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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 6:21am
Subject: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

Anyone know the difference between these 2 ?
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 7:03am
Subject: Re: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

Compared to the old, out-of-production 900XL, the current-production 920XL:
  1. Is built to be descaled by the user.  In fact, with built-in control-panel alerts and assistance, for the non-technically oriented user, it's probably the most easily descaled machine on the market;
  2. Is otherwise more user serviceable;
  3. Has user adjustable steam temp; offers greater control over pre-infusion;
  4. Is available in black and red as well as sliver;
  5. Introduces the "blade" for improved (they claim) dosing and leveling; and, I think
  6. There are a few other small things.  

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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 7:57am
Subject: Re: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

Still more of a disposable consumer machine than a long term machine but it seems to fill a place in the market.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 4:02pm
Subject: Re: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

calblacksmith Said:

Still more of a disposable consumer machine than a long term machine but it seems to fill a place in the market.

Posted June 22, 2014 link

As a "Moderator" I would have expected you stick to the topic & not attempt to railroad the discussion. The OP asked what are the differences between the 2 models, clear & simple, yet you seem to feel it necessary to impart your personal view on the Breville's products at every opportunity. Why don't you try "Moderating" for a while & resist pushing your own personal views.

Cheers, Phil
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 4:49pm
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Exactly, Phil.  Very immature for a moderator. Didn't answer the question - just needs to bash Breville.   Very annoying a unproductive - can't anyone strip calblacksmith of his moderator status.
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 5:17pm
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Can you elaborate on the "otherwise more user serviceable" part? The BDB looks super attractive to me, but I understand that was one of the bigger complaints with the 900.
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 5:36pm
Subject: Re: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

nathans Said:

Can you elaborate on the "otherwise more user serviceable" part? The BDB looks super attractive to me, but I understand that was one of the bigger complaints with the 900.

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Presumably this is addressed to me.  

Although I keep current, and have little bit of fooling around time with the 900, I'm not really a BDB (or even a double boiler) guy.  As you go deeper into the subject, you'll indubitably do better with a different, more knowledgeable guide.  

Talk to Phil (mcknightp), who, I believe, is very senior for Breville on the BDBs, and addresses a lot of Breville questions here on CG.  If it is to be known, he knows it.  And/or get in the Breville thread and talk to one of the many people who've owned upgraded from the 900 to the 920.  

Also, take a look at the listings for each machine on the WLL website.  It looks as though the copy is directily from Breville and although it's copy, you might find it helpful.  The blurb on the 920 has a paragraph devoted directly to the differences, but it's a little cursory.    

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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 5:37pm
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The user is able to drain & descale the boilers on the 920. This is the major change that has been made to serviceability.

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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 6:17pm
Subject: Re: Breville 900xl vs 920xl
 

The rep of Breville is not settled, it is not carved in stone as a "good" machine. These are just a few links to current topics on the 920.
There are threads on all sides of every issue but there are a few people who think I am on a loony farm because I do not have a glowing opinion of the BDB. My point of view is pretty wide spread out there, the point of the links is to show that I am not alone in my opinion of the quality of the machine. Then again, there are many who love them so, like always,..... YMMV!

From HB, a 7 month old thread so we are still in "modern times and the discussion is on the 920XL

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

how many parts are discontinued on the "new" 920XL? Just scroll down the list.

Click Here (www.ereplacementparts.com)

And only 2 weeks ago, from down under, the HOME of Breville, the 920XL in not universally loved and is considered an appliance by many.

Click Here (coffeesnobs.com.au)

There are of course many who like the machine, that is fine by me. My only point is understand what you are looking at to buy. If you know the full story then do whatever you decide to do, fine by me.

It is easy though for a new person to be easily confused into thinking that because it is a DB then it is just as good quality wise as any other DB machine after all, aren't DB machines the best you can get? Answer, no, it depends, on your needs, budget and skills.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 22, 2014, 6:26pm
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bbqbrisket Said:

Anyone know the difference between these 2 ?

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The warranty has also been increased to 2 years, from 1.
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