In addition to overall energy efficiency, one of my favorite features of the Smart Oven is that it preheats super fast. This is especially convenient when I need to quickly toast nuts or defrost something. It also has a convection setting, which can shorten cooking times. Plus, using the Smart Oven doesn't heat up the whole kitchen, which is nice when one lives in a warm locale like Southern California (or for summer cooking in general).
Finally, because I cook from a lot of British recipes, I love the fact that this has Celsius in addition to Fahrenheit settings. No need for conversion charts!
Do I wish I had the extra counter space that this oven occupies? Yes – but for me, the trade-off is worth it.
• Buy it: Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven, $249.95 at Amazon.com
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