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Breville the Fresh & Furious Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 27, 2022 at 11:25 am
Breville the Fresh & Furious Picture
5.8
Multi-Purpose
6.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
6.6
Ice Crushing
6.8
Soups
7.2
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,100 W

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

5.8 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 Î’reville'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.
6.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.
6.6 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.
6.8 Soups

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

7.2 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.
  • 5.8 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 6.6 Ice Crushing
  • 6.8 Soups
  • 7.2 Professional Use
  1. Updated Jan 27, 2022: Review published.
  2. 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 Î’reville 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 Î’reville 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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
50.0 oz (1,478.7 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Î’reville Fresh & Furious blender has a main jar with a 50-ounce capacity. It feels well-made and has measuring marks printed on its sides. It's also compatible with the 'Vac Q', a vacuum pump sold separately by Î’reville that's supposed to suck the air out of the blending jar and help ingredients keep their bright colors and taste fresher. You can clean the jar and lid in your dishwasher.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
5
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

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

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The Î’reville 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 Î’reville 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
3,800 RPM
Max Speed
15,800 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
88 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Î’reville Fresh and Furious has buttons for five different speed settings, 'Mix', 'Chop', 'Î’lend', '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.

7.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 8 min
Texture
Sticky
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Î’reville 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'.

6.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

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.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
6.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Okay

The Î’reville 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.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
Yes
Self-Clean Program
Yes
Single Serve
No
Timer
Yes

The Î’reville 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', 'Î’lend', '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.

9.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Î’reville 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.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

The Βreville Fresh and Furious blender doesn't come with any extra features. You can't use it to blend hot ingredients, and it doesn't come with a tamper. Ηowever, it's compatible with the 'Vac Q', a vacuum pump sold separately by Βreville that attaches to the lid and removes the air from the jar, which the manufacturer says helps give recipes like smoothies, soups, and dips a smoother texture and a brighter color.

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.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious for most purposes. The Vitamix does a much better job making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It also has a better build quality and a greater number of speed settings. It can also hot blend. On the other hand, the Breville is much easier to clean by hand and has a few preset modes for smoothies.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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