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Breville BOV800XL: The Smart Oven Review

Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven-1Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven is the perfect partner for your cooking needs. It is a good investment for those who are so into cooking different kinds of food that would require different methods of heating. What sets it apart from the other ovens is that it does not only guarantee an equal distribution of heat all throughout, it actually adjust its heat distribution depending on the food type you put in it.

Have you been looking for the oven that won’t let you down?

Don’t you wish ovens were a lot more reliable than the usual ones you can get in stores?

Then no question about it, Breville Smart Oven is what you have been waiting for!

  • Breville BOV800XL has a non stick interior at 0.8 cubic feet. This can accommodate not just the regular-sized pans but also 13 –inch pizzas, plus you need not worry about food sticking on to the inside of the oven because of its non-stick feature.
  • It offers three different three rack positions. You can choose the distance you want the food will be from the heating elements. This is really useful so that certain foods don’t have to be too near the heat if not needed.
  • Five quartz are used as heating elements. Each piece of the quartz has power that can be adjusted according to the preference of the user.
  • This smart oven by Breville has a LCD that has blue back light. The screen is so user-friendly that the blue light becomes orange when it is in the pre-heating stage. This gives you the idea of what it’s doing by just looking at the color of the light.
  • It comes with IQ Technology, the element that gives the user control. On the LCD screen, you will see nine different pre-set functions, designed for various types of food. There’s an option for toast and bagel which you can press if you need the oven for bread.
  • Because the oven is powerful, it can broil and roast as well as it can do pizza and make cookies. And like most ovens, it can do the simple task of reheating and keeping food stuff warm.

Breville BOV800XL measures 18.5 inches by 16.25 inches by 11.25 inches. This is big enough for you to do six slices of pizza at a time and even a thirteen -inch family size one. This could also mean you can put in plates of food instead of dealing with them batch by batch.

Breville Smart Oven does not come on its own in the box. There are some accessories that will make your experience with this amazing oven even better. In the box will also be a crumb tray that you can remove and replace anytime. This makes cleaning it so easy. To be placed on the rack are pizza pan and baking pan. You don’t have to make do with whatever pan is available as each has a different purpose. If you want to broil something, you can use the broil rack. The best part of all is the wire rack that you can automatically eject.


Breville BOV800XL gives the owner total control in many things. Unlike ordinary ones, this oven does not have an “all or nothing” capacity. Instead of just a dial from 1 to 6, Breville Smart Oven has a user-friendly LCD screen that clearly displays the pre-set functions with the specific food name.

Have you had the experience of baking something and the oven burned the toppings but left the stuffing uncooked? You will not have this kind of problem with this Breville oven. Because of its IQ Element, the heat is spread evenly to parts of the food where it is mostly needed. Plus you can control the temperature of the quartz to match the food you place in the oven.

Cleaning will be a piece of cake. You won’t worry about crumbs getting into the heating elements because it comes with a crumb tray that can easily be taken out after using.


Because Breville BOV800XL is such a powerful oven, it requires much energy. It is not advisable to have another piece of appliance share an electrical outlet with it. You might also have to ensure that you have a 20 amps breaker in the outlet that you use as it requires about 18 to 20 amps to function.

It is also important to note that the power cord is not that long, shorter than 3 feet. This Breville Smart Oven is best placed on a counter top near an electrical socket.


No matter how well a product advertises, the consumers have the best say about it. So what do the Breville BOV800XL owners have to say about the oven? Based on surveys, people who own Breville Smart Oven say that:

  • It is user-friendly. You cannot go wrong with it with the help of its LCD screen that comprehensively states the different pre-set functions.
  • You can make a variety food with it. Aside from reheating left-overs, you can also roast and broil. And this is made easier with the accessories that come with the oven.
  • Keeping food warm is so easy. You just pop it in and press “warm” on the control panel.
  • The oven is big enough to accommodate more than a 12-inch pizza, so you can put in more than six slices at a time.
  • It is very easy to clean. With the non-stick interior and crumb tray, there is not much to do but wipe the exterior clean.

However, despite the long list of good stuff, there are complaints of it occupying too much space because of its size. The issue of having to secure an extension wire with a breaker is not that uncommon also. Others also find the Breville BOV800XL a bit too pricey for an oven.


From its original price of $299.99, you can now keep your $50.04 because you can now grab the Breville Smart Oven for only $249.95.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite: The Super Juicer

Breville juicer 1Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite juicer is the perfect companion for people who need to extract juices of several fruits and vegetables for daily healthy intake. It is also very helpful for those who want to enjoy good beverages in a reasonable amount of time minus the risks brought about by instant powdered mixes.

Do you want to benefit from the goodness of fresh fruit juice but don’t have the time to prepare it?

Do you want to spend more time with your family and serve them something healthy with no difficulties in time management?

Do you want to have a full-functioning appliance that also serves aesthetically in the kitchen?

If you answer YES to these questions, Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite juicer is definitely for you.

