Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill Review

Breville BGR820XL is a smart indoor grill with up to 260 square inches of cooking surface and temperature range of 320°F to 450°F.

Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill

Breville BGR820XL heats up fast, cooks fast and cooks everything to perfection. It maintains temperature exceptionally well. With other indoor grills you can notice temperature drop when you place food, especially if its cold, but not with Breville BGR820XL.

Temperature distribution is a lot more even across plates when compared to less expensive indoor grills. Temperatures are quite accurate and consistent so you can trust the digital readout

Breville BGR820XL comes with two grill plates – flat and ribbed. With ribbed plate you get beautiful grill marks and the flat one can be used to cooking different things (like eggs).

Upper plate is adjustable in height with 6 different settings. You can create a flat cooking space consisting of both bottom and upper plates or use this grill as panini grill. Plate tilt is adjustable too.

Drip Tray

Breville BGR820XL is equipped with removable drip tray that’s really well designed. It manages to catch all the grease and none of it spills over to create a mess. The drip tray slightly sticks out at the back to ensure no grease escapes!


There are two main reasons why Breville BGR820XL is more expensive than most indoor grills. We already discussed the first reason (performance) but the other one is quality. Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill feels exceptionally well made and the difference compared to more popular and less expensive units is quite stark.

Will this model last 3 times longer than models that are 3 times less expensive? It’s very hard to make such predictions but it very well might.

Control Panel

Control panel features backlit LCD display, two dials (temperature and timer) and button (switches from Fahrenheit to Celcius and vice versa). Control panel is fairly simple so the grill is easy to use. Display illuminates blue during standby mode but becomes orange when grill is in use.

Clean Up

Grill plates are easily removable (takes about 1 second to take out with quick release system and about just as quick to put them back in) and dishwasher safe. This makes them easy to clean. They are also easy to clean if you handwash them which could prolong the lifetime of nonstick coating.


Breville BGR820XL has Element IQ™ feature (sensors keep track of plate temperature and adjust power supply accordingly). There’s also cord storage on the bottom.


Breville BGR820XL is exceptional grill that’s worth every penny. Performance is great, so is the quality, it’s easy to clean and use, has fairly large cooking area – what else could you ask for?

Breville BGR820XL Smart Electric Countertop Grill Specifications:

  • Power: 1800W
  • Temperature range: 320°F to 450°F
  • Cooking surface: up to 260 square inches
  • Cooking plates: Cast aluminum with titanium infused Quantanium coating
  • Upper plate height settings: 6
  • Housing material: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 14” x 16.7” x 5” inches

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