Today’s Review Roundup: Red Blender, Small Blender And Oster Beehive Blender

27 01 2010

Red Blender: Brightening Your Kitchen In Red

Combining outstanding performance, durability, and an easy-to-clean design, this five-speed red blender performs everyday kitchen tasks, including mixing up smoothies, pureeing vegetables for soup, crushing ice, and making pesto. The red unit’s .9 HP motor and Intelli-Speed electronic controls ensure fast, consistent blending. In addition, the red appliance offers a solid die-cast metal base with a durable, steel-reinforced coupler and a sharp one-piece stainless-steel blade.

The red blender’s large 56-ounce polycarbonate blend-and-serve pitcher is shatter-resistant, as well as stain- and scratch-resistant. Made of thick, solid walls, the pitcher can withstand extreme temperatures from boiling to freezing, and its lightweight design includes a comfortable soft-grip handle for a secure hold. The one-piece red blender dishwasher-safe pitcher with its patented blade design eliminates food traps and any need to disassemble. Other highlights include an automatic "crush ice" button, a drip-free pour spout, cord storage, and a Clean Touch control pad that wipes clean in an instant. Available in a variety of fashionable colors, the red blender measures 7-1/4 by 9 by 15-1/5 inches and carries a one-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

Small Blender: Mini Version Of The Big Brothers

If you’re an experienced and regular smoothie blender maker, you know already that anything over a year’s use from a non-professional machine is a bonus. I recently returned a lightweight Blender Express (by Back to the Basics) that failed after a single use! (The banana was too much for it.) This Hamilton Beach is the smallest, lightest small blender I’ve seen yet, but it promises to perform for a while at least.

Ingeniously, the smal blender makers have avoided any reference to ice cubes in either the instruction manual or recipes (I get the point, though I still insist on using them). Also, there is no "on" switch; instead, the unit has only a "pulse" switch, thereby insuring that your hands must remain on the unit, preventing it from dancing off the counter and insuring that the motor gets stopped the instant excessive resistance is met.

For under twenty bucks and six months’ use, you can count this small blender a decent value–though keep those smoothies small and simple. And if you plan to take the small container "on the road," be extra careful about misplacing the quarter-sized center lid (mine disappeared faster than a quarter).

Oster Beehive Blender: Chop, Chop, Chop With Ease

Powered by a 500-watt motor, this classic oster beehive blender blends margaritas and smoothies, mixes soups and sauces, chops fruits and vegetables, grinds coffee beans and nuts, grates cheese and coconut, and crushes ice. The oster beehive blender has a high speed and a low-speed pulse control, which can be held down for continuous action. Its 40-ounce, ribbed-and-tapered glass container fits onto Oster Beehive Blender distinctive beehive-shaped base, which is clad in lustrous chrome and outfitted with slip-proof rubber feet. Its stainless-steel blade-assembly removes for cleaning, and the container is calibrated in both ounces and liters.

Fully assembled, the oster blender stands 16 inches high on a 7-1/4-inch-diameter base. With the exception of the dishwasher-safe glass container, all parts–including the plastic lid with its plastic 2-ounce measuring insert–require hand washing. The Oster blender carries a one-year warranty against defects, and its instruction booklet includes dozens of recipes.

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