Breville has created three toaster ovens, what they call smart ovens. I want to be honest right here and now and tell you that I will not say that the BOV800XL is better than the BOV650XL or BOV450XL. Nor will I say that the BOV650XL is better than the BOV450XL. All three of these toaster ovens are excellent products, and each model will appeal to different people for different reasons.
There are enough differences amongst the three models that I decided to do a comparison of them. They vary in more than just size and price, as you will see below.
First I will start with a comparison chart to make it easy to see the differences, as well as similarities. But I realize that some people will want even more information so I will also discuss how they differ. It is my goal to make it as easy as possible for you to understand what each model can and can’t do, so you can choose the machine that is best for your needs.
|Breville BOV800XL||Breville BOV650XL||Breville BOV450XL|
|External Size||L = 18.5″|
W = 16.2″
H = 11.2″
|L = 15.5″|
W = 16.25″
H = 10.25″
|L = 15.5″|
W = 14″
H = 8.75″
|Internal Capacity||6 toast slices|
13” x 11” baking dish
|4 toast slices|
10” x 10” baking dish
|4 toast slices|
10” x 10” baking dish
Whole chicken (cut in half)
|Preset Functions||Nine Functions:|
|Frozen Food Function|
|Heating Element Shields|
|Wire Rack Stopper|
|Weight||20 pounds||17 pounds (approximately)||10.6 pounds|
|Link To My Review||Read Review of the BOV800XL||Read Review of the BOV650XL||Read Review of the BOV450XL|
|Price||Check Current Price||Check Current Price||Check Current Price|
At the risk of sounding superficial, I am starting with looks. Other than size, all three models look pretty much the same. The bodies are all made of stainless steel that have a brushed look to them, making it easy to keep the exteriors clean. Although the handles vary in length, they all are very thick and do an excellent job of protecting hands from getting burned when opening the doors. They all look sleek and modern.
These three Breville toaster ovens are all different sizes. The BOV800XL is pretty large. This is the model that I have myself and I can attest to the fact that it takes up a lot of counter space.The BOV450XL, in contrast, is very small, but only in comparison to the BOV800XL. As far as toaster ovens go, it is larger than most.Then there is the BOV650XL, which I’m sure you can guess is smaller than the BOV800XL and larger than the BOV450XL.
Convection cooking is a deal breaker for some people. Cooking with convection lowers cooking temperatures and shortens cooking time. Convection cooking almost always helps save electricity because of the shorter cooking time.
Of the three Breville smart ovens, only the BOV800XL has convection cooking. It doesn’t surprise me that the highest end model is the one that has a convection fan. This is also the most expensive model, and I’m sure that the convection fan is a big part of the higher price tag.
Some of you may be torn on this feature. You might want the convenience of convection cooking but don’t like the high price of the BOV800XL. If that is you, then consider this. If you plan on doing a lot of cooking in your toaster oven, then it is very possible that you can end up saving more money on electricity in the long run by getting the BOV800XL and using the convection fan than you will save if you buy one of the other lesser priced models.
It doesn’t matter how well a toaster oven cooks if you can’t figure out how to use the controls. Fortunately, the controls for all three of these toaster ovens are intuitive and easy to use.
The controls for each machine is just different enough from the other two to be unique. I suggest that you look at the pictures of the control panels in the comparison chart above to see if one type of panel is more in line with what you like than the other. If, however, you have no preferences then I can say that you will probably be just fine with any of these.
Rack stoppers are little metal bars above one or more rack position slots that prevent the wire rack from being pulled completely out of the machine. I consider rack stoppers a must-have safety feature because they prevent hot food from spilling onto the counter and you by not allowing the rack to be pulled out all the way.
The only Breville smart oven that has a rack stopper is the BOV800XL. I honestly don’t understand why Breville didn’t include rack stoppers on all three models.
An auto-eject rack is a rack that is automatically pulled out when the door of a toaster oven is opened. Unlike the above feature, this is not for safety. Instead, it is a convenience. Again, as with the above feature, the BOV800XL is the only model that has an auto-eject rack.
