BLACK+DECKER BL6010/BL6005 Performance Blender Review

blackdecker-performance-blenderBLACK+DECKER is well-known for manufacturing the quality blenders in the price range of under $50. The BLACK+DECKER Performance is the most powerful machine of this manufacturer with a current price of around $100. It is available in two models that have absolutely identical technical parameters but different control panels – the BL6010 has digital one and BL6005 with analog. Both BL6010 and BL6005 models come with personal bullet type attachments.

Read our honest review to find out if this machine is a good option for someone who wants to buy powerful blender under $100.

Functionality and Versatility

Smoothie: This machine powerful enough not only process soft fruit and vegetable but make truly smooth smoothies from the tough and leafy ingredients like kale, Swiss chard and carrots. It easily processes nuts, chia seeds, hemp hearts or strawberry and blueberry seeds without any crunchy residues left in a drink. It is also more than capable to produce excellent milkshakes.

Juices: This gadget does not come with any juicing attachments thus it only capable making really smooth smoothies aka “whole juice” which includes fiber and liquid and does not separate them as classic juice machine does.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: It handles very well any frozen ingredients and whole ice cubes in drinks. It also capable crushing ice into snow consistency to produce decent snow cones, frozen desserts, and ice cream. This machine will make a variety of bar quality frozen drinks like daiquiris, margaritas or Pina Coladas.

Nut milk: This gadget has enough power pulverize nut for production nut milk. For the perfect quality, the user should use the nut bag to remove the excess of fiber from the processed liquid.

Pureeing: The blender is capable to purees majority of food but processing any thick mixer always requires some stirring. Since blender does not come with tamper user may need to stop the machine and to use a wooden spoon and poke things around when needed.

Soup/ hot ingredients: This machine is not able to heat liquids via blade friction neither it has a heating element but it is perfectly capable processing hot liquids. Both 64oz. and 20 oz. containers can handle hot food but the user manual recommends to use this purpose only large pitcher because it comes with vented lid and will release the steam and pressure.

Chopping/food prep: The blender equipped with 5 speeds and pulse function that is more than enough for making salsa, salad mixes pasta sauces, chopping coleslaw, whipped cream or preparing a variety of deep recipes.

Nut butter: This machine equipped with pre-set nut butter cycle and able to make it but fairly crunchy version. It does not come with plunger so this task is quite challenging for this blender. However, if user adds some oil and will stir the mixture with stopping blender few times then
This machine may produce fairly smooth nut butter.

Grinding/milling: The gadget is able to grind herbs and coffee beans. Moreover, it is designed to mill baking quality flour even from hard grains like rice. This machine also comes with a cookbook which contains some instruction and recipes for gluten free cooking.

Dough/batter: This machine is not designed to knead a dough but is capable mixing batter.

This machine is powerful enough to produce a wide range of recipes. However, the practical side is not so straightforward and a user will have to make some effort to learn the best ways to use this fairly versatile machine. The most challenging is to get used to very sensitive pulse function.

Speed Settings and Programs

BLACK+DECKER Performance is available in two models with two different control panels.

blackdecker-bl6010-controlsBl6010 model equipped with a digital control panel which has 8 buttons – PULSE/STOP, ON/OFF and AUTO buttons and five buttons that enumerated from 1 to 5. The same five buttons run continuous one to five speeds (1- lowest and 5- highest) and also 5 pre-programmed cycles.

The ON/OFF button activates the blender and put it in standby mode. Then a user can select one of the five speeds or one of the pre-set programs. To operate the machine on one of the 5 speeds that should be stopped manually, a user has to press desired #1-5 button straight after the pressing On/Off button. To stop the continuous speed, a user has to press Pulse/Stop button.

