                    1. re: rasputina

                                      rasputina,

                                      I can use one of my 13 x 9 pans, but not the other. Handles make the difference.

                                    2. re: carter

                                      Carter,

                                      I agree that for many people, a Breville is overkill. But for me, here in Tampa, where we've got hot weather and high utility bills, it's a must-have.

                                      I've owned 2 smaller, much less expensive toaster ovens before, and they were only adequate for making toast and heating frozen things, like apps, pizza and such. They couldn't hold a candle to my full-size oven for other tasks, like baking rolls or roasting small cuts of meat.

                                      The Breville is another beast entirely. It will do almost everything my full-size oven does, including baking bread, fresh pizza, chicken, fish, roasting, all of it. Some things the big oven does better, certainly. Roasting a whole chicken comes to mind. But I don't do that more than once a month. For my routine baking and roasting, the Breville is more than adequate, doing just as good a job as the big oven, costing much less to operate and leaving the kitchen much cooler, reducing the load on my A/C, saving more money.

                                    3. I have the middle sized one and, for the two of us, it's just right. I have convection in my regular oven and did not feel the need for a second one. We use it mostly for toast, reheating and, some baking. Great for toasted/grilled cheese without the fat. Nice for baking sausages and chicken breasts. I think if I had a bigger kitchen I might have gone with the largest but am very pleased with the middle one.

                                      1. I got the full size one recently - decision aided by this board, so thx! Loving it, ordering a second wire rack for more baking. I almost got two extras, to use all three slots at once for cookie/cracker baking, but thought it would be too much to expect the convection fan to deliver that much even heat. Anyone more familiar with convection and specifically the 800XL have an opinion about that?

                                        I really like the crumb tray that comes out so easily. (It's the little things...) This is a monumental leap from my old tiny toaster oven that burned out after more than a decade of mostly toast-making. I've made cakes, pizza, flatbreads, oven fries, baked potato, baked sweet potato, love it.