Hamilton Beach 51101 1-Speed Blender Reviews
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Hamilton Beach 51101 1-Speed Blender

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Best Personal Blender at Low Price

Jul 13, 2008 (Updated Jul 14, 2008)
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Pros:Compact; Powerful 175-watt motor base; Easy-to-use and cleanup; Inexpensive

Cons:Can only hold relatively small volumes (14 oz)

The Bottom Line: For those who want an compact blender with the power of a large one, at an incredibly low price. This attractive smoothie maker also comes in a variety of colors.

For people who want a great blender for single serve purposes at a low price, this one's a no-brainer. The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender combines style with performance, as it comes in a variety of colors, and outdoes the rest of the competition with any task.

The blender comes with plenty of accessories for easy blending; in addition to the plastic jar, it includes a removable cap to add in toppings (such as berries, nuts, etc.). It even comes with a drinking lid for those who want to mix up a drink, grab it and go.

The blender's operation is very simple too, as it has only one button. It's 175-watt motor pulses and pulverizes anything you put in there, from yogurt to ice. Smoothies come out great with this machine, and any other drinks you can think of. However, my experiences with ice in it are that it takes some more time to grind it down to snow-like texture, which may lead to a little bit of overheating if you hold down the pulse button too long. I find it best to do short pulses so that the ice gets jumbled up too, instead of sitting at the bottom. Also, Hamilton Beach prides itself on wave action blending, so that the bottom foods are blended just as well as the top.

The cleanup for this machine is a breeze due to its small size. It warns users to not wash it in the dishwasher, but simply rinsing out the jar with some hot water and soap, and perhaps getting a sponge or brush to clean the blades. Wiping the base is even easier, and it also warns that you don't want to submerge the electric motor base in water.

The only downside to this blender is also one of it's strengths. It is not a big blender, as the booklet says it can't hold more than 12 tablespoons of coffee - the jar itself can hold 14 ounces. It also doesn't recommend doing jobs like grinding meats.

This blender is perfect for a person who wants a compact blender that delivers the power of a large one, yet costs a fraction of the price. I purchased mine at Walmart.com for $13. I initially was shocked by its price, thinking it could not be as good as more expensive models. However, I was proven wrong with a delicious smoothie, and would like to share this with people looking to buy a blender.

Recommend this product? Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 13

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