The Breville BOV650XL is a slightly smaller version of the Breville BOV800XL. They are very similar to each other, but there are a few differences between the two, other than the size difference. One of the differences is that the Breville BOV650XL has only 8 pre-set functions instead of 9, the “warm” function being the one that was removed. Additionally, the way the controls are laid out is slightly different, and it also lacks a convection fan.
The BOV650XL may not be able to beat its bigger brother in a battle of features, but when you factor in its smaller price tag, you’ll find that this compact toaster oven offers very similar value.
- Compact – For those of you who have a small kitchen and/or limited space on your countertop, you’ll like the fact that this toaster oven has a very small footprint. And because it’s so compact, it’s more efficient and pre-heats faster than a large capacity toaster oven, making it ideal for just pure toasting purposes. It’s still big enough, however, for you to fit sandwiches, smaller sized pizzas, and other small to medium sized food items inside. So it does strike a good balance between compactness and being able to accommodate various food types.
- Excellent Build Quality – This is an excellently designed and built toaster oven. The exterior is comprised entirely of stainless steel, making it very easy to clean and maintain, rust-resistant, and super durable. It’s very solidly built and has good weight to it; it’s not flimsy like a lot of the cheap lower end toaster ovens with paper thin walls. It has a big easy-to-grab door handle that always stays cool and nice big dial controls with large lettering that is easy to read. Top to bottom, there are very few toaster ovens for sale on the market that are on the Breville BOV650XL’s level when it comes to constrution quality.
- No Convection – The Breville BOV650XL does not have a convection fan, which is a bit disappointing when you consider the fact that this is an expensive, high-end toaster oven. Almost all of the other high-end toaster ovens out there come with this feature so we’re not quite sure why it wasn’t included with this one. If you know you’ll be doing a lot of baking and reheating with your toaster oven, then you’ll probably want to consider getting one that has a convection fan.
- Rack Does Not Automatically Slide Out – This toaster oven does not have an auto-eject rack feature, so you will have to manually pull the rack out to retrieve your food. Why this feature wasn’t included is quite puzzling since even the lower-end toaster ovens usually have some kind of built-in mechanism that pulls the rack out when you open the door.
Which is Better: The Breville BOV650XL or the Breville BOV800XL?
Many people considering whether to buy this toaster oven or not will probably find themselves spending a lot of time comparing it to its bigger brother, the Breville BOV800XL Smart Toaster Oven, which is about an inch taller and about 2 inches wider. Its slightly smaller size can either be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your needs and what you value more.
The main advantage is that because it has a smaller footprint, it will take up less space on your countertop. And if you have a small kitchen then countertop space will probably be a rather valuable commodity to you, in which case, a smaller toaster oven will be the better choice. You’ll also probably be better off with the more compact version if you only plan on using it to toast bread, bagels, and other small food items, as its smaller size makes it slightly more efficient.
On the flip side, however, you won’t be able to fit many of the larger pizzas, chickens, hams, cookie sheets, and baking pans inside, which will severely limit the kinds and amount of food that you can cook. Its lack of convection capabilities is also something you will want to keep in mind as well.
Bottom Line: Should I Buy the Breville BOV650XL?
Overall, the Breville BOV650XL Compact Toaster Oven is a very high-quality machine that works terrifically as a toaster, and it may, in fact, be the best toaster oven on the market for fulfilling that role (with the possible exception of the BOV450XL Mini). However, its small size makes it less than ideal for general baking purposes, other than for making the occasional muffins or cookies. So the bottom line is if you’re limited for space and you plan on using your toaster oven almost exclusively as a toaster and won’t be doing much, if any, baking at all, then this is the perfect toaster oven for you.