Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

(15 customer reviews)

  • Smart element IQ: There’s heat, and there’s smart heat; Element IQ transfers heat intelligently across 4 quartz elements for precise and stable heat where and when you want it for perfect results, every time; Super fast 1800 Watt preheat gets your meals on the table more quickly
  • 8 cooking functions: 8 cooking functions to guide you to perfection: Bagel, toast, bake, broil, pizza, roast, cookies, and reheat
  • Not so mini capacity: Your mini smart oven fits 4 not so mini slices of toast, cookies, tuna melts and 11 inch Pizzas
  • Backlit easy read LCD: Calculates correct time and temperature, Illuminating orange during preheating and cooking, and blue once cycle is complete
  • Non stick cavity coating: The walls on the inside of the oven feature a non stick coating for easy cleaning
  • Warranty: 1 year limited product warranty
  • 4 Quartz 1800 Watt Elements with Element IQ Technology
  • Function dial with 8 pre set cooking functions and each element adjusts automatically for the setting you choose, to deliver the right cooking temperature at the right time for the meal you are creating
  • This is not an under the cabinet toaster oven it needs some clearance on top due to the product producing heat. Voltage : 110 120 Volts
  • 4 Slice capacity, 11″ pizza, 0.45 cu ft. interior with 3 rack positions, pull out crumb tray and auto shut off
  • Powder coated steel housing and Non stick interior cavity coating. Dimensions : 14.25 x 16 x 8.5 inches


There’s heat, and there’s smart heat. Element IQ transfers heat intelligently across 4 quartz elements for precise and stable heat where and when you want it for perfect results, every time.

Super fast 1800W preheat gets your meals on the table more quickly.

8 cooking functions to guide you to perfection: Bagel, Toast, Bake, Broil, Pizza, Roast, Cookies, and Reheat.

The Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ is our affordable offering for the cook who desires a countertop oven that bakes the perfect pizza, delicious cookies and toasts evenly.

Smart features, small space. When the oven is plugged into a power outlet, the oven alert will sound twice and the LCD screen will illuminate blue for 10 minutes before entering STANDBY mode

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Based on 15 reviews

1.5 overall

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    This is my first Breville product of any kind. I don’t have anything against the brand, it seems the vast majority of people who own them like them or even love them. And the few negatives I’ve read never really explain in detail any fault of the product itself, it’s usually something to do with user error or not choosing the right product for their needs. My only issue with the brand is that sometimes it costs far more than it should and I don’t see enough of an advantage in it to pay that much more. This time though I could see a few advantages to this model which took it to the top as my first choice (after several weeks of extensive shopping and comparing numerous other toaster ovens).SIZETopping the list of why I chose this model is size. I have a wonderful Cuisinart TOB-100 which to me is the ideal size for a toaster oven. It’s served me well for over five years and still works fine except, as happens, the heating elements are getting old and everything takes longer to cook. These days the popular trend is for manufacturers to be pushing extra-large toaster ovens as a replacement for a full size oven. I don’t agree, my stove works better as an oven than any toaster can possibly do and between it and a microwave and an air fryer (not to mention hotpot, steamer, slow cooker and other small appliances) using a toaster oven is nothing but a compromise and not a good one at that. The Breville Mini is the right size to toast bread, bagels, English muffins and similar things and occasionally heat up a leftover single slice of pizza. I mean, really, who really gets one of these things to bake pizzas, especially tiny eleven-inch ones?CONVENIENCEWhen I want to toast a bagel or something I just want to be able to walk over to my appliance, put the thing in, and push one button. This model does that, it remembers my last setting and if I want to make a slight one-time adjustment I don’t have to read a service manual and push and turn a bunch of knobs to do so. The button layout on this model in my opinion is far easier to use than the next model up, the Compact, which requires you to push and turn a knob and have to think about which mode it is in every time.SPEEDThe Breville line of toaster ovens use quartz tubes for heat. That is not my preferred choice. I’ve had plenty of ones that use this technology and while it is definitely faster than the metal rod elements my Cuisinart uses the quartz tubes have several downsides. First off, in reality they are nothing more than a high power light bulb and like most bulbs the more powerful they are the more heat they give off. Being a glass tube they are fragile and delicate and like most bulbs they have a relatively short life then they burn out (they are replaceable if you’re handy with such things). Metal heating element rods usually don’t get quite as hot and they take a lot longer to heat up to temperature than quartz tubes which are instant on. But metal rods can last far longer than a glass tube, especially if they get splashed with grease, which is a common event in a toaster oven. A metal rod can simply burn the grease off but a glass tube can shatter or instantly burn out. So I only consider ovens of this type conditionally acceptable if you use a lot of care to protect the tubes from getting splashed.SMARTThey use the word smart loosely, this oven doesn’t really sense the doneness of your food like some toasters I have owned. It simply determines how much heat to use for how long depending on what you tell it to do, so you are really the one doing the smarts. To me the word smart really goes back to the word convenience – being able to choose a setting with one simple dial, adjust time and temperature with simple push buttons, having a large clearly marked on/off button, having the display change color to tell you it’s cooking, and having a convenient button to add a little more cooking time if you need it without resetting everything from scratch.WISH THEY DIDN’TI mentioned that the size of the oven was my most important factor is choosing this model. The layout of the controls was second and the speed was the third. None of the other models I considered had all three. There are a few minor things that I don’t care for though. One is the etched on writing on the door reminding me which shelf position to use to cook various things, I think it is useless and the painted on labels detract from the look of the device and of my kitchen. I also don’t like that there is no hook to slide the wire shelf out when I open the door. This used to be standard on every toaster oven. I think it’s inconvenient and dangerous not to have it. The last thing isn’t a negative, it’s an observation – I cannot understand why anyone would complain about this or any toaster product because “it gets hot”. What are they expecting, on what planet does an appliance meant to toast something not get hot? For the record this model doesn’t get much hotter or stay any cooler than any other toaster I’ve owned, in fact using professional grade thermography test equipment I measured the outer cabinet to be slightly cooler than the Cuisinart. The simple answer is that your mom should have taught you a long time ago not to touch a hot stove. There is one review I read suggesting to use an extension cord so you can push this toaster right up to the wall in your kitchen. DON’T! You will burn your house down. If the little pull tab on the power cord bothers you, simply plug it in to another outlet that’s not located right behind the toaster. But never use any extension cord on any toaster and never push it any closer to the wall than the manufacturer tells you to.MORE ABOUT IT BEING TOO HOTSince there are several one star reviews that dismiss it for the sole reason that it “gets hot”, here are some extra facts about that topic. If you set your oven for 400 degrees its temperature is going to be 400 degrees. It doesn’t matter if you have a Breville, an Oster, a Cuisinart or a no-name brand they will all be the same temperature inside. If it’s not getting hot and your oven is cold it’s not doing its job and that’s what someone should be complaining about, not that it gets hot. A toaster isn’t a toaster if it doesn’t get hot. The more powerful it is, the higher the wattage will be and the faster it will toast – and the result of that is heat. It’s simple science. A hot toaster is a good thing and people who buy it should be adult enough not to touch it, place it close to a wall, put anything on it that can melt or burn, or allow children to play with it like a toy. I don’t know how anyone can expect any stove or toaster to cook and not get hot, and I’m even more baffled why they would complain about it and consider it a defect or a reason to give it a negative review. I attached those professional thermal imaging photos showing my highly rated Cuisinart next to the Mini to directly compare the amount of heat created by both of them. See for yourself.TROUBLESHOOTINGBased on user comments there are most commonly misunderstood concerns about this product’s reliability. Here is some info that may be helpful in determining the true cause for a perceived issue.1. It gets hot – as discussed earlier that is not a fault but rather simply how a toaster works2. It smokes – that’s steam, a normal byproduct of what food does when it heat it. If it’s real smoke then your food is burning, that would be a user error3. It’s too small – they make other sizes, if this model is too small don’t buy it4. The dial is hard to read – choose another model or brand, after using it 2-3 times you will learn where your favorite settings are without having to even look at the dial5. The weird plug – keep complaining, maybe they will eventually listen. That hook doesn’t make much sense but if it’s in the way just plug it in to a different outlet6. It “broke” – I have yet to read any review giving details what they mean by broke. As I have explained earlier this model (as well as many other brands) use glass tubes that are essentially light bulbs. Those are delicate and can break and they will absolutely burn out. That’s not a defect, it’s the trade off for an oven that gets hot fast. If that concerns you buy an oven with metal heating rods7. That clicking sound – again, not a defect. Quartz tube ovens work by turning the light bulb on and off, the temperature of the bulb itself can’t actually be controlled. What you are hearing is the relay that powers the bulb on and off, it’s normal and it has to do that. If it really bothers you get an oven that uses metal heating rods, they don’t click. Oh, and I really can’t even hear the clicking unless I’m standing right in front of it.A DOSE OF REALITYI am constantly amused about comments about how some users either love or hate the way a toaster oven cooks, as if they could really tell a difference. This appliance is one of the most basic things in a kitchen, a technology that goes back to the stone age. In the simplest terms, it’s a metal box with a wire rack that heats food to a certain temperature and cooks it for a certain time. There’s nothing magic about that, it can’t make food taste better. In theory every model sold does the identical thing the same way, the only difference is how it looks and whether you manually choose the time and temperature or a built in program does that for you. But the process of the heating elements getting hot and cooking your food never changes no matter how much or how little you paid for the thing. If it burns your food it’s not the toaster’s fault, it has no idea what you put in the oven and what you consider “properly done”. So, sorry to rain on any parades but no, this gadget won’t and can’t make your food taste any better nor will it make you the next Julia Child.YES OR NOThis product met all of my needs as expected and I think it is in fact designed and made to a higher quality standard than cheaper ones. And the reality is that if you are looking for one that takes up a minimal amount of counter space you probably know that most of the more deluxe ones aren’t this small. It fits a niche, it may not be for everyone, but for the reasons listed above I chose this one and I’m satisfied.I’m neither here to defend nor condemn this product, I paid a lot of my hard earned money to buy it which entitles me to my opinions. I simply believe in facts versus baseless accusations. I hope this information has been useful to you and if so please feel free to comment.


