|The Breville BKC600XL is a stainless steel coffee maker with a single cup capacity. The BKC600XL comes with a stainless steel body with die-cast safety locking arm, a built-in water filter, a user-friendly interface and a storage compartment. This coffee maker employs the Keurig K-cup technology which keeps the coffee warm and it comes with a reusable, dishwasher-safe My K-Cup. It is also equipped with a patented showerhead using which you can deliver the required amount of water through the Keurig K-cup. The BKC600XL has an LCD screen and a programmable backlit panel using which you can customize your cup of coffee and set the temperature and start time.|
|Model||BKC600XL Stainless Steel|
|Cup Capacity||1 Cups|
|Water Tank Size||60 oz.|
Average review score based on 39 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Despite all the competition, I decided to go with the Breville BKC600XL for two main reasons: the possibility to use Keurig's package coffee (also called K-cup pods)and also regular coffee at the grocery store. With all the single serve machine out there, you are mainly stuck buying the manufacturer's own-package coffee, and unfortunately even Breville K-cup's are not widely available at the store right now and can be expensive in the long run!
Being single, I don't need 5 or 6 cups of coffee in the morning, I need one or two! Therefore, a single serve coffee machine is perfect for me!
What do I like about this machine?
Well, I like the look! well-built and different brew sizes to choose from.
You have a timer you can pre-set in the morning so the water is already heated when you get up and the machine can also be shutdown automatically when you go to sleep or whenever you choose. Also, the machine is very easy to use and clean and this is a big plus for me!
What I do not like about this machine?
According to Breville's acutal description, the machine is using the Quiet Brew Technology and after using the machine the first time I thought the machine was pretty loud! Beard in mind this only last during the brewing time and not when the machine is on, but this is something prospective buyers should be aware of.
These are more like minor annoyances than anything else! The water thank is kind of small ... you need to refill the tank after 4 extra-large brewing cups. If you are use to smell the fresh brewed coffee before you get up ... not with this machine, because it will only pre-heat the water you still need to get up and press the "BREW" button to make your own cup of coffee.
The major annoyance with this machine is the price! At almost $300.00, this is an expensive machine, but as we say you get what you pay for ... reliability!
This machine is well-made out of stainless steal and not plastic, Breville is well-known for quality products and the major reason I bought this product and would buy it again ... large variety of K-cup pods available on Keurig's website compared to other companies.
I bought the Breville coffee maker for two main reasons ... simplicity and style!
Simplicity: I never cared for making coffee...the grounds spilling, the water dripping, waiting for the whole pot to brew...etc. When I had to cut down to having coffee only on the weekends for health reasons, brewing a pot of coffee for just my husband didn't make sense. My husband disliked making coffee more than me, so he started going to Starbucks on his way to work in the morning, which is an expensive alternative.
This system is a dream to operate. The ample reservoir holds enough water that, for us, lasts two to three days. It can be filled with water at the sink, and it simply slides into it's compartment. We just pop in a coffee pod, press the brew button, and within a minute, we have piping hot delicious coffee that fills the house with a wonderful aroma. (A bit of a problem for someone who has to cut down their caffein intake :-( )
The coffee pods care available from many manufacturers and in many flavors. I order my coffee pods bulk from a service, and I get 50 for $16, which is about $.32 a piece. You can also order smaller quantities for about $.45 to $.55 a piece. This allows you to try different flavors and have some decaf on hand. This past weekend we ran out of pods. With the adapter that Breville supplied, we were able to brew coffee using our own coffee grounds instead of the pod.
I also love the timing mechanism. You can set the machine to have the water heater on before you wake up, and turn off whenever you want. Otherwise, it takes a minute or two to heat the reservoir water.
Style: When I researched these makers I went to Kuerig, which are similar in style and a lot less expensive. My kitchen, has white cabinets and stainless appliances, so I didn't want a black machine. The Breville's stainless steel exterior fits beautiful in my kitchen, and for me, it was worth the extra money (although I got a really great price on EBAY).
If there is anything that bothers me about this system, it would be the noise/vibration sound when you actually brew the coffee. Other than that, I would whole-heartedly recommend this system for anyone who wants a great cup of coffee with little hassle.
This is a step up from the Keurig Models... Brand new it goes for $299. Great features include a water filter, great if you use tap water with lots of minerals or highly clorinated. It also has a way to change the temperature of the water, great if you like to drink the coffee right away, rather than waiting for a cool down. Also is stainless steel, so adds a nice sleek look to your countertop, rather than the black plastic of the Keurig.
The only thing that was not improved upon is the noise. Just like a Keurig, the water pump is loud, and with the Breville it is almost worse because the vibrations cause the metal drainage plate that the cup rests on to rattle against the metal holder. On the Keurig that holder is plastic. So I put my finger on it if someone in the house is still sleeping.
All in all I prefer this over the Keurig machines I have used (3 home and one office).
I loved the fact that I could brew not only with K-cups but with my own coffee using the included reusable filter. I have the timer set to turn the unit on just before I get up (and off as I am headed out the door), load up with a single small scoop of coffee and 30 seconds later you have a large steaming cup of FRESH coffee!
This stainless steel look accents your kitchen. The coffee maker is fast and convenient, but that convenience comes with a price! The best price I could find for the K-cup coffee average 40 cents per serving. It come with an adapter to use your own coffee but that defeats the whole idea behind having this type of machine. After you use your own coffee with the adapter you have to clean the adapter which is a miniature version of a coffee screen thereby negating the convenience of this type of maker. If more companies get involved with making K-cup coffee maybe the price will come down. I am good for 4 cups a day. That is $1.60 per day or $581 per year and that is just for me! Multiply that by 4 coffee drinkers in my household and you have over $2000 a year just in coffee. If you have the money for the K-cups & money is no object this machine is great. The machine does the job but like buying a printer for your computer the ink refills will cost you more than the printer.