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Breville Control Grip Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated Mar 31, 2023 at 06:07 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 31, 2023 at 06:07 pm
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7.1
Multi-Purpose
6.8
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.2
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
6.2
Ice Crushing
9.1
Soups
8.0
Professional Use

The Breville Control Grip is a sturdy immersion blender with a food processing bowl and the regular blending arm. The blending arm is long, so it's a good choice if you have a deep pot to blend in. It has helpful features, like a 15-speed dial and a lid that doubles as an anti-slip mat. Unlike other immersion blender/food processor combos like the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender, it doesn't come with a huge variety of extra blades with different uses. However, it still has a fairly versatile blending performance.

Our Verdict

7.1 Multi-Purpose

The Breville Control Grip is decent for multi-purpose use. It can hot blend directly in a pot or pan and produces a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, which is important for well-blended soups, sauces, and smoothies. Like most immersion blenders, it's not easy to use for tough blends, although it can produce a small amount of crushed ice and smooth nut butter in a pinch. There's also a food processing bowl included for chopping and slicing, so it can help prep ingredients when making something like soup.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to crush ice.
  • Somewhat loud.
6.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Breville Control Grip is okay for single-serve smoothies. Its beaker is a good size for blending single-serve smoothies, and it does a good job of processing common smoothie ingredients like leafy greens and blueberries. Like most immersion blenders, it's not the easiest to use for smoothies because you need to hold the blender for the whole process. However, it's very easy to rinse clean after making something like a smoothie.

Pros
  • Makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to crush ice.
  • Somewhat loud.
7.2 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Breville Control Grip is decent for multiple servings of smoothies. You can use it to blend in your own pitcher, so it can make a big batch of smoothies at once. It doesn't completely liquify fibrous ingredients like kale, especially when you're working with larger volumes, but makes a fairly smooth puree. However, it does take several minutes of blending to get the best results, and it gets tiring to hold onto the blender.

Pros
  • Makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to crush ice.
  • Somewhat loud.
6.2 Ice Crushing

The Breville Control Grip is mediocre for crushing ice. Like most immersion blenders, it's not easy to process ice cubes. It takes a lot of time and manipulation of the blending arm to produce a small amount of unevenly-crushed ice. Still, it's better than immersion blenders like the like the Braun MultiQuick 5 that completely fail to process ice cubes.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to crush ice.
  • Somewhat loud.
9.1 Soups

The Breville Control Grip is fantastic for soups. It's meant for blending hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan for recipes like pureed soup and sauce. It makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli when working with bigger batches, so your soup won't be overly leafy or grainy. It's also well-built and easy to clean. However, it's heavy and on the loud side, making it less pleasant to use when you need to blend for several minutes, like for a big pot of soup.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat loud.
8.0 Professional Use

The Breville Control Grip is great for professional use. It's sturdy and versatile for an immersion blender. It can hot blend and produce fairly smooth blends with stubborn fibrous ingredients. It makes very smooth, spreadable nut butter, although it's not easy to use for that. It has 15 speed settings to suit different recipes and comes with useful accessories, like a beaker with a handle and a food processing bowl.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
  • Makes a fairly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat loud.
  • 7.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.2 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 6.2 Ice Crushing
  • 9.1 Soups
  • 8.0 Professional Use
  1. Updated Mar 31, 2023: Updated text to match Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Oct 19, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 07, 2020: Early access published.
  5. Updated Sep 21, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Sep 21, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Aug 03, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Breville BSB510XL comes in one 'Brushed Stainless Steel' variant. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Breville BSB510XL is an immersion blender with a beaker and food processor bowl, like the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender and the Braun MultiQuick 7. Those models come with a variety of extra blades for purposes like shredding or frothing. The Breville comes with fewer extra attachments for the chopping bowl but has a better blending performance, so it produces smoother soups and struggles less with difficult jobs like making nut butter and crushing ice.

If you're looking for more blenders, see our recommendations for the best blenders, the best immersion blenders, and the best budget blenders.

