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255 of 263 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2003
I bought this drink mixer because I love to make milk shakes and other kinds of frozen drinks. I did read the reviews first and noticed that there were a lot of negative reviews. I decided to try the mixer anyway, and decided that if it couldn't handle ice cream and the such that I would simply use it for powdered drinks. I received it in the mail yesterday and make a chocolate shake today. I was really shocked by the amount of power that this machine had. I filled the cup about two thirds full and started the machine. At first, I thought that I was on the high setting because of the amount of power. So I tried the next setting. This one actually caused the cup to overflow because of the power. I do not know if they replaced the motor or what Hamilton Beach did, but the machine definately exceeds my expectations. I would highly recommend it!
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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
From a 70 yr old..It is just surprising the number of individuals who complain about problems with this item. It won't do ice cubes, it won't do chunk fruit, it tips, it overflows..etc! Doesn't anyone "read instructions"? Nitwits... This mixer does what is says it does!! And works great! READ>>> Directions!! There is a limit to put in or it will overflow... Crushed ice not cubes... diced/crushed fruit not solid/frozen chunks. This is NOT a blender and won't blend..it is a mixer and mixes. My first job 55 years ago was at a Walgreens fountain. I made shakes and malts..lots of them. This is a home version of the model we used, not heavy duty commercial steel! Want to make 50 - 100+ a day..spend $150+ or more. For protein shakes or with soft ice crème and flavors - this is great. YES - it is chrome looking plastic over frame. Cup is stainless. If you want solid steel commercial use, buy that one. If you follow instructions..this is neat, easy to use and simple to clean up. Always brings back the memories of the old times! Just understand what you want it to do and not do something it isn't designed to do. It shines, is always a conversation starter, and the frothy shakes it mixes are super.. I add some whipped crème and a cherry..for special occasions!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
The hamilton beach classic drinkmaster in an excellent addition to your kitchen appliance setup if you like milk shakes. I have hunted a long time for a quality milkshake maker and this one makes them just as good as they come. The appliance itself is made of sturdy construction, and the cup itself is made of some type of spun aluminum i guess, its not going to break anytime soon. This milk skake maker incorporates air into the mixture and gives it a really good texture as you drink it. Easily drinkable through a straw such as the ones you would get from a fast food place. Have used mine for a good two years, really putting it through its paces during the summer time for myself, friends and family. If it ever broke i would definately buy another one again. Excellent product and works as described.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
I have had this for years. I have mostly used to mix up protein shakes and not much else.

This is a classic stand type drink mixer designed to make milkshakes or other frothy beverages that don't have solids in them. This isn't a blender, so it doesn't have blades of any kind, so it won't puree or blend solids. It has a propeller type mixer on the end of a removable stainless steel shaft that inserts into the bottom of the powerhead, which also tilts 45 degrees to make removing the mixing jar easier.

This is a mixer, not a blender, so it will mix up chocolate milk and it makes milkshakes as well. If you have a powdered drink mix that you need to mix up, then this will work for that too.

You get a 2-speed motor and a 28 ounce polished stainless steel mixing jar that looks very nice. There is a clip and a base on the mixer stand that the jar rests on to keep it steady so you don't have to hold it during mixing.

As far as set-up, there's not much to do, insert the mixing paddle, put the ingredients in the jar (don't overfill it!), set the jar in the holder, lower the mixing head, and turn it on.

Now, there are 2 speeds, why I am not sure because the first setting causes the machine to vibrate quite intensely, enough that it feels like it's going to shake itself to pieces. I don't know what this setting is for, maybe to pre-mix the contents before increasing the speed? You need to be careful when turning it up to the next speed because it might splash the drink out all over the place. I had it happen to me several times and it makes a mess, splattering all over the mixer and counter top. It also had a tendency to throw off droplets of drink as it is mixing.

The motor is plenty powerful. I mixed up ice cream and milk and it did a good job of it. Plus, the drink mix I use is tough to mix, but this really helps to mix it thoroughly in only a couple minutes. Mixing it by hand would take several minutes and wouldn't do as good a job.

