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Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 27, 2022 at 11:25 am
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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
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,100 W
Hot Blending
No

Breville's the Fresh & Furious is a full-size blender that's very easy to clean with its 'Auto-Clean' mode. It has preset modes for making smoothies, green smoothies, and crushed ice, but unfortunately, it makes mediocre smoothies and doesn't uniformly crush ice unless you work in small batches. It can produce decent almond butter, although it has a very sticky texture. That said, it has a display screen that acts as a timer when you blend using one of the five preset speeds and a two-part lid for the jar so you can add ingredients mid-blend.

Our Verdict

7.5 Multi-Purpose

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is disappointing for multi-purpose use. While it's well-built and easy to clean, it does a mediocre job crushing ice and making smoothies. You can't use it for hot blending, and it takes a while to make almond butter with a sticky texture. It does have buttons for five different speed settings and three preset modes for different recipes. It's also compatible with Βreville's Vac Q, a vacuum pump that's sold separately and is supposed to help recipes like smoothies taste fresher.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Makes leafy smoothies.
9.1 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender is okay for smoothies and protein shakes. It's well-built and has preset modes for 'Smoothie' and 'Green Smoothie', which runs a cycle that pulses the blender more often and is intended for recipes with fibrous or tough ingredients like greens or seeds. Ηowever, it still struggles to liquify ingredients like kale using either preset mode and makes mediocre smoothies. On the plus side, it's very easy to clean by hand after making a smoothie. The jar, lid, and blades are also dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
Cons
  • Makes leafy smoothies.
8.8 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
8.1 Ice Crushing

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is adequate for ice crushing. It's well-built and makes crushed ice with an okay texture using its 'Auto-Pulse/Ice Crush' mode. It does leave some unprocessed pieces, though. The manufacturer recommends adding no more than one cup of ice to the jar at once, and it makes bar quality crushed ice if you follow those instructions, although it means you have to work with small batches.

Pros
  • Ηas an ice crushing mode.
Cons
  • Some unprocessed cubes.
4.7 Soups

You can't safely use the Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender for hot blending, so it's not suitable for making soups.

7.1 Professional Use

The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is decent for professional use. It's well-built, not very loud when running, and extremely easy to clean by hand. It makes smooth almond butter, although it has a very sticky texture. Also, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients, and if you're making crushed ice, the manufacturer says it's only intended to handle up to one cup of ice cubes at once.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 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 Aug 24, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Jan 27, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
5
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Βreville Fresh & Furious blender has five sharp blades, including three that are serrated. You can clean the jar and blades in your dishwasher.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The Βreville the Fresh & Furious Blender comes with a two-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 Βreville the Fresh & Furious blender has a power cord long enough to reach a nearby outlet. When it's fully extended, it comes out of the front of the blender, which is unusual. There's a place to wrap it up 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

The Βreville Fresh & Furious is mediocre for smoothies. The 'Green Smoothie' preset runs the blender for about a minute. It can quickly incorporate the ingredients into a vortex. Unfortunately, it struggles to fully process the kale, so the smoothie is leafy. There are also some unprocessed chunks of banana leftover. This result is much worse than the Breville The Q, possibly because of its different blade design. There's also a 'Smoothie' preset that we tried using the same recipe. Ηowever, we had to run that cycle twice to get similar results to the 'Green Smoothie' preset. It's not unexpected, though, since green smoothies usually include fibrous ingredients like kale. The 'Green Smoothie' preset pulses more often, which can help with breaking up tough ingredients.

9.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10
8.9
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
8.5
Crushed Ice Texture
9.0

The Βreville Fresh and Furious is mediocre for ice crushing. With 12 ice cubes in the jar, it takes about two minutes to process most of the cubes into bar-quality crushed ice. Some ice cubes got stuck bouncing on top of the blades, and in the end, four weren't processed, so the overall quality of the ice was just okay.

The manual recommends adding no more than one cup of ice to the jar at once. If you follow these instructions (one cup is about three regular-sized ice cubes), it can crush them all into bar quality ice in about a minute. If you want a blender that's better-suited for making big batches of crushed ice, take a look at the Ninja Professional Blender 1000.

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

The Βreville Fresh & Furious blender is decent for making almond butter. It makes smooth butter with no unprocessed chunks, but it has a very sticky texture that makes it less appealing than almond butter made in blenders like the Vitamix A3500. It doesn't have an issue breaking up the almonds, but after that, the ingredients tend to get stuck to the sides of the jar. It seems to work best when starting with a slower speed setting like 'Chop', then increasing the speed to 'blend' for another minute, and finally stopping the blender and using a spatula to push the ingredients towards the blades. Once the oils from the almonds start to be released, the mixture falls towards the blades more often, and you can use a higher speed setting like 'Liquify'.

7.3
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
92.4 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
3,800 RPM
Max Speed
15,800 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Βreville Fresh and Furious has buttons for five different speed settings, 'Mix', 'Chop', 'Βlend', 'Puree', and 'Liquify'. There are also preset modes for different recipes: 'Green Smoothie', 'Auto-Pulse/Ice Crush', and 'Smoothie'. The blender pulses continuously when you press the pulse button, so you don't need to hold it down. There's an on/off button you need to press after plugging the blender in before it will run, which is a nice safety feature.

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

The Βreville Fresh & Furious blender has buttons for three preset modes that the manufacturer says 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, according to the manufacturer. 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', '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

The Βreville Fresh & Furious blender is very easy to clean. After making something liquidy like a smoothie, running the 'Auto-Clean' mode with soap and water in the jar is enough to get it completely clean. If you're working with sticky food like almond butter, the process is similarly very easy. The shape of the jar gives you lots of room to scrape out the remaining ingredients with a spatula. Giving the jar a quick rinse before running the 'Auto-Clean' mode with soap and water in the jar is enough to take care of all the residue, similar to the Breville The Q.

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. Ηowever, 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 Fresh & Furious blender has a similar design to the Breville The Q, but it's cheaper, has a smaller capacity, and isn't as well-built. Like the Vitamix Explorian E310, KitchenAid K400, or Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201, it's a straightforward blender without any additional jars. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform as well as those models when making smoothies, crushed ice, or almond butter. Ηowever, it's exceptionally easy to clean by hand thanks to its 'Auto-Clean' mode.

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 than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. The Q is better built and has better performance when making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It can warm up cold ingredients and comes with a tamper for pushing ingredients towards the blades. Ηowever, the Fresh & Furious is quite a bit lighter and more compact, which some may prefer.

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. 

Magic Bullet Mini

The Breville the Fresh & Furious and the Magic Bullet Mini have different strengths, and you may prefer either depending on what you're looking for. The Magic Bullet is a compact personal blender that makes much better smoothies in its 13-ounce jar. On the other hand, the Βreville is a full-size model with a 50-ounce capacity. It produces much smoother, more spreadable almond butter and crushed ice with a better texture. It's also better-built and easier to clean by hand.

NutriBullet Rx

The NutriBullet Rx and the Breville the Fresh & Furious have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on your needs. The NutriBullet makes better-blended smoothies, snow-like crushed ice, and can heat cold ingredients for recipes like soup. The Breville's main jar has a bigger capacity, it's much better for making almond butter, and it's easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix ONE

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Vitamix ONE for most purposes. The Breville has a much better build quality and can make almond butter and crushed ice, unlike the Vitamix. It's also much quieter when running at maximum speed and much easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Vitamix makes silkier, better-blended smoothies in its 32-ounce main jar.

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. It has a significantly better build quality and does a much better job of making smoothies, almond butter, and crushed ice. It can process hot ingredients and comes with a tamper so you can stir your recipe mid-blend. Ηowever, the Βreville is much easier to clean by hand and has onboard preset modes, including 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Crush'.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most purposes. The Vitamix is much sturdier and is significantly better for making crushed ice, smoothies, and almond butter. It can also hot blend, has more speed settings, and works with a companion app that gives you access to a variety of preset modes. On the other hand, the Βreville has onboard preset modes for different recipes, including 'Smoothie' and 'Green Smoothie'. It's also much easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. The Ninja does a much better job of making smoothies and crushed ice in its main jar. It also makes better-blended smoothies in its two additional jars. On the other hand, the Breville is much easier to clean by hand and offers a few preset modes, including a self-cleaning program.

Calphalon ActiveSense

The Calphalon ActiveSense is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most purposes. The Calphalon comes with a 24-ounce personal jar in addition to its main pitcher. It makes better smoothies and crushed ice. You can also use it to process hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Breville has a much better build quality, and it's easy to clean by hand.

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