Breville BMO850BSS1BCA1 reviewA microwave oven is designed to save you time, but I’ve found the stopping, starting, stirring and checking to see if the food I’m re-heating is too hot or too cold can actually take more time than it should. Now that I’ve used the Breville Smooth Wave microwave, I realize not all microwaves need you to do those triple checks.

The Breville Smooth Wave microwave has a soft-close door, one-tap butter or chocolate melting, and smart defrost that doesn’t cook the food you’re defrosting. While using it I’ve been defrosting much more than usual, but it’s the Smart Reheat that’s been my go-to. It makes it effortless to re-heat anything. You don’t have to stand guard by the microwave when warming up food to make sure it’s not over or under-cooked, and that makes a huge difference in time spent in the kitchen.

Appearance and features of Breville Smooth Wave microwave

Breville Smoothwave microwave smart features

The Breville Smooth Wave microwave is 1.2 cu.ft. (34L) microwave with 1200 W of power. It’s compact, so it fits easily on a small counter, and the stainless steel exterior fits in well when you have other stainless steel appliances.

It has a lot of features that go beyond simple reheating and defrosting.

  • Breville Smooth Wave is 20.4″ W (51.81 cm)  x 12.5″ H (31.75 cm) x 17.5″ D (44.45 cm) with handle
  • 12.4″ (31.5 cm) glass turntable that rotates your food while cooking or defrosting
  • Power Smooth Inverter will sense and adjust the power intensity so your food is cooked perfectly
  • Sensor iQ technology measures the humidity released from your food and automatically calculates cooking time
  • Has Smart Cook, Smart Reheat, and Smart Defrost to take the guesswork out of how to best use your microwave and cook your food
  • 15 one-touch auto settings including melting chocolate, melting butter, and pizza
  • Soft-close door so you don’t have to listen to the door slam shut
  • Options to turn the notification beep off or on or turn the volume up or down
  • Stainless steel interior and exterior wipes clean

Testing the Breville Smooth Wave microwave

Breville appliances have never let me down. The brand is known for being solid, dependable, and timeless, and anytime I buy Breville I know I’ve got an appliance for the long haul. I’ve only used this microwave for a week so far, but it definitely lives up to what I’ve expected from the brand.

It won’t over-cook or cook while defrosting

Breville Smoothwave microwave menu

It’s easy to use the Breville Smooth Wave microwave. Once it’s set up all you have to do is tap the button and it will run for 30 seconds. When you turn the top dial it will adjust the length of time, and the bottom dial will choose your power level. You can turn the dial all the way down to defrost or up to full power.

While the dials make it simple to choose a setting, you don’t have to do that with this microwave. It has Sensor IQ Technology to adjust the power for whatever you’re cooking, and it can Smart Cook, Smart Reheat, and Smart Defrost without any guesswork on your part at all. All you have to do is tap one of those buttons, choose what you’re cooking and the weight of the food and the microwave will cook, reheat, or defrost it perfectly.

I used to put a bowl of soup in my old microwave for my son, and I always had to go back and forth a few times to make sure it was hot enough or not too hot. Or, I’d have to stop the microwave, stir the soup, and start it again. When the Breville Smooth Wave reheats food, Sensor iQ will actually detect the steam that’s released so it’s perfect every time. This has saved me so much time, because I’ll just put the food in, tap the button, and go back for it when it’s done.

While I love Smart Reheat, Smart Defrost is also a favourite feature. You put frozen food in the microwave, tap Smart Defrost, and when the cycle ends your food is ready to cook. I was impressed because it’s always difficult to estimate how long you’ll have to defrost a chicken breast, and in my old microwave I’ve over-defrosted the breast so it’s cooked around the edges. I used Smart Defrost several times with the Breville Smooth Wave and it never went too far.

Pre-sets make quick meals easy

Breville Smoothwave cooking chicken

There are several one-touch presets on this microwave that you can use to quickly reheat a beverage, cook a piece of pizza, slices of bacon, or melt butter and chocolate. The microwave automatically adjusts the power level so everything turns out great. I used it for everything from pizza to melting butter and it always came out perfectly. The butter still had some solid left to it, so it wasn’t an oily puddle that wouldn’t blend properly when baking.

Quiet microwave, quiet door close

The Breville Smooth Wave has a soft close door, so when you push the door closed it glides until it clicks shut. I think this is a great feature because I’ve never liked hearing a microwave door slam shut. The Breville Smooth Wave also runs very quietly, so quietly I almost don’t even notice it’s on. It has a similar decibel level to a range hood fan.

The Breville Smooth Wave microwave also has options to adjust the volume of the end-of-cycle notification. It can either beep at a normal volume, very quietly, or you can mute it so you don’t have to hear it at all. There’s also a Child Lock so you can prevent little hands from turning the microwave on when you’re not looking.