The jar holds plenty of liquid, enough to make a nice big milkshake, but it doesn't stay locked onto the stand very well. I had to steady it with my hand sometimes because it felt like it was going to come off. The height of the stand also makes it hard to mix to the bottom of the jar where powdered drink mix can accumulate.

Pros:

Seems to be well-made
Plenty of power
Easy to clean
Stainless steel jar looks good and is easy to clean

Con's:

Jar holder doesn't really hold the jar very well
The first speed causes intense vibrations
The highest speed can throw and splash the drink all over
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104 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2006
I was excited about the thought of using a nostalgic chrome mixer for ice cream shakes. Unfortunately, this product has the strength and blending power of a toothpick. The mixer wand is about 1 inch in diameter and made of very cheap plastic. It doesn't mix ice cream worth a dime... This is the first product I've ever had to return to Amazon. Don't waste your money.
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99 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2006
I'm an idiot for not reading the product description more carefully, but usually the word "chrome" implies I'm buying something made of metal. This p.o.s. on the other hand is made entirely of chrome colored plastic. The only thing metal in the box is the cup (which coincidentally is the least important part of the whole unit). The tip of the mixer rod is also made of plastic. It will not crush ice. If you want a serious mixer, either go to your local restaurant supply (the smart move) or buy a Waring.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2002
I bought this blender/mixer a month ago and have used it 15 times. ...Amazon.com and other places frequently have this thing on sale for ..., which is what I paid for it. I like to make milk shakes (BIG milk shakes), but this blender can't handle that too well. The motor is most definitely underpowered.
When I make a milk shake I like to use a lot of ice cream with very very little milk. I like to make a 24oz milk shake, and since the mixing cup can only fit so much and the blender can only handle so much I have to split it up into two(basically make two milk shakes then poor them into one cup). I only use an ounce or two of milk for a 24oz shake and when I start mixing it the motor starts smelling like burning metal. It can't handle the stress. So what you have to do is put the ice cream in the mixing cup first and let it sit out for a few minutes, then add the milk. Making a good milk shake with one of these types of blenders is an art. You have to know how to move the mixing cup while blending(which I have figured out, but am not going to take the time to explain here). With the abuse that I am putting this thing through I don't expect it to last much longer, but I don't think it would last even if I was using equal parts of milk and ice cream. I will update this review when it finally does stop working(if Amazon allows that). Also, this Blender IS NOT FOR CRUSHING ICE!!! The blending head is made of plastic, DO NOT USE IT TO CRUSH ICE!!!
Overall, this machine is OK for someone who likes a weak milk shake or for mixing thin drinks, but you'd be better off buying a nice 400watt blender.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2004
I got this mixer for christmas and was so excited. We make milkshakes several times a week and I thought the mixer would be great. It sucked. Like every other review says, it makes a hole in the middle of the ice cream and then the cup just spins. I probably only used it a dozen times and then went back to the blender. Then i decided to give it another chance, and the motor started sounding like it was shifting gears. The low gear sounded like weed whacker. If i knew where the box was, I would send it back to the company.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2001
I ordered one and returned it the day after it arrived. The unit is flimsy and very lightwieght. For very light mixing it might be OK. I upgraded to a Waring Drink Mixer. Yeah, it's more expensive, but it's base is cast metal, it's sturdy, and it's motor easily outclasses the Hamilton Beach.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2003
I've got the HBDM and I love it. It's a great drink mixer - that's what it tells you it's going to be and that's what it is. When I first read the reviews on this product I was nervous to get it, but I went ahead and man am I glad. This makes great milkshakes and smoothies. It's not a beater - it won't chop up cookies or fruit for you and it tells you that very clearly in the directions. If you smash these up before you put them in you'll be fine, but this is not a blender - it won't crush ice for you.
I use it to make terrific milkshakes - it's fun and easy to use and I can make the shakes as smooth or chunky as I want to. It's easy to clean up and there's no assembly required. Just pull it out of the box and go. If you want to make shakes, egg creams and smoothies this is great buy.
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