Whether it is for whipping up soups, smoothies, dips or purées, blenders can make light work of different kitchen tasks; here, we review a Smeg blender to see if the functionality matches up to the beauty.
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Products: good looking; good results so far.
Cons: blades sometimes difficult to operate
Star rating: it rates 5/5 so far.
With different products in its range, this retro-inspired chrome and gloss Smeg blender certainly look the part. Available in many colours, from pastel blue to cream, this blender is sure to look great in any kitchen.
But it is not just styled over substance here; this Smeg BLF01 blender and 800W motor made one of the smoothest blends among all the blenders we tested so far, with no sign of leftover vegetable sediment in our juice.
It is easy to set up, functional, and straightforward to use, and the speed rate settings on the side of the down part make it easy to change speeds when blending.
The 1.5-litre jug, made from durable plastic, is lightweight, dishwasher safe (aside from the blades) and fits snugly into the blender’s bottom. It is easy to remove as it is to attach before an operation.
The compact measuring jug ideal if you want to add additional liquid to your mixture when blending, slots neatly into the blender’s lid, and also doubles up to help remove the blades from the bottom of the jug when they need cleaning (it is worth bearing in mind this can be slightly difficult at times).
On top of the vegetables, this blender can also take on frozen fruit, ice and nuts. It also comes with three pre-set programmes, smoothie, ice crush and pulse, but given its prices, customers may be disappointed to learn that there is not a pre-set soup function. It still can be used to blend soups, though, and the jug is thermal resistant.
For people short on space, this model is amiable and compact and also comfortable to hold thanks to an ergonomically designed handle. To keep things very neat, there is a cord tidy at the blender’s base to keep things neat and very tidy as it should be.
This device was quieter than some of the other blenders we tested, and despite being sturdy, the jug itself was one of the lightest we tried so far. The lid as well provided great suction, sitting snugly on the jar to avoid leakages, but equally released quickly without too much of a struggle.
With a capacity of 1.5 litres, the Smeg BLF01PBUK gives a smaller than the average plastic Tritan BPA-free jug.
While the die-cast aluminum body looks good, on close inspection, the blade and finishing touches in the control dial and handle do not look and feel as luxurious as competitor models we have trialled.
With 800 watts and with a 1,800 rpm, it is not the most powerful blender available in the market either, but nudging the £200 mark, the Smeg cost a little above average the others.
Anti-slip feet ensure the design sits neatly on the worktop, and with a weight of 3.65kg and its base width of 24cm, it is easy to store and house on the countertops
Performance of the blender
As we give the blender top marks for its style, we were not as impressed by its performance.
Its original dial includes simple blending features with two pre-set knobs for ice crushing and smoothies; these are very subtly marked on top of the dial. As the design does ramp up to the rate of 1,800 rpm, the dial does have a limited inclination range from 1-4 – competitor models will take you from 1 to 10 at a more slow and steady pace, for example.
You will need a fair amount of liquid inside the jug before you start blending as we discovered when we made our Banana, Avocado and Spinach smoothie as it gets very noisy without enough cash.
Once sufficient liquid was inserted – in this case, oat milk – the pre-set smoothie feature ensured that the blade ramped up a suitable speed slowly for whizzing the ingredients to a silky texture. The mixture didn’t seem to get as velvety as other blenders we have tested – such as the Philips HR3752/01 [LINK], which has vacuum technology, for example – but it did taste good.
There’s also a measuring cup at the top of the blender, which lets you insert ingredients as you blend. The design doesn’t have a pre-set cleaning mode, but the cap can also be used as a key to unlock the blade for cleaning by hand, which is rather amusing.
Smeg’s 50s retro-style aesthetic is hard to resist – particularly if you’ve already got matching appliances in the way of a kettle, toaster and fridge. But looks aren’t everything – if you want a blender that can carry out simple tasks, then the Smeg BLF01PBUK will work its magic, but if you wish to more pre-set options and a design that can finely mill nuts and seeds or make hot soups, then you should look further afield.