Breville Espresso Machines

Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL

Breville is one of the top-notch espresso machine brands in the market.  We prepared a list of similarities and differences between the two popular models as Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL below.

Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL Espresso Machine Comparison

Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL Comparison Table

 Breville BES870XLBreville BES920XL
ImageBreville BES870XLBreville BES920XL
Dimensions13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 inches16.2 x 15 x 15 inches
Weight23 pounds30 pounds
Wattage1,600 Watts1,700 Watts
Pump Pressure15 Bars15 Bars
Heating SystemThermocoilDual Stainless Boilers
Over Pressure Valve-
Low Pressure Pre-Infusion
Steam Wand
Integrated Grinder-
Water Tank2.0Lt (67 fl. oz.)2.5Lt (84 fl. oz.)
Cup Warming Tray
Integrated & Removable Tamper
Hot Water Outlet
Removable Drip Tray
Tool Storage Tray
Descale Function-
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Color AlternativesStainless Steel (BES870XL)
Black Sesame (BES870BSXL)
Cranberry Red (BES870CBXL)
Stainless Steel (BES920XL)
Black Sesame (BES920BSXL)
Cranberry Red (BES920CBXL)
UPCStainless Steel (021614055514)
Black Sesame (021614056023)
Cranberry Red (021614056733)
Stainless Steel (021614055873)
Black Sesame (021614056115)
Cranberry Red (021614056108)

Heating System

The quality of an espresso shot depends on precise temperature and pressure. That’s why the heating technology is one of the most important aspects of an espresso machine.

Breville Barista Express BES870XL and The Dual Boiler BES920XL offer different heating technologies.

The heating system inside of the Breville BES870XL is Thermocoil which is an integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature.

On the other hand, Breville BES920XL has dual stainless steel boiler. That means a separate system boiler offers powerful and instant steam on demand so this boost the quality of your espresso shot.

Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler

Both BES870XL and BES920XL have PID control for temperature stability.

Pressure System

As mentioned in the previous section, the pressure system is the other most important factor for an espresso machine.

Breville BES920XL has an Over Pressure Valve (OPV) like the commercial espresso machines. OPV limits the maximum pressure throughout the extraction. This feature prevents bitter flavours in the espresso shot.

BES870XL and BES920XL can produce 15 bars of pressure by an Italian-manufactured pump. They both also have low-pressure pre-infusion to increase the pressure gradually at the start in order to get a more even extraction.

Additionally, both Breville BES870XL and BES920XL have an espresso pressure gauge.

Steam Wand

Both BES870XL and BES920XL feature an adjustable stainless steel steam wand that can swivel 360-degrees for milk frothing.

Breville BES920XL Steam Wand

Integrated Grinder

Breville BES870XL includes an inbuilt stainless steel conical burr grinder. The bean hopper has a 1/2lb capacity for coffee beans.

Breville BES870XL Conical Burr Grinder with Bean Hopper

The grinder is fully adjustable for the size and the dose of the grind so that you can experience different tastes easily.

Breville BES920XL doesn’t have an integrated grinder. So that, you will need a separate coffee bean grinder with the BES920XL.

Water Tank

The capacity of the water tank is 2.0Lt (67 fl. oz.) in Breville BES870XL whereas 2.5Lt (84 fl. oz.) in Breville BES920XL.

Cup Warmer Tray

Cup warmer is a great feature to keep your espresso warm longer. Both Breville BES870XL (seen in the photo below) and BES920XL have cup warmer tray on the top of the machine.

Breville BES870XL Cup Warmer Tray

Integrated & Removable Tamper

The tamper is the feature to apply even and consistent pressure to the espresso grinds. Both Breville BES870XL and BES920XL have integrated and removable tamper. The diameters of their tampers are slightly different because of the difference in their head size.

The tamper of the BES870XL is 54mm whereas BES920XL is 58mm.

Breville BES870XL Integrated Removable Tamper

How Water Outlet

Both Breville BES870XL and BES920XL have a dedicated hot water outlet which provides preparing Americano easily.

Breville BES870XL Hot Water Outlet

Removable Drip Tray

Both Breville BES870XL and BES920XL have a removable drip tray.

Breville BES920XL Drip Tray

Tool Storage Tray

Both Breville BES870XL and BES920XL have a tool storage tray.

Breville BES920XL Tool Storage Tray

Descaling

Breville BES920XL includes descaling function to clean the scales at home conveniently.

Breville BES920XL Descale Access

Color Alternatives

Breville BES870XL comes in three different colors as Stainless Steel, Cranberry Red (BES870CBXL) and Black Sesame (BES870BSXL) as seen below.

Breville BES870XL Color Options

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Similarly, BES920XL is available in 3 colors as Stainless Steel, Cranberry Red (BES920CBXL) and Black Sesame (BES920BSXL.)

Breville BES920XL Color Options

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Conclusion: Which one to choose, Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL?

It is not quite easy to put one machine forward over the other one since both have very high customer ratings. In order to choose the correct model for yourself, you need to consider your needs, expectations and of course, your budget.

To help you further during your selection process, we prepared a short list of the pros and cons of the machines.

Pros and Cons of Breville BES870XL

pros-iconIncludes an integrated conical burr coffee bean grinder
pros-iconIncludes 1/2 lbs. coffee bean hopper
pros-iconSlightly smaller in size
pros-iconLower price
cons-iconDoesn't have a shot clock

Pros and Cons of Breville BES920XL

pros-iconIncludes dual stainless steel boiler to boost the quality of espresso shot
pros-iconIncludes an over pressure valve (OPV).
pros-iconFeatures descale function for cleaning scales easily.
pros-iconLarger cup warning tray area
cons-iconNeed to purchase and use a separate grinder (causes an extra cost one time and more effort every time while grinding coffee beans)
cons-iconMore expensive

Hope this article explains all of your question about the comparison of Breville BES870XL vs. BES920XL espresso machines. You can also read our Breville BES870XL review post for more information.

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