Smeg Professional Blender review

Does this sleek, high-end blender deliver pro-level results?

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home
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TechRadar Verdict

The Smeg Professional Blender stands out thanks to its stylish and lightweight design, impressive preset functions and wide range of blending speeds. However, its high price, difficulty with manual blending tasks, and fixed blades make it less versatile than more affordable options. This is an appliance best suited for style-conscious users with money to spare, rather than those needing a heavy-duty kitchen appliance on a budget.


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    Sleek, high-end design

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    Preset functions are highly effective

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    Easy to handle and maneuver

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    Excellent at crushing ice


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    Inconsistent results in manual mode

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    Non-removable blades

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Smeg Professional Blender: two-minute review

The Smeg Professional Blender is a sleek, high-end appliance with an impressive array of functions: nine blending speeds, four presets, plus a Pulse and Auto Clean mode. It comes with 1.5 liter Tritan jug, a fixed blade, vacuum pump attachment, tamper, spatula, and cleaning brush. I tested one out to see how it compares to the rest of the best blenders on the market. 

This model is known by different names in different territories: 

  • US model: BLC01BLMUS Professional
  • UK model: BLC02BLMUK High Performance
  • Australian model: BLC02BLMAU High Performance

For this review I tested the UK model; note there might be minor differences between different countries' versions. 

Smeg as a brand is perhaps best known for its juicers and espresso machines, but it also makes a small selection of blenders – elsewhere in the range you'll find the entry-level Smeg personal blender and a mid-range Smeg jug blender. The model I tested for this review is the brand's high-end jug blender.

Unlike the brightly-colored and bubble-shape of the majority of the Smeg appliance range, the Professional blender is more sleek and subtle. It's powered by a 1400W motor, and has a row of preset buttons along the top of its aluminum and plastic base. These are then controlled via an intuitive LCD dial on the front. 

Thanks to the blender's slim design, it fits comfortably under kitchen cupboards, even with the jug attached. While its relatively low weight makes it easy to move around your countertop, and store. However, the fact the blades aren't removable makes things tricky when it comes to cleaning and getting blended food out of the jug.

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home

(Image credit: Future)

For this review, I used the blender to make a range of drinks and food, including a smoothie, a sauce and hummus. I also used it to crush ice. For the items that had preset functions, namely the smoothie and the ice, the performance was near-perfect. However, for the items for which I had to use the blender's Manual mode, the performance was hit-and-miss. For its premium price ($429.95 / £499.99 / AU$799), I expected slightly more consistent results.  

However, all things considered, the Smeg Professional Blender looks great and works well. If you can afford it, and especially if you've previously been put off by the bright designs of the rest of the Smeg range, it will be a decent investment that should last you a long time. 

Smeg Professional Blender review: price & availability

  • List price: $429.95 / £499.99 / AU$799

At time of writing, there are three models in the Smeg BLC01 blender range and the Professional version is the most expensive, with a list price of $429.95 / £499.99 / AU$799. For this price you get the blender base with a fixed blade, a 6 cup / 1.5 liter Tritan jug, a vacuum pump attachment, tamper, spatula and cleaning brush.

This price makes the Professional model significantly more expensive than other high-end models from the likes of Ninja and Nutribullet. In fact, many rival models, including Ninja's Foodi Power Blender system, offer a much wider range of accessories, blades and settings for half the price. 

In the US, the Smeg Professional Blender is available in black (BLC01BLMUS) or white (BLC01WHMUS) and is sold at Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, plus a number of third-party retailers. You can see the full-range of retailers on the Smeg website.

In the UK, the appliance is known as the Smeg High-Performance blender and it's available directly from Smeg, AO, Robert Dyas and Amazon. Its black model is sold under code BLC02BLMUK, while its white version is BLC02WHMUK. 

In Australia, the black (BLC02BLMAU), and white (BLC02WHMAU) models, plus an emerald green (BLC02EGMAU) version are sold as the High-Performance blender from Smeg, and Amazon

If you want a Smeg blender but can't stretch to the Professional model, the entry-level PBF01 Personal blender costs $169.95 / £109.95 / AU$199. It only makes single serve drinks and has just two blending speeds but it's more compact. Alternatively, the mid-range, 50s style Smeg BLF03 Jug Blender costs $299.95 /£179.95 / AUS $362. It has the same 1.5L BPA-free Tritan Jug seen on the Professional model, and a range of presets, but only four blending speeds. It also lacks the vacuum, and Auto Clean feature of the Professional.

With the Smeg Professional blender you're largely paying for the brand and style. The performance is solid, the range of blending options is good, and the vacuum attachment and Auto Clean features are welcome. Yet none of these are revolutionary. This does mean the price of the Smeg Professional blender is a little excessive, but at least you know you're getting a quality appliance from a trusted manufacturer. 

