I, too, bought the larger model, Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven, over 2 years ago. I haven't used my full size oven since. True that it takes up a lot of counter space, but I use my regular oven for storage now so it works out. I have the Bamboo cutting board on top with my dutch oven sitting there. Aesthetically looks very nice on the counter and between this oven, microwave and my single portable induction burner cooktop, no heating up the kitchen (in Fla. that’s a plus) and there has been nothing I haven't been able to cook. Well, no full size turkey but then there is only 2 of us so I bake the breast in the Breville. The kid does cupcakes and cookies (takes longer because only one pan fits at a time) they come out beautiful. Mine has the fan but I really don't use it that much, haven't found where it made that much difference in bake time or bake quality. It takes a little bit to heat up before the timer beeps and starts to count down. I checked the oven temperature a couple of times with an oven thermometer, it takes awhile to come up to temp, even after the ready beep sounds but once there it maintains pretty well. The outside does get hot, have been burnt a few times when not paying attention, handle can get pretty warm to the touch. Most times I don't even preheat, I put the food in, turn on the oven, take a minute or 2 off the cook time and it comes out perfect. Augratin potatoes have the best browned top ever. Small roast, pork chops, fish--perfection. Pot Pies, wrap aluminum foil around the edge, comes out with super crispy crust. Bottom line, when this one eventually bites the dust, it will be replaced with same.