Let me first say, this is not a sponsored post and I didn’t receive anything free. This is my honest raving opinion about the Breville Smart Oven Air. It is literally the one appliance I would take if I only had ten minutes to pack up everything I owned.
I have owned a Breville Smart Oven for years and they just released the NEW version that has an air fryer so I decided it was time to upgrade.
I’ll explain the pros and cons of the Breville oven, what I like to cook in it EVERY SINGLE DAY and where to buy it.
Pros of Breville Smart Oven Air
The Breville is An Ideal Size
The Breville Oven is the perfect sized oven for everyday use if you are cooking for four people or less. Big ovens not only take a lot of time and energy to heat, but they heat up the whole house. The Breville is small enough that it heats up faster and cooks faster.
It’s a convection oven
If you’ve ever cooked with a convection oven you’ll never go back. What is a convection oven? It’s an oven that has fans built in to circulate hot air around your food while it cooks. As a result, what you are cooking is cooked more evenly. If you’re reheating food, it helps to make sure there are no cool spots.
The Breville Is More Versatile Than an Oven
I use my Breville every night for dinner and sometimes for lunch too. You can see what I like to cook in my oven below. You can toast, roast, air fry, bake, warm and slow cook. There are more, but they seem repetitive to me. It can be used in the convection mode and the non-convection mode. It can also measure in Fahrenheit and Celcius.
It’s Easy to Clean
You know when you spill something in the oven and you dread how hard it is going to be to clean? The Breville is so easy to clean. You just pull the bottom out and clean it like a cookie sheet. The racks also pull out and are small enough to fit in the dishwasher.
Fun New Colors
The older version, which I also loved, came only in stainless steel. The new one comes in silver, sea salt (white), smoked hickory, black (which I chose), royal champagne (which looks brass), blue and oyster shell. I love the black color because my counters are black.
There’s An Air Fryer
If you’re like me maybe you were tempted to buy an air fryer, but you don’t have room to store another bulky appliance. The new Breville has an air fry setting and comes with an Air fry basket. I use to for french fries, fried zucchini and hash browns. It really makes these foods so much crispier than just baking them on a cookie sheet.
Cons of the Breville Smart Oven
Honestly, the only con I can come up with is the price. It’s not a cheap appliance, but I use it so much. I do wish that it could also be used as a microwave, but I very rarely use my microwave. Everything tastes so much better in this oven.
What I Cook In the Breville Oven Every Week
I use my Breville to cook these things every week.
Roast Chicken – I make my own “rotisserie chicken” the the Breville in just an hour and 15 minutes. You can read about that in this post about Trader Joe’s Spatchcocked chicken. You might not think it’s big enough to roast a chicken, but it is. If I make a regular chicken (not spatchcocked) I move the rack to the lower position.
Roasted Vegetables – I roast lots of vegetables in this oven including cauliflower, broccoli, new potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, acorn squash and more. These are things I roast every single week. I love to eat roasted vegetables as a side dish and to throw the leftovers into salads.
Steak – We are a steak family and my favorite way to cook steak indoors. It’s too hot to grill in Texas most of the year, and I don’t like to grill when it’s cold either. I brown the meat on both sides on top of the oven in a cast iron pan. Then I put it into a 400 degree oven to finish for thick steaks. This can take anywhere from 4-12 minutes depending on the cut of meat.
Reheating leftovers – Some things taste bad when you microwave them. The Breville heats up so fast that I don’t reheat things in the microwave. All chicken gets rubbery in the microwave. I reheat Chick Fila strips in the oven and they taste as good as they did when I bought them.
Making toast – This oven has a toaster setting that’s as good as any toaster out there.
Air Frying – The new Breville has the smart fryer and I’ve been using it to fry zucchini and pickles, get the recipe here.
Cooking Bacon – Cooking bacon on the stove is a messy task. I love the way it tastes and the clean up when I cook it in the oven. It gets so much crispier. I’m pretty picky when it comes to bacon. It doesn’t get crispy enough in the microwave. I can cook 12 pieces of bacon at a time in 16 minutes.
Frittatas – These delicious dishes are a staple in my house, maybe because I could cook them in my sleep at the B&B. I finish them off in the broiler.
Where to Get Your Breville Smart Oven
I bought mine from Williams Sonoma. I used to work there when I was in college and they have great customer service. Amazon is convenient, but not when it comes to addressing problems. When it comes to appliances I don’t want to deal with a company that ONLY operates online, call me old fashioned, but it’s true.