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Opinion Request: Breville Mini Smart Oven

I am thinking about getting a nice toaster oven. What do you all think of Breville toaster oven, particular the mini one:

http://www.amazon.com/Breville-RM-BOV...

If not, what is a good alternative? Thanks.

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  1. I have it and love it. I especially like the "a bit more" button which adds 30 seconds to a toast cycle. Their 3 is too light and 4 is just a tad bit too dark for me but a bit more than 3 is perfect. I also use it for small baking projects such a couple of freshly baked cookies with tea in the evening. The bagel setting is hotter on the top so if you put your bagel cut side up, the top will toast more than the already crusty bottom. I also like that the shelf can be adjusted to different heights depending upon what type of cooking you are doing.

    And just for the sake of full disclosure. I work at a retail store that sells all 3 Breville Smart ovens.

    Hope that helps. Is there anything else I can answer for you?

    Missy

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    1. re: missybean

      < I also use it for small baking projects such a couple of freshly baked cookies with tea in the evening>

      By the way, reading the spec, the Breville ovens seem to be even heating. Have you use them to bake like cookies and stuffs? How is the performance compare to regular big oven for baked goods?

      <Hope that helps. Is there anything else I can answer for you?>

      Which one do you have? I understand that the largest one has the most options and the biggest baking capacity. However, it also takes up the largest counter space. So I am trying to balance the counter space vs the daily usage need. Thanks for your input.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I have the biggest one. For baking, it makes wonderful corn bread muffins and breakfast biscuits. I no longer use my main oven for these items.

        http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BOV800...

        1. re: Sid Post

          Sid,

          Thanks for your response. Do you use your convection mode much? How do you like/dislike the convection mode. This function is only available for the larges one. Thanks.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I use convection modes all the time, seldomly selecting non-convection modes. Convection in my previous main oven or this "toaster" oven help things cook evenly because it reduces hot and cold "spots".

        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Yes I have used the oven to bake cookies. I'll make a batch of cookie dough and freeze it in individual portions. Then , when I want cookies, I bake just a couple for myself as needed (I have problems with portion control). The Breville works very well. I've also baked empanadas and mini muffins, roasted chicken breasts and I reheat leftovers all the time. The oven heats up quickly and for the baking I've done it works just fine.

          I have the mini/4 slice size and I've never done large scale baking in mine. I will say people who've bought the largest version with full convection often tell me that they never turn on their full size ovens any more.

          The largest is bigger than either the Compact or the Mini and other than full convection, I don't recall that it has many more features. It's really a matter of what you want yours to do for you. I would encourage you take a look at them and do an actual comparison of sizes. We usually have all 3 on display.

          Missy

      2. We love ours, but we probably don't use it to its full potential. We only use it for toast and bagels, etc.

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        1. re: missylrn

          Do you have the mini, compact or the standard? Although the large one is called "standard", it is actually big. It can accommodate 13 inch pizza.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I have the compact...I don't remember the mini being an option when I purchased it. The mini would have been fine for what we use it for.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Mine sees lots of "premium" frozen pizza. It's also great for steaks when all you have is an electric coil and microwave at an extended stay motel.

              1. re: Sid Post

                < It's also great for steaks when all you have is an electric coil and microwave at an extended stay motel.>

                You take your toast oven to your hotel? :) (to bake at your hotel room).

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  As a "road warrior" at times, eating out on the company expense account isn't all it is cracked up to be for extended periods.

                  Two hours give or take to drive somewhere and eat a decent meal takes a HUGE chunk of time out of my week. After a while it's hard to avoid the calorie and fat bombs at a drive thru. Using this toaster oven allows me to work or watch the news while I cook. I've spent 9 months straight (continuously) twice in a motel so, my road warrior travels can be a bit extreme.

                  1. re: Sid Post

                    I am nothing like, but I can totally imagine that traveling and eating out may not what is all cracked up to me. Yes, eating out can be nice, but it is only nice when -- it is your choosing. The way you were traveling, you were forced into the position and you also don't have time since you are working for the company.

                    I am just surprise that you travel with a really large toaster oven -- you have the biggest one.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      It's really worth it to me. Sure, lugging it around is a hassle but, so is dragging a 6 pound laptop power supply around in a shoulder bag ....

                      1. re: Sid Post

                        Yes, but lugging a 6 pound of laptop look sexy and important.

          2. Does the mini get hot like the large size? I was going to go for the large size, but then I read how hot it gets and the place where I would stick it doesn't have a lot of clearance for air to circulate.

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            1. re: omotosando

              It probably gets as hot as any toaster or toaster oven. The used manual for the mini says to leave 4 inches around the perimeter.

              Missy

            2. I've used the largest size and own the smallest size. I would have bought either the largest or middle size but don't have that much space in the kitchen.

              One of my closest friends owns the largest size. She bought it on the recommendation of another friend who really likes hers. My friend regularly and successfully bakes banana bread in this oven, on the regular setting. She also heats up pizza and chicken for her kids. Over thanksgiving, I used her oven to bake a dessert (some kind of fruit crumble tart thing). It worked great. Even baking, esp for the crumbly top.

              Because of my experience with her big Breville, I bought the smallest one for my parents as a xmas gift. My parents have had bad luck with their previous toaster ovens. They use their toaster oven on a daily basis - from morning toast (or chinese breads) to heating up various meats for dinner. They love this thing. When I visited them, I was so enamored with this small size, I bought one for us.

              I've roasted bone in chicken thighs many times with this smallest size. It cooks and browns evenly. I've also roasted tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables during the summer. I've also used it, with less success, in re-heating pizza and waffles. I can't get the temperature right so it always cooks too quickly or overcooks. That's more user error though.

              Anyway, I love my small oven. It holds more then you think it will.

              1. I have the mid-sized one and love it. I've baked a 9" square pan of corn bread in it and it came out beautifully. Better than the big oven, really. Makes great toast, too.