Bella 10-Speed vs. Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 1, 2022
BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Review
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender Review
Blender type
immersion
immersion
Power
350W
280W

Our Verdict

7.1
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.4/10
  • Design (20%)
    7.5/10
  • Usability (30%)
    6.3/10
7.3
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.5/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.7/10
  • Usability (30%)
    7.8/10

While the build quality of the Breville BSB510XL Control Grip placed it top in the segment in terms of durability, its performance in testing unexpectedly dragged down its ranking among the competition. Although it did perform better at emulsifying mayonnaise it didn’t quite measure up when it comes to pureeing soups and making smoothies.

The Bella 10-Speed, on the other hand, is a fine immersion blender for the price. For simple blends, you can’t go at all wrong with this blender. The only inconvenience was that it noticeably rattled in our hands when working through solid food like frozen fruits.

Performance

7.4
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    7.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    9.3/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    9.0/10
  • Almond Milk (5%)
    6.0/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)
    6.0/10
6.5
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    6.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    5.8/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    4.8/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)
    8.5/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)
    10/10
7.5

Hot Soup Purée

6.5
The BELLA 10-Speed Soup
BELLA 10-Speed Hot Soup Purée
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Chunky
  • Suction: Tightly

The BELLA is moderately capable at pureeing soup. In our test, it took around 30 seconds to blend and combine all the ingredients. However, we still found lots of tiny chunks when we ran the soup through a strainer. On the whole, blending didn’t go smoothly since the blender itself created a bit too much suction. At the highest speed settings, it vacuumed itself solidly to the beaker’s bottom, making it very difficult for us to make any movements.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Hot Soup Purée
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Hot Soup Purée 1
  • Pureeing Time: 30 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Slight

The Breville BSB510XL is not a bad choice if you need to create hot soup purées in a hurry. Breaking down cooked veggies into liquid form is this machine’s forte. 

Although our test soup did retain a few unblended chunks, it was acceptably smooth and had a nice creamy consistency even without adding dairy. Our purée test runs for only 30 seconds, though — you will likely get a silkier soup if you blend longer.

9.3

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

5.8
BELLA 10-Speed Smoothie
BELLA 10-Speed Smoothie
  • Blending Time: 58 secs
  • Result: Slightly Coarse
  • Suction: Slightly

Our BELLA transformed all the ingredients into a drinkable texture in approximately one minute, from start to finish. It didn’t have too much difficulty powering through frozen fruit or kale. The resulting smoothie was acceptable with very few unprocessed chunks.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Smoothie
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 2 mins 21 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Slightly

The Breville BSB510XL produced a silky smoothie with almost zero leftover sediment. The task did seem challenging, though, since it took nearly a full minute longer than average. You may not mind a little extra time, but frozen fruit smoothies are actually best when they’re blended quickly; the extra time and blade contact will thaw the ingredients and give the resulting smoothie a more watery texture.

9.0

Mayonnaise

4.8
The BELLA 10-Speed Mayonnaise
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 min 25 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Yes

Making mayonnaise was easy with this blender. Of all the blenders we tested, it was among the fastest, beating our favorite blender — the Braun MultiQuick-5 by up to 30 seconds. That said, its mayonnaise didn’t come out very smooth and creamy. Still, for such a low-priced hand blender, this result is worthy of praise.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Whipped Egg-Whites
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Whipped Egg-Whites 1
  • Emulsifying Time: 2 mins 40 secs
  • Result: Quite Thin
  • Suction: No

The Breville BSB510XL took 2 minutes and forty seconds to create a batch of mayonnaise featuring three egg yolks and 240ml oil. This was nearly a minute and a half slower than the fastest immersion blenders we tested (such as the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick).

The sauce had a pale yellow color. It was light and creamy like pudding — neither great nor bad. It lacked the thick texture we prefer, suggesting that better emulsion would demand more oil.

