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Breville BBL620 Fresh and Furious Blender Review

Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender is the updat­ed ver­sion of the dis­con­tin­ued Bre­ville BBL605XL Hemi­sphere gad­get. Amer­i­ca’s Test Kitchen, Culi­nary Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca’s, and a num­ber of oth­er pub­li­ca­tions pro­mote Bre­ville’s old BBL605XL Hemi­sphere and new BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender as the half-priced best alter­na­tive to com­mer­cial stan­dard machines like Vita­mix or Blendtec. No doubts, it attracts con­sumers. How­ev­er, even at the glance, the com­par­i­son is not fair. The Bre­ville BBL620 comes with 1100 watts of motor pow­er that is 25–30% less than Vitamix’s pow­er. It has only 3‑year Lim­it­ed War­ran­ty as opposed to the 5–10 years Full War­ran­ty for Vita­mix and 8 years for Blendtec mod­els. Some oth­er argu­ments for the Bre­ville excep­tion­al fea­tures are also not com­plete­ly true.

For this rea­son, we decid­ed to look close­ly at this machine and set­tle if the Bre­ville BBL620 is a valid alter­na­tive to the indus­tri­al stan­dard blenders.

 Functionality and Versatility

Smooth­ie: Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender can blend smooth con­sis­ten­cy drinks only from soft ingre­di­ents. How­ev­er, it will not com­plete­ly oblit­er­ate apple or pear peel­ing leav­ing some residues in the drinks. It will not make smooth smooth­ies from tough or leafy ingre­di­ents like car­rot, kale, and oth­ers but deliv­er chunky or grainy out­put. Even blend­ing using the Green Smooth­ie pre-set pro­gram this machine will not deliv­er smooth liq­uid from leafy greenies.

This gad­get also will not pul­ver­ize nuts or dates added to the smooth­ies but leave the chunks in the drink. Liq­ue­fy­ing straw­ber­ry or blue­ber­ry seeds is also an unat­tain­able task for this blender, it will leave them intact as residues in the drink.

Juic­ing: Since this machine is not able to pro­duce a real­ly smooth smooth­ie it will not suit mak­ing the “whole juice” also.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: The Bre­ville will shave stan­dard size ice cube into the snow con­sis­ten­cy. The max­i­mum amount it can han­dle is the one stan­dard ice tray or 250g at any one time. So this machine is able to make snow cones or frozen drinks like margaritas.

It will pul­ver­ize well only small pieces of frozen ingre­di­ents, the user will need to add some liq­uid to process the large pieces. It is a chal­leng­ing task to pul­ver­ize frozen fruits with­in one cycle of the pre-set AUTO PULSE/ICE CRUSH pro­gram, most like­ly you have to run it twice.

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: The BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine is not designed for pro­cess­ing hot ingre­di­ents and require to cool them down before liq­ue­fy­ing soup. There­fore, this machine can­not make hot soups heat­ing it via fric­tions. That is the sig­na­ture func­tion for a prop­er heavy-duty blender, so Bre­ville must be exclud­ed from this cat­e­go­ry and thus not suit­ed for com­par­ing with Vitamix.

Puree­ing: With some efforts, the machine is able to mash boiled pota­to, steamed parsnip, or broc­coli but will hard­ly puree any raw veg­eta­bles. Pro­cess­ing any thick tex­ture makes this motor over­heat­ing with trig­ger­ing shut off of the sys­tem. The user man­u­al also requires blend­ing all the heavy mix­ture for less than 10 sec­onds then stop the blender for stir­ring the ingre­di­ents and continue.

Chopping/food prep:  The Bre­ville is quite good at per­form­ing a light-duty job and will eas­i­ly make a vari­ety of sal­sa, sal­ad dress­ing and, mari­nades recipes. How­ev­er, to make a prop­er dip it will require adding enough liq­uid. So the hum­mus could be done only with enough oil and oth­er liq­uid added.

Nut milk:  The BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine is not good at pro­cess­ing nuts so you can try it but have to use a nut bag to sep­a­rate fiber from the liq­uid for the prop­er milk quality.

