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Shel_B

Toaster Ovens

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I may have to try one of these. My 16-year-old 1/2 size Cadco oven has stopped working. I phoned and got immediate connection to a live person.

I can take it to the authorized service place in Santa Monica - a long drive for me. Or I can see if a local place that works on convection ovens can fix it.

Or I can buy a new one but since I have the Sharp combination convection/microwave, which works just fine but limits the size of things I can cook in it.

I have a few smaller baking pans but the ones I use the most (up to now) are the half-size sheet pans.

Must think about this.


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If there is a BB&B near you, you might peak at the BV-XL

fits 1/4 sheet pan. with coupon $ 199,

it seems you are way past this stuff, with more interesting items.

but if at BB&B take a peek.

PS BB&B has Chicago Metallic sheet pans sets: 1/4, 1/3 1/2 ( perhaps ) sheet pans sets for 19.99 or with the 5 $ coupon:

$ 15. I love these pans and have 2 working sets and 2 on reserve just in case.


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I have two of the Breville XL ovens. One at home and one at the cottage. The one at the cottage is going on 4 years, no problems. The one at the house is coming up two years and I use it quite a bit since I have only one oven here. No problems.

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I am coming up to the 2-year mark with mine and have not experienced a single problem. I use it almost daily.

Which model do you have? What do you use the oven for? Thanks!

We have the big one. We use it for toast; bagels, both fresh and frozen; Pop-Tarts (Ms. Alex); frozen pizzas (Amy's); baking (brownies, cobblers, cornbread, etc.); reheating frozen rolls; roasting vegetables; top-browning or quick cheese-melting; plate- and bowl-warming and occasionally broiling a flank steak. The temperature is pretty much accurate, although the baking time tends to be shorter than in our regular gas oven. It's 3-4 years old, used 5-7x a week, with nary a problem. $199 at BB&B is a good price. Pay with an AmEx card and you double the manufacturer's warranty. Just buy it already! :raz:


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I have the bigger Breville oven. After about a year, the fan started to rattle. One call to customer service took care of the problem: they shipped me a new one at no cost; I sent the old one back, and it's been working beautifully ever since then. No complaints from me about temperature control, the way it toasts or bakes, or anything else. I'd have no hesitation to replace it with another one.


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Breville XL ovens are aptly named: XL does not mean the oven is XL, it indicates how much weight you will gain with these, they are

so easy to bake with you will be shopping in the XL area from now on.

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Rotus, it ain't the baking, it's the eatin'!

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In the FWIW department, I took home the small Breville today and set it up a few hours ago. I am very pleased with the size, and am looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately, it'll be a few days, maybe a week, before I'll have a chance to fire it up. Thanks to everyone for the advice and suggestions.


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Make some toast at least.

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Yes, that one ...


 ... Shel

"... ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself "

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I've considered buying one of the Breville Smart Ovens, and 20% off makes the purchase much more appealing, but all of the Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons that I have seen recently have specifically excluded Breville products from their 20% discount. Am I missing something?

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just take the item to the counter and they will take the % off.

they have always done that for me

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Ive gotten, in the past, 20 % off items that were excluded ' on paper ' just by taking them to the register.

Ive assumed rightly or wrongly that the wording on paper was to placate the 'price control' gods that demand you not discount their products.

then they did.

but correct it might be that times change or some stores are run differently than others.

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I tried it online today, and it definitely doesn't work (the 20% off).

When you bought the toaster oven in person, rotuts, I don't think Breville was yet being excluded from the offer.

The 20% off coupons are not for on-line purchases, as you discovered. I posted an email from BB&B about how those coupons work, and how you can, under certain circumstances, use them for on-line purchases, but their on-line use is quite limited.

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/145904-bed-bath-beyond-coupons/?hl=%2Bbed+%2Bbath+%2Bcoupons#entry1935781

As for Breville being excluded from the 20% coupon, we bought a Breville toaster oven on Saturday and got the 20% discount.

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 ... Shel

"... ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself "

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The 20% off coupons are not for on-line purchases, as you discovered. I posted an email from BB&B about how those coupons work, and how you can, under certain circumstances, use them for on-line purchases, but their on-line use is quite limited.