To run one of the pre-set programs, the user after pressing On/Off button has to follow with pressing Auto button and only then select one of the pre-set cycle pre-programmed also into buttons #1-5 buttons. The cycle will stop automatically at the end of the pre-programmed time. Each of these 5 cycles operates in their unique way. The (1) soup starts blending with slow gradually increasing to a fast speed and has fairly short blending time; (2) nut butter set for the successive slow and fast pulsing functions; (3) personal jar/half recipes starts with slow speed increasing to a fast pulse, then very fast until stopped; (4) dry goods runs short time at slow, medium speeds for a while then change for the fast at the end of the cycle; (5) smoothies operates with slow and medium pulse action and change to the fast speed at the end of the cycle.

The user can also blend using exclusively pulse functions. To use pulse function user has to select needed speed and pulse by pressing pulse button on and off until desired consistency is reached. The pulse function is very sensitive and must be pushed really fast just for a second.

blackdecker-bl6005-controlBl6005 model equipped with the analog control panel that has START/OFF/PULSE toggle and 5 variable speed dial only and has no any pre-set programs. So it is very easy and more intuitive to use. The variable speeds dial selects from low to high speed with turning to appropriate speed position. The pulse function is activated by a very fast flip of START/OFF/PULSE toggle to the down position.

The personal blender attachment can be used with (3) pre-set program or 1, 2 and 3 continue speeds.

However, some customers complain that the speed usage of digital control is not very intuitive. Because the 5 buttons that run the continuous speed and pre-set cycles are labeled only with numbers without any extra information on them. So the user needs to reference the manual or laminated card with a list of functions/speeds for both the countertop and personal jars blending instructions. This additional plastic card the user can keep in a drawer or stick to the prominent position somewhere in the kitchen.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Assembling: This blender comes with the blade system inbuilt into the jar. So it is very easy to use. Just fill the container with ingredients, pop it on the base unit, place the lid securely and it is ready to run. The large container lid has the very convenient cap opening in the centre that allows adding some extra ingredients during blending without stopping the machine.

The single serve attachment is also simple to assemble and to operate. Fill the single serve cup with ingredients, screw on the blade assembly, turning it upside down placing it aligned on the blender, turn the container slightly clockwise and it is ready to blend. When finished blending just remove the blade and screw on the sippy lid and it could be taken with outside in the same container without a need to clean it. The personal blender cup has a secure gasket seal, so it is completely leak proof.

Unfortunately, this machine comes without plunger that could be a nice addition to this powerful machine for blending thick and tough ingredients.

Cleaning: All the parts of the blender (apart of a base unit) are the dishwasher safe so cleanup is fast and easy. This machine also could be cleaned using self-cleaning process – add some hot water and dish soap in the container and run for 30-40 seconds. Then rinse thoroughly and dry with a cloth.

Base Unit and Motor Power

This machine comes with powerful 1100 watts (9.4amps, 110-120 V) motor which makes this blender quite versatile. The stainless steel and plastic base unit is quite big and heavy with non-skid rubber feet which make this machine less slippy so it does not travel during operation. Overall, the base unit looks well-constructed and solid.

However, this machine motor construction still has some issue. The drive gears between the jar and the drive socket is a plastic but anchored in by a metal bar, so most likely the plastic will not break easily. Nevertheless, this plastic gear part may reduce the durability of the machine.

Containers

This machine comes with 64 oz. large pitcher and the 20 oz. single serve cup. Both containers are made from very good quality Tritan copolyester material which is shatter and temperature resistant polycarbonate produced by USA based Estman chemical company. The containers a tolerable to the temperature up to the 248 F (120C) and very hard to break.

64 oz. container has permanently inbuilt blade system, 2 parts rubber lid, a soft grip handle and nicely angled spout just right for easy pouring. The lid has to be tightly closed, otherwise, it leaks and could be a bit difficult to remove after use.

20-oz. single serve cup comes with a removable blade base and a travel lid for taking a shake or smoothie on the go.

Blades

The blade for the large pitcher is integrated into a container and not removable. The single serve blade assembly is screwed to the cup before blending and unscrewed after for cleaning. Both blades made from good quality stainless steel and dull by design, what is quite common with high-end blade system which the B+D must be copied from them. The blade themselves is 4-tip stainless steel.

