Breville BSB510XL Control Grip vs. Braun MultiQuick-5 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 Dec 1, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender Review
Braun MultiQuick 5 Immersion Blender Review
Blender type
immersion
immersion
Power
280W
350W

Our Verdict

7.3
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.5/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.7/10
  • Usability (30%)
    7.8/10
8.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.8/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.1/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.7/10

The Breville BSB510XL provides a professional and premium feel that you can't find in the Braun MultiQuick-5, but somehow its performance cannot match it and the difference is apparent when it comes to processing solid food. As proof of that, in our smoothie test, while their final outcomes share the same consistency, the Breville BSB510XL had a more difficult time powering through the frozen fruits, which caused it to be twice as slow as the competition. 

The only minor annoyance of the Braun MultiQuick-5 is its stiffer buttons. Otherwise, this blender may be the easiest to use. So in conclusion, if you have to choose between these models, we definitely recommend the Braun MultiQuick-5.

Performance

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
8.8
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    8.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    8.8/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    8.3/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)
    9.3/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)
    10/10
6.5

Hot Soup Purée

8.5
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.

The Braun MutiQuick-5 Soup Result
Braun MultiQuick 5 Hot Soup Purée
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

Our hearty soup – packed with carrots, pumpkins, and parsley – wasn’t a challenge for the Braun MultiQuick-5. In the span of one minute, a two-serving pot of chunky soup became soft and creamy, no draining necessary.

Most impressively, the Braun MultiQuick-5 didn’t create suction or cause splattering throughout the test, even at the highest speed setting. Unlike the Mueller Ultra-Stick  and the Cuisinart Smart, it enabled us to start low and smoothly increase the speed as we went instead of being distracted by the spatters.

That said, you should avoid using this blender in any non-stick pots, as the metal blade housing could easily scratch their finish. With other types of cookware, it would be better if you move or stir it around gently.

5.8

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
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.

The Braun MutiQuick-5 Smoothie Result
Braun MultiQuick 5 Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

The Braun’s 12,500 RPM motor did a fine job at this test, taking about 2 minutes and 10 seconds to yield one serving of frozen smoothie.

Of the four mid-range blenders, it was the only one that passed the test without much difficulty. Food didn’t cling to the blade housing, so there was no need for a scraper. Blade friction from prolonged operation didn’t overheat the motor either. 

With the remaining blenders, some had a hard time crushing ice cubes, while others created tight suction that made it pretty difficult for us to lift the blending shaft.

The texture and consistency of the Braun’s smoothie was also better. Although it wasn’t as fast as the higher-priced Vitamix, its blend was nearly as silky, with just a couple tiny chunks of unprocessed mango.

4.8

Mayonnaise

8.3
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.

The-Braun-MultiQuick-5-Mayonnaise
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 mins 54 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

Initially, we planned to whisk together three egg yolks and 240ml of oil using either a whisk attachment or the blending shaft, depending on the blender’s accessory set. The Braun’s manual instructs that its whisk attachment should only be used for whipping cream, beating egg whites, making sponge cakes, and ready-mix desserts. This is certainly an unusual specification, as whisks are commonly used for other purposes - such as making mayonnaise.

Regardless, we stuck to our plan and used the whisk to make mayonnaise. As it turned out, it performed about as well as its competitors’ blending shafts in terms of emulsifying time and texture. It was, however, easier to use and clean, since it didn't create a suction to the beaker's bottom like the Cuisinart. And thanks to the wide gaps between the whisk’s loops we didn’t need to stop the blender to unclog it, as we did with the KitchenAid. The mayonnaise was also easier to rinse and scrub off.

8.5

Almond Milk

9.3
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.

  • Grinding Time: 45 secs
  • Result: Fine
  • Suction: Tightly

The Braun MultiQuick -5 didn’t perform well in this test, though it blended relatively evenly and took just 47 seconds to produce one serving of creamy almond milk. It suctioned tightly to the vessel’s bottom, causing excessive splatter when we struggled to move it around for an even blend. Furthermore, since this blender couldn’t sustain a good vortex, the liquid overflowed violently when we increased it to a higher speed.

If you’re going to use this blender to make nut milk, we would recommend a taller beaker than the one it comes with.

10

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Whipped Egg-Whites
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Stiff Peak
  • Beating Time: 1 mins 56 secs
  • Result: Stiff
  • Suction: No

Of the five blenders we tested, only the Braun and the Muller passed this test, as both included whisk attachments ideal for beating egg whites. Using the ordinary blending wand, the remaining blenders couldn’t draw enough air into the egg-whites, which prevented the egg-protein from forming a stable foam.

Compared to the Muller, the Braun MultiQuick-5 was 30 seconds faster at creating an airy, fluffy egg foam. Although there was barely any difference between their outcomes, the speedy whisking process of the Braun MultiQuick-5 did help it avoid overheating, which should make it more reliable.

Even when we had stopped the Muller periodically a couple of times during its extended operation as recommended by the manufacturers, its motor was still overloaded, leaving us with a lot of skepticism towards its safety and durability.

Design

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
8.1
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    7.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    8.0/10
  • Power Cord (5%)
    10/10
  • Beaker (5%)
    10/10

In the Box

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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5  Parts and Accessories
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • 20-oz beaker 
  • User manual

The Braun MultiQuick-5 set includes 4 pieces: a blender motor body, a blending wand, a whisk attachment, and a 20-ounce beaker. Given more accessories than most other brands do, we supposed Braun is attempting to go head-to-head with its rivals, not just in blending performance, but with the overall versatility.

Dimensions

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.

