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Baby Brezza Complete Review
Price: $130.00 List | $158.81 at Amazon
Pros: Easy all-in-one design
Cons: Chemical taste for first several batches, chunky puree, harder to clean
Bottom line: Nice design but the puree consistency is poor and the cleanup harder if you wait
The Baby Brezza Complete is an all-in-one baby food maker that utilizes one container for both steaming and pureeing. This kind 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 not suitable for younger babies. So while the process is fairly simple with a set and forget method, the final product is disappointing and the clean up is more labor intensive than a simple 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 to save money, prevent chemical taste, and decrease cleanup time and energy.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on 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.
This chart shows a comparison of the overall scores for the baby food makers we tested in this review. The Baby Brezza (in blue) has a second to the last place rank.
The sections below provide testing details about how the Brezza performed during testing.
The Baby Brezza earned a 4 of 10 for puree quality, which is the lowest score in this metric for the group. In general, the consistency of the puree varied greatly depending on the type of food being used and sometimes even with the same kind of food with different batches. The inconsistency made it difficult to ensure the food didn't have hidden chunks. Even food as soft as bananas had chunks left over after a minute of puree.
The food item that pureed the best with the Brezza was sweet potatoes. But, given that baby can't live on sweet potatoes alone it was disappointing that other foods didn't blend as well. Apple plum also blended relatively smoothly with no large chunks, but 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 earned a 7 of 10 for ease of use. This score is the highest the Brezza earned for any metric. The Brezza is designed with ease and simplicity in mind. While not as easy as the Baby Bullet or the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend it is the easiest steamer and blender in one.
All parents need to do is chop the food, place it in the unit, and set the timer according to the instructions and walk away. This is what we think most parents envision an all in one product to be. One container where all the magic happens with little involvement from mom or dad. 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 fairly quickly given what it has to accomplish. If only the puree quality were better, it might be one impressive little powerhouse.
Health and Safety
The Brezza Complete earned a 6 of 10 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 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 like the Babymoov Nutribaby, 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 a 4 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This score is the lowest for the group 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
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