Excellent little coffee machine
Have owned more than 4 espresso machines including a very good e61 group Italian made one. Got rid of that one because I could not afford servicing it every year which turned out to be a similar price than buying a Bambino on sale. I paired the Bambino with a good flat burr grinder and so far, I am very impressed with the results for such as small machine. I am using it with a single wall basket instead of the stock ones and I normally warm up my cups and portafilter with hot water from my kettle (you can do blind shots from the machine as well...) and steam my milk manually. (In the right position the auto steam gives you latte art kind of milk too). Great temperature stability thanks to the PID and also the Pump is 15bars breville manages to limit it to a 9bar with a pressure valve. So far no regrets at all and I haven’t missed my old VBM e61 one.
Purchased in April 2020 at Harvey Norman for $420.00.
The best purchase! Love it!
I love coffee and since having my first baby and being on maternity leave, I have found a new love for it! I wanted a machine that had a small footprint (I have limited bench space) but I didn’t want to compromise on quality. I settled for the Breville Bambino Plus and what a good choice that was! The machine itself is compact and semi automatic which makes it super easy to make my coffee with minimal cleaning and mess. The taste of the coffee is phenomenal (I make sure I buy good coffee beans which I’m sure would help) to the point where I would say it tastes the same as what I’d get at the cafe.
This machine has honestly been the best purchase, well worth the money.
Purchased in March 2021 at Harvey Norman for $499.00.
Makes fabulous coffee when working
Makes fabulous coffee when working. I use it to make 4-6 coffees daily in my home. The temperature sensor / auto-cut-off on the steam wand is great and it makes lovely cafe (better than most) quality milk. It heats up really fast. Fabulous coffee with good beans and the right grind (that took me some learning with previous machines). Easy to clean. Great small footprint for compact kitchens.
We bought another one for where my wife works - she makes one or two coffees a day there.
The machine/s that makes the 4-6 coffees per day turned out to...be unreliable. 1st one broke down after 2 months as it got stuck in clean mode and would not restart. 2 weeks at the repairer then a new replacement unit (same problem with another reviewer). Replacement unit broke down after 12 months (still in warranty) with the buttons not working without multiple presses, then developed a water leak during extraction - water coming out behind the group head, dripping through the vents under the machine making and droplets showing up behind the lights at the front. Off to the repairer again. I would buy another one again for its compactness, great coffee extraction, speed of heat up, ease of use and cleaning. Hopefully later units will be more reliable.
Purchased in December 2019 at Myer for $499.00.
Great coffee but irritating portafilter
I bought this machine because the reviews said that the coffee was good and because of its size. And I've had it now for 1 year and I would agree that the coffee it makes is brilliant. In fact, the coffee is so good that I find it hard now to find a coffee as good as my home made one. The machine is consistent, easy to clean and use. I had another De Longhi machine and it was always stopping for one reason or the other, which was extremely irritating. BUT!!! there is a caution....the portafilter was initially so tight that I did have to hug th...e machine (like some of the other reviewers) to get it in or out. It's much better now but it was like that for MONTHS!!! The other really irritating thing is that the filter basket that sits inside the portafilter always gets stuck to the machine so you need to wriggle the portafilter to dig that filter basket out. So many people have complained about it, I don't know why Breville just can't fix it. Fiddling around with that first thing in the morning before my coffee is not what I want to do, but there you have it.
Purchased in July 2019 at Myer.
Breville nails the home espresso machine brief
The thing that has always stopped me getting an espresso machine for home was that they were all way too much.
Too much money, too much space, too much fiddle, too much set up time, too much clean up time.
I’m the only one in the house that drinks coffee. While I care about having a good one, I don’t care that much. I’d rather just walk down the street and buy a decent takeaway.
The Bambino takes the “too much” out of properly made espresso. Much better price bracket (~$500), much smaller footprint (just over A4), much simpler p...rocess (only took me three or four shots to dial it in properly), much quicker set up (turn it on, run a blank shot to warm up the portafilter and your cup, then it’s ready), much faster clean up (wipe off the steam wand, let it auto-purge, knock out the portafilter, empty the drip tray, wipe down the bench).
