If you’re searching for a good value in a standard personal blender, the Hamilton Beach Blend master might be right for you. But if you’re looking to pay a lot less for a single serve blender or food processor that’s capable of doing what the multi-hundred dollar blenders can do, you’re going to be disappointed. You don’t always get what you pay for, but even less frequently will you get what you didn’t pay for.
Let’s start with the pros. The Hamilton Beach Blend master is a value blender that costs about $40. There are plenty of things you can blend with this smart blender that will turn out no better than if you spent four or five times that on your appliance. However, in the end, this one won’t hold up to the performance of the blender-food processor models that cost a great deal more.
It’s a smart blender for someone on a tight budget that wants to make smoothies and speedily blend up a whole host of ingredients for smoothies and shakes, such as fruit, some veggies, liquid, or you want to get that ice crushed. It’s easy to use, has a decent design—it’s actually quite modern looking for something in this price range—and it’s features offer an acceptable level of variety. And if you want a standard, classic blender this is definitely it.
If you want an affordable and speedy blender to use for making smoothies, salad dressings, pureed soups, and other mostly liquid items this is a great option for you.It can take foods that are a little more intense—for instance, you’d be able to make a marinara or even a pesto sauce—but it’s going to take a bit of patience.
The Hamilton Beach is a fairly standard size speed blender. It’s bigger than a compact “single server” blender, but not quite as large as its multi-purpose cousins. It stands 14.5 inches high, is 7 inches wide, and 8.5 inches deep.
Its glass jar pitcher is 48 ounces and the base is stainless steel or brushed silver and many of the components are dishwasher safe and come with a 1-year warranty. It’s a simple design, which gives it a modern, minimalist look, and actually looks like you spent a lot more than just $40 for your blender to make those icy drinks.
As mentioned earlier, one of the major pros of this blender is how easy it is to operate. The function keys are streamlined and easy to figure out. You get an option for mix/milkshake, pulse/ice crushing, puree/icy drink, and smoothie. The pitcher has a sturdy handle, and you also don’t need to worry too much about leakage and making a mess because the lid has a pour spout.
This blender is good at standard blending jobs, including crushing ice, but probably not as good as it should be at doing so. Users report it takes some effort to get the ice consistently pulverized and if there are any chunks stuck together it’s going to take even more pulsing to achieve your goal of consistency.
Despite the inconsistency in ice chunks and the effort it took to get a smooth blend, this isn’t much different when compared to other blenders, especially those in a comparable price range. Users did report, though, that of the blenders they’ve tried, this Hamilton Beach returned the least smooth smoothies. Most had chunks of fruit in their smoothie unless they blended for a longer period of time. There are better options available if you want a consistently smooth smoothie in as short a period of time as possible. There’s one area in which the Hamilton Beach Blender excels at something its marketing doesn’t necessarily boast about.
Users were able to make flour from nuts without a problem, which is something that even some of the more expensive food process/blender combos can’t even achieve. It stops short of making nut butters (not something it claims to be able to do), but if the idea of having an added bonus of grinding nuts into flour, you can use the Hamilton Beach to do so.
As far as other baking duties go, Hamilton Beach falls short. Users report looser whipped cream than other blenders, and its batter mixing ability also didn’t measure up. Other blenders in this price range tend to have the same flaws, so it’s not as if this would make or break your decision, depending on the budget you have. What’s the bottom line when it comes to performance with the Hamilton Beach Blender? It’s a quality value blender, but its motor lacks the power to achieve most of the impressive things multi-purpose blenders are able to do.
Whether or not you should buy the Hamilton Beach Blender all depends on your blending goals. If you are looking for something that is multi-functional and you’re willing to pay the price for all the functions, you’re going to be disappointed with this blender.
Paying $40 for something that’s a good value but doesn’t do what you need it to do is basically a waste of $40. However, if you want a “nice” blender that looks expensive and performs the basics without too many problems due to its powerful blades, this is great value.
With comparable blenders priced about $100 more or more than that, you are not going to find a better blender for a lower price that is larger than a single-serve blender. It isn’t going to outperform the majority of other blenders on the market, but you are definitely going to get what you pay for. In some cases, it’s actually a better blender than some of the more expensive, but poor-performing options.
Who should buy the Hamilton Beach Blender? If you want a blender with quality blades that are good for making smoothies, pureeing soups, mixing batter, making whipped cream, and all the standard “liquid accomplishments” of a blender, this one is going to do at least a good enough job. It accomplishes these tasks a little slower than other blenders, but it accomplishes them nonetheless.
It’s also good for someone that needs a blender because most households need one at one time or another, but for only occasional use. If you plan to use a blender on a daily basis—as many people do these days—this might not be the best option for you.