Breville YouBrew Review
A comprehensive Breville YouBrew review. An honest view on how the Breville YouBrew coffee maker including the PROS and CONS.
The Breville YouBrew
If you are in the market for a good drip coffee maker, the Breville YouBrew is not a bad choice to consider. On the whole, there are things to like and things to dislike. The bottom line is that you may not want to pay the price if the YouBrew doesn't suit your needs. Not to worry, we have a number of comparisons lined up for you to check out as well.
A Basic Overview...
- Autopilot: The latest technology for selecting the right amount of coffee, water, and heat to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
- Built in Functionality: Includes a bean hopper and grinder all-in-one package for easy use.
- Volume: Brews up to 12 cups of coffee in one cycle.
- Single Cup Mode: For extra big cups that need more coffee, the YouBrew has this functionality for ease of use.
- Adjustable Strength: Settings allow you to dictate how strong you would like your coffee to be.
- Carafe Included!
Comprehensive Breville YouBrew Review
What is to like, What Could be Better...
There are some strengths and weaknesses to the Breville YouBrew drip coffee maker. While it is a not a perfect product, it is better than most and offers a number of novel features and design that you may enjoy. The following are some of the main selling points and some of the negative aspects to consider as well.
All-in-One: Simply put, the functionality of this machine is one of its biggest selling points. For people who do not have the time or desire to grind the coffee separately, the YouBrew offers a great solution. The unique BrewIQ is perfect for the coffee drinker who wants a premium style coffee, but without the headaches involved in fine tuning the product.
Easy to Use: Everything about the YouBrew is intuitive and easy. There are simple push buttons and an great backlit display screen, features that are quickly becoming standard on all of Breville's offerings. I cannot emphasize enough how easy this machine is to use.
Good Customization: There are still plenty of customization options that allow you to tune the style and grind coarseness of the product to your taste. Some people complain about their only being 7 settings, but it should be kept in mind that the YouBrew is designed primarily with ease of use in mind. With that said, there is still a fair amount of customization available. If you like the nitty gritty of making coffee from A-Z then, no, the YouBrew is probably not for you!
Innovative Time Savers: The YouBrew is choc full of them. For example, fill the reservoir with water the night before and preset the machine for 6AM. At 6AM it will automatically start the process of pre-heating the coffee. This type of innovation from Breville is really a great improvement and it is seamlessly implemented. They even thought to insulate the water heater so as to prevent it from letting steam infiltrate the been hopper (thus spoiling the coffee beans).
Stainless Steel: Okay, maybe this isn't a huge concern for some people, but I like my stainless steel appliances. The Breville YouBrew fits right in with its quality construction and finish.
Noise: At least in the griding phase of production, not as quite as you would expect based on the premium level pricing and features. Still, not worse than most regular coffee grinders.
Size: This thing is bulky. If you have counter or storage space issues, this may not be a good fit for you. Keep in mind that the trade off you get with all in one functionality is that the machine leaves a bigger footprint.
A Bit Pricey: You get what you pay for. If price is your main concern, there are other premium options available (check the bottom of the page for my top three alternatives).
MY TAKE: This machine delivers with quality performance and fantastic ease of use. If you like more customization and control over the coffee brewing process, the YouBrew is probably not for you. This is a solid investment if you are looking for more convenience without losing the premium coffee experience. For more information on this machine, check out the YouBrew information page.