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Breville RM-BES860XL Review

 
Design
5.0


 
Value for money
6.0


 
Quality
7.0


 
Features
8.0


 
Total Score
6.5
6.5/10


User Rating
5 total ratings

 


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Posted September 27, 2014 by

The Breville RM-BES860XL is a high quality semi-automatic espresso machine. The built in grinder makes it easy to use, and the unit has enough adjustment options to satisfy the experienced barista, and can at the same time be set up to be easy to use, so beginners or less ambitions coffee lovers can use the machine without too much hassle.

The Breville RM-BES860XL is placed at number 36 out of 50 semi-automatic espresso machines on the bestseller list. The relatively low place on the list should by no means be taken as an indication that there is something wrong with the machine. In many ways, it is a complete unit with very few flaws. The low score can only be explained by the fact that the segment that this machine belongs to is relatively small, so other cheaper priced models sells in greater volumes.

The Breville RM-BES860XL Review Score is 6.5 out of 10.

 

Breville RM-BES860XL at a Glance

Heat up time: 120 sec.

30% of the semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is slower than the Breville RM-BES860XL. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1450 Watts

The unit uses 1450 Watts and 15% of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses more Watts. See the complete energy survey result.

Price:  600 US Dollars

The Breville RM-BES860XL cost $600 and 9 of the semi automatic espresso machines costs more than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 67 onces

Just 6 of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a bigger water tank than the Breville RM-BES860XL. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 30 pounds

7 out  of 50 semi automatic espresso machines are heavier than the Breville RM-BES860XL. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

Just 8 out of 50 of the  units in the survey are bigger. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

The machine has an attractive design. There is a sense of quality around every aspect of the design of the machine. The first thing you notice is the stainless steel casing and the solid way the control buttons are operated. The square shape of the machine makes it very practical because it makes it easier to fit in to almost any kitchen environment. From an esthetical point of view it is clear that the machine’s design is determined by its functions, there is nothing on the machine that just has a visual purpose, and Breville has not done anything to hide features to make the design more clean looking. There is nothing wrong with such a design approach and many people find it more useful and honest than trying to make the machine look like something it is not by introducing various design features.

The machine is quite big; the size is 13x12x15 inches and that is 35% larger than the average semi-automatic espresso machine. It is also heavier. It weighs 30 pounds and that is 65% more than average. Even the water tank is 40% bigger than average with its 67 ounce capacity.

The Breville RM-BES860XL has some not so apparent design features; one such is the hideaway storage compartment that you can use to store the cleaning equipment. Another is the no-slip feet. They are especially convenient when the grinder is working. It stops the machine from sliding on the counter. Finally, you should know that the machine has as a removable drip tray.

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Price

Value for money

The Breville RM-BES860XL cost around $600, and that makes it 45% more expensive than the average semi-automatic espresso machine. However, this machine is far from average. It is a quality product and has a built in grinder and many relevant features, which means that you do get a lot for the extra $200 that this machine costs compared to the average machine.

Compared to the competition

The Breville RM-BES860XL is in the price segment from $450 to $650. There are not that many direct competitors to this machine and many of its closest competitors are in fact other Breville models. The most obvious competitor is the bestselling Breville BES480XL. From a feature and design point, the two models are identical. The biggest difference is that the Breville BES480XL costs about $480, but does not have a built in grinder. Other relevant alternatives to the Breville RM-BES860XL are the Francis Francis X1 (price range: $650) or the DeLonghi EC330 (price range: $520)

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Quality

The heat up time of the machine is 2 minutes, and that is average for a semi-automatic espresso maker, but it is quite fast when you take the size of the machine into consideration, because there is a tendency that larger machines require longer heat up time.

The Breville RM-BES860XL has a built in stainless steel conical burr grinder. You load it with fresh coffee beans on the top of the unit, and the grinder has adjustable grind size and adjustable grind amount settings. This leaves you with great control over the grinding process if you what to experiment with the grind quality in your coffee shots. The unit is also equipped with a preset, manual over-ride and re-programmable shot volumes that makes it easy to reproduce your favorite brewing style.

The energy consumption of the unit is 1450 W, which is 20% more than average, but when you take into consideration that this machine is 30-40% bigger and heavier than the average machine then it is not too bad.

The dual-wall pressurized filters are great for beginners. They are easy to work with because they regulate the pressure and help optimize the extraction from the coffee. More experienced baristas can use the two single-wall non-pressurized filters that makes it possible to work with variations in grind size, amount and tamping pressure.

The unit has three features that ensure the correct water temperature and distribution; the thermo coil heating system ensures correct regulation of the water temperature, and a pre-brew function and the flat showerhead ensure that the water is correctly distributed over the coffee puck.

Another indication of the quality of the machine is the fact that the 360-degree swivel-action steam wand is made of stainless steel, and this should ensure a long durability.

Finally, it should be noted that the Breville RM-BES860XL is equipped with a metal 54mm tamper, a cup warmer function, lights that indicate when the unit should be cleaned and an auto purge function.

Features

  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder
  • Thermocoil heating system
  • Adjustable grind size
  • Adjustable grind amoint settings
  • Preset, manual over-ride
  • Re-programmable shot volumes
  • Dual-wall, pressurized filters
  • Two single-wall, non-pressurized filters
  • Pre-brew function
  • Flat shower-head
  • Cup warmer
  • 360 degree swivel-action steam wand
  • No-slip feet
  • Stainless steel casing
  • Hideaway storage compartment
  • Removable drip tray
  • 54mm tamper
  • Clean me light
  • Auto purge function 

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 6.5 out of 10
Bestseller 36 out of 50
Price level $600 45% above the average price
Weight 30 pounds 65% more than the average weight
Size 13,12,15 inches 35% larger than average
Water tank size 67 ounces 40% bigger than the average size
Heat up time 2 minutes 10% faster that average
Energy comsumption 1450 W 20% more than the average consumption

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The Breville RM-BES860XL Review Sum Up

Positive

  1. High quality materials
  2. Many features
  3. Can be used by both the advanced or a novice

Negative

  1. High price
  2. Quite big size
  3. Not the most attrative design

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