Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder Review

Posted on 08. Jun, 2012 by in Articles, Product Reviews

Amazon Image The Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder is very shique, stainless steel, mid priced grinder perfect for coffee lovers who love to take control over their brew and drink a cuppa with the best taste.

So what makes this coffee grinder so smart? Its dosing IQ feature which automatically calibrates each dose every time the grind size is adjusted, giving you the perfect amount every time you use it.

 

Main Features

This machine features the stainless steel conical burr, 25 grind settings for french press, percolator, drip and espresso coffee, which can be adjusted easily on the backlit LCD screen. By turning the control knob you can also adjust the grinding duration by using auto dosing technology for stronger or weaker cup. The Bean Hopper is (supposedly) air tight allowing you to transfer and store your coffee beans easily – but continue reading for our notes on this.

The measurements are 15.5”H x 8.25”W x 6”D, so while it is a little taller it won’t take a lot of counter space in your kitchen.

Other features include two portafilter cradles, grind contanier and conical burr cleaning brush accessories.

 

The Pros

  • 25 Grind Settings & Backlit LCD screen
  • Large Stainless Steel Conical Burr Grinder with Dosing IQ™
  • Wide functionality & easily adjustable settings
  • Tidy to use and easy to clean

The Cons

  • One or two users report the beans not passing through easily
  • It is on the higher end of the price range for similar models
  • The hopper is not actually air-tight as advertised – the lid is tight but the bottom is of course exposed to the burr grinding plates which gives the air a way in to the hopper

Who Should buy this grinder?

This is a serious grinder and anyone who is serious about their coffee would do well to consider investing in this model. It is a little more expensive than a lot of other models but with that price tag comes quality – both build quality which results in years of reliability and of course grind quality.

This grinder is ideal for coffee lovers who want to skip straight past all the other models that might come with a compromise or two to achieve their low price, quit messing around and who just want a good solid grinder that will produce quality results for years to come.

Summary

So in summary, the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder is a top of the line consumer level conical burr grinder which whilst the price tag might put it out of the reach of many people, those who have invested in it have been more than happy with the results for a very long time. This is evident in the fact that it currently has a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 150 consumer reviews on Amazon. Click here to read some of those reviews for yourself.

 

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