Nut but­ter: This machine is not strong enough to make nut but­ter. The nut but­ter usu­al­ly requires more pow­er than this blender has (1100 watts), tam­per help dur­ing the pro­cess­ing that is not includ­ed in the Bre­ville set. How­ev­er, you can try to make it with some extra efforts and soaked the nuts but you will need to stop the machine dur­ing the pro­cess­ing for mix­ing ingredients.

Grinding/milling: The Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine will grind cof­fee and soft grains like oats, but it will not make bak­ing qual­i­ty flour from hard grains like wheat or rice.

Dough/batter: The blender is not designed to knead dough what the user man­u­al clear­ly men­tions also.

Although many review­ers claim that the spher­i­cal bot­tom of the Bre­ville pitch­er is designed to cre­ate a prop­er vor­tex all the time and this is the dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture of this blender it is not always true. The food is indeed well pul­ver­ized at the bot­tom of the pitch­er where it is stacked. There is not enough vor­tex for pulling the ingre­di­ents above the spher­i­cal bot­tom down and thus require to stop gad­get and man­u­al­ly mix them with the spat­u­la. It is pos­si­ble to use pulse func­tion for this pur­pose, how­ev­er, it dis­re­gards the unique idea of the spher­i­cal­ly designed bottom.

In fact, Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous gad­get is a light to medi­um duty blender. It is suit­able only for fruit smooth­ies and food prep tasks such as may­on­naise, sal­ad dress­ing, and oth­er mixers.

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Speed Settings and Programs

Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous con­trol pan­el comes with the On/Off but­ton, four pre-set pro­grams, and five speeds. It also has an LCD timer that counts up while five-speed set­tings are used (show­ing how many sec­onds passed) and counts down when four pre-pro­grammed set­tings run (indi­cat­ing for how long the set is operated).

ON/OFF but­ton pow­ers the machine into the ready mode or used to stop the gad­get dur­ing pro­cess­ing when needed.

5 speeds — (1) MIX (is the low­est speed and com­bines and is good for mix­ing wet and dry ingre­di­ents), (2) CHOP, (3) BLEND, (4) PUREE, (5) LIQUEFY (the fastest set­ting, and is best for break­ing down ingre­di­ents to make cock­tails and oth­er fine­ly blend­ed mix­tures). Each of the 5‑speed set­tings is designed to run for up to 120 sec­onds. After 120 sec­onds the blender will auto­mat­i­cal­ly stop.

Four pre-set pro­grams — AUTO CLEAN, GREEN SMOOTHIE (runs 60 sec­onds and designed for leafy, soft, hard ingre­di­ents and berries), AUTO PULSE/ICE CRUSH (opti­mized to crush ice, and also good for pro­cess­ing foods that need pulse func­tion, the pro­gram has an intel­li­gent sen­sor to stop the motor when the ice is done) and SMOOTHIES (runs 60 sec­onds and designed for soft and frozen ingredients).

You can repeat the set­tings if the blender has not achieved the desired result in one go. If the result is achieved soon­er than 60 – 120 sec­onds, you can press the ON/OFF but­ton to fin­ish the blend­ing. You also can select the speed or pre-set pro­gram at any time dur­ing the blender pro­cess­ing. Just press the new speed or pro­gram, and the blender will change speed or pro­gram imme­di­ate­ly, its but­ton will illu­mi­nate and the pre­vi­ous but­ton illu­mi­na­tion will go out. When you change the speed and pro­grams dur­ing the pro­cess­ing the Bre­ville BBL620 will auto­mat­i­cal­ly turn off at 120 sec­onds of total run­ning time. Or you can stop it ear­li­er by just press­ing the ON/OFF button.

The 2 minute max­i­mum blend­ing time is anoth­er indi­ca­tion of the light-duty blender, the com­mer­cial type machines like Vita­mix can run up to 10 min in one go with­out harm to the system.

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Ease of Using and Cleaning

Oper­at­ing: BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine has the blades per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt in the pitch­er, so it is very easy to oper­ate. Just place the jar on the base unit, fill it with ingre­di­ents, close the lid, and run. The lid con­sists of two pads the lid and the remov­able cup what allow the addi­tion of extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing the blend­ing process. How­ev­er, the blender does not include tam­per and requires to stop it from mix­ing the food or get­ting rid of air pock­ets. The air pock­et also could be removed using the pulse function.

Clean­ing: Like any oth­er blender with inbuilt blade assem­bly the BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Con­trol is easy to clean. The con­tain­er is dish­wash­er safe. It also could be washed using the self-clean­ing mode. Just fill the con­tain­er with the water, add few drops of dish-wash­ing liq­uid, and run it for 1 minute or less. It is advis­able to hold the lid dur­ing the self-clean­ing pro­ce­dure because the bub­bles may burst the top off.

Base Unit and Motor Power

Although the exte­ri­or design of BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous has a heavy-duty die-cast met­al base and looks very sol­id, it is equipped with only 1100 watts motor and the plas­tic base unit sock­et for con­nect­ing the blade assem­bly to the dri­ve sys­tem. What is the weak side of the con­struc­tion and ques­tions the claim about the good built and per­for­mance of this machine? The blender, as a result, can han­dle only light-medi­um duty tasks and could not per­form any job that is usu­al for com­mer­cial type blenders.

How­ev­er, the machine is equipped with an over­load pro­tec­tor sys­tem to pre­vent over­heat­ing the motor and will extend the motor life expectan­cy. It also has great cord stor­age that is neat­ly coiled around the base of the blender.

Containers

breville-jar

The BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender comes with 50 oz. (6 cups/1.5L) East­man Tri­tan copoly­ester con­tain­er is made from pre­mi­um qual­i­ty BPA-free and light­weight poly­mer mate­r­i­al. It also has clear mea­sur­ing guides print­ed on the side. The con­tain­er is shat­ter­proof, dish­wash­er safe that can sur­vive repeat­ed dish­wash­er clean­ing. How­ev­er, the con­tain­er is not designed for blend­ing hot liq­uids what is the obvi­ous draw­back for the pre­mi­um qual­i­ty jar.

Anoth­er neg­a­tive of the Bre­ville con­tain­er is the inac­cu­rate design of the spout that tends to splash the poured liq­uids after blend­ing. And the lid fit­ted not very secure­ly at the pitch­er and keeps pulling off dur­ing blending.

Blades

breville-blades

The Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous was designed with the blade assem­bly semi-per­ma­nent­ly attached to the con­tain­er but it could be removed with a spe­cial wrench if need­ed. The blades are strong and made from sur­gi­cal grade stain­less steel to ensure them stay sharp for longer. The blades are con­struct­ed as 6‑prong with two of them wide and straight, anoth­er four with ser­rat­ed edges with medi­um and small teeth. The blades, bear­ing assem­bly, and dri­ve nut are also all-met­al with a cou­ple of rub­ber seal­ing. The blades and all assem­bly are well made and of good quality.

Special Features

Col­ors: BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine is avail­able in stain­less steel col­or only.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: There is no cer­ti­fied refur­bished blender is avail­able for these mod­els at present.

Use in coun­tries out­side of USA/Canada: The Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous sold in the USA equipped with a 110–120 volt­age sys­tem. It is pos­si­ble to use it in 220–240 volt­age sys­tem coun­tries over the volt­age trans­former. How­ev­er, this machine is avail­able to buy in many coun­tries over local retail­ers so it is bet­ter to buy it local­ly and use it over the trans­former if the user needs to take it abroad for a short peri­od of time only.

Noise

The BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine is a loud blender despite the fact it has not extreme­ly pow­er­ful motor (1100 w). It out­puts around 80 at low speed to 95 at high-speed deci­bels what is com­pa­ra­ble to the sound from the pass­ing diesel truck.

Warranty and Customer Service

Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous comes with only a 3‑year Lim­it­ed war­ran­ty what is rather short for the blender that tries to com­pete with high-end blenders and cost near­ly $200. The Bre­ville is quite good at replac­ing faulty units but if you decide to return the machine they will charge usu­al­ly $40 fee.

