Review and Giveaway: Breville ikon Hemisphere LCD Blender

November 4th, 2009 · Posted By: Emily

***Congratulations to our winner, Trisha!***

I am very excited about this giveaway!

The nice folks at Breville sent me one of these blenders to review, and they are also going to give one to a lucky one of our readers!

Here’s what Breville says about the ikon Hemisphere LCD Blender:
– The blender’s Hemisphere Bowl/Blade system utilizes a large, semicircular shredding blade positioned to hug the uniquely shaped bowl. What does this mean for you? All of the ingredients placed into the blender will be shredded into fine, consistent, and most importantly, no surprising chunks.
– The blender has a special “Smoothie” button which is programmed to pause mid-cycle to achieve naturally aerated results with a velvety consistency. This features cuts out the need to add extra calories and thickening agents, such as yogurt.
– The blender features five speed settings, pulse function and two preset programs for ice crushing and smoothies, so no matter what you are blending, it has the perfect speed.
– The 54-ounce engineering grade borosilicate glass jar is designed to resist scratching, chipping and fogginess for optimal clarity. The baked enamel measurements provide for sharp viewing and accurate measurements.

Here’s what I say about it:
I love this thing. The only other blender I have ever owned was of the $25 variety, purchased off of our wedding registry. I very rarely used it, and when I did I always had a mess on my hands because it leaked like crazy, and it really didn’t even blend up ice very well. Which, in my opinion, is the whole point of a blender. The Breville does a great job on ice – I had to make sure to test it thoroughly, so I whipped up a batch or ten two of my famous low-cal margaritas, and it worked perfectly. It has several different settings that can be used to get the exact consistency you want – it even has a “snow” setting that I haven’t tried out yet but sounds very fun! I have used the “Smoothie” setting several times, and it does a great job blending frozen fruit and yogurt as well. The smoothie setting is cool because it starts, pauses, starts again throughout the one-minute cycle to let the chunky stuff settle to the bottom to make sure everything gets blended uniformly. Very cool!

The blender is heavy and sturdy, and I love the stainless steel look. It is also very easy to clean (a very important feature, in my opinion, because difficult to clean = never going to be used), and the pitcher part is dishwasher-safe.

I really love this blender, and many people who have come through my kitchen in the last couple months have commented on how nice it is… most notably, Jenny’s husband Bobby, who was disappointed that he can’t win this contest! It retails for $199, so it’s definitely a splurge, but for someone who makes daily smoothies or who cooks a lot, I think it would be well worth it.

So do you want to know how you can win one?
You can enter up to five times by doing the following:
1) Leave a comment here and tell us your favorite thing to make in a blender;
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling us you did so;
3) Follow Breville on Twitter and leave a comment telling us you did so;
4) Post about this contest on your Facebook page and leave a comment telling us you did so;
5) Become a fan of Breville on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did so;
6) Subscribe to our feed and leave a comment telling us you did so.

The contest will end at 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 11, and a winner will be chosen using random.org. Good luck, and a big thanks to Breville for this great contest!

And FYI, Kate and I have tested out various milkshake recipes and have found that Paula Deen’s is the best. We do not, however, recommend any milk shake recipes that do not contain ice cream as an ingredient. Consider yourself warned.

143 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Breville ikon Hemisphere LCD Blender”

  1. My favorite things to make in a blender are Orange Julius’ (remember those) and Tsatkiki sauce.

    I’ve followed them on Twitter.

    I’m their fan on Facebook!

    I just tweeted about it. http://twitter.com/playgroupie/status/5424551480

    And I just subscribed to this feed.

    I’m exhausted.

  2. Angie says:

    My favorite thing to make in the blender is smoothies for my son. We could really use a new blender! This one sounds great!

  3. Angie says:

    I’m following on twitter!

  4. Angie says:

    I’m a fan on Face Book now too!

  5. AmazingGreis says:

    I love making FRUITY ALCOHOLIC type drinks in my current blender. A milkshake sure does sound good though! :)

  6. AmazingGreis says:

    I’m following Breville on twitter.

  7. AmazingGreis says:

    I’m a subscriber because I love you both lots!

  8. Kristan says:

    I actually love to make a pesto mixture in my blender!! It’s for Broccoli Pesto Linguine!! It does an amazing job!! Thanks!

  9. Kelli says:

    I love a good old fashioned milkshake with chocolate malt powder. Mmmm!

  10. Kelli says:

    I subscribe via google rss. Thanks for the contest!

  11. Jessca says:

    I love to make smoothies. Healthy and yummy

  12. Anna says:

    I like to make smoothies.

