I used to use the Oster beehive retro type blender w/ its one switch (on/off pulse) which was amazing at all tasks and 10yrs later the motor is awesome. It acutally still works great, but i keep having to buy new blender blades and i broke the glass jar, and now and I thought i would look for a bigger and more powerful blender. So after reading the box of the BHG blender, I thought this blender would outperform my old one right? Well, i make a lot of smoothies using frozen fruits and ice, it has to be powerful. And this one had 750watt motor!! I also liked how it looks and the buttons are all real nice but unnecessary. So I was really surprised how disappointed I was with its performance. So much so that i brought it back. There were a couple things that i disliked. 1. It did NOT blend frozen things well at ALL! I use frozen bananas and strawberries...i even cut the bananas into pieces and it seemed to struggle working them down and took a really long time, and they kept getting caught in the blades and not moving. 2. It also left large marble size ice chunks when i used ice in the drinks. So the ICE CRUSHING that it claims on the box is a BIG joke! I tried some ice by itself and it chopped the ice up. But in the smoothie, the cubes kept getting shot around the jar and never chopped up. 3. It had a really strange smell coming from the blender while it was working, like the motor was working super hard and smelled really weird. I was worried that the motor would die early. So all that 750watt power wasn't really all it was cracked up to be. So even though my little Oster Beehive blender had only an on/off switch and no fancy buttons, it kicks THIS blenders butt! Back to getting an Oster for sure.
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