Breville BDC550XL Review

While advancements in technology push forward on a millisecond basis, it’s nice to know that we can stick to what currently works and still get excellent service and functionality without the need to keep pace with the edge of tech. In the world of coffee machines, it’s a game of taste and convenience, and the good news is that there is always a perfect machine for each and every one of us. Let’s take a look at the Breville BDC550XL or per the company’s more trendy monicker, the “YouBrew�?

Perfect for people who…

For the person who loves control, this little baby from Breville will surely please you more ways than one.

Not only is this piece of engineering ingenuity a sight to behold, it also packs popular and current coffee-machine technology that simplifies the way you prepare your favorite drink so you can enjoy cup after cup of pure coffee bliss.

Looks and Feel

Looks and Feel

With a height of 16 inches, the Breville BDC550XL is quite lengthy, yet it goes well with its depth of 12 inches and width of 8.25, giving it a sturdy look and plenty of luscious industrial appeal.

The brushed stainless steel finish gives it a classy look and does not stray away from the popular coffee maker designs of today. Overall, we’re digging this Breville’s look.

Single Serve and 12-Cup setting

Versatility is one key factor when it comes to coffee machines at this price point. You’ll be pleased to know that the Breville YouBrew is not only perfect for single-serve options but also awesome for its group-capacity brewing. Got guests? Run the Breville YouBrew and you’ll have plenty of coffee within minutes, all in just one brewing session!

Built-in Burr Grinder

Brewing with fresh coffee beans are already winning half of the battle. No matter how fancy your machine is, a perfectly ground batch of coffee beans is simply the easiest and fastest way to improve your coffee experience. Good thing that the Breville BDC550XL comes with its own fully-functional Burr grinder. Toss your bean of choice, hit a button and the fresh ground coffee automatically dispenses into a dedicated compartment ready for dispensing anytime you want.

Customization

Customization

Brewing your personalized blend of coffee has never been this easy. Choose from 7 adjustable strength settings and 5 flavor profiles to match your taste. This great feature is available in the single-serve option and works wonders in simplifying the used-to-be tedious process of guesswork when brewing a cup or two.

Large 12-cup capacity Glass Carafe w/ warming plate

One of the best features of the Breville BDC550XL is its large 12-cup batch brewing that is typically more than enough for the average household. And with this more than ample capacity, Breville made sure that everything is ready for serving by including a high-quality glass carafe. The warming plate keeps things hot and ready for pickup anytime, and thus saves you time and provides a constant supply of coffee for everybody.

Quick Launch buttons

Quick Launch buttons

The set of quick launch buttons works beautifully with the LCD screen, providing plenty of brewing options without being too confusing. The sleek contours of the keys add a nice touch, it certainly adds structure to the machine’s overall industrial appeal.

Automatic Setting

For the ultimate convenience, set the machine to brew any time, any day with its fully-programmable automatic settings. Imagine waking up and to the smell of sweet coffee each morning.all you need to do is get a cup!

Digital LCD Screen

Digits and text pop out crystal clear, simply one of the more easier-to-read screens among today’s coffee makers. Fully-functional with detailed settings and display information so you’ll always know what you’re setting and getting.

Bean Hopper Locking System

The Breville YouBrew’s bean hopper is one of the largest among its class as it can handle up to half a pound of coffee beans. The unique hopper locking mechanism not only makes refilling easy but also seals the base of the hopper for fuss-free removal, storage and transfer of beans.

Breville BDC550XL Pros

  • YouBrew BrewIQ system
  • Does not require pods or capsules, fresh whole beans may be used
  • Plenty of options for the user
  • Can be a single serve machine or for batch brewing (up to 12)
  • Easy to use
  • Automatic option

Breville BDC550XL Cons

  • Large frame
  • Heavy
  • Some people prefer to stay away from warming plates as it may affect flavor if the carafe sits on it too long

Verdict

The Breville BDC550XL is one highly-capable coffee machine that delivers on its promises: Single-serve and 12-cup option, automatic capability, plenty of programming options, built-in grinding capability, and a sturdy build. Sure some aficionados might scoff at the idea of a warming plate, but ultimately it depends on the user’s preference. Bottom line, we heartily recommend the Breville to anyone looking for a medium-priced machine flexible enough for serving a ton of people, yet still customizable for more intimate me-time coffee sessions.

Mr. Roy
 

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