The BMO734XL is Breville’s flagship microwave. They’ve basically taken the best of all of their microwaves and crammed it into one sleek, stylish package. The result is a beautiful appliance with genuinely innovative technology.
Unfortunately, the result is also a little over priced. Should you buy it? That depends how much you want space age technology to reheat your leftovers. I’ll start with the basics.
The BMO734 is powered by an 1100 Watt motor and promises 1.2 cubic feet of cooking space. This allows for plates up to 12 inches wide and if you wanted food, or additional plates, could be stacked around 9 inches high.
Exterior dimensions are pretty small given the cooking space, measuring 20.5”(h) x 18”(w) x 12.5”(h). Out of the box, the microwave weighs approximately 35 pounds.
The crisp LED screen is backlit and twice the size of its competitors. The traditional number pad has been replaced.
Instead, cooking duration and power is controlled by two tactile real time dials. The primary benefit of using dials over a keypad is that cooking duration can be changed while you cook rather than having to stop and start the microwave.
Meanwhile, cooking itself is started with one of three quick start buttons.
There are also additional buttons hidden behind the door with further options for various types of food i.e. popcorn and leftovers. Personally, I found these buttons a little unnecessary. I also question their inclusion on the inner door which was a strange design decision if ever I’ve seen one.
The result overall, however, is a control system that’s both user friendly and more importantly, fast and efficient.
The BMO734 has a number of excellent features but first I’d like to talk about what it doesn’t have. Breville claims that the BMO734 has “dynamic heat adjustment” and this sounds awfully similar to Panasonics inversion cooking.
Unfortunately however, the two are completely separate. Inversion cooking genuinely changes the cooking temperature. “Dynamic heat adjustment” is basically marketing talk and the BMO734 cooks like any other microwave.
The good news, however, is that despite the lack of inversion cooking, in tests the BMO734 did perform just as well as anything made by Panasonic. I tried it on everything from baked potatoes to frozen dinners and I was always more than pleased with the results.
Dynamic heat adjustment might be something of a gimmick but the BMO734 does actually have a number of genuinely useful special features.
For example, it’s incredibly quiet. Even the beep that signals when the food is done has three different volume settings.
The turntable is also self locating which means that it slides in immediately instead of wobbling around while you try to find the grooves.
The BMO734XL comes with a one year warranty from Breville. This isn’t particularly generous but it does appear very well built. While I haven’t personally owned this appliance long enough to judge for myself, I have owned a Breville toaster oven for almost two years and it’s still going strong.
As you’d expect from a microwave of this class, customer reviews are almost universally positive. At the time of writing, it’s been reviewed 69 times for an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5.
The BMO734 is easily the best looking, best performing, and best designed microwave currently on the market. Unfortunately, at just under $300, it’s also one of the most expensive.
If money isn’t an issue, the BMO734 makes for an excellent purchase. If you’re on a budget however, the Panasonic NN-SD681S offers most of the same functionality (plus inversion cooking) at almost half the price.