  13. Anna says:

    I left a post on facebook

  14. Anna says:

    Became a fan on facebook

  15. Anna says:

    subscribed to your feed

  16. Risha says:

    I like to make green smoothies.

  17. Risha says:

    Following on twitter!

  18. Risha says:

    Facebook fan!

  19. Diane says:

    I make smoothies and pear salad.

  20. Diane says:

    I subscribe.

  21. Carol W. says:

    I love to make frozen Margaritas in my blender.

  22. Carol W. says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  23. Tina says:

    We enjoy making milkshakes :-)

  24. Tina says:

    Of course I subscribe!

  25. Melissa says:

    I don’t own a blender, but if I did, I would make smoothies and dacquaris!

  26. jennifer says:

    I love to throw everything I have laying around in the blender! Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, milk…..yum! This would be great, my blender just burned out!

  27. Jacob says:

    I make a lot of frozen yogurt, but I like blending all my fresh and frozen fruit in the blender before adding it to the yogurt mixture.

  28. Jacob says:

    I also facebookified it.

  29. Jacob says:

    Following @BrevilleUSA on twitter (as @secretspeak)

  30. Jacob says:

    AND… I’m still subscribed to your feed.

  31. Mallory says:

    I love to make shakes with my blender. That’s all I use it for, but I make one every morning for breakfast.

  32. Janelle says:

    This week I’ve been blending steamed pumpkin to make real pumpkin pies :) Wish I had a decent blender, though — hint, hint ;)

  33. katie klein says:

    My favorite thing to make is just a plain old strawberry smoothie with some frozen strawberries milk and ice.

  34. Janelle says:

    I am now also a fan on Facebook.

  35. katie klein says:

    I am a fan of Breville on facebook.

  36. Janelle says:

    Subscribed to the feed :)

  37. Janelle says:

    Posted about the contest on Facebook.

  38. Ellen C. says:

    I love to make smoothies and milkshakes. Thanks for the chance.

  39. Ellen C. says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  40. Nama says:

    I love making smoothies and/or shakes or any kind!

  41. Kelly says:

    My fav thing to make in the blender is milkshakes. Yummy!

  42. Qtpies7 says:

    I love making shakes with the kids, but hate how quick blenders die. The cheap ones, anyway.

  43. Qtpies7 says:

    I am a facebook fan!

  44. Heidi says:

    I love to make milkshakes for my kids in our blender.

  45. Stephanie says:

    I like making salsa!

  46. Stephanie says:

    I’m a fan of theirs on Twitter- DesMoinesDealin

  47. Susan says:

    My favorite thing to make in a blender is a milkshake! I have also subscribed to this feed.

  48. sarah b says:

    what could be better then a smoothie!!! yummy!!

  49. Cynthia Mercado says:

    Our favorite thing to make in a blender are milkshakes!

  50. Brittany Rebello says:

    I love to make strawberry daquiris in the blender.

  51. Brittany Rebello says:

    I subscribe

  52. Brittany Rebello says:

    I follow Breville on twitter

  53. Cynthia Mercado says:

    I follow brevile on twitter

    cindi1969

  54. Brittany Rebello says:

    FB fan deadmonkeys90

  55. Cynthia Mercado says:

    I am a fan of Breville on Facebook

    Cynthia Mercado

  56. lisa piq says:

    i make a great salsa in the blender

  57. lisa piq says:

    i have subscribed

  58. Cynthia Mercado says:

    I subscribe

  59. Trisha says:

    I love to make milkshakes in the blender!

  60. Trisha says:

    I follow Breville on twitter

  61. Trisha says:

    I am a FB fan of Breville

  62. Trisha says:

    I subscribe

  63. Charity says:

    I love (well, my relic of a blender makes this a bit difficult) making my little guy baby food in my blender :)

  64. Tamara B. says:

    I love making fruit smoothies.
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  65. Tamara B. says:

    I am a fan of Breville on Facebook.
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  66. Tamara B. says:

    I am a subscriber.
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  67. Cathy L says:

    My favorite thing to make in the blender is my version of Orange Julius. Mmmm!

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  68. Cathy L says:

    I am an email subscriber

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  69. Krista says:

    I love to make milkshakes for my DD and DH.

  70. Krista says:

    I subscribe via email. Thanks!

  71. Dorene says:

    I subscribe via email.

  72. Marianne says:

    My favorite thing to make in a blender (before mine died last month) was fruit/yogurt smoothies with & for my sons. They got so creative!

  73. Marianne says:

    I am a fan of Breville on Facebook :O)

  74. Marianne says:

    I am a proud subscriber of Reviewin’ It Up!

  75. Bev Casteel says:

    I love to make smoothies and they are good for ya.thanks for the chance to win .

