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Breville Mini Smart Oven
Looking for a small toaster oven that doesn't take up much counter space? The mini version of our favorite toaster oven performs just as well and takes up a fraction of the space.
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With five precise quartz elements for even heating, our top-rated toaster oven, the Breville Smart Oven, out-toasted, roasted, baked, and broiled the other machines in our lineup. It also impressed us with its simple, intuitive format, with clearly marked buttons for useful preset cooking functions, like “pizza.’’ In fact nothing about it could be beat— except maybe the almost $250 price and its countertop-hogging size. For smaller kitchens and budgets, Breville more recently launched the Mini Smart Oven, using the same quartz heating technology (with four elements in the smaller space) and button format but costing about $100 less. And while it isn’t big enough to roast a whole chicken, heat a 12-inch pizza or bake a full batch of cookies, we used it to cook smaller foods to see how it would compare. Whether roasting a bone-in chicken breast, baking eight cookies, or heating an individual-size frozen pizza, the Mini Smart Oven aced our tests, preheating in five minutes or less and baking evenly. Its accuracy was spot-on, cycling no more than 30 degrees off the target temperature. Its one slight downside was toasting. Only the middles of one side of the bread browned on the first batch (subsequent rounds were far more even). Likewise for broiling: Cheese melted more evenly across the surface of open-faced tuna melts on follow-up rounds. At just about $150, the Breville Mini Smart Oven did almost everything the bigger Breville could do.
Everything We Tested
- Cooking: 3 stars out of 3.
- Accuracy: 3 stars out of 3.
- Toasting: 2.5 stars out of 3.
- User-Friendliness: 3 stars out of 3.
With four quartz heating elements, an easy-to-use dial for selecting from eight cooking functions, three baking rack positions, and a front slide-out crumb tray that simplifies cleanup, this small version of the Breville Smart Oven is well designed and a solid performer. Toast was a tad uneven to start (we got browning primarily the middle of our slices) but improved greatly on batches in succession. Likewise for broiling: Follow-up rounds melted cheese more evenly across the surface of open-faced tuna melts. Its real brilliance was baking: A bone-in, skin-on chicken breast emerged golden brown and evenly roasted, and a batch of eight cookies baked evenly. With the same heating technology as the bigger Breville, it was also accurate. After just five minutes’ preheating, it reached its target temperature of 350 degrees and stayed there, never dipping below 319 degrees or above 375.
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Lisa is an executive editor for ATK Reviews, cohost of Gear Heads on YouTube, and gadget expert on TV's America's Test Kitchen.