If you're looking for a powerful toaster oven, the Breville BOV800XLis the best toaster oven in its class, thanks to the Smart Oven's Element IQ, power is put where it's needed the most. This convection toaster oven comes with 9 pre-set programs, and in each, the Element IQ provides the right amount of power at the right time. And if you should ever decide to adjust one of the pre-sets to your own liking, the unit remembers the changes you've made. To give you an idea of how the Element IQ works, think of a dimmer switch on a light. Adjusting the switch adjusts the amount of power your lights receive. So, instead of the Breville BOV800XL's 5 elements having a fixed amount of wattage, the Smart Oven automatically adjusts the power. Still need convincing that this is the convection toaster oven you want? This oven will heat up faster than a conventional wall oven, and uses less energy doing so! This is a kitchen tool you'll want to use every day.
<snip> I am totally in love with this toaster oven! It is a heavy, quality appliance, with numerous handy, smart features. I just got it today, and I will update my review later if needed. I cooked some *perfect* cupcakes in it a little while ago, so I'm going on that experience … UPDATE: It's 1 1/2 years later, and I still use my Breville almost every day -- still love it and not one hint of problems. Crumb tray in the front is SO very easy to pull out and to keep clean.<snip> (Full review HERE)
Breville BOV800XL Toaster Oven
So, is the Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL perfect for everyone? Unfortunately not. Upon reading the safety instructions in the user manual, you'll see that you can't use foil or oven-proof glass in the Breville BOV800XL. Since many people are accustomed to using both in their toaster ovens, this could cause a problem for some people. Another concern is that the outside of the unit gets very hot-which is to be expected in my opinion-but if you have children climbing around on your counters while you're using your appliances, I can see where this may be a matter of concern.
However, despite the fact that there might be a few things that some consider negatives, all in all the Breville Toaster Oven is a great purchase, maybe as a gift to yourself. It would also be a great gift idea for mom, or for anyone who spends time cooking.