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Author Topic: BES920 Purchased - EM7000 Retired - Initial Observations  (Read 58 times)


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Well it's been 5 1/2 Years with the Sunbeam EM7000 (13 1/2 Years with the Sunbeam Cafe series starting with the EM6900) but a new era is upon me.
After dipping the toe in the water with a Breville Smart Grinder for Christmas, the transition is complete and I now have a Breville BES920.

Initial observations :
  • Slightly bulkier than the EM7000
  • Scared the crap out of me when I first powered it up...very, very noisy...but this appeared to be on initial startup only (thankfully)
  • Noise on Espresso pour about the same as the Sunbeams
  • Love the simple method of unlocking the base so it can be slid in and out of position
  • Love the fact you can refill the water reservoir from the top flap at the front (Sunbeams were from the back)
  • Dislike the small rubber tab on the Steam Wand...burnt my fingers three times before I decided to take greater care (EM6900/EM6910 were also small Tabs...but EM7000 has a larger tab)
Funnily enough, I originally complained about the long rubber tube of the EM7000...go figure.
  • Would prefer the Steam Wand on the left like the Sunbeams (right hand to hold the milk jug)
  • Love the quietness of the Steam Wand (no pulsating like the Sunbeams did)
  • Missing the Milk temperature guage that the Sunbeam had

Now we wait and see about reliability.

Breville BES920 (replaced tired EM7000)
Sunbeam EM7000 (replaced tired EM6910)
Sunbeam EM6910 (replaced faulty EM6900)
Breville Smart Grinder Pro



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