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The Worst Kitchen Appliance Ever
on May 4, 2015
I don't comment very frequently on product performance. Typically, I find that the merchandise I purchase on Amazon meets the overall ratings posted for that merchandise at the time I buy it. I also want to caveat this review by noting that I am not a negative person and I am not a malcontent. Sometimes things don't work as well as you'd like them to. That's life. BUT...
The Hamilton Beach 51108 Stainless Single Serve Blender is not only the worst blender I have ever used, it is quite possibly the worst kitchen appliance (or any appliance, for that matter) that I have ever used. But let me explain, based on the standard that I used to reach that scathing (and accurate) critique: What is the expected and typical use of the product?
As far as blenders go, no matter the cost, there are two critical functions that a consumer expects: (1) the appliance will blend substances (the speed and thoroughness of which may be dependent on price range, manufacturer, varied blender settings, etc.) and (2) the appliance, while blending, will keep the blended substances contained within the device. The second criteria is implicit, of course. No one wants that mess every time they use the blender.
Well, I am sorry to say that I cannot evaluate whether this blender adequately blends any substance. As soon as I hit the “pulse” blending button, water/coffee/fruit juice (depending on the morning) came spewing out the top of the blender cover through the small hole at the top (designed for releasing air while drinking from the removable stainless steel mug) and the sides of the sliding mechanism on the cover (which is there, presumably, to allow one to drink whatever was blended straight from the stainless steel mug). The liquid--whatever it happened to be after three further trials--was everywhere. The desk. The countertop. The floor. I was stunned. I thought maybe I had done something wrong. I refastened the lid on the container. Same result. I cut the amount of liquid or fruit or water that I was blending in half (maybe I shouldn’t have filled the container ¾ of the way up the stainless steel mug). Same result. I cut THAT amount in half. Same result. It was a disaster.
So in the end, I bought a blender to blend things. It is simply not feasible to blend anything with this device, unless the user is ok with cleaning up the 3-foot space around the blender after every use. Do not buy this blender. If you desperately need to blend something, and this is the only option, I recommend not blending whatever it is that you desperately need to blend. Live without it.
The Hamilton Beach 51108 Stainless Single Serve Blender is utterly worthless, a failure in design and ingenuity, and rests peacefully at the bottom of my garbage can where it belongs.