We do a lot of product tests here at Epicurious and luxury kitchen appliance company Breville has a way of winning, well...most of them. They make our tested-and-approved favorite food processor, toaster oven, and coffee grinder. And they make the only semi-affordable home espresso machine worth buying. The only downside? Breville products are typically expensive. We think the price is justified since they work so well, but it never hurts to get them at a discount. This weekend, you can seize the opportunity to buy some of our favorite products (all winners of our product reviews) at a discount at Sur La Table. Here's a rundown:
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Been waiting for a Breville espresso machine sale to buy one of these puppies? We think it's worth it to pull the trigger. From the construction to ease of use, it’s clear that the Breville Barista Express was thoughtfully made, and there was no competition when it came to the final quality of the espresso shot.
The highlight of the Breville Barista Express is a pressure meter that allows you to accurately assess the quality of the coffee as you make it, just like on a professional espresso machine. This is extremely valuable because it helps you figure out what other variables need to be tweaked to make a better cup. For example, if the pressure is too low while you're pulling a shot, you can tamp with more pressure or use a finer grind the next time. It's the only home espresso machine under $1,000 with this capability.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
With a sturdy and spiffy-looking stainless steel housing, touchable dial-in controls, an easy-to-read digital interface, grind options and add-ons galore, there's just so much to like about this Breville machine. In fact, at first we wondered if maybe there was actually too much. While setup was simple and the instructional manual easy-to-read, the grinder definitely required more than a cursory glance to get acquainted. And does anyone actually need 60 grind settings? But after a few test runs—and side-by-side comparison with the other contenders—we were truly won over by the seamless user experience and the unparalleled level of control it offered, especially at the competitive price.
Breville Sous Chef Peel & Dice Food Processor
Here's a food processor that really lives up to its name. With a sturdy build, simple controls, an intelligently designed body, and a diverse and useful array of standard attachments, the Breville Sous Chef 12 is the right-hand man you always wanted in the kitchen. Prepping a half-dozen pies for Thanksgiving? This puppy comes with a specialized dough attachment and can bang out batches of flaky pastry in a blink. Staring down five pounds of onions for French onion soup? With its powerful motor and spinning blade, the Sous Chef 12 will make quick work of them, saving you not only time but tears in the process.
Breville Smart Oven Compact Convection
This toaster oven was the most intuitive to use and reliable of the bunch when we tested toaster ovens. It toasted bread evenly and without incident. It produced the most consistent results in other tests: cookies were golden on top with browned bottoms and soft interiors; frozen pizza had evenly melted cheese; and chicken was roasted to crisp-skinned perfection. With a footprint of of 15x17x10," the compact oven is big enough to bake an 8x8" pan of brownies or a roast a generous piece of salmon, but small enough to be reasonably discreet.
Breville Die-Cast Toaster
With a weighty frame and a stylish minimalist exterior, this toaster is extremely stable on the counter without feeling bulky. The toasting slots are generously proportioned to handle both tall and thick slices, and the digital controls are attractive and intuitive to use. It turned out remarkably consistent results during all three rounds of testing, evenly toasting each slice of bread, easily defrosting and crisping the waffles, and ably accommodating the bagels. Some of the little touches that make it even more appealing: a smooth motorized lift that lowers and raises the slices from the toaster at the touch of a button, the sliding knob that sets the level of toastiness and flashes to count down the remaining cook time, and the pleasant "ding" that sounds to remind you when the job is done—a feature we suspect could be a godsend during hectic morning multitasking.
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