  • Maximizes juice extraction. For sure you don’t want to spend money on a juicer that doesn’t deliver what it promises to do. This Juice Fountain guarantees to give you all the extracts it can possibly take out from anything you feed it, be it leafy greens which can be tricky to do.
  • Powerful at 1 Kilowatt (1000 Watts). The amount of energy it uses is justified by the efficiency of this juice extractor. Preparation time is minimized so you get to have more time to spend on other things.
  • Dual Speed Settings. This is how fast the sharp blade spins to separate the juice from the pulp. For hard fruits or vegetables like carrots and apples, you can use the 13,000 RPM. For soft ones like bananas, you will only need half the speed. You can choose the 6,500 RPM.
  • Wide feed tube.  At three inches in diameter, the chute where you put in the fruits can accommodate three regular-sized ones. This contributes to the product’s efficient factor because you don’t need to cut or slice before feeding into the tube. Instead of repeating the same process twice or more, with Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite, you can do it just once.
  • Beautifully encased in stainless steel.  Despite its size, this will certainly look good on a kitchen counter. With its beauty comes durability which does not usually occur nowadays. The micromesh filter is also of stainless steel and the cutting disk is titanium-plated.

As established, the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is not small. It is 17 inches in height, 11 inches wide and 20 inches in diameter. Because it is almost 20 pounds, it doesn’t come across as very portable. However, this size is needed as it can collect up to a liter of juice and about 3 liters of pulp in one go.Breville juicer 2

The juicer comes with a manual which is very easy to follow, a recipe book which can come quite handy, the juicing pitcher conveniently at 1.1 quarts and a separate juice jug that can separate froth. In the box will also be a 3-liter pulp container, a food pusher which you can insert or feed the produce safely with and a cleaning brush that you can use to clean the wire mesh and the cutting disc.


As a consumer, it’s natural to ask “What does Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite have that gives it an edge over other juicers?” You don’t want to spend more cash on something if you can actually get it at a lesser price.

  • Breville 800JEXL is very easy to operate! With or without the user’s manual that comes with it, operating this juice fountain is stress-free.
  • It saves you the hassle of slicing produce during preparation time. With its wide feed chute, you can insert whole fruits. This decreases the risk of knife-related injuries.
  • Cleaning does not take much time. With the juicer’s stainless steel design, you won’t be hesitant to wash it. As long as you don’t dip the whole juicer in water, it’s fine. At times when washing is not necessary, you just need to wipe it with a damp or dry cloth.
  • The parts are all dishwasher safe. It is easy to assemble and disassemble this Breville juicer. The parts fit in a regular- sized dishwasher. So you just arrange them and push that button.
  • Retains more natural vitamins in the juice. Because this product does not require a lot of heat during the process, the health goodness of the beverage stays.
  • It protects itself from overload. It has a button specially designed for overload protection, so it’s one of the safest you can find.


Each buyer has specific expectations in mind and when these are not met by the product, they fall under the list of downsides.

  • Breville juicer 800JEXL is not very portable. Due to its size and weight, it is not advisable for the product to be moved around a lot. However, if one does not mind carrying it with them then this is not a problem.
  • While the product has no problems extracting juices from hard fruits, it may be a bit tricky for it to exhibit the same performance in the case of green leafy vegetables like wheatgrass. It is not impossible, but there is a series of steps listed down in the user guide in juicing leafy greens.
  • During operation, it is not very quiet. It doesn’t produce an ear-shattering noise, but there are people who think it should be quieter.

CONSUMERS REVIEWS  on Breville Juicer

Before buying anything it is wise to check what present owners have got to say about the product you are about to purchase.

  • Delivers what it promises. It produces juice in the least amount of time. Most people who have tried Breville juicer 800 are satisfied with its efficiency.
  • Motor worry. Because it is heavy duty, many of the consumers are concerned about its motor durability. However, of its 5 years in different households, there have been no noticeable complaints about a broken motor.
  • User friendly. The product is very easy to operate. The stress-free operation gives the consumers no choice but to give it a thumbs-up.


With less than $300, you can have Breville juicer 800 for just $299.99.

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Bye Ikea pan! Welcome Calphalon Fryer!

Cooking has been my passion for a long time. I like to try different recipes and cook for my family. To make everything perfect and get the recipe right, I need to have quality cookware (I know it does not sound convincing, but I just need an excuse to shop and try different cookware!).

I used to use IKEA frying pan. At the first two months, I was in love with it. It went well with the decoration of our kitchen and other cookware. On top of it, it was very easy to clean and it does not stick. The price was very reasonable, especially compared with other major brands.


What made me change my mind? After several months, I started to notice that some residual got stick to the pan and very hard to remove it. I usually clean my cookware right after my cooking and do not wait til the end of the day. The pan warped and got greasy. I tried different ways to clean it, but no luck. I did not do anything about my IKEA frying pan and I thought that I did not take care of my pan properly.

I received  Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan from my friend Joanne as a Thanksgiving gift. My first impression of Calphalon Pan is: very heavy!

Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan

I did not use Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan immediately because the weight makes it difficult for me to move it around. I started to use it after a week, and til the time I am writing this article, I have been using it for almost three months and Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan still looks like a brand new one. I am very pleased and impressed by the quality of Calphalon Pan.

However, it is not fair to compare IKEA frying pan with Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan as their price are very different. Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan costs about $80 and IKEA frying pan only costs about 20 bucks.

I have to confess that I do not normally use this type of pricy cookware because I know that they do not last. I was fortunate to receive Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan as a gift, otherwise I won’t know YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! At least from my near three months experience, it does not warp and very easy to clean. Thank you Joanne for this wonderful gift!!

Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel review

For those men and women who love to spend time in their kitchens and cook, it is the convenient countertop appliances that will become the best helpers in the kitchen. Zojirushi is commonly associated with some of the best countertop appliance products currently available on the market. One of the latest products they offer is the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler. Just like all other Zojirushi products, this Zojirushi CV-DSC40 Water Boiler and Warmer provides a simple function yet much convenience when it comes to keeping water hot. Its micro-computerized temperature-controlled system and multiple settings to keep water warm ensure that users continue to have hot water whenever they need it. While its design is conventional and will make anyone think it is just like any other water boiler on the market for a kitchen, its high-tech features will make it stand out from all competitors.
Double Insulation Bodyis uniquely designed to maintain the current temperature of the water for a much longer time without the use of additional electricity. This makes the vacuum-electric (VE) hybrid hot water boiler much more energy efficient as it does not require the continual use of electricity to keep the water warm.

Three Keep Warm Temperature Settings


Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steelcomes with three keep warm temperature settings – 175 degrees Fahrenheit, 195 degrees Fahrenheit, and 208 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows individuals to choose at what temperature they would like to keep their water hot at.


Sound Indicators


The sound indicators on the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel lets users know when the boiling process of the water is completed or if there is a low water level inside the boiler. This takes out the guess work when wondering if water is ready or if more water needs to be added to the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel.


Timer and Automatic Shut-Off


If a user needs water to boil at a specific time, for example, just before they get home from work so they have hot water waiting for a relaxing post-work cup of tea, they can set the timer on the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel to start the water boiling before they get home. The timer can be set up to six to eight hours in advance. There is also an automatic shut off for when the water is done boiling, so there is no need to worry about electrical appliances running much longer then they need to.


Micro Computerized Temperature Control System


With the micro computerized temperature control system on the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel provides information regarding the current temperature of the water at all times. This system also enables users to set the temperature and then control it. There is no fussing with knobs and buttons and no guesswork on how hot the temperature of the water really is as the control system will continually provide that information.


Stainless Steel Exterior


The stainless steel exterior of the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel makes it extremely easy to clean at all time. There are no worries about stain. And because stainless steel is extremely durable, if the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel somehow drops to the ground, it will not easily break like ceramic and plastic hot water boilers tend to do.


Dimensions of Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler


The product dimensions of the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel are 8 x 11 x 14 inches and weighing in at nine pounds.


Accessories for Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler


Currently the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel does not come with any accessories.




  • The stainless steel body on the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel means that it is easy to clean without much trouble.
  • The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel is extremely durable and offers multiple functionalities to the user.
  • It can last for many years and still functions the same as when the user first bought it.
  • It is virtually maintenance free.
  • The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel is extremely convenient when hot water is needed immediately, either for making a hot cup of tea, boiling water for the stove, or any other use for boiling water.
  • Comes with a Café Drop dispensing mode to allow for slower dispensing of water, for example, if needing hot water for measuring purposes.
  • There is a control panel that will continually display the current water temperature.
  • The water level gauge is very easy to read
  • The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel comes with a three foot power cord.




  • Like with any other water boiler, it will need to be descaled on a regular basis, which can be a bit of a chore.
  • Some users have stated that the temperature change between the preset temperatures are not as fast as some people would like.
  • The Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel is a bit pricier than some of the other water boilers available on the market.


Consumer Rating


Many consumers enjoy using the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel. Amazon has listed the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel as number two in their ranking of top hot pots because of the large number of customers satisfied with this product.




The current price of the Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer, Stainless Steel is listed at more than 30 percent off of the original price.

SoyaJoy G3 and SoyaPower Plus comparisons


My friend drew my attention that SoyaJoy released a new model SoyaJoy G3 and asked if he should go for SoyaJoy G3 or SoyaPower Plus. So I spent some time making a comparison table and see which one I would go for it. Actually, it is very hard to decide! These two machines are very similar, but I would probably stick with my original choice: SoyaPower Plus. My wife and I are not big fans of raw milks, and we plan to have kids in the future, so SoyaPower Plus seems to be safer and it is the one we are using right now. I do not see any big benefits that convince me to purchase another soymilk machine.

Here is the SoyaJoy G3 and SoyaPower Plus comparison table. I hope it helps!

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If you want to read my review on SoyaPower Plus, you can check it out here: