Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender is the updated version of the discontinued Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere gadget. America’s Test Kitchen, Culinary Institute of America, 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 doubt, it attracts consumers. However, even at a glance, the comparison is not fair. The Breville BBL620 comes with 1100 watts of motor power which is 25–30% less than Vitamix’s power. In addition, it has only a 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 Breville’s 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.
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Table of Contents
Functionality and Versatility
Smoothie: Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender can blend smooth consistency drinks only from soft ingredients. Though it will not totally process apple or pear peeling but leave some residues in the drinks. The blender also will not make smooth smoothies from tough or leafy ingredients like carrot, kale, and others but deliver chunky or grainy output. Finally, this machine will not deliver smooth liquid from leafy greenies, even blending using the Green Smoothie pre-set program.
This gadget will also 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: The Breville BBL620 will not suit making the “whole juice”, since it is not able to produce a really smooth smoothie.
Frozen ingredients/desserts: The Breville will shave standard-size ice cubes into the snow consistency. It can handle a maximum the one standard tray or 250g of ice at any one time. Therefore this gadget is capable 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. In addition, 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 requires cooling them down before liquefying soup. Therefore, this machine cannot make hot soups, heating it via friction. 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 effort, 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 overheat by triggering shut off of the system. The user manual also requires blending all the heavy mixtures for less than 10 seconds, then stopping the blender for stirring the ingredients and continuing.
Chopping/food prep: The Breville is quite good at performing a light-duty job and will easily make various salsa, salad dressing, and marinade recipes. However, making a proper dip 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 effort and soak 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 able to knead the dough, the user manual also clearly mentions this.
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. However, there is not enough vortex for pulling the ingredients above the spherical bottom down and thus requires stopping gadgets and manually mixing them with the spatula. It is possible to use the 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. Therefore, 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 features the On/Off button, four pre-set programs, and five speeds. It also has an LCD timer that counts up while running the five-speed settings (shows how many seconds passed) and counts down when four pre-programmed settings are used (indicating how long the set is operated).
The ON/OFF button powers the machine into the ready mode or is 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 the 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; commercial-type machines like Vitamix can run up to 10 min in one go without harm to the system.
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 which allows the addition of extra ingredients during the blending process. However, the blender does not include a tamper and requires stopping 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 a 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 an 1100 watts motor and the plastic base unit socket for connecting the blade assembly to the drive system. So what is the weak side of the construction and questions the claim about this machine’s good build and performance? As a result, the blender can handle only light-medium duty tasks and could not perform any usual job for commercial-type blenders.
However, the machine is equipped with an overload protector system to prevent overheating the motor and extend motor life expectancy. It also has great cord storage that is neatly coiled around the base of the blender.
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. The measuring guides printed on the side are easily identified. The container is shatterproof, dishwasher safe that can survive repeated dishwasher cleaning. However, the container is not designed for blending hot liquids, which is the obvious drawback for the premium quality jar.
In addition, the Breville container has an inaccurate design of the spout, so it tends to splash the poured liquids. The container lid also does not fit very securely the pitcher and often pulls off during blending.
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 they stay sharp for longer. The blades are constructed as 6‑prong with two of them wide and straight, and 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.
Colors: BBL620 Fresh & Furious machine is available in stainless steel color only.
Certified Refurbished: There is no certified refurbished blender available for these models at present.
Use in countries outside of the USA/Canada: The Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious is sold in the USA and equipped with a 110–120 voltage system. Therefore, it is possible to use it in 220–240 voltage system countries over the voltage transformer. However, you can find this blender in many countries through local retailers. Hence, it is better to buy it locally and use the machine with a power transformer if you need to take it abroad for a short period of time.
Although the BBL620 Fresh & Furious has not a very powerful motor (1100 w), it is a loud blender. It releases around 80 at low speed to 95 at high-speed decibels which is comparable to the sound from a passing diesel truck.
Warranty and Customer Service
Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious comes with only a 3‑year Limited warranty which is rather short for the blender that tries to compete with high-end blenders and costs nearly $200. The Breville is quite good at replacing faulty units, but they will usually charge a $40 fee if you decide to return the machine.
Customer Service is not very helpful, and once the warranty period is passed, they are unlikely to offer helpful solutions to the customer.
Optional Accessories and Attachments
There is no extra attachment and accessories available for this blender. There are only available replacement pitchers to buy from the manufacturer or different retailers.
- 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
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 a height of only 17.2 inches, which allows it to fit the machine under the standard kitchen cabinet.
The assembled machine’s total weight 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 high speed. No doubt, the Machine will move over the counter during operation because of the very lightweight it.
Breville BBL620 Consumer Reviews
This blender has a very good recommendation from America’s Test Kitchen and other reputable reviewers, so it may have favorable reviews from the customers which is quite common when the heavy advertisement is usually accompanied by positive reviews from customers no matter how good the customers are a product in reality.
The price for the Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender is stable for the majority of retailers. However, 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.
Even the Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender is a better version than the old BBL605XL Hemisphere with more than 1100 watts powerful, but it 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 device that costs a good quality high-end blender clone.
Alternatively, check here our article, the Best Blender under $200 – Cheaper Alternative to Vitamix 2020 Guide.
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.”.
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.
Even though the quality of this blender is good, I agree with all the cons. I am very disappointed and wish I had not purchased it before checking the reviews first. I thought Breville was a good product. I was wrong.