Pros: stylish, compact, strong motor, does the job
Cons: no liquids or ice
I remember when the Magic Bullet system was introduced on TV. It looked so helpful. However, it was more expensive than I wanted to spend for such a product that I wasn't sure of.
Well, the Sunbeam Kitchen Assistant isn't the Magic Bullet, however it is similar. The cost is quite a bit less, so I decided to try it. I purchased it at Walmart for $29.94.
I should note that the name of this blender here on Epinions is Sunbeam 2774 Blender, however it is also called the Kitchen Assistant. More information can be found on the Sunbeam website.
The set includes:
2 Large Mixing Containers
6 Small Mixing Containers
1 Blade Assembly
6 Storage Lids
2 Shaker/Sifter Lids
Everything is made of plastic except for the base. The base is quite heavy and has small feet on the bottom which helps to grip the counter. Once in position, I never had a problem with it moving while I was using it. Everything is also dishwasher safe, except the base of course. Cleaning the base is easy with a damp cloth. The blade is made of stainless steel.
Color: Metallic silver with chrome accents for the base. The lids are black. It is quite stylish in my opinion.
I particularly like the mixing containers because they are clear and have a convenient measuring system on the side. I am on a restrictive diet and have to measure everything, so this makes that job much easier.
What can this do?
It specifically states in the instruction manual - Do not use to blend liquids or crush ice.
This is the only thing that I absolutely hate about this blender. It is one of the main reasons that I purchased it. However, it does a pretty good job with its other uses, that I decided to keep it instead of returning it to the store.
How to use:
Simply place your food into one of the containers, attach blade by screwing it into place. Place the container onto the base. Plug in the base. With your hand, press firmly down on the container. This starts the motor. The rest is up to you. Depending on how you want your food, press down on the container to the desired consistency. For a rough chop, it only takes about 2 seconds. For a finer dice, about 5 seconds. It also depends on how much is in the container. Don't over fill it or it will take longer and the consistency might not be uniform.
What can you place into the blender?
cooked meats, vegetables, hard cheeses, nuts, herbs. Basically, anything that you can put into a conventional food processor will go into the Kitchen Assistant (except liquids and ice), but on a smaller scale. Food items must be cut into smaller wedges before placing into the blender.
I make salsa, chicken and tuna salads, chop cheeses and nuts mostly.
You have to be careful when using it or you will pulverize your food. When I first used it, I turned my onions into mush. I had held down the container too long. The 220 watt motor is quite powerful.
Any leftover food in the containers can be stored in the refrigerator with one of the convenient lids.
Two of the lids are actually "shaker" lids. If you grind up your own spices or finely chop parmesan or a comparable cheese, use one of these lids and take it to the table with you. The shaker lids can be closed for storage in the refrigerator.
The longer I use it, the more uses I have found for it.
I can't say that I love this blender. It is helpful in the kitchen for those small items. I still wish I could use it for liquids, but I understand the reasoning. Since you place the containers upside down into the base, the liquid could spill out pretty easy. The lids are pretty secure, but with the motion of the unit while it is in use, the lids could possibly loosen, spilling the liquid into the base.
I like that it doesn't take up much room on my counter and is small enough to store easily in small places. It makes a really nice gift too.
Thanks for reading.