We’ve been looking for a decent blender for a while and it looks like the Breville Ikon Diecast Blender may fit the bill with it’s good looks and powerful blending action. If you’re like us, you like finely crushed ice drinks, aka slushies, and smoothies. Also, if you’re like us, you’ve been disappointed in the lack of power and durability of cheap blenders you purchased at WalMart and elsewhere. Is the Breville Ikon Blender that much better? Read on to find out…
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Let’s start with a quick look at the specs for the Breville Ikon Diecast Blender. It has a 5 speed, 750 watt, motor which is plenty powerful enough to crush ice into a fine, snow-like, powder. It has computerized guts that allow it to be more consistent internally while a LCD control display allows you a good degree control over how this blender does its job. The blade and and bowl design help insure a good, even, blend. It has a 51 ounce glass jar, not plastic, so it doesn’t get all scratched up and clouded, plus the jar has a good sealing action on it. The overall impression is of a well built machine.
Aesthetically, the Breville Ikon Diecast Blender’s stainless steel and black look fits in well with any kitchen. You wouldn’t want to hide it in a cabinet like you would a cheaper blender or a higher end blender that looks like it would be more at home in a restaurant or bar. The LCD display adds another modern touch to the design while be practical. Another visual plus is that there are baked enamel measurement markers that you can see easily, unlike the clear stamped plastic marks that can be difficult to see on the cheapos.
My pet peeve with blenders is cleaning them. It’s often a pain to do. The Breville Ikon BBL600XL Blender makes this about as easy as possible. The glass blending jar cleans up so much better than the plastic ones I’ve had in the past. My only complaint here would be that you need a special tool to do the disassembly. Yes, something else for the kitchen junk drawer.
When blending, the Breville Ikon Diecast Blender is quieter than most, even as compared to those in the same price range. The heavy base and sturdy construction probably help in this regard. The automatic settings are nice since you can choose something like ’smoothie’ and it will blend automatically for the right amount of time, no guess work. Another blending plus is that the curved blades and container insures that there are no unblended pieces in the mixture. That was one thing I really liked about this unit. Another was that it seals up tightly and doesn’t leak like some of the cheap blenders do.
If you like frozen drinks, smoothies or just want a good looking, high performance, blender for your kitchen I highly recommend the Breville Ikon Diecast Blender. It would also be a great gift for the frozen drink fan on your gift list.