Breville Fresh & Furious Review
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|Pros||Great green smoothies, presets, visual timer||Great blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butter||Great ice crushing, easy to clean, timed presets, large capacity||Good at crushing ice, very smooth smoothies||Good at grinding, solid at crushing ice and making blended drinks|
|Cons||Finicky lid, struggles grinding & pureeing||No presets, no digital timer, food sticks under blade, motor overheats and smells||Loud, subpar grinding||Can't heat up soups that well, poor performance grinding parmesan cheese||Substandard smoothie skills, not that convenient to use|
|Bottom Line||With its user-friendly interface and stellar fruit-blending abilities, this blender is great for the daily smoothie drinker||This budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly well||An easy-to-use blender with an extra-large pitcher, great for parties or families who enjoy blended drinks but not for soup or flour||This blender did fairly well across the board, but there are far better options available||The price for this blender seems high compared to its relatively poor performance|
|Rating Categories||Breville Fresh & Fu...||NutriBullet Blender||Ninja Professional...||Cleanblend Commerci...||Oster Versa Pro|
|Specs||Breville Fresh & Fu...||NutriBullet Blender||Ninja Professional...||Cleanblend Commerci...||Oster Versa Pro|
|Model Number||BBL620SIL1AUS1||ZNBF30400Z||BN701||Commercial Smoothie Blender||BLSTVB-RV0-000|
|Power||Peak 1.5 HP||1.6 HP||Peak 1.9 HP||Peak 3.0 HP||Peak 1.9 HP|
|Dimensions||8.5" x 6.9" x 17.3"||16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5"||6.75" x 9" x 17.5"||18" x 15" x 13"||12.1" x 16.8" x 11.6"|
|Pitcher size||50 oz||64 oz||72 oz||64 oz||64 oz|
|Dishwasher safe||Yes. Top rack only for lid.||Pitcher; top rack only||Yes||Yes||No|
|Measured Soup Temperature||84||152.1||74||124||138.5|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Breville Fresh and Furious sets itself apart with a juicing cone and a visible digital timer for convenience. The 50-ounce blender pitcher is on the slightly smaller side but still takes up the same amount of counter space as most blenders, with a blending capacity of 60 to 70 ounces. This blender works very well in specific scenarios, but falls short in others, read on to see how it holds up to our hands-on testing.
The Breville Fresh and Furious can whip up most smoothies in a quick 60 seconds with the smoothie setting, but some are better than others.
The Fresh and Furious creates a velvety textured green smoothie, complete with hearty greens like kale, blended with orange juice. It leaves a few small pieces of kale unblended, but the mixture flows nicely through a sieve leaving only a small amount behind. The green smoothie made by the Fresh and Furious is one of the best we've tasted.
The fruit with oats and berry smoothies are both equally delicious, although the texture leaves a little to be desired. These smoothies have a pretty significant presence of noticeably intact berry seeds. Although, the oats and almonds blend right in with the rest of the fruit, producing a thick but not grainy smoothie. The straight berry smoothie also requires roughly 120 seconds of blend time to ensure the right viscosity, which is twice the time of the smoothie setting. The Oreo milkshake is a little runny, more closely resembling melted ice cream than a proper malt milkshake.
Our ice metric consists of two tests; ice crushing and margarita making. The Fresh and Furious does pretty well in both these tests producing mostly uniformed crushed ice and an almost Slurpee-like texture.
The crushed ice has a bit of a grainy texture to it. While the ice chunks are crushed into uniform pieces, visible crystals cover each piece like powdered snow. It also takes a full 60 seconds to crush the ice fully, which is on the longer side. The margarita leaves us with a similar feel. The Fresh and Furious efficiently blends ice, alcohol, lemonade, and strawberries in 60 seconds to make a delicious margarita. Still, the texture is a teensy bit off, and it struggles to get started. The blender has to work very hard to begin the process but calms down quickly for the remaining 52 seconds of its cycle. This blender also leaves some slightly less uniform chunks in the margarita.
The Fresh and Furious is very easy to use. The interface and presets are intuitive, the top, pitcher, and blades are dishwasher safe, and the shorter power chord prevents spills.
The Fresh and Furious is easy to wash by hand and dishwasher safe, and it comes with a cleaning preset. The removable inner lid can be used for measuring, which is a fun, unique feature, and the visible timer takes the guesswork out of your blending experience.
This blender has nine presets: auto clean, green smoothie, ice crush, smoothie, mix, chop, blend, puree, and liquify. These options are convenient and provide a good baseline.
The lid can be a little difficult to remove as the pitcher's contents become pressurized as they blend. Sometimes the lid becomes so pressurized that the contents explode out of the jar once you pry the lid off.
Unfortunately, the Fresh and Furious has a lot of room for improvement in its pureeing department.
While pureeing soups, the lid becomes pressurized and difficult to remove, and this blender cannot heat its contents, meaning you'll have to cook your soup over the stove. The nut butter takes a long time to get to a decently blended consistency and remains grainy regardless of how long you blend it. It also requires turning the concoction over while adding lots of oil to get to this subpar consistency. Overall, we would not recommend this blender for nut-fiends looking to make their own nut butters.
Similar to pureeing, the Fresh and Furious does not pass the grinding test. This blender clearly struggles its way through all three tests, producing a rather chunky outcome.
The sugar is the most successful of the three tests, producing quite soft and powdery sugar throughout, except for the very bottom layer, which remains granulated. The parmesan requires all hands on deck. It must be sliced into smaller pieces before grinding and still leaves behind un-ground but softened chunks. The Fresh and Furious is not meant for grinding corn flour, and its performance reflects that. After the first 60-second cycle, practically no kernels are ground. After a second 60-second cycle, we were afraid we might break the blender.
Should You Buy the Breville Fresh & Furious?
The Breville Fresh and Furious produces pretty amazing smoothies and okay margaritas but falls short in most other categories. It is not the most expensive in our test suite, but it is far from the least, so if you plan to make anything other than smoothies, we recommend that you look at some of the other options we tested.
What Other Blenders Should You Consider?
The Fresh and Furious is easy to use with a clearly labeled interface, and nine presets. Unfortunately, it does not measure up to some of the other options in our test suite in pureeing and grinding.If you're willing to make the investment in a blender that is nearly perfect in every way, then we recommend the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series. This blender has withstood the test of time against all other models over the years. The Cuisinart Hurricane Pro also has a similarly excellent performance at a fraction of the price.
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