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What features does the best small toaster oven have?

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The Breville BOV650XL compact smart toaster oven, as chosen by a Good Housekeeping comparison, has features such as seven toast settings, the ability to bake as well as a full-size oven, automatic shut-off and a heavy-duty enamel pan. The review gave the BOV650XL an A grade for its superior performance.

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The Breville model can cook potatoes, cakes and even a 3-pound chicken as well as many conventional ovens. It has electronic controls with preprogrammed functionality for warming bagels, making cookies, heating a pizza and baking a pie up to 12 inches.

Besides these feature, the brand in general is lauded for a useful owners manual, which comes complete with cooking instructions and recipes, and a quick-start guide to familiarize first-time owners with toaster oven operation. Breville also earns top marks for superior customer service that effectively answers questions.

The Good Housekeeping review noted a few disadvantages to the unit. Owing to its compact size, the unit can only toast up to four slices of bread at a time, unlike competing models such as Breville's own larger six-slice model, the BOV800XL. Additionally, the unit's accessories are not dishwasher-safe, requiring handwashing after use. When operating the unit, the exterior becomes extremely hot to the touch.

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