  2. S. Fite

    Have had it a year now … some thoughts. The top gets a bit hot so I keep two silicone trivets on the top and I can keep things up on top without worry. The trivets let you reclaim some counter space and maybe add a little color to your kitchen. The back has bumpers which protrude an inch to keep oven away from the back wall taking up more space. Gets up to temperature real quick, a hugh advantage over my gas oven. Even though my gas is free and I pay for electric, I don’t hesitate to use the Breville when I’m in a hurry. The “alarm” is not loud by anyone’s standard … a couple of pings and that’s it. You have to stoop down to read the dial settings …unless you have them memorized. Mine seems to run a little hotter than temperature settings but not a problem. Don’t forget to remove the pan when it’s not called for … like toasting bread. Here are max pans sizes from the instruction booklet:The following bakeware will fit into the oven:- 7 ½” x 11” baking pan no handles- 9” square baking pan- 6 cup muffin tin- 9” loaf pan- Up to 11” pie plate

    S. Fite

  3. J. Jones

    I like that the oven is small and compact and can fit below my cabinets. It also heats very quickly and seems to hold a uniform temperature while baking. I also like the execution of the crumb tray which is easier to remove and clean than most of the toaster ovens I have used in the past.On the negative side, it does not toast all that evenly. There are definite hot spots which sometimes force you to rotate the bread during the toasting process. The controls are also not as useful as they could be. Attempting to control toasting by darkness and number of slices takes a lot of trial and error to find an optimum combination (I have used this product for several weeks and am still adjusting the settings to meet my requirements).Finally, the rack inside the pan is not well designed. Rather than having a stop or mechanism to hold it in place, it just slides out. This can create a difficult situation when attempting to work with food that is not positioned at the immediate front of the oven. Several times the hot rack has fallen out and I have experienced minor burns. This oven definitely needs to be used extremely carefully to prevent injury.REVISION:After many frustrating efforts, I find myself forced to revise my earlier review. No amount of playing with the settings appears to result in toast which could remotely be called uniform. On occasion, I have had toast where the top is burnt but the bottom of the bread almost white. In addition, I have found that, although the oven is capable of holding temperature relatively during the bake cycle, the heating elements on the bottom appear to be doing the majority of the work leaving items dried out or burnt on the bottom while getting the top of an item browned is almost impossible. I would definitely return this if it was not past the permitted time – too frustrating.

    J. Jones

  4. Maya

    Great toaster oven, but stopped functioning less than 3 years from the date of purchase. Not acceptable for a small appliance in this price range that was maintained correctly and used very lightly; 1 person household. Extremely disappointed 🙁


  5. Jill L. Morton

    So far, so good. I have used it for every aspect. With only the two of us at home now I have baked slider buns in it, roasted chicken, roasted a small beef roast, pork chops, bagels, broiled many items…it’s great! And particularly for the summer months it doesn’t heat the house up and uses much less energy than a large oven. I have already recommended it to friends.

    Jill L. Morton

  6. Ariane Kadorya

    This is one of the best purchases we’ve ever made for our home. When our toaster broke, we decided to get this, instead of a regular toaster. It works just as quickly and as well (if not better) for toasting bread. I especially enjoy being able to melt cheese on my toast. For reheating meals, obviously it takes a bit longer than a microwave, but the result tastes better since you can adjust the temperature and it heats evenly. For the reheating option, the pre-heating takes about 5 minutes (no pre-heating for toasting). I also use this to quickly quasi-broil vegetables (especially tomatoes!) – tastes almost as good as with the oven but it takes way less time. There are so many other things you can do with this that I haven’t tried: baking cookies, pizzas, potatoes, etc.

    Ariane Kadorya

  7. M.A

    Previously had a cuisinart but the timer actually stopped timing.. Breville quality doesn’t lie.It’s small, powerful, numerical timer, 5-6 modes, easy to clean (removable plate) and a frozen mode.The heating rods are protected and the interior is anti adhesive (great if you’re a heavy user like me). In about 40 min, i have a freshly baked pizza, a perfectly cooked salmon and toasts! Size is perfect for all types of kitchen, dont think twice if you need a toaster oven!


  8. Steve O.

    Few month’s ago out oven stopped working entirely. Naturally while we waited to replace it we wanted to still have a solution that would allow us to reheat meals or make them without taking up a lot of space. Microwaves are great and all but are no replacement for an oven. This little oven has become a daily driver for small meals given that it takes little to no time to heat food or even cook it, and it’s very easy to store on the counter. If you’re in the market for an oven for your dorm, your apartment or maybe you just want something for small meals, look no further!

    Steve O.

  9. Wiser Owl

    OMG – I don’t even know where to start.BEST. TOASTER. OVEN. EVER.Had a horrible B&D toaster oven for years and hated it — wondered why people even wanted a toaster oven. But with this one?! Wouldn’t want to be without it. Easy to use. Perfect control. Great settings. Can toast, bake, even do pizza.Would happily buy again. Breville makes oustanding products and this is no exception.

    Wiser Owl

  10. ChrisL

    This item is my new go-to appliance. As a bachelor, turning on the big oven just to make a single portion of something is very expensive and wasteful. This oven is large enough to make a pizza or lasagna (company visiting, not just being a pig), but small enough that it only takes about a minute to preheat to 425. It is also smaller than the compact version and can be stored just about anywhere (fits into my standard cupboard).The included ceramic plate specifically says you should not put in the dishwasher. Why companies include anything that touches food that is not dishwasher-safe in the modern era is beyond me, but I will just use parchment or aluminium foil I guess.Definitely worth the money, especially if you get a deal like I did on boxing day!


  11. Glenn R

    Really like the toaster, especially because we were looking for a decent quality unity that fit in a small space. One of the things that has started to become a problem is un-even toasting. It appears that the “logic” for the toast setting and the bagel setting are the same. The weird thing is that the problem is intermittent. I’ve looked for variables that we control, like clean crumb tray, but we haven’t been able to sort the problem out. We’ve contacted Breville and are awaiting their response.

    Glenn R

  12. Kungfuthug

    I am replacing my Panasonic that had some elements burn out and cost more to replace than buy a new one.The Panasonic would pull the rack out when you opened the door, this does not. I also do not like how the display makes you think the oven is still on when in fact it is off.It cooks well. I am happy with the purchase but would have kept looking if I had known.It is a nice looking unit.


  13. Vlad E

    This oven is great! Nice and compact, heats up quickly, easy to learn the controls without even reading the manual (quite intuitive). If you’re in the market for a quality compact toaster oven – you can basically just get this one. All the searching will invariably lead you to this decision. Once it arrives, just make sure to give it a good empty burn at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or so to get the factory smells out and then it’s good to go.

    Vlad E

  14. Amazon Customer

    Bruyant “tic tac” lors du fonctionnement de l’appareil. Normal ou signe d’une défectuosité ? On ne fait pas mention de ce phènomène dans le mode d’emploi… Donc une déception et une crainte, dès la mise en route de cet appareil.La taille réduite de l’appareil ne permet pas de faire cuire autre chose que de très petits plats. Son usage est donc très limité (à peine plus qu’un grille-pain traditionnel). Le design de l’appareil est très minimaliste et “industriel”. C’est à la mode… Mais le “look” est plutôt “cheap” et laisse septique quant à la qualité de l’appareil… Mais j’ai dėcidé de retourner cet appareil surtout en raison du bruit insolite qui s’est déclanché dès sa mise en route et qui m’a fait craindre que l’appareil était défectueux…

    Amazon Customer

  15. Anna

    I waited 3 years to write this review to telll you that my Breville mini smart Toaster oven still works great and is super useful! I use it daily to toast bread and bagels. I also roast meat, make mini-pizza, deserts, etc… I live alone so this is the perfect size. I also like the smart look of this appliance. Best of all, you gotta love the “just a little more” button.