A Breville blender may not be the first choice that comes to mind if you’re looking for a smoothie maker, but you may be in for a surprise when you find out how powerful this small appliance really is – in spite of a very reasonable price point.
Although this Australian company’s name is readily associated with top quality small appliances, not many realize how well some Breville blenders have been received.
For busy households, a blender is THE go to small appliance that is constantly being used, whether for quick breakfast smoothies, easy hot soups for lunch, or shortcuts for entertaining. Like the proverbial beehive, this countertop appliance is more often than not the hub of activity in a busy kitchen.
Breville ProKinetix Motion
The ProKinetix movement is the first feature that differentiates Breville blenders. Here’s how it works.
A set of three curved wide sweeping stainless steel blades contoured to the base of the container pushes ingredients toward the top, while three smaller serrated central blades then pull them back downward.
This ProKinetix movement ensures that wet and dry ingredients get pulverized with less heat transfer and a lesser chance of over processing – all within one container.
According to Breville, this results in two striking advantages over other blenders: a smoother consistency, plus it preserves up to 24% more nutrients in comparison to other commercial blenders!
The Breville Boss Super Blender
The Breville Boss is certainly giving the big guys a run for their money. With relatively few contenders in its stable, Breville has thrown down the gauntlet and issued its competitors a serious challenge with the Breville BBL910XL Boss.
The other feature that makes the big Boss stand out is its sheer power. Capable of reaching 3.5 peak horsepower, this high velocity super blender‘s 1500-watt motor is up to the task without quite reaching the high decibel levels of the Vitamix.
A heavy duty die-cast base and all metal couplings (drive shaft and bearing) ensure better durability when dealing with tough blends. An overload protection system also ensures the motor does not get over stressed.
Its BPA-free 68-ounce Tritan jug is equipped with a tight fitting ring-assist ventilating lid allowing steam to escape when blending hot soups. The weak-fingered will also appreciate the Breville Assist plug feature which allows for easy removal from the wall outlet.
The Breville Boss’ manual speed selector allows precise control up to 12 speeds from super slow Stir up to high Mill. In addition, five preset one-touch programs including Smoothie, Green Smoothie, Frozen Dessert, Soup, as well as Pulse/Ice Crush make it easy to achieve the perfect texture.
A display panel with LCD timer allows you to keep track of counts up for speed dial settings as well as counts down for pre-programmed settings. A stroke of genius worth noting: Breville is the world’s first manufacturer to feature a dedicated control for Green Smoothies – seems so obvious in hindsight…
An Auto Clean function also facilitates cleaning around the blades: simply add two cups of warm soapy water, hit the self-clean button, and clean up is done.
Two spatulas are included: the scraper spatula is used to push food down from the walls, and the frozen dessert tamper to push thick foods into the blades.
In addition, the Blending with the Boss™ Appliance Science & Recipes book will guide you through an extensive selection of yummy recipes for smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, nut butters and milk, sauces and cocktails, as well as tips from Chef Heston Blumenthal to help you understand your ingredients and the science behind blending them.
The big Boss blender measures 9 ½” X 7 ¾” x 18″ and weighs a hefty 12.8lbs.
The Breville Boss To Go
Equipped with a 1,000-watt peak power motor, this small blender includes two BPA-free Tritan smooth rimmed travel tumblers, one 16oz- and one 32oz-capacity.
Users appreciate that it is convenient, super easy to clean and leak proof (see caveat below).
The Nurture via Nature cookbook (which can be downloaded from the Breville website) includes tasty smoothie recipes (including how to ‘pimp’ your green smoothies) as well as lovely smoothie bowls and shakes to help you get started. Chef Heston Blumenthal even explains how to gradually build up to green smoothies in order to support your health.
You can also look forward to amazing popsicle recipes, secrets to sinful ‘mocktails’, as well as learn how to make different types of milk alternatives as well as grind protein booster powders.
Breville Boss Pros & Cons
It would be fair to say that the big Boss blender has met with resounding approval. Smoothie enthusiasts love the Green Smoothie-specific preset in particular and can’t say enough about the “silky smooth” blended drinks it produces.
Comments indicate that both Breville blenders do a superior job of producing fine, smooth blends – it would appear that kale, raspberry and chia seeds have finally met their match…
Small Boss To Go
However, the small Breville Boss To Go seems to have hit a snag. While most people are simply ecstatic about this small blender, others hate it.
Since there is no On-Off switch, you have to push down and turn the bowl/blade assembly in order to activate the unit. If you happen to have the right touch, the Boss To Go operates like a dream. But a slight misalignment between jug and base, and ‘Sydney, we’ve got a problem!’. The Boss To Go is just not small- or weak-hands friendly!
Looking for a great power blender that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? You may want to take a serious look at the Breville Boss. If budget is tight but you’re convinced that a blender is essential in helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you may just have found the perfect solution.
But beware! This Australian company is still relatively unknown in North America and demand is low at this time. But this may not last much longer…