Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder
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- Conical burr grinder with ultra-fine to coarse adjustable settings
- Variable timer with 10 to 30 seconds of grind time
- Removable bean hopper holds 5 oz of coffee beans
- Stainless-steel/polymer base offers start and stop control, plus on/off switch
- Measures 5-1/4 by 7 by 11-1/4 inches
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The Breville conical burr grinder has anti-static technology. It has a stainless steel/polymer base with start and stop control, as well as a on/off switch. It has a removable bean hopper that holds 5 oz of coffee beans. Ultra-fine to coarse adjustable settings. Beautifully designed.
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Amazingly, the thing that broke on this was the on/off switch. This is actually the second time this has happened. The plastic tabs that hold the switch to the body of the grinder break and the switch gets pushed into the unit making it impossible to actuate with your fingers. The last time this happened, about 2 years ago, I was able to disassemble the unit and install a replacement switch. Where the original switch lasted 5 or 6 years, the replacement didn't fare as well. The internal wiring isn't long enough to wire in a third switch without completely disassembling the grinder and replacing the power wires (I don't feel comfortable splicing inside the appliance, especially with the small clearance to work).
The steel grinding elements look as new as the day it was purchased and the motor still sounded strong. It's s shame that somethign as trivial as plastic tabs on the back of a button are forcing me to get a new grinder. That being said, almost 8 years still seems like a decent life span for a grinder. Cost per use works out to about a nickel. [$120 / (7.5 years * 350 uses/year)]
Overall review of the grinder is good. It grinds coffee well in a varaiety of coarseness. I have used it at medium coarseness for drip coffee at parties, very coarse for french press, and almost as fine as it would get daily for espresso. It's a bit loud, but that is to be expected for a machine that is grinding beans, no?
I think writing this review has convinced me to re-buy this grinder.
Unfortunately the second unit that I bought in 2014 has concerns for me. It is a newer version of the same Model now called BCG450XL /B
It works GREAT, same as the older one, but it is very warm to the touch all the time when not being used.
The metal all around the Time control Knob, measures 93.6 F degrees with my infrared thermometer. This means to me that it is even warmer inside and I am concerned that it could be a fire hazard as well as wasting electricity.
I complained to Breville and they say it is normal for it to be warm while just sitting unused. I disagree, especially since my older unit is never warm when not in use. It only warms up after grinding a lot of coffee.
I now unplug the unit whenever it is not in use, just to feel safe..
So a word to the wise: if you purchase this particular try it right away so that you can return it if it is defective (even then, you'll be returning it to the 3rd party and any replacement will come from their discontinued stock). I have purchased this product twice before and worn the others out. I figured that, for my purposes (I'm not brewing espresso) replacing this for around $100 every four years is more economical than a much more expensive burr grinder that, presumably, would last longer. The one I was replacing had lasted about 3.5 years.
I am happy to report that Breville is going to replace this with their new model, so I end up with an improved, more expensive grinder for the price of the older one.
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