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Smeg BLF01 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 08, 2021 at 11:09 am
Smeg BLF01 Picture
4.7
Multi-Purpose
6.7
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
7.8
Ice Crushing
6.3
Soups
5.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
600 W

The Smeg BLF01 is a full-size blender with an attractive '50s-style design. Although its motor body is aluminum, it doesn't feel well-built as it has a cheap-feeling plastic gear and a loose-fitting gasket around the blade assembly. It can make a decent smoothie and snow-like crushed ice, but with thicker mixtures, the blades tend to push the ingredients to the sides of the jar where they get stuck. The jar and two-part lid are dishwasher-safe, which is nice, but the removable blade assembly needs to be cleaned by hand.

Note: During testing, our blender's jar consistently leaked liquid onto and through the motor base. While this may not affect every unit, there are a few reports online from users who say they had the same issue. If you have this blender, please let us know your experience in the discussions.

Our Verdict

4.7 Multi-Purpose

The Smeg BLF01 is bad for multi-purpose use. While it can crush ice and make a decent smoothie if you add enough liquid, it can't make almond butter or blend hot ingredients. It's also badly built since some parts feel very cheap, and our unit leaks when blending liquid ingredients. It's not easy to clean since the blade assembly isn't dishwasher-safe, and you need to unscrew it and wash it by hand after each use to properly clean the blender.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
Cons
  • Bad build quality.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't make almond butter.
6.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Smeg BLF01 is alright for smoothies and protein shakes. You need to add more liquid to the jar than some other full-size blenders, or the ingredients get stuck to the sides of the jar. However, with enough liquid in the recipe, it can incorporate kale into a well-blended smoothie. It can also make snow-like crushed ice. Unfortunately, it's not well-made and is also a hard blender to clean.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Bad build quality.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
7.8 Ice Crushing

The Smeg BLF01 is good for ice crushing. With its pulse mode, it's able to break ice cubes down into snow-like crushed ice. Unfortunately, the 'Ice Crush' mode doesn't work very well. It takes longer to crush ice than some more powerful, better-built blenders, and some of its parts feel very flimsy and cheap, so it's not a great option if you make a lot of crushed ice and want something durable.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Bad build quality.
6.3 Soups

You can't safely use the Smeg BLF01 for hot blending, so it's not suitable for making soups.

5.5 Professional Use

The Smeg BLF01 is inadequate for professional use. The 48-ounce jar is on the small side, and our unit leaks liquid, which is particularly annoying if you use your blender often. The plastic used for the gear and the base of the jar also feels very cheap. While it can make snow-like crushed ice and decent smoothies if you add enough liquid, it can't be used for hot blending and fails to make almond butter. You can put the jar and lid in your dishwasher, but the blade assembly needs to be unscrewed and washed by hand every time you use the blender.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
Cons
  • Bad build quality.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't make almond butter.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
  • 4.7 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 7.8 Ice Crushing
  • 6.3 Soups
  • 5.5 Professional Use
  1. Updated Nov 08, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 03, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
15.6" (39.5 cm)
Width 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Depth 7.2" (18.3 cm)
Weight
8.1 lbs (3.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Smeg BLF01 is compact for a full-size blender. Its motor base is only slightly larger than the NutriBullet Rx's, so it doesn't take up too much room on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard. You can also remove the jar for easier storage.

4.5
Design
Build Quality

The Smeg BLF01 has a poor build quality. At first glance, the aluminum motor base looks premium and sturdy, the power cable is thick, and the controls feel clicky and well-made. However, the grey plastic on the motor base and the bottom of the jar feels thin and cheaper than the rest of the build. There's a safety feature that ensures the blender can't start unless the jar is mounted on the motor base, but it doesn't stop you from blending with the lid off. You can remove the blade assembly from the jar by using the removable center piece of the lid as a key, but unlike the tool that comes with the NutriBullet Rx, it doesn't give you much extra leverage and is tricky to do when your hands are wet. It also seems likely to cause damage to the plastic center piece over time.