Cus­tomer Ser­vice is not very help­ful and once the war­ran­ty peri­od is passed they unlike­ly to offer help­ful solu­tions to the customer.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There is no extra attach­ment and acces­sories avail­able for this blender. There is only avail­able replace­ment pitch­er to buy from the man­u­fac­tur­er or dif­fer­ent retailers.

Set Includes

  • Base unit with 1100 watts motor;
  • 50 oz Tri­tan copoly­ester round­ed con­tain­er and inbuilt blade assembly;
  • Lid with mea­sur­ing cup;
  • Bre­ville Instruc­tion Book and recipes card

Dimensions

The Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous gad­get will not occu­py much of your counter space. It has quite a com­pact 6.9 inch­es x 8.5 inch­es base unit foot­print and height of only 17.2 inch­es what allows to fit the machine under the stan­dard kitchen cabinet.

The total weight of the assem­bled machine is 8.4 pounds, which is quite light for the machine, espe­cial­ly with the met­al base unit coat­ing. No won­der this machine is not very sta­ble dur­ing oper­a­tion and may move across the counter espe­cial­ly when blend­ing at a high speed. The Machine no doubt will move over the counter dur­ing oper­a­tion because of the very light­weight of it.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender has a sleek and mod­ern design with the die-cast base unit enclosure.
  • The machine equipped with good qual­i­ty blade assembly;
  • Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine comes with inbuilt into the con­tain­er blade assem­bly what makes this machine very easy to use and clean.

Cons:

  • The Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine is rather over­priced for the medi­um-duty blender with only 1100 watts motor;
  • The blender is fair­ly noisy;
  • It comes with­out tamper;
  • The machine does not blend all the ingre­di­ent smooth­ly and eas­i­ly and requires to stop it from time to time to mix the ingre­di­ents man­u­al­ly for eas­i­er blending;
  • The BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous machine comes with quite a short only 3‑year lim­it­ed warranty;
  • Although the blender was designed in Aus­tralia, it was man­u­fac­tured in Chi­na, so it has dura­bil­i­ty issues typ­i­cal for Chi­na’s out­sourced appliances.

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Breville BBL620 Consumer Reviews

This blender has a very good rec­om­men­da­tion from Amer­i­ca’s Test Kitchen and oth­er rep­utable review­ers so it has also may have favor­able reviews from the cus­tomers what is quite com­mon when the heavy adver­tise­ment is usu­al­ly accom­pa­nied by pos­i­tive reviews from cus­tomers no mat­ter how good the prod­uct in reality.

The Ama­zon rat­ing varies from 4.4.

Price

The price for the Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender is sta­ble for the major­i­ty of retail­ers at around $190.This mod­el is quite new and has no cer­ti­fied refur­bished mod­el yet avail­able, so no chance to buy it much cheap­er than the aver­age retail price.

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Summary

Even the Bre­ville BBL620 Fresh & Furi­ous Blender is a bet­ter ver­sion than the old BBL605XL Hemi­sphere with more than 1100 watts pow­er­ful but is not as excel­lent as the many reviews sug­gest. It han­dles ice crush­ing, makes good smoothest but not silky like Vita­mix, good at chop­ping and mix­ing job but is not able to han­dle tough and leafy ingre­di­ents in smooth­ies. Adver­tise­ment insists that it pulls the con­tents towards the blades for homo­ge­neous blend­ing but this is not always true. It might be a very good machine with a price tag under $100 but it is unrea­son­ably over­priced and cer­tain­ly under-per­form for the machine that costs $200.

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2 Comments

  1. Lawrence

    Please pro­vide sol­id evi­dence for “Although the blender was designed in Aus­tralia, it was man­u­fac­tured in Chi­na, so it has dura­bil­i­ty issues typ­i­cal for chi­na out­sourced appliances.”.
    Thanks.

    • lucy

      Dear Lawrence,
      The Blender is man­u­fac­tured in Chi­na, you can con­firm the fact with the man­u­fac­ture if you con­tact the Bre­ville cus­tomer ser­vice. The dura­bil­i­ty is nor­mal­ly sug­gest­ed by the length of War­ran­ty which is 1 year for the Bre­ville blender.

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