When looking for an espresso machine that combines practicality, design as well as advancement, look no further than Breville’s espresso machines. The Australian brand is the maker of some of home barista’s favorite machines, like the Barista Express, The Infuser or the more high-end Oracle Touch.
Another machine that has been added to their line is the Breville Bambino Plus. An espresso machine that is compact in size yet packs the features you need to make an excellent cup of coffee without a lot of trouble.
The Breville Bambino Plus falls in the same price range as the Infuser (as of the time of writing – prices may change). So if you’re someone shopping based on a budget (and who isn’t), you might get confused over these two. That’s why we’re preparing this comparison post between the two models.
Breville Bambino Plus – Features and Specifications:
- Innovative thermojet heating system allows the machine to start up in as fast as 3 seconds.
- Automatic milk texturing – select the type of texture and the temperature of milk you want and the steam wand to achieve it for you fully automatically.
- 19 grams dose – the 54mm portafilter can now hold 19 grams of coffee for the perfect coffee flavor.
- Pre-infusion feature gradually increases the water pressure over the coffee ground to ensure full saturation before extraction.
- Digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at the exact right temperature for the optimal extraction of flavor.
- Auto-purge function automatically purges the heat system after steaming to bring the machine back to the right temperature for next use.
- Water reservoir capacity: 64 oz.
- Controls: Button selection for single shot, double shot, steam, milk temperature and milk texture.
- Housing: stainless steel.
- Dimensions: 19.5 x 32 x 31 cm
- Power: 1600 Watts
54mm tamper, Razor Precision Dosing tool, stainless steel frothing jug, single and double shot filter baskets, cleaning tool and cleaning disc.
Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine – Features and Specifications:
- Prepare a single or double shot with pre-set buttons.
- You can reprogram volumes of each selection.
- Manual milk heating and texturing.
- Gauge on the front panel shows you when your machine is at its optimal temperature.
- Built-in tamper.
- Auto purge and pre-infusion functions.
- PID temperature control.
- Dedicated hot water spout.
- Water reservoir capacity: 61 oz.
- Controls: button controls for single shot, double shot, program and manual.
- Dial knob for steam.
- Dimensions: 25.7 x 31.2 x 33.4 cm
- Power: 1700 Watts.
- Housing: Stainless steel.
Razor Dose trimming tool, single and dual shot filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel frothing jug, cleaning brush, tool and Allen key, water filter holder and water filter.
What Is The Difference Between Breville Bambino Plus vs. The Infuser?
First thing to notice is the automation of the steaming wand. The Bambino Plus’s automatic wand heats and textures your milk automatically to your liking while The Infuser’s wand is fully manual. Which means you’ll have to practice your texturing skills and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the milk.
The Bambino Plus also has a rather impressive and quick heat up time of only 3 seconds! That’s insanely fast in comparison to The Infuser which should take about a minute or two.
The Infuser has a built-in dedicated hot water dispenser. Which should come quite useful when making an Americano. The Bambino Plus doesn’t have a hot water dispenser.
When in comes to size, the Bambino Plus very compact in comparison the the Infuser or even other Breville espresso machines. So if you don’t have enough counter top space, this will make a lot of difference to you.
If you want to prepare your coffee drinks manually, The Infuser has more room for that than the Bambino.
Breville Bambino Plus vs. Barista Express, What’s The Difference?
Breville Barista Express is more comparable to the Infuser than the Bambino.
When it comes to Barista Express vs. Infuser, you’re nearly getting the same functions on both machines, except for one big difference: the Barista Express comes with a built-in conical burr grinder. This simplifies your experience by having the machine also grind your coffee right into your portafilter. However, dosing the correct amount of coffee is on you. So it is one of those machines that come with a learning curve.
Compared to the Bambino Plus, which will require you buy a grinder separately, the Barista Express is a bit harder to handle in the beginning, requires some practice – same as the Infuser. It is also larger in size than the Infuser and Bambino Plus, so you’ll need to clear some space for it.
If you want an overall solution and don’t mind the learning required to get things right, The Barista Express has it all.
Which One Do You Pick? Breville Bambino Plus or Breville The Infuser?
It all comes down to whether or not you want your machine doing things for you automatically or would you prefer the manual work. When a machine like the Bambino Plus, you will probably come up with a great latte or cappuccino at first use because of: a better dose, automatic milk texturing and heating which can’t go wrong and preset volumes. All you have to do is practice your latte art for when you’re feeling super fancy.
On the other hand, The Infuser, while it offers some automatic features, like preset volumes, and a gauge that guides you on temperature settings, milk texturing and heating is still fully manual, which is the trickiest part. You’ll have to practice getting the milk texture right and monitoring the temperature of the milk as you heat it. If that sounds like something you want to do, then The Infuser would be a great pick for you for sure.
It’s important to note the difference is size between the two machines, though. The Infuser is not a huge machine. Yet, it’s quite big in comparison to the compact Bambino Plus. So make sure you measure your space if you’re purchasing a machine with not much counterspace available in your kitchen.