PRICE: AROUND $150
DIMENSIONS: 4.5 X 7 X 11.2 INCHES
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 4.4 LBS
MODEL NO: BCG450XL
REMOVABLE BEAN HOPPER: YES
BEAN HOPPER CAPACITY: UP TO ½ POUND (230 GRAMS)
WARRANTY: ONE YEAR
KNOW YOUR GRINDER RATING: 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
The Breville family is well known to most of us coffee fans already. They are well known to make a wide array of kitchen products, from coffee grinders to, famously, their toasted sandwich makers. They have several models of grinder on the market at this point, each with its own distinctive touch.
Today we are going to look at the Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder, which is a home unit with a number of attractive features that we will get to presently. We hope you find this review helpful!
Solid and Well-Made
Beginning with the brawn, this bean grinder is as solidly constructed as they come. With its shiny stainless steel exterior it looks modern and ready for action, fitting seamlessly into almost any kitchen.
However, it is what is going on underneath the hood, so to speak, which we find most impressive about the Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder.
The good news is that this burr coffee grinder doesn’t just look the part of a steel workhorse, but it grinds beans with precision as well. Even customers who have their hang-ups with this grinder (we’ll get to them later!) concede that it does indeed make a great cup of coffee. Ultimately, a lot can be forgiven if it is able to do that.
This is one of the quieter coffee grinders on the market, which is a plus. Of course, this is not to say that there is no noise at all, but relatively speaking, the grinding here doesn’t cause all cats to flee.
Two more highlights of the Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder are that it is notoriously great at grinding extra fine for espresso, due in part to its excellent of conical steel burrs.
Conical burr grinders are, in fact, the grinder of choice by the vast majority of professional baristas. This makes it the perfect companion to many an espresso machine that you might get a hold of, from those costing around $200 to those costing anywhere up to $1000.
Another plus is that the Breville BCG450XL is known to get less static build up than on some other coffee grinders, which can result in grinds clinging to your grinder and causing quite the mess – but not in this case. You will also find that this is a very easy machine to use.
There is basically one dial you need get to know, and its there for your convenience in order to allow you to time out your grind better.
But…There’s Always A But!
So here’s the “But!” when it comes to this machine.
The first issue some users have had is with the timer on this grinder. It only allows for 30 second grind cycle, which quite a few people feel is not long enough. Of course, you could set it again, but some feel that there should be a longer timer on this machine.
Next, there is a percentage of users who consider the grind not fine enough for espresso, despite even the fact that this machine has all of the hardware needed to do just that. Still, the debate seems to rage on with no end in sight. If you are extremely picky about espresso, we must admit that some customers opt for the more expensive but awesome Breville Smart Grinder if they decide they want to keep it in the family.
“This grinds really well, if a little messily.”
“Nice and quiet and grinds the beans fantastically. Good for the price.”
“The timer is pretty useless, but apart from that it has been okay.”
“This was a wedding present and one or two small issues aside has been going strong for three years now.”
The Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder is well made, adjustable, and has the kind of burrs that we like to see on any decent coffee grinder. For the asking price, we think this is a great grinder that a home user can get a lot of use out of. That said, there are superior grinders to this one, although they cost a bit (or a lot) more. Some users have griped about its espresso grind capabilities, but this opinion changes from user to user, so you may wish to read a few of the reviews for this grinder over on Amazon.