Is the Tandoor Oven the Best Toaster Oven? 


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The Breville brand is known for making high-end kitchen appliances, and their Tandoor Oven is a fine example of this. Not only is it a quality toaster oven, it is one of the highest rated toaster ovens on the market. Many claim that it is the best, but before we make any kind of claims, let’s take a closer look. 

Breville makes three different size smart ovens, but their best known is the BOV800XL. So, we will focus our attention on this one. 

Pros of the BOV800XL Smart Oven 

Customers commonly cite numerous reasons why they love this toaster oven, but we will just examine the most common ones here. 

Versatile. The Breville BOV800XL is a large capacity toaster oven (it can fit a 13″ pizza). Because it is so large, it is incredibly versatile. It can accommodate the majority of one’s cooking needs. 

Superior technology. The engineers at Breville have created what they call “Element IQ technology,” which they say acts like a dimmer in a light switch by adding or decreasing the power in the elements in the right places and at the right times, so that the food is cooked according to the specific cooking task. The end result is better cooked food. 

There are other toaster ovens that do a superb job of baking and toasting, however, many people who have used those other toaster ovens and who also have used the Smart Oven, say that the Element IQ technology is vastly superior. 

User friendly. The smart oven comes with many handy features that consumers love. For example, the oven rack automatically pulls out when the door opens. This makes it much easier to remove or place food on it. The unit also comes with a slide out crumb tray in the front, which makes cleaning easy and convenient. The door handle is also large, cool to the touch, and secure, so it is safe to open without worrying about getting burned. Lastly, the digital controls are easy to use and many users say they were easy to figure out. 

Cons of the BOV800XL Smart Oven 

The reason why so many people claim the Breville toaster oven is the best is because there aren’t a lot of negative things to say about it. The few criticisms people do have are the following: 

No interior light. Being a big oven, it can be difficult to see everything inside without sufficient light. You would think that being a high-end toaster oven that it would come with this. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Customers are right on with this complaint. A high-end unit like this should have an interior light. 

Large footprint. The same reason some people love this model is also why some don’t like it – it is quite large. If you don’t have a lot of counter space, then you would probably want one of Breville’s smaller units like the BOV650XL Compact Smart Oven. 

Expensive. The BOV800XL is a top-notch oven, but it does come at a price much higher than other similar toaster ovens. Therefore, the price is something consumers wish was lower. 


It is hard to deny that the Tandoor oven is one of the best there is. It consistently receives high remarks from both consumers and experts in the field. It is by no means perfect, but when compared to others, many feel it simply out shines them. 


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