Summary: I used this grinder every day for two years. One day I turned it on and the on/off switch just fell into the body of the machine. The motor had also burned out. I only used it for coffee beans, and treated it gently. As much as I loved it, I will purchase another brand this time.
Pros: Consistent Grind, Easy To Use, Large Hopper, Stylish
Summary: PROS: Anti-static is effective enough; Conical Burr produces less heat and more consistent grind; adjustable-time push-button grind is convenient; looks nice. CONS: I don't fill the hopper and would like a smaller conical-burr grinder; I could use a place to put my bean-spoon too; Grinding makes noise. This is my first conical-burr grinder.
Summary: This is our second burr grinder after a Krups that we used daily and just wore out. I did a lot of research on grinders before we bought this, since I didn't want to spend $200+ on a decent grinder but also didn't want to buy garbage either. After reading reviews at a couple espresso forums and customer reviews here and elsewhere, we went with this one and we're very happy with the choice overall. Pros: * Reliable grind.
Summary: We've had the grinder for about 2 years, using it every day. The motor now seems to be failing. It's no longer grinding consistently, and it labors noticeably at times. Must say that I had hoped for more durability.
Summary: First off the exterior build quality of the unit seems decent for the price. I bought this specifically for espresso beans... for that application I would not recommend it. Particle size is simply too broad and large, even with the smallest setting. Would be OK for coffee drinkers. Reliability? Well, my in-laws and I happened to have bought the same unit, both of them stopped working (something to do with on/off switch. Service?
Summary: This review may not help you since the product I'm reviewing is nearly 3 years old and there have probably been modifications made by Breville on this model. However, after almost 3 years of daily service in grinding enough beans for 2 quarts of coffee, I have never had a problem with this grinder. It has a full range of grinding levels from the very finest flake to a rather chunky (and useless) coarse.
Summary: We've owned this grinder since Dec. 07 and really put it through the paces as my husband and I drink coffee daily and need different grinds (french press for him, turkish fine for espresso for me). We have enjoyed the grinder overall but felt apprehensive from the start about the flimsy plastic receptacle that catches the grounds. It is so thin it feels like it could break in your hand. We have been very careful with it and managed to make it last for over a year.
Summary: Purchased this grinder about seven months ago and have never had a problem with it. First of all, I grind for coffee, not espresso, so my rating is based off being a coffee drinker only. I had been looking for a long time for a quality grinder that didn't break the bank and settled for this thinking it would be just ok. I have enjoyed it more than I expected and don't have the same problems as other reviewers.
Summary: Excellent grinder, I would say. Of course, time will show its durability; I purchased it recently. I like just about everything on it. The grinder is not at all loud, it grinds evenly. With a little practice you can set the timer to the exact amount you need. I would recommend it for espresso, French-press, and drip brewing. I do not recommend it for unfiltered coffee brewing.
Summary: This is the second (actually the third) of this model that we have had, this being for work. This is saying something because the on-off switch on the first was of such poor quality that it failed after just a few months (bad design. Had we not liked the way it worked so much (and had not Breville replaced it without a quibble), we would have retreated to another brand/model.