6.0

Almond Milk

8.5
  • Grinding Time: 1 min 15 secs
  • Result: Coarse
  • Suction: Tightly

Our non-dairy milk required nearly a minute and a half of blending, but it still didn’t come out as smooth and creamy as it should. And not only couldn’t the machine blend uniformly, but it also created bad suction, causing a mess when we struggled to lift it upward.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Almond Milk
  • Grinding Time: 56 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Tightly

The Breville BSB510XL performed well in this test. Of all the mid-powered blenders we tested, it was among the select few that pulverized the nuts evenly and drew the most flavor out of the almonds. After we’d removed the pulp with a mesh strainer, it tasted smooth and creamy, too.

6.0

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
The BELLA 10-Speed whipped egg-white
  • Beating Time: 3 minutes
  • Result: Stiff
  • Suction: No

The BELLA’s whisk attachment drew enough air into the egg whites to create stiff peaks in our test, but its prolonged beating operation left us with exhausted hands and extreme discomfort. So, even though this add-on can do the trick, we don’t think it’s an acceptable alternative to a hand mixer when it comes to preparing emulsified sauces or meringue.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Whipped Egg-Whites
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Whipped Egg-Whites 1
  • Beating Time: 1 min 21 sec
  • Result: Stiff
  • Suction: No

The Breville BSB510XL was excellent at beating eggs. It requires less than one and a half minutes to churn out a stiff-peaked whip from 100ml of egg whites, which was considerably faster than most of its peers. If you use this blender to make meringue, you won’t need to make any special preparations; the Breville BSB510XL will readily handle it.

Design

7.5
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    7.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    7.0/10
  • Power Cord (5%)
    10/10
  • Beaker (5%)
    10/10
8.7
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    7.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.0/10
  • Power cord (5%)
    10/10
  • Beaker (5%)
    10/10

In the Box

The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Unboxing
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • Food processor
  • Beaker   
  • User manual

Our set includes six pieces which are all free of harmful chemicals. All parts except the motor section are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip In the Box
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • Chopper bowl with stainless steel chopping blades 
  • Blending beaker with dual-purpose storage lid & anti-slip mat
  • User manual

Contributing to the high price tag is a set of well-designed attachments, to include a whisk, a chopping bowl, and a 42-ounce blending jar with dual-purpose lid. All of the attachments are top-rack dishwasher safe, which is definitely a big plus. They’re also very practical and easy to use.

Dimensions

The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Length
  • Height:
    15.2" (38.6 cm)
  • Width:
    2.3" (5.8 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.0 oz (57 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    8.3" (21.1 cm)

So far, we haven’t encountered any challenges caused by this blender’s size. The machine itself is compact enough to store in a drawer, and it isn’t overly heavy. Weight isn’t a hindrance to the machine’s usability.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender Dimensions
  • Height:
    16.5" (41.9 cm)
  • Width:
    2.9" (7.4 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.2 oz (62 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    9.3" (23.6 cm)

At 16.5 inches, this blender’s length is about average. It is top-heavy, though, so it can feel unstable, especially if you want to rest it against the side of your blending beaker when you pause the motor. On the bright side, that length may allow you to reach the bottom of deep pots more easily. Our other concern is the blade housing’s large size; it won’t fit well in all potential containers.

7.0

Build Quality

9.0
The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Construction

The BELLA can be purchased for less than $30, but that low price tag is a clue as to its quality. The machine itself feels relatively solid, but it doesn’t look as sleek as the mid-range ones. With the exception of the blending shaft, all the parts are made of medium-grade plastic which may deteriorate and collect scratches over the years. 

Not only that, but several Amazon users have complained about the inner components. Some claim that the plastic core that connects the blending wand to the main body somehow got shredded, rendering the blender useless. Others were frustrated when the tabs that connect to attachments broke. 

All things considered, we don’t think the BELLA is a reliable performer, even though it’s backed by an impressive warranty (two years).

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Build Quality

The steeper price of the Breville BSB510XL is justified by its build quality, which is hard to beat. While we have different opinions about the plastic coating of its motor body, whose finish is likely to be marred with minor scratches after repeated use, most everyone agrees that this blender will offer you great durability overall.

