What's this? Based mainly on performance; convenience and noise also considered. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$299.95 - $299.99
This Breville stand mixer
• is a tilt-head style.This model has
• bowl handles,
• cord storage,
• pouring shield, and
• blue lights indicating speeds and timer
• Stainless steel bowl
• 14 inches in height
• mixing guide next to speeds.
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) 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.
Bowl-lift style Instead of a head that tilts up and down, the head is fixed and the bowl is held on arms that lift up (for mixing) and down (for stirring, or removing the beater and bowl). An "Open bowl" style has beater(s) that are placed on a spindle inside the bowl. There is no "head" to the mixer.
Takes power attachments Many models offer optional accessories such as food grinders, pasta makers, or vegetable strainers. 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 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.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Family Baker
(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Not good for Bread dough
Can't Handle 6cups Flour
Cannot Handle 6cps Flour
Started Smoking After 6 M
Cakes & Cookies
After 15 years with a Kitchenaid 600, I ordered this one based on CR rating. I received it yesterday, mixed up one batch of challah dough. Kneaded for 3 minutes, shut it off. Added flour as dough was sticky, turned it back on for another 3 minutes and by the end smoke was coming out the front vent. Breville offered to replace it. I returned it and opted for 7qt Kitchenaid. I make a lot of bread, some stiff, some not, but I don't want to worry.<br />It was great for a cake batter, quiet too.<br />I would recommend for cake and the like.