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After Much Research, This Was Still A Disappointment
on June 18, 2013
I spent a lot of time researching the best reviewed blenders in the under $100 price range and thought this would be the one to replace my inexpensive but trusty 2004 Hamilton Beach 350 watt blender, which recently died, but I was wrong.
I make a relatively thick smoothie every morning, consisting of 6oz aloe vera juice, 4 oz almond milk, a handful of mixed greens, and small amounts of: flax seeds, raw almonds, protein powder, green powder, olive oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, cinnamon, and a few other things. Somehow, my trusty white Hamilton Beach 350 watt blender from the mid 2000s was able to tackle the job with ease every time until it finally burned out a few days ago.
I researched and researched and there were mixed reviews about just about every blender except the Vitamix, which I love, but am not ready to spend $450 for a new one. Then I came across the initial positive reviews on the Hamilton Beach Wave Power Plus Blender. I took a chance on this model, but it failed in every way unfortunately. Initially I think I was misled because there have only been 15 reviews on this newer product. Pros & Cons:
-Sleek stainless design, looks good on counter top and doesn't sit too high.
-Did not blend everything even close to fine. After 45 seconds on high, the smoothie looked done, but I poured out the contents and there were large chunks of greens, almonds, and flax seeds still at the bottom.
-Loud - Why did some previous reviewers say this was quiet? That was one of the main selling points for me. It was no quieter than my old blender, and was still somewhat piercingly loud.
-Pour Spout top - In theory this would be great, but after putting on the top, the rubber breathing hole flap across from the spout would not close (it's a thin rubber flap that you push down when blending and open to relieve pressure when taking off the top). When I hit blend, drips of the mix slowly shot out of the top unless I held that flap down, it wouldn't stay by itself. In fairness, I may have gotten a lemon top, because it only stayed down once after I opened it from the box, but that flap is really flimsy.
-The plastic stability ring is thin and I'll bet it will break/crack in the near future.
I am sorry to have to review this product negatively, I don't take reviews lightly and this is one of my only reviews on Amazon, because it's not really my thing. I am a well informed, tech savy consumer and I usually get these things right from the reviews. I felt it was necessary to tell about my experience so that the market is well informed. Happy searching!