Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Review

Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender
Bottom Line

The Breville Hemisphere Control blender could be the only countertop blender you'll ever need. It's stylish, versatile, easy to use and clean, and is a high performer even on tough, ice-crushing jobs. We did see some complaints that the Hemisphere failed after a year or so of use.

  • Excellent performance from purees to ice
  • Five speeds, three additional presets
  • Simple and intuitive to use
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Some durability complaints

Breaking it down


Ranks up there with high-end blenders. The Breville Hemisphere Control is the one blender that consistently sits at the top of "best of" lists along with the big boys from Vitamix and Blendtec. In professional tests, it gets equally high scores for crushing ice, making nut flours and butters, and for blending consistency for pesto, soups, sauces and yogurt. The BBL605XL even passed what reviewer Katie Pilkington at CNET calls "the torture test," seeing if it could pulverize a block of cold cheddar cheese into a usable texture. It also gets raves from owners and experts for its quiet operation.

Ease of use

Couldn't be simpler. With intuitive, easy-to-operate controls, the Breville Hemisphere Control could not be easier to use. The blending options feature five speeds and three presets, all of which are clearly labeled to denote their function, thus taking the guesswork out of any mixing/blending task. The unique, hemispherical shape of the Breville keeps food from getting stuck in crevices, making it easy to scrape and clean. All of the jug parts are dishwasher safe. The lid and cord even feature handy "loops" to make them easier to grab and lift, and the cap can be used for measuring. The cord wraps neatly around the unit when not in use.


A few mixed reviews. Experts give the Breville Hemisphere Control high marks for durability, with one professional testing organization saying their units had not slowed down even after making 400 smoothies with tough, leafy veggies and chunks of frozen fruit. Another well-respected product test site gives it an Excellent for durability. Most owners agree, but we found a few who complained that their unit had broken in the second year of use -- after the one-year warranty expired, but sooner than they thought it should for the price they paid. Reviews for customer service are mixed, some praise it, while others pan it. Based upon Breville's overall reputation for quality and customer service, we still recommend the Breville Hemisphere Control.

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Our Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated

Blenders , Editors of Cook's Illustrated, January 2014

This testing was originally performed in September 2012 with editors challenging nine blenders, including the Breville Hemisphere Control, with a variety of blending tasks. It was updated in January 2014 to include long-term durability results. Testing is thorough and now includes longer-term durability.


Breville Hemisphere Control Blender review This Breville's performance stands out, Katie Pilkington, March 7, 2014

In a rigorous test of the Breville Hemisphere Control blender, Katie Pilkington ultimately awards it 4 stars out of 5. This review includes comparisons of the results of testing on six other blenders, and the Breville is one of the top picks.


Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL blender, Editors of , Not Dated

Editors of test and rate more than 75 countertop blenders, including the Breville Hemisphere Control. Testing methodology includes blending yogurt, pureeing soups and crushing ice for smoothies. They also evaluated convenience, noise and durability. User reviews are also helpful for real-world perspective, but are not part of the editors' evaluation process.


The Best Blender, Cristine Cyr Clisset, May 29, 2015

In this update from last year's test, Cristine Cyr Clisset notes that they have tested a total of 16 models over three years. Their top pick this year is the Oster Versa, but Clisset says of the Hemisphere, "… we still like this machine. It has a really nice control panel, with buttons that light up, an LCD timer, and five speed buttons. The vortex was very efficient, and it passed all of our blending tests."

5. Good Housekeeping

Breville the Hemisphere Control Blender BBL605XL, Editors of Good Housekeeping, July 2013

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 38 blenders over a range of tough tasks. The Breville Hemisphere Control receives 4.5 stars out of 5. Performance-wise it excelled in every area, but editors note that tomato sauce left stains on the jar, and calls to customer service were never returned.


Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender, Contributors to, As of November 2015

With more than 900 owner reviews posted, the Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL earns an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most praise its outstanding performance and usability, but there are some durability complaints. While this page is for the silver version, reviews for the other two color options are included as well.


Breville - Hemisphere Control 48-Oz. Blender - Stainless-Steel, Contributors to, As of November 2015

In just over a dozen reviews, the Breville BBL605XL earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5; 85 percent would recommend this blender. Owners say it's obviously a well-made, high-quality product that performs very well and saves them a great deal of prep time.