Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso

When comparing the Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso, there are a lot of similarities, but also some key differences that may make your choice between the two not an easy one.

As with all products, which device you are looking for will mostly depend on the actual build of the device and its ability to produce results. However, price will ultimately be a deciding factor.

The Breville Smart Grinder and the Baratza Virtuoso are nearly identical in price. This could make coming to a decision on which one to purchase a bit difficult for particularly conscientious buyers.

As such, we’ve put the two devices head to head in a Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso comparison.

Our Overall Winner:
Baratza Virtuoso

Even though the Baratza Virtuoso is slightly higher priced than the Breville Smart Grinder, it's worth the extra money.

It might not be as "smart" as the Breville, it makes for it with more grind settings and a overall better build quality. It's design, however, is a bit more dull than the fancy looking Smart Grinder.

In the end, you can't go wrong with either of them, as these are both excellent grinders.

Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso: Quick Overview

Comparison metric

Winner

Features

Breville Smart Grinder

Build quality

Baratza Virtuoso

Grind settings

Baratza Virtuoso

Price

Breville Smart Grinder

Aesthetics

Tie

Overall winner

Baratza Virtuoso

Features: Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso

Both the Breville Smart Grinder and the Baratza Virtuoso feature an excellent set of features that could easily be a draw for those looking to purchase a high-end burr grinder. The Breville Smart Grinder has a smart LED screen on the front of the grinder that includes a digital readout for the grind setting. This helps to visualize the grind setting, taking out a lot of the guess work for whether the grind setting is coarse or fine.

The Baratza Virtuoso meanwhile has no visual grind settings. Instead, the Baratza Virtuoso has a grind switch for strength and speed as well as a pulse button for fine tuning the grind. The Baratza Virtuoso also possesses a 60-second timer which is useful for repeating grind settings.
However, the Baratza Virtuoso does feature the ability to turn the hopper to set the grind.
The hopper has 40 different notches that it can be turned to, equating to 40 different grind settings from ultra-coarse to ultra-fine. The grind for the Baratza Virtuoso can go from 250 to 1200 microns. The Baratza Virtuoso also features a calibration system for further fine tuning of the grind.

Beyond the ability to adjust the grind using the hopper, the pulse button, speed switch and calibration system, a Baratza Virtuoso review for features comes up a bit short in comparison to the Breville Smart Grinder.
Alongside the digital display on the front of the device, the Breville Smart Grinder features an airtight, locking hopper, a calibration system, and a transparent catcher.

The catcher itself features a handy grind-to-cups measurement printed on the glass, taking out much of the guesswork to how much of the grind can be used for each cup of coffee or espresso.

While the Baratza Virtuoso holds only 8 ounces of whole beans in the hopper, the Breville Smart Grinder can hold 1 pound of whole, unground beans in the airtight hopper, and up to 12 cups in the catcher.
Although the Baratza Virtuoso has a good, powerful set of features, the Breville Smart Grinder comes to the table with a wider range of features that make it slightly better for those looking for a high-end device that is feature-rich.

Build Quality: Baratza Virtuoso vs. Breville Smart Grinder

A Breville Smart Grinder review and a Baratza Virtuoso review would be empty without a discussion of the build quality. As high-end devices, both the Breville Smart Grinder and the Baratza Virtuoso are built from some of the best materials around. Both devices are a bit on the heavy end, although the Baratza Virtuoso is a touch lighter. Nevertheless, both devices just around 8 pounds. This makes for an interesting situation, as the Breville Smart Grinder is lightweight but with a much larger size.

The Breville Smart Grinder is 15.5 x 6 x 8.25 inches (height, width, length), while the Baratza Virtuoso is slightly smaller at 14.5 x 7.5 x 7 inches. The size differences in the two devices lead to the Baratza Virtuoso feeling heavy for its size, and the Breville Smart Grinder feeling light for its size. This may lead to the overall impression that the Baratza Virtuoso has a sturdier design.

Indeed, the Baratza Virtuoso does have a somewhat higher quality motor. The torque DC motor in the Baratza Virtuoso provides for a quiet, yet powerful grind. The hopper uses 40mm conical burrs.

For build quality, the Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso competition falls slightly on the side of the Baratza Virtuoso.

The small size found on the Baratza Virtuoso makes it a bit more appealing for those seeking to minimize the countertop space of their grinder. Although the smaller hopper size is a small downside, the powerful motors create a more desirable product.

