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Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated Apr 24, 2023 at 04:08 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 20, 2023 at 01:19 pm
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7.5
Multi-Purpose
9.1
Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.8
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
8.1
Ice Crushing
4.7
Soups
7.1
Professional Use

Breville's the Fresh & Furious is a full-size blender with a 50oz jar. It has automatic blending programs, including an 'auto-pulse' mode, and always stops after 60 seconds of blending, which is convenient if you want to multitask while it runs. However, it's not as versatile as the Breville The Q, which can hot blend and feels significantly sturdier.

Our Verdict

7.5 Multi-Purpose

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is good for multi-purpose use. It performs well for all kinds of recipes, including smoothies, frozen drinks, and thicker mixtures like nut butter. It has automatic blending programs, including 'auto-pulse' and a wide range of speed settings, so you can adapt it to whatever you're making. It has a good build quality, and it's simple to clean by hand. However, it can't hot blend, so it's not ideal for soups. It's not ideal for big batches of crushed ice or blended cocktails since it can only handle about six ice cubes at once.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Good build quality.
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Small capacity for ice.
9.1 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender is superb for single-serve smoothies. Even though it only comes with a 50oz jar, it makes an extremely smooth blend small batches of fibrous smoothie additions like fruit and leafy greens. It doesn't have a problem with ice cubes, either. It's very easy to clean by hand, and all its components are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Small capacity for ice.
8.8 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is amazing for multiple servings of smoothies. It quickly blends fibrous ingredients like kale or blueberries in its main jar, meaning it can make a nearly perfectly smooth blend with most recipes. It can crush ice cubes if you use about six at the most, and it's very easy to clean by hand. However, if you need to serve a crowd, remember that its 50oz capacity is somewhat small for a full-size blender.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Small capacity for ice.
8.1 Ice Crushing

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is great for crushing ice. While its small-ish jar can only crush about six cubes at once, less than most full-size blenders, it makes snow-like crushed ice. There's also a button for auto-pulse mode.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Ηas an ice crushing mode.
Cons
  • Small capacity for ice.
4.7 Soups

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender isn't good for soups because it's not safe to use for hot blending. It has a somewhat small 50oz capacity, so you might want a bigger jar if you need to cook for several people. However, it makes an extremely smooth blend with vegetables like kale or broccoli, so it can produce well-blended soups if you let the ingredients cool down before blending.

Pros
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
7.1 Professional Use

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is decent for professional use. It's well-built, not very loud when running, and very easy to clean by hand. It easily blends fibrous ingredients like kale and thick mixtures like nut butter. However, you can't use it for hot blending. The jar's somewhat small 50oz capacity can be limiting, especially for ice crushing. That said, it's not a bad choice if you need a smoothie blender for daily use.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Good build quality.
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Small capacity for ice.
  • 7.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 9.1 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 8.8 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 8.1 Ice Crushing
  • 4.7 Soups
  • 7.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Nov 20, 2023: Compared its performance for fibrous ingredients (small batches) with the Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro's.
  2. Updated Apr 24, 2023: Updated text to match Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Aug 24, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Jan 27, 2022: Review published.
  5. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Early access published.
  6. Updated Jan 14, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Jan 04, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Dec 14, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Breville the Fresh & Furious blender comes in several colors: 'Silver', 'Black Truffle', 'Damson Blue', 'Smoked Hickory', 'Sea Salt', and 'Royal Champagne'. We tested it in 'Silver', and you can see the label for the unit we tested here. However, we expect our results to be valid for the different color variants as well. If your blender is different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Breville the Fresh & Furious blender is a compact full-size blender with a 50oz jar. It's not as versatile as the Breville The Q since it can't hot blend and has a smaller capacity, but it's very well-suited for recipes like smoothies and protein shakes. Unlike other good smoothie blenders like the Vitamix Explorian E310 or Vitamix 5200, it has automatic blending programs that stop the blender automatically at the end, so you can multi-task while your drink blends.

Check out our lists of the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.

