Breville Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe YouBrew BDC600XL Full Review
Fresh ground coffee but this convenience costs you
Coffee Quality - 8/10
Reliability - 8/10
Convenience - 4/10
Premium Features - 7/10
Price - 5/10
- Intuitive Display – For easy to change settings
- Customizable – For you to have full control over everything
- Design – Futuristic stainless steel look for the modern kitchen
- Burr Grinder – For consistent grind size compared to blade grinder
- Expensive – You pay more for the convenience
- Carafe Design – Not easy to empty
- Temperature – Brewing temperature at the lowest acceptable value
How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I could have a better coffee in my cup but without all those extra steps like manual grinding!”?
The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker may satisfy your craving.
Although it has a lot of great features there are also some drawbacks that you should be aware of.
So I kindly ask you to read my whole review about the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker before you make a final buying decision.
Breville BDC600XL – A Stainless Steel Robot
The Breville’s massive appearance but also the high-tech LCD display remind me of the robots in the Transformer movies.
Yes, maybe I am exaggerating but with 16.2×14×9 inches it definitely belongs to the bigger drip coffee makers of its kind.
And with 16 pounds of weight, you don’t have to worry a lot to accidentally push it off the table. This hulk of a coffee maker sits rock-solid on your counter.
So you better choose wisely where you want to put it because it’s not that easy to carry the Breville YouBrew coffee maker around.
Except the filter basket, the whole coffee maker is wrapped in a layer of brushed metal.
This gives the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker a quite modern look.
A Cup, A Mug, Or A Whole Carafe – It’s Your Choice!
After refilling the plastic hopper with up to ½ pound of coffee, you’ve got your first decision to make.
How much coffee do you want to brew? A single cup, a mug, a full carafe? Or even anything in between?
The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker gives you not less than 9 different options.
I don’t even have 9 cups, let alone 9 cups in different sizes.
So whether you are on the way to work or invited the whole family over for coffee and cake, you are always prepared!
9 different ‘single-cup’ size options from 7.5oz. up to 21oz. for you to be completely flexible.
The stainless steel carafe can hold up to 12 cups of coffee and keeps it hot for a few hours.
Although emptying the carafe seems to be cumbersome.
Quite a few people complained about problems to empty the carafe without turning it completely upside down which results in coffee everywhere but not in the cup.
From Lite To Bold, From Mild To Intense – What’s Your Strength?
The futuristic but yet user-friendly LCD-Display is the heart of the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker. On the backlit control panel, you are virtually the commander-in-chief!
Is the coffee too strong? Let’s reduce the strength!
Does the coffee in the mug taste boring? Why not increase the flavor?
Not enough Java in the cup? Next time, increase the amount from 11oz to 12.5 oz.
And the best: if you found your perfect coffee profile you can keep it forever. Or, until somebody else changes it after you.
The machine remembers your last settings so you can enjoy your perfect adjusted cup of coffee every time. Or, until somebody else changed it.
All right I am being quiet – you got it. It keeps the last used settings regardless of who has done it.
Another great feature is that you don’t have to bend your neck to check how much water is left in the tank. Because there is a digital indicator in the display for the water fill level.
I guess, it goes without saying that the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker with its ingenious display also comes with a digital clock and a timer.
Performance And Maintenance
Under the hood of the Breville BDC600XL is an 1100 Watts engine to heat up the water quickly and keep it hot during the brewing process.
Although the heated water barely hits the 200°F it is still in the range of the recommended temperature of the SCAA, which is between 195° and 205° Fahrenheit.
Hint: If you pre-warm the carafe with hot water before the brewing cycle you can increase the hours of coffee to stay hot.
Of course, you should dump the water before you push the Start button.
Regular cleaning is important to keep the performance at the top level and don’t clog the grinder.
So taking out the filter holder, the gold tone filter basket and wiping the tunnel between the grinder and the basket should be on your to-do list after each brewing.
Every other day you should also check the burrs and remove old coffee bean pieces inside the grinder.
Then you should be on the safe side!
My Verdict About The Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Coffee Maker
With the BDC600XL, Breville has created an intelligently designed coffee maker with integrated burr grinder.
But is the convenience of enjoying coffee made from freshly ground coffee beans at the push of a button enough to satisfy your craving?
Are you willing to forgive this machine, when you get a good cup of Joe but grinding, for example, was not so perfect?
Can you accept it, that frequent cleaning is important and should be done after each brewing cycle?
If the relatively high price can’t stop you as well, I believe the Breville BDC600XL with integrated grinder is the right product for you.
It’s time to make your choice:
What do you think of the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker? Is it worth the money? Let me know in the comments below.
Coffee lover and Dad, on a budget. Since the wishes of my beautiful wife and two charming kids are of course of much higher priority than my own ones, I always keep an eye out for coffee products which give me the biggest bang for the buck!