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Breville 800ESXL Review

Last Updated: August 2017

Not everyone desires visiting a coffee shop in order to enjoy a quality cup of espresso. Some people have no local shops, while others find that gourmet coffee houses are too expensive. If either of these two scenarios describe you, the Breville 800 ESXL triple-priming die-cast espresso machine is something you may want to consider.

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Features and Specifications

  • Thermoblock heating systemBreville 800ESXL Features
  • 15-bar Italian pump
  • Triple prime pump that releases three individual bursts of hot water, moistening ground coffee and extracting flavor
  • Selector dial for espresso, hot water, or steam
  • Swivel steam wand with frother
  • 75-ounce removable water tank
  • Stainless steel frothing pitcher
  • Purge function that automatically adjusts water temperature for maximum results

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Design

This ESXL 15-bar triple-priming die-cast espresso machine is exquisitely designed to provide an elegant appearance in any kitchen. It is surprisingly compact, being only 12 x 10 x 12.5 inches, and will therefore take up very little room on your countertop. The fact that it contains crisp, even lines means that it will fit nicely underneath even low-hanging cabinets, and may also be placed flush against the wall to conserve space.

Performance

Some people have reported unusually high-pitched screeching noises when using this espresso maker. Loud noises such as this indicate you need to make adjustments to the pitcher depth and angle. You should notice these sounds becoming softer as you maneuver it into the correct position.

Although the Breville 800 ESXL operates rather quietly, it is nonetheless known for producing a great deal of vibration. Some users report the tank sometimes vibrates loose, causing spillage. This can be compensated for by placing the machine on a thick towel when using. Despite the excessive vibration, it does seem to produce near-perfect results, so long as you follow directions carefully. Your best results will come whenever you use ice cold skim or fat-free milk.

A common complaint involves problems with the steaming wand shooting out random bursts of steam. This problem can often be resolved by adjusting the grind or modifying techniques, and is generally nothing to be concerned with.

Durability

It is imperative you unplug your Breville 800 when not in use. Failing to do so can cause extended damage to the machine’s circuit board. This may not be a major concern if you are handy with a soldering gun, as you could easily order a replacement circuit board from the manufacturer. Aside from that, most owners report very few problems with this espresso maker over its lifetime.

Price

The price of this machine ranges from around $329 to $599. Keep in mind that it is a high-end espresso maker, and is for the most serious baristas. If you are only a casual drinker, you may find the cost a bit prohibitive. On the other hand, if you enjoy espresso on a daily basis or regularly serve large groups, you may find the Breville 800 ESXL espresso machine a worthwhile investment.

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Consumer Thoughts

Breville 800ESXL Review
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  • Performance
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4.6

Summary

Overall, the Breville 800E SXL triple-priming espresso machine is one of the best on the market when it comes to home use.

There does seem to be a problem with espresso not being hot enough. To eliminate this, users recommend turning the machine on approximately ten minutes before you are ready to use it. Once the red light goes out indicating the unit is ready, run a ten-second blank shot through the machine to warm up the filter assembly. Following this, you should find your espresso is the perfect temperature.

To ensure the machine continues to operate properly, you’ll need to make a conscious effort to keep it clean. For best results, you should clean as soon as possible after use, as milk products can become especially sticky and hard to remove if they are allowed to sit. This should be done by completely wiping the nozzle down and removing the sleeve and washing in hot soapy water.

Our Verdict

Design9.5
Performance9
Durability9
Price9

If you are a serious espresso aficionado, the Breville 800 ESXL is for you. Its many versatile features make it the ideal choice for anyone who is just learning to brew espresso as well as more seasoned veterans. In fact, no two people tend to use this machine in the same way, meaning it will appeal to a wide range of consumers. This machine does require a great deal of maintenance, so you should be prepared to deal with the upkeep if you are to continue enjoying quality espresso.

Overall, the Breville 800E SXL triple-priming espresso machine is one of the best on the market when it comes to home use. This high-quality machine will impress even the most discerning members of your family by producing great-tasting espresso on demand.

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Sam Fox

With 9 years experience in making coffee, now owner of a London based Café, founder & writer of House of Baristas website. I have a passion for coffee, photography & travelling.

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