The Toaster Oven That I Got For Christmas

I am pretty good and dropping hints to my family when the holidays come around and they usually come through for me. This time I really got my heart set on a new countertop toaster oven and so when Thanksgiving rolled around I had start to lay on the charm. Luckily for me, my daughter took notice and got me the exact model that I was hoping for. Now I know it seems petty, but with the amount of cooking that I do for everyone they will more than benefit from my present.

So What Did I Get?

Initially I had hoped for the Breville BOV800XL as it has for years been rated as one of the best toaster ovens. However, I noticed that they had come out with a newer model that has an interior light and one extra cooking function, so I set my mind to get the BOV845BSS. They both are basically the same oven except for those two features. Now this is perhaps the most expensive convection countertop oven on the market but I can tell you that is well worth it after just having it for almost a couple of weeks.

What Can This Oven Do?

I have literally used it every day and I already know that my full sized oven is just going to collect dust or store pots and pans. This Breville “Smart” oven can do everything I need and more.

The very next day I decided to really put it to the test as I wanted to cook some ribs for three of us. The interior is quite roomy and I was able to use a regular sized baking dish for the ribs. I set it to cook for just under 2 hours with the convection fan on. After that I took them out, loaded one side with BBQ sauce, and then I broiled it for 6 minutes. I flipped them and repeated the sauce and broiling on the other side. You want to talk about tender, these ribs came out perfect. Falling off the bone and tender and juicy, we were all amazed. We couldn’t stop talking about how good they came out.

The following week I ended up making bread, baking cookies, frozen dinners, baking salmon, roasting peppers, and reheating some pizza. Everything came out great. The one remarkable thing that I love about this oven is that I didn’t even have to read the instruction manual to learn how to use it. The controls are really simple to master after playing with it for a couple of minutes.

The oven operates at a pretty low noise level, even with the convection fan going. Clean up has been a breeze as well. The front crumb tray was something that I also love about this oven as my older toaster oven had one that you could only get to from the back. It is easy to keep looking brand new which is a great thing because it looks so modern in my older kitchen.

Any Issues With This Oven?

One thing to be aware of, and I think this goes for most toaster ovens, is how hot the top gets when in operation. You really cannot keep anything stored on top of this appliance while it is cooking. Here is the kicker, I also got a bonus gift from the hubby as he got me the Breville cutting board made to sit on the top of the ovens. I do not know how many people use them to cut anything on, but they make great shelves. This way you can reclaim some of the countertop space. The cutting board has heat resistant feet and lets you store items on top of it without worrying about them melting. This is the ideal accessory for the BOV845BSS.

Our Verdict

Clearly we have been enthralled with this toaster oven and if you spend a ton of time in the kitchen then chances are you will too. You can read more about it and see how it rates against other toaster ovens on This is probably the best convection countertop oven that you can buy and even though it is expensive, it is so worth it. I just hope it holds up over time as I plan to put it to good use. Cooking is more fun and eating is now more rewarding. This turned out not just to be a great Xmas present for me, but one that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Saving Time Where You Can In The Kitchen


Being the parent of a deaf child can present some extra challenges that can require a little more patience. This is why it is nice to be able to save time where you can in the other aspects of your life. We decided to move into the kitchen and show you a way that you can do things a lot more efficiently while reducing your workload handling some of the more mundane and boring tasks while preparing your favorite meals. A food processor is a vital small appliance to have available to you that can really speed up your prep time. Below are just some of the top options available that can take some of the stress out of cooking.

Top Food Processor Options

No matter what your budget, you should have no problem finding something that will improve your skills and cut back the time you spend in your kitchen prepare meals. From high and mid-range options, to smaller and cheaper food processing machines, there is quality that can be found at just about any price range. If you already one, you should reconsider putting it back on your countertop and experiment with its full capabilities as food processors can do a lot more than just cutting and slicing vegetables.

High To Mid Range Models

Currently, the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB is the best rated food processor that you can buy for your kitchen. It cost about $140 and it delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Not only is it a powerful slicer, dicer, mincer, and chopper, something that most people associate with these types of small appliances, but it can also mix, shred, and grind. This lets you do things like make pizza dough, speed up baking recipes, shred cheese, make fresh salsa, grind herbs and spices, and a lot more. This is perhaps Cuisinart’s most modern looking food processor which is probably why it is such a top seller. Its performance also gets excellent reviews from owners which is something you should always keep an eye on when shopping. This is a durable, reliable, and consistent food processor that offers a lot of value for the money.

For an ultra-modern food processor the Breville BFP800XL is a top choice. Recent ratings have this appliance ranked as one of the top rated food processors of 2016. Its sleek design and easy to use controls are complimented by a blue LCD display screen for those who want the most technologically advanced feel in their kitchen. This model is also a top performer when it comes to the chores tasked of today’s food processors. Stainless steel cutting discs deliver a consistent slice on whichever blade that you choose. It has a rather hefty motor that will not choke on anything that is dropped down its extra wide feed chute. This model is a workhorse and it is something that should be a tremendous benefit to avid chefs. With all that being said, the price tag is rather steep. At $400, this is not going to be something for everyone, but it does make for a great addition to any wishlist.

For another top notch alternative, the Cuisinart DLC- 10S delivers most of the quality features and performance of the 2009CHB but at a more affordable price. This model can usually be had for around $100 online. Where this food processor lags behind is in its looks. Its appearance is rather dated with square edges and a matte finish. It more than makes up for it in performance however, which makes this a great value buy. It just works without all of the flash of newer models.

Best Budget Options

If you need to save money, like most of us, then a Hamilton Beach food processor is going to be your best bet. They make some of the better quality, budget-friendly food processors that you can buy. These appliances are will probably be a terrific choice for cooks looking for the best food processor 2016. They might not be as powerful or can handle all of the larger more intensive tasks of some of the models above, you are still going to get a lot for your money. These will typically cost you between $40 and $60 online and are a great option for anyone looking to save. For basic slicing and dicing these will be more than capable to deliver a satisfying experience and help you save time preparing meals. They are very simple to use, a snap to clean, and easy to move in and out of storage. For the occasional fancy meal or complex recipe one of these models should do well. They also have a couple of models that are big enough to mix dough as well.

Mini-food processors are also another option if you are just looking for something to help you reduce the need for a kitchen knife. This inexpensive machines have smaller bowls that are perfect for dicing onions or cutting other vegetables. They are not ideal for mixing but are geared towards one specific task.

Cook More Work Less

If you are like me, then the more work a recipe requires the less tasty the final dish seems to taste. This is why a lot of folks end up having someone else cook for them, usually fast or frozen food. But that is not the most healthy way to maintain a proper diet. A food processor can really transform how you cook as well as how long that it takes. In the end, your food will end up tasting that much better.