Should you choose the Breville Smooth Wave microwave?

Breville Smoothwave microwave review

The 1.2 cu.ft. Breville Smooth Wave microwave is a great size for a family. I used it for big plates and small casserole dishes and they fit perfectly. It’s the easiest way to make bacon or cook a quick pizza, and it really shines when it defrosts food. Nothing I put in it, from frozen ground beef to chicken, was over-done, dry, or had the edges cooked. The presets are great for quick reheating or cooking, and it’s so great to be able to walk away and not worry about whether or not you have to stop the cycle and check your food. Having a microwave that runs this quietly and has a smooth close door is pretty amazing too.

If you’re looking for a microwave upgrade, take a look at the Breville Smooth Wave microwave. It’s available on Best Buy right now.

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  1. I can’t stop thinking of Chocolate Covered Strawberries so that’s the first thing I would make.

  2. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave, the first thing I would make would be truffles, my grandson’s favourite. He loves to help so the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave would be perfect.

  3. When I win the Breville Smoothe wave microwave, my children and I will definitely make chocolate dipped strawberries using the melting chocolate feature!! Delish

  4. if I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave I will make my oatmeal and egg whites in it every morning

  5. Hmmm, a cooked chicken breast with no hardened edges! Thats what I would cook first in the breville smooth wave microwave. Thats a must see!

  6. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave I could make my favourite brownies *only better* with the Power Sense Inverter

  7. If I won the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave I would Melt chocolate and make double decker brownies

  8. With the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave, I would first bake potatoes, since I am craving potato salad with boiled eggs and a variety of veggies.

  9. If I had a Breville smooth wave oven I would let my fiance melt all the chocolate she needs because she loves baking haha! Looks great!

  10. I Use my microwave for everything! I would defrost meat, soften cream cheese, reheat my coffee etc. in the Breville smooth wave microwave!

  11. That looks like a beast of a tool in any kitchen. I’m wondering how this would hold up against pulled pork or ribs!

  12. WHEN (visualize the win) I win the Breville 3 in 1 oven I will make a stuffed chicken breast with mushroom and cheese sauce!

  13. if i had the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave i would love to make some brownies!!!

  14. This would be a great help when cooking for my family. I am disabled on a pension and unable to buy a new micro wave so this would be a blessing for me.

  15. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Oven, I would make microwave cinnamon rolls!

  16. When I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave I will be cooking crispy bacon everyday.

  17. Love the Smart Reheat feature. It looks very cool.
    If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave . I’ll make my favourite Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake EVERYDAY!

  18. Love that it’s quiet, stainless steel like my other appliances and compact since my space is limited! All the features sound great

  19. If I win the Breville 3 in 1 oven I would love to make a lobster mac-n-cheese. yummy

  20. My husband and I always cook enough dinner so we have leftovers the following night (one less night of cooking!). So this Breville Smooth Wave Microwave would really come in handy for us — since it would take all the guessing out of reheating last night’s dinner! If I had it on my counter tonight, it would be perfectly reheating lasagna!

  21. you had me at the chocolate melting button. Perfect for making ganache for drizzling on all the birthday cakes I will be making this week for our #birthdaypalooza celebrations

  22. Cook, reheat and defrost made easy – great presets. Power Sense Inverter senses and adjusts cooking time so food is cooked perfectly – no guess work and opening and closing door. Quiet door closure.

  23. Quiet door close has me wanting this!! I would use the melt button as Im always forgetting to take out butter for cooking.

  24. Lasagna in the microwave so good, learned this recipe in a microwave class in the 80’s. Cook ground beef with finely chopped onions cook in microwave. Take out. Cook 5 scrambled eggs lay on counter, let cool add parsley, parm cheese. One raw egg, mix set Aside. 24oz tomatoes and 6oz water teaspoon Italian seasoning. Take a a 9×13 pan add 1/2 cup of sauce raw lasagna noodles Put more sauce, a layer of eggs noodles, sauce mozzarella cheese. Noodles again sauce cheese. Saran it. Bake it.

  25. I would make delicious corn, I know it sounds easy right? Get out the Saran lay cleaned corn in the middle add a tablespoon of water in Saran than add the following teaspoon sugar, salt, pepper, last add butter fold the Saran place in microwave a min per stock. This recipe travels to Nova Scotia they enjoy it with fresh sea food so many options. You’ll thank me.

  26. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave I would make delicious veggie burgers!

  27. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave microwave I would make my delicious veggie/bean burgers. Delicious.

  28. If I win the Breville Smooth Wave Microwave (hope I do) the first thing I will make my mini meatloafs my family loves

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