Breville Smart Oven Air: Is It Breville’s Best Countertop Oven?

Breville’s premium oven is the Breville Smart Oven Air, a stainless steel, air frying, super convection oven (model number BOV900BSS) that is large enough to fit a 14-lb turkey. This is not your basic toaster oven. It is also the most expensive oven that Breville makes. This review will walk you through whether the Breville Smart Oven Air is worth the price.

image of 14-lb turkey in the Breville Smart Oven Air countertop oven

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What Is Breville?

Breville is an Australian company (based in Sydney) of small home appliances, including premium countertop ovens, non-premium ovens (like a traditional toaster oven), blenders (you can see our review of Breville’s premium Super Q blender here and see how it compares to other blenders here), microwaves, and even makes coffee machines for Nespresso. The company was founded in 1932 and the brand Breville name was derived from the last names of the two founders: Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville.

The descendants of Bill O’Brien worked at Breville for the next three generations growing the business geographically and with new products. In the course of developing new products, Breville has been awarded over 100 patents and 40 design awards. Breville developed the toastie sandwich maker in 1974, an early version of a toaster oven and an instant success. It sold 400,000 toasties Australia in the first year, putting Breville on the map in their home country followed by similar success in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

The Breville brand was introduced to the United States in 2002 and has introduced juicers, pressure cookers, food processors, and blenders in recent years. Sales for its juicers doubled in the U.S. in 2011 after a Breville juicer was featured in the Netflix documentary ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’. The Breville smart oven is also one of Breville’s newest product releases and is a much more sophisticated product than Breville’s original toastie or even a toaster oven.

Why Is The Breville Smart Oven Air A Premium Oven?

image of the Breville Smart Oven Air
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The stainless steel Breville Smart Oven Air has a lot of features that are similar to Breville’s other ovens, or even a toaster oven. But what sets the Breville premium ovens apart is the quality of the build, the oven size, and the multiple functions including an easy to use smart cooking system.

Many of these functions are what you would expect a countertop oven to have, like slow cook and baking functions, but it also has a few more like Air Fry (no cooking oil required-just hot oven air), Dehydrate and Super Convection. Air Fry mode uses the oven’s Element IQ smart system with Super Convection to better circulate air inside the oven for the best crisp which is generally considered by health experts to be a healthier way to fry than conventional oil-based frying.  Super Convection operates the built-in convection fan at an even higher speed than standard Convection cooking. The two-speed convection fan in this BOV900SS is one of the only two-speed fans on the small appliance market.

The Element IQ system works in every cooking function to optimize the independent quartz heating elements, convection fan, and time through a PID temperature control to create the best results for each function. You can use this automatic system for each mode or just use your oven manually. The BOV900SS air fryer oven also has a lot more interior space than the other Breville ovens.

Breville has a summary video of the Smart Oven Air that you can see below if you’d like to see it in action.

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By comparison, the lowest-priced Breville countertops don’t have convection fans and are much smaller in size. These lower-priced ovens are not convection ovens, while the Breville Smart Oven Pro (a Breville smart oven model below the Smart Air in price and features) has a convection fan but not a two-speed convection fan.

What Are The Breville Smart Oven Air Functions?

The Breville Smart Air has thirteen preset functions, that’s a lot. These functions are Bake, Roast, Broil, Toast, Bagel, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Air Fry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook and Dehydrate.

Each of these preset functions works with the product’s Element IQ System and each of the six oven heating elements to automatically cook for best results. These elements are located on the top and bottom of the oven and each element is turned on or off at higher or lower power by this automatic “IQ” system, based on the function that you choose.

How Do I Use My Breville Smart Oven?

The Element IQ System described above uses the oven’s heating elements at higher or lower temperatures and turns some on or off to best cook for the mode you choose and each one is displayed in the LCD display on the front of the oven with an indicator to tell you which mode is selected. We detail these modes here so you know what kinds of things you can cook with your Breville air fryer.

image of Breville Smart Oven Air Fry Convection Countertop Oven BOV900SS

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The Main Functions

Roast

Roast mode is designed to cook thick cuts of meat or poultry in the Breville Smart Oven. Ideally, roasting adds a crisp exterior to what you’re cooking while leaving the insides moist and tender. Note that when you’re using Roast, use rack position 6 in the oven (the rack positions are indicated on the oven’s window to help you know where position 6 is located).