  • Value for money score: 3 out of 5

Smeg Professional Blender specifications

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Price:$429.95 / £499.99 / AU$799
Weight:14.5lb / 6.6 kg
Size (H x W x D):16.6 x 6.6 x 8.9" / 42.1 x 16.8 x 22.5cm
Jug capacity:6 cups / 1.5 liters
Blending speeds9
Number of cups:1

Smeg Professional Blender review: design & features

  • 1400w motor, 1.5 liter BPA-Free Tritan jug
  • 9 blending speeds + 4 presets, Pulse, and Auto Clean
  • Sleek design, but blades are fixed

Smeg is as renowned for the design of its appliances as it is for their functionality. The BLC01 blender is no exception. However, unlike the bubble-shaped, brightly colored designs seen across the majority of the Smeg range, the Professional blender looks much sleeker and more high-end.  

There are hints at the iconic 'Smeg' shape, but they're more subtle. The base has smooth, curved lines with either a white or black plastic panel on the back, and an aluminum panel on the front emblazoned with the Smeg logo. I was sent a black model to review and it fit in seamlessly with my other metal and black appliances and cream units. 

Inside the base is the 1400W motor which produces a max spin of 22,000 RPM. Below the Smeg logo is a circular dial with an LCD display. The power button is on the left-hand side of the base, and along the top is a row of buttons that each relate to the blender's different presets. 

From left to right these buttons are:

  • Smoothie
  • Green smoothie
  • Frozen dessert
  • Ice Crush
  • Autoclean
  • Pulse

In addition to these presets, you can manually select from one of nine blending speeds in Manual Mode. 

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home

(Image credit: Future)

Size-wise, the blender measures 16.6 x 6.6 x 8.9 inches / 42.1 x 16.8 x 22.5cm (H x W x D) and this means it should fit comfortably under most kitchen cupboards, even with the jug attached. Adding the vacuum pump to the top of the jug extends its height to 20.5 inches / 52.1 cm. 

Weight-wise, the base and jug together weigh 14.5lb / 6.6kg and this makes it easy to move around your countertop, or if you want to store it in a drawer or cupboard. It then has anti-slip feet on the bottom of the base, and a 3ft / 1m cord. 

The jug slots on and off the base easily; there is no fiddly twisting or locking it into place like on most blenders. I was concerned it would move during use but it never did. A lid with a silicone seal slides on top, with a small, twist-off cap that is used to add ingredients mid-blend. 

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home

(Image credit: Future)

When making green smoothies, or any drink where you want to retain the nutritional value of your ingredients, the battery-powered vacuum is attached in place of the twist-off cap. 

This vacuum works by sucking all of the air out of the blender before blending. By removing the air, it prevents foaming and bubbles, which gives your drinks a super-smooth texture. It also stops the oxygen in the air interfering with the vitamins in your ingredients, helping you to better preserve their nutritional value. If you've ever cut open an apple and left it on the side, you'll know its flesh starts to turn brown over time as it’s exposed to the oxygen in the air. A similar process happens in a blender, but to a greater and faster extent due to the speed at which the air travels through the ingredients. 

Smeg traditionalists may not like the sleeker, less conspicuous design of the Professional blender but I'm a big fan. It looks more professional and the small touches such as the smooth dial and discreet controls make it feel premium and closer in design to what I'd expect for the price point.

In fact, my only real complaint about the design is that the blades aren't removable. This means that cleaning the Smeg Professional Blender can be tricky, and somewhat dangerous. I couldn't guarantee that the jug and undersides of the blades were as clean as I'd like when washing by hand. Thankfully, the jug is dishwasher safe and the blender comes with a dedicated Automatic Cleaning mode. So this is a minor point.

  • Design score: 4.5 out of 5

Smeg Professional Blender review: performance

  • Didn't fully blitz kale or seeds 
  • Makes perfect crushed ice
  • Presets perform better than manual settings

With each of the appliances I review, I begin by seeing if I can navigate the different controls and settings without looking at the Quick Start guide or instruction manual. This gives me an idea of how intuitive they truly are and the Smeg Professional blender passed the test. 

The icons on each of the buttons are fairly obvious. My only confusion came from knowing what the difference was between the standard Smoothie button and its Green Smoothie equivalent. Pressing each of these presets brings the LCD display to life and it shows the blending time for the selected setting and an icon of either a single person (for Single Serve drinks) or a group of people for the Family Serve option. You can turn the dial to switch between these two modes before pushing the dial in to start the blend.

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home

(Image credit: Future)

The default time for a Single smoothie is 30 seconds. This increases to 45 seconds on Family Serve mode (other default settings are listed in the manual). You can, at any point, turn the dial to increase or decrease the speed. If you'd rather use the Manual mode, simply turn the dial (without any presets selected) to cycle through the nine speed settings. Then push to start.