Speed and Controls

The BELLA 10-Speed Controls
  • Control Type:
    Press-button & speed dial
  • Min Speed:
    14,730 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    16000 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    84 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

On paper, the BELLA allows the users to easily switch between 10 speed options using the two front buttons and a top dial. Our real-world experience, though, indicates that while they get the job done, it takes a lot of force to press the buttons.

Likewise, the speed dial isn’t really essential. It’s hard to use because both hands are engaged while blending — one hand to maneuver the blender and the other to keep the beaker from jumping around the countertop with the motor’s violent vibration.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Speed and Controls
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Speed and Controls 1
  • Control Type:
    Press-button & speed dial
  • Min Speed:
    6. 014 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    13.224 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    76 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

The motor has 15 speed settings, giving us precise control over our food’s texture. To switch between different speed settings, simply turn the dial at the top of the blender’s motor body. All the controls, including the power button and the speed dial, demand minimal pressure from your finger.  

To blend at high speeds, the manufacturer recommends that you start with the slowest speed and gradually increase to the higher ones to minimize splattering or over-processing. However, we found it difficult to get this job done when both your hands are engaged while blending — one hand to use the controls and the other fighting the blender’s suction force.

7.5

Blending Shaft

7.5
The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Blade
The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender 4-Pronged Blade
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Blade Count:
    4
  • Removable:
    Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade has 4 prongs made of medium-quality stainless steel. It comes relatively sharp, but looks a bit fragile. If you use this blender for grinding tough ingredients, the blade assembly may get damaged.    

We appreciate that the blade guard was designed to prevent splattering, but don't think that it works as intended. It creates a lot of suction at the bottom of our beaker. And since it’s made of metal with harsh edges, the blade guard can leave marks on your non-stick cookware unless you blend very carefully.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Blending Shaft
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Blending Shaft 1
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp blade
  • Guard Material:
    Plastic
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blending shaft is made of high-quality stainless steel to ensure durability. There is a plastic rim around its base, which is meant to reduce head suction and to protect your cookware from scratches. 

The blade has two prongs—one is razor sharp and the other is dull. To keep the former sharp, you should avoid using it to crush whole ice cubes or to grind raw nuts without liquid.

10

Beaker

10
The BELLA 10-Speed  Immersion Blender Beaker
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    30 oz
  • Measurements:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    0.29 lb
  • Height:
    7.2 inches
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Tamper Included:
    No

The BELLA blender comes with a large beaker that shows measurements in both milliliters and fluid ounces. It’s a simple affair with an easy-pour spout and a flared base for stability.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Beaker
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    40 oz
  • Measurements:
    Ye
  • Weight:
    NaN oz (NaN g)
  • Height:
    in
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Ye
  • Tamper Included:
    No

The beaker has clearly marked measurements for convenience. It is almost twice the standard size, making it easier for you to maneuver the hand blender around. And since there is more room in the container for the mixture to rise, it also helps to prevent overflow.

For storage, the cup comes with a lid, which then snaps onto the bottom of the cup to keep the container from moving on the countertop when you’re blending. And for some operations, such as making a smoothie, the handle on the jar gave us a good grip.

10

Power Cord

Power cord
The BELLA 10-Speed  Immersion Blender Cord
  • Cord Length:
    5.1 ft
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Detachable:
    No

The power cord is long enough to reach your nearby outlets. As a nice bonus, it has a small loop that allows you to hang the whole blender on a hook for easy storage.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Power cord
  • Cord Length:
    6.3 ft
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Detachable:
    No

The power cord is long enough to reach nearby outlets. It’s notably designed with a finger hole in the power plug so you can easily and safely remove it from the wall socket.

Whisk Attachment

Extra Accessories

Whisk Attachment
The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Whisk Attachment
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

With the whisk attachment, your blender can act as a hand mixer for certain tasks such as whipping cream, beating egg whites, and emulsifying sauces. That said, it’s rather poorly built, so it may not survive long.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Extra Accessories: Whisk Attachment
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

The whisk attachment functions as a hand whisk so you can whip up cream, beat egg whites, and emulsify sauces without a stand-alone mixer. In terms of quality, this part is well built, but one of its wires somehow has a very awkward shape. We can’t say for sure if that happened during shipping or on the production line.

