Air fryers and convection ovens are both highly efficient pieces of kitchen equipment. However, understandably, some people don’t want two separate gadgets that can virtually do the same thing.
That’s where the Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven comes in. This kitchen gadget works well enough to replace both an air fryer and a convection oven. It’s a much more practical option and helps to reduce clutter in the kitchen as well.
In this article, we will provide you with a thorough and in-depth review of this popular smart oven. We’ll go through all of its features and provide a list of pros and cons. Let’s get started!
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How Does It Work?
This Smart Oven Air uses the latest technology to heat food quickly and efficiently. It has a convection fan with 2 speeds for optimal cooking. You can choose between either super or regular. This fast convention fan produces more hot air than a fan normally would. This helps to evenly distribute the heat throughout all the food, rather than just cooking a portion of it.
The Breville Smart Oven Air contains something called Element IQ. This allows for extremely precise cooking, which always has better end results. The term Element IQ is used to describe the quartz heating elements of the oven. They’re placed directly above and below the food for perfect heat distribution.
Can you dehydrate food in the Smart Oven Air?
Remember how earlier we said that the Smart Oven Air was really 2 kitchen gadgets in 1? It actually has the capacity of three different kitchen gadgets – the third being a dehydrator. Dehydrators can be big, bulky, loud, and a huge use of energy. With the Smart Oven Air, you likely won’t need one anymore.
Some might think to themselves that a convection oven can’t work as a dehydrator because it only has one or two shelves. This smart air oven isn’t like others – it comes with 4 large trays for you to dehydrate your fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more on. That’s comparable to a smaller dehydrator!
Just like a dehydrator, you’re able to choose your own temperature and cooking period
Size and Cooking Capacity
The size of the Breville Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air is definitely one of the most appealing things about it. It’s one of the largest convection ovens out there, coming in 1 cubic foot. For a visual representation, that would be enough room to easily toast 9 slices of bread at once.
This machine can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinners, and dessert. It has no problem cooking raw meat, and in fact, you can roast a 14-pound turkey in it with room to spare.
You can make pounds of air-fried French fries at a time. If you enjoy baking, you can cook muffins or other desserts within a 9 by 13-inch pan or a 12 muffin tin tray.
The size of this air fryer makes it extremely attractive to those who have large families. Many small families get it too, because the size makes it great for meal prepping or batch cooking. For anyone who regularly entertains or cooks for others, this would likely be your new go-to kitchen tool.
Measurements And Weight
The size of this Smart Oven Air is 21.4 x 17.2 x 12.8 inches. It would be able to fit into most average-sized kitchens, even tiny kitchens if there’s enough counter space! The weight is 38.9 pounds. It does come a bit on the heavier side, but thankfully once it’s put in its spot the smart air oven shouldn’t need to be moved around at all.
You can make just about anything in this smart oven air. The 13 different cooking functions that it comes with makes it extremely versatile. These 13 functions go as follows: Pizza, Warm, Roast, Bake, Bagel, Toast 9 Slices, Broil, Proof, Airfry, Slow Cook, Dehydrate, Reheat, and Cookies.
What convection oven do you know of that comes with a cookie function? This is the only one we know of!
The variety of options makes this a great family cooking kitchen piece. Children can help with cookies, pizza, and making their own toast.
The power this machine takes up is 1800 watts. This convection oven comes with an LCD display so you can clearly see all the different functions and options.
- SUPER CONVECTION TECHNOLOGY: 2 speed convection fan (Super & regular) offers greater cooking control. Super convection provides a greater volume of air to ensure fast and even heat distribution, perfect for air frying, dehydration and roasting
- PRECISION COOKING & ELEMENT IQ: With Element IQ 6 Independent quartz heating elements move the power where it's needed most, above and below the food for perfect results
- AIR FRY & DEHYDRATE PRESETS: Why buy a stand alone air fryer or dehydrater when the Smart Oven Air can air fry french fries and other family favorites and dehydrate a range of foods; Dehydrate up to 4 trays of goodness
- SIZE MATTERS: The large, 1 cubic feet, interior makes room for toasting 9 slices of bread, roasting a 14 pounds turkey, air fry favorites like French fries, slow cook with a 5 quart Dutch oven and comfortably fit most 9 inch x 13 inch pans and 12 cup muffin trays
- SUPER VERSATILE: 13 cooking functions to guide you to perfection: Toast 9 slices, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Airfry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook, Dehydrate.Voltage:110 120 Volts
Pros and Cons
Here are both the pros and cons of the Smart Oven Air by Breville.
Very large cooking capacity
13 different cooking functions
3 kitchen gadgets in 1 (air fryer, convection oven + dehydrator)
Reduces cooking time by up to 30%
Precision cooking and Element IQ
Bright LCD display
2-speed convection fan
Dehydrates up to 4 trays of food
Pre-heats quicker than an oven
We just wanted to expand a bit on the pre-heating of this smart oven air. If you are setting the temperature to anywhere between 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit, it only takes 5 minutes to pre-heat. That is significantly quicker than other ovens or convection ovens.
Might take up more wattage than someone is used to
Requires enough space on the counter to fit with room
We hope this review gave you all the information and more that you were looking for. The Breville Convection Smart Oven Air is an innovative and extremely handy kitchen tool to have around the house.
Whether you are trying to cook more meals at home, trying to make meal prepping easier, or trying to feed your growing family the easiest way, you’re sure to benefit from having this in your kitchen.
Here are a couple of videos about the Breville Smart Oven Air to give you a better visual representation of what it looks like and how it performs. We’ll also include some meal ideas to make with it.