Breville The Q

The Breville The Q is better for multi-purpose use than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. It's sturdier, better built, and has a bigger capacity. It has a better performance for tough blends like crushing ice and making nut butter. You can use it to hot blend as well. On the other hand, the Fresh & Furious is smaller and lighter. It's a little better at processing small batches of fibrous ingredients, so you may prefer it if you mostly make smoothies.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most purposes. The Vitamix has a better build quality and offers a slightly better performance when it comes to processing fibrous ingredients, making nut butter, and crushing ice. You can also use it to process hot ingredients. The Breville is much quieter when it's running and has a few automatic blending programs, which you may prefer to the Vitamix's speed dial. 

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most purposes. It has a better build quality, a bigger capacity, and a wider range of speed settings to adapt to different recipes. It makes a smoother blend with bigger batches of fibrous ingredients and with thicker mixtures like nut butter. However, the Breville's smaller jar is better for single-serve smoothies, and it's easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix Propel 510

The Vitamix Propel 510 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious have different strengths. The Vitamix is sturdier and more versatile since it can hot blend. It's more suitable for tough blends like nut butter and hummus. However, the Breville is a great option for smoothies. It's more compact, quieter, and easier to clean by hand. 

NutriBullet Rx

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the NutriBullet Rx for most purposes. The two blenders perform pretty similarly, but the Breville is easier to clean by hand, quieter, and better for crushing ice. On the other hand, neither model can hot blend, but the Rx can heat up room-temperature ingredients as they blend. 

Vitamix ONE

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Vitamix ONE for most purposes. The Breville is sturdier and more versatile since it can make nut butter and does a better job of crushing ice. It's also much quieter when it's running. On the other hand, the Vitamix is lighter and shorter. It's intended for recipes like smoothies and processes fibrous ingredients like kale a bit faster. 

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most uses. The Vitamix is better-built, has a bigger capacity, and it can hot blend. On the other hand, they have fairly similar blending performances and the Breville is quieter and more compact.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System [CO351B, SS351]

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System for most purposes. The Breville has a better performance in its main jar, especially for blending common smoothie ingredients like kale. It's also much quieter. However, the Ninja comes with a personal jar for single-serve smoothies, and a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar that makes it easier to use for recipes like nut butter or hummus.

Calphalon ActiveSense

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Calphalon ActiveSense for most purposes. It's sturdier and has a better blending performance, so it can make silkier smoothies with fibrous fruits and vegetables. It's also much easier to use for thicker recipes like nut butter. However, you might prefer the Calphalon because it has a bigger 64oz capacity in its main jar and comes with a personal jar and to-go lid for single-serve smoothies.

Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro

The Breville the Fresh & Furious and the Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro have different strengths. If you want to make single-serve smoothies, the Ninja is better because it comes with personal jars. It's also better for crushing ice in its main jar. However, the Breville makes a much smoother blend with big batches of fibrous ingredients, so it's better suited for soups and multiple servings of smoothies.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
18.1" (46.0 cm)
Width 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Depth 8.2" (20.8 cm)
Weight
8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Βreville Fresh & Furious Blender is tall, but its motor base isn't too bulky or heavy. You can store it on a counter or in a kitchen cupboard, and you can remove the jar for easier storage.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Βreville Fresh & Furious Blender has a good build quality. The jar is made of plastic that feels premium, and its lid fits securely. Its gear is made of metal alloy and feels solid, but unfortunately, the motor base and motor base gear assembly are made of plastic. The power cord comes out of the front of the blender when it's fully extended, which is unusual and a bit awkward. There's a screen on the motor base that displays a digital timer counting down when you run a preset mode and a stopwatch when you're blending using one of the speed settings. Unfortunately, the control panel feels flimsy, and the touch-sensitive controls don't provide clicky feedback. Also, the bottom of the base only has two suction cups to help it stay in place, while most blenders that have them have one in each corner. They also don't do a great job of creating suction and may cause the blender to move around during blending. If you're blending at high speeds or processing tough ingredients like ice cubes, you may need to put your hand on the blender to keep it steady.

6.8
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
50.0 oz (1,479 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A

The main jar has a 50oz capacity, so it's somewhat small for a full-size blender, like the Vitamix Explorian E310 or the KitchenAid K150.

