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High Performance Blenders Review

May 25, 2008
Or in this case, some are better and others are worse. When it comes to blending your own smoothies, it's wise to investigate the many types of blenders available for doing so. While they all will do the basic work of making your favorite smoothie drink, they all have specific features unique to their model type. Whether it's for healthy eating or for your weight loss regimen mixing smoothies and concocting your own smoothie recipes requires a dependable blender.

Some blenders will mix fruits and vegetables in mixed vitamins through their high-speed rotations and cutting power. Others won't even crush ice or melt almonds into butter. Speed matters, just as much as size matters. The sustainable power associated to speed relates to longevity.

The following is a comparison of five types of blenders, their capabilities, price, and main characteristics:

Blendtec HP3 Tabletop Blender: Blendtec is a K-Tec production of Orem, Utah. The 3 Horse Powers Blender with over 30,000 RPM's (from the will-it-blend website) says it all. The company claims it blends it all, from golf clubs, golf balls, diamonds, charcoal, chairs, clothes, to vegetables, fruits, wheat and grains. The price with the one-does-it-all container and blade-blender is $ 400 plus shipping. Blendtec does not charge sales tax out of the State of Utah.

The one container that mixes its vitamins from fruit, vegetables, and solids such as grain and rice, comes in a 64-ounce size. The blender with container in place fits under most cabinets on top of the counter top, thus the name 'Tabletop Blender'. The motor is multi-speed with automatic-variable speed adjustment with pre-programmed speeds and intervals. This should according to the Blendtec help mixing all without the use of a tamper. Highly sophisticated with electronic components, this power house competes rapidly with other Vitamin Mixing Blenders.

Vita-Mix 5200 Blender: This product sells in the $450 to $600 range depending on your choice of wet or dry blade container. Or you can buy both, the wet container for fruits and vegetables, and the dry container with blade specifically designed to blend and grind wheat. The features of this product line are their 64-inch polycarbonate jars and two-peak horsepower Swedish motors. It's a completely see-through unit, which lets you see the blending process as it happens. The motor contains a high-efficiency radial cooling fan. It also has a thermal protection system (automatic shut-off) to prevent an energy overload. It has a soft grip handle of ergonomic design and a wear-resistant base.

This unit's dimensions are 20-1/2" tall, 8-3/4" deep, and 7-1/4" wide, 10 lbs. 9 oz. The base comes in black or white. The motor is 120 volt, 60 Hz, 11.5 amps. There is a removable lid plug, which allows for adding of ingredients while the unit is running. The hardened stainless steel blades in this unit allow for the smooth breaking down of food and ice held within the container. This unit is suitable for making juice, soup, making ice cream and grinding different grain products. The speed is manually adjustable with turn-knob, able to run the blade from 11 to 240 miles per hour.

While Blendtec with the HP3 offers 4 colors with no additional charge, Vita-Mix give a 3rd choice, color Red for an additional $ 20. Another difference between the two top giants, the HP3 motor is slightly more quite and one blender jar is good for wet and dry blending. Vita Mix offers 2 different containers to blend wet and dry.

Hamilton Beach Electric Blenders: This blender retails for $80 and has a two-speed pulse function. It operates with a 500 watt motor and utilizes stainless steel blades. It has a large capacity juice container, 48 oz., for blending drinks and smoothies. It is of die cast metal construction and is dishwasher safe except for the motor. It is 14"H x 6"L x 6" Deep.

When it comes to mixing your own high-quality smoothie drinks, it is best to purchase a durable blender that will last a long time. There are many options available when it comes to choosing high-performance and high-speed blenders. It will benefit you in the end to choose a quality blender. Take the time to choose a reliable one for all those healthy diet smoothies you will make in the coming years.

Oster 465 Blender: This blender has a retro chrome appearance. The glass jar for housing ingredients is capable of holding five cups. The motor is 500 watts and two-speed. This product retails for $55. The blades within are stainless steel and the base of the unit is chrome as well for durability.

The glass jar cover is leak resistant and there is a removable measuring cup so you can add ingredients during the blending process. The product stays secure on a counter-top because of its non-slip rubber feet. It has a metal to metal drive shaft for durability and reliability of performance. Its front settings dial is prominent for easy viewing.

Krups 60 oz. Blender: This blender retails for $150. It houses a Krups Technik electric motor and has a five-speed control. Its feature is its quiet operation. It is capable of crushing ice and has automatic pulsing as well as a slow speed for delicate blending of ingredients. It has an easy-to-view ergonomic control panel and a strong die cast metal base.

Its over-sized collar gives the unit stability, which aids in safe handling when mixing and blending. The ingredient container is 60 ozs., it is heavy-duty glass and thermal shock resistant. The blades within are detachable which makes cleaning easier. The unit measures: 9"L x 6.5" W x 14.75"H; it is a graphite gray in color. The unit operates at 1000 watts of power.
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T. Fox researches healthy smoothies ,a mix of blenders and health ingredients, and negative ions , all resulting in collaboration. People perform better when they are healthy.
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