Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review | 2017 Update

This Breville Smart Grinder Pro review started out as a summary of some of the relevant aspects of one of the most popular grinders available on the market these days. You have made up your mind; your days of manual grinding are over and so it is time to move on to an electric grinder. Also, if you have already done your share in the research and are near to closing a deal, you will find this Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review very useful.

Whether you own an espresso coffee maker or a traditional coffee maker, you should know by now that nothing compares to making coffee from quality, freshly roasted beans that have been ground right before the actual brewing.

Therefore, having a coffee grinder at home ensures quality. Additionally, besides the obvious advantage of time, there are several reasons why you should opt for an electric grinder. For starters, electric grinders are much more convenient. After all, all you have to do is load the hopper!

Breville Smart Grinder Pro BCG820BSSXL

Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review 2017


Let’s learn more about the product through this Breville Smart Grinder review, in our 2017 update. If you're interested in our other coffee grinder reviews and comparison, please visit: The Best Coffee Grinders.

Quick 1-minute breakdown


If you're in a hurry and just want to know whether or not you should purchase the Breville Smart Grinder Pro BCG820BSSXL, let me give you a quick breakdown:

  • If you're looking for a virtually hands-off coffee grinder, the Smart Grind Pro is an excellent choice. It really is smart when it comes to configuring your grind settings, as it allows you to keep track visually (and by using a memory).
  • If you want a grinder both capable of grinding for the fine grind required for espresso, as well as the coarse French press grind, the Smart Grinder Pro is a good choice. It has a wide range, and it performs well on both sides of that range. 
  • If you are looking for a grinder capable of making the finest Turkish coffee grinder, than you probably should look further (hint: Turkish coffee grinders). 

Grind quality
Grind consistency
Ease of use
Durability
Price
Average

If you're still unsure, please keep reading. Hopefully, after reading this full and detailed Breville Smart Grinder Pro review, you can make a solid decision. If not, just let me know in the comments, where I am happy to answer any questions.


This article can be found under:

Brand(s): Breville
Budget: $100-$250
Class: Prosumer
Type of coffee: Espresso, French Press

First published: 4/11/2017
Last update: 4/11/2017


How did we review the Breville Smart Grinder Pro?

The goal of each of the reviews on Let's Grind Some Coffee is to do an insane amount of research, so you don't have to anymore. We work with a number of talented and experienced writers, who know what they're talking about. Each writer is responsible for conducting his/her own research, so there's no miscommunication possible. When doing this review we didn't own the Breville Smart Grinder Pro BCG820BSSXL. For the comparison I used product reviews, customers comments, and instruction videos and manuals. For more information, please have a look at the disclaimer at the end of this article.

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An Introduction to the Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Sold online for the first time back in 2014, this automatic grinder appeared as offering a less-pricey alternative to other similar products. As for the Breville range, this is the third within the brand’s grinder series. Cherished by many for its precision and fine grinding power, the Breville Smart was designed to make bean grinding much more convenient, yet equally efficient.

Breville's conical burr Smart Grinder™ Pro uses Dosing IQ technology to adjust the dose whenever you change the grind automatically. You can choose from 60 different grind settings that range from the coarsest French Press to the finest espresso grind.

Convenience is also mastered thanks to the machine’s precision electronic timer that allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time you need to use the grinder.

Coffee 101: Conical Burr vs. Flat Burr Grinder

The difference between conical burrs and flat burrs is how they are placed, the form being in a more vertical position than the latter. Both allow for perfect grind quality, however, flat burrs are capable of producing the finest type of grind. 
Conical Burr vs. Flat Burr Grinder


Now let’s take a look at how this grinder works.


Grind Quality

Grind quality is a must for those who choose to grind their own coffee, right? When it comes to assessing the Breville’s Smart Grinder Pro’s performance in this area, variety is the key. As was mentioned earlier, Breville’s conical burr makes use of the unique Dosing IQ technology to adjust the dose. This way, you are able to choose from 60 different grind settings to achieve maximum flavor potential to suit your preferred brew. The Pro splits its massive number of settings into four categories: press, percolator, drip, and espresso (Breville also have an excellent line of espresso machines).

