A very useful tool and convenient tool, requires concentration, and cleaning. You need to be careful because of the power and heating/cooking capability, bit it does work well. Strong motor, but you again need to understand the unit's characteristics, and cooking capability. Measurements and amounts need to be gauged carefully. Definitely not a device for little children to be around or use. Also its a more sophisticated tool for the kitchen. You can always pour the soup afterwards in a pot, and tweak it. The recipes are pretty good in the instructions, not necessarily optimal nutrition. The materials are reasonably good, plastic base, strong motor, glass container I really like. Don't overfill, it can splatter hot liquids. I would rather see a real metal or stainless base. This is an economy of scale, cost manufacturing decision. 20 years from now, with the right interface, our robots can use this. Would make a great device for hospitals making home made tube feeding formulas or home care for geriatric patients. Compared to our old Waring Blender , its somewhat Surreal but great for Geeks. Needs an iPhone or IPad interface, maybe an HDMI adaper or multimedia entertainment screen. :) I have yet to try it, but ought to be a great machine for making Mango Lassi. Definitely an evolved product from the Industrial Revolution for the sophisticated buyer. Of course I wonder what the kitchen must be like from the blender's designer ? Likely designed in the US, made in the PRC. Also a nice evolution to the hotplate, with cross cultural appeal. We bought because of the handle for its blending capability for hot liquids. This is the product for an archeologist to find 10,00 years from now, along with Google glasses and an iPhone.
I did a lot of research before I replaced my old blender - an ***** *******. I didn't want something too expensive, but didn't want a cheap model, either. I already own and love a KitchenAid mixer, and feel their name is synonymous with quality. I've been a bit disappointed at the lack of affordable, quality blenders with glass pitchers, mostly-metal parts, but decided this blender would be a good compromise. A couple points that I noticed in other people's reviews: The pitcher can be hard to remove from the base, there's a weird smell when operating the blender, and there seems to be black grease at the base. First off, I did notice that it takes a firm twist to remove the pitcher from the base, but I think this is a good thing - it won't just tip over or come off while operating! You get used to it. Secondly, there seemed to be an odd smell the first few times I used it, but I equated it with "new car smell," and haven't had the issue since. As for the "grease" - I noticed some blackish liquid around the outside of the base after use a few times, and am wondering it it's lubricant for the blade. As long as it's not getting into my smoothies, I'm fine with it, and will keep an eye on it. I had to get used to going back and forth between the different functions to get it to blend the way I wanted, but that's just because I was used to a different blender. For instance, I make smoothies every day with frozen fruit, but the fruit can get stuck if you keep it on one speed. I find it best to put it on #1 ("stir"), and toggle between pulsing, then higher speeds for a smooth finish. The 7-cup capacity is also a plus (while still fitting under my kitchen cabinets!), so I don't have to worry about making multiples batches when I make a recipe. The American-made company is also a plus for me! And I love the dark blue, which matches my mixer. I can't speak to longevity of the mixer since I've only had it for a little while, and I do wonder if the preset buttons will wear out (as opposed to the simple toggle switch on my previous *****), but for now I'm pleased with my purchase.
Oster does a fantastic job. It has super strong blades and both the blender and the jar have metal inserts so it doesn't burn out after long use. I use frozen bananas and berries, ice, leafy greens, whatever, and the only smoothie ingredient I get issues with is kale, everything else gets nice and creamy with hardly any chunks. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen had a large piece of banana, just a couple strawberry bits. I received this product as a sample to review and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
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