Sunday, April 10, 2016

Breville Smart Oven Pro BOV845BSS_ANZ

I purchased the Breville Smart Oven Pro BOV845BSS when Woolworths discontinued their Qantas rewards system and moved over to their new woolworths dollars system as my points were due to expire. Having owned similar ovens
in the past (albeit less expensive one's) that I loved I confess I would have not likely paid the extra money for this particular model. The others however, as much as I loved them, generally failed in some way just out of warranty (most often one of the heating elements would blow). But for around $100 and with the heavy use I put them through, I was okay with that. Time will tell if this model has the same fatal flaw. 

It arrived, all silver and shiny with a flash looking digital display. A 22 litre oven it is quite generous in size, although I think smaller than the technically smaller cheaper models. It does have the ability to hold a 13 inch pizza.  
It comes with the wire rack, a square baking tray and a round pizza tray. Extra's can be purchased directly from Breville. 

The wire rack is adjustable and has 3 positions it can be slotted into depending on what you are cooking. It has a 10 minute pre-heat cycle and beeps once the oven is ready and 10 pre-set cooking functions to choose from (all are adjustable however or you can choose to stick with the recommended settings). Grilling also has 3 temperatures to choose from. Low, Medium and High. Time can be adjusted (up to 2 hours) as can temperature and the oven alerts you when it has finished with another double beep and the light comes on. The light bulb is replaceable which is nice, the cheaper models do not offer this feature.
I have owned this now for 4 months and it's still going strong. I admit that the turn dials on the cheaper models are much simpler to use, not that this isn't easy once you get the gist of it, but a lot of the functions seem kind of pointless. For example there is both a bake function and a roast function but anyone who has been cooking any amount of time at all can just heat the oven and set a temperature. I haven't found the functions to make much difference to the cooking process.

I have also found that things don't cook any better in this model than the cheaper models. I thought maybe things would be crispier or less likely to be gummy given the pre-selected cooking functions but they are not. Again, if you are new to cooking, perhaps these are helpful.

Things tend to need to be grilled from the middle shelf not the top like in the instructions. We have had 2 things catch on fire so far when placed on the top shelf for grilling, even when set to low and tall foods like easter buns just do not fit under.

All in all I'm very happy with this, but if I am honest, when it dies, it will just be replaced with one of the others linked above for about half the price of this particular model. I just don't feel it is worth the extra money. The added bonus of the others is when they cease working, I generally keep the accessories so up to 2 shelves/pans can be in the oven at the same time. This is not possible with this one as there just isn't the room for more than 1 shelf and I think it would likely not cook properly if you attempted to do this.

1 comment:

Thank you for your thoughts :)