This is the first time I've been impressed by a product enough to write a review. I've only had it for one day but it has exceeded my expectations in every regard.
I got this as a replacement for a cheaper blender that had started leaking. I knew this was higher tech and was 600W, but you are paying for a whole lot more with this blender. Every part was very high quality. First of all the jar is thick glass, which was a shock after using a plastic jar for so long. Second, the blade assembly was a very thick and sturdy and the washer/nut is copper (probably copper plated steel). It had a very hefty weight to it and even looks a little fancy.
The thing that really blew my mind though was the effectiveness of the preset "frozen shake" mode. Basically the way this works is it has two pre-programmed routines for frozen shakes and chopping food, and then a bunch of manual speed modes. I had assumed that to benefit from the reverse mode, I'd have to alternate between multiple manual mode speeds and directions, you do NOT. Rather, the "frozen shake" mode automatically combines multiple speeds and directions for a perfect blend.
I make meal replacement shakes with both powdered protein and frozen fruit, not a good mix for a regular blender. With my old blender, it took me a few minutes of blending at different speeds, stirring it with a spoon in the jar, etc to get it all mixed right. So what I saw with this one blew my mind. The frozen shake mode starts out very slow and then smoothly accelerates, then shifts directions, accelerates, and then goes through a few other fast rotations of speeds. And then..it's done. Fast. My first reaction was of disappointment. I thought, "it's stopping already? how annoying, I'm going to have to run it through this mode several times." But for the heck of it I checked it to see how close it was...and it was done. I had no idea a home blender could make a frozen shake that well, that fast. It's unbelievably easy now.
We'll see how it does on from-scratch pesto, but I have high hopes. 95% of what I use it for is for frozen shakes though so it's completely exceeded my expectations. I am absolutely thrilled with this and feel that it was a total bargain. If you are thinking of making the upgrade for shakes and aren't sure if you can justify the money, IT IS WORTH IT!
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