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Since 1993, NuWave has produced some of the best countertop ovens, and the NuWave Bravo XL is another notch on their belt.
NuWave’s mission has always been to provide a healthier and more efficient way to cook all of your favorite meals. With 12 preset cooking programs and multi-stage cooking, it’s one of their most versatile ovens.
NuWave Bravo XL: Specs
- Watts: 1,800 Watts
- Temp Range: 50° – 500° F
- Capacity: 28L (10 lb. Chicken) (14.25″ W x 13″ D x 6″ H)
- Exterior Dim: 20.04″ W x 16.57″ D x 11.14″ H
- Racks: 1-4
- Pieces Of Toast: 9 per rack
- Max Pizza Size: 13″
- Rotisserie: No
- Air Fry: Yes
- Thermometer: Yes
- Powerful 1,800 Watts of cooking power
- 3-Speed convection fan
- Great price (starts under $180)
- Integrated smart temperature probe
- Fits up to a 13″ pizza
- 12 cooking programs: Air Fry, roast, slow roast, toast, bake, broil, frozen, grill, pizza, yogurt, dehydrate, reheat
- Best-in-class temperature range (50° – 500° F)
- 99 hours and 99 minute time range
- Easy-to-clean pull-out crumb tray
- Premium brushed stainless steel finish
- Save up to 150 preset and custom cooking sequences
- 40-recipe inspirational guide included
- No rotisserie cooking function
- You can’t use cooking programs when stage cooking
A "Nu" Wave Of Cooking Functions
The control panel can seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s easy to pick up. For starters, some of the 12 preset cooking functions require quite a few button combinations and dial turns to get set up for cooking.
The good part is that it makes all the cooking functions extremely customizable. For instance, the Toast mode alone has 10 levels of toasting.
Here are ALL the preset cooking programs:
- Air Fry
- Slow roast
Stage It, And Forget It
Two of the best features on the NuWave Bravo XL are “Stage” and “Program.”
First of all, the Stage cooking function is one of the best that we’ve seen on any countertop oven. Even though you can’t use any preset cooking programs as stages, it’s still easy to set up.
On top of that, you can program up to 5 separate stages in one cooking sequence! It’s sometimes called split cook because you usually only get 2 stages to run in sequence.
Save Your Faves
The Program feature can also take your cooking to the next level. No more guessing the time and temperature that you used on specific recipes.
The Bravo XL has 100 memory slots to save specific cooking sequences programmed using one of the 12 presets. Plus, it has 50 more slots to program your own recipes and stage cooking sequences.
If you’re a kitchen nerd like me, be sure to write the numbers of the programs on the recipe cards. That way you can easily achieve the same results every time or make tweaks to perfect your original recipes.
From the 5 Quartz heating elements to the hidden crumb tray, the NuWave Bravo XL is built for efficiency and longevity. The brushed stainless steel finish looks great and is easy to keep clean.
They went above and beyond with plenty of little luxuries like a stay-cool handle, interior oven light, and a 3-speed convection fan. You can even independently adjust the levels on the top and bottom heating elements.
The icing on all this cake is the free NuWave Cooking Club app. After getting your feet wet with the 40-recipe inspirational guide, download the app for over 300 more recipes.
The 12-In-1 NuWave Bravo XL is one of the most complete countertop ovens available. If it had a rotisserie setup, it would be hard to argue a better choice.
NuWave’s motto is “Live Well For Less,” and the Bravo XL represents it to the fullest. With a price starting at under $180, it’s easily the best bang for your buck.
If you’re a pizza lover, NuWave’s 3-piece Pizza Kit is essential. You get an 11.5″ brick oven-style pizza stone and a dual pizza cutter/server. The best part is the 10″ pizza peel for easy transfers from oven to table.