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Breville Control Grip Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 19, 2020 at 08:58 am
Breville Control Grip Picture
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
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
280 W
Hot Blending
Yes

The Breville Control Grip is an immersion blender with a long shaft that's ideal for blending ingredients in large pots and dutch ovens. It can hot blend, and it comes with lots of accessories, including a whisk attachment and a food processor attachment. It doesn't have a very versatile performance, as it fails to crush ice and struggles to make almond butter. However, if you're looking for an immersion blender for making soups, it can be a solid choice.

Our Verdict

7.1 Multi-Purpose

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is middling for multi-purpose use. This well-built blender is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean, and it can even hot blend ingredients. Unfortunately, it fails to crush ice, and it struggles to make almond butter and a silky smoothie.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale.
  • Produces a dry almond butter.
6.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is middling for smoothies and protein shakes. It makes an okay smoothie, but the texture is foamy and there are some grainy chunks of kale left in the mix. On the upside, it's easy to clean, and its jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale.
7.2 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
6.2 Ice Crushing

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is poor for ice crushing. Ice gets caught under the blades, and it fails to crush ice cubes down.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
9.1 Soups

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is good for soups. This well-built immersion blender can blend hot ingredients. It comes with a 42-oz jar that's well-suited for making larger batches of soup, and it's easy to clean. Unfortunately, it doesn't fully process fibrous ingredients, so there may be some grainy chunks in your soup.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale.
8.0 Professional Use

The Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender is sub-par for professional use. It has a durable feel, and its 42-oz jar can be used to make larger batches of food. However, it fails to crush ice, and it makes a dry almond butter. It also struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale, resulting in a grainy smoothie.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale.
  • Produces a dry almond butter.
  • 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 Sep 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Oct 19, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 07, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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 a 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 an even better build quality, check out the Bamix The Original

10
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
N/A
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

At the end of the shaft, there are two sharp, fixed blades. Like the rest of the shaft, the blades are 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 you're 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 should 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 Control Grip is okay for smoothies. It can be difficult to blend ingredients like frozen banana or kale at the beginning, so you may need to change the angle of the blender to get them incorporated. It makes a foamy smoothie with a grainy texture as there are some small, uniform pieces of kale left in the mix.

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

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

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

The Breville Control Grip is terrible for crushing ice. Just like the KitchenAid KHBBV53, ice builds up quickly under the blades, so it fails to crush ice cubes. If you want a hand blender that can handle ice crushing, check out the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender.

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

The Breville Control Grip is sub-par for almond butter. It makes a dry butter with some unprocessed chunks, and the butter doesn't spread easily on toast. You may need to approach the almonds at an angle to get them blended, and you may need to scoop out butter from under the blades each time you let the blender rest.

6.2
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
96.5 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
5,600 RPM
Max Speed
13,200 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

This blender has a 15-speed dial to help you choose the right speed for your blend. While it doesn't have a dedicated pulse button, you can simulate a pulse mode by pressing the trigger switch in short bursts.

The manufacturer advises that you shouldn't run the blender continuously for more than a minute. You should let the motor rest for another minute between uses. Also, the blender shouldn't be used to mix ingredients for more than 15 seconds at a time. We followed this advice when conducting our tests.

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

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

This blender is very easy to clean. You can clean off most messes using soap and water. The shaft and blades are also dishwasher-safe for an easier clean.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Breville BSB510XL comes with a stainless steel shaft. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another variant of this immersion blender, let us know in the discussion section below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Breville BSB510XL is an immersion blender that comes with lots of attachments, including a whisk attachment and a food processor attachment. It's well-built and easy to clean, but on the downside, it doesn't have the most versatile performance. Unlike the All-Clad KZ750DGT, it also can't crush ice. If you're looking for more blenders, see our recommendations for the best blenders.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The Breville Control Grip is better for making soups than the All-Clad KZ750DGT. The Breville has a much better build quality, comes with a jar you can use for blending, and does a much better job of making smoothies. It also comes with whisk and food processor attachments, although we don't test them currently. On the other hand, the All-Clad can crush ice, unlike the Breville, and it's significantly better at making almond butter. 

Braun MultiQuick 7

The Braun MultiQuick 7 and the Breville Control Grip are both immersion blenders with similar performance. You may prefer one over the other. Both come with lots of attachments, but the Breville has a larger main jar. It also makes a better-blended smoothie. That said, the Braun makes better almond butter and is easier to clean.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a more versatile immersion blender than the Breville Control Grip. The Cuisinart makes a better almond butter, and it can crush ice, unlike the Breville. However, the Breville is better-built, and it comes with more attachments, including a whisk and a food processor.

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.

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.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

The Breville Control Grip is better for making soup than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Breville has a better build quality, comes with a jar you can use for blending, and does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test it currently.

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The Breville Control Grip is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Breville is better-built, and it comes with lots more attachments compared to the KitchenAid. The Breville also makes a better-blended smoothie, it's easier to clean, and its shaft and blades are dishwasher-safe. However, both blenders fail to crush ice.

Braun MultiQuick 5

The Braun MultiQuick 5 has a similar performance to the Breville Control Grip. Like many immersion blenders, they can't crush ice and struggle to make almond butter. However, the Breville makes a better smoothie, and it comes with more attachments, including a whisk and a food processor.

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.

Smeg HBF02

The Βreville Control Grip is better for making soups than the Smeg HBF02. The Βreville has a much better build quality, and its design is better suited for blending hot ingredients. The Smeg has a food processing attachment that you can use to make better almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. Ηowever, you can't use the food processor for hot ingredients, but its blending arm can fall off when you use it, so it's less well-suited for blending hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees.

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