Bake

Bake mode in the Breville Smart Oven is designed to use heat evenly in the top and bottom of your oven for cooking cakes, muffins, and similar food. Baking also works well with dense savory frozen dishes like lasagna or pot pies in your included baking pan or on the wire rack. Like in Roast mode, use oven rack position 6 when using Bake mode, and use the rack position indicator on the oven window to tell where position 6 is located.

Broil

Broiling is about searing the top side of your food at high temperatures. Broil mode in the Breville Smart Oven uses the heating elements at the top of the oven at their highest power to crisp open-faced sandwiches, thinly sliced meat, fish, sausages, and vegetables.

Toast

Toast is what you might expect in this smart oven, same as in a toaster oven but with a lot more control. Toast mode basically cooks the top layer of bread while keeping the inside soft and moist. Use Toast mode in the Breville Smart Oven to also heat and crisp English muffins and frozen waffles. Use oven position 4 in Toast mode (see the rack position indicator on the window). The oven is designed to fit up to 9 slices of bread. Use the “Time” dial on the oven’s control panel to select the number of slices that you’re toasting.

Bagel

Bagel mode in the Breville Smart Oven is designed to cook the inside of a bagel, crumpet, or specialty thick bread and only lightly toast the outside. Use rack position 4 in Bagel mode (see the positions indicated on the window). The oven is designed to fit up to 10 bagel slices.

image of the Breville Smart Oven Air LCD oven display and multiple functions

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The Specialty Functions

Warm

Warm mode keeps your food warm after you cook it. You can choose anywhere from 120 to 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) in Warm mode for up to 72 hours.

Pizza

Make pizza with pizza mode. The heating elements in Pizza mode are set to melt cheese and crisp toppings while also adding crispness to the crust. Use the 13-inch pizza pan that comes with your Breville for cooking pizza and put it inside your oven when it’s preheating. The pizza pan should be used in rack position 7 (see the window for rack position indicators).

Proof

Proof mode uses a controlled heat setting to raise yeasty” bread or other dough inside your Breville product. You can choose the heat setting in Proof mode anywhere from 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 38 degrees Celsius). Up to 2 hours of cooking time can be selected in Proof mode.

Air Fry

You may want to know whether this oven is also an air fryer and does it as an air fryer make crispy french fries?

Ary Fry is meant to mimic a traditional oil-based deep fryer to crisp your food, but without the oil. Most doctors would recommend that you do not make a habit out of eating foods cooked in a traditional oil-based deep fryer because of the saturated fats that are absorbed into the food while cooking them. Air frying mode doesn’t use cooking oil, just heated oven air to air fry your food so you’re doctor should be much happier about that.

Super Convection is used in air frying to crisp your food. This high-speed convection mode uses the convection fan at high speed to move heated air around your food while it’s cooking, that’s what gives it the crisp. This faster convection mode also cooks your food faster than standard Convection mode, which is even better. Use the air/fry/dehydrate basket or tray included with your Breville product when air frying. You can still make crispy french fries with this air fryer but without the oil.

Reheat

Reheat mode in the Breville Smart Oven is designed to reheat refrigerated or frozen food without drying it out or overcooking it. The default temperature for Reheat is 325 degrees Fahrenheit. The default Reheat cooking time is 15 minutes.

Cookies

Use Cookies mode in for baking your own homemade cookies or for making commercially made cookie dough or for baking other food products. Use oven rack position 6 in Cookies mode (see the position indicator on the window). Manually select temperatures from 120 to 480 degrees Fahrenheit (50 to 250 degrees Celsius) for up to one hour of cooking time in Cookies mode.

Slow Cook

Slow Cook mode uses low cooking temperatures and long cooking times to cook meat “slowly”. Slow cooking is usually applied to ribs, brisket, and many other foods too like turkey, soups, and stews. Use rack position 8, the lowest rack position, in this mode. Choose either “HIGH” or “LOW” heat settings in the Slow Cook mode, no other heat settings are allowed in Slow Cook, and choose up to 72 hours of cooking time.

Dehydrate

Dehydrate uses the convection fan on Super (not standard) Convection with very low heat to help evaporate water out of vegetables, fruits, and even other foods with a lot of water. With Dehydrate, you add a whole range of things you can do with your Breville countertop. If you use the Dehydrate mode regularly you’ll be able to find a lot of different foods that you can dehydrate regularly to build up a large food pantry for emergency storage or just because you want to dehydrate food because you prefer the taste.