Our unit also began to leak the first time we used it to blend liquids for a smoothie. This may be because the rubber gasket on the blade assembly fits loosely. The liquid dripped through the blade assembly onto the top of the motor base into the small hole for the safety feature. It then went through the motor itself and ended up on the counter. This happened every time the blender was used to process liquids, including during cleaning. Also, the metal nut under the blade assembly heated up so much that it fused slightly to the plastic base of the blade assembly and began to burn it.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
48.0 oz (1,419.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Smeg BLF01 blender comes with a 48-ounce main jar, which is on the small side for a full-size blender. It's dishwasher-safe as long as you remove the blade assembly, which can only be hand-washed.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No

The blade assembly has four sharp blades. You can remove it by turning the jar upside down and using the plastic centerpiece of the lid as a key to unscrew it. Unlike the jar and lid, it needs to be cleaned by hand.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

There's a two-part lid for the jar. You can remove the plastic center piece to add ingredients mid-blend and doubles as a small measuring cup. You also need it to unscrew the blade assembly when you want to remove it from the jar. Both parts of the lid are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
3.6 ft (1.1 m)

The power cord is thick and long enough to reach an outlet near your counter. When it's not in use, you can wrap it around four plastic fins on the underside of the motor base to keep it out of the way.

Design
In The Box

  • Smeg BLF01 motor base
  • 48-oz main jar with removable blade assembly
  • Two-part lid
  • Manual and warranty information

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
8,900 RPM
Max Speed
18,800 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
91.7 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The Smeg BLF01 has a dial with four speed settings as well as 'Ice Crush' and 'Smoothie' preset modes. You push the dial to start or stop blending, and there's also a dedicated button for pulse mode. The red light above the dial flashes all the time when the blender is plugged in, which some may find a bit annoying. When it's running, the white ring around the dial lights up. This blender doesn't offer as big a range of speeds as some full-size blenders since its minimum speed is still quite fast. It's not too loud at maximum speed, though.

0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 10 min
Texture
Failed To Process
Spreadability
Failed To Process
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Failed To Process

The Smeg BLF01 can't make almond butter. Gradually increasing from the lowest to the fastest speed setting, it doesn't seem to have too much of an issue chopping two cups of almonds into small pieces.

However, after that point, the blender starts to fling the ingredients to the sides of the jar, where they get stuck. Even if you stop the blender every 30 seconds to push the chopped nuts towards the blades, within a few seconds of restarting the blender, the blades push the ingredients back out of the way and end up spinning in empty space. This may be because the blades are short relative to the width of the jar. Using either of the preset modes or pulse mode doesn't seem to help. After about 10 minutes in total, the result is dry almond power that you can't spread on toast.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 6 min
Texture
Smooth

The Smeg BLF01 is decent for making smoothies. It can incorporate kale into a smooth drink with no unprocessed bits. However, it only works if you add more liquid to the jar than other full-size blenders like the Vitamix Explorian E310 or the KitchenAid K400. With only 1/2 cup (120 mL) of orange juice in the jar, the blades quickly push the ingredients to the sides, creating empty space for the blades to spin in, similar to the almond butter test.

Moving the ingredients towards the blades with a spatula doesn't help very much, and the blender fails to make a drinkable smoothie unless you add extra liquid. It can process the ingredients with the smoothie preset mode with an additional 3/4 cup (180 mL) of orange juice in the jar, which takes about a minute and a half. The result is smooth, although a bit airy and thick. It tastes slightly warm, but that may not be an issue if you add more liquid from the very beginning to avoid blending for too long.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
8.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Smeg BLF01 is excellent for ice crushing. If you use 'Pulse' mode, it takes about two minutes to process 12 ice cubes into fluffy, snow-like crushed ice. There are a few small unprocessed chunks leftover, but the ice is mostly uniform. Unfortunately, when using the dedicated 'Ice Crush' mode, it does a much worse job and leaves behind big chunks of ice.

