Breville Precision Brewer

Last updated date: November 29, 2018

DWYM Score
7.3

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Breville Breville Precision Brewer placed 11th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
47 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Offering settings for “gold” standard filter brewing, quick brewing, cold brew, single-cup brewing, brewing with a basket filter, brewing with a gold basket filter, brewing with a cone, and more (!), this brewer really wanted to be all things to all possible craft coffee people. That said, we found it almost inscrutably tough to get going—the first thing that happens when you turn it on is it asks for the hardness of your water on a scale of 1-5, which you have to measure with an included test strip.
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 2, 2018 | Full review
It has a particularly fast brew cycle and, most importantly, temperature control during brewing, that at 176 to 208 degrees Fahrenheit, ranges into an impressive and helpful top end that most run-of-the-mill coffee makers lack.
- Wired
May 26, 2019 | Full review
It does so quickly and with robotic consistency, but it's also incredibly flexible. The Precision accepts both cone and flat-bottom filters. It lets you customize key brewing factors, too. That includes water temperature, flow rate and length of presoak. The Precision creates cold brew as well, automatically and without making a mess.
- CNET
February 12, 2018 | Full review
You can either set the machine to make cold brew for you, or just make coffee that's meant to go over ice.
- Business Insider
September 11, 2018 | Full review
The brew time is fast. Without compromising quality in the least.
- Mommy Gearest
April 10, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The big problem—a disappointing and near-fatal flaw—was the "Er7" error message on the screen of the first model I tested. This was particularly vexing because the troubleshooting guide mentions only possible causes for error codes one through six. When I asked a company rep about this, they first said that the machine was "running on the hotter side," but they later thought it might have something to do with a light sensor.
- Wired
May 26, 2019 | Full review
Still, $300 is a lot to pay for any drip machine. If you have no desire to play home barista and just want tasty joe fast, this gadget is overkill.
- CNET
February 12, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The world's first 60 oz. drip coffee maker with the precision required to brew craft filter coffee, automatically. Experience your favorite coffee at its best regardless of its origin, age or roast with precise temperature and brewing time.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5
16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Coffee Makers

When you rely on a daily cup of coffee (or more!) to get your day off to a good start, a great home coffee maker is essential. While you can certainly still use a French press or even an old-school stovetop coffee maker, these days, most people rely on an automatic drip coffee maker for their day-to-day coffee needs. An automatic coffee maker uses ground beans and filters.

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate like the Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 (capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos), there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

Some other features you may be interested in are the ability to program your maker (essential for those who can’t do a thing before their first cup of coffee in the morning), brew time and adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 has an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffeemaker, has an automatic shut-off feature.

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee, like the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker, which has an automatic pre-infusion cycle. This feature pre-wets the coffee before it begins to brew, which improves the extraction process. The extraction process determines how smooth or bitter the coffee will taste.

Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your maker. Since it will likely have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, you want to be sure it will easily fit and match the aesthetic of your space. Many machines these days have a sleek and stylish look that will seamlessly fit in with a variety of styles.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to check out the warranty options available and factor in how much use you plan to give your maker while deciding how much you’re willing to invest in the right coffee maker.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first drip coffee maker was invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908. However, people have been enjoying bean juice for way longer than that. The Turks were brewing coffee all the way back in 575 AD.

These days, people still love their java. Americans drink an average of three cups of joe a day. About 66 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States per year. While it may seem like everyone heads to their local coffee shop for their morning beverage, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that 79 percent of Americans said they had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. Meanwhile, only 36 percent got their caffeine fix outside the home. Score one for the coffee makers!

The Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • For the best brew, start with quality beans. A lot of people prefer to grind their own rather than buy already ground coffee.
  • To keep those beans super fresh, be sure to store them properly. That means using a sealed container with a one-way valve or a good, old-fashioned mason jar.
  • You could also roast your own beans. There are a number of methods you can use, like roasting them in an oven or a pan or grill.
  • While it may be tempting to wing it, measuring your coffee will give you better control over its strength and flavor. Try a ratio of about one part coffee to 20 parts water.
  • Speaking of water, the quality of your H20 matters. Try lightly filtered water from the refrigerator or a pitcher with a filtering device.
  • Are you the type to heat up your leftover coffee from the morning when the afternoon slump hits? Although old coffee is unlikely to make you sick, it probably won’t taste that great. That’s because coffee starts to lose its flavor just 30 minutes after it’s brewed. Within about four hours, the oils begin to go bad, which will further compromise the coffee’s taste. Your best bet is to brew a fresh pot.
  • Keeping your coffee maker clean is a key component of maintaining its functionality. Wash removable parts after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher. Your carafe should be cleaned daily as well. On a monthly basis, you should “brew” a solution of vinegar and water to break down mineral buildup.
  • Depending on the quality, the frequency of use and its overall maintenance, a coffee maker can last anywhere from a few years to a few decades. If the water is not getting hot enough, or it’s taking way too long to brew, it may be time to replace your coffee maker.
  • If you want that coffeehouse taste at home, you don’t need a bunch of syrups or a super fancy coffee maker. Instead, you can actually use your traditional drip coffee maker and some common spices that you probably have on hand, such as ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Stirring in a few pieces of chocolate makes for an indulgent treat, too.