What Are The Other Breville Cooking Functions?

Phase Cook – The Phase Cook button is located on the oven’s front control panel below the big Temperature dial, and reads “Phase Cook”.  Use it to combine 2 functions. So, for example, use this to Broil for 10 minutes and then Bake for 1 hour. Phase Cook is only available in only Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, and Pizza modes.

Frozen Foods – Just below the Phase Cook button is the Frozen Foods button, indicated by a snowflake icon. Use this button to evenly thaw and cook frozen foods. It works in Pizza, Air Fry, Toast, Bagel, Reheat, and Cookies modes.

Rotate Remind – Use this button (labeled “SELECT/CONFIRM”) to sound an alert when you’re cooking in different rack positions and need to switch positions. Rotate Remind only works in Roast, Bake, Warm, Pizza, Air Fry, Reheat, Pizza, Cookies, and Dehydrate modes.

Other Breville Smart Oven Air Features

Magnetic Auto-Eject Rack – Use this function in rack position 3 or 4 (see the rack position indicator on the oven window to make sure). When you open the oven door, any rack in those rack positions will automatically eject itself partially out of the oven for easy access when you’re trying to get that hot baking pan out of your oven.

Light Button – The Light Button is indicated by a lightbulb icon below the START/STOP button. Use it to turn the oven interior light on or off.

Temperature Conversion Button – The Temperature Conversion button is located on the lower right side of the control panel, indicated by a “°C/°F” icon. Use it to convert temperatures between Fahrenheit and Celsius by pressing it when Fahrenheit or Celsius is selected. It is also the button used to change the oven alert volume when you are changing the oven settings.

Crumb Tray – The crumb tray slides out under the oven door. The crumb tray collects crumbs and food debris at the bottom of the oven and slides out so you can periodically empty the tray of crumbs and debris that you would otherwise have no way of easily removing.

How Much Does The Breville Smart Oven Weigh?

The stainless steel Smart Oven Air weighs 39 pounds. This is almost twice as heavy as the Breville Smart Oven Pro (the closest model to the Smart Air), which weighs only 22 pounds. Weight isn’t always a mark of quality or lack of it, but a lot of heavier ovens are higher quality since stainless steel and additional components, and even larger ones simply weigh more than plastic or lower quality metal.

What About The Breville Smart Oven Air Warranty?

The Smart Oven Air comes with a 2-year warranty from Breville. This warranty is a lot better than their 1-year warranty on lower-priced Breville Smart countertops but it is still too short in our opinion. The Wolf Gourmet countertop has an outstanding 5-year warranty by comparison (you can see our review of the Wolf Gourmet Countertop here). So, we recommend that you buy an extended warranty with any purchase of the Smart Oven Air. Most extended warranty options are fairly inexpensive and usually easy to enforce. See warranty options and pricing options on Amazon here.

What They Won’t Tell You – The Internal Measurements Of The Smart Oven Air

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Smart Oven Air Interior, Credit: newkitchenlife.com

The inside of the Smart Oven Air oven, the “box” is about 1 cubic foot. When you subtract the space taken up by racks and heating elements or cookware like a baking pan, the “useable’ space is about 0.78 cubic feet. The dimensions for the useable space are about 16 inches wide, 7 inches high, and about 12 inches deep. In terms of what you can fit inside the oven, it will fit a 14-lb turkey, a 5-quart Dutch oven, most 9 x 13 inch pans, or a 12 cup muffin tray.

By comparison, the useable space in the Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven is about 0.72 cubic feet, even though the Wolf Gourmet Countertop “box” is 1.1 cubic feet, slightly larger than the same measure for the Smart Air. By another comparison, the Breville smart oven that is below the Smart Oven Air in terms of price and features, the Smart Oven Pro, has a useable oven area of only 0.45 cubic feet. See more on the differences between these two Breville smart ovens in the next section below.

The exterior of the Smart Air measures 18.5 x 26 x 17 inches (D x W x H) and is wrapped in brushed stainless steel.

What Is The Difference Between The Breville Smart Oven Air & Breville Smart Oven Pro?