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Grind Settings: Baratza Virtuoso vs. Breville Smart Grinder

The Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso comparison ultimately brings us to one of the most important features on any coffee grinder: the grind settings. Both of these devices have an above-average number of grind settings.

The Breville Smart Grinder is fine-tuned at 25 grind settings, from fairly coarse to fairly fine, while the Baratza Virtuoso possesses the same grind feature that is common with other Baratza devices (such as the Baratza Encore). The Baratza Virtuoso has 40 individual grinds, from very coarse to very fine. The grind settings on the Baratza Virtuoso can be set by turning the hopper. The hopper has a dial that indicates the coarseness of the grind.

Meanwhile, the Breville Smart Grinder allows for the grind setting to be set using a front facing dial that adjusts the coarseness on the backlit digital display. While both devices allow for a similar amount of calibration, the Breville Smart Grinder has nearly double the amount of grind settings. As such, the Baratza Virtuoso wins out between the two for this category.

Note: The Smart Grinder had an upgrade and is now the Breville Smart Grinder Pro, which features 60 grinds settings.

Price: Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso

Interestingly, both devices are very similarly matched regarding their price. When putting the Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso, the decision based on price alone may be a bit difficult for some buyers.The Breville Smart Grinder has a list price of around $250.

The Baratza Virtuoso has a price set at about $230. The small difference between these two in regard to price may make the choice difficult, particularly in that both devices offer a fair mixture of grind settings and unique features.

The real question here is give and take. The Baratza Virtuoso has a higher asking price, but it also has more to offer regarding grind settings. The Breville Smart Grinder, on the other hand, had the desirable digital display with a fairly solid 25 grind settings to boot (update: The Smart Grinder Pro features 60 grind settings).
This leads to the question of whether the 15 additional grind settings on the Baratza Virtuoso justify a higher price point. Unfortunately, they may not.
As such, the Breville Smart Grinder slightly edges out the Baratza Virtuoso on price, but only if you are able to capture at the discounted price. Otherwise, the Baratza Virtuoso is a better deal.

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Aesthetics: Baratza Virtuoso vs. Encore

Both the Breville Smart Grinder and the Baratza Virtuoso are aesthetically pleasing devices. A Breville Smart Grinder review could easily focus on the overall attractive design.

The backlit digital LED screen adds a nice touch to the modern feel on this device.The Baratza Virtuoso on the other hand has a very appealing simplistic look and feel. The curved edges are a vision of sleek modern design, while the small frame point to an emphasis on speed and efficiency. The designs on both devices are significantly different, making a true Breville Smart Grinder vs. Baratza Virtuoso comparison somewhat difficult.

Does a technological look and feel win out over a simpler, smooth and curved modern design? In this case, because both devices have different aesthetic appeals, the winner is split right down the middle. Which device you prefer aesthetically will depend on whether you prefer the technological touch or the simple and modern design.

Update: Breville Smart Grinder Pro vs Baratza Virtuoso

We’d like to spend a little bit of time to present a Breville Smart Grinder Pro review as well as a Breville Smart Grinder Pro vs Baratza Virtuoso comparison.

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is a slight upgrade on the overall design of the Breville Smart Grinder, and may be a device that attracts you a bit more. The upgrades to this device also make the matchup between the Breville Smart Grinder and the Baratza Virtuoso a bit different.

There are two key changes that come with the Breville Smart Grinder Pro. First, the device has a feature that allows for grinding directly into coffee filters. Secondly, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro has a significantly increased number of grind settings, ratcheting this number up from 25 on the standard model to 60 on the Pro. As such, when comparing the Breville Smart Grinder Pro to the Baratza Virtuoso, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro wins out for grind settings/coarseness.

The price on the Breville Smart Grinder Pro is often offered at $230. The list price makes it clear that the Breville Smart Grinder Pro is in direct competition with the Baratza Virtuoso. The upgraded grind settings, and the matching price, mean that the Breville Smart Grinder Pro wins out price-wise against the Baratza Virtuoso, and potentially against the standard Smart Grinder model as well.

Overall winner: Baratza Virtuoso

All three of these devices offer a great mixture of features and settings. With prices that are within only $30 of each other, making a choice between each of them can be an exceedingly difficult task.

Nonetheless, the Baratza Virtuoso offers an attractive set of features, while the Breville Smart Grinder Pro only improves on them for a similar price.

The Baratza Virtuoso continues the high quality and petite sizes common to Baratza devices, making it an appealing device for those looking for something less obstructive, yet still powerful and with high build quality.

Overall Winner: Baratza Virtuoso