Braun MultiQuick 9

The Braun MultiQuick 9 is a more versatile immersion blender than the Breville Control Grip. The Braun is better-built, and it can crush ice, though it doesn't make a snow-like blend. However, the Breville comes with more attachments, including a food processor, and it has a larger main jar.

Braun MultiQuick 7

The Breville Control Grip is better than the Braun MultiQuick 5 for most uses. The Breville makes a smoother blend with small batches of fibrous ingredients, and it's easier to use for recipes like nut butter. It's able to crush ice and it's easier to clean by hand. However, the Braun is much quieter when its running. Both blenders come with food processing bowls, but the Braun's comes with more blade inserts, including one for making french fries and one for shredding.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

The Breville Control Grip is better than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Breville is sturdier and better at processing fibrous ingredients, meaning it can produce a smoother fruit smoothie or vegetable soup. It has various accessories, including a beaker for blending, a whisk, and a food-processing bowl. The jar and blending arm are dishwasher-safe.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The Breville Control Grip is better than the All-Clad KZ750DGT. The Breville is much sturdier and quieter when it's running. It comes with accessories like a beaker and whisk, and it's also easier to use for tough blends like nut butter and ice crushing. However, the All-Clad can make a smoother blend with bigger batches of fibrous ingredients, so it's more suitable for pureeing soups with leafy greens or broccoli in a deep pot. 

Braun MultiQuick 5

The Breville Control Grip is better than the Braun MultiQuick 5 for most purposes. The Breville has a better overall blending performance. It's better for processing fibrous ingredients, which is important for well-blended smoothies and soups. It makes smoother nut butter in less time and is capable of crushing ice. It comes with more accessories, including a food processor. However, the Braun is quieter and lighter. 

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The Breville Control Grip is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Breville is better-built and comes with a variety of accessories, including a food processing bowl with its own blade assembly for chopping.  It makes smoother, more spreadable nut butter. However, you might prefer the KitchenAid's cordless design. It's much quieter when it's running. It also makes a smoother blend with larger amounts of fibrous ingredients, which is nice if you need to blend big batches of soup in a deep pot.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Breville Control Grip is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. The Breville is better-built and has a better blending performances for most uses, especially for tougher tasks like ice crushing or making nut butter. It's also quieter when it's running. However, the Cuisinart is just as good at processing fibrous ingredients for smooth soups and sauces, and it's lighter, so it's less tiring to hold. 

Bamix Mono M133

The Bamix Mono M133 and the Breville Control Grip have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your preferences. The Bamix has a much better build quality and can crush ice. On the other hand, the Breville does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It comes with a food processor bowl, although we don't currently test it, and its blending shaft is detachable and dishwasher-safe, unlike the Bamix.

Smeg HBF02

The Βreville Control Grip is better for making soups than the Smeg HBF02. The Βreville has a much better build quality, and it makes a smoother blend with common additions like leafy greens or broccoli. However, the Smeg is much quieter when it's running, and it's very good at ice crushing for an immersion blender, which is nice if you want to use it for smoothies with ice cubes or to whip up crushed ice for cocktails. 

Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System is better than the Breville Control Grip. It's better-built and more suitable for making a smooth puree with fibrous ingredients like kale. It comes with beaters and converts into a hand mixer. On the other hand, the Breville comes with a food processing bowl that you can use for slicing and chopping.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Height
16.3" (41.5 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.1 cm)
Depth 3.7" (9.5 cm)
Weight
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
8.5" (21.5 cm)

The Breville BSB510XL is an immersion blender with a long shaft, so it's suitable for blending soup in a large pot or dutch oven. You can easily store it in a kitchen drawer, and you can even remove the shaft for easier storage.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Breville BSB510XL has good build quality. Its motor base is mostly made of plastic, which feels solid. Plastic anchors hold the blending shaft and the motor base together. The blending shaft is made of stainless steel, and the power cable is long and thick. If you're looking for an immersion blender with even better build quality, check out the Bamix The Original.

