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Great blender on first impressions
on 6 September 2013
My first impression of this blender is that it seems to be a solid product with a nice heavy glass jug, however the Speed Control is a bit flimsy but with all the standard options. The Speed Control is perfectly smooth, making it difficult to grip when you're using the crushed ice setting. I'm not sure why this setting is necessary anyway as there's a more convenient Pulse Button which has the same effect anyway. There are two speed settings when you turn the Speed Control to the right.
This blender is rated at 600 Watts (1 horsepower is 746 Watts), making it a typical domestic blender. My guess at blender theory is that the more powerful the blender, the faster it rotates the blades, creating a vortex that sucks the contents down towards the blades, which then shred the fruit of vegetable contents into pieces, making the final result smoother.
After one minute of blending (which is the maximum that Breville recommends before giving the machine a two minute break) I find I can still see small bits of fruit suspended in the mixture. This is okay for most purposes and, personally, I prefer it. But if you're trying to blend something to perfection then I guess you'll want a faster and more powerful blender, rated maybe at 1500 Watts (2 horsepower) or even 2240 Watts (3 horsepower).
The instructions fail to point out that the plastic ring at the base of the glass jug does actually unscrew from the base - although there is no need to do so unless you really want to clean everything more thoroughly than usual or, perhaps, to inspect the blades themselves. Make sure you screw it back on properly and that the jug sits firmly on the base after doing this.
I note the previous reviewers comments and will post any faults if and when I find them. For now, everything seems fine and I'm very happy. I do hope Breville sort out the spare parts problem though.