Why Foodies Will Love the Brava Oven – NBC News | Hot Mobile Press

A smart oven is a multitasking countertop appliance that can air fry, toast, grill and dehydrate food. While we’ve highlighted smart ovens from brands like Breville, Ninja, GoWISE, and more, none of them work quite like the Brava oven, which uses lights (rather than burners) to cook food in specific zones and comes with thousands of recipes is pre-programmed Adjust the settings of the oven exactly to the ingredients you are using.

To understand how it works, Brava sent me an oven to try and I’ve been using it for over a month. I’ve found the oven to be a great addition to my kitchen – especially if, like me, you have a passion for easy-to-use kitchen appliances that offer a lot more than you might expect. I also love it because – while you can certainly adjust recipes from time to time – the Brava comes with preset recipes to make cooking easier. At least that’s how I use it.

The Brava oven is 11.3 inches high, 16.4 inches wide and 17.3 inches long. The size of the unit is comparable to other smart ovens, but it takes up a good chunk of countertop space if you have a smaller kitchen. The Brava Oven Starter Kit comes with a Glass bowl and a metal bowl to place your ingredients on and pop into the oven when it’s time to cook. The oven is Wi-Fi enabled and can also be paired with a companion app.

One of the reasons I was most interested in trying the Brava oven was that it cooks food with light, which – as I mentioned – is unusual for a smart oven. Brava comes with six lamps that use infrared light waves to transfer heat into food, the brand says. Brava says the lamps heat up instantly, so you don’t have to factor in preheat time when cooking. I’ve found this to save a few minutes when cooking, and forgetting to preheat the oven before starting to prepare a dish doesn’t set you back.

Using these lights, the oven will cook food in three numbered zones (Zones 1, 2, and 3) corresponding to the front, center, and back of the oven, respectively. They turn on and off individually, and when a lamp heats food in one zone, it doesn’t heat the area around it. Brava says you can cook up to three different ingredients on one pan with this three-zone design — the oven’s touchscreen display has diagrams that show you where to place each ingredient to align with a different zone. When I was cooking salmon, asparagus and cherry tomatoes using the oven’s recipe, I programmed the Brava to preheat and automatically cook each ingredient individually.

The Brava oven has a built-in internal camera that streams live footage to the device’s touchscreen and app, so you can see what’s happening inside at all times. When I realized it doesn’t have a glass door to monitor your food through, I figured that would be an issue as I often rely on seeing food cook to tell when it’s done. But seeing the live stream footage allayed my concerns.

The Brava Oven is equipped with 10 manual cooking functions accessed via on-screen buttons: air fry, roast, bake, sear, toast, reheat, rice cook, dehydrate, slow cook and keep warm. The oven’s “Cooking” tile contains a full list of over 7,000 recipes or step-by-step guides with animated diagrams that detail what appliances you use and how to set up your oven for success. You can log your own (successful) unique recipes using the oven’s “Custom Cook” button.

There is always something new to discover when it comes to your oven. Brava releases new recipes once a week and software updates once a month that include additional manual cooking modes, bug fixes, and more. The Brava app will prompt you to update the oven or you can install updates from the settings tile.

If you’re having trouble getting used to this new way of cooking, the Brava website also has many blog posts and video tutorials about the “zones” of the oven. You can also join the Brava Facebook community to ask questions, connect with other Brava users, and share recipes.

My favorite Brava accessory is the TempSensor, a probe you insert into proteins like meat and fish that also connects to the oven. The brand says the TempSensor tracks the internal temperature of food and tells the oven when your protein reaches your specified doneness to complete the cooking time. You can cook protein without the TempSensor, but by relying on temperature instead of time to know when food is ready, you can cook protein more precisely, the brand says.

There are also notches on the TempSensor probe that you can use to measure ingredient thickness. Some cooking features and preset recipes require you to tell the oven how thick your ingredients are and ensure that the thickness is within an acceptable range. If the ingredients are too thin, the oven lights may not be able to reach them and cooking will take longer.

In addition to the Brava Starter Set, you can choose from two other bundles: the Bake & Breakfast bundle with eight hotplates and accessories, and the Chef’s Choice bundle with nine hotplates and accessories. You can also purchase hotplates and accessories separately, like an eggshell (one of my favorite accessories for making poached eggs), a muffin pan, a square pan, a loaf pan, and a saucepan.

Other smart ovens to consider

The Brava oven has a hefty price tag of over $1,000. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, here are two highly rated smart ovens that we’ve already covered that you might want to consider.

Breville Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro

The Breville Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro is the brand’s first smart product. The Wi-Fi enabled oven is paired with the Breville Joule Oven app which includes recipes to guide you through the cooking process. You can also use the app to program the oven to cook a specific recipe, set a timer, stop cooking, and more. The oven is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant. It is equipped with 13 cooking functions such as Toast, Dehydrate, Slow Cook, Air Fry and more. The Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro has an average rating of 4.8 stars from 114 reviews on Breville’s website.

Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Countertop Convection Oven

If you’re looking for a smart oven that doesn’t have Wi-Fi, this model from Ninja offers eight cooking functions: air fry, broil, grill, bake, toast, bagel, dehydrate and reheat. The brand said you can flip it to stand upright when not in use, and the oven comes with a removable crumb tray, as well as a back panel that opens up when you need to clean it. Ninja’s Oven has an average rating of 4.7 stars from 20,633 reviews on Amazon.

Find out Select’s in-depth coverage of personal finance, technology and tools, wellness and more, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date.

Leave a Comment