If you’re looking for a state of the art grinder with all the bells and whistles you can get, you are gonna love this Breville Smart Grinder Pro review.
As the name suggests, this grinder is digitally enhanced to give you maximum flexibility and consistency with your grinds. If you’re curious how exactly it does this, you’re in the right place, since we’re about to dive into the innards of this awesome grinder in the following Breville Smart Grinder Pro review.
The Smart Grinder Pro is one of the most popular burr coffee grinders on our site. It is in the top 3 of many of our lists, as well as being a best seller all year long.
It is also the grinder our managing editor uses daily to get his caffeine fix. Knowing he has seen many grinder reviews while managing this site, that means something.
More so than its grinding capabilities or looks, the most impressive aspect of this Breville burr grinder is its array of features. The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is equipped with an advanced computer system that does a great job of helping users optimize their grind. Besides allowing for adjustments to the grind settings (we’ll get to that in a minute), the Breville BCG820 computer system also lets you dial in a precise grind time in increments of 0.2 seconds.
Once you’ve gotten the machine properly calibrated and gained a bit of experience using the Breville burr grinder, the precision timing offered means you’ll always be able to grind exactly the right amount of coffee.
Any Breville Smart Grinder Pro review (including this one) emphasizes the unit’s commitment to precision. Besides the timer, this burr grinder has a few other features that help to gauge how consistently your coffee is being ground. One of these features is a pressure gauge, which lets you see the pressure build up the grinding process incurs. This is actually a lot more helpful than you might initially think, as it gives an indication of how consistently the beans are ground. Another helpful feature is the pause button, which lets you temporarily stop a grinder in the middle of a set grind time. This is useful for changing containers or if you accidentally dial in too much time.
A final feature that many other Breville Smart Grinder reviews gloss over is its ability to connect with containers. The Breville Smart Coffee Grinder Pro will hold your portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket, or paper filter. This convenient feature allows for hands-free grinding and helps to eliminate mess.
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Like most of Breville’s product line, the Breville BCG820BSSXL possesses a very high build quality and seems sturdy enough to last for years. Very few users have had complaints about the product’s build quality, but those who have typically griped about its burrs. One of the two burrs is manually adjustable to extend the grind settings range, but this same piece also has a penchant for moving during the grind. At best, this causes an uneven grind, but the problem could get so bad that the grinder isn’t really even grinding the beans. Of course, it’s important to note that only a very small segment of users have run into this problem, with most having no trouble at all.
Besides having a high-quality this product also has a sturdy exterior shell. It weighs a decent amount, around 9 pounds, and feels solid to the touch. All in all, this Breville Smart Grinder Pro review is happy to report a very high build quality.
The grind settings of the Breville BCG820 is one of the areas where the unit particularly shines. Thanks to the grinder’s onboard computer and the careful attention given to selecting appropriate burrs, the Breville Smart Grinder is able to perform consistently over a wide range of grind settings. The user can select between 60 different presets, which range the gamut from fine settings suitable for espresso or even Turkish coffee to coarse settings best used in French presses. Of course, it can do anything in between. In fact, many coffee aficionados are adamant that the grinder performs best in the center of its range when it makes medium grinds.
If the default 60 settings are somehow unable to produce a grind either fine enough or coarse enough for your tastes, don’t despair! The Breville BCG820 has you covered! One of the two ceramic burrs is adjustable by hand (no tools involved). Doing so will allow thinner to achieve extremely coarse or fine grinds, without compromising on consistency or reliable. This feature is quite impressive and an important thing to include in a Breville Smart Grinder review.
The Smart Grinder Pro is the undisputed #1 on our most important list, with the Dose Control Pro being a solid #2.
Not surprisingly the Smart Grinder Pro and Dose Control Pro are number #1 and #2 on this list as well.
Based solely on how positive this Breville Smart Grinder Pro review has been (not to mention its impressive array of features), you’d be forgiven for thinking this unit costs a pretty penny. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. The Breville BCG820BSSXL lists itself at a reasonable $249.99, which means it’s easy enough to brand new models for $250 or less (keep an eye on this site for promotions).
Due to the popularity of this model, it’d probably be easy enough to find a used grinder for even less. Considering the high build quality, consistent grind results, and extreme levels of accuracy this grinder offers, a $249.99 price tag really isn’t bad at all. In fact, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro could easily be considered one of the best-valued grinders on the market. It’s cheap enough to appeal to hobbyists and entry level coffee drinkers, but powerful enough to also market to needy enthusiasts. This is a tough line to straddle, and few do it as well as the Breville Smart Grinder Pro.
We’ll round this Breville Smart Grinder Pro review with a discussion of the product’s aesthetics. The unit comes in three different colors: brushed stainless steel, cranberry red, and sesame black. In our opinion, the sesame black looks the best, though the brushed stainless steel isn’t too shabby either.
The point is, there’s options, so you can select a grinder that matches the other accessories in your kitchen. In terms of shape and form, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro is relatively standard and looks no better or worse than its competitors. The product has a size of 8.5” x 6.2” x 15.2”.