  76. Bev Casteel says:

    I follow Breville on twitter

  77. Julie Cutshaw says:

    main entry: My favorite thing to make in a blender is a thick peanut butter milkshake great giveaway thank you!
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  78. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I tweeted this giveaway on twitter here is that tweet link thanks!
    itsallnew2me win a ikon Hemisphere LCD Blenderby Breville at http://reviews.momminitup.com
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  79. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I posted this giveaway on my facebook wall and here is that link to the post thanks!
    Julie Cutshaw win a ikon Hemisphere LCD Blende rby Breville at http://reviews.momminitup.com/Reviewin’ It Up!
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  80. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I Follow Breville on Twitter as itsallnew2me
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  81. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I am a fan of Breville on Facebook
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  82. Julie Cutshaw says:

    I Subscribe to your feed via email newsletter at
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  83. Becky M says:

    My fav thing to make in a blender is Margaritas!

  84. Becky M says:

    FB fan of Breville – Becky Leick Mijal

  85. Diana B says:

    I LOVE to make milkshakes, however, most blenders can’t handle ice cream ~ and Frozen Drinks, again ~ most blenders can’t handle ICE!!!!
    I posted on Facebook

  86. I like to use my blender for making a homemade version of an Orange Julius

  87. Sundi says:

    I love making yummy smoothies in a blender! Thanks!

  88. Kristin says:

    My favorite think to make in a blender are fruit smoothies.

  89. Staci A says:

    I love making smoothies. Blueberry banana ones are a huge hit with my 5 year old. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  90. Staci A says:

    I’m following Breville on Twitter-MommaStaciA.

  91. Staci A says:

    I subscribe in reader. Thanks!

  92. Meshellyn says:

    For myself I love smoothies! But my current blender has only been seeing baby food the past few months. Thanks for the chance to replace it!

  93. Wendi P says:

    I love to make smoothies for the kids and cranberry margaritas for the adults in a blender. I wo

  94. Wendi P says:

    I follow on google reader.

  95. Wendi P says:

    I follow Breville on Twitter.

  96. Smoothies or delicious alcoholic concoctions.

  97. Following Breville on Twitter

  98. Pooh! says:

    Mango Lassi with yogurt and mango pulp…

  99. Pooh! says:

    Following on twitter – @vinitha

  100. Pooh! says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  101. Mary B says:

    Have never made a smoothie – current blender doesn’t accomodate such fancy things :) My kids have been asking for them, this would be wonderful!

  102. Karyn says:

    I’m now into making baby foods!

  103. Karyn says:

    I am now a facebook fan of Breville.

  104. Karyn says:

    I’m now a subscriber!

  105. Karyn says:

    I posted a link to this giveaway on facebook!

  106. Jaime P says:

    fave thing to make are daiquiri’s in the summer
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  107. Jaime P says:

    facebook fan
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  108. Jaime P says:

    RSS subscriber
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  109. Lori says:

    I love to make smoothies!

  110. Lori says:

    just facebooked it!

  111. Lori says:

    just fanned breville on facebook

  112. Hannah says:

    Oh man, my blender just broke so this is perfect! I love to make frozen lemonade in my blender.

  113. monica says:

    I love to make banana smoothies!

  114. Daneille E. says:

    My favorite would be smoothies of various flavors. We like banana, blueberry, strawberry ect..

  115. Daneille E. says:

    subscriber

  116. Andrea says:

    If I had a blender I would make milk shakes!

  117. Misty R. says:

    Smoothies!!

  118. annalene says:

    i love making smoothies (strawberry and pineapple is my favorite) and hummus.. but definitely not hummus smoothies! :)

  119. annalene says:

    following brevilleusa on twitter (user:woozlewozzle)

  120. annalene says:

    became a fan on facebook

  121. annalene says:

    i’m subscribed to your feed

  122. scott says:

    I make smoothies in my blender all the time. I buy the premade smoothie base like from Naked or Odwalla and then add my own fresh fruit and ice cubes. mmmm

  123. angie says:

    I love to make my own frozen coffee drinks like you would get at Starbucks. I brew my coffee the day before and put it in the fridge once brewed. I then ad it to the blender with ice and almond milk or non-dairy creamer and flavorings like chocolate syrup or caramel. Blend and yum!

  124. leah says:

    I love to make smoothies! My blender broke recently. So, I’m crossing my fingers!

  125. leah says:

    Became a fan on Facebook. By the way, the time is wrong. I am doing this at 1:11pm. I dont’ want to be disqualified!

  126. [...] was introduced to Breville a while ago, when I was asked to review their blender. I love that thing, so I was excited to see what other small appliances they offer. David showed us [...]

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