Braun MultiQuick-5 Dimension
  • Height:
    15.0" (38.1 cm)
  • Width:
    2.2" (5.6 cm)
  • Weight:
    1.6 oz (45 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    6.7" (17.0 cm)

At 1.59 lbs, the Braun is nearly a pound lighter than the Vitamix 5-speed — we tested recently, which felt quite heavy in the hand by comparison. Compact and portable, it has a footprint of 15 by 2.2 inches, and it looks identical to the promotional images.

9.0

Build Quality

8.0
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.

Braun MultiQuick-5 Build Quality

The Braun MultiQuick-5 makes a strong visual impression out of the box. As a mid-range blender, it’s only about half the price of the premium ones. Despite that modest price point, it is made of quality materials and seems built to last.

It also feels good to hold regardless of hand size, thanks to its ergonomically-designed handle and BPA-free silicone coating that’s meant to ensure a slip-proof grip.

The interface is very intuitive with only two buttons so we even could figure out how they worked before reading the user manual. As a handy add-on, this blender also features Easy-Click release buttons, which allow for effortless accessories removal.

Speed and Controls

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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Settings
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Settings (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
  • Control Type:
    Press
  • Min Speed:
    12,200 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    13,700 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    65 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    Yes

The Braun MultiQuick-5 offers only two speed options: Low and Turbo. This means you have less fine control than with multi-speed blenders, but it’s easier to switch between modes.

To blend, just press and hold the appropriate speed button until the perfect texture is achieved. That said, both the buttons demand a relatively high pressing pressure to activate, which may be trickier for those with weaker hands or long nails.

7.5

Blending Shaft

7.5
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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 Blending Wand
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Blending Wand (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The 2-pronged blade that sits permanently at the bottom of the metal blending shaft is powered by a 300-watt motor. Made of standard stainless steel, it is sturdy and can withstand regular use without compromising on efficiency.

10

Beaker

10
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.

Braun MultiQuick-5 Beaker
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    20-oz
  • Measurements:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    0.2 oz (6 g)
  • Height:
    6.5" (16.5 cm)
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Tamper Included:
    No

Included as an additional accessory, the beaker is free of harmful chemicals. On the side, there are measurements clearly marked in milliliters and ounces. Due to its small size, this add-on is not suitably used for making hot-liquid-based foods since splattering will possibly occur, causing severe scalding and burns. Instead, you can use it to quickly prepare small batches of soups, sauces, smoothies, and dressings. 

Regarding its durability, since we don’t have any chance to hands-on our beaker, it’s hard to tell at the moment. This accessory had been broken when we took it out of the box, resulting from the long shipping distance.

10

Power cord

Power Cord
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.

Braun MultiQuick-5 Power Cord
Braun MultiQuick-5 Power Cord
  • Cord Length:
    4.9 ft
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Detachable:
    No

The Braun MultiQuick-5 has a 2-prong, 4.9 feet (1.5 m) power cord that plugs into any standard power supply rated to 120V AC.

Whisk Attachment

Extra Accessories

Whisk Attachment
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.

Braun MultiQuick-5 Extra Accessories
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Stylish Whisk (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

The Braun MultiQuick-5 is among a few hand blenders on the market that are shipped with a whisk attachment. This special add-on means to promote greater versatility, saving you from buying a hand mixer for beating egg-whites and emulsifying sauces.

Food Processor

Extra Accessories

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

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
8.7
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    8.6/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    9.5/10
  • Handling (20%)
    8.5/10
  • Cleanability (10%)
    9.0/10
7.7

Ease of Use

8.6

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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 may not be any better than certain other models in terms of efficiency and durability, but it could be the easiest to use if its buttons are improved to give a greater sense of control. 

It didn’t take long for us to figure out how the blender worked due to its straightforward construction. Speeding up also wasn’t as complicated as we experienced with the Cuisinart Smart and Muller Ultra-Stick. 

The only drawback is that both the buttons demand a relatively high pressing pressure to activate, which may be trickier for those with weaker hands or long nails. 

Regarding our own using experience, this blender didn’t create suction or cause splattering throughout the soup-making procedure, even at the highest speed setting. As such, it enabled us to start low and smoothly increase the speed as we went instead of being distracted by the spatters. 

However, it somehow suctioned tightly to the vessel’s bottom, causing excessive splatter when we struggled to move it around for an even milk blend. Furthermore, since this blender couldn’t sustain a good vortex, the liquid overflowed violently when we increased it to a higher speed. If you’re going to use this blender to make nut milk, we would recommend a taller beaker than the one it comes with.

We also very appreciate the blender’s blade housing. It’s specially designed to prevent fruits clinging to the blade backsides. Thanks to that, we didn’t have to use a food scraper when making smoothies.

7.5

Blade Assembly

9.5

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.

The Braun MultiQuick 5 has accessory ejection buttons on the motor body — a handy function that even higher-priced models lack. These buttons are very clicky with great sensitivity; as soon as you press them, your blender shaft or whisk attachment will effortlessly push itself out from the motor body. 

It’s very easy to attach the accessories as well, as long as your hands are dry. Simply align the main body with the attachment until they click together.

8.5

Handling

8.5
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.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 non-slip Handle

We especially like the silicone layer coating the main body, which offers a comfortable grip, reducing hand tension and slippage. So far, we haven’t haven’t found much to complain about with this design.

7.5

Cleanability

9.0

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.

Although all the removable accessories are dishwasher-safe, we cleaned them manually to prevent discoloration caused by abrasive dishwasher detergents. 

By just holding the blending wand under the running tap, both the soup and smoothie remnants were quickly removed, though we still wiped down the blending wand with dish soap to avoid cross-contamination. Thankfully, it wasn’t so difficult to scrub the backs of the blades. 

Cleaning the whisk attachment was nearly as simple. We had little difficulty wedging soapy sponges between the loops to wipe off the residue.