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Big, loud, and great at everything.
on July 24, 2012
Big for a "blender." Loud for a blender...or any kitchen appliance, automobile, train, or aircraft. But this thing gets the job done!
First beverage, a juiced treat made of apples, carrots, raspberries...and some ice cubes thrown in for good measure. Not having owned a standalone juicer, I can't comment on if it does better or worse, but this Torpedo had no problems at all converting the solids into liquids. Very smooth - a little "gritty" when used with the "medium" screen, but silky smooth with the fine screen. Based on what went into the machine versus what came out to drink, it was pretty impressive how little pulp was leftover. Very nice - and no raspberry seeds!
Next up, we through a block of cheddar cheese in there. Yeah, who puts a block of cheese in a blender? (Well, come on! This is no blender, this is a "Kitchen Appliance!") It whipped through the cheese block very quickly, and while I wouldn't consider the end result exactly "shredded" how most people would consider shredded (and like my Cuisinart can shred - long strips), the little granules that remains after shredding is perfect for melting - so unless you really want long strings of shredded cheese, this can replace other shredders, easy.
Making a smoothie was no problem, of course. Easy to clean up, too.
Couple things that I wasn't expecting, but it's not a big enough deal to take any stars away: 1) Save for the blade and wires, I think this entire thing is made of plastic. 2) The blades are attached to the canister, 3) Press the button, and it handles the "pulsing" by itself, and beeps when it figures you need to take a look.
On that last part: It'll turn on, wait a couple seconds, then go again...and repeat. Pretty nifty, so you can turn it on, make a run for some noise protection, and come back when you have your shooting ear muffs on. Works very well.
The cookbook it comes with is even nice - a little of a stretch to include it in with a blender on steroids, but it's nice. (For example, the mac and cheese recipe is probably only included so they can say to "put hunk of cheese in blender and press the button.")
Would highly recommend this. While it's pretty big, depending on your usage of multiple kitchen gadgets, it may be able to replace a juicer, blender, and food processor. (Food processor is probably the biggest stretch, since this Torpedo does one thing, whereas most processors let you swap out blades to do different things - slice, grate, make skinny fries, etc.)