Breville Element iQ System Smart Toaster Oven

Last updated date: November 14, 2022

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Breville Element iQ System Smart Toaster Oven

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We looked at the top Toaster Ovens and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Toaster Oven you should buy.

Update as November 14, 2022:
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Overall Take

The Breville toasts bread and bagels evenly but can ramp up to much bigger jobs with nine preset functions. With a bigger profile, this is the one you want for larger meals. We also like that it features a deeper crumb tray for easy cleaning. The tray pops out when your food is done to make removal a snap.

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the Breville Element iQ System Smart Toaster Oven placed 8th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Every Breville product begins with a simple moment of brilliance. The Breville Smart Oven began with the simple fact that different foods require different methods of heating: some, like baked goods, need to be cooked evenly; others, like meats, need to be seared on top. Most toaster ovens fail to distribute heat in a consistent way throughout their interiors, let alone change heat distribution to suit the different foods being prepared. This is how the Breville Smart Oven stands apart: whatever the food, it adjusts its heat distribution for perfect results.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

5,277 user reviews

What experts liked

Off the charts in terms of performance and features. Huge internal capacity. Includes a 3-position baking rack and generous set of bake ware.
- BestReviews
The Smart Oven maintains temperature remarkably well.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 18, 2019 | Full review
The oven also automatically shuts off the heating elements after each cycle of heating, which makes it safe for your children to use.
- Top Ten Reviews
This model was excellent in ease of cleaning. How easy it is to clean both the exterior and the crumb tray.
- Consumer Reports
It has one of the sturdiest crumb trays we've encountered that easily removes and is deep enough to keep crumbs and food bits in place on the way to the trash can.
- Tech Gear Lab
It toasted bread evenly — no half-burnt pieces here — and roasted a four-and-a-half-pound chicken beautifully.
- Good Housekeeping
December 29, 2011 | Full review
The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven features an automatic rack ejector that pushes its rack outside when opened. This allows you to pick your food without fear of touching the hot edges of the racks.
- Pressure Cooker Portal
December 28, 2017 | Full review
Interestingly, we found that toasting evenness has a lot more to do with your bread than your toaster.
- Techlicious
May 19, 2016 | Full review
This Breville oven has a special IQ technology that allows you to adjust the heating on five levels so that your food is prepared quickly and efficiently.
- Good Kitchen

What experts didn't like

Rare complaints about digital display screen. Large footprint.
- BestReviews
But it is slower at preheating, doesn’t toast as evenly, and costs more than our main picks.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 18, 2019 | Full review
The toaster oven consumes 1,800 watts when in use, which is more than most of the other toaster ovens in our lineup.
- Top Ten Reviews
This model had no discernible flaws in its performance.
- Consumer Reports
It is a bit on the expensive side
- Tech Gear Lab
But be careful when using the toaster oven: The exterior can get too hot to touch.
- Good Housekeeping
December 29, 2011 | Full review
The Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven has high power usage
- Pressure Cooker Portal
December 28, 2017 | Full review
It is a bit pricey, but if you want to buy quality product, you will be satisfied
- Good Kitchen

Overall Product Rankings

22. KRUPS Deluxe Oven

Overall Score: 7.0

An Overview On Toaster Ovens

If you’ve never used a toaster oven, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not a toaster. Mind you, you can make toast with it, but that’s hardly its only use or even the primary one. Depending on the household, it can fill a surprisingly wide gap between the microwave and a traditional oven. Need your snacks warmed up quickly, but hate that microwave sogginess? Need your potatoes, pies or side dishes baked while your main course is taking up the oven? The toaster oven is a perfect solution, and it does all that while using less power.

Depending on the size of the toaster oven, it can even be used to cook those main dishes. Many models have modes tailored to pizza, for instance. The same goes for baked goods like cookies, cupcakes and bread, which toaster ovens are particularly good at in small batches. And finally, they’re a life-saver when foods need thawing out quickly.

How does it do all this? The heating methods vary depending on the model. Like traditional ovens, many toaster ovens use convection heating or at least offer it as an option for baking. That essentially means there’s a fan inside the oven to circulate the heat, and while it’s not as crucial in a small area as it is with a full-size oven, convection does generally mean things will cook more evenly. Other models make up for the lack of convection with multiple heating elements placed around the oven.

As you might imagine, an appliance that heats all these foods is going to get dirty. Luckily, most models are as easy to clean out as a traditional toaster, if not easier. There’s generally a tray at the bottom that catches crumbs, melted cheese or other debris. Pull it out and wipe it down, and most of your cleaning is done.

The Toaster Oven Buying Guide

  • The primary thing you’ll want to consider when buying a toaster oven is size. Bigger is not necessarily better, especially if you’ve got limited counter space and you’re primarily using it to heat up snacks. If you’re making the occasional meal with it, scan the “quick-select” settings for a general idea of what a particular model can handle, but also check the measurements. Just because there’s a “pizza” setting doesn’t necessarily mean you can fit a large pizza inside. Many larger toaster ovens also include multiple racks, which is a plus for baking cookies or making toast for large groups.
  • Another quick way to gauge what meals a toaster oven can handle is to take a quick look at the maximum setting on the timer. If it only goes up to 20 minutes or so, that means it’s not exactly built for roasting a turkey.
  • Convection heating is a big plus, but may not be a total necessity if you’re just warming up bagels. The wattage can tell you a lot about how powerful the heating element is, with 1500 being a good median. Of course, that high wattage setting will also mean it’s using more power, which can defeat the purpose if you’re using it to save energy on side dishes and reheats.
  • Just like regular ovens, most toaster ovens will need time to reheat, though it generally won’t take nearly as long as their larger counterparts. Check reviews to see how long that tends to be. Some models with alternative heating elements power on with almost no preheat at all, which can be a big plus for those on the go.
  • Finally, consider the cleanup. Most models do have a crumb tray to catch all the cooking debris, but some can be easier to remove than others. As for the rest of the interior, non-stick stainless steel or similar materials are a plus. Something that gets this much use is going to see its share of stains.