It was no surprise that once Breville entered the toaster oven game, nothing else was even worth considering.
Not content to rest on that definitive win, Breville’s Smart Oven Air took things to the next level with air frying, dehydrating, and the capacity to accommodate a 14-pound turkey.
I’ve been using Breville Smart Ovens for more than five years, and I upgraded to the flagship Air model back in early 2017. I found it to be a pretty perfect appliance, but I couldn’t have known at the time that it was going to save my cooking life. Long story short, New York City’s infrastructure is a joke: I haven’t had cooking gas for the past eight months, and the Smart Oven Air has been my only oven.
As with most Breville appliances, the Smart Oven Air’s controls and aesthetics are far beyond anything else on the market. The long list of cooking presets — from roasting and toasting to cookies and pizza —is easy to navigate and intuitive, while super convection and an array of sensors ensure fast, even, exacting results. The Air can replace your oven, toaster (obviously), dehydrator, air fryer, and microwave (in most cases), and it can even act as a slow cooker when paired with a Dutch oven.
As you can guess from the capacity, the Smart Oven Air is a large appliance, but you can expect similar performance in a range of sizes and price ranges from the entire Breville Smart Oven lineup.
Byline: Shane Roberts
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