Purchased in August 2020 at Amazon.
Excellent coffee machine
I posted a review regarding the DeLonghi Dedica machine. I returned the machine and was refunded. I now have a Breville Bambino plus machine. It works perfectly and is very easy to use. I also bought the Breville mini knock box which complements the machine. The bambino was $200 dearer but worth the money
Purchased in August 2020 at Appliances Online for $478.00.
I love it - a lot!
I love this little machine. Perfect coffee like a cafe and the automatic milk frother is great. Takes some getting used to and coffee needs be ground properly but if you learn what works for your tastes you won't be disappointed. The biggest plus for me is its small size and the fact it looks beautiful on my kitchen bench.
Purchased in July 2020 at The Good Guys for $499.00.
OK but some annoying oversights
I got mine at the factory outlet in Brisbane with a minor dent which no one will ever notice.
Good looking and makes an excellent coffee.
Getting the portafilter in can be hard.
Sometimes the filter basket gets stuck to the machine.
Auto frothing is fine but I do it better manually.
Getting the portafilter in was hard and the filter basket sticks to the machine.
I did some DIY to modify the portafilter and it works fine now but I do think this was an oversight of Breville quality control.
Purchased in July 2020 for $349.00.
Injury and frustration awaits. Wait for the updated model.
It may have a lot of good points but if you have to fight for a coffee it’s not a nice experience. Bought this machine for mum for Mother’s Day. She’s 70, but still does 10 pushups every morning (on her toes!!) so is no weakling. She can’t quite get the group head handle into place as it’s so darn tight. I can get it in place but like all the reviews say, you’re bear hugging the machine to do so. We exchanged it for the barista express and life’s a dream for her every morning. Wait for the updated version where they get the seal/handle balance right. Breville your quality controllers didn’t pick this up..??
Purchased in April 2020 at The Good Guys for $499.00.
Nice when it works
This is the second time I had this machine fixed in 6 months. First time within the first month no hot water, boiler dead. Second time I can’t get it out of cleaning mode no matter how many times I run the back flush program. Would I buy it again, NO way. Rubbish reliability.
Purchased in December 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $399.00.
Fantastic automatic milk without a pod machine
Whilst I’ve only had it for a month I’m not disappointed. I wanted a non pod machine that I could leave to do it thing. I bought it having read lots of reviews and it delivered on all fronts. These are the top reasons why I bought it:
- 3 second start up
- automatic milk - love that I can change the style of milk I want and walk away And it does it’s thing. I’ve only used it for cows milk so can’t comment for other types
- quiet - our house isn’t very sound proof and it doesn’t wake the kids up
Some of the things I noticed from othe...r reviews portafilter - we’ve found it goes in and out easy enough but the basket does often get stuck. Also we tend to only make one coffee at a time but when we used the double to do 2 we didn’t get even shots but reckon that was more likely due to poor temping. Grinding and dosing - people moaned about this. To be honest I didn’t need something which a built in grinder as have one on my food processor so was happy to have that exclusion. Also I only paid $371 - I am not sure I would have paid The $599 RRP
Purchased in May 2020 at David Jones for $371.00.
I am so disappointed with this machine.
Issue 1: The filter baskets get stuck in the machine after extraction. Difficult to remove.
Issue 2: Also, the auto milk frother does not produce the silky microform with my Bonsoy milk, no matter what setting (heat / froth strength) I'm setting it on. I used the Breville Creatista at work for years, which has an auto milk frother as well, with outstanding results every single time.. I wanted to get away from the capsules type machines, so I choose the Bambino. Brilliant idea, gorgeous looking little machine, but frustrating to use and does not deliver. Im also struggling to get a good coffee out of it, but thats most likely user issue then the machines.
Purchased in May 2020 at David Jones Retail Stores for $350.00.
