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Breville Smart Oven Air

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This product was recently advertised in a flyer from The Bay, a department store in Canada.  This oven has some new features, compared to previous Smart Ovens, mainly dehydrator and air fry functions.  It comes with two racks and an air fryer rack.  It also claims to be 30% larger than the Smart Oven Pro.  This oven got a passing mention on the Cuisinart Steam Oven topic, but I could not find any mention of it elsewhere on this site.  Does anyone here have one?

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I am guessing it it this?

Looks interesting but so far it isn't likely to push my current Breville off the counter. 

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I ran into a demo of this unit at a department store.  The person doing the demo was "from Breville" and she was cooking some thinly sliced veggies (potatoes, etc.). She opened the unit to show me what she was cooking and I noticed that is was very uneven.  The slices in the back of the oven where much darker than the ones in the front.  I decided against the "air" based on that and the fact that my question about how uneven of cooking was completely ignored. 

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2 hours ago, Anna N said:

I am guessing it it this?

Looks interesting but so far it isn't likely to push my current Breville off the counter. 

 

That's the one.

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 Thought I would revive this thread since there seems to be some further interest in this oven s evidenced in the Air Fryer Topic here

 

 It’s expensive seems to be getting some extremely good reviews especially on the Amazon.ca site. 

 

Here’s a link to the instruction manual. 

 

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Now if only it had steam function.

 


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I just made us some grilled cheese and ham sandwiches using the "Air Fryer" setting.  I often use it for these sandwiches  as I like my bread on these sandwiches nice and crunchy.  You may not.  Other than that, i have used the air fryer setting for frozen sweet potato fries and chicken wings.  The fries were fine, nice and crispy.  The wings were good too, although you have to move them around a bit.  That, as near as I can recall, is the total of my experience with this setting.  I did not use extra oil with either the fries or wings.

 

I dehydrated some tomatoes which seemed to work well.  They are in the freezer and have yet to use them so I can't comment further.

 

One thing I love about this oven is the proof function.  It works perfectly.  It has a slow cook feature which I haven't used, and has settings for both high and low.  Several of the functions work using "super convection".  Not sure what that means exactly, but the fan makes considerably more noise.  It also has an interior light that will go on when you open the oven door and stays on for 10 seconds after you close it.   

 

The one thing that is rather useless is the second rack for things like baking cookies.  The top rack browns, while the cookies on the bottom rack do not.  This is solved by switching the racks but on a 15 minute bake you need to do this more than once.  A but of a pain.

 

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this oven.  I rarely use the big oven but that was also true of the BSO.

 

This oven as with the BSO, still sucks at making toast.

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@ElsieD

 

many thanks for that.

 

would you tell us a little more on the proofing Function ?

 

is there enough moisture in the oven so  the top of the dough does not dry out 

 

and remains  '  springy ? '

 

how is he clean up on the basket etc when you ' sir fry ?'

 

er :cookies :

 

is the fan on while you bake so you get convection  currents ?

 

have you baked bread in this after you've proof'd it ?

 

many thanks

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@@ElsieD 

 

another thing :

 

how hot does it get

 

on average ?

 

i.e.:  

 

would I be safe  w this unit under a cabinet 

 

as my BV-Xl is now ?

 

 

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@rotuts  the picture below shows you where my Breville sits.  I just pre-heated it to 325F and was able to quickly touch one side of the oven without burning myself.  The other side was hotter.  I have a cutting board on top of my Breville and have no problems with the cupboard above it.

 

I always cover my dough when proofing,  i have not thought to do so otherwise.  It is also what the manual recommends.  The temperature has been factory set at 85F, but can be adjusted to anywhere between 80 and 100.  I have checked the temperature with an oven thermometer and it is accurate.

 

The air fry basket  was easy to clean.  I just use soap and water, but then I haven't used that function much.

 

 


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@rotuts  I forgot to answer the last question.  Yes, I bake bread in the Breville.  Here are a couple of pictures of the bread baked in it.  The first one is a harvest grains, the second brioche buns and the third some rather poorly shaped Kouign Amman.

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@ElsieD 

 

do you think you can put a small pan of very hot water under the bread for a few minutes in this oven for the

 

' boost '

 

or the metal might not tolerate this ?

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What are the inside dimemensions of this model compared to the 800xl?

 

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on Amazon :

 

Air :

 

1.0 cubic-foot, 16” x 13.5” x 7” cooking cavity. Large Capacity – Roast a 14lb turkey, 12 cup muffin tray, toast 9 slices, accommodate 5.5qt Dutch Oven and 13”x9” quarter sheet pan "

 

XL

 

Interior Dimensions: (W) 13¼ x (D) 11¼ x (H) 5¼

 

Pro is the same size it seems as the XL

 

 

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There are recommended rack placements when using the Air.  The bake position is one up from the lowest position.  I just checked and you can put a 1/4 sheet pan between the lowest setting and the rack in the bake position.  You could aways pour some very hot water into it or preheat the sheet pan when preheating the oven and throw some ice cubes in there when the bread goes in.

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