10
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
N/A
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A

Immersion blenders are meant for blending directly in a pot or pan, so the blender's capacity isn't limited by the size of the beaker. However, it comes with a 42oz (1250mL) beaker you can use for blending. There's also a chopper bowl for use with the chopping blades with a 25oz (740 mL) capacity.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The jar has a handle, which helps hold it steady while using it to blend. It's dishwasher-safe and has measuring marks in mL and oz.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blending shaft has two sharp blades. The blade guard has an unusual oval shape that leaves more room between the blades and the guard, which seems to help avoid thicker mixtures like nut butter getting stuck under the blade bell or jamming the blades. The blending arm is detachable and dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid seals tight on the main jar using friction. You can also use the lid as an anti-slip mat by putting the main jar on top of the lid while blending to help keep the jar in place.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)

The power cord is long and will easily reach most outlets.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Motor body
  • Blending shaft
  • Blade guard cap
  • Whisk with gearbox
  • Lid
  • Blending jug
  • Chopping bowl lid
  • Chopping bowl with blades

Performance
7.0
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
5.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
7.5

The Breville BSB510XL is decent for small batches of fibrous ingredients. It's a little harder to use than the Braun MultiQuick 7 because you need to move the blender around a lot to keep the ingredients moving. This can be tiring because you need to hold onto the blender the entire time, and it's heavy for an immersion blender. Still, it doesn't struggle very much with stubborn elements like kale, so something like a single-serve smoothie will be just a little grainy.

6.3
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
5.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.5

It's okay for processing bigger batches of fibrous ingredients. It takes several minutes of blending to get the best results, like most immersion blenders, and it can be tiring because you need to move the blending arm constantly up and down and around the container. While it makes a smoother blend with smaller batches or in a shallower dish, it still produces a fairly smooth blend with bigger volumes of fibrous ingredients.

4.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
4.0
Crushed Ice Texture
4.0

It's not terrible at crushing ice for an immersion blender. You need to spend a lot of time moving the blender and angling it to help the blades trap the ice cubes. Even if you're working in small batches, it doesn't uniformly crush all of the ice, but it can handle an ice cube in a smoothie and make a small amount of crushed ice for cocktails.

7.6
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
5.5
Nut Butter Texture
9.0

The Breville Control Grip is good for nut butter. It produces fantastic, smooth nut butter, which is rare for an immersion blender, but it takes a lot of time and effort on your part. You need to manipulate the blending arm constantly for several minutes of blending. Ingredients can also get stuck on the outside of the blade guard, so you may need to use a spatula to clean it, which also gives the motor a chance to rest. On the plus side, the oval-shaped blade guard seems to give the ingredients more room to move around the blades, and they don't jam at any point.

6.2
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
96.5 dB

It's loud for an immersion blender. Quieter options like the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender are a bit less irritating to use for several minutes of blending.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
5,600 RPM
Max Speed
13,200 RPM
Power
280 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

Unlike most immersion blenders, it has 15 different speed settings that give you access to a wide range of speed settings. You can start at a lower speed to help prevent spatters and make adjustments to suit different recipes and ingredients.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
0
Speed Dial
Yes
Hot Blending
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

The controls consist of a power button that you have to press constantly to blend, and a 15-speed dial on top of the motor body. You can simulate a pulse mode by pressing the power button in short bursts.

The manufacturer advises not to run the blender continuously for more than a minute without allowing it to rest. Let the motor rest for another minute between uses. Also, don't use the blender to mix thick ingredients constantly for more than 15 seconds at a time. It's important to let the blender rest if the motor starts to heat up and to move the blending arm in and out of the ingredients if you're making something like nut butter.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

This blender is very easy to clean. Running the blender in a beaker with soap and water helps clean sticky food from the blades. You need to wipe the inside and outside of the blade guard with a sponge, but it's quick, and there aren't any difficult-to-reach spots.