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/145904-bed-bath-beyond-coupons/?hl=%2Bbed+%2Bbath+%2Bcoupons#entry1935781

As for Breville being excluded from the 20% coupon, we bought a Breville toaster oven on Saturday and got the 20% discount.

If you subscribe to their email newsletters you do receive "coupons" for 20% on-line discounts.

Shel, once you have used you new Breville let us know what you think of it.


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If you subscribe to their email newsletters you do receive "coupons" for 20% on-line discounts.

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Shel, once you have used you new Breville let us know what you think of it.

I subscribe to their email newsletters and have yet to receive any coupon or offer for 20% on-line discounts.

I'll probably get around to using it for the first time tomorrow or Wednesday. I'll see if I can get creative, and do something more interesting than making toast ... at minimum I'll knock off some potatoes or try roasting some vegetables.


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 ... Shel

"... ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself "

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We bought a low-end Oster convection oven earlier this year and did NOT like it for toast so our old toaster sits next to it. I absolutely love it for roast veggies, however.

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Exactly Right.

lets see what

Shel_B

thinks about toast in the BV.

( no worries. there are solutions )

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Maybe I should just try doing the purchase in-store with a coupon and see what happens!

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Regarding the BB&B "on line" 20% off, I get them in my email inbox all the time. Don't know why I would and someone else wouldn't.

I'd suggest to anyone that wants them and isn't getting them that, assuming you're signed up for their newsletter, you should go to the "preferences" page and be sure you're signed up to receive promotional emails.

And, how about messaging? I just now got a text from BB&B offering 20% off one item, either in-store or online.


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Have had the large Breville for a couple of years and it's great.

Use the broiler for my French onion soup.

Have also roasted a 4lb chicken in my 10 inch cast iron skillet.

Also this is my first post....just signed up.

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Breville BOV450XL Mini Smart Oven Review, such as it is ...

Tuesday I purchased a standard-shaped loaf of very good quality (http://acmebread.com/bread/whole_wheat) whole wheat bread, and Wednesday morning I made three slices of toast in the Breville. I was minimally disappointed as the top of the bread was nice and crispy, just the way I like it, but the bottom seemed somewhat insipid and nowhere near as crispy. I’m not obsessive about my toast, so it was OK enough to eat and enjoy, but the next time I made toast I flipped the slices about half way through, and tried to get an even toast and crispness on each side. That helped a bit, and now my toast is nice and evenly toasted on both sides.

In addition, all the slices were charred at the top of the slice, where the knife entered the loaf at the crust. I don’t understand that.

Last night I baked three potatoes and the results were just about perfect. What impressed me was how quickly the oven preheated. I suspect that the Breville will save some electricity $$ over time, just on potatoes alone. I’ll know just how much after the Kill-A-Watt gets here, although it’s not much of an issue. My electric bill over the past three months has averaged about $5.00/month, so from a cost standpoint it’s not very important. However, I do like to conserve, and enjoy the challenge of reducing electric usage as much as possible. My best month was $4.56, and I’d love to get down to below $4.00 – just to see if it can be done.

The rack doesn’t slide out when the door is opened. I knew that was the case before we got the oven, but I didn’t realize that it would annoy me so even though the workaround is simple and easy.

Size wise, it’s just about perfect. The Breville’s footprint is small enough that it fits comfortably in several places in the kitchen, and I may choose to move it around a bit to see what works best for me. How nice to have options.

Well, that’s all for this review. Maybe there will be more comments when I’ve used it more, and for different things.


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 ... Shel

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what you say about the toast is interesting.

having used the mid-BV frist then moving up to the BV-XL id say these are Oven-Toasters

they are ovens first which in my case is a good thing

regular thickness bread was dry and baked-like

i solved this by cutting the slices extra thick which made a big difference

and its true: not having the tray come out when you open the door is pretty annoying, believe it or not.

trays only come out on the XL for some reason and do so with a magnet in the door.

and not on all shelf positions. which might make sense on the lower one which is used for baking.

do your shelves slide out too far when you pull them and land on the counter?

that's up next.

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