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

The Breville Fresh and Furious is made of plastic and can go in the dishwasher, along with the non-removable blade assembly.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
5
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Βreville Fresh & Furious blender has five sharp blades. The manufacturer advertises the pair at the bottom to help prevent food from getting stuck at the bottom of the jar, while the vertical serrated blades are meant to help cut and grind ingredients.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

There's a 2-part lid for the main jar. There's a rubber seal with ridges that help it stay in place with friction, plus two tabs that clip around the sides of the jar to keep it secure. The clear centerpiece is removable, and you can use it as a two-ounce measuring cup. There's also a loop on the lid that you can pull when you want to remove the lid.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
3.9 ft (1.2 m)

The power cord is quite long and comes out of the front of the blender when it's fully extended, which is unusual. There's a place to wrap it under the motor base when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Breville Fresh and Furious motor base
  • 2-part lid
  • 50oz (1.5L) Round BPA Free Tritan Jug main jar
  • Fresh and Furious Instruction Book
  • Recipe Pamphlets

Performance
9.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

It's fantastic for small batches of fibrous ingredients. If you make something like a single-serve smoothie with kale, it quickly blends the ingredients and makes a virtually perfectly smooth puree. However, blenders with the best performance for small batches, like the KitchenAid K400, produce the same result even faster. You might find a blender with personal jars, like the Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, more convenient for blending small batches.

9.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

The Breville Fresh and Furious is incredible for blending fibrous ingredients at full capacity. If you make multiple servings of smoothie or a batch of pureed soup, it easily blends fibrous ingredients like leafy greens or broccoli without leaving any grains left over. You need to run a couple of one-minute blending cycles, so the only downside is that some blenders, like the Vitamix 5200, can produce an equally smooth blend in less time.

8.9
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
8.5
Crushed Ice Texture
9.0

It's excellent for crushing ice. The 'ice crush' program is an automatic pulse mode, so you don't need to constantly press a button or flip a switch. However, because it has a somewhat small jar, it's better to work with around six ice cubes at once. It makes snow-like crushed ice, but if you need a lot of ice, it's not ideal because you need to work in batches.

8.8
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
8.5
Nut Butter Texture
9.0

It produces superb, smooth nut butter without a huge amount of time or effort on your part. Since it doesn't come with a tamper, you need to shake the jar a bit, especially at the beginning, and remove the lid to stir the mixture partway through. It makes it harder to use than the Breville The Q, but it does an excellent job with recipes like nut butter.

7.3
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
92.4 dB

It's not particularly loud for a full-size blender, so it's not annoying if you need to blend for a few minutes.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
3,800 RPM
Max Speed
15,800 RPM
Power
1,100 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Breville Fresh & Furious blender has a wide range of speed settings, so it's possible to start at a lower speed when blending thick recipes or to avoid over-blending.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
5
Speed Dial
No
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
4
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

It has buttons for three blending programs that automatically vary the speed and length of the blend. There are presets for 'Green Smoothie', 'Auto-pulse/Ice Crush', and 'Smoothie'. The 'Green Smoothie' mode is intended for recipes with leafy greens and seeds, while the 'Smoothie' mode is for combining frozen and liquid ingredients. With Auto-Pulse, the blender pulses constantly without you needing to hold down the button. The LED display shows a timer counting down from 60 seconds when you use the 'Smoothie' or 'Green Smoothie' preset mode. There are also buttons for five speed settings: 'Mix', 'Chop', 'Βlend', 'Puree', and 'Liquify'. When you use one of these settings, the LED display shows a stopwatch that counts up to 60 seconds before the blender stops automatically. Finally, there's an 'Auto-Clean' mode for cleaning the jar when you're done blending.

8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's very easy to clean by hand. Running the blender with soap and water in the jar effectively cleans the inside of the jar and the blades. There's an auto-clean blending program to use for that purpose, although you can also just run it manually for about a minute. Afterward, the 2-part lid is the most time-consuming part to clean since you need to remove the gasket and scrub both parts of the lid with a brush. Still, it's a simple process overall.