The biggest difference between these two Breville smart ovens is size. The interior size of the Smart Oven Pro is 0.8 cubic feet compared to the 1.0 cubic foot interior of the Breville Smart Oven Air. But even more of a difference is the “usable” space. After subtracting the space used by racks and other interior elements, the Smart Oven Pro’s usable space is only about 0.45 cubic feet compared with the Smart Air’s usable space of about 0.72 cubic feet. So, if you’re trying to make a decision to buy either one of these Breville smart ovens, you should consider this big difference in interior size when you’re making your decision.

The Breville Smart Oven Air exterior measures 18.5 inches deep, 26 inches wide, and 17 inches high, while the Smart Oven Pro exterior is 14.5 inches deep, 18.5 inches wide, and 11 inches high, also a big difference in size and good to know if you’re trying to make your countertop oven in a tight space.

There are also three more cooking functions in the Smart Oven Air than in the Smart Oven Pro. The Smart Oven Air obviously has an Air Fry cooking function but the Smart Oven Pro does not. The Smart Air also has Dehydrate and Proof cooking functions but neither one of those is included in the Smart Oven Pro.

Also, a very significant difference between the two is their warranty periods. The Smart Oven Air has a 2-year warranty while the Smart Oven Pro has only a 1-year warranty. Both of these warranties are too short (see the section above titled What About The Breville Smart Oven Air Warranty?) and you should definitely buy an extended warranty if buying either one of them, but a 2-year warranty is still much better than a 1-year warranty.

For more information about the Smart Oven Pro, you can see our review of Breville’s Smart Oven Pro here, the Breville smart oven with many of the same features as the Smart Oven Air, but smaller and less expensive.

What If I Want A Less Expensive Or Smaller Breville Countertop?

If you don’t think you need a larger, more expensive product, and don’t need air frying, or all of the Breville Smart functions, take a look at some of the lower-priced Breville ovens that are closer to a traditional toaster oven like the Compact Smart Oven, which is reviewed here and is more comparable to a traditional toaster oven. Or you can see other smaller countertop ovens here in this review of the best countertop ovens. But in fairness, none of them is really a “toaster oven” in the traditional sense.

What Comes With The Smart Oven Air?

Breville includes a lot of accessories. These are:

  • 13-inch pizza pan
  • 2 wire racks
  • 9 x 13 broiling rack
  • 9 x 13 enamel baking pan
  • Air Fry/Dehydrate basket
  • Crumb tray (crumb tray slides out from the bottom for cleaning)

Breville Smart Oven Air: Recommendations?

The Smart Oven Air has a lot of functions and is a lot bigger than the rest of the Breville ovens and most other countertop ovens as well. It is also the most expensive Breville oven. So is the Smart Oven Air worth it? In our opinion, it all depends on whether you will actually use it. Breville packs a lot of features into their ovens and healthier cooking with Air Fry is a great addition to them. So is the Super Convection function, and the Slow Cook, Proof, Pizza, and even Dehydrate functions in addition to each of the more conventional ones as long as you use them.

image of the larger interior oven space in the Breville Smart Oven AIr Fry Oven

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The Smart Oven Air’s larger size is also a great benefit to those who have the room for it on their counters and have been stymied trying to cook a decent sized roast or other foods they regularly cook in their ovens in a traditional sized countertop or toaster oven.

In fact, many people have commented that they like the larger sized Breville Smart Oven Air compared to older, smaller model toaster ovens and also appreciate all of the functions. The larger sized oven gives them more reason to use it instead of their conventional oven for a lot more cooking than they cook do in a smaller countertop oven.

The biggest negative about the Smart Oven Air is defects in the operating system experienced by some customers in the first year or two of using it. Small appliances are prone to having defects, a small percentage of small appliances will fail in the first year. To protect yourself against these defects, we recommend buying an extended warranty that will last beyond 2 years since the Smart Oven Air only comes with a 2-year warranty.

The Smart Oven Air is one of the biggest countertop ovens and has a lot of functions while at the same time is one of the most expensive countertop ovens on the market.

If you are going to use it regularly and take advantage of the different functions, or use some of them like Air Fry a lot, then the Smart Oven Air is well worth the price in our opinion. This is especially true if you’re able to use the Smart Oven Air in place of your standard-sized oven. For all of these reasons, we consider the Smart Oven Air to be Breville’s best.

To Buy It – See the Breville Smart Oven Air Fry now on Amazon with current price and free shipping options here.

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