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Breville VBL030 Antony Worrall Thompson

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Brand: Breville / Type: Worktop / Jug Size: 1.5l

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      16.08.2011 15:22
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      Buy a standard blender, this is for poncy people with a lot of money in their wallet.

      I use blenders mainly to liquidise my chunky soup into a broth or to mix up stuff for baking.

      I bought this one because it looked fancy and had a lot of capacity to it and it came with 2 mixing bowls, one for smoothie looking purposes and one for more meaner blending purposes.

      The two coloumns of buttons correspond to the two mixing bowls.

      One one side for the blender bowl it will: chop, mix, shred/grate, whisk.
      One the other side for the smoothie bowl it will: puree, ice crush, smoothie, blend.

      The two bowls both have a 1.5 litre capacity which is great for creating a meal for loads of people... but the the 800w motor for blending can be too advanced and when making soups to suit the chunkier pallette, a few seconds too long on the button means you have puree instead of soup.

      It is easy to remove the jug but I find washing incredibly tedious and I prefer hand held blenders for easing washing.

      One thing I severely disliked about this was all the different blades and how to fit them onto the central coloumn. The instructions were not simple enough so I have not even used most of the different functions yet for this reason because I simply cannot understand how to fix the more complex blades for say grating on the blender.

      I attempted the whisking blade and I am pretty sure I put it on right and it just didn't work! My merangues were just white froth instead of forming stiff peaks.

      A nice touch to the instruction booklet that I do understand however are the few recipes from the man himself, so that was nice to add to my collection.

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      30.07.2011 11:11
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      A good all round blender, but a bit pricey for what it is.

      I was given this blender as a Christmas present (yeah I know how wonderful) and I initially thought it looked really cool, with it's square jug being in line with the base, all very smart and sleek. There are lots of buttons on the front for various different settings and each one has a red LED that lights up when it's been used.

      I have to admit I haven't used all of the settings, as my title suggests I really only use this for making my morning smoothie and the odd soup. It copes well with all the fruit I put into it, even the straight from the freezer frozen packs, so it seems to be pretty powerful. I've even had a couple of ice cubes in it and they caused no problem. So it's a good sturdy little blender, however, there is one problem, being that it is a square shaped jug it means that sometimes the ingredients get stuck in the corners and don't get blended properly, which can be annoying.

      The lid has a central 'plug' that you can remove to add things while blending and this itself is graduated up to 70ml so you can use it to measure out liquid ingredients too. The blender has an anti-lock system so you can't get it working without the jug attached properly, which is a typical saftery feature on blenders now.

      When using the blender, it's noisy (as all blenders are) and sometimes there is a funky smell coming from the motor, but it has yet to blow up on me, so I don't think there is anything to worry about.

      In terms of cleaning the blender, well it's as you would imagine any blender is to clean, easy enough just watch your hands on the blades in the bottom.

      That's about it really, as I say I didn't buy this so I've just had a quick look at the price for this review and I think it's quite expensive, presumably because it has a celeb's name on it. I don't think it makes any difference to the blender, so I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this if I had been looking for one.

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      29.06.2011 09:30
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      Mostly effective, but some question marks

      I bought this partly because I'm a sucker for anything with flashing lights and buttons. It was expensive, though not ruinously so. The selection of programs was an attractive feature, though I haven't really made full use of it. It has programs for cake, puree, dips, ice crush, blend, smoothies, chop, shakes and a pulse setting. There are also plus and minus settings for adding or subtracting time and of course a stop button. Each button has a red led to show that it is operating. Ther is an interlock to prevent it operating without the jug attached. The lid has a removable centre made of clear plastic and graduated to 70ml.

      In operation it is noisy (this is not a criticism-it is inevitable) and I find it a bit smelly when the motor is running- again this is not a major problem. The ice crush feature would suggest to me that the jug and motor are robust, and the unit overall has a very solid feel. If you are going to spend money on a blender it should last well, so this is important.

      I have used it mostly for blending soups using left-over vegetables and homemade stock. For this it is very effective. I'm not convinced that all of the programs work as intended without additional time, but again this is a matter of personal preference. It would be useful to have some indication in the manual as to what each program does so that the user could make an informed choice of program rather than the "paint by numbers" approach. For soups this is not an issue but for cake blending it definitely is-the program leaves too much unblended. Part of this is due to the shape of the jug, which is a rounded square in cross section. This matches well with the base and makes for as elegant an appearance as one could expect in a food blender, but inevitably the corners can be left out of the blending process. This can be pulsed out to some extent, but it makes one wonder why the shape was chosen. Elegance is all very well, but it needs to work. Again some guidance as to how to use the programs might help. The included recipe book is of some use here.

      With liquids, smoothies and shakes it works really well. Purees are also good, but for the price I would expect the cake blending to work more effectively. I think I would also look closely at the cross section of the jug and choose a circular one rather than the Austin Allegro Quartic steering wheel design (am I showing my age here?)

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      09.02.2011 15:34

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      Good blender, but there's equally good blenders that are cheaper

      This is a good blender, I suppose, as far as blenders go, but for the inflated price tag I have struggled to find that it does anything different to what a similar blender at a much cheaper price would do. I have a suspicion that the attachment of the name of Anthony Worrall Thompson onto the blender has added at least ten pounds onto the price of it.

      Like I say, there's nothing wrong with it - it's got a large capacity and will blend pretty much anything you put into it (within reason, of course). I make smoothies and homemade soup with mine, and it's never struggled with anything I've put into it. The noise level is pretty much what you'd expect from a blender - it's never going to be a quiet piece of machinery. And it is easy to clean - but again, no more easier than any other blender. And the digital keypad's easy to use, too.

