Item: Breville BBL910XL Boss Easy to Use Superblender
Overall Impression: If you like lots of bells and whistles and the ability to program your powerful blender, then this is the one for you.
Blenders started out with pretty simple controls: maybe an on/off switch and a speed dial, or else a couple of speed buttons to choose from. But nowadays, preset programs and extra functions are all the rage. The Breville Boss has buttons, a dial, and a digital display, not to mention flashy accessories. Does all this add up to a better blending experience?
The Quick Facts
Characteristics and specs:
- Height: 7 ¾"W x 9 ½"D x 18"H; about 22"H with the tamper in place
- Weight: 12.8 pounds
- Blending container: BPA free, 2 liters (68 ounces), vented lid comes with a pull ring to assist in removing it
- Cord length: About 3.5 feet, push-in cord storage
- Power: 2-peak horsepower
- Blade construction: 2 sets of stainless steel blades that sit on top of each other
- Base design: 5 preset programs (smoothie, green smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, pulse/ice crush), manual speed selector with 12 speeds, auto clean function, count-up and count-down timers, pause button
- Production and construction: Designed and engineered in Australia, assembled in China
- Accessories: 2 tampers (called the scraper spatula and frozen dessert wand), science and recipe book, Cook’n Recipe Organizer App, flexible spatula
- Warranty: 7 years
Favorite details: Small details like a super-tight lid and a pause button set this apart from other blenders. I liked the easy-to-use program buttons and the ability to program custom blending time.
Potential problems: This blender sits quite tall on the counter and is also quite heavy, so storage and moving it around can be a bit cumbersome. Two tampers are provided, but they feel a bit short to push down the food efficiently into the blades. While smoothies came out really smooth, other foods weren't as smooth as the results from other high-powered blenders.
Who would love this? If you like lots of preset functions and the ability to program custom blending time, not to mention sleek but heavy-duty construction, this is the blender for you.
I put the Breville Boss through five different tests, and here's how it did:
- The test: Kale, soaked raw cashews, banana, dried figs, fresh ginger, and ice
- Result: Used the green smoothie program since there was kale, which took 60 seconds and had the motor go between low and high speed several times. Resulting smoothie was very smooth and creamy.
- The test: Chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, water, garlic, lemon juice, and salt
- Result: Used the puree setting and blended for 1 1/2 minutes. It required the use of the frozen dessert wand to push the garbanzos into the blades. The resulting texture was not perfectly smooth and a touch grainy.
3. Pureed Cooked Carrots
- The test: Cooked baby carrots, plus cooking liquid
- Result: Used the soup program, which is preprogrammed to run for six minutes, with a slow start, then ramping up to high speed, and ending with some stirring. I had to use the frozen dessert wand to push the carrots into the blades and stopped and scraped down once. Turned it off after one minute, 30 seconds since it looked done. Not silky-smooth, as there were little bits in the puree and it only reached 81°F.
4. Almond Butter
- The test: 1 1/2 cups dry roasted almonds
- Result: Used the mill (highest speed) setting, and the almonds turned dusty and stuck to the sides of the jar. I tried pushing the almonds down with the frozen dessert wand but it didn't seem to do much. It never really turned into much of an almond butter but might have smoothed out if oil was added.
5. Ice Crushing
- The test: 2 cups ice cubes
- Result: Used the ice crush program, which takes 60 seconds and has a sensor to stop when ice is done. The ice was decently crushed but there were larger flecks of ice mixed in with the smaller pieces.
Design and Functions
Breville packs a lot of programmed features into their Boss blender, and they're not afraid to show it off, even in the highly designed packaging, which has lots of pictures and graphics. Some might find all these functions exactly what they're looking for, but it might be a bit overwhelming for others who don't really need this many options.
Instead of using numbers to indicate manual blending speed, the speed selector on the pretty die-cast metal base lists tasks that correspond to speeds. While it's nice to see some general tasks listed as a guide on what speed to use, I prefer numbers since I think they would be easier to remember when trying to blend the same thing on the same setting in the future.
The digital display counts up when on the manual setting or counts down on the programmed settings, which is nice if you want to know how much time is left in a setting or how long it takes to blend something on a manual setting.
The best part is that you can set manual blending time with the timer buttons before picking the blend setting so that it turns on and you can walk away. However, you do have to press up by seconds — this can be a bit tedious, but you can hold down the buttons to make things go faster.
There is also a pause button, which lets you pause a setting for up to two minutes and continues on with the setting when you press the button again. While I like this feature, I don't think it's really necessary, so it's one I would probably rarely use.
Lastly, there is internal cord storage, which I really appreciate. However, it isn't retractable and you have to manually push and wiggle it in — not easy to do.
Blending Container and Tampers
The Boss has a really interesting blade and bowl system which they've dubbed Kinetix. The bottom of the blending container is bowl-shaped instead of flat, and there are two sets of blades that sit on top of each other. All this is supposed to help create a blending motion that keeps food moving and from getting stuck.
While the design of the blender container — with the blades stacked on each other, curved bottom, and indented sides — are all designed to help contribute to better blending, this creates a lot of crevices. These crevices are hard to scrape around, not to mention a lot of food gets stuck under the sharp blades and in the curved bottom.
I liked the maximum hot liquid line on the container, which tells you how far you can safely fill it up with hot food since too much steam can cause the top to blow off. I also liked the very secure lid and the fact that there's a little hook in one corner to help you pop it off the container, as the lid is almost so secure that it's hard to pry off without the help of the hook.
While Breville doesn't call the two accessories tampers, they essentially play the role of tampers, which is to push food down into the blades. When I used the frozen dessert wand, it did an okay job pushing food down, but I wished it was just a tad longer to get food closer to the blades.
The Breville Boss handled most blending tasks easily, and I found that it handled liquid-based jobs, like smoothies and carrot puree, easily and could also heat foods up as it blended.
The almonds for almond butter turned dusty and even with some persistent tampering, took a long time to get a chalky result. The recipe booklet recommended adding some oil, which could help smooth things out but also might not be something people want to add to their almond butter in the first place.
It was nice to have a tamper to push foods, like garbanzo beans and almonds, into the blades, and I think with some real arm strength and blending time these foods could be really smooth, but blending in the Boss took longer than it did with the other high-powered blenders I was testing — the soup setting goes for a full six minutes!
The Breville Boss turned ice cubes into fairly even crushed ice, and I wouldn't hesitate to use that ice for cocktails, but it wasn't perfectly evenly crushed.
The noise generated from the Breville Boss was on par with other high-powered blenders, and you can really hear the programs as they work and cycle through different speeds.
The Breville Boss has an Auto Clean button that you can use after you put some water and optional dish soap into the dirty container. It is also dishwasher-safe (jug on bottom shelf, lid and inner measuring cap on top shelf), and I was able to easily clean it with the soapy water and blending method after most tasks.
However, this method wasn't very effective after the almond butter test, where there was still a lot of almond butter stuck in the container. The design and placement of the blades made me nervous, as it seemed easy to potentially scratch or cut rubber spatulas, dishwashing sponges, or me!
Compared to my mid-level KitchenAid blender, the Breville Boss was still much more powerful and a definite upgrade. I think if I was able to spend more time with this blender and really get to know which settings to use, it could probably produce some great results. For those who like lots of presets and functionality, the ability to walk away during blending, and a handsome, heavy-duty design, this is the blender for you.
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