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Breville Bluicer

Published May 2021

How we tested

The Breville 3x Bluicer Pro has a somewhat silly—but nonetheless accurate—name; it’s a combination of a blender and a juicer. It uses a single motorized base to power separate, interchangeable blender and juicer attachments. Breville says that the appliance can perform both functions with ease, churning out fresh juice that you can then blend into smoothies or frozen cocktails with the simple switch of an attachment. But at about $400, the Bluicer costs more than our winning centrifugal juicer (the Breville Juice Fountain Cold) and our winning midpriced blender (the Breville Fresh & Furious) combined. Intrigued, we tested it against both these winners in a Breville battle to see if it could truly replace both appliances. We also compared it with our winning high-end blender (the Vitamix 5200) as the ultimate test of performance. During testing, we evaluated the Bluicer’s ease of use and cleanup, juice and food quality, and overall performance.

Juicing with the Bluicer

When juicing, the Bluicer acts as a centrifugal juicer—it shreds produce into pulp and then relies on centrifugal force to fling the pulp against a filter basket to separate the juice from the solids. Cleverly, the blender jar doubles as a juice carafe. Like the Juice Fountain Cold, the Bluicer has a wide, 3-inch feed tube, which means that minimal food prep is required. We could insert multiple carrots or handfuls of kale in one go. We’ve found that centrifugal juicers aren’t very good at juicing kale (the lightweight leaves aren’t flung against the filter basket with sufficient force), and that was the case with the Bluicer. It did effectively juice both carrots and grapes, but the carrot juice was initially slightly foamier and the grape juice was a bit pulpier than the juices we made with our favorite centrifugal juicer. These differences were subtle, and both machines generally produced quality juice. And though all juicers are a bit of a pain to clean, both the Bluicer and the Juice Fountain Cold were relatively easy to clean and reassemble. 

Blending with the Bluicer 

When it came to blending, the Bluicer and our winning midpriced blender, the Fresh & Furious, performed almost identically. That’s because they’re almost identical in design. The bases of their jars are both fairly narrow (about 4.5 inches across), allowing them to create tight vortices and blend food effectively. The machines have similar presets, including “smoothie” and “frozen drink” buttons that make short work of frozen fruits, ice, and leafy kale alike. The Bluicer’s serrated blades were powerful enough to blend toasted almonds into almond butter, albeit with a couple pauses to stir and scrape down the jar. And the Bluicer has a dial to adjust the speed—including a low setting that was ideal for emulsifying mayonnaise. One quibble: Like the Fresh & Furious, the Bluicer automatically pauses blending after 1 minute, which means that you can’t just set it and forget it during long blends. Still, from well-blended smoothies and snowy crushed ice to creamy mayonnaise and smooth almond butter, the Bluicer kept up with the Fresh & Furious at every turn. 

Could it match the consistently stellar results of the Vitamix 5200? The answer: not quite. The Vitamix’s tapered jar, which is about an inch narrower at its base than the Bluicer’s jar, created a powerfully compact vortex that kept food contained at the bottom. As a result, it worked more quickly and produced silkier, smoother results. We didn't have to pause and scrape down the sides of the Vitamix as often as we did with the Bluicer, and its included tamper was useful in nudging food toward the blades. The Vitamix’s top was also easier to remove. However, scraping out and cleaning the Vitamix’s tall, narrowly tapered jar was more difficult than cleaning the Bluicer. 

Do You Need a Bluicer?

Throughout testing, the Breville 3x Bluicer Pro performed almost as well as our winning centrifugal juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain Cold, and just as well as our winning midpriced blender, the Breville Fresh & Furious. However, it costs more than both these models combined, so most people are better off buying our two winners separately. The Bluicer does offer the advantage of a more compact footprint and streamlined design, so if you are an avid juicer who frequently blends and wants to save kitchen space, it may be worth your while. And if you have upwards of $400 to spend and are mainly interested in an incredible blender, we recommend our winning high-end blender, the Vitamix 5200.

Methodology

Using Juicer Attachment:

  • Time how long it takes to juice 1 pound of carrots
  • Evaluate the carrot juice for temperature change, flavor, and consistency
  • Juice 1 pound each of kale and red grapes, evaluating the juice for flavor and consistency
  • Refrigerate 1 cup of carrot juice and check the flavor and consistency each day for four days
  • Juice an additional 5 pounds of carrots to test durability 
  • Clean the juicer after every test by hand or in the dishwasher, noting the ease of cleanup

Using Blender Attachment:

  • Blend kale, pineapple, and orange juice smoothies for 1 minute
  • Blend kale, pineapple, and orange juice smoothies using the “smoothie” setting
  • Make mayonnaise
  • Make almond butter
  • Crush ice
  • Clean the blender after every test by hand or in the dishwasher, noting the ease of cleanup 

Rating Criteria

Ease of Use: We evaluated how much food prep was needed for juicing, how efficiently the Bluicer juiced produce, whether it sat securely on the counter, and how easy its controls were to operate. We also rated how straightforward it was to assemble and disassemble the Bluicer, including how easy it was to switch between functions.

Juicing: We timed how long it took the Bluicer to juice several types of produce, rated the consistencies and flavors of the juices (prioritizing smoothness and fresh, clean flavor), and monitored the quality of one juice over four days of refrigerated storage.

Blending: We timed how long it took the Bluicer to blend smoothies, crush ice, emulsify mayonnaise, and grind almonds into almond butter. We also evaluated the textures and flavors of the blended foods. 

Cleanup: We evaluated how easy all the parts were to clean.

The Results

Winner
Recommended

Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.

$248.64*
Recommended

Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block

This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.

$141.90*

Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block

This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.

$67.99*
Recommended with Reservations

Swissmar Bamboo Magnetic Knife Block

This small, scratch-resistant model had a stable, rubber-lined base and could hold all our knives, though the blade of the 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a bit. But inch-long gaps between its small magnets made coverage uneven and forced us to find the magnetic hot spots in order to secure the knives. Its acrylic guard made it safer to use but harder to insert knives and to clean.

$49.93*
Not Recommended

Messermeister Walnut Magnet Block

This handsome block was done in by its shape—a tippy, top-heavy quarter-circle that wasn’t tall or broad enough to keep the blades of three knives from poking out. It lacked a nonslip base, and its extra-strong magnets made it unnerving to attach or remove our heavy cleaver. Finally, it got a bit scratched after extensive use.

$129.95*

Epicurean Standing Knife Rack 12"

This magnetic block sheathed all our knives completely, though with a bit of crowding. But it was hard to insert each knife without hitting the block’s decorative slats on way down, and because the block was light and narrow, it wobbled when bumped. Worse, we couldn’t take it apart, so splatters that hit the interior were there to stay. Additionally, the outside stained easily, and when we wiped it down, the unit smelled like wet dog.

$99.95*

Kapoosh Rondelle Knife Block

This model stabilized knives with a mass of stiff, spaghetti-like bristles that shed and nicked easily after extensive use, covering our knives with plastic debris. While all our knives fit securely, several of the blades stuck out, making this unit feel less safe overall. Finally, though the bristles could be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher, their nooks and crannies made this block hard to wash by hand.

$24.99*

Kuhn Rikon Vision Knife Block, Clear

This plastic block required us to aim each knife into the folds of an accordion-pleated insert that was removable for easy cleaning but got nicked easily with repeated use. Because we could only insert the knives vertically, longer knife blades stuck out; a cleaver was too wide to fit. The lightest model in our lineup, this block was dangerously top-heavy when loaded with knives.

$35.88*