      All in all, it's a perfectly acceptable blender, and there's nothing wrong with it at all - except the price. If you're willing to pay that, then fine - but be aware that, even with Anthony Worrall Thompson's name on it, you're not really getting anything out of the ordinary.

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      11.09.2010 22:20
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      If you would use it enough then this is worth the price

      You can purchase blenders which are very cheap at around £5 these ones are very basic and do the bare minimum, this one however offers so much more and offers a wide range of functions which is very pleasing for the user. It makes your process so much simpler and more effective and even though you do pay far more for this I believe it is worth paying more for a product which will do everything you need it to do.

      Price

      The price for this 1.5L Antony Worrall Thompson blender was around £65 when I first purchased it. Even though this price does seem a bit expensive I have blenders which I paid much less for and the difference in quality is very easy to notice. When I took into account how much I would be using the blender I thought that I would be able to get my use out of it.

      Features

      Unlike basic blenders which just offer a single mode this blender offers a wide range of modes for the user to mess around with. On this blender you can choose options such as Chop, Smoothie, Shakes and Dips. These with a few others which I haven't used are on the front of the blender and very easy to see. Even though the buttons are pretty small due to the feel of them it would be difficult for you to push another button so this is not something you would have to worry about at all. The 1.5L capacity in my opinion is more than enough for whatever you need it for. I tend to make things such as smoothies so I find after applying all things such as fruits the capacity is a good amount to get a few drinks out of.

      Cleaning

      I think cleaning the product is something which was on my mind a fair bit when considering if I should purchase this one. I can assure you that the actual jug is very easy to use and is also very easy to wash. It is not something which will take you ages to wash and instead is a very simple thing to do.

      Overall

      Overall after purchasing this blender I was very happy with the purchase I ended up making. Compared to other blenders which are a bit cheaper I am very happy that this one was the one I purchased. It does everything I need it to do and more. If you are going to use a blender quite frequently then I would advise you to take a look at this one because it has been very good for me.

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      14.08.2010 13:04
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      A very good blender!

      I have for years taken a lot of lip and bullying for my somewhat strong addiction for my home made smoothies, I make myself a smoothie at least once a day, finding no better way to boost my energy and enjoy a drink with taste and nutrition! This means that I need my blender to be a good one, and I am certainly pleased with the one I bought of the brand Breville, stumbling across it barely used at a flee market, paying 40.99 for it there, knowing it to cost a bit more at stores and on the internet...

      This is a rare fact, but I have absolutely no negative things to mention when talking about this blender! I find it to work very efficient and fast, and I am always satisfied with the end result, whether I`m making smoothies or icy drinks, at times also chopping vegetables or making soups, dips and such things... If you are in need of a blender that crushes ice without difficulty, this blender should suit you perfectly! You can use this blender to make pretty much everything that`s soft and of liquid substance, from cake batters to guacamole... With a capacity of 1.5 liters, this blender is wonderful if you`re having a party or gathering, as it makes a lot of smoothie or drinks to go around! As far as noise go, I don`t find this making that much noise at all, of course a bit when crushing ice and such, but this really hasn`t bothered me much! The capacity of this blender is without doubt very powerful, therefore a little warning comes next, as you must make sure that young children never come close to this equipment while its running! I am very pleased with having bought this blender from Breville, I would recommend it to anyone!

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        10.08.2010 14:44
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        Great for making smoothies and crushing ice

        Whenever I make cocktails I always like to top them off with some crushed ice. There are several options as to going about this: one is placing all the ice cubes in a bag and whacking them with a rolling pin. While therapeutic, however, this method very often results in the bag sustaining tears, shards of ice flying around the kitchen and (once) a sore thumb. Another dubious method I once resorted to was treating the cubes to hand-blender treatment. That was messy, and one I didn't repeat. Perhaps the most effective method though, or certainly the safest, is placing the ice in a blender. If the blender is equipped with an individual ice crushing function as this one is, then all the better.

        I purchased this blender partly due to the array of functions it offers. Previously I had owned blenders that were very simple in their attributes, with most of them boasting a single switch with which you could choose to blend the contents fast or faster. The Antony Worrall Thompson blender however, gives you a range of options for blending, including chop, puree, smoothie, shakes, dips, blend, cake and the previously mentioned ice crush. The buttons for these functions are located on the front panel of the base of the blender, and while programming is a simple case of pressing the button and the device following your instruction, one gripe I have here is that the buttons are somewhat on the small side. If you have longish nails as I do, and your fingers are slippery with foodstuffs, it is sometimes the case that you will overreach the button and inadvertently select its neighbour. The buttons are textured however, so this event occurs infrequently, but even so I would prefer the buttons to be slightly larger to prevent this.

        The blender has a 1.5 litre capacity, which is ample if you are preparing soup or smoothies for a small gathering. I have found, however, that the 800 watt motor, while ideal for blending fruit or vegetables into drink form, or crushing ice, is too powerful if you wish to gently blend some soft foods. I like to make chunky soups, and in my experience if you blend the mixture for just a fraction too long the finished product is too smooth.

        In all this is a nice blender that you will have fun experimenting with. It is easy to remove the jug from the base, and both components can be stored out of sight if you wish. The package also comes with a recipe book courtesy of Antony himself, although the extent of the recipes is minimal. If you are looking for an efficient machine that will work rapidly, for £60 this blender will ideally meet your needs. Those with children should be aware of its powerful nature, however.

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        Short name: Breville VBL030