For my first test, I made a kale, blueberry and banana smoothie mixed with almond milk. I pressed the Green Smoothie button, due to the presence of kale, turned the dial to select the Single Serve mode and pushed the dial to start the blend. The resulting smoothie looked far from appealing, but it tasted delicious. 

The texture was thick and slightly gritty, and I could see small flecks of kale floating in the drink but this didn't take away from the enjoyment of drinking it. I had worried I'd be able to feel the kale in my mouth, but the overall texture of the smoothie meant the whole thing went down, well, smooth. 

Making crushed ice in the Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender

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Next, I used the blender to create crushed ice using the Ice Crush setting. This setting causes the blender to operate in short bursts for 35 seconds to crush the ice to a powder. It worked fantastically and created perfectly even and smooth powdered ice that was perfect for margaritas, or slushies.

Lastly, I used the Smeg blender to make tahini, before using the tahini to make hummus. I toasted sesame seeds, poured them into the jug and blended them at Speed 6 in Manual mode for 20 seconds, until they had a crumbly texture. I added olive oil and blended for a further two minutes until the tahini was smooth. I then added the tahini, garlic cloves, oil, lemon juice, drained chickpeas, a pinch of ground cumin and sea salt into the blender and blitzed the mixture for 10 seconds on Speed 4. I removed the lid, used a spatula to scrape the mixture from the sides and blended for another 10 seconds. 

After 20 seconds, the mixture had barely blended. I repeated the above step five more times – and even then there were still lumps of chickpea and an inconsistent texture. What's more, trying to get all of this mixture out from beneath the blades was difficult and I ended up having to wash a large portion away because it wasn't possible, or safe, for me to remove it, even with the provided cleaning brush. 

Smeg BLC01 Professional Blender in reviewer's home

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Finally, in terms of noise, the blender averaged around 80dB on lower speeds. I had to shout for my son to hear me while the blender was running and he regularly covered his ears when I was using the Smeg blender, complaining it was “too loud and scary". During my hummus test, this increased to 85db, on average, and during the Ice Crush test, the decibels soared to 95db+. To put this into perspective, this is the same level as a motorcycle engine and borders on uncomfortable in a confined space, like my kitchen. On Manual Mode, Speed 1 produced around 69db, while on Speed 9 the average reading was 90db. 

From my experience, this blender performs much better when you use the presets than when attempting to make something manually. If you only plan to use the blender for these set purposes – smoothies, frozen desserts and crushing ice – I can barely fault it. If you want it to function closer to a food processor, you may be disappointed.

  • Performance score: 4 out of 5

Should I buy the Smeg Professional Blender?

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Smeg Professional Blender report card
ValueIt's a good quality blender, but you're paying a bit of a premium for the brand and its style.3/5
DesignSleek, stylish and intuitive to use, although the fixed blades are a pain.4.5/5
PerformanceWorks near-perfectly on presets, but struggles on Manual Mode.4/5

Buy it if...

You primarily make smoothies or crushed ice

The Smeg Professional blender's preset functions are perfect smoothies and frozen treats, operating with precision and ease for these specific tasks.

You have limited kitchen space

The blender's relatively compact dimensions means it should fit under most cabinets, making it ideal for smaller kitchens or cluttered countertops.

You need a lightweight blender for occasional use

The blender's lightweight design makes it easy to move and store, which is a big benefit for people who use blenders infrequently. 

Don’t buy it if...

You need a blender for complex recipes

By struggling with tasks like making smooth hummus, this blender may fall short in versatility for more intricate or complex culinary jobs.

You are sensitive to noise

Noise levels with this blender can soar up to 95db which is similar to a power mower or motorcycle engine. This could be an issue if you prefer a quieter kitchen environment.

You want maximum value for money

Compared to competitors, the Smeg blender is expensive without offering significantly superior functionality. 

How I tested the Smeg Professional Blender

  • I used it to blend drinks and food
  • I checked the noise level
  • I assessed how easy it was to clean

I used the Smeg Professional blender in my own home for two weeks, making smoothies, sauces, hummus and crushed ice. 

I assessed how simple it was to set the blender up, how easy and intuitive it is to use, how well it performed different tasks, its noise levels and how easy it was to clean. 

I’ve been reviewing home and kitchen appliances for more than 15 years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on when assessing how well a product such as a blender performs. 

Read more about how we test.

  • First reviewed May 2024
Victoria Woollaston

Victoria Woollaston is a freelance science and technology journalist with more than a decade’s experience writing for Wired UK, Alphr, Expert Reviews, TechRadar, Shortlist and the Sunday Times. She has a keen interest in next-generation technology and its potential to revolutionise how we live and work.