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All Mass, No Muscle
on January 15, 2007
Given the name and great reviews, I had really high hopes for this blender. It is a solid blender, but it just did not blend solid food. At 1,000 watts it should have had the power to do what I needed it to do, which was to blend my frozen fruits into my daily smoothie. I use various frozen fruits depending on the flavor, as well as soy milk and yogurt (that I partially freeze as well to gain a certain consistency) and some dry ingredients, such as sugar and protein powder. My old blender, the L' Equip 228 R.P.M Blender, only had 900 watts and it handled the blending extremely well, but the shoddy construction of the L'Equip blender meant fishing out little bits of aluminum shards from my smoothie, which is what sent me looking for a replacement blender in the first place.
Right out of the box, it seemed solid, if enormous. This blender will hold about 33% to 50% more than your average blender, without really taking up more space, and I can see how that can be a benefit for someone who needs it. That black band between the silver and glass is part of the jar/blade assembly, it envelops the base and sits solidly on it, and this probably enhances stability. The parts seemed well made and durable. I like a glass jar better than polycarbonate because it will not scratch up, and the whole thing assembles for use and disassembles for cleaning very easily. I really liked the lid construction, because instead of being super tight it has tabs that you slide into position underneath a lip on the jar that keep it in place while blending, and you can still remove the cap to add things while blending. It has no stir stick, but I never really used that on my last blender anyway because I wasn't blending enough ingredients for the stick to be very useful.
So far so good, I like the parts and the construction, but the true test is in the actual blending, right? Since I use both frozen and partly frozen ingredients, for best results I always add the more liquid ingredients first and the frozen fruit last. Any other blender I've ever used before has had a vortex that sucked the ingredients down toward the blades, and how well they blended frozen foods was dependent on how much wattage power they had. Not so this blender. The first time I tried it I used my usual mix of frozen and semi-frozen ingredients and wound up with chewable fruit. To test it out further, the next day I did not partly freeze the yogurt or soy milk and defrosted the fruit first, and it actually would not even blend the fruit that day, instead the fruit just floated on top and spun in circles. I tried the various speeds and pulses, still no real blending action. It was quiet and I did not smell any peculiar odors like another reviewer mentioned, but it did not blend, and any benefit to the machine being quiet was drowned out by me yelling "get off your fat butt and work you big dumb blender!!!!" at it while it was running. Any neighbors who heard me are no doubt hoping my medical coverage includes mental illness right about now. And really, what's the point of a blender with so much power that ramps up slowly and can't blend anyway? Going 0 to 60 in 5 minutes or more in order to maintain peace and quiet doesn't impress me when you still cannot blend your food. It's like giving a Porsche to a little old lady to drive to the grocery store 2 miles away at 30 mph each week.
Needless to say, I boxed it up and sent it back. It did not blend my food, it stirred it, and I already have a spoon that does that.