Food Processor

Extra Accessories

Food Processor
The BELLA 10-Speed Immersion Blender Food Processor
  • Material:
    Plastic and Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

We haven’t tested this attachment, but the stainless steel S-blade can probably chop, mix, and shred certain foods just like any other low-grade food processor.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Extra Accessories: Food Processor
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Extra Accessories: Food Processor 1
  • Material:
    Plastic and stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

We haven’t tested this attachment, but we think it could serve you well when making something like basil pesto. It could be a good alternative if you don’t want to bother with a full-sized food processor. The Breville can be a moderate food processor in its own right since the included chopping bowl comes at just the right size for chopping vegetables, onions, and more.

Usability

6.3
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    6.0/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    7.5/10
  • Handling (20%)
    6.0/10
  • Cleanability (10%)
    7.5/10
7.8
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    7.7/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    7.5/10
  • Handling (20%)
    8.5/10
  • Cleanability (10%)
    7.5/10
6.0

Ease of Use

7.7

The controls are easy to understand, but we never got comfortable actually operating it. While its interface is very intuitive with only two buttons and a speed selection dial, the motor’s vibration made our hands entirely numb. Moreover, the buttons are too stiff and unresponsive, so our fingers got tired in a hurry. In some cases our fingers slipped right off the trigger button, causing unplanned interruptions to our testing process. 

The low rating of this blender’s usability isn’t all due to its controls, though. Throughout most of the tests, the blending shaft stuck itself so tightly to the container’s bottom that we couldn’t lift it up unless we shut off the motor. That’s quite unacceptable, in our opinion.

The Breville BSB510XL allowed for a thorough blending process since food didn’t get lodged around the blending blade or in the blade guard. We could get an even blend without having to pause our blender and dislodge trapped chunks. 

Moreover, the motor operated very smoothly so we didn’t need to hold the beaker throughout the whole job to keep it from moving around (as was necessary with certain other blenders such as the Mueller Ultra-Stick). 

After each task, the cleanup was messier than we anticipated, though. This was because the suction force entirely threw off our momentum when we went to draw the blending wand up. The Breville created a lot of splatter every time we moved it around.

7.5

Blade Assembly

7.5

To blend, attach the blending wand or any mixing accessories to the main body by turning it in a counter-clockwise direction until tightened.

The process of assembling your blender is very easy; simply align the top end of the blending attachment with the corresponding end of the motor body and then push until you feel them ‘click’ together. Separating the two pieces is simple as well thanks to the EJECT buttons on either side of the motor body.

6.0

Handling

8.5
The Bella 10-Speed Motor Body

Designed with an ergonomic handle, this blender is meant to be comfortable to grip, reducing hand and wrist pain. Due to its violent vibration and stiff buttons, however, our hands got tired anyway.

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Handling

Suctioning problem aside, this blender is among the easiest models to maneuver. You hold the Breville with one finger wrapping over the power trigger rather than just pressing it with a fingertip. Contributing to its comfortable grip is the handle’s rubber coating. Apart from staving off hand fatigue, this feature will help prevent your hands from slipping if they’re wet or covered in grease.

7.5

Cleanability

7.5

All the included accessories are top-rack dishwasher-safe and easy to clean manually. The main difficulties are in a few hard-to-reach spots such as the backsides of the blades. We had to use a bit of elbow grease on the food tailings.

With the exception of the motor body, all the pieces are dishwasher-safe. However, we recommend hand washing so as to get the best long-term use.  

While cleaning it manually, we didn’t have to use much elbow grease on food tailings. For the most part, they rinsed off effortlessly under the tap. The only troublesome things were sticky and water-insoluble residues, like mayonnaise, which demanded some scrubbing. Getting that residue off the backsides of the blades was a frustrating process.