Breville BBL550XL Ikon 610-Watt Stainless-Steel Blender
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- 5-speed blender with pulse control and extra-wide ice-crushing blades
- 1-1/2-liter glass jar; easy-to-read measurement markings
- Revolutionary Kinetix blade and bowl system eliminates food traps
- 610-watt motor; stylish stainless-steel base; dishwasher-safe parts
- Measures approximately 6-1/2 by 8 by 15-1/2 inches
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UPDATE 1/27/09: Well, after a few more days of trying to reach Customer Service, they finally called us back, admitting how busy - or understaffed - they were. They asked only one question: "What number is scratched into the bottom plastic of the blender." That must have been a production batch number, and immediately they said "We'll send a label for shipping it back. Pack it up, ship it, and we'll send you a new blender." That was good news. So we found a box, padded the glass jar, and took it to FedEx Ground. Finally, today, after six weeks without it, we have received a new blender. We'll give an update when we see how this one holds up.
UPDATE 3/3/09: After 5 weeks of use, the replacement blender is holding up. We hope that the first motor was from a bad production run. If we consider buying a Breville product again we will first call customer service to see if it is easier to get through to them.
UPDATE 7/7/09: Our replacement blender is still working, but one belonging to a friend died a week after his warranty expired. This is not a very encouraging record.
UPDATE 8/15/2011: We used our replacement blender sparingly for two years (about once every other week at most, & only to make simple smoothies).Read more ›
So many blenders have a problem because they create a pocket of air, therefore you must stop the machine every now and then to force the material back down. Most are loud, and most importantly... most do not have enough power to blend and chop ice.
My wife wanted to buy a professional blender like the smoothie and coffee shops have, however the costs involved quickly dispelled any thought of obtaining one.
I found a few publications/editorials that rated the Breville blenders a "cut above" most other blenders.
Since we love ice cream and shakes, chopping ice is one of the most important features that a blender can have for us. In fact this is the crucial test that really makes a good blender... it's motor and how it tackles this job.
We purchased the Breville blender and received it in the mail. Upon opening the box, I immediately liked the design and well crafted parts. Even the electrical plug had a unique design that made plugging into the wall a little easier (which came with a plug cover). All the parts seem solid and thick. The top cover, had a solid rubber seal with a nice round finger hold to open the cover after you've finished. This part is also VERY NICELY designed and crafted.
It seems to be made like the old 1950-60's blenders and my wife was happy about that too.
I got it out, plugged it in and turned it on to test it.
Some have stated that the Breville are extremely quiet and powerful. It is true that the blender has plenty of power, for I tested it with big ice "chunks" and didn't have much of a problem with the ice.Read more ›
So what's the beef?
Form does not follow function in this machine.
Blade assembly is separated from base with a ridged, whimpy rubber gasket, that inevitably collects food and is difficult to position. Blade assembly/gasket takes some skill and torque to align and twist on. Top is difficult to wedge on and remove.
These problems could be overlooked, if not for major overheating that goes on when the machine is run. The machine has timed settings, most of them lasting no more than 60 seconds. My thoughts here, that the 60 seconds is less for convenience and more about 60 seconds being the outer limit that this appliance can be run, before it implodes from overheating. The knob that sticks down into the base gets hot enuf to burn.
I've used mine mostly for smoothies.
When its in the mood, it does a nice job, only leaving chunks of some of the larger pieces of fruit. My thoughts here are that the broader base design, does not adequetly funnel food towards the blades.
My trophy wife blender divorced me yesterday in a cloud of gray smoke and what looked like black rubber coffee grounds left between the motor and the upper assembly. The brew I had been mixing, was full of a foul plastic taste, presumably from the same rubber that was found in its nether parts and perfuming the air with its stench.
Next time out, I'll be looking for a less expensive blender, that may not have the good looks of the Breville, but will do what blenders were made to to with less drama.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this blender and it has a chemical taste. The motor also smokes. It's out of warranty and the Breville site is a nightmare!Published 6 months ago by Kathryn Tinsley
Used mine 2-3x per week for 6 years. Just broke the handle on the Jar today. $50 delivered seems ok to me, as the blade bearing is starting to get nasty anyway. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RJC III
I can't understand where the negative reviews for this product come from. I am beginning to think Amazon is being attacked by bands of roving trolls, placing negative reviews... Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. J. Heller
My Ikon blender jar bearing seized and was putting parts into smoothies, temp timing the fuse out at 4 seconds etc.
Same nightmare as everyone else. Read more
This is one good looking blender. I had purchased this blender for my mother over 4 years ago. I fell in love with the sleek style so.. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hiswifee
Breville discontinued this blender, good thing. The bottom screw on thing would get stuck. I called Breville and they sent me the next blender up (BBL605XL) for free. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer Iv
Used the Breville blender less than ten times and every time it works worse and worse. Trying to return, hopefully this will be stress free.Published 22 months ago by Shannon
Breville no longer makes glass. So they no longer can provide you a replacement if you (or the cleaning lady) break the jar. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SAMUEL MAGANA