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Some serious flaws
on February 4, 2013
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, this blender is (or at least was) available at Costco, which is where I purchased it last year. I don't use it much, so it's taken me a year to decide if I like the product or not. In this case, not so much.
First off, the motor is incredibly loud. I would not run this with a baby in the room. Seriously, not only would it scare the bajeebies out of a little one but I used to work in the field of deafness/audiology and am quite certain the decibel level of this motor is dangerous for still developing eardrums. I'm not being overly dramatic. People don't realize how many household objects can do damage to an infant's hearing and this one tops the list with its extremely loud motor.
Also, I agree with the reviewer who indicated that the blender doesn't handle frozen fruit well. My fruit smoothies include almond milk, yogurt and frozen fruit. The almond milk and yogurt provide enough liquid (and I always add those first) so that the frozen fruit shouldn't constantly get jammed up in the blade, but it always does. This requires that I hold onto the lid and rock the whole blender back and forth on the counter while using it and stop a few times and unjam the fruit to get the blender to continue to...uh...BLEND!! I never understood why blenders have such narrow bases, anyway. It seems like that standard design makes this sort of unjamming inherently necessary for many things you're blending, no matter the model. However, this model seems worse than my old blender. This blender has worked well for pureeing soups and pulverizing small quantities of nuts and grains and such, but it's a bit of a hassle for frozen fruit. I haven't tried to crush ice in it yet and am surprised at the reviews saying it crushes ice well, based on my experience with a cup or so of frozen fruit.
Finally, the other serious flaw is that if you don't crank the plastic blade holder onto the glass carafe extremely tightly, the blade holder will loosen during blending (presumably b/c the motor is so powerful) resulting in your blended mixture oozing out or completely draining out onto your counter when you lift the glass carafe off the base. The carafe and the blade holder will have separated completely or at least separated enough that losing the contents of the carafe is inevitable....and a big mess. The only solution - crank the blade holder onto the carafe so tightly that you will struggle to get it off when you're ready to clean up. Not a great option, either way. All things considered, I would not recommend this blender.