Breville Joule Oven Pro review 2022

Breville Joule Oven Pro review 2022

If you cook the hell out of your food simply because you’re afraid of undercooking it, the Breville Joule Oven Pro(opens in a new tab) might be the kitchen gadget for you. Whether you’re outright bad in the kitchen or you just want to learn some new skills, this smart oven can teach you how to cook, so you never need to eat food that resembles cardboard again.

The latest addition to Breville’s line of smart air fryer ovens takes the “smart” in smart oven to new heights. It has WiFi connectivity and a compatible smartphone app stored with recipes designed for use in the oven. And it gives you step-by-step instructions, videos, automatic temperature adjustments, and more that help make cooking more of an exact science. It features Alexa and Google Assistant capability, too, to make meals even more hands-off.

Silver toaster oven air fryer on a kitchen counter

The Joule Oven is sleek, modern, and comes in two colors.
Credit: Jae Thomas/Mashable

How does the Joule Oven Pro work?

Cooking can come with a lot of uncertainty β€” you constantly run the risk of over or undercooking your meal. There’s also always a chance that a new experimental recipe will turn into a disaster and you’ll end up having to order pizza for dinner instead.

Breville’s Joule Oven Pro(opens in a new tab) takes control of that uncertainty with recipes designed specifically for use in the oven. In the app simply select a recipe, hit the start button on your phone, and your Joule convection oven will turn on by itself (with the selected temperature already set). You’ll then be guided through step-by-step instructions with both text and video to make the perfect meal. The autopilot function will automatically run your oven through multiple cooking functions and temperature settings, and you’ll get notifications to your phone when the food is done.

app screenshot of a recipe for chicken thighs with garlicky cucumber yogurt

Choose a recipe from the app, view the steps, and preview the autopilot flight plan.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

graph of autopilot cooking modes.  For this recipe, the joule oven will roast at 325 degrees for 30 minutes and broil for eight minutes

Autopilot mode takes care of the fine details for you.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

Aside from the smart features, the Joule oven has identical hardware and cooking functions to its less-smart sister oven, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro(opens in a new tab). It’s super similar to one of our other favorite air fryer ovens too β€” the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer(opens in a new tab) β€” which has similar hardware and functions but lacks dedicated settings for proofing and dehydrating.

Either of these options would be good cheaper alternatives if you’re looking for an all-in-one toaster oven/air fryer but don’t feel called to use the recipes and auto temperature control functions of the Joule Oven. Using these ovens manually does have more of a learning curve than using the Joule though, for comparison.


I’d gladly ditch all my small appliances for the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer

Testing the Joule Oven Pro

The Breville Joule Oven app(opens in a new tab) has streamlined the recipe-following process so much, I think every cooking app should follow in its footsteps. Each recipe shows a full breakdown of ingredients, equipment needed, cooking plan, and instructions broken down into steps.

I made a few recipes in the Joule Oven during testing, but we’ll use this New York Times Cooking recipe for chicken thighs with garlicky cucumber yogurt as our main example. When I started the recipe, I was able to preheat the oven from my app before getting a look at all the steps.

Recipe list for chicken thighs with garlicky cucumber yogurt

Each recipe has a full breakdown of ingredients and equipment needed.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule oven app

Prep and cooking instructions for the recipe

You can click on each step in the recipe to get an instructional video.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

Each step can be clicked on and expanded to show an instructional video that gives you a better picture of what you’re supposed to be doing (ideal for visual learners). The app gives you a good idea of ​​exactly what’s happening to your food through the cooking process, in the form of pop-ups and phone notifications.

Pop-up notification showing how much time cooking time is left

The app lets you know exactly what’s happening with your food at all times.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

iPhone notification saying that the Breville Joule Oven timer is finished

You’ll even get notifications to your phone when the oven is preheated and when the food is done. And yes, I named my oven Hot Mama.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app notification

In all, the prep took me even less time than the recipe said it would. Not only was each step easy to follow, the app also gave me efficient instructions, so I was able to multitask. While the chicken was cooking, I made the yogurt sauce, and when that was done, I just relaxed until everything was cooked.

Chicken cooking in the joule oven pro

I just put the chicken in the Joule Oven and didn’t have to worry about monitoring the temperature or cook time.
Credit: Jae Thomas/Mashable

I was genuinely surprised at how accurate the cooking times were for each recipe in the Joule Oven app. Even when cooking meat, the temperature and cooking times were always exactly correct, and I never once had over or undercooked food.

Lemony chicken on a sheet pan next to a bowl of garlicky cucumber yogurt

When the timer went off, the chicken was perfectly cooked.
Credit: Jae Thomas/Mashable

My biggest qualm with this oven (similar to my biggest issue with the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer(opens in a new tab)) is that it’s hard to clean. The heating elements are exposed, which makes it easy for grease and other food splatters to get on them. The interior isn’t exactly nonstick, so even if you wipe down the oven every time immediately after use, you’ll still have some grease splatters that need some serious, heavy duty elbow grease to get off.

Additionally, none of the accessories the oven comes with are dishwasher-safe, which is kind of a bummer for a $500 oven.

Grease stains from cooking on the inside of a toaster oven

The inside got pretty scummy after a few uses.
Credit: Jae Thomas/Mashable

Can the Joule Oven be used manually?

The Joule Oven acts exactly the same as the Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro(opens in a new tab) when used manually. You can pick from one of these 13 settings to do your cooking: toast, bagel, bake, air fry, broil, roast, pizza, cookies, proof, reheat, slow cook, keep warm, and dehydrate.

The manual settings take some playing around with to get the perfect cook, since you’ll have to decide between so many different cooking types and temperature settings every time you want to cook. Of course, if you don’t want to figure out how long and at what temperature to cook, you can always find a recipe in the Joule Oven app and use the settings it suggests.

Breville Joule Oven recipes

So far, the Joule Oven app has recipes from Breville, ChefSteps, the Williams Sonoma test kitchen, and New York Times Cooking staff. Breville plans to add even more recipes from popular recipe developers, restaurants, and chefs in the coming months as well.

Recipe sort page

Sort recipes by ingredients, type, and more.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

Popular recipe categories landing page

Or look through Breville’s curated collection of recipes for inspo.
Credit: Screenshot: Joule Oven app

Recipes can easily be filtered in the app by meal, protein, diet, cooking time, and more. There are tons of curated recipe collections to look through as well, so you can find exactly what you want to make.

Is the Joule Oven Pro worth it?

If you’re already a good cook or simply don’t mind following a recipe normally, you don’t need the Joule Oven Pro. After testing, we think this appliance would be worth it for folks who don’t know how to cook or who want to broaden their kitchen skills in an easy and accessible way. We also recommend it for busy families who need help figuring out what to eat and want to get dinner on the table faster.

I can also see the Joule Oven Pro(opens in a new tab) being a good gift for a college student in their first apartment or a recent grad who needs to cut back on the takeout and start cooking for themselves.



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