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Breville Mini Smart Oven Review

A perfect oven for those that want high performance but don't have much counter space
Breville Mini Smart Oven
Credit: Breville
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Price:   $180 List
Pros:  Compact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracy
Cons:  Smaller capacity
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 21, 2017
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#4 of 11
  • Baking - 30% 8
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7
  • Temperature Accuracy - 20% 9
  • Frozen Food - 15% 7
  • Toasting - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Breville Mini Smart Oven packs all of the high performance you'd expect from a Breville product into a tiny package. In our testing it excelled in every aspect of cooking, making a delicious cake, drumsticks, pizzas, and bagels. The small size also lets this oven get up to temperature must faster than any of the full-sized models we tested. If you're cooking for just one or two, this is the best and most versatile option, and seems to excel at almost everything.

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Pros Compact, great all-around cooking performance, great temperature accuracyGreat baking performance, great temperature accuracy, can also air fry and dehydrate, flips on its end when not in use to save spaceUser friendly, easy to cleanMakes great frozen pizza, easy to celan, convection mode, great toastInexpensive, good overall baking performance
Cons Smaller capacitySomewhat expensivePoor temperature accuracy, expensiveMediocre temperature accuracy, only average baking performancePoor tempertaure accuracy, results can be less than consistent
Bottom Line A perfect oven for those that want high performance but don't have much counter spaceOne of the best multifunction cooking devices on the marketWhile this device is easy to use and has great toasting and baking capabilities, its poor temperature accuracy keeps it from being a top pickA convenient and reliable budget option with reasonable performance at a great priceA verstaile budget option that will please most, but struggles with temperature accuracy
Rating Categories Breville Mini Smart... Ninja Foodi Digital... Digital Countertop... BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB BLACK+DECKER Extra...
Baking (30%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Temperature Accuracy (20%)
9.0
9.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Frozen Food (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Toasting (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Breville Mini Smart... Ninja Foodi Digital... Digital Countertop... BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB BLACK+DECKER Extra...
Outer Dimensions 15.5" x 14" x 8.8" 19.7" x 7.6" x 15" 16" x 17" x 11.3" 14.5" x 22" x 11.5" 21.5" x 23" x 11.2"
Maximum Pizza Diameter 11" 13" 12" 13" 13"
Accesories Baking pan Wire rack, air fry basket, sheet pan Wire rack, air fry basket, baking pan, broiling rack Baking pan, wire rack Baking pan, wire rack, air fry basket
Power Consumption (W) 1800 1800 1800 1500 1500

Our Analysis and Test Results

Below we further discuss how the Mini Smart Oven performed in each of our individual tests.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Baking


The Breville Mini Smart Oven earned a high score in our baking tests, putting it just behind the top performers.


In our testing, the Mini Smart Oven made delicious, crunchy cookies and fluffy, golden cake. It also produced chicken drumsticks with crispy skins and tender meat. Its baked offerings were nearly as good as those that came from the top-scoring model, which happened to be the full-sized Breville Smart Oven. However, the Mini Smart Oven had a slightly harder time retaining moisture than its big sibling. None of the food we made in the Mini Smart Oven came out dry, but it just wasn't quite on the same level of the moist delectableness served up by the full-sized Smart Oven.

The Mini Smart Oven made nice, crispy cookies, but some of our...
The Mini Smart Oven made nice, crispy cookies, but some of our testers wished the centers could be a bit more moist and gooey.
Credit: Steven Tata

Ease of Use


The Mini Smart Oven earned an average score in our ease of use testing.


Despite its small size, the Mini Smart Oven still allows you to place the rack at three different heights, allowing you to optimize its position for broiling, toasting, and baking. It has a single knob that allows you to cycle through its eight different cooking modes, which include cookies, reheat, pizza, bagel, toast, bake, broil, and roast. Once a cooking mode is selected, temperature and duration can be adjusted by pressing the temp and time button and then using a set of arrow buttons to increase or decrease. All information is presented on a clear LCD display.

We would have preferred for these arrow buttons to be more knobs, as jumping from 250 to 450 in 5-degree increments can feel a bit tedious using a button. However, the Mini Smart Oven remembers the last settings you entered for each cooking mode, so no need to enter your preferred pizza cooking temperature each time. There is also a defrost button that adds some additional time for frozen goods and a bit more button that adds some more cooking time if your food isn't looking quite finished. The amount of time added by pressing the bit more button depends on which cooking mode you're using. The crumb tray is sturdy and deep, allowing for easy crumb disposal and cleaning.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Possibly the most convenient thing about the Mini Smart Oven is its size. It is almost half the size of most standard-sized toaster ovens. This makes it a perfect choice for cramped apartments or dorm rooms.

Temperature Accuracy


The Mini Smart Oven lives up to the legacy set by the full-sized Smart Oven, as both models shared the top score in our temperature accuracy testing.


Not only did the Mini Smart Oven always stay within 10˚ of its set temperature in our testing, but it also got to that temperature much faster than other ovens. Where most ovens took 12-15 minutes to get up to 450˚, the Mini Smart Oven was able to get there in under 10.

Frozen Food


The Mini Smart Oven's performance in our frozen food testing garnered a respectable score.


Tater tots came out delightfully crispy on the outside, with insides that were just a bit moister and a tad less fluffy than what we would consider perfect. Frozen pizzas also came out great, if anything lacking just a little bit of crispiness in the crust. The Mini Smart Oven can handle up to an 11-inch pizza. However, most pre-prepared frozen pizzas come in 9 and 12-inch varieties, so functionally, this means you can make a 9-inch frozen pizza.

We loved the frozen pizzas that came out of the Mini Smart Oven, but...
We loved the frozen pizzas that came out of the Mini Smart Oven, but those that like their crust extra crispy may be a bit disappointed.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Toasting


The Mini Smart Oven excelled at toasting, sharing the top score in our toasting metric.


In our testing, the Mini Smart Oven made toast with a degree of evenness and consistency not seen in most toaster ovens. We did see some cool spots towards the edge of the toast map, but nothing major. Despite not having a bagel function, bagels made in this machine were also exceptional, with evenly toasted faces and chewy backsides.

The Mini Smart Oven's toast map: very even with just a bit of a cool...
The Mini Smart Oven's toast map: very even with just a bit of a cool spot on the edge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Mini Smart Oven is certainly not the cheapest toaster oven out there. However, if you value compactness, you won't find a more versatile cooking device. This makes it a great value for those with limited counter space.

Conclusion


The Breville Mini Smart Oven is a versatile, high-performing solution for those that want a good toaster oven but don't have much space to spare on their countertop.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata