When I purchased my first blender, I had one goal in mind -- milkshakes. Many (hundreds, probably) milkshakes later, that Hamilton Beach blender is still going strong. The pitcher is large enough to make 3 12- to 14-ounce milkshakes. The motor is strong enough to convert a half gallon of ice cream and milk into a creamy mix of lip-smacking goodness. The handy access port in the lid makes adding flavorings simple and clean. Now I have to make a milkshake -- be right back.
Hamilton Beach blenders have been the workhorses of the blender industry since the early 1900s. If you have ever struggled with a small blender pitcher or a weak pulse setting, you know. Whatever the problem with your current blender, or if you've never owned one, Hamilton Beach may have the answer.
What is a Blender?
A blender is a machine that allows you to make your favorite blended drinks without leaving your house. Cappuccino, iced latte, smoothie, or a milkshake. You can make any blended drink with the touch of the blender button.
A blender works on the vortex principle. There are rotating blades at the bottom of the blending jar or pitcher. When the motor is activated, the blades rotate, pulverizing the contents. The rotation forms a vortex in the center of the blades, which draws more ingredients to the blade assembly and their eventual doom. Blended ingredients are forced up the outer wall of the pitcher until all the ingredients are mixed, and the machine is turned off.
Where to buy a Hamilton Beach blender
Price of a Hamilton Beach blender
Prices for a Hamilton Beach blender can vary from $20 for household-use blenders all the way up to $200 for their heavier-duty blenders. It all depends on which blender will fit your needs.
How We Reviewed Each Hamilton Beach Blender
We reviewed each Hamilton Beach blender by looking at its features, capabilities, size, and pricing. We also looked at the customer reviews, including how customers rated these blenders for ease of use, cleaning, and overall operation. After looking at a list of some of the most popular models, we compared them to competitor models.
- Compact design and BPA free: great for home, office and travel with on-the-go portability
- Blend and go: blend & drink from the 14 oz jar and lid which are both dishwasher safe
- One touch blending: makes great smoothies, shakes, baby formula, marinades, salad dressing and more
The Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender has a compact design which makes it ideal for small living spaces such as dorm rooms and apartments. This blender offers on-the-go portability and is available in various colors. With an efficient 175-watt motor, this blender supplies the power you need to make smoothies and milkshakes quickly.
The 14-ounce blending jar functions as a portable travel cup that fits most car cup-holders. There is also a simple one-touch button for an easy and fast blend of all of your favorite beverages. The price range for this blender is between $20 and $30. It is available on Amazon, Home Depot, and other online and local retail establishments.
While customers gave this blender a lower rating on Amazon, it received a score of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Home Depot. Customers said that this blender does well with making protein shakes and smoothies. Others said that it is very quiet and simple to use. Some customers said they would recommend this blender to their friends.
Customers gave this blender lower ratings for reasons ranging from leaking to parts not fitting correctly after washing. Others complained that the material of the blender is too cheap.
- Revolutionary Wave-Action system pulls mixture down into the blades for smooth results
- 48-Ounce dishwasher safe glass jar
- 550 Watts peak power motor
The Hamilton Beach Wave Master Blender uses a Wave-Action system which pulls mixture toward the blades, giving smooth results every time. There are also patented stainless steel Ice Sabre blades for easier blending and a 550-watt peak power motor. Pricing on this model ranges from $40 to $50. You can buy it at Amazon, other online retailers, and in local retail stores, including Target.
Although customers rated this blender at 3.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, it was given 4 out of 5 stars at Target. Customers stated that this blender is very easy to use, easy to clean, and is an excellent blender for a great price. They liked that the blender crushed ice very easily and fast. Among the complaints, customers said that it doesn’t blend well enough and that the motor had a short life.
- 700 watts: peak blending power for powerful ice crushing.
- Wave action system: 700 watt power blender continuously pulls mixture down into the blades for consistently smooth...
- 12 blending functions: multi function blender with only 5 simple buttons on the easy to read control panel. Power...
The Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender comes with 12 blending functions and a unique, no-mess pouring spout. This blender, with 700-watt peak blending power, uses the Wave-Action system, making it very efficient. The 40-ounce dishwasher-safe glass jar makes clean up a breeze. Prices for this blender range from $25 to $40. It is available at Amazon, other online outlets, and retail stores such as Kohl's.
Even though customers gave this blender 3.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, people gave it a higher rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars at Kohl's. Some customers said they like this blender because it is solid and inexpensive. Others liked the glass blending jar.
There were some critiques, though. Some customers complained that it didn’t mix or blend their coffees easily enough. Others stated that their food didn’t get blended down to the bottom of the blending jar.
- 800 watts of peak power for versatile blending. Make so much more than just smoothies in this blender - stir sauces,...
- 14 speeds with high and low pulse. Get the perfect consistency for whatever it is you're making with speeds that range...
- 40 oz. Glass jar with Stainless Steel blades. Shatter-resistant jar and ice-crushing blades can handle everything from...
The Hamilton Beach 54210 Multi-Mix Blender has 14 different speeds with high and low pulses so you can make anything you want with it. Each speed is labeled by function, such as stir and whip, which eliminates guesswork.
This blender has 800 watts of peak power and a 40-ounce shatter-resistant jar. The ice crushing jar can handle almost anything that you throw at it, from hot soups to icy milkshakes. Ranging in price between $20 and $50, it is affordable. Available on Amazon, other online outlets, and if you live in Georgia or Florida, you can find it at your local BrandsMart USA location.
Even though customers gave this blender a lower rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon, it is still a product worth checking out. Almost half (49 percent) of the 5,425 reviews rated this unit at the full 5-stars. Some customers liked that it is glass instead of plastic, that it is easy to clean, and dishwasher safe. Some customers also commented that the blender worked well for them and it was well packaged with no damage to any parts of it.
Most of the complaints involved leaking at the lower gasket, which could be a design flaw. And apparently, frozen blueberries will stop the blades in their tracks, so maybe thaw them a bit for your next blueberry smoothie.
- Powerful performance with 1800 watt/2. 4 peak HP. Stainless-steel blades rotate over 140 mph - delivering the...
- Speed dial for ultimate control. Variable speed dial provides effortless blending control for restaurant-quality...
- Durable and quiet. Built to last, the blender motor is thermal-protected to prevent overheating, and rubber-mounted...
The Hamilton Beach 58800 Professional Blender comes with stainless-steel blades that rotate at over 140 mph. This speed quickly crushes ice, purees sauces, and blends milkshakes with ease. A speed dial allows easy control so that you can have a restaurant-style iced latte or smoothie in the comfort of your home.
This blender is durable, quiet, and has a 64-ounce jar that is dishwasher safe, BPA free, and shatterproof. Prices for this blender are between $170 to $180, which is a lot more expensive than the other blenders on this list. This blender is available on Amazon.
Customers gave this blender a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Many people liked this blender because it has a solid build and it is very easy to clean. Others commented that it has powerful controls and that it was reasonably priced.
This blender got a lower rating from some customers who said that it didn’t blend food or drinks as easily as they expected. Some reviewers commented that the easy pour spout is too wide and that the blender quit after just a few uses.
How Hamilton Beach Compares to Other Brands
Overall, Hamilton Beach blenders compared well with other blenders. The blenders we compared it to are the Vitamix, the KitchenAid, and the Nutribullet. We looked at the other blenders ratings, features and prices.
- Variable Speed Control: Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the...
- Pulse Feature: Layer coarse chops over smooth purées for heartier recipes, such as chunky salsas or thick vegetable...
- Low-Profile 64-ounce Container: Perfect for family meals and entertaining, while fitting comfortably under most kitchen...
The Vitamix Explorian Blender has some of the same features as Hamilton Beach blenders, including variable speed control. It has 10 different speeds and a 64-ounce blending jar. The Vitamix makes it easy to entertain guests at parties and make everything from lattes to milkshakes.
The stainless steel blades are designed to handle the toughest ingredients. This blender is self-cleaning. All you need to do is add dish soap into it, and your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds. This blender comes with a three-year full warranty. The prices for this blender can range from $240 for a certified refurbished model to $350, so the Explorian Blender one of the more expensive blenders on the market. This blender is available on Amazon and at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Customers gave this blender a high rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It received 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Some loved that it offers some of the same high power controls and a high powered motor as the Hamilton Beach blender does. Some even said that this blender is the last blender you will ever buy.
Customers complained about how easy the on and off switch is to catch on your sleeve. Others commented that the blender wasn't as powerful as they'd expected. Out of 80 reviews submitted, only eight contained negative comments.
The KitchenAid KSB1570SL Classic Blender also offers many of the same features as the Hamilton Beach blenders. These features include stainless steel blades and a dishwasher-safe pitcher. A unique feature of this blender is that it is a five-speed blender with Intelli-Speed motor control. The motor senses contents and maintains optimal speed to mix through every ingredient that you put into it.
This blender received a 4.4 out of a 5-star rating on QVC and 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Some customers liked this blender's ability to crush ice with ease, and that it's easy to clean. Others commented on the fact that the KitchenAid blender lasts longer than other blenders that they've used.
Customers were quick to complain about this blender, too. Some customers said they didn't get a blender with a glass jar as they originally thought. Others commented on the fact that the blender broke the first time they used it.
- NutriBullet Balance connects to NutriBullet Balance app on your smart device. Download the app in the Apple App Store or...
- Built-in, Bluetooth smart nutrition sensor enables the connection to the NutriBullet Balance app and calculates the...
- Set and track personal nutrition goals, track pantry items, and customize shopping Lists
The Nutribullet Balance Blender is similar in features to the Hamilton Beach Multi-Mix Blender. One of the unique features available with this blender is the fact that it is Blue Tooth adaptable.
The blender can connect to the NutriBullet Balance app on your smartphone. You can download the app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The app allows you to check the calorie count of your smoothies. Prices for this blender are $149 to $179. This blender is available on Amazon and in many of your local retail stores.
Customers gave this blender a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars on Amazon. Many customers said that it is a game changer to know how many calories are in your smoothie. Others liked the fact that the app will track how many carbs are in your smoothie and protein shake too.
Customers still had some issues, complaining that the blender isn't user-friendly. Others complained that the blender stopped working after very little use.
The Hamilton Beach Blender to Choose
All of the Hamilton Beach blenders on the list are great. However, if you are looking for one with a low price tag, the Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Blender might be the perfect blender for you. With the price ranging from $25 to $40, it is one of the most affordable blenders on the list. This unit was our favorite when it came to value for your dollar. It offers enough power for all your basic blending needs and will look great on your counter.
We did have a close second on our list of favorites, but the cost was a bit on the high side, giving it runner-up status. If you're looking for a blender with more power and you are willing to spend more money, then you should consider the Hamilton Beach 58800 Professional Blender. While the price might take a bite out of your wallet, many of the reviews did say it was worth the investment.
I'm out of ice cream, so off to the grocery store for me. I have a craving for a milkshake for some reason. Do you have a favorite Hamilton Beach blender? Let us know in the comments.
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