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

The Smeg BLF01 has an 'Ice Crush' mode and a 'Smoothie' mode that each run the blender for set period. There's no self-clean program, but there are instructions in the manual for cleaning the blender using pulse mode with soap and water in the jar.

5.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Difficult
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The Smeg BLF01 is difficult to clean. The manual says to clean it, you should fill the jar partway with water, add a drop of soap, and run the blender using pulse mode in two-second intervals for about 10 seconds in total. This eliminates most of the residue in the jar, even if you're working with sticky ingredients. However, you need to remove the blade assembly each time you clean the blender because debris gets stuck around where it screws onto the jar and under its rubber gasket. It's particularly tricky to clean after making something like almond butter, and you need to use a sponge and a brush to clean under the blades. Since our unit leaks, if you make something like a smoothie or even put soapy water in the jar to clean it, you also need to wipe down the top of the motor base around the gear. The liquid also drips down into the motor itself through a small hole near the gear. Since you can't access that part of the blender, it's unclear how to clean it properly. If you're looking for a blender that's easier to clean by hand, try the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender.

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 Smeg BLF01 is a simple blender that doesn't come with any extra accessories. It doesn't come with a tamper, and you can't use it for hot blending.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Smeg BLF01 comes in several different colors: 'Black' (BLF01BL), 'Cream' (BLF01CR), 'Pastel Blue' (BLF01PB), 'Pastel Green' (BLF01PG), 'Pink' (BLF01PK), 'Red' (BLF01RD), 'Silver' (BLF01SV), 'White' (BLF01WH). There's also a variant with a bright pattern design (BLF01DGUS), which is part of a collaboration between Smeg and Dolce and Gabbana and is a more high-end limited edition.

We tested it in Black and you can see the label for the unit we tested here. We expect our results to be valid for the other variants as well.

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

Compared To Other Blenders

The Smeg BLF01 stands out for its stylish, '50s-inspired design. It comes in several different glossy colors that match other Smeg appliances and takes up less space on your counter than many full-size models that we've tested. Unfortunately, it has a worse build quality than some much cheaper blenders, such as the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function or the NutriBullet Blender Combo, and it's a pain to clean.

If you're looking for other options, check out our lists of the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders for crushing ice, and the best blenders.

Vitamix A3500

Vitamix A3500 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and does a better job of making smoothies and crushing ice. It can also blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Smeg is a lighter, more compact full-size blender.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Blendtec Classic 575 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The Blendtec has a significantly better build quality, can make decent almond butter, and produces snow-like crushed ice in less time. It's also much easier to clean by hand.  However, the Smeg does a better job of incorporating kale into a smoothie, but you have to add more liquid to the jar than the Blendtec.

BlendJet 2

The BlendJet 2 and Smeg BLF01 each have different strengths. The BlendJet is a portable, battery-powered personal blender that's much better-built and easier to clean. On the other hand, the Smeg is a full-size blender with a bigger, 48-ounce main jar. It also does a better job of processing leafy greens like kale in smoothies. 

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The KitchenAid does a much better job making smoothies and almond butter and can be used to blend hot ingredients as well. It's significantly better-built and much easier to clean by hand.

KitchenAid K150

The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The KitchenAid has a much better build quality, can make spreadable almond butter, can blend hot ingredients, and is much easier to clean by hand. The Smeg does a better job of incorporating kale into a smoothie, but only if you add extra liquid compared to the KitchenAid.

Vitamix ONE

The Vitamix ONE and the Smeg ΒLF01 have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and makes silkier smoothies in its 32-ounce jar. It's also much easier to clean by hand. However, it's not intended for crushing ice on its own, while the Smeg BLF01 can make snow-like crushed ice.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The Vitamix is better-built, has more speed settings, and makes better almond butter and crushed ice. It can also hot blend. Ηowever, the Smeg is a more compact full-size blender, and it has a few preset modes, unlike the Vitamix.

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