The blades seem very well-made and durable.

Special Features

Colors: BLACK+DECKER BL6010 Performance blender comes in only one stainless steel with black color.

Certified Refurbished: This machine is not available in certified refurbished condition currently.

Use in countries outside of USA/Canada: This model only comes with 101-120 voltage system to use in USA and Canada. The gadget could be used via voltage transformer in regions with 220-240 voltage system but the usage over transformer will void any warranty for the machine.

Set Includes

  • The base unit with 1100 watts motor;
  • The 64 oz. main pitcher with inbuilt blades system and to 2-part vented lid;
  • The 20 oz. single serve cup and travel lid;
  • The blades assembly for the single serve cup;
  • User manual;
  • Recipe book;
  • 2 laminated card with explanation how to use speed control (units with digit control panel only).

The recipe book covers a range of dishes and includes some for a gluten-free diet and some instruction on how to make the gluten-free flours using raw ingredients.

Warranty and Customer Service

This machine comes with a decent 3-year limited warranty. The BLACK+DECKER BL6010 Performance is a well-made machine and most likely will last 3 years and probably longer. Black and Decker customer service has a good reputation and has no problem with replacing faulty parts or unit.

Noise

This machine is quieter than a majority of other powerful blenders under $100. It outputs around 75-80 decibels that acceptable for this type of home appliance. However, a user always can place rubber mat underneath of the base unit what will also reduce the loudness of the machine.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There is no any extra attachment and accessories available for this blender. However, any replacement parts are easy could be bought through the customer service.

Dimensions

This machine has quite big dimensions. With a footprint of 12 inches x 11 inches, it will take up a significant space on your countertop. Having big size and heavy weight of 10.3 lbs. it will not travel over the counter during a blending process. It also has a significant height profile of 18 inches with the large pitcher on a top of a base unit. So it hardly fits under a standard kitchen cabinet. Most likely, a user will need to keep separately pitcher and the base unit to store them on the counter space. The height of the blender with single serve attachment is about 14 inches.

However, this machine has very neat coil-wrapped cord storage underneath of the base unit. The thick and durable 3 feet cord is longer than most blender cords.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • BLACK+DECKER Performance is multi-purpose machine which outputs very good quality of blending;
  • It is a powerful blender that able to produce not only green smoothies from tough and leafy ingredient but crushes ice easily with and without added liquids;
  • This blender designed to handle hot liquids and could be used for making bulletproof coffee and others;
  • The blender comes with single serve attachment what allow to make the drinks and take them out in the same cup;
  • It has a reasonable price for the machine with such functionality and versatility;
  • The machine is well-made and comes with decent 3 years warranty.

Cons:

  • This machine has some plastic parts in drive to blade coupling what induce some uncertainties about durability of the machine;
  • The model with digit control panel has not very intuitive and straightforward speed controls.

BLACK+DECKER BL6010/BL6005 Performance Consumer Reviews

BLACK+DECKER BL6010/BL6005 Performance is one of the best machines under $100 on the market machines but have very little advertising and promotion and thus quite underrated by the customers.
Amazon rating – 4.1

Price

BLACK+DECKER BL6010/BL6005 price has dropped considerably over the last few months. This is not unusual, as this machine is a quite new product on the market and manufacturers tested the price before decided the on the final one. Currently, amazon has the best offers for this blender which is lower than on the manufacturer website.

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Summary

BLACK+DECKER BL6010/BL5005 Performance is the great blender. They are powerful, relatively quiet, come with large and single serve containers, simple to assemble/disassemble and use. They also equipped with 5 speeds and more than capable to perform a wide range of blending tasks; from the excellent quality green smoothies and frozen desserts to processing hot liquids. At the end, they are a solid and sturdy blenders that should provide fairly heavy service for over 3 years.
And the main point, that these machines for just under a $100 provide more functionality and flexibility than a majority of other blenders in this price range.

Read out article Best Blenders Under $100.

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