I had been wanting a coffee machine for years, that was simple enough to use, not a pod machine, and produced excellent coffee. As a flat white or latte drinker, I was looking for a machine that was good for milky coffee. I like that there is an auto temperature sensor for the milk jug, so I can let that do it's thing, whilst I prepare the coffee. My only issue is putting the portafilter on, as it is a bit stiff, and as a small, lightweight machine, it moves around.
You can customise the milk temperature and foaminess. I find the middle temper...ature and lowest foam settings to give the optimal drinking temperature, and still plenty of foam. I bought the Sea Salt, white, machine as it was the cheapest, but it actually looks really good on my bench. Highly recommend.
Purchased in April 2020 at Appliances Online for $424.00.
This machine makes a fantastic coffee. I wanted an upgrade from a pod machine coffee and the chance to use a variety of beans (due to environmental impact of pods). I had to purchase a grinder separately. Once I perfected my grind and style, I can consistently make a perfect coffee. It is way better than barista made coffees at cafes and I am a coffee snob! I have friends who have bought really expensive coffee machines and I have been unimpressed. Temperature etc is great and the automatic milk frother is great, but I prefer to do it manually for the perfect latte. You do need a fine grind for delicious coffee. It’s also very small and looks great on the bench. I’m so glad I bought this machine as it makes me happy on a daily basis.
Purchased in January 2020 at Myer for $399.00.
An awesome performing espresso machine in a small space saving design.
This unit produces great espresso as long as you dial in the coffee grind to the right fineness.
It produces 3 different levels of milk temperature and textures depending on taste and preference.
I would recommend this product to a starting out home barista or intermediate level coffee enthusiastic wanting to produce quick and easy espresso!
Purchased in December 2019 for $450.00.
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Questions & Answers
I bought one in February but can’t get a good extraction out of either the single or double shot. Have tried several different grind sizes, with the double shot i’m lucky to get 30ml of coffee. Am I doing something wrong or is there a fault with my machine??
Grind should be just starting to clump ish as it lands in the basket. You can go quite course with the double wall basket and still get a reasonable shot. R u too fine and it’s choking? Wet or dry puck? How’s it run without a shot in it (it is possible that the hole in the basket is blocked but unlikely if this problem was from new)? What coffee are you using (if from the supermarket it will be very ordinary)?
The puck is coming out wet. We use an expresso grind from a local coffee roaster.
Without the group handle i’m getting 63g of water, when the group handle is in with coffee I’m getting 40g of coffee. Puck is wet but comes out in clumps, maybe I’m expecting to much as we also have an oracle as our everyday machine.
I would like to buy a single (non pressurised) filter basket for my Breville Bambino Plus, however Breville Customer Service advised me you cannot use these basket with this particular machine, I have a Breville Dose Control Grinder Pro and prefer to grind my coffee beans and use the single wall filter basket instead of the provided dual wall. Question is a single wall filter basket compatible with this espresso machine
From their own website:-
Filter 1 Cup Single Wall
Model: SP0001518 (works with BES500)
They also have the 2 Cup Single Wall which we bought from them and use.
Hi.. my Bambino plus BES500 has stopped making hot Steam/water. I’ve cleaned, descaled then factory respect. Nothing. Does it have a thermostat? I love my Bambino Coffee machine.. I’m in Geraldton WA 6530. Is there someone that can help me here plz ?
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|Category||Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines||Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines||Semi-Automatic and Manual Coffee Machines|
|Input Power||1,600 W||1,600 W||1,600 W|
|Dishwasher Safe Parts||No||No||No|
|Water Tank Capacity||1.9 L||1.9 L||1.9 L|
|Dimensions||310 x 195 x 320 mm||310 x 195 x 320 mm||310 x 195 x 320 mm|
|Weight||5 kg||5 kg||5 kg|
|Milk Frother||Steam Wand||Steam Wand||Steam Wand|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Stainless Steel||Black Truffle||Sea Salt|
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