Summary: We bought this grinder in December 2013 after reading a burr was better than a traditional blade for espresso. My husband had to get used to the machine size (much larger than our tiny Cuisinart blade grinder) but I think he was won over when he saw that we could store the beans in the top, and that whenever we want a coffee, use the seconds on the dial to gauge how much we needed for a one or two-shot espresso.
Summary: Pros: consistent grinds, doesn't burn the beans, simple to use, sleek design Cons: can be messy, lid to collection cup flimsy and broke, often had to tap the hopper to get the beans to fall I used this machine almost daily for 2 years and was very pleased with it's performance. Once I got used to the 'mess', I made a point of always tapping the cup to kill the static electricity, and loosen stray grinds.
Summary: The grinder worked well during the warranty period. Then instead of grinding my beans in about 20 seconds (max 30 on the adjustment) it took the full 30, then 60, then we had to re-start it 5 times before enough coffee was ground. I took it apart and cleaned everything. No difference. There's a trap door in the coffee shute that I believe the oils in the coffee has entered the bearing causing the door to stick.
Summary: I've had this grinder for about two years now, using it everyday. Zero problems so far. This is the best grinder you will get for this money, without a doubt. In this price range, it is one of the slowest RPM grinders which will help with the static electricity and not contaminate the flavour (from overheating the grinds). If anyone is a true coffee aficionado, they should be willing to spend the $$$'s for a coffee house quality grinder.
Summary: He had it for Christmas this year. He grinds very well with the different options but that spills everywhere each time we want to empty the content in the coffee maker. And I'm so pissed that my boyfriend has always some coffee grinds on the counter and the ground even if we do it carefully. It's the square shape box with the little hole that seems to be the problem.
Summary: I used it only 4 times before it broke. I don't think I even managed to grind a 200g of beans. Now engine is working but as soon as there are beans in the grinder the burr stops rotating. Even this, very brief experience, was enough to confirm that the espresso grind is way too coarse.
Summary: In contrast to the prior reviews, I had no problem with static in the grind container, nor do I have any issue with the bean grind itself. The Breville grinder is reasonably sturdy and well put together, although not what I would rate as rock-solid. The hopper at the top is a good size with a sealing lid, however it would be nice if the lid sealed a bit tighter for keeping the beans fresh.
Summary: Grind quality is fine but the static electricity that the coffee gets after passing through this machine creates a huge mess. The ground coffee literally jumps from the small plastic container which collects the ground coffee. The worse part is that writing to the manufacturer did not lead to any satisfaction. The grinding part is fine but expect a mess!
Summary: Purchased the unit today. It grinds evenly, no static, and no mess.However, there is one major drawback, what I consider a fatal flaw in the product design. It does not grind fine enough for an espresso even at the superfine Turkish setting. Forget a Turkish coffee altogether.Any one with a good knowledge of creating espresso based drinks know that three critical factors must be met for success, four if you include the beans.