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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
Guys, what is up with all the high ratings? I seriously can hardly believe that I received the same blender as you. This thing is hands down the cheapest blender I have ever seen! It's insulting to think that they have marketed this thing to me as a hundred-dollar-blender, when the cheapest blender at Walmart is of superior craftsmanship.
When I first received this blender, I was pretty taken aback at the overal cheap quality. I mean, we're paying top dollar for this thing, and what do we get? The cheapest blender you will probably ever see. The pitcher in particular is made of a flimsy, weak plastic, obviously cheaper than the pitcher from even a $30 blender. I mean, how much does a glass pitcher cost, in China? $5? Probably a lot less. This bothered me but I resolved to give this blender a fair shot - I mean, it's gotten so many good reviews online.
For the first couple of times I tried to use this blender, I couldn't even get past the pitcher problem. The plastic is so flimsy, it can barely hold a seal at all. First couple of times I tried to use it, it simply made a mess all over the counter, with a geyser of fruit juices coming out of the base of the pitcher. Finally I figured out the trick: you need to disassemble the pitcher every time you use it, and VERY CAREFULLY line up the gasket and threads, and very carefully tighten it down, careful not to stress that flimsy plastic pitcher in any way or it'll bend.
At the third attempt, I managed to get that P.O.S. plastic pitcher to hold water. So I put in a banana, some strawberries, and some ice. I had watched some youtube videos about this thing, so I knew not to expect very much. I was careful to crush the ice at a slow speed. Then I switched to the high speed setting, and guess what happened? Within 30 seconds of cranking, the cheap plastic handle SNAPPED IN HALF! That's right, this shockingly cheap Chinese plastic blender company built this thing with a plastic handle that's so cheap, it can't even handle its own torque.
All in all, this thing is a huge disappointment. Luckily it broke within 30 days so I can apply for a refund - I just hope they don't try to send me a P.O.S. plastic handle replacement. I know that you're reading this, wishing that I wasn't telling you the truth, because it looks like this thing is the only hand-crank blender available right now. You, like me, want desperately to believe all these glowing reviews about how nice this blender is, despite repeated admissions from people regarding the poor quality of the pitcher in particular. Take my advice: DO NOT BUY THIS OVERPRICED CHEAP PLASTIC GARBAGE. It is an insult to our dignity as online shoppers to have this thing priced at $100. It's hardly worth $10.