Until Breville’s revolutionary new design, the blender had remained virtually unchanged for over 70 years. In the old system, inconsistent cutting angles around the blade often created food traps and left lumps. Breville’s new Hemisphere™ blade hugs the bowl to eliminate food traps and offers smoother and lump free results. The patented Hemisphere™ bowl/blade system ensures a 100% efficient blending experience. The secret to the Hemisphere™ Blade System is the continuous movement created inside the pitcher. It allows the ikon™ 550 blender to combine the functions of a blender with a mini-food processor for the ultimate in versatility. This stainless steel base adds a stylish, elegant touch to any kitchen.