Fortunately, this is a minor issue if the model you want doesn’t include it. You can get around this by using a hot pad or a toaster oven pull tool, which is a plastic device (metal poses a shock risk) that pulls out a wire rack with ease.
Preset Cooking Functions and Element IQ
Preset cooking functions are default settings for some of the most common foods or methods of cooking used in a toaster oven. Many toaster ovens come with preset cooking functions but none of them work the way the ones in each Breville smart oven work. The reason I say this is because Breville uses what they call Element IQ technology.
In a nutshell, Element IQ technology controls the heat in all of the heating elements to ensure that foods are cooked properly and as quickly as possible. This is where Breville toaster ovens really shine. The selected preset cooking function “tells” the heating elements the best way to heat up. There is more to the Element IQ technology, and if you are interested in learning more you can read my article, Is Breville’s “Element IQ” Truly Smart?
All three of the Breville toaster ovens include cooking functions. Of course, the BOV800XL has one more than the other two. It includes the WARM setting, which you can use to keep foods warm after they are done cooking. This is a nice benefit, but I also know something about the other two models that will allow you to create your own WARM setting in either of them.
Both the BOV650XL and BOV450XL have a minimum temperature of 120° F. It just so happens that the temperature for the WARM setting is 120° F! That means you can keep food warm in all three machines, even though only one of them has a WARM setting.
As for the other eight preset cooking functions, they work wonderfully! Breville truly did an incredible job at making sure all the preset cooking functions work well. That being said, it is important that you use the proper setting for the food you cook, as well as the right rack position, for the best results.
For example, I’ve cooked many chickens in my BOV800XL. I learned quickly that I need to choose the ROAST setting when cooking chicken, not BAKE. Why? Because of how the heating elements heat up. There is enough of a difference that it takes a very long time to cook a chicken on the BAKE setting instead of the ROAST setting.
Before you decide which Breville toaster oven is right for you, think about what you want to cook in it. This is important because all three models are pricey, and you won’t want to find out after you choose one that it isn’t large enough for your cooking needs.
Do you often cook whole chickens or large roasts? Then go with the BOV650XL or the BOV800XL. Both are large enough for an entire chicken. If you like to roast chicken in a covered roasting pan, then go with the BOV800XL, which is large enough for a chicken inside of a covered roasting pan (this is my favorite way to cook chicken in my Breville).
Do you like to make frozen pizzas? Then take a moment to look at the size of the pizzas you buy most often. All three of these toaster ovens will cook pizza, but each can cook a different size (see the comparison chart above for the maximum pizza size for each model). If you are a frozen pizza lover then make sure the toaster oven you buy will fit your favorite pizzas.
Manufacturers include accessories with their toaster ovens to make cooking in them easier. But, I’m going to be honest with you. The accessories included in the Breville models are cheap and I hate them. They are all coated in a nonstick material that starts to stick after just one or two uses. Plus, I don’t like nonstick cooking surfaces because I don’t want to accidentally swallow any of it after the surface starts to get scratches on it.
The BOV800XL comes with three accessories, and I don’t use any of them. I replaced them with a variety of accessories that I bought from Amazon that work MUCH better.
My point in sharing this is that I wouldn’t let the accessories for any of these models sway you one way or the other. Chances are, you won’t like them any more than I did, or the people on Amazon who complained about them, too.
The BOV800XL is the #1 selling convection toaster oven on Amazon. However, it doesn’t matter which of the three Breville models you look at because The BOV450XL, BOV650XL, and the BOV800XL all have glowing reviews and ratings from owners. The vast majority of people who own each of the three models are incredibly happy with their purchases, so much so that many of them say they would buy their particular toaster ovens again if they stop working.
Price is where you will see the biggest differences between the BOV450XL, BOV650XL, and the BOV800XL smart ovens. There can be as much as a $100 difference in price, depending on which models you look at. The good news, though, is that the quality is the same regardless of which of these three toaster oven you buy.
Only you can decide whether the Breville BOV450XL, BOV650XL, or the BOV800XL toaster oven is right for your needs. Any one of these machines is fully capable of making excellent toast, as well as cooking casseroles, pizzas, chickens, and frozen dinners. I hope that the information provided here will help you pick the right model for you.