For the coarser grounds you are selecting a number of cups for the dosage, and for espresso you can select shots, along with how long you want it to grind. This is the smart part, other grinders allow more manual actions, or simply don't have a memory at all.

Including are two different grinding cradles (for different sizes of portafilters), along with a convenient air-tight storage container.


Grind Consistency

Espresso grind with clumps

Espresso grind with clumps

One of the greatest advantages of getting an electronic grinder is that the coffee comes out always the same. Take a look at any Breville Smart Grinder Pro review online and you will find the same comment over and over: after having wasted time and money on inferior models, many users finally found out that the key to great-tasting coffee involved getting rid of permanent grind inconsistencies. And when it comes to getting it always the same way, the Breville Smart would seem to ace it.

Ranked five stars out of five in several online reviews, grind consistency has been found to be the key to great-tasting coffee. Consequently, having a machine that meets the demands of even the pickiest brewer is a sure way of getting rid of the most popular grinding evils.

Ease of Use

One of the most attractive features of this grinder is its versatility as it would seem to meet the needs of any coffee enthusiast. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the game for a while, the Pro has got the goods. Its uncomplicated controls make navigating the overwhelming number of options, both swift and hassle-free. Additionally, the numerous smart features are bound to impress even the pickiest brewer.

If you fall under the latter category and are looking for newer frontiers to master, you will find in the numerous setting adjustments something to keep you busy with. With over 60 settings to pick from, there has got to be something to experiment on. Though it isn’t as easy to change these settings as it with other grinders, it isn’t too challenging either, and the trying is certainly worth the ride.

Finally, the backlit LCD display makes it not only easy to adjust time, quantity, and grind, but allows you to take note and save your preferences.


Durability

Offering a one-year limited warranty, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro has been made with the finest stainless steel. Even though this is a fairly new appliance, so far reviewers are expressing their satisfaction with the product’s durability.

One of the reasons for the item’s durability may lie in the unique removable magnetic grounds tray feature. Even when this may seem to be a simple detail, it is not. Most other models allow for permanent build up in the bottom tray, which in turn, is obviously detrimental to the item’s durability. Excessive build up may lead to parts being jammed and a higher risk of misuse.


Alternatives to the Breville Smart Grinder Pro

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is a great, allround coffee grinder. However, when you're making espresso, you might want even more grind settings, as each bean requires different variables. 

Best Alternative: Rancilio Rocky

Even more grind settings, for fine-tuning espresso grind.

The Rancilio Rocky is an excellent alternative if you want a bit more power, larger burrs (for faster operation), and even more grind settings. The Rocky is capable of producing very fine grind, perfectly suited for espresso. But, just as the Smart Grinder Pro, it is not capable of producing even finer Turkish coffee grind. The Rocky is getting many positive reviews, and is known for its consistent coffee grinds. It's also the #1 on our "Best Espresso Grinder" list.

The Rancilio Rocky model shown here is the doserless model. There's also model with dosing chamber (this one), which costs about the same. The main benefit of a doser chamber is that you can grind a few cups in advance, but I personally prefer to keep it as fresh as possible and have it grind directly in my portafilter. 

Budget Alternative: Baratza Encore

No smart features, but it gets the job done. 

The Baratza Encore is a very popular coffee grinder, which gets the job done for both espresso, and French press.

However, as it's about half the price of the Smart Grinder Pro, you are missing some features. It has a knob to specify the grind setting, and no LCD display. Also, it just has one button which you need to press to grind the coffee beans. You can't specify time or amount of cups. It also doesn't have the convenient portafilter cradles, so you need to scoop the grind over in it yourself.

It's much simpler device, but if you don't want to spend too much money, it's a more than decent choice. Check out our full review.


Rounding up the Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review

As I gathered the necessary information to write this Breville Smart Grinder Pro review, I came to the conclusion that this is an item certainly worth having if you are looking to take your coffee brewing experience on to the next level.

The Breville is great for making espresso, as well as making a delicious French press coffee.


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