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Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender Review

Est. $100
Reviewed
October 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender Review

Best multi-use immersion blender

Pros
  • Crushes ice and frozen fruit
  • Chopper and whisk included
  • Attachments easy to interchange
  • Easy to clean
  • Variable speeds
Cons
  • Large and unwieldy

Bottom line

Powerful blending, easy cleanup and a comfortable grip make the Breville Control Grip BSB510XL the best hand blender you can buy for home use, say experts and owners. If you think you'll use an immersion blender frequently, or blend tough items like frozen fruit or vegetable smoothies, this is the one to buy. It's also versatile, with a handy number of attachments and accessories included. It's large and heavy, though.

Breaking it down

Performance

Extremely versatile. Few hand blenders are capable of crushing ice and pulverizing hard, frozen fruit, but owners and professional testers say the Breville BSB510XL can do it all. In one hand-blender comparison test, the Breville was unsurpassed at combining frozen fruit and yogurt for smoothies. Unlike most hand blenders, it can even crush ice cubes to slush. It also earns the highest possible score for puréeing soups, and owners say it does the job without splashing soup out of the pot. The Breville comes with a whisk attachment that users say does a great job of beating eggs and whipping cream, and a chopper bowl with its own blade that owners find handy for chopping veggies. The chopper bowl holds 25 ounces and the blender jug has a generous 42-ounce capacity. It has 15 speeds that are adjusted with a dial on top of the motor body.

Ease of use

Intuitive design. The Breville BSB51-XL operates with a trigger grip, where you just squeeze the handle of the blender. The oval blade guard is designed to keep the blade from suctioning to the bottom of a pot, and the rubber rim around the blade guard prevents scratching of nonstick cookware. However, the blade assembly is rather large and won't fit into some narrower containers, reviewers say. The chopper and whisk attachments are easily interchangeable and the containers have lids, so you can store them directly in the fridge. Cleanup is simple, just detach the shaft from the motor and toss in the dishwasher. All the other parts, except the motor housing and chopping-bowl lid, are also dishwasher safe.

Appearance/durability

Large, but sturdy. At about 16 inches long, the Breville BSB510XL Control Grip is fairly large for a home immersion blender -- but reviewers say this makes it handy for reaching the bottom of a big pot. Experts and users all say that the Breville seems larger and heavier overall compared to some other stick blenders and can seem unwieldy. Most point out, though, that hand blenders are only meant to be used for a few minutes at a time, so that's not a problem in general and it weighs only 2 pounds, well under the 3-pound comfort limit established by some experts. We read very few durability complaints, and most say that this immersion blender feels very sturdy. It comes with a one-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The editors at ConsumerReports.org test seven immersion blenders, including the Breville Control Grip BSB510XL. Each blender is rated on its ability to purée vegetable soup and frozen fruit-and-yogurt smoothies as well as useful features and maximum RPM.

Review: Breville Control Grip BSB510XL, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. TheSweetHome.com

The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender is the top pick in this roundup of the top blenders. Christine Cyr Clisset says the Breville is worth its relatively high price for its power and ease of handling. It performes well pureeing and making smoothies even with tough greens like kale. It is also very versatile.

Review: The Best Immersion Blender , Christine Cyr Clisset, Oct. 17, 2013

3. Men's Journal

Jesse Will asks Matthew Lightner, head chef at Altera in New York City, to test four blenders by mixing smoothies, whipping egg whites and making purees. Lightner says the Breville is a very powerful performer, but notes that it's bulky and awkward, and the bottom is too large for some receptacles.

Review: The Best Immersion Blenders for Cooks, Jesse Will , Not Dated

4. Amazon.com

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender gets an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 240 owner reviews. Owners say it excels in blending frozen fruit, puréeing soups and whipping cream. Some say it's large, heavy and unwieldy.

Review: Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014

5. BedBathAndBeyond.com

The Breville Control Grip BSB510XL gets about 20 reviews here, averaging 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners like the immersion blender's variable speeds, versatility and easy cleanup. They also say it's powerful and seems sturdy.

Review: Breville The Control Grip Immersion Blender , Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of September 2014

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