Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro

If you’re in the market for a new, small coffee grinder, the competition between the Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro is a great place to start. Both grinders are small in stature yet large on power.

However, each of the devices provides different features. Depending on your overall preferences, you may prefer the Baratza Encore over the Bodum Bistro, or vice versa. Both grinders are fully electric, but that is where the similarity ends.

A great coffee grinder burr grinder will typically have several grind settings, allowing you to brew your coffee to different desirable strengths.

Between the Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro, you’ll find two very individual devices, both offering very sought-after grind settings, design, and features, while still coming in at a reasonable price.

Our Overall Winner:
Baratza Encore

The Baratza Encore wins on al major points, except for price since it's a bit more expensive than the Bodum Bistro. 

While the Bistro certainly sticks out on looks (especially if you are looking for color variety), the Encore simple has better grinds and a longer durability. 

While the Encore cost a bit more than the Bistro, these features make it more than worth the extra costs.

Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro: Quick Overview

Comparison metric

Winner

Features

Baratza Encore

Build quality

Baratza Encore

Grind settings

Baratza Encore

Price

Bodum Bistro

Aesthetics

Tie

Overall winner

Baratza Encore

Introducing the Baratza Encore

The Baratza Encore is a small device with a lot of grinding power. It’s a relatively small 7.5 x 7 x 14 inches and weighs under 7 pounds when empty. It is one of the quietest grinders available. Nevertheless, it has a strong grinder that spins at a speedy 405-495 revolutions per minute (RPM).

The device can hold a fairly solid 8 ounces of whole beans. This capacity is expandable to 9 ounces with an extension that can be added to the bean hopper. The Baratza Encore has an impressively large number of grind settings. The device has 40 separate grind settings available, ranging from the coarsest grinds to the finest, espresso-ready grinds. The grind setting is easily adjustable along the bottom of the hopper.

Almost all popular grinds are possible with the easily fine-tuned grind settings available. Likewise, these grinds are easily repeatable, as the grinder will not reset the settings after each grind.

Introducing the Bodum Bistro

A Bodum Bistro Review would be empty without an emphasis on variety. The Bodum Bistro is one of the only burr grinders that comes in several different colors, a perfect match for those who like to liven up their kitchen countertop. The Bodum Bistro is a small device at only 7.6 x 7.1 x 12.5 inches and lightweight at under 5 pounds when empty. The device has a relatively small number of grind settings.

You’ll find 14 grind settings on this device that offer a fair mixture between standard coarse grinds and fairly fine grinds. The Bodum Bistro has an interesting timed grind setting which allows for a set it and forget it grind.
This allows you to set the grind and walk away without having to constantly watch the grinder. The freshly ground beans will drop from the hopper into visual, clear catching bin.

The 8 ounces that this device can hold will result in 5 ounces of freshly ground beans in the catching. The catcher is also made from a borosilicate glass that helps prevent the static buildup common among burr grinders, and especially with a fine grind.

Features: Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro

As far as features go, the Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro competition falls squarely into the corner of the Baratza Encore.

The Bodum Bistro has good features. The timed grind feature is a significant plus, adding in an element that is strongly desired on a burr grinder. Meanwhile, the borosilicate glass in the catcher offers a nice static-free finish to the grind.

That said, the Baratza simply has more options. While it does not have the borosilicate glass and a timed grind setting, the Baratza Encore simply has more features. The motor is significantly better at up to 495 RPM and the front pulse button allows for more fine tuning of the grind. The cool, quiet motor is a significant plus. The hopper extender also gives the Baratza Encore an extended amount capacity that many will find attractive.

Finally, the Baratza Encore includes an automatic, heat sensitive shutoff and a burr calibration system that ensures a better grind. As far as features go, the Bodum Bistro vs. Baratza Encore competition goes to the Baratza Encore.

Build Quality: Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro

Both the Baratza Encore and the Bodum Bistro are well build machines. In the Bodum Bistro review, we mentioned that the device is fairly small. We also mentioned a comparatively small device size in the Baratza Encore review as well. Both devices are around the same size in terms of dimensions. However, the Bodum Bistro is slightly lighter weight. The Bodum Bistro and the Baratza Encore are both made of rather tough plastic materials. Between the two, there are some plusses and minuses.

The Baratza Encore does not have a wholly clear catcher. This is not terrible, but the plastic does not help to eliminate cling from static. The Baratza Encore has a slower grinder which results inThe Baratza Encore does not have a wholly clear catcher. This is not terrible, but the plastic does not help to eliminate cling from static. The Baratza Encore has a slower grinder which results in less static buildup, but this may be only marginally effective.

Meanwhile, the borosilicate catcher on the Bodum Bistro is a significant selling point for ensuring the beans stick to each other and not the catcher. The features build between these two devices offer some different positives and negatives.

However, because of an overall better quality motor for the grinder, which is ultimately the most important feature on a burr grinder, the Baratza Encore wins for build quality.

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Grind Settings: Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro

The Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro competition has a clear winner for grind settings. In the Bodum Bistro review, we mentioned that the Bodum Bistro has a very standard number of grind settings: 14.

However, this number is embarrassingly small compared to the Baratza Encore.
The Encore has an overwhelmingly impressive 40 grind settings, each of which are easily set on the simple dial at the bottom of the hopper. The Baratza Encore also has a much stronger grinder that, while slower overall, is capable of grinding longer, quieter and with a more fine-tuned grind.

Because of the significantly better options for grinding, the Baratza wins for grind settings.

Price:  Bodum Bistro vs. Baratza Encore

When comparing the prices, the Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro competition takes an interesting turn. The Bodum Bistro is the less expensive of the two devices, with a list price of $143, but you can even find them at less than $100.

The Baratza Encore has a significantly higher list price at $229, which can be brought down to under $130. Between the two devices, the Bodum Bistro has a much lower price, although the price difference between the list price and the Amazon price is not that that large.

Meanwhile, the Baratza Encore has an excessively high asking price when listed normally, but has a rather steep discount on Amazon when the timing is right. The bigger question between the two devices is which offers more value for the asking price.

Based solely on list price alone, the Baratza Encore loses out to the Bodum Bistro. However, keep an eye on our site for the latest price on Amazon, as it’s definitely worth it.

Aesthetics: Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro

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Aesthetically speaking, the Baratza Encore vs. Bodum Bistro competition is a tough choice. Both devices have smooth features with an appealing modern look. The Baratza Encore has a somewhat better overall design with an all-black color scheme. The Bodum Bistro’s design looks pleasing, but the red on the buttons provide a bit of an unfortunate contrast to the black coloring.

The Bodum Bistro has a slight edge in that it comes in several different colors to better match a kitchen (like green). Likewise, the varying color schemes work better with the red buttons, making it a bit more versatile for varying customer preferences.

Overall, the physical design on the Baratza Encore gives it a sturdier look. That said, the different color options on the Bodum Bistro give it a slightl edge for aesthetic appeal. In the Bodum Bistro vs Baratza Encore competition for aesthetics, both devices win. Their aesthetic appeals are different, neither offering a better or worse physical presence.

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Overall Winner: Baratza Encore