Baby Brezza Complete Review
Pros: Easy all-in-one design
Cons: Chemical taste for first several batches, chunky puree, harder to clean
Manufacturer: Baby Brezza
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Baby Brezza company strives to create parenting solutions that make life easier for parents so they can enjoy their little ones and find time to relax. From baby bottles to one-touch food makers, Baby Brezza has solutions for some of the problems parents may be facing.
The Baby Brezza earned a below-average score for puree quality. In general, the consistency of the purees vary greatly depending on the type of food, and sometimes even with the same kind of food with different batches. The inconsistency makes it difficult to ensure the food didn't have hidden chunks-even food as soft as bananas had large pieces leftover after a minute of puree.
The Brezza purees sweet potato the best. But, considering that a baby can't live on sweet potatoes alone, it is disappointing that other foods do not blend as well.
The combination of apple and plum also blended relatively smoothly with no large chunks, yet most of the food items still had bigger pieces or skins attached after blending.
Rice did almost nothing at all and looked relatively the same after the designated blend time, and kale and broccoli looked more were decent, but did not actually puree and wouldn't work for baby's first foods. Overall, the foods we tried did not puree smoothly, even after steaming, which negates the whole reason for using the Brezza.
Ease of Use
The Brezza has one of the highest scores for ease of use, making it clear that ease and simplicity were in mind when designing this product.
All parents need to do is chop the food, place it in the unit, set the timer according to the instructions, and walk away. This simplicity is what we think most parents envision when it comes to an all-in-one product—one container where all the magic happens, with little involvement. The Brezza has a simple LED screen, and you don't have to measure anything for steaming as long as the tank is full, you are ready to go.
The Brezza holds about three cups of food, so you'll have extras, and it works reasonably quickly, given what it has to accomplish. If only the puree quality were better, the Brezza might be one impressive little powerhouse.
Health and Safety
The Brezza Complete earned a below-average score for health and safety with a stronger edge for safety than health. One of the key tests for health is being able to "taste" the plastic or a chemical smell or taste when using the product. The Brezza has a strong metallic/plastic taste on our first run out of the box, making apple/plum puree. We then ran the steamer through two complete cycles trying to get rid of the taste or to "break it in." We then tried broccoli, which still had a faint metallic taste. We worry that this means chemicals could or are being transferred to the baby's food. We recommend running it 2-3 times before use to avoid the strong chemical metallic taste.
The second concern is the container is plastic. While the plastic is BPA-free, studies indicate that other plastics still leach chemicals into food and liquids and that those chemicals may be acting as endocrine disrupters. This is more of a concern when plastic is heated, which makes us wish that all of the makers had glass containers. The Brezza does have a metal water tank for the steam, but a metal and glass combination would be nicer than plastic and metal.
The Brezza has some nicer nods to safety with a locking lid, safety switch, and overheating protection. Because you don't have to transfer food from a steamer to a blender, there is less chance of getting burns from the steam, and the steam escape port is on the side furthest from the handle.
Ease of Cleaning
The Brezza earned one of the lowest scores for ease of cleaning, making the Brezza Complete the most difficult to clean.
The Brezza has five parts in total. The bowl, blade, and bowl lid are dishwasher safe after you remove the driveshaft from the bowl. However, we suggest you hand wash all items, so you don't heat the plastic more times than necessary to prevent degradation and decrease the potential for possible chemical leaching. Cleaning the drive shaft can be done with a damp cloth. We recommend rinsing the part immediately after use. Otherwise, the smaller holes in the blades fill will be difficult to clean.
Daily cleaning isn't too bad with the Brezza, but the ongoing cleaning is where things get tricky and a little more labor-intensive. The stainless steel heating plate will need to be scrubbed with an abrasive pad to remove the mineral scaling. Descaling can be done on an as-needed basis, and the unit should not be run if scaling appears. The tank itself will need ongoing cleaning as well to remove mineral deposits. This process involves vinegar and water, which means you need to keep vinegar on hand and check the tank.
The directions say the steam cycle needs to be run 2-3 times after using vinegar in the decalcifying process.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz