Ovens are an essential part of modern households. Today they are more ubiquitous than hearths, even though they often become the center of domestic activity. Early people huddled around their fireplace might be shocked to learn that most people cook their food in a dedicated heating appliance instead of directly over the coals. Perhaps some of us were just as shocked when smart ovens like the Brava Oven began to hit the shelves.


We had many questions about Brava Ovens and smart ovens in general. All evidence suggests that products like the Brava Oven have taken the modern kitchen by storm. However, we wanted to test the claims that Brava makes against the claims of its competition to discover which smart ovens are actually worth their money.

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WHAT IS THE BRAVA OVEN?

The Brava Oven is a countertop oven appliance about the size of a toaster oven that works remarkably quickly. It can bake, toast sear, and air fry. You can even use your Brava Oven to dehydrate food, which is an incredible feature for anyone who grows their own mushrooms.

The Brava Oven uses internal cameras to watch you meal while it cooks. You can stream the footage of your nachos getting melty directly from your oven to your smartphone. Suddenly, there is no need to get up from the couch every five minutes or so to make sure that the pizza isn't burning. It makes you feel like you are living in the future.

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE FEATURES

One of the many great features that the Brava Oven boasts is that it comes with a long list of automatic cooking settings. Just about anything you can imagine cooking is likely already a preset on the Brava Oven. This can helpfully cut down on the time spent Googling or thumbing through recipe books to find the right cooking temperature for a new dish.

Surprisingly, one of the features we used the most was the Brava Oven's built-in reheat function. Leftover pizza always comes out a hundred times better from the oven than it does from the microwave. The leftover pizza we warmed up in our smart oven was even better. We found that this reheat feature worked so well on pizza slices that it quickly became our go-to setting when the first round of mozzarella sticks got cold.

The scrupulous chef will be glad to know that the Brava Oven comes with a meat thermometer. The oven itself knows the temperature of the air inside it, so you can compare how hot the oven is with how well cooked your meat is becoming. This is where the smart features really shine.

THE OVEN OF THE FUTURE

The touch screen that operates the Brava Oven looks great. It blends right in with your modern smartphone. The temperature displays are easy to read and attractive in their own right. The whole appliance is handsome, in fact. It is a sleek metal box with rounded corners and a matte aluminum shell. It looks better than some top of the line models of laptop.

HARNESSING THE POWER OF LIGHT

We've talked about so many great features of the Brava Oven, we haven't even mentioned the craziest one: it uses light to cook your food. That's right, the Brava Oven is not a convection or conduction oven, it is an infrared and visible light oven.

We all know that solar technology is the future in terms of powering our devices, but the revolution into light-based technologies will not stop there. If trends continue, most ovens will cook food with light. You can join that future now.

PRODUCT SPECS

The Brava Oven measures 11.4 by 16.4 by 16.0 inches. It's cooking compartment that you gain access to by pulling on its single handle has the following dimensions: 6.4 by 13.0 by 12.5 inches.

The control panel is a 5-inch long, 834 by 480 touch screen. The large circular button next to this screen is surrounded by a light ring capable of producing a multitude of colors.

In terms of temperature, the Brava Oven can go from zero degrees to 500°F nearly instantly. You do not need to preheat thanks to the light technology that the Brava Oven uses. The easy to download app that can be used to monitor and control your Brava Oven is free.

PRICING

You have several options when buying a Brava Oven. You can buy the core model for around a thousand dollars. That includes the temperature sensing probe, a non-stick aluminum tray, one tray that is glass, and a meal kit for two people. 

 

For about three hundred dollars more, you can get the Chef's Choice package. That means you get extra aluminum and glass trays, a chef's pan with a cover, a tray that can cook four eggs, and a $$$ Brava gift card.

HOW IT COMPARES

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.
  • HOOVER VISION
  • BREVILLE THE SMART OVEN AIR
  • BOSCH SERIE 8 HRG676956B

BRAVA OVEN

  • EASE OF USE
  • SMART FEATURES 
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

We never ran into a problem with performance in all our use of the Brava Oven.

PROS

  • Huge library of cooking presets to make it easy
  • No preheating thanks to light technology
  • Quick, effective, thorough cooking
  • A beautiful object
  • Internal cameras can stream food footage to your phone
  • Control the oven through an app

Cons

  • Not the cheapest smart oven on the market
  • Warranty only covers you for a year

HOOVER VISION

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Most people probably think of vacuum cleaners when they think of “Hoover.” However, this company has branched out into smart ovens, and many people are talking about the Hoover Vision appliance.

Like the Brava Oven, the Hoover Vision uses a touchscreen. Although for the Vision, this command panel is in its door. Nonetheless, it lets you adjust settings easily. In many ways you can see the Hoover Vision as the runner-up to the Brava Oven. It provides features like being able to stream footage of its food, but it never exceeds the high expectations set by the Brava Oven.

  • EASE OF USE
  • SMART FEATURES 
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This model comes with a two-year guarantee.

PROS

  • Comes with a lot of presets
  • Can cook a wide variety of meals using many different modes
  • Internal cameras let you see your meal cook in high definition
  • 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Not as extensive a preset library as the Brava Oven
  • Can be difficult to find in stock

BREVILLE THE SMART OVEN AIR

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Breville BOV900BSS Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven Air, Brushed...
  • 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

Whereas the Brava Oven has a sleek “Star Trek” sort of look, the Breville has more of a “Star Wars” vibe. Compared to the Brava and the Hoover, the Breville is absolute festooned with physical knobs. Don't let this throw you off, though. It still offers many smart features such as the ability to sense the temperature of your food and to adjust its cooking temperature accordingly. It really excels as a budget option, although it does look cheaper than other models.

  • EASE OF USE
  • SMART FEATURES 
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This smart oven comes with a two-year warranty.

PROS

  • Covered by a two-year warranty
  • Provides many smart features for a low price
  • Smart temperature probe

Cons

  • Looks cheaper than others
  • Uses analog knobs
  • Does not hook up to your Wifi

BOSCH SERIE 8 HRG676956B

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Bosch HBN5651UC 500 27" Stainless Steel Electric Double Wall Oven -...
  • 4.1 Cu. Ft.
  • Upper Oven Convection
  • EcoClean Self-Clean

The Bosch Serie 8 HRG676956B is able to hold a respectable amount. It uses a “4D hot air system” to circulate heat throughout its cooking area. If hooking your oven up to your Wifi is a priority, this may be the oven for you. It will communicate with the Bosch Home Connect app to allow you to control its functions. Keep in mind it is a built-in oven not a table top oven.

  • EASE OF USE
  • SMART FEATURES 
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Hooking up the Bosch Serie 8 HRG676956B was much more involved than with any other smart oven we reviewed.

PROS

  • Wifi connectivity
  • Can be controlled through a smartphone app
  • Holding capacity of 71 liters

Cons

  • Not the best for its price
  • Built in oven
  • Installation process is difficult

CONCLUSION

Built in oven on the side

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We knew we would be hard pressed to find a smart oven that was more attractive than the Brava. We were surprised to learn that the best looking oven is also the highest performing in its class. If you have the money, there is no better smart oven than the Brava. It alone harnesses light to perfectly cook its food. When it came to identifying which smart oven truly deserved the five star rating, only the Brava could cut the mustard.

 

Kiss the days of pre-heating goodbye! You can join the new wave of oven technology and begin cooking your food with light. Soon everything will be monitored on your smartphone, but right now you can make the leap and begin monitoring the food in your oven.

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