Breville Smart Coffee Grinder Review

QUICK STATS

  • PRODUCT DIMENSIONS – 6 x 8.2 x 15.5 inches
  • PRODUCT WEIGHT – 6 pounds
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT – 8.8 pounds
  • MODEL NO – BCG800XL
  • MANUFACTURER – BREVILLE
  • AUTO DOSER – YES
  • BEAN HOPPER – YES
  • HOPPER CAPACITY – 450 GRAM
  • SETTINGS – 25
  • COLORS – BLACK, RED AND SILVER
  • GRINDING METHOD – STAINLESS STEEL CONICAL BURRS
  • WARRANTY – ONE YEAR
  • PORTA-FILTER CRADLE – 2 INCLUDED, ONE LARGE ONE SMALL
  • GRINDS CATCHER – YES
  • NOISY – NO
  • GRIND TIME – 22 SECONDS FOR A DOUBLE SHOT
  • OUR RATING – 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE

Well known for their reliability in the small kitchen appliance area, the Breville Smart Grinder (BCG800XL) already looks promising.  Stylish and neat and designed to draw the eye in, this is a steel grinder with a conical burr set, giving it the edge on some of its competitors in this field.

Boasting “dosing IQ”, this grinder will choose the ideal dose to fit the type of grind selected. And there are plenty of options, 25 to be precise. You can make drip coffee, espresso or French Press and anything in between to your heart’s content with this little contraption.

But before we go any further, he’s a quick video introducing this grinder by Breville themselves.

MAIN FEATURES

breville smart grinder review

With stainless steel conical burrs of 58mm diameter and ‘dosing IQ’ technology,  this grinder will adjust the amount of time per the type of grind selected, everything can and will be done for you automatically unless you expressly wish to be in the driving seat.  So sit back and let it do all the heavy lifting for you!

THE HOPPER

Having a party?  Wanna be barista trying to impress your friends?  Not a problem, the bean hopper can take up to a pound in weight and make enough coffee for all. But if it’s just a single cup or mug you’re after, then that’s not an issue either.

The sealed silicone gasket ensures the freshness of the grinds and has a lock, letting you remove them from the unit without first having to empty out the beans.

With one of the two cradles included (larger and smaller) you can get the machine to do all the dosing for your espressos and also the same applies for a filter coffee maker.

THE LOOKS

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This is made from stainless steel with an exterior plastic casing, which is hard wearing but also stylish and will look good while not taking up too much valuable counter space.

It is available in three pretty colors, Cranberry Red, Sesame Black and Silver.

Here below is a video review of the Breville Smart Grinder by Whole Latte Love…

THE CONTROL PANEL

Complete with a stonking 25 settings, if this isn’t enough for you, I’m not quite sure what more you could need!

breville smart grinder control panel red

Yes, we know some grinders have more than you might know what to do with, but for the price, what you get here with the Breville Smart Grinder is more than reasonable. The settings start from 1 (coarse French Press grinds) to an ultra fine 25 for espressos and beyond!

With simple push buttons to adjust the strength, you can also easily select the number of cups or shots. The unit also has a stylish backlight, showing up the options on the Breville Smart Grinder. Operating this grinder is pretty elementary, entry level stuff and not too daunting for the uninitiated.

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AUTOMATION

One of the beauties of this machine, is if you want fully automated, you have got fully automated.

breville smart grinder close up of grinds receptacle

On the other hand, if you want total control you can also have it by using the hold/cancel or portafilter activation switch to custom make your grinds. Releasing the button will halt the grinding.

CLEANING

breville smart grinder black sesameSometimes, cleaning apparatus can be a chore and generally speaking, taking apart your coffee grinder does not score highly on the list of life’s fun stuff to do. So how easy to assemble and put back together is the Breville Smart Grinder?

Well, not too hard. This is one area where the manufacturers have obviously sat down and had a think about making your life a little easier. You do not need a degree to perform this task. It is relatively straightforward, for example, the stainless steel burrs lift out easily enough.

The detachable areas are simply cleaned in washing up liquid in the sink and for the non removable parts (ie the housing) just a wipe with a damp cloth should suffice. Obviously, how often you need to do this depends on the frequency of use, but also the type of beans you put through it. The oilier the beans, the more often it will need cleaning.

As already mentioned, this comes with two portafilter cradles of differing sizes, but also a brush for cleaning (handy for the burr grinders) and an air tight grounds container meant for storing any unused grounds.

THE VERDICT

All in all, this is a good little grinder. On the positives, it looks smart, the backlight is neat, it doesn’t hog all the space on your counter, cleans up pretty well and ultimately delivers a decent consistent grind to your coffee pot.

breville coffee grinder hopper

Additionally, it will not attempt to raise the dead when you’re running it and the user manual appears to have been compiled with someone both familiar with the English language and humankind in general, which is always a plus.

So, what is not so great? Issues have been raised about bean jams and also the capability of the grinds of the slightly oilier variety.  Then there is the fact that some people will always carp at the lack of 20,000 grind settings (hint – then don’t buy one with ‘only’ 25).

For the price, this is decent coffee grinder and you could do a whole lot worse than purchase this model. Overall it scores 4 out of five stars for quality, style, price and usability.

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Summary
Review Date
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Breville Smart Grinder
Author Rating
4
dave
 

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