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Baby Brezza Complete Review

Nice design but the puree consistency is poor and the cleanup harder if you wait
Baby Brezza Complete
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff
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Price:   $130 List | $85 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy all-in-one design
Cons:  Chemical taste for first several batches, chunky puree, harder to clean
Manufacturer:   Baby Brezza
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  May 19, 2017
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  • Puree Quality - 35% 5
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7
  • Health/Safety - 20% 5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 4

The Skinny

The Baby Brezza Complete is an all-in-one baby food maker that utilizes one container for both steaming and pureeing. This type of processor is pretty cool and limits the amount of time parents need to spend making food or moving food from one container to another for cooking and blending. Unfortunately, the consistency of the pureed food for the Brezza is lacking, and we had trouble making any kind of food without larger chunks, which is not suitable for younger babies. While the process is relatively simple with a set and forget method, the final product is disappointing, and the clean up is more labor-intensive than a processor that does not cook. We think parents are still better off cooking food on their stove and using the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend for smooth pureeing and to save money, prevent chemical taste, and decrease cleanup time and energy.

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Pros Easy all-in-one designEasy to use blender that creates excellent purees, can make large batches, and is easy to cleanQuality puree, easy to clean, inexpensiveMinimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portablePortable, fairly easy to clean, low-cost, free from BPA and PVC
Cons Chemical taste for first several batches, chunky puree, harder to cleanNo cooking feature, takes up counter or storage space, and not portableDoes not cookBelow-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, stainingDoes not grind all foods, blade is dull, liquid can leak, and grinds small quantities of food
Bottom Line Nice design but the puree consistency is poor and the cleanup harder if you waitExcellent blender that creates smooth purees, can make large batches, but can take up kitchen spaceSimple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snapA muscle-powered food maker that mashes food and is portable, but does not produce puree quality like machinesA portable, no-frills baby food maker with a low price-tag
Rating Categories Baby Brezza Complete NutriBullet Blender Puree and Blend OXO Tot Food Masher Fresh Baby Food Mill
Puree Quality (35%)
5
9
7
3
4
Ease Of Use (30%)
7
8
8
6
6
Health Safety (20%)
5
8
9
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Ease Of Cleaning (15%)
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Durability (0%)
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Portability (0%)
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Specs Baby Brezza Complete NutriBullet Blender Puree and Blend OXO Tot Food Masher Fresh Baby Food Mill
Capacity 3 Cups 8 cups Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender Not Listed 1 Cup
Footprint Small Large Small Small Small
Steam Yes No No No No
Settings Blend Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Blend, Mash Blend, Puree
Special Features Automatically blends food after steaming None None None None
Included Accessories 3 Baby Food Pouches, Easy-Fill Funnel Tamper, Recipe Booklet HomeMade Essentials Package Available with 1 Recipe Book, 6 Glass 4oz Storage Jars, 60 Labels, Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide Lid None
Available Accessories None Yes Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets None None

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.

Performance Comparison



The Baby Brezza Complete is a neat concept with a "set and forget"...
The Baby Brezza Complete is a neat concept with a "set and forget" one container system. Unfortunately, the process doesn't work as well as you'd expect with chunky puree instead of smooth.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Puree Quality


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.

Banana puree with large chunks still present.
Kale
Broccoli

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.

Sweet potato
Sweet potato
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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.

When pureeing rice, the Brezza left lots of rice in its original...
When pureeing rice, the Brezza left lots of rice in its original form and didn't manage to create a consistency that was truly smooth.
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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.

The Brezza earned its highest score for ease of use, thanks largely...
The Brezza earned its highest score for ease of use, thanks largely to the single container where food is both cooked and blended without much attention from parents.
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Ease of Use


The Brezza has one of the highest scores for ease of use, making it clear that simplicity was in mind when designing this product.

While the user interface on the Brezza may not be the most...
While the user interface on the Brezza may not be the most intuitive, it is still easy enough to learn after you use it a few times.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Parents need to 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 extra, 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.

Accessing and cleaning the tank on the Brezza isn't difficult, but...
Accessing and cleaning the tank on the Brezza isn't difficult, but it is a process you need to do regularly with vinegar and water. Once clean you need to run the Brezza through the preparation cycle 2-3 times.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Health and Safety


The Brezza Complete earned a below-average health and safety score 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 "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.

Cooking any kind of food in a plastic container comes with possible...
Cooking any kind of food in a plastic container comes with possible health concerns and in the case of the Brezza resulted in a chemical and plastic aftertaste to the food on the first few uses.
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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, making 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 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.

The Baby Brezza has 5 parts to clean if you don't count the...
The Baby Brezza has 5 parts to clean if you don't count the containers for prepared food.
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Ease of Cleaning


The Brezza earned one of the lowest scores for ease of cleaning, making the Brezza Complete the most difficult to clean.

If you don't immediately rinse the blades on the Baby Brezza...
If you don't immediately rinse the blades on the Baby Brezza Complete, you will have difficulty cleaning it as the pureed food will dry and stick inside the holes.
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The Brezza has five parts in total. The bowl, blade, and bowl lid are dishwasher safe after removing 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 challenging 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.

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