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.
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, 7:17pm 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
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.
In real life, my name is Wayne P. Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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