AirfyrGuy’s NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven Review
Here in Michigan it’s getting to be almost springtime. That means that I’m going to be super busy – always on the go with my family and always coming and going from home. Winter hibernation time is over and now that spring and summer will be here soon I’ll need all the time that I can get.
That’s where the NuWave Bravo XL comes in. Does it save time compared to a standard old fashioned oven? How does it compare to other brands, like Breville? Is it as good as everyone says it is? Well…. Hopefully I’ll be able to answer all of those questions for you and more!
What I like about the NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven
My last article was about the Chefman Air Fryer+Rotisserie, which I whole heartedly recommend. The NuWave Bravo XL is a convection oven, air fryer, and dehydrador all in one package. I’m going to say it right here – Hybrid devices are the future. You can do only so much with an air fryer – but when you’ve got an air fryer and convection oven in one package, a WHOLE lot more is possible.
Like the Chefman, this neat device can air fry, dehydrate, and bake. One thing that sets the Bravo XL apart from the competition is that this is the first (that I am aware of) Air fryer/Convection Oven/Dehydrator device that comes in a permanent counter top form factor. This reminds me a lot of the Breville Smart Oven (link here). But you get 3 devices in one instead of just a plain old convection oven device.
One of the issues that I have with air fryers is that it can be difficult to tell how long to cook something. There’s a lot of guesswork when it comes to cooking certain types of meet or more dense foods. The Bravo XL Smart Oven has an integrated thermometer. It stays in your food while you cook it and eliminates all of the guesswork when it comes to cooking new foods.
All in all, there’s a lot to like about the Bravo XL Smart oven. I’m going to get much more use out of mine than the air fryers that are sitting on my storage shelf downstairs. I suppose that one of the perks of having multiple devices is that I can cook something in the Bravo, then throw some fries in one of my air fryers to go with the meal I’m cooking.
What I don’t like about the NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven
The price…. Compared to the Breville smart oven (which is $250) it’s not a big deal but if you’re coming from a sub-$100 Air fryer, the price can be a shocker. I think that NuWave could have made this for around $100-$150 and they’d be selling like hotcakes. But then again, it probably costs a lot to manufacture a device like this.
One thing I don’t care for is that the fan is a little louder than it should be. For $180, I should get a device that’s as quiet as the other convection ovens I’ve owned. Not a huge issue, but something to be aware of if you’re averse to any kind of noisy fan.
I haven’t owned the NuWave Bravo XL for that long but as with ALL other non-stick cookware, I’m wondering how easy it will be to replace the non-stick broiler rack. All of the non stick cookware pieces in my convection ovens have worn out after a year or so of use. This is NOT a mark against the NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven, but it’s a consideration for all convection ovens. Replaceability is important.
One helpful tip is to check out the reviews on amazon when evaluating a new product to purchase.
NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven vs Breville Smart Oven
The best product on the market that I have to compare the Bravo XL to is the Breville Smart Oven.
The NuWave Bravo Smart Oven XL’s outer dimensions are 20″x11″x13.5″ and can fit a 13″ pizza or a 10 pound turkey inside of the oven.
The Breville Smart Oven is 18-1/2 x 15-3/4 x 11 and can also fit a 13″ pizza. It’s not quite as high as the NuWave so is cooking capacity is your main concern, go with the NuWave. If saving counter space is your main concern, you should get the Breville.
User Interface / Looks:
I’m more of a fan of the Breville’s user interface. It looks WAY more modern than the NuWave Bravo XL. The Bravo gets the job done but the Breville Oven is definitely prettier
Here are the two side by side so you can see for yourself:
Winner: Breville Smart Oven
Both the Breville Smart Oven, and the NuWave Bravo Smart Oven XL are a great buy for those looking for a convection oven. Where the Breville falls short though, is that it is ONLY a convection oven. The Bravo XL is a convection oven, air fryer, and food dehydrator. You’d be spending a LOT of money and wasting a lot of countertop space to get a device for each of these functions.
Winner: NuWave Bravo XL. It’s simply packed with features.
The NuWave Bravo XL Smart oven is priced at around $150 and includes a few pans and baskets and a temperature probe.
The Breville Smart oven comes with a baking pan, pizza pan and broil pan and and costs about $250.
Over all, the NuWave Bravo XL Smart Oven is a better value than the Breville Smart Oven, even though the Breville looks nicer.
Winner: NuWave Bravo XL. Best bang for the buck
Overall winner: NuWave Bravo XL. It’s a great convection oven, has a great monitoring thermometer, air fries, and dehydrates. While the Breville smart oven is way prettier, it simply can’t do as much as the Bravo can.
If you’re looking for a device that lives proudly on your countertop, will bake, cook, air fry, and dehydrate the NuWave Bravo XL is a great product for you. This stainless steel convection oven is a very attractive appliance and I especially appreciate the integrated thermometer that takes all of the guesswork out of cooking foods.
If you’re looking at air fryers and don’t have a convection oven, I would march right down to the store and buy this amazing little appliance. If you’re not in the mood for marching, you can get a good deal on this on Amazon.