Breville Smart Oven Pro
How about a toaster oven that slow cooks?
Breville, the maker of our favorite toaster oven, recently told us that the company may discontinue our winning model—The Breville Smart Oven—in favor of its newer toaster oven, The Breville Smart Oven Pro. The Pro model is identical in size and shape to the Smart Oven model, but it features a slow-cook option and an interior light that the standard Smart Oven model doesn’t offer. At the time of this testing, both ovens were priced at about $270. We were curious to see how this model stacked up against our favorite toaster oven.
Breville Smart Oven Pro
WINNER - RECOMMENDED
This model is the same size and has the same interface and capacity as our favorite toaster oven, The Breville Smart Oven, with two additions: an interior oven light and a slow-cook function. It performed identically to the Smart Oven when broiling, baking, and roasting, but we found that it consistently underbrowned toast, even on the highest setting. While we were able to make thoroughly browned toast by running bread slices through two heating cycles, it was a frustrating extra step. We did like the slow-cook function, which turned out tender, juicy pulled pork. It’s worth noting that to slow-cook you need a covered casserole dish or a 3.5-quart (or smaller) Dutch oven with the lid knob removed (it is simple to unscrew). While we still prefer the Smart Oven, the Pro model is a good option if you aren’t too concerned about toast and you prepare a lot of meals in your toaster oven—especially if you’re interested in slow cooking but don’t have the room for an extra appliance.
We maintain strict objectivity in all testing.*
SLOW COOKING ★★★
KEY: GOOD ★★★ FAIR ★★ POOR ★
Exterior Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.3 x 10.6 in
Interior Dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 in
Type of Heating Element: Quartz
Usable Interior Dimensions: 13.0 x 11.0 x 5.0 in
Top Rack Distance From Broiler: 2 in
Average Temperature When Set to 350 Degrees: 352°F
Accessories: One oven rack, 12"x12" Enamel Baking Pan, 12"x12" Enamel Broiling Rack, 13" Non-Stick Pizza Pan
Capacity: 6-Slice Toaster, 13" Pizza
Item Number: ATKBSOP
Item Weight: 22 pounds
How We Tested the Breville Smart Oven Pro
To test the Pro model, we made toast, broiled asparagus, roasted chicken, and baked cookies and compared the results to the same foods made in the regular Smart Oven. We also slow-cooked pork butt for pulled pork in the Pro model and compared it to slow-cooked pork that we made in our favorite multicooker. Finally, we used temperature tracking software to see whether the Pro model could consistently maintain a temperature 350 degrees Fahrenheit over 2 hours, a metric that we’ve learned produces evenly cooked food within recipe times.
- Quartz heating elements that provide responsive and accurate cooking
- Intuitive controls, interior oven light, bright, easy-to-read display
- Powerful broiler function that produced evenly broiled asparagus
- Roast function that produced a well-cooked and well-browned whole chicken
- Slow-cook function that turned out tender, juicy pulled pork
- Roomy enough to accommodate a 4-pound whole chicken, a 13-inch frozen pizza, our top-rated small rimmed baking sheet, a 13 by 9-inch baking pan (without handles), or a 3.5-quart Dutch oven without the lid knob
- Dark-colored baking pans that are easy to clean and don’t show stains
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