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

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

Why Is The Breville Smart Oven Air Fry A Premium Oven?

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The Breville Smart Oven Air has a lot of features that are similar to Breville’s other, ovens or even a toaster oven. Breville countertops are known for having a lot of functions and features. The stainless steel Breville smart oven has functions you expect like a slow cook and baking function plus a few more like Air Fry and Dehydrate. Air frying is a healthier way to crisp your food than conventional oil fryers. Air frying uses the smart system with Super Convection to better circulate air inside the oven for the best crisp. 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 heating elements, convection fan, and time to create the best results for each function. You can use the Element IQ 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.

The lowest-priced Breville countertops don’t have convection fans. These are not convection ovens, while the Breville Smart Oven Pro (the model just below the Smart Air in price) has a convection fan but not a two-speed fan.

What Are The Smart Oven Air Functions?

The 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 heating 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 the Element IQ System, based on the function that you choose.

How Do I Use My Breville Air Fryer?

The Element IQ System as we 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. 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. 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 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 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, basically cooking the top layer of bread while keeping the inside soft and moist. Use Toast mode 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 conventionally sliced bread. Use the “Time” dial on the oven’s control panel to select the number of slices that you’re toasting.

Bagel

Bagel mode 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 time can be selected in Proof mode.

Air Fry

You may want to know whether this oven is also an air fryer. Air frying is meant to mimic a traditional oil-based deep fryer to crisp your food, but air frying is frying 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 doesn’t use cooking oil, just heated oven air to air fry your food so you’re doctor should be much happier about that. Air frying uses high heat and Super Convection instead of oil to crisp your food. Super Convection 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. Super Convection 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.

Reheat

Reheat mode 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 time is 15 minutes.

Cookies

Use Cookies mode for baking your own homemade cookies or for making commercially made cookie dough or for baking other food product. 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 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 Slow Cook mode. Choose either “HIGH” or “LOW” heat settings in the Slow Cook mode, no other heat settings are allowed in Slow Coook and choose up to 72 hours of cooking time in Slow Cook mode.

Dehydrate

Dehydrate uses the convection fan on Super 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 Cooking Functions In The Breville Air Fryer?

Phase Cook – Use this button on the oven’s front control panel 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. 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. Frozen Foods – Use this button to evenly thaw and cook frozen foods. It works in Pizza, Air Fry, Toast, Bagel, Reheat, and Cookies modes.

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. Other – There is also a light button that will turn the oven interior light on or off and a conversion button that will convert temperatures between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

How Much Does The 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 Breville’s lower-priced 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.

By comparison, the useable space in the Wolf Gourmet 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 Pro’s useable space is only 0.45 cubic feet. After adjusting for racks and heating elements, the Smart Air measures 0.78 cubic feet. The same measurement in the Smart Oven Pro, the “usable” space, is only 0.45 cubic feet. The exterior of the Smart Air measures 18.5 deep, 26 inches wide, and 17 inches high and is wrapped in brushed stainless steel.

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)

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, take a look at some of the lower-priced Breville ovens that are closer to a traditional toaster oven in this review of the best countertop ovens. But in fairness, none of them is really a “toaster oven” in the traditional sense.

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.

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, a big difference in size. The Smart Oven Air obviously has Air Fry and the Smart Oven Pro foes not. The Smart Air also has Dehydrate and Proof modes and the Smart Oven Pro does not.

Also, very significantly, the Smart Oven Air has a 2-year warranty while the Smart Oven Pro has only a 1-year warranty. You can also see our review of Breville’s Smart Oven Pro here, the Breville oven with many of the same features as the Smart Oven Air, but smaller and less expensive. An even smaller and cheaper Breville product, the Compact Smart Oven, is reviewed here and is more comparable to a traditional toaster oven.

Breville Smart Oven Air: Recommendations?

The Smart Oven Air or Air Fryer has a lot of functions and is a lot bigger than the rest of the Breville ovens. 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 Air Fry is a great addition to them. Air frying is great for many people who want to cook healthier.

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

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Its 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 gave them more reason to skip using their conventional ovens on a hot summer day. Some other customers have reported defects after using the Breville Smart Oven Air for only a short time.

To protect yourself against defects, we recommend buying an extended warranty since the Smart Oven Air warranty only lasts for 2 years. The Smart Oven Air is a solid oven with a lot of functions and is one of the largest while at the same time one of the most expensive ovens of its type on the market.

If you are going to use it regularly and take advantage of all of the different functions, 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.

See the Breville Smart Oven Air Fry now on Breville’s site with current price ($399.95) and free shipping options here.

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