The Breville BEM800XL is part of the mixer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, stand mixer
models like the BEM800XL are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Either SS (Stainless Steel) , P (Plastic) or G (Glass).
Bowl size (qt.):
Manufacturer's claimed bowl volume, to the next highest half-quart.
Weight of mixer, bowl, beater/s, and cord, to the nearest one-half pound. Weight may be important if you plan to move the mixer in and out of a cabinet for storage.
Features & Specs - Breville BEM800XL
Detachable hand mixer Mixer "head" comes apart from the stand to be used as a hand mixer. Typically found only on light-duty stand mixers.
Detachable hand mixer
Single beater style A single beater, whisk, or dough hook rotates in one direction and moves around the bowl in the other direction. This is in contrast to two-beater style mixers, with beaters similar to those of hand mixers, with a rotating bowl.
Single beater style
Whisk For mixtures that need air incorporated, such as meringues (egg whites), whipped cream, mousse, and some types of cakes and custards.
Takes power attachments Many models offer optional accessories such as food grinders, or pasta makers. These attach to a power port on the unit.
Takes power attachments
Two loaf capable Our Kneading score considers performance making one-loaf of bread. We attempted to make two-loaves if appropriate for the mixer, and list those that handled the task with little or no difficulty.
I love this mixer. I use it for bread, cakes, cookies, candy, etc. The timer is especially nice. And the price was way better than the competitor.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Juana B. Baker
from San Diego, CA
(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)
Casual baker and still disappointed
Moves While Mixing
Not User Friendly
The first one I purchased (based on CR ratings) had a loud grinding noise when in use, which I later learned came with the use of the beater/scraper combo paddle on anything heavier than a light batter or dough. I had sent that one back and the second one (along with the same grinding noise) rocked and vibrated when mixing above the lowest speeds.<br /><br />In spite of the noise, I made a batch of yeast rolls with little difficulty. The ingredients all went in at the same time and mixed quickly; the rest of the time, the kneading paddle was in use (quite effectively).<br /><br />However, when I made a batch of cookies, I soon found that this mixer has too many additional and annoying issues for me to live (or bake) with.<br /><br />Adding ingredients using the plastic ring'n'ramp gizmo was absurd and with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, there are lots of ingredients to add slowly and at different stages. Even with the ring in place and the mixing speed lowered, I still ended up with flour dust in every nook and cranny of the mixer.<br /><br />To scrape the bowl when using the regular (non-scraper) paddle - again, which you must use with anything slightly thick or heavy - you have to stop the mixer, lift the head & paddle out of the bowl, remove the ring'n'ramp, then use a stiff-handled spatula to scrape everything down. The plastic one included with this mixer is too flimsy to be effective. My guess is they made it that flexible so - with the motor stopped - it would bend as it was pushed down between the motionless beater and the sides of the bowl. <br /><br />Important note: You cannot scrape the sides of the bowl by hand when this mixer is running like you could with a mixer with beaters that are fixed and the bowl rotates.<br /><br />Both have gone back now and I'm digging my very old but very friendly Sunbeam Mixmaster out from under the sink.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Basic Baker
from Central Coast, CA
(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
For Light Use Only
Machine Stops 10 Min
Not For Advanced Breads
Cakes & Cookies
I was very excited when this machine came on the market as I am a great fan of Breville products, and even more interested after reading how highly it was rated. Unfortunately, while it's fine for light usage such as cookie doughs, it's terrible when making yeasted bread doughs that require lengthy beating (such as when adding butter to make brioche). There is a timer on the machine that turns it off at 9:59 minutes, requiring that the user turn off the machine and turn it on again (spoke to manufacturer and they say it's to keep the motor from overheating); it gets very hot if you need a longer mixing time. I do, however, like that the head can be lifted up to provide greater access